Friday, September 18, 2009

What a week it has been. There was more painting . . . . before we cried, 'Uncle!' The goal was to complete the bedrooms, family room and dining room before our things arrived from California. Once we made the goal we retired the rollers for a few weeks while we try to settle a little.
Here's a peek at the dining room. The color on top is the same as the family room. The darker color below is what we will use for the living room.
Monday the truck arrived with all of our stuff. Here's a look a just a bit of the chaos. There are boxes galore in the bedrooms and another jumble in the basement. Harper has picked her favorite spot. A place where she can keep track of all the going's on. And there has been plenty of going's on this week. Today will be the only day that there is not some sort of appointment happening.
We have made an attempt to create an oasis in all the mess. The family room is now the place that is designated 'clutter free.'
There are boxes and stacks and piles of things all around, but there's still one place to sit down, take a deep breath and even take a stitch or two while trying to ignore the mess.
Thank you so much for all the encouraging comments. I've had more than my fair share of moments that made me wonder why I ever thought this would be a good idea. I've not had time to say thanks individually but I appreciate every one just the same. Seeing some order come from the mess, feeling the familiarity of our stuff around and knowing that friends are out there cheering us on have made all the difference. Oh yeah - and the Apple Pie Festival next weekend. Now that's something to look forward to.

33 comments:

Stephanie D. said...

Wow! That's a LOT of painting--and lots of fumes to blow out of the house! Clearing out a place to retreat was a good idea. Hope you get to spend time there every day.

Screen Door said...

You're Alive!!!! So glad to here from you... Just think of all the calories you must be burning!!!!! Harper is a very wise woman..... every household needs someone to direct traffic..... The quilts are turning that house into a home already....

Mimi said...

Well, your beautiful family room is definitely looking like home. Yes, you have lots to do, but now that all your stuff is there, you can do it at your leisure. It's coming along nicely. Can't wait (like I am sure you feel, too) to see it all completed. You make a lovely home.

sewprimitive karen said...

omg the fall festivals, I am so jealous. Looks like Harper knows about that Wild West rule "always keep your back to the wall" LOL.

anne bebbington said...

Your family room looks like just the oasis of calm you will need over the next weeks and months - a very wise move :o)

stitchinpenny said...

We visit Vermont every October and there are pie sales in a lot of the small towns we visit for Columbus day. Let me tell you that as a southerner I thought I knew pies, but the pies are great in the north. The first year we got apple and we have gotten apple, caramel apple and pumpkin since then. Your house is coming along. Don't rush because it takes a while to know the house should look like for you. The familiarity of how you will live in each room makes decorating so much easier.

Milah said...

Your quilts look nice in your new family room. I can't wait to see all your quilts and primitives scattered around your new home. Umm...Apple Festival....Some apple cider sounds good right now! ;D
Have fun, and don't work too hard.

AnnieO said...

Looks fantastic! Good idea to have one room set aside for head clearing and ability to walk without tripping over a box. Doing this all by yourselves without help is surely challenging. Harper looks very attractive against that brick, LOL!

Kim said...

Progress is happening, I see quilts displayed and that is a very good sign. You'll be okay. A year from now you will be completely amazed at all you and hubby have accomplished, how settled you'll feel. The Apple Festival will be fun. We enjoy the Bayfield, WI festival at a gorgeous location right on Lake Superior. Well, your painting is excellent, nice to hear you can take a break from that for a while. Happy nesting, Libby!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This post, and the accompanying photos, remind me of the reason I detest moving! Arrgghh. Good for you, creating a calm and clutter-free oasis in the middle of chaos; not an easy feat. I'm impressed with your non-flagging enthusiasm and your amazing progress, you deserve an Apple Festival at the conclusion of this "adventure".

Quilt Hollow said...

Bet that cool brick feels wonderful on Harper's belly. We had a dog that always chose the cold tile over the carpet. The house is coming together!! Libby our house colors are very similiar and I did that exact same thing with the dining area...two tone to match the living room....I like your style!!

Finn said...

Hi Libby, the pics of rooms are just awesome! It looks like the perfect place for you, inside and especially outside *VBS*
I know the amount of boxes seems overwhelming, but just like piecing a quilt, you can only do one piece at a time. Keep you amazing hexagon stars in mind as you unpack. There is plenty of time.
So happy to see that Harper has fond a comfy spot, LOL. Leave it to her *VBS*
Sending lots of good wishes, love and big hugs, Finn

Candace said...

Wow - Mr. Squash would be there in a nanosecond for the Apple Pie festival! I can't believe how much you have accomplished in such a few short months, Libby! You should be proud of your organization in making this all happen! I love the colors you're painting, and soon Harper will feel more relaxed with her own things surrounding her - as will you and your hubby! It's great that you made a little spot to sit and relax amongst all the chaos! I always make sure our bedroom is put away first so we at least have a place to sleep - but I love your idea of a sitting area, too!
Cheers!

Guðrún said...

I can see a few familiar things, like the hexagon quilt you are making :) Harper found the right spot!

Judy said...

I see new den furniture, or was that in storage all these years. Shopping can be fun but I bet you are tired of it by now. Time to find those fun festivals and get out a see the new area.

paula, the quilter said...

Harper will singe her bum if she continues to lay in the fireplace *smile*. Speaking of apples, I just got back from picking some at my employer's house. Apple butter and apple pie creations are in my near future. Enjoy the festival.

kjquilts said...

Oh, I've been there before! It looks like you are coming along. You'll have it all fixed up in no time! Love your colors for the walls.

Quilter Kathy said...

Wow...you have already accomplished so much! Your new home looks great!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

It looking great Libby, love the oasis in the living room. Wise idea. Enjoy the Apple Festival sounds like a well deserved outing. I am going to share my favorite apple cake recipe soon!

Kathie said...

apple pie festival I just might be convinced to take a ride up!
wow look at all those boxes!
must be fun unpacking all your Own things again!
painting looks great, so YOU!
Kathie

MARCIE said...

One might think that shade green is your favorite. It matches your blog! I bet you feel good getting all that painting done before your stuff arrived. Why did it take so long to get there? Have fun at the Apple Festival.

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WoolenSails said...

Even with all the boxes, your house is looking wonderful. Love the colors you used and that unit with the lady, was that with the house?

Debbie

Carol said...

Libby it's looking great! It's really beginning to look like YOUR home. Harper is so clever...nice cool spot...make sure you take good breaks.

Lori said...

How exciting! And what bold use of color. The "clutter free" room looks so relaxing and casual you'd never guess what was going on elsewhere!

julieQ said...

Gorgeous! You are making such great progress, and your living room looks wonderful. Have fun at the apple fest!

Sweet P said...

Wow! Your house is looking good! You'll have it done before you know it.

Elise said...

Goodness you have a lot on ! Best wishes

Catherine said...

Wow - your house is really starting to come together. Harper has found a great spot -- nice and cool and able to keep her eye on everything!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Baby - do I LOVE those colors in your dining room! I think you need to leave that spot empty for Harper! His own little haven!

Karen said...

Apple Pie Festival. That's a new one. Apple pie is my favorite pie. I could do some serious damage.

It is good to see that you are making progress on your home. In a couple weeks, the unpacking and placing will be over and you can settle down to life in your new home.

Mad Red Hare said...

Love your color choices. We too have found out that we ain't as young as we used to be!

Carole said...

It's beautiful Libby! I do hopeyou are taking the time to take care of yoursefl! Have you checked out Idlewild (sp?) yet? You'll find lots of wonderful goodies! I'm just so excited for you! Cheers!