Monday, April 7, 2014

bloggers block

Yeah, I think that's what we'll call it. I have a job now and it's taken me a few weeks to figure out how to work regular hours. I don't know how people get anything done working five days a week. I get to have breakfast with Scott because I can clock in anytime between 8 and 9. I don't have to take a lunch - so I can just work 8 straight and they give us two paid 15 minute breaks. I don't have to worry about killing anyone or saving anyone. I'm home in enough time before Scott to do any laundry and make dinner (he does the dishes). I have nights, weekends and holidays off. The insurance is good. It's data entry for an ambulance company so I don't have to deal with anybody - we are not allowed to talk to each other unless it is work related.  Those are the good things about my new job. Scott does the grocery shopping on the weekend while I clean the house, then we are free to do whatever we want. I feel like it's worked out. It's slowed down my stitching time and internet time but I do get to listen to books while I work.
So, I hope everybody has been well - I have been keeping up on blogs and facebook on my phone during my 15 minute breaks!
We had a fun busy weekend! I have a ton of great projects to show off. I'll, of course, start with stitching!! I finished my Jardin Prive Carre d'abeilles  - love it!!
  I used 28ct and I ended up using thin cardboard - like the kind that comes in paper packs - against the walls. I had to use about 28 pieces of batting to fill it. Teresa from At Willow Tree Pond was nice enough to answer my million questions about it - since she made one first!! My next project is to finish Little House Needleworks mystery sampler.
Remember the shutter I bought in Ohio for only 12 bucks? Well here it is....


It was painted black already. I washed it and distressed it (my new thing to do to everything!) and Scott hung it in the kitchen - all the things that normally end up on the fridge now can go on here - restaurant coupons, cards, articles - stuff like that. Isn't it lovely!! Scott bought a fun knob and metal piece to put on it for decoration.

 Scott saw this over the door shelf idea in one of the antique shops. He made the shelf and we bought the iron and ivy. I think it looks great - he wants to do a few more in other rooms but he did this one first to see how it would look.

 This weekend we moved the office into the old living room (now it's the study) and moved the dining room into the old office. The kitchen is so much bigger without the table in there! I decided to show before pictures from when we bought the house of the three rooms we just moved around. Keep in  mind - the dining room and the study do not have correct wall hangings - there are not enough hours in the weekend!!

dining room - before
dining room after
living room before
now it's the study!! 

fireplace room before
now it's the living room!!

We are still slowly buying furniture from antique malls. This weekend we bought a dresser we had seen before - $30 off and a bookshelf also $30 off - and these fantastic State of Indiana chairs. We had only bought one - only $14 - but when we got it home we decided it was fabulous so we went and bought 3 more!! They are hard wood - antique chairs.  

bottom of the chair

also on the bottom of the chair

 Scott tightened the screws - added one or two where ones were missing, cleaned them and they are fantastic!! I also bought kissing dutch kids - I don't know why but I love them!! 
 Last thing I got was this pretty pottery butter pourer (that's what the tag said)

We are also buying curtains - one panel at a time ! They are expensive and we have a lot of windows!! We are using a coupon for each one at Bed Bath and Beyond - so it's taking awhile to buy them all. Here is what the sheers look like...
 I also added some Spring stuff to the house...

Calla Lily
 We went to The Barking Dog Cafe - the last one locally that's been on DDD (there is one at the top of the state we still need to go to and then we are done with the ones in Indiana)
the proof he was here

Clam Chowder

Barl Lard BLT and shrimp roll

berry crisp and chocolate pecan cookie with sea salt

It was $60 way too expensive.  The food wasn't very good. The side dish - coleslaw- came in a condiment bowl. The best part was the cookie. We won't be going back. Out of all the ones in Indy - that is the only one we wouldn't go back to.
Next weekend is our 23rd anniversary. We are thinking about going to the movies, out to a good dinner and doing some letterboxing. No working on the house (but who knows what will happen)
Hope you all have a lovely week!! Thanks for stopping by!

Grandma's Autograph Book
Dear Mary Ellen       3/10/42

I can bet my hat
That all people will
look at this page,
and the ones who do
are fools.
Carolyn L.


  1. Congratulations on the job!! They do cut into fun time. I always said that I probably couldn't blog at all when I was teaching. It sounds like you guys have the chores nicely split up. That helps. My DH has always been a huge help and still is! The little stitch project is lovely. I have never tried anything like it.Your house is looking good too. I envy you all the antique malls. It's a good thing we had lots of pieces before we moved out here. Congratulations on your anniversary and have a super week-end celebrating.

  2. Hope you are getting adjusted to work hours.
    Love, love, love the Jardin Prive piece.
    The shelf above the door is a great idea, and I bet the curtains are very pretty.