Glowstick Valentine Free Printable

Monday, February 01, 2016

Let's kick off February with a little free printable in time for Valentine's Day.

I admit, I'm more of a candy valentine fan (remember Aggie's sweetheart birth announcements? but I think the other mothers my run me out of town if I dared to give a bunch of already hyped up 3 year olds a sugar high.  Instead we went with a non edible option this year - glow bracelets.  Or in this case, glow fairy wands.

Easy peasy - just print, punch and push the bracelet through. Want to make your own?  Grab the free printable here.

9 year blogiversary

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nine years ago this month (I have spent the whole year thinking it was 8 but I just did the math and gained a year!) we closed on the limestone and started this blog. I didn't know anything about blogging except that it would be a sort of forced diary for me.

It feels at once forever ago and yesterday.  You can read my first post here but this pretty sums it up...
Anticipating a day that we will actually live in this house and that the house be totally transformed, I'm starting this blog to chart the progress. Or lack thereof. When its all done, I'll look back on it and laugh at all the crazy times. You know, how the work finished early and under budget and better than we hoped. HA!

Well the work wasn't finished early or under budget it did finish and we do live here. Success!  We learned a lot (oh the irony of life experiences! no matter what the subject, you learn everything you need to know exactly after you needed to know it!) and practically killed each other but here we are. I won't pretend that I wish I was back there - life is much better now with working plumbing and heat!

Nine years and counting.  Who knew I could be such a blabbermouth?

Country Cottage Renovation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

While my gut renovation days are behind me (at least for the foreseeable future), I'm very excited for my brother and his wife to embark on their own adventure. They recently purchased this little cottage in upstate in NY and are about to go headlong into the world of DIY.

It needs quite a bit of work but I'm excited to see how they transform this little house into a home. My brother is quite handy (you may remember him from such posts as wooded wedding invitations, the best wedding of all time, the idiots guide to changing a light fixture, and DIY photo shelves)

There is a lot of work to be done and they are on a very tight budget but I have complete faith they will make something beautiful here.  Maybe they will even let me lend a hand here or there.  More to come on this country cottage renovation.