Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ladies Banquet

Last week was our ladies banquet at church. It was such a refreshing evening. Our worship leader was Karen Hackfield, Karen is a beautiful person with a wonderful voice. Our speaker was Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, a delightful and funny story teller who has a heart for Jesus, we were challenged to "Surrender All". Shellie is the author of several books including her latest, Heart Wide Open.

Ladies volunteer to host and decorate tables. It is always fun to see different styles and see ladies who have a heart for hospitality get to use their gift to serve God in this way. I didn't take pictures during the banquet, because sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy! But here are a few pics of the beautiful tables, I could have taken pictures of every table they were all so beautiful.

This table was the centerpiece of the room, with it's tall arrangement. I love the addition of the bright pink with the fall colors!

I just love fun napkin folds!

Each ladies place card was a small frame with their name, I am a sucker for yellow and blue!

Love the mercury glass and silver!

And look scrapbook paper placemats, easy and super cute!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Company Ready?

I talk a lot about it is not what your house looks like, but about the fellowship that you should be enjoying with family and friends that is important. And I am constantly challenged personally on this point, perhaps so I can encourage you!

Wonderful and I moved to Texas ten years ago and we left all of our extended family behind in Kentucky. So any opportunity to get together with them is precious! My nieces and nephews enjoy not only a spring break, but a fall break (which by the way I think should be mandatory for all schools). I usually get the benefit of this and several of them come to visit on fall break. When talking to my mom she said they would still like to come even though the house was no where near ready.

I could have said no not this year, I mean there are still holes in the ceiling,

no flooring,

buckets of random things sitting around,

and no baseboards! (This is to be considered my fall home tour!)

But I would have missed Nerf guns and homemade targets,

backyard games of soccer and kickball,

a trip to the Houston Children's Museum  complete with science experiments and medical lab coats,

beautiful works of art and my mom's chicken and dumplings!

I think I made the right choice! Enjoy the fellowship, the memories made are what is important, no one cares about your house!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Taking a Step Back from Reno

One decision changes everything! We decided to move the frig and that set off a chain of events that has greatly slowed progress on the reno.

First, I love, love, love the frig in its new location. It has completely changed the feel of the kitchen from compact to more spacious. We are still in the process of finishing it out, but I am grateful you guys gave me the confidence to endure one more mess and go for it!

But that one decision has delayed the process by at least a month, and I must admit I am grateful. We had been hitting everything at such an intense pace that we were truly exhausted. I worked on projects all day and when Wonderful would come home we would tackle another project! We fell into bed at night worn out. There are now several things that can't be completed until the end of the month and we have actually taken some time to slow down and rest. Tuesday I went to my morning Bible study, had lunch with Wonderful and went to the grocery store and actually bought groceries! I know my family was shocked too! I had just been picking up a few items here and there as needed, not only is this far more expensive, it makes it entirely too easy to eat out! I actually have what I need to cook a few simple meals several nights in a row! Darling Daughter commented last week on how she missed green vegetables, yes it had gotten bad at my house. I found I had missed boring days of normal household chores. (I can't believe I put that in writing).

Because we moved the frig, I talked with a cabinet guy on building a cabinet for the space left empty. Since we were having this done I went ahead and decided to replace some upper cabinets that were not functioning well for me. This won't be completed until the end of the month. I also met with a countertop guy to replace all of the countertops, we were going to wait until spring for this but because we are reconfiguring the cabinets we have to do it now. This is scheduled for a few days after cabinets. All of this has also delayed my flooring until next month. Because all of the open spaces downstairs will have the same wood flooring we can't do any of it until kitchen reno is complete. Do you remember the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? I am kinda of feeling like that.

I have lots of painting to do and as I said before, we are actually relaxing some at night when Wonderful gets home from work! I will have more pics as we progress but I must admit we are now taking a little more time to enjoy the journey!

Oh and I have a kitchen light now, I went without one for three weeks!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Demo Continues

I am so glad the Health Department doesn't make house calls, seriously I would be in trouble. I am finding it hard to keep up with laundry, clean bathrooms and the kitchen is a disaster at this point!

Demo continues, I keep thinking this is the last thing, but then something else arises. I have gotten all of the wallpaper walls cleaned, primed and retextured. I have painted my craft room, I think I am going to start calling it my studio, that sounds classy. lol I have started random trim paint that will need several coats and met with a cabinet guy about adding the cabinets in the kitchen.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you the fireplace is finished and it looks so much better. The brick guy finished the ends on Wednesday. Now about the gaping holes in the walls! Although it feels as if it never stops, we are starting to see little bits of progress.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kitchen Decisions, Help Needed

This weekend met with more demo, meaning more mess!

Some people not to be named, enjoy demo more than others!

On Friday my remaining appliances were delivered. I have been without a dryer for two weeks. I have been using the frig that was in the house and although it cooled, that was about it. It is so nice to have modern conveniences. I had ordered a counter depth frig, because the kitchen is so small. The appliances arrived later in the day so it was a whirl wind trying to get everything hooked up. The frig didn't seem to be cooling very fast, so delivery pizza was ordered yet again. The next morning we realized the frig was not working at all! So after a few calls our options were to order a second frig, which would take another sixteen days to arrive or come to the store and pick out something. Patience has never been a virtue that I have had in excess so I decided to just pick something out at the store. I ended up with this, and although I love it, it does take up more floor space. So here is the dilemma.

Do I leave the frig as is, and just deal with the few inches less floor space or do we take out the pantry and build the frig into the wall opposite the sink. Putting Cabinets where the frig is located now, this would definitely increase the counter space, floor space and visual space and would look the best, BUT I would lose all of the storage I currently have in the pantry which is quite a bit in small kitchen.

Help, what would you do? Wonderful wants to move the frig, of course that means more demo, but now is the time. I am leaning toward keeping the pantry because I wouldn't get that amount of storage back! But I know the demo would look better in the long run and afford more counter space. I really welcome your opinions!

Excuse the pantry mess at the moment.

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