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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tree House Progress



Work has finally begun on the tree house.
It may not be the one I had planned in my head.

To see my original post about the tree house go here.
The kids are excited.
I am excited.

They have all helped in one way or another.


The tree house is bigger than I was going to go with,
but Mr. M. got involved.
He would rather go big than have to cut and waste.
The decks are very sturdy, built to handle a bunch of kids.


The lower deck is 10 x 12.


This is the view of the back yard from the lower deck.
We had to trim some tree branches.


The upper deck is 12 x 12.
Mr. M. was out til 8:00 last night nailing in the last deck board.
As you can see there is plenty of space between each deck.
We wanted to make sure there was plenty of head room.
My 12 year old has surpassed me in height,
there seems no end to his growing. 


This is the view from the upper deck.
You can see into the fields, on the left in that patch of weeds is the kids pond.




You can also see into the trees from the other sides of the deck.
The tree house is tucked into the treetops hidden.

This weekend we will be making the playhouse at the top.
Railings for the sides.



here

I am hoping to incorporate a slide,
two swings,


here

 rope ladder,


here

a zip line,

Textured Rock Holds Set of 12, Blue with SSS logo Sticker
here

 and rock climbing wall.

I found some great inspiration photos on Google.


here


Now I just have to find the perfect little tree to decorate for Christmas.
What?
Did you think otherwise?
My daughter put it perfectly, it is just another room!



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back to School





Going back to school.
Pencils
Paper
Pens
and
Books

My son asked me if I was going to riding the bus with him to school.
In fact, he sounded excited.

No honey, I'm not going to high school.

I'm going to college.

Yep, you heard it right.

I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

If you did not already read about it in a post I did for Susan from Must Love Junk, you can read about it here.

I am going back to get my accounting degree for work.
Mostly nights and online classes.
I only need six classes to satisfy my Board of Directors.
You see, I already have dual Business degrees, but in order to actually get the accounting degree I have to finish 30 credits.
Ten classes part time....
Hopefully I will have it done in two years and keep my sanity.


Am I crazy?
Of course a little a lot!
Scared?
That too...
You see, I am also hearing impaired.
I am worried....what if I don't hear the teacher or can't understand them.
One thing about going back to school as an adult, you have more confidence and you KNOW you want to be there.

When I went back in my late twenties I had a great time at college.
My business teacher will always remember me....
I brought a horse to school.
Yep...I got an A in that class.


My kids are looking forward to seeing me do homework.
Fun for me because my first semester I get to do using my laptop.
In my pajamas if I want.

And you, any crazy ideas you have going on?



Friday, August 15, 2014

New Lanterns



Have you ever shopped Josh and Main or do you just love it all from afar?

I was one of the; from afar.
Until I decided I was not going to let them go again.



I saw these lanterns several months ago, they came as a set.
This is the large one, I have it in my bedroom.

Now I did measure how big the large one was before I ordered.
 However.
When the large box was sitting in my living room,
I could not believe how big it really was.
About 36 inches high.

HUGE
but 
I love it.

I can just imaging it with a pumpkin and some Halloween decorations.
Or with some Christmas greens, my large gold ornaments.
The list is limit less.

I almost lost them the first time.
 I let them get away.
And 
I searched
and 
searched.

I never did find them again on Google.

Then to my amazement they appeared again.
Yeah, click and they were in my cart.

The smaller lantern is in my dinning room.


Just big enough for a candle or two and a small decoration.

And you, have you let seen something on Josh and Main only to let it get away?
Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Camping We Will Go


Let's go RVing!




Inspiration colors for the RV.

My latest quest is to find a RV travel trailer that will satisfy;
a.  Three children = bunks 
b.  Separate bed room for Mr. M. and I = quality time
c.  Entertainment area for those rainy days inside = no fights 
d.  Ugly fabrics and walls = pretty new fabrics and paint

Unit Photo

Unit Photo






Mr. M. knows, when she has a bee in her bonnet only she can decide to let it go.
He has been very patient about visiting several RV stores.

In and out
In and out
Up the stairs
Down the stairs

I really tried to make it as easy on my husband as possible.
I know what I am looking for and how much I (we) want to spend.

The main two things I have realized,
 I have to have a kitchen facing the door opening.  
All the salesmen and Mr. M. roll their eyes at me, but it is a feng shui thing, 
I can't have my back to someone walking into the camper.

AND
Believe it or not, I can not have white woodwork.
Don't like the look of it.

Am I the only one who thinks, no matter how much money they put into these RVs they have ugly fabric and wall paper? I have yet to find one I like.

I am concentrating on the lay out, enough sleeping space and what I can change.
Mr. knows I am going to redo all of the fabrics immediately, 
no ifs ands or buts about it!!

However, the painting of wood work and changing of wall coverings can wait.
Actually I may even be able to live with them as long as I can put my touch on everything else.

Simple changes.
I found some inspiring pictures on Google.

RV Reno, My family purchased a 1995 bumper-pull travel trailer.  My husband had trouble seeing past the 90s blue carpet, and blue and pink splattered wall paper and draperies.  I looked at the travel trailer completely differently and immediately knew what I wanted the end result to be., So much more open!, Other Spaces Design




Today we had our Airstream 3/4 bed removed and twin beds installed. This is what it could look like! So fresh and clean!





Take out the table and trade it for a vintage table.
New fabrics for the couches and chairs.
The bedding and curtains are easy to change too.
I am sure I can find plenty in my basement.
Pictures on the wall.
Vintage mirrorw.
Ironstone dishes.
Slipcovered chairs.
CHANDELIERS!!



Can't you just picture how cute it will look.



Now if only I can write the check as easy.
It is a major investment.

Are we really going to use it enough.
Mmm.....that trip to Washington D.C. in the Spring.
Camping at the Finger Lakes.
Weekend at Darien Lake.
Camping at the beach.
A visit to see my best pal, Sara just think of all the antiques I can bring home!
HELLO, worlds longest garage sale.

Of course the last few are reason enough to scare the heck out of Mr. M.
So, he is being quiet.
 I know why. 
Secretly he is hoping I will give up my quest.
Become frustrated with not finding my exact match for the right price.
And like a butterfly be attracted to something else shinny that crosses my path.

He knows.
Halloween is only two months away.

The hardest part.
I only have one week to find it or I might as well wait until next year.
Oh well, even if I don't find it this year, 
I can still have fund dreaming of how I would decorate it. 

And you, are you a camper?





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Arbor House Lane on Pinterest



I googled my blog.
Come on, you know you have done it too!

I know some posts are out there and which ones are the favorites,
but....

I was shocked by Pinterest.
I'm on it.
Well, not me, but Arbor House Lane.

I was tickled, kind of like being in a magazine.
But, better.
People liked my pictures and chose them to be worthy of pinning.
I did what I set out to do.

Inspire.

Here a few of the favorites, mine too.

My gardens.

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: Flowers on the Deck

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: My Gardens

Arbor House Lane...paths

ARBOR HOUSE LANE

Halloween

Spooky Halloween decor at Arbor House Lane @ arborhouselane.blogspot.com

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: Halloween

Arbor House Lane: Do You BOO?

Crows on branches and eyeball on the platters are simple, yet spooky. Pinned by Pink Pad, the women's health app - pinkp.ad

Christmas

Deer!

Arbor House Lane: For the grist bedroom mirror!

Arbor House Lane: Christmas Around The House

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: Red in the House

ARBOR HOUSE LANE

My flowers

Arbor House Lane

Arbor House Lane: Arbor House Lane Christmas Past

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: Showing Love

ARBOR HOUSE LANE

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: End of Summer Flowers - maybe we could think about metal vases mixed with glass vases

My funiture

Lovely mantel and chairs (from Arbor House Lane)

love these doors | Arbor House Lane

ARBOR HOUSE LANE: My Favorite Painted Cabinet


 ARBOR HOUSE LANE's office/craft room

Thank you for all the pins.
You made my day.
I feel like I need to be creative so I can inspire someone new.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by.