Friday, July 30, 2010

A new room

Little by little we have been working on some of the rooms in the new house. I've not found pictures or many accents, but here is the master bedroom as we have worked on redoing it top to bottom.

Here is the way the Master bedroom looked the first time we toured the house.

The room empty.

Delivering the new bedroom furniture.

All dressed up.

I am not exactly sure what to do about window treatments yet, but at least it is a start :-)

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments. I love to answer each comment, but time has been crunching lately, so please know that I do enjoy reading every word that is written.

Have a wonderful weekend!

I am linking up with Remodelaholic. Please stop by and take a peek at the other remodels!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What a difference!

It has been busy, busy, busy here. My BFF came down and spent a week to help me with some of the moving and lots of decisions. We have had a wonderful time together.

I wanted to share with you one very big change. Here is a picture of the carpeted stairs as it was when we bought the house.

Down to the bare bones.

The beginning of a new look.

The completed make over!

Aren't they gorgeous?? My brother in law is a contractor and did the work. We are so happy with the new look.

Hope you are having a great week. More to come .....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Who said .......

organization is easy ???

sigh............ more decisions to make.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

And they keep coming.........

Little by little, bit by bit :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

A lovely surprise

Last year, I won a bouquet of Lavender from Alderwood Quilts. But somehow the bouquet never made it to my house.

So sweet Sue remembered and sent me this lovely bouquet of fresh lavender (which arrived on my anniversary :-)

The really fun thing I want to share is that Sue is having another giveaway. And you still have time to sign up at Alderwood Quilts.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

We are starting the move!

Yesterday and today we have been moving furniture.

Load'er up!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Things are moving along..........

We are going from this....

to this...........

to this...................

to this.................................

Things are moving along.............

I am linking up with Friday Remodelaholic. Please be sure and visit the other remodels later today :-)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14

Date: 14 July

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king's power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

Bastille Day was declared the French national holiday on 6 July 1880, on Benjamin Raspail's recommendation, when the new Republic was firmly entrenched. Bastille Day has such a strong signification for the French because the holiday symbolizes the birth of the Republic. As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence signaled the start of the American Revolution, in France the storming of the Bastille began the Great Revolution. In both countries, the national holiday thus symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government.

Although we really appreciate all the fireworks, we are having a quieter celebration today :-)

Another work day

Well, I thought I would get some pictures as the carpet was being laid yesterday morning, but it was all done by the time I arrived.

Old carpet out, and new carpet in!

Master Bedroom


Guest room

And I think a decision was finally made on paint color for the laundry room and master bath......... yay!!

The closets were also painted. This is what they looked like when we first viewed the house.

This is where I need to find some kind of closet organizers. Two in the Master bedroom and one in the guest room.

More to come!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mega Store

So yesterday my daughter and I make the trek to the mega store of retail. IKEA is just an amazing place. Even if you do not like their style, they certainly have so many ideas.

Kitchens -

Kitchens and bedroom space

And what we went to look at - storage.

We found a few little things, but not the closet storage I had hoped for. So I guess the next stop is the Depot :-)

Friday, July 9, 2010

A little paint here, a little paint there

I can't tell you how delighted I am that so many of your comments want to see more of the house and what we are doing with it. This is such an exciting project for us, and we are wanting to do a nice job within our budget. When we first looked at this house, the first thing that I noticed was the lack of color. Every wall was painted gray.

And the white tile has just little bits of a darker color running through the tiles. So my main thought from the beginning was to somehow warm this house up!

So we started looking at paint. But MY oh MY how many shades of paint are available. I was so amazed! We bought little sample cans of paint and painted little areas on the walls. Before long, I was more confused then ever. When we finally decided on a color (Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige), we found out from the painter that the color we "thought" was Shaker Beige was not actually right! He bought a gallon of the right color and put it on the wall next to our sample. Whoa! Someone at the paint store either mixed it wrong or left one color out of the formula. But in the end we liked the "real" Shaker, and went with it.

We have also been spending a lot of time here -

I am SO out of my element in these mega stores :-)

More to come!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What I've been doing

I feel a little bit bad that I don't have any quilting posts to share. With all that is going on with the new house, there is no time for crafting, sewing, or any kind of quilting. My mind has been filled with the thousands of shades of beige for the walls, and the hundreds of carpet samples. Of course you know I am exaggerating, just a little, but it has been amazing to look at paint chips in every shade combination there could possibly be.

We are in a whirlwind right now, and as the painting is getting done, and the carpets are being picked out, this is the blank palette that we are working with.

I am hoping to show you some of the transformation as we work on it in a few weeks.

Oh and I don't think I showed you my laundry room.

We are working on warming up this house. If you have any questions or suggestions, I am here to listen and share :-)

Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Giveaways going on in blogland

You know Jaybird Quilts, right? Did you know that this sweet young talented quilter lists giveaways every Tuesday?? Check it out here!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues and family gatherings.

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day here in America, I wanted to ask you to remember the family members of two slain police officers here in our city. Our flags are flying at half mast in memory of these two men, who were ministers of the law. For all those who have given their lives in order that we may remain free, I pay respect and homage to them and for what they stood for.

So as you celebrate the 4th, remember that there are many who have given their all, because freedom is never really free.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sew Much Fun!

Don't you love to see projects and tutorials on the blogs? The creativity and inspiration is so amazing.

Case in point. Lori over at Bee In My Bonnet has shared a tutorial on making these adorable pin cushions.

Now who would not want one of these little beauties. Well, Lori not only has shared the tutorial, she is giving one away to one of her readers.

And there is an end of the month giveaway going at Stash Manicure -

Now if you sign up for the Stash Manicure giveaway, please mention that Happy Cottage Quilter sent you over ;-)

Jenny of Elefantz has also shared the cutest "Little Bird in Tree" design to stitch up for your pleasure.

And one more thing. Be sure to visit A Quilting Jewel. She is a young quilter and is celebrating her 100th post with a very sweet giveaway :-)

So take a look and enjoy!