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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Projects For The New Year

This week I spend time putting away all of the Christmas decorations.
Reflecting on the past, projecting on the future.

I am happy with most of last year.
I have made it through another year at my job and I still enjoy going to work each week.
I have scaled back my blogging, spending more time doing projects in the house and gardens.
No, I did not get all accomplished, but that is OK, it just leaves me busy with projects for the next year.

Some favorite pictures of Christmas 2012.

I am looking forward to putting the pine wood floor in the office.
We are taking each room one at a time.
After seeing how wonderful the living room turned out, we can't wait to put the wood in all of the rooms.

The big project of the year.
Of course, will be to continue to work on our garage/mud room/master bed room addition.
Each year we are closer to the end.
Last year we were able to install garage doors, tubes for radiant floor heating, electrical.
All we are waiting for is the heat to be connected and we can go for our next inspection.
Then we have some major work to do-insulation, drywall.

Actually Mr. M. and I are looking forward to the work.
We work well together.
We enjoy the time together on our home, our dream home.

The end result will be a huge garage for our cars, tools and storage.
A mud room to store all the kids shoes, boots, coats, backpacks.
So the mess is not in the connecting kitchen.
Cubbies for their stuff.
Another closet for extra storage.
Cabinets for my gardening tools.
A checkered floor.
Chore boards.

I also have another set of twin wing back slipcovers to sew just like these ones.

In fact, they will almost look the same with only a different bedspread fabric.  

They will go in the new master bed room when it is done.
I have been dreaming of how I want to decorate the room.
It is big, really big 24 x 29. 
It will be our sanctuary.
A place for just him and me.
His and her walk in closets are a must.
Small laundry room.
A seating corner for reading and watching television.
A fireplace.
A desk for a coffee station and laptop.
The room will be connected to the already existing master bathroom.
 A place to go when we have teenagers in the house.

I have a lot to dream about.
It is going to be mostly white too.
With blue.

I have lots to do in this New Year.
How about you?

Who says the parties have to end.
Let's celebrate the New Year.
Make sure to stop by French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.
Thank you Courtney for mentioning Arbor House Lane in your post today.
I am also Joining Debra from Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.


  1. You've gotten lots done this past year, and it is good to have more projects to look forward to completing. It is wonderful how you and your husband work so well together. And creating something together makes for treasured time and memories, as well as immense satisfaction!

  2. Your bedroom sounds fabulous! You've thought of some wonderful details. My husband and I love to do projects together too. Happy New Year!

  3. Your bedroom sounds lovely. I think your door pocket is beautiful. Visiting from Debra's.

  4. Your projects sound wonderful and exciting. I'm really happy to have found your blog and look forward to following along.

  5. Happy new year and good luck to you on your projects! ♥

  6. Your bedroom sounds dreamy. And having a mudroom is on my bucket list. I just need to figure out how to add one to this house and then convince my husband that we need one. I hope you have a happy and productive new year.

  7. I just found your blog through French Country Cottage. What beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing! Melinda

  8. I've loved every minute of having a mudroom so I know you'll love it when yours is ready. It's not the prettiest room in the house but it's a life saver. Right up there with the laundry shoot!!

    Blessings... Polly
    p.s. Thanks so much for joining our Lovely Blogs collection!

  9. So glad I found your beautiful blog through counting your blessings! Your home is gorgeous!Now following along now too!

  10. Oh, I love seeing pics of your home-gorgeous! I'm drooling over those chairs!

  11. How much more special your house will be to you and your husband knowing how much work and love you two put into it Alaina! I already love what you guys have accomplished on your beautiful home. You work so hard! I am just thankful to be able to see the end results of all of your labor : )
    I have made slipcovers before so I know how much work they are. You go girl!!! I can never get them right so I had a sweet woman sewing them for me. Sadly she died of cancer this past year. I don't think I'll ever find anyone I loved more for her work and just the lovely person she was. Every time I look at my chairs and sofa I think of her.
    I just want to let you know how much I love your blog Alaina and how getting to know you has been so great. I look forward to another year of blogging with you : )
    sending love...


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