Feels bigger already!

For some reason lately I am exhausted, physically and mentally. All I feel like I want to do is just sleep! So today I was debating with myself on what to with myself and decided to work on the hall Reno some more. But of course as usual there is always five million other things that need to be done. Walking thru the kitchen I just had to stop and get the kitchen clean! Dishes seem to ALWAYS be in my sink, ALWAYS, and the dishwasher is ALWAYS filled with either dirty or clean dishes. So after getting the kitchen in order, I put on my old nasty Doc Martins and got to work on the hall reno. This is what it looked like last time I posted.

So today it’s time to remove the glass door and frame. I have to try to do it so I can keep most of the drywall and plaster intact!

So little by little I pry carefully away at the wood door frame trying to save as much of the wood as possible. I have mixed feelings about changing this house from what it is to what I envision in my head. But as I pry the layers off I am feeling so much better and energized as I start to feel like the pictures in my head might actually come to life.

And after a few hours I have finished my goal of the glass door removal! It feel so much roomier already! I did pretty dam good too I might add (patting myself on the back) the ceiling and drywall were barely touched!




Next time it looks like it’s the stairs to nowhere!
Til next time…….


Feb. 21, 2013

Finally Progress

December 2012 was 11 years that have now lived in my beloved 1778 Cape home and I think I might have finally figured out how I want to live in it. There are several tiny rooms and they have all been used as either living rooms, bedrooms, or furniture storage. Now I think my head has a clearer picture of what this home has been showing me it wants to be for my family to be comfortable. My first project has finally gotten underway. The side porch entrance!

This has always been way too tight and I have wanted to do something about it for a few years now. I had a contractor in to make sure the wall was not a retaining wall. I also ran my “idea” by him and showed him some pictures. He said it was doable. So Friday my best friends husband removed the electrical that was in the wall. It was now ready to start demo! I stood there just staring at it hoping I would love this idea of mine once it was finished. I knew it would be messy and take a while to complete. But I just needed to “start” it.

20130203-183616.jpg So I started it finally!!!

More to come….


Feb., 2013

Angel Wings | White Washed Wood

 Angel Wings and White Washed Wood
The visions in my head are coming into light… 

Angel Wings

These Angel wings are perfect for this spot in the side entry way.  They are made out of wood and metal.
Angel wings and white washed wood just go together so beautifully!

hallwayI still have lots of work to do in this area before its done, but what a big improvement already!


The floor needs staining and the ceiling needs re-doing and a new (old) light fixture needs to be found and hung.
The radiator wall needs some love.  
But, I’m so HAPPY every time I walk past this area!  I had all these
visions in my head when I bought this home and they 
are finally starting to come together.  January 2015

My Daughter, the Bride To Bee…..

My oldest daughter will be changing her name on September 6th, 2014 and she just can’t wait!
On July 13th I had a Bridal Shower for her at a local restaurant.
I decided to have a bee theme.


“Bride to Bee” was the theme that came to mind and I ran with it!
I designed the invitations,

bridal shower invite

her guest advice book,

guest advice book

the honey tags

honey jar and tags

and the honey tower was a hit!

honey tower

the centerpieces, and


I burnt my fingers a few times making the bee skeps!
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But I thought they came out great for my first time.
The yummy cup cakes came from her soon to be step mother-in-law.

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Here are some more photos from the day.

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I wish my daughter all the love and happiness she seeks.
She has always made me proud to be her mother.
She has a beautiful, amazing little boy that I love to pieces
and she deserves the best life has to offer!

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Mom loves you so much, Meg!

Spring? Wherefore art thou?

I am sooo done DIGGIN’ it!
This is the longest winter that I can remember in a long time!  Will it EVER end?!

I know I could never move to Florida, but come on Mother Nature….

Give us a break!  Enough already!!

Today is was almost 60 degrees!  Which felt like a heat wave!
The sun was even out and everything is melting!
I might even be able to Giggle again….
But not for long because it looks like we have MORE snow in the forecast!
Even Sophie has HAD it with the white stuff!
We haven’t been selling much since we have a hard time even getting a path into the barn shoppe….
SPRING!!!!  Where are you???!!!

Friday the 13th and then Love Day…..

Oh LOVE is in the……
 This has been the winter of hell so far this year!
It seems like Mother Nature isn’t happy with New England lately!
Friday the 13th???
 The Barn Shoppe is buried just like the rest of the place!
Everyone I know is going crazy…..

Even Sophie has had it!
WHAT’S That?????  MORE SNOW????
Where we gonna put it?????

Oh well….
Happy LOVE Day everyone on Saturday!


Flying out the door!

We had several pieces of furniture fly out the door this week!  Such a great feeling to clearing out some of these pieces of furniture to make space in my Barn Shoppe for some other things coming in!

There are just not an enough hours in the day lately for me to
get to all the projects I thought I would have time for!

I guess that’s  what happens when you have 4 kids and
7 grandchildren!


Dads Passion

My Dad will be 77 this year in August.  He was a Home Builder until he got involved in Race Horses!

I was around 9 or 10 I think when race horses became not only his passion but his new line of work love!  

So since the “60’s” he has been racing his horses at the track.

He stopped building houses and started claiming horses.  He bought a 33 acre farm and filled it with race horses. 

 I asked him one day not too long ago when he was going to retire and take it easy….
He said “When I fall down dead in my tracks! 
I LOVE what I do and I don’t want to ever stop doing it!”

So even tho taking care of a ton of horses all day every day is really a lot of work
and even tho it has aged my dad from being constasntly outside in the New England weather,
he LOVES what he does!

Not too many people can say that they LOVE what they do and make a living at it.

My Dad is one of the lucky ones.  He had riding horses as a kid and then we had horses growing up and now he has his race horses and is a trainer.  He has had a few great horses over the years.

And I will assume he has made a pretty penny every now and again.  But all that seems to matter to him is that he can keep racing and having his horses.

Him and his wife are side by side every day too, doing what they love!


Moms Vintage Family

Not sure if you have noticed yet or not, but I LOVE vintage pictures!  I mostly LOVE the ones of our family!

This is mom’s high school picture….

And this is my Mom, not sure how old she was here…..

These lovely ladies are my Aunt Vivian, she is one of my grandmothers sisters,
then my Aunt Janet, she is my Mom’s older sister, and then my Grandmother, Beatrice or “Bea”
as a lot of people called her.

My grandmother LOVED the beach!  It’s one of the things I always will remember about her.  She seemed the happiest ever at the beach!