Sunday, June 27, 2010

how about one picture a day

Okay blogger isn't showing my pictures when I download them, just the html script. so when I download multiple photos it gets very confusing, and hard to manage nicely. Now we're going to play the one picture a day game until I figure this out. So here goes, we'll start with the front of the house, and do a tour throughout.

Friday, June 25, 2010

we're moving in!!!

We have finally reached our closing day! Wednesday, June 30th we are supposed to close, which means I can move in!

Peter is back on tour, this time with Ashlyne Huff, with a few Honor Society dates. This means I will be spending the first few weeks alone there. Peter is absolutely disappointed that he can't carry me over the threshold. I told him every time I cross it, I will say "doesn't count", so he can carry me over when he gets home.

I'm a bundle of emotions right now! I'm let down that he won't be there, excited to finally own our home, scared to be on my own in this giant house, and anxious about fencing in 6 acres!

We have so much to do to get this house in shape; the windows and slate roof need to be replaced, along with the floor in the downstairs kitchen and bathroom, we're putting in a more efficient water heater, switching the heating system from oil to gas, refurbish the three chimneys, re-plaster several rooms, paint and wallpaper all of them, fix the porch, and completely rebuild the summer kitchen.

Whew! I'm feeling overwhelmed! I just keep reminding (both) of us that it doesn't all have to be done right away. We're planning on redoing the roof, windows, and porch for sure this year. If money and time allows we will also probably put the new heating system in. Our goal is to make this house as efficient as possible. We have lots of other little beautification projects that I can probably fit in when he's not home to work on the large projects.

In sewing news, I did finish my orange dress. I became bored with it, and had trouble focusing on it. Unfortunately, still no camera. I would have worked on my work petti, but both of my fabric lengths I had set aside for it are a little too short. I'm still trying to figure out what to do, because I'm not in a position to buy more fabric. But, I am going to Joann's tomorrow, so maybe I'll find a steal.

I'm working on finishing a few surprise gifts for a friend, and I have a costume to make for another friend. It's for a renaissance faire, and we've been planning it for over a year! I'm so glad I get to finally make it! I also have a million other irons in the fire, so hopefully I will find more inspiration somewhere. If anyone finds any to-die-for dresses or images, please send them my way! I am in desperate need of inspiration!

I couldn't decide which photos to include in this post, so I will do a post later this weekend just of photos!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

an update of sorts

It's hot, I'm warm and burnt from tubing this weekend. I have no motivation. I finished Aaron's drawers, and will mail them tomorrow. I really need to finish a gift for my friend, b/c she's due any day now...but I have no motivation. That is all. :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

antique dressers and knicknacks!

Today Peter and I spent nearly our entire day at tag sales and antique shops. We finally have a signed agreement for our home, and the septic plans are at the board of health awaiting review. We have a new closing diginal date, but at least we didn't have to go to litigation to get our home. We got several really neat things for our soon-to-be home, and I can't wait to show them to you!ate of June 30th...several months past our original date.

Here is a really cool old fan that my husband picked out for $4, he is so excited to use it in his new office!
These next two pictures are of a wooden drying rack. It hangs on the wall and when it isn't in use folds flat! What an idea!!! I'm so excited to try it out!

This little dresser needs pulls, and we're thinking of using it to hold our flat screen and store our movies in the drawers. We haven't decided for sure yet.

This beauty is my new dresser! I love the color, but I also love the original wood. We haven't decided if we're going to strip and restain it.

This mirror we picked up for a steal, and have no clue what we're going to do with yet!

I love this last one! I've been wanting a spice tin for quite some time. I have no clue how old it is, but I know tins like this were used in the mid 19th century. One of the smaller tins has a slightly rusted out bottom, so I think I will be putting wax into all of them, just as a way to keep the contents more protected.