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Photo time

I’ve talked enough about the house, and now I finally have some photos to show you. I was hoping to wait until it was all done but decided to at least post a few in the middle of the project. The kitchen is looking better. The paint on the cabinets is finished, the walls are painted, the new counter is on one side as well as the tile back splash. Hubby is working on the doors now. We found some drawer pulls that we bought for our last 1950’s house and didn’t use but took with us when we moved here. It just happens that we have exactly enough for the amount of drawers in this kitchen. I must really like this era, because we will be moving into our third 1950’s house.

My friend walked through the kitchen last week and we talked about getting valances for the windows. She said she had the perfect fabric for it and she gave it to me. So Friday another friend came over and helped me make these adorable valances that really pull the kitchen together.

This is over the kitchen sink-

This is on the bay window in the breakfast nook. I couldn’t get far enough back to get the full window, plus we still have some remodel junk supplies in the kitchen that I wanted to keep out of the photo.

Since it is hard impossible to find a curtain rod that will span a bay window we used sticks of wood that I stole borrowed from the garage. Thankfully my friend has no fear of a chop saw (since she amazingly planned and built and entire wood playhouse that looks like the Ingalls residence) and cut the pieces to fit about each window. We then cut our fabric, sewed to make a long strip and pleated them by stapling it into the back side of the wood. We rolled the wood over and nailed it to the wall. I hot glue black grose grain ribbon to the top.

This the the kids bathroom. We added the bead board, painted it, bought the vanity cabinet from our local home improvement store and the powdered marble vanity sink. It makes the bathroom look so much bigger and gives it a wow factor. I love this room now.

And this is our bedroom. It’s just cleaned up and decluttered. I could kick myself for not buying the matching quilted pillow shams when I bought this quilt. I also am in search of a nice but inexpensive king size bed skirt. I really dislike spending money on that sort of thing, but it also bugs me to see the bottom of the mattress. When we get to the new house, we are definitely going to make a head board. I am thinking of a recycled door or shutters or something like that.

This is the top of my dresser. I love it nice and neat like this. Someday I hope to get rid of the IKEA furniture and buy something I really like.

Edit:  Sorry about that–I thought for sure I put this photo in.  What a lame-o! 

Well, I hope you have like the tour so far. I will post more when things get completed.

Susan

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quick update

Just thought you all might like to know that my sink is in and I finally have an operable kitchen.  Hubby’s birthday was yesterday and instead of going out to dinner, a nice home cooked meal awaited him, along with a from scratch cake.  It’s good to have the sink back.  I heart my sink!

Susan

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Making progress

I did something today I have never done before. I went to Home Depot, bought the supplies for tiling and came home to tile a backsplash on the kitchen counter.  It was a blast. Hubby helped with the cutting.  It turned out great and as soon as it all comes together I will post photos.  I am a bit sad to think that we are doing all this work for someone else, and that the house will look better than in the 9 years we’ve lived here.  But I do have to look forward to making our new home a home for us. I’ve got all kinds of plans.

Susan

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 One of my friends from bloggy land is going to be a rep for Rosetta Stone. She and her daughter will represent them at homeschool conventions. How fun is that.  And good news for us, in that she is able to give a brand new language program away.  Follow the instructions below to enter in this contest.

Susan

Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE! 

This is a $219 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.

This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program.  Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking.  Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they’re included!  For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports. 

 

To win this most excellent program — in the language of your choice — copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post — then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/  and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it.  And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it.  And good luck!  The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg.   And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win.   Yay for free stuff!

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I love surprises!

I have a dear friend who moved way far away to Indiana.  Thankfully the distance hasn’t kept us from keeping in touch.  She has a new calendar for this year, and with it comes a postcard for each month. She tears it out and sends it to me each month. Oh, she writes in it too. How fun is that, that I actually get a written letter sent snail mail.  I had no idea that those would become so special.  We email, and occasionally talk on the phone. Oh, and I did actually find a notecard and mailed it to her too.  She is my decorator friend. She is who I go to for advice and she is the one who redoes my fireplace mantle, because I cannot seem to make it look nice.  So you can imagine going through all this house renovations, and buying a new/old house that needs work too and not having my go to decorator friend living in the same town as I do.  You can imagine how you just don’t get the same effect looking at pictures on the computer of a room that is so small that I have to stand outside of it to take a picture, and then take 5 different angles just to get the entire room.  It was a strange thought to write in her last letter that it is likely that she will neither see the changes made to this house, but that she won’t step foot in it again.

Then today happened.  My other dear friend called up and said, “it’s wet and cold outside and how would you like me to bring you a Starbucks?”  How could I possibly say no?  I can’t.  So she shows up a few minutes later and guess you jumps out from behind her back?  Yep—my decorator friend.  Can you hear the squealing of delight, and the yells of “what are you doing here?”  So, not only did she get the grand tour of our home renovations, she also got the tour of the new house.  I definitely like surprises like this!

Susan

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Sometime in the middle of last night we lost power. It was back up this morning when I got up. We have a backup battery for our computer (not my MacBook) and when we loose power the backup battery makes either a humming sound or loud beeping. Hubby turned the power to it off so we wouldn’t hear the noise. This morning I jump on my MacBook to do my daily checking email and browsing bloglines. I then realized that our internet is hooked up through the battery. I go to turn it on, and loud screaming noise comes out of it. I turn it off, then back on again, then POP and a flash of light. Something inside the other computer blew up. I unplugged it all and rerouted my internet. Must. Have. Internet. Now, I am pretty sure the main computer is a goner. I don’t think flashes of light/fire can result in anything but bad news. I hope, I hope, I hope I have burned all our photos onto a CD. I think I have but I am not sure. Not only that, I am not sure where it is, because there is a good chance it doesn’t even have a label on it. I am really bad with photos and I don’t print them. Some of these photos are from when my last child was 6 months old. That was 6 years ago and I have yet to finish her one year baby album.

Chickadee, who knew this lesson would be learned so quickly.

Susan

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Productive day

Today we painted the entire kitchen.  Five doorways, 4 windows and cabinets on both side, made for a difficult cutting in job.  Thankfully I have learned to cut in without taping.  It saves so much time, and I always made a bigger mess with tape.  The stove is plugged in and the refrigerator is in the correct place, hooked up to water. Up next, is to put the laminate on the counter tops, install sink, garbage disposal, insta-hot, and dishwasher.  We also have to install two light fixtures.  Hubby then can work on making the cabinet doors and once those are cut and painted, we can install them.  A dear friend came over to work on installing baseboards.  What a blessing to have capable, willing friends to lend a hand.  The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.

My wrists hurt and I’m pooped!

Susan

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