Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Miracle of Miracles!!





Can you believe it! I actually did it!! I still have my hair and I might have screamed a few times but it wasn't heard 'round the world. I must admit that it was difficult. It took some time to just figure it out.

I just started blogging in September so I don't have the amount of pictures that some will have.
I did enjoy going through all of the pictures and figuring out what to share. The majority of pictures are of the remodel that we are doing to the house we moved into about 1 year ago.

We started the redo in February, First was the kitchen primarily because we were waiting on our contractor to get to our projects. He is very good at what he does but he, also, is so overwhelmed with jobs that you have to wait awhile. We added new appliances, sink, faucet and painted the cabinets. We added wallpaper and took down the fluorescent lighting and added a chandelier.

I also painted all of the kitchen (before the wallpaper) dining room and living room walls and doors. When our contractor finally got to us we added a laminate floor in all except the bedrooms, Completely revamped the fireplace by adding bookshelves and creating a spot for the TV that conceals with doors to which a framed print was added. When the doors are closed it just looks there is a picture there . We, also, added a new tile surround, to the hearth which we enlarged, too. Concealed behind this is all the wiring for the TV, cable box and DVD. The book cases house my large collection of decorating books.

Also you will see a picture of my antique armoire that I completely transformed by painting and antiquing it. This armoire houses part of my large collection of blue and white china. Also,several small shots of different pieces that are some of my favorites.

Some of my sentimental vignettes are also included. Some little objects that mean a lot to me.
Pictures of those closest to me. Take time to look at all of them and see just how much we have accomplished in the past year.

Next year, I am planning to start working on the bedrooms and baths and get the window curtains done for the living room and dining room. When Spring arrives I hope to get more done on the garden and yard. So here's to more creative projects and filling our home with beauty, love and happiness. I look forward to the challenge. But for now I am just SO happy to say I have made a major step in that direction.

Welcome to 2009 and all the future accomplishments we hope to attain! Happy New Year!
Wishing all of you a year filled with health, wealth and above all...LOVE!!

33 comments:

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It looks great so at least it was worth all the trouble of doing it! The link that you put on my blog isn't working though. I'm going to delete it and I'll put it in for you! Thanks for joining in.

Arleen @ Seasons for All said...

What a beautiful mosaic! I hope you're enjoying blogging. Thanks so much for sharing these photographs with us, and Happy New Year! ~Arleen

ceekay said...

Beautiful pictures. Happy New Year!

debi said...

You have a very pretty home! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. Happy New Year!
Debi

Neabear said...

You did a great job putting this together. I am glad you still have your hair too. Good luck with the future projects you have planned and Happy New Year!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely and wonderfully cozy year you had!

Jean Tuthill said...

WOW! Sandy, You have accomplished so much! It's nice to put it all together and to realize just how much you have done. I enjoy reading your blog and hope that you will keep up the good work. I hope you also have a very happy and prosperous New Year! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Lester said...

What a busy year you have had! We are hoping to do a little remodeling next year, which will be worth it in the end, but I'm not looking forward to the upheaval during the process. I must just focus on the goal!

desiree said...

You did a great job. Your mosaic has such a vintage feel with the dishes and silver. Happy New Year.

Carolyn said...

Love your blue and white dishes!Good job on the mosiac.
Carolyn

Maison Douce said...

You did a wonderful job!! Your pictures are gorgeous!! Have a wonderful new year!!
Isabel

Sharon~heartsongs said...

It looks great. You did a really good job.

Really Rainey said...

I loved every single one of your pictures! Your home looks so warm and welcoming! (Nice job on the mosaic too ;)
~Rainey

Cottage said...

Sandy, I loved reading your blog all the way back to the beginning. The pictures of your transformation were wonderful to see and your fireplace make-over is fabulous! Where are all the wires and DVR/cable box when you put the screen over the fireplace like that?
Your mom's rose painted plate is SO pretty! Adding you to my blog roll...
Melissa in Texas

Terri and Bob said...

This looks great! I love seeing your work, even if you almost lost your hair doing it!

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dear Miss Sandy,

Very nice job. Ya done good... but then again, I figured it must have gone rather smoothly since there was no hair flying by the house! :)

Hugs,
Penny Suzie

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What a wonderful year you had....Loved all your pictures...
Happy New Year!!!!!
Mo ;-)

Melissa Wertz said...

Your photos are great, and remodeling, I would not have known unless you had told me. Happy New Year!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Your photos look great! I don't know why everyone knows how to do the mosaics but me it seems like, did you hear me scream! LOL. I made my mosaic but couldn't get it to my comp?? Oh well, have a happy new year (;
Hugs~Kelly

podso said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful home! I noticed the student nurse uniform--was that yours? I am also a nurse and mine was a similar vintage. Just wondered!

podso said...

http://podso.blogspot.com/2008/07/unis.html

My uniform story, and I graduated in 71

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Great accomplishment! Love all of the blue china! Happy New Year!

chatelaine said...

Very pretty dishes. I love the blue and white.

Happy New Year!merte

She'sSewPretty said...

Your mosaic is beautiful!! I enjoyed viewing your year in review! Thank you so much for sharing and have a Happy New Year!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

You did a beautiful mosaic! Love how your kitchen came out. Have a Happy New Year!

Our Back Porch said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

New Year Blessings,
Rebecca

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dear Miss Sandy,

You hang in there girlfriend.... you're doing great. Remember, I knew you before you became famous!
Thank you as well for being such a great blogging friend. I look forward to getting to learn more about you ahd what your heart is all about. I believe you're a wonderful person.

Hugs,
Penny Sue

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh I love your mosaic and all that it shows of your beautiful home! That china cabinet is beautiful! I love the way you used the scrabble letters through out also- I can't spell for anything - my sis and mom love scrabble but I think you have the best Idea with the game!!

blessings
mary

Miss Sandy said...

Love your photos! I am glad to hear I was not the only one who had trouble figuring out the mosaic! Happy New Year!

miss gracies house said...

Yoy've been busy! It looks great!
Happy New Year!
Rene'

rosabeer said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful home.
Happy New Year.

villa extra said...

What a mosaic, soooo beautiful!! I absolutely love it!!I will add you to my blogroll rince I want to come back to you!! kind regards, sylvia extra

Joy said...

Very nice.. I love all your rooms and your blue and white china.