December is a busy month.. even though we don't celebrate any of the December holidays this month is always busy.. the year is ending and weather is cold and the days short.. So this is going to be my last post of the year. We still have work going on inside the house, we also have little vacation planned so I'm going to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwazy Kwanzaa and everything in between.
video taken by me of the Christmas Tree Light Show on the pond in the town of Historic Smithville
Geometrically Purple - The abstract close up of one of the temporary exhibitions by contemporary artist Xavier Veilhan of great big futuristic angular purple horses on the run outside the Palace of Versailles, Paris, France.
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Sometime ago I had found some tickets for Camden's Children's Garden and we picked a nice warm September day (sorry these trips are months old but time is not my friend and things pile up..) and headed over for a few hours. It was a small cute place for little kids.. six or seven being the oldest. It's right next to the Adventure Aquarium which we haven't been to in a while and hope to go back soon. The boy's started the day with the splash pad which surprisingly initially freaked our always ready for adventure H out a bit.
After drying off and a change of clothes we went off to explore the rest of the small park. We found Poe, upcycled animal creations and D's favorite a train!
There was a carousel and an Alice and Wonderland themed area with giant tea cups and a giant up cycled from car parts dinosaur and a Butterfly Pavilion.. plus a few more..
The place has I'm sure seen better days.. but on a nice sunny days it's a great place for the kids to spend a few hours.
We have been having a though last week.. M's grand father passed away over the weekend. We was very sick for a few weeks so M's parent's decided to head back home and be with him in his final moments.. thankfully they made it back just in time. My brother and sister in law also left and our family went from eight to four. So while I attempted to create a new routine, M tried to grieve with his family continents away and that is just some of what has been going on... hope to fill you in on more soon, including some more renovation news.. :)
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I have been planning to expand my Etsy shop for some while now and what better time than the holiday season right? I started by adding some Christmas themed throw pillows and hope to add more designs with time..
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Towards the end of August.. which now seems like a lifetime ago, we planned a little beach getaway. The main purpose of this getaway was to getaway from H. I was in the process of trying to wean him meaning he was being super clingy.. D on the other hand was in need of some attention and extra loving.. so we spent a few nights in Wildwood while grand parents took care of the little one. Thank God for grand parents.
We with some hesitation we picked a motel close to the beach.. The Blue Palms Resort. The motel was made up of the main building with a large pool and a small side building with a small pool. We opted for the small side building and it turned out perfectly. While everyone flocked to the larger pool we most of the time had the smaller pool to ourselves.. total win.
We started our mornings off at the beach, afternoons in the pool, we squeezed in a nap and then spent the night on the boardwalk. It was just what we needed.. the water was perfect, the beach not too crowded.
The morning of our return we decided to first head a little further south and drive through the much talked about Cape May. We now see what all the fuss is about.. the beaches pristine, the water endless and so quite it was almost eerie, it was beautiful. D spotted the lighthouse from a distance and his interest made us take yet another detour from home and we headed to the lighthouse. Built in 1859 and continues operation to this day, with 199 steps to the top.
We headed out sometime before noon, stopping for a quick bite to eat before returning back home. While H was greatly missed, we are glad we got a chance to spend some quality time with D.
This post has been long over due.. we started working on this project last winter.. it was sort of done by February.. it's still far from finished.. but I don't want to finish the room and fill it with furniture just to be done with it.. I want the process to be organic.. the room in the state it is right now serves the purpose we want right now.. the room as a lot of room for growth but we are not sure which direction we want to take it in.. hence the wait.. you'll see what I mean.. The room began as our formal dining room.. but we are not very formal dining room sort of people.. and I didn't want use it as a formal dining room because that's what it was supposed to be.. I wanted it to be a room we use, I wanted it to have a function..
M and I have dabbled in DIY's but we are not builders.. we did the basement loft after this project. At this point we were complete novices.. but we knew our strengths and weaknesses.. we made a point not to be over ambitious.. to keep things simple.. and we are glad we did. I have always wanted a window seat and my dream home always involved a library of sorts.. M needed an office space and he didn't want to be banished to the basement so what better use of this space than to turn it into an office/library.
The plan looked something like this.. we spent a day.. I kid you not.. we spent 6 hours in the hardware store.. with the boys.. we had to take a lunch break just to clear our heads and calm the boys down before finally checking out.. it was on this day that we bought our new favorite tools a phrase I never thought I'd say.. I, an electric sander and M a jig saw..
The walls had layers or different colors of paints creating a textured wallpapers look which is where my fancy new sander can in handy :D We primed and then came the question of paint. As DIYers I think creatively using what you already have is what is what DIYing is all about.
We had left over some beautiful dark blue from the table we had DIYed earlier and later even used on the boys loft. A little of that mixed with a lot of white and voila
I had long been obsessing on Pinterest over these room where everything was painted the same color to give it a built in type look.. like here and here and I had to have it..
Here went the table top for M's desk.. we got some beautiful wooden legs from Home Depot and a sheet of acrylic to protect the wood.
We were so exhausted by the end of this project we vowed to never DIY ever again... I bought my window seat cushion online and hit JoAnn's to find the perfect fabric.. so not easy!
AveryLee Designs stitched a beautiful cover with some small coordinating pillows while I kept an eye on the Home Good pillow section for a few large yellow ones to throw into the mix.. We got our gray and yellow storage boxes from Ikea and I brought out all my books and knick knacks collected while travelling.. still a lot of empty spaces which I guess means lot more travelling to do :)
Now while the right side of the room is complete the rest of the room remains bare.. we are still not sure what other purpose we want to room to serve.. I'm thinking maybe maybe a buffet table with some more drawers and cabinets.. can never have enough storage... and maybe a tall cabinet.. not sure..
We hung up M's beloved air plane in one corner.. and I'm thinking I can get this print framed for him. Looking forward to see how this room will evolve over time.