Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stepping Back....

That's just it.  Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward.  I'm still here.  Tons of stuff to write down -- maybe a little at a time.  Life happens---no more no less. This journal is important to me -- In the eight years I've typed things down, I've never been away this long.  We'll take some time and catch up.

I brought my kitchen into the 21st century.  The wallpaper came down.  What I thought it would be a three day project ended up taking a month.  Wallpaper removal is not for sissies... Our entry way still has it.  We'll take care of it...but for now it serves at a reminder to never EVER do wallpaper again.
Those are painted letters -- 'Sometimes we're tested... not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths'.  I live by it.

I wanted a chalkboard, but made the mistake/victory of bring my husband into Hobby Lobby. He refused to pay the 50 bucks for a chalkboard, but came home and made matching chalk/bulletin boards for me instead for ten bucks plus talent/labor/scraps.
The custom drapes and valances came down for handmade by Mel instead.
And the quilt rack became brown.

My Ripley turned two years old.

And my son is getting married in October.

I'm binding a quilt right now and have a couple of wool projects cut out as Summertime and sewing handwork go right together.  


12 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

nice to see you back, I still have you on my reader!

Colleen said...

Glad you are okay! Tackling the kitchen is my next project. Got the sink... now I need to get everything else!

Congratulations to your son and your family! Very sweet picture :o)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

We had lots of wallpaper to remove at our previous house ... never, ever again! Ever! ;-)

Congratulations to your son!

Lynda said...

Loads of fantastic, happy news.

Mountain Woman at Heart said...

Nice to see you post again. I completely understand about taking breaks from blogging. I'm trying to get jumpstarted myself again. Love the saying in your kitchen. Very true. And congratulations to the happy couple!

Carol said...

What a wonderful post...your kitchen looks so wonderful...love your chalk board and bulletin board, hubby did a fantastic job....oh sweet Ripley...love that face...those eyes get me every time...oh your son looks so happy❤️ Life is GOOD!

Karen said...

Just a couple days ago, I was thinking about you and wondering why no post for so long. I can see that you have been very busy.

Wall paper used to be really big in decor and then the trend went by the wayside. Now I see it showing up again on the home shows on HGTV. Often as a focus wall rather than a whole room. I don't plan on ever having wall paper the rest of my life. And I wonder if the lady who bought one of our previous houses ever removed the crow wall paper in the one bathroom, the rose wall paper with a quilt style border in a bedroom, and the very country blue wall paper in the dining room. Must have been a big job if she did.

Christie said...

Love the chalk and bulletin boards! Your hubby did a great job! Congrats to your son on his engagement! Fun times ahead!

mayme said...

So glad to see you back. You have been busy and looks like busy times ahead for you with your son getting married. Love the chalk and bulletin boards.

Patricia Nelson said...

I laughed and laughed about your wallpaper removal story. I, too, removed wallpaper this spring. I started with removing the paper by the garage door. It took me 2 days to remove about 20 sq ft. All the time thinking about ALL I had to remove in the guest bathroom. Thank goodness that was easily removed. I, too, swore I would never wallpaper again, much to the delight of my husband. Your results are stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Dottie@Warm Memories Quilt Shoppe said...


Hey Mel!!! So good to have you back blogging. I LOVE the kitchen!

Dottie@Warm Memories Quilt Shoppe said...

Hey Mel~ It is so great to have you back blogging!! Your blogs inspire me. I LOVE your kitchen!