Finally An Update

HEY THERE EVERYONE – Long time no see! Well, sort of… Things have been settling down in our house for the most part. And that’s a good thing. I think I have more gray hair to show for it! A big thanks to everyone for all your prayers and well wishes over the last few weeks. We’ve gotten quite a few notes with some great advice and we certainly appreciate it.

Baby Brennan had his 2 week visit at the pediatric orthopedist on Friday. Mom took him because Dad had to work. I got cell phone updates as soon as the visit was over. They took another X-ray which showed his collar bone healing very nicely. His tiny butterfly brace was taken off and boy was he happy. He’s back to chasing his big brother down the hall in his walker. He’s using both hands again and the doctor seems to think he’ll have no long term side affects from the break. Whew! Life is marching on…

On the lighter side, round three of the 5″ Noodle Fabric Strip Swap that I host over at Swap-Bot started on Friday. There are 16 people participating in the US version as well as 7 folks joining in the international round. I’ll be posting round 4 sometime next week.

Besides Baby Brennan’s boo boo, one of the other reasons I’ve been MIA over the last few weeks is that I’ve been painting and finishing my new creative space. The carpenter will be here sometime this week to install the laminate flooring! I’ve spent this weekend painting the walls and trim a shade of aqua called “River’s Edge” by Behr. My wife and I are really pleased with the way the color came out. The trim is painted with a color called “Moon Rise,” also by Behr.

We live in a 5 bedroom apartment on the top floor of an 1800’s stable house. You should see the manor house next door. It’s huge! A publishing company has a field office there and they’ve done a wonderful job with the upkeep. The home we live in was once a part of a horse farm in the early years of our town. A local undertaker purchased the estate and opened a funeral home in the bottom portion of our building and lived in the larger manor home with his family next door. The estate was eventually sold and split, but the funeral home still continually operates of which I am employed and where my family and I live.

The living room we decided to convert into a creative studio is the only room in our apartment with the original floor to ceiling windows (with wavy glass) and moldings. It’s around 400 sq. feet. There is lots of light during the day and a big fireplace to keep us warm during the winters. It overlooks the courtyard of the manor house. This room has lots of character and we are so excited to finish this project. Unfortunately, the previous owner last updated the apartment in the late 70’s and thought it was a great idea to replace all the moldings in the rest of the house with cheap alternative materials. He really did a number on destroying the historical wealth of the apartment. I moved in 10 years ago when I first came back home after school and this place was definitely a sight to be seen. Brown and orange shag everywhere with dark brown moldings and stained paneling. Blech! Luckily he left the first floor intact and it’s immaculate. And the layout is identical, so we have a good reference if we ever decide to restore it.

Are you ready for a little preview? This photo was taken earlier in the week right after I finished the walls, but before I started the moldings and windows.

On my list for this week?

1. Rip up the carpet and pull the tac strips so the carpenter can get started on the floor.

2. Spray the radiators white to match the trim.

3. Quilt and bind my STUD (Swap Till You Drop) quilt and get it ready to mail.

4. Start the pillow for my Pillow Talk {Swap} partner. I think I have an idea my partner will LOVE.

5. Pick out my fabrics for the Noodle swaps and get them cut and mailed out to my partners.

Think I can get it all accomplished? I sure can try!

Happy quilting,