So, I am new to WordPress. I am slowly getting the hang of it, so you’ll see my blog evolve as I catch on. For now, though, I just needed to get the ball rolling and carry on. A few months ago I found myself at a place in my personal life that made me feel like I needed an outlet. That’s when I reached out to my extremely talented Sister-in-law and asked her to help me update the appearance of my blog. Like always, she not only came through, but in a way that exceeded my expectations! I love the design and am grateful she is able to catch the vision I have and build upon it. Here I will continue to share my heart through the projects I do and the process of making our new house of just over 2 years, into a home. It has been quite a process already and always takes time to establish what will work, and what won’t. How to add my personal style and build on it, as well as work on how it is evolving. You’ll understand, if you don’t already, what I mean by this as you come back to visit. For now, thank you for visiting.
I’m a happy wife and mother of 7 wonderful children who are the purpose of my life. We have lived in various parts of the United States and spent a 15 month job period in Mexico where I learned to speak Spanish. Traveling and moving has exposed me to a great many things in my life. I developed a love of decorating, nature, exercise and homemaking and am very grateful for the gifts and talents I have been blessed with. I really appreciate those things in others and am excited to have you here to visit my little piece of the world. Hugs!
After a 15 year renovation, we accepted a job in Utah and left beautiful Eugene Oregon (you can view the home tour here). We miss our friends that became our family network over the course of these past many years. However, we have been blessed to know and grow that network as well as return to much loved family.
Why do I blog?
Blogging is a passion I have as an outlet as well as a way to document my experiences and share them with others. I have benefitted through the years by others sharing, and hope this is a place where you find inspiration and purpose, something I believe we all need regularly.
Boy Bedroom #2:
Boy Bedroom #3:
This last week, our neighboring town, Brigham City, had what they call Peach Days. They enjoy the same type of events for the whole week. We went on Saturday. I slept so much that we missed the parade (darn it), but we got to pick up a bag of peaches and take the girls to the carnival where they bought a toy puppy.
I haven’t enjoyed a good peach cobbler in years, so I finally made one yesterday and wanted to share the recipe with you. Even the members of my family that don’t love peaches, loved the cobbler! I found the recipe on the allrecipes.com website HERE.
Mine didn’t turn out as beautiful (maybe next time) but the recipe was DIVINE!
We were able to enjoy the new color for the last few months we lived there. I’m excited, though quite delayed with all the overwhelming events of the last while, to share with you the before and afters of our painted house!
This is a scanned image of the flier we had when we first found our house. Though the yard is gorgeous, when you would drive up the road, the house would be lost in the foliage. We have trees surrounding us and the color did not stand out.
These images are the only ones I could find after I painted all the trims an off white, the door red, and the shutters a deep brown. I did this shortly after moving in, but many years of photos were lost when our computer crashed last November, so you get winter images. Largest snowfall in recent Eugene history. 8 inches!
When they first painted the house, it was hard to tell that it was a different color. The color I chose is a soft brown instead of the gray/green. It wasn’t until the door and trim work was done that you could really see a difference.
We worked with Joshua at Precision Painting here in the Springfield area. He and his crew were FANTASTIC to work with. Very prompt and responsive and extremely well priced. I would recommend them to ANYONE.
There were a lot of decisions to make along the way. We chose to have the doors painted the same as the trim. Since there were 4 back doors, however, Joshua and I thought it would be good to camouflage one of them. The middle one here ended up the same color as the rest of the house.
Some people don’t like that the door is orange. It is a bright, yet soft color that brings out some colors in the brick. Though we are getting our house ready to sell, I waited so long to paint that I decided to paint it what I’ve wanted all these years. A new owner can paint a door again if they don’t like it, right? I know, can be a debatable question. However, I love it!
We finally hired a company to come do our yard. The results have been so worth the money!
Finally, one day, it occurred to me that rather than painting over it, I could cover it up with the possibility of one day uncovering it again if I wanted to! So I began by removing the hardware and painting the whole cupboard, using snow white by General Finishes.
I had to use several coats (which is why starting with a primer is recommended…).
After about 3 coats, I was ready to add the solution. Galvanized sheet metal which I had left over from when I finished the downstairs game cupboards (you can see that post HERE).
It is so refreshed and chipper, just in time for summer.
Though I’ve taken quite a break from blogging, if you follow my pinterest boards,then you know exactly how busy I’ve been around here. I had a friend ask me, at our monthly luncheon last year, who was getting married with all the wedding ideas I was posting. I tend to be focused when I am on Pinterest. You’ll know if I’m planning a trip or getting ready for a special occasion with all the style boards, or where my home improvements are focused by the rooms and themes I’m stocking. You’ll also know if I’m caught up in gardening with all the outdoor posts I’ll pin.
Yes, it’s been a long time! So long that I haven’t had a chance to update you even since our computer crashed in November of 2017, taking with it hundreds of picture files that weren’t backed up. We’ve been through all of this before, but not to the point where we couldn’t restore photos. So if you had been watching from the Pinterest sidelines, you’d know that we’ve been remodeling again, (bathrooms to be exact), planning a wedding for my oldest son, who was married last July, and adding color to our very neutral color scheme. It seems I’m feeling better these days with all the color I’m adding back into my life!
So here it is, the before of our children’s bathroom:
It all started while we were remodeling our master bath…which took YEARS!
2 1/2 years to be exact. It was torturous and laborious and, at times, tear provoking. (More details later). But most importantly, we were at the tail end of finishing it when it became an emergency that we no longer use the downstairs shower, so our family was sharing the 3/4 children’s bath. Back to basic baths. Uh-huh, the teenagers weren’t too pleased.
So it was while relaxing in the tub on various occasions that my decorator mind started planning the updates on their bathroom once the master bath was all finished…which was happening quickly at that point.
I still wonder if it had been beautiful at one time. I can appreciate a dated room and understand the once had beens of it, but this has been tough for me to comprehend because it had been such a crutch to my decorating since we moved into this house 14 years ago. The flooring is important because it can determine the whole scheme of a room, and how it feels.
My husband measured and laid the first tile for me so that the whole design would flow and be at the proper angle. It’s that triangle piece right in front of the tub and part of the wall. The first tile is crucial for a design!
*I have made a few changes from the original recipe and even still would try omitting half of the sugar, but was worried about ruining the integrity of the dough.