Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More changes.....continued

This is just an E-journal entry for me. It's where I store and post my pics of what is being done on my nest here in Charlotte so that I will have a memory file to help me remember all of it in the years to come. Today I am simply posting finished pics of the Master bath changes....in preparation for selling the house.

So for any regulars or a new visitor...that's what this post is all about...

toilet nook

wall to the left of vanity

awesome little carved hook decor I have had stored for over a year...waiting to be my hand towel holder

three cherub soaps found at GW now hanging in a pretty bag

sign from Habitat For Humanity store. translated "Bath Salts" literally or "amenities"...


vintage "bone dish" for the dining table with a favorite silver LOVE heart and vintage key added

the vintage double chandelier light fixture I found broken down in a thrift shop. Kat and I fixed her up and added sparkle. (this one is going with me when I move....can't replace or duplicate it!!!)

Sweet silver floral clothes hook for my door. love the roses...

GW shower curtain and my grandmother's cutwork table cloth and some vintage jewelry for a shower curtain.

That's my bath. Not big, but pretty and useful. It has an entry from the Master and an entry from the back hall, so it is sometimes Grand Central Station ...unfortunately... :-)

Other updates for Tuesday April 26th...

This beast was delivered late yesterday. It is for us to "CLEAN OUT....."

These roofing supplies were delivered this morning...to start at 7 am in the morning if the weather permits....!!!! FINALLY!!!!


Touring and checking out the campus as a possible place where Jonny will continue his studies this Fall!

I am relishing every moment with my man while he is here for just this one week before he returns to Iowa...we are working hard...My dad is also doing a lot of work for us...

I love this poster print and have a framed copy hanging in my kitchen...every time I think..."we'll never get it all done..." I look at it, and get motivated, and I tell myself that with God...ALL things are possible. :-)

and especially today I want to close out this post to say...I miss my Marine...and can't wait to get him back to the USA and here at home for a well deserved visit and rest....God keep them all...

Next post.....the boys Bath upstairs...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is RISEN!


"He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay."
(Matthew 28:6)

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!


Happy Easter Sunday.

Ponder the Blessings that are yours because of the Miraculous event of this day.

from Revelation...

"Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth...
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.
"Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."

Sin where are your shackles?
Death where is your sting?
Hell has been defeated!
The grave could not hold The King!!!!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday....

Today is Friday April 22, 2011. Today is a Good Day! Today is GOOD FRIDAY...
This is the day that is one of the most monumental in the history of this world.
The ONE...The Only ONE who could possibly provide the solution, the saving ACT to redeem this broken world full of created beings who were separated from their maker...DIED. He willingly gave up His world and position of beauty, power, peace, authority, glory, honor, comfort...and came here. Down. Stepped Down....into our world. And lived the life of a man...though never shedding HIS BEING GOD. And HE gave up HIS life to be the ONE ONLY ACCEPTABLE, ATONING SACRIFICE that would bridge all of us back to a relationship with GOD the Father...

And in doing that, He provided the way. In conquering death, which no man could do...HE gave us the miraculous gift of Eternal Life.

Life is a journey. We walk it, and then...our earthly suits that eat and breathe and sleep...wear out. They die. But what we are...A Soul...does not die. It steps over the threshold of this world and into the never-ending world. There is life with the Loving Creator in Heaven...forever. And there is life without Our Creator, In Hell...forever. This is not opinion. It is Biblical. The direct words and teachings of the ONE who formed and gave us life. It is HIS manual. His words. His teachings. His warnings. His promises.

Today is Good Friday. The saddest day in all of history, yet only to lead up to the most glorious day in all of time...EASTER. The climax and awesome finale to an amazing and unbelievable story.

God is Good....All the time...GOD IS GOOD! Even in what looks bad...God is working good. Yes! Amen... Do you know this story in your heart?..not just your head???
I hope so! With God...Life has purpose. With God...All is well. With God..All things are possible. Hallelujah...God is Lord indeed.

This is my life's foundation. It is what I believe and I practice the Presence of this ONE God in my life. He walks with me now...DOWN here...and I will walk with HIM one day....UP there...where my loved ones already are. Praise the Lord.

Today is also a GOOD FRIDAY....because MY HUBBY IS COMING HOME FOR A WEEK!!!!! I can't wait!!! Oh how I miss that man... We will be working hard on projects to continue to get our house ready to go on the market, and of course just catching up being together...

Today is a GOOD FRIDAY, because I have gotten the return window for the dates of the RETURN HOME OF MY MARINE FROM LIBYA!!! BIG USMC OOO-RAH!!!!! Not long now...

Today is a GOOD FRIDAY because it is the weekend of my 3rd-born's 20th birthday!!!!

Today is a GOOD FRIDAY because we will finish up Kameron's annual state testing required for homeschoolers...YAY!

And today is a good day...just because. It is a new day. It is a gift from God. What shall I do with it??? That is my gift back to HIM...

Such a LOOOOONG Post...I shall close with 3 simple things in life that have given me a smile on my a face and joy in my heart...

My Lilac Bush is loaded with these...and I have been SO busy I almost missed it. I looked out my side window the other day and gasped...I cut some this morning and brought them in only for today. Kurt and Kam have a hard time with strong scented flowers..I know as soon as Kam walks in my bath and smells them I will hear...(wherever I am in the house) SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY!!! WHAT'S THAT SMELL? and then the sneezes will commence...Same for Kurt...so I shall dispense with them before 10:00 tonite when he flies in...but in the meantime... :-)

OH my...I love these Rhododendron. So lovely...They are everywhere in the mountain areas of NC, and I feel blessed to have a bush in my shady yard. Simple Beauty gracing a room inside...I smile...

A natural nest from our yard. Jonny cut down big shrubs on the side of our house ....getting ready for the SIDING contractors who will be coming soon. When taking it to the street, he found this, and knowing his mama...brought it to her.
(the eggs are not real...it was vacant) It now sits on this little throne for display and makes me smile, thinking of the mama who labored and built and feathered and fluffed her little nest to make a home and haven for her babies...

And in closing this e-journal for April...a reveal on one corner of my bath that I have finished giving a face-lift. The toilet nook... The color below the chair rail is no longer a Royal Blue, but a soft Robin's Egg Blue...The stenciling stays! TOO much work in that labor of feathering to paint over it. And the simple and neutral touches of white along with my Sailor Boy with Pups print that I LOVE!!!! I am happy with the way the bath looks now. Hoping that as potential buyers view it...they will also think it attractive..

Closing out this long entry into my postings of Life here on Woodberry in this changing Cottage. Trying to Disconnect from it one day at a time...an act that takes intentional effort...

God bless all who may pop in this way. ****Unfortunately my BLOGGER ability to comment is broken down again, and all comments are dropping into a Black Hole somewhere out there in Internet Space...all this after more work had to be done on the innards of my computer just to be able to get into my emails which froze up...Seriously going to have to get a new computer after this move...I AM VISITING my bloggy sisters....just cannot talk to you again.... KATIE!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!

God bless our Military Heroes ....Keep them safe...Bring them home....Bless the waiting and praying families here in the states...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another "Changes" Post for a Red Wednesday...

Today..another entry of a change that just gives me a cheerful smile on my face and in my heart...

This transformation involves an old chair...very useful in it's purpose. It has been dubbed the "Hair-Cut" chair. It sat in our garage, and every time a masculine haircut was needed ...it was pulled out and became the Barber Chair on Woodberry.

This is the only photo in files I could find to show the old "before" condition and color... "CUT THE PHOTOS, MOM" face on Kam!!! lol

AND this photo is just because!!! It has the Marine giving his little brother a high and tight cut... RAH! MISS THAT GUY SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

This chair came from the outdoor workshop of my father-in-law...so I'm not sure how old it is, but I'm guessing it is from the 60's at least. It was the tealish-blue color and covered with a layer of rust. I love these chairs. They can fold out to become a step up to higher things out of reach, and then fold back in to take up little space. Very utilitarian!

And my DAD took this chair over to his fantastic metamorphosis workshop/garage and gave her surgery and a beautiful new look! I LOVE the Cherry RED!!! Gives a pop of cheer to the kitchen where she now resides!!!


I also wanted it RED! to go with this trash can I acquired over a year ago. LOVE IT!! It came from The Salvation Army store ....marked 4.99, but it was half price day, so I got this beauty for 2.50. I know how much these sell for Retail, so I was very very happy on that day!

And so another transformation enters the e-journal for my memories. And a grateful heart says RAH! for my Dad and his wonderful skills and talents, and his loving heart to help out over here while I am missing my man and his helping hands...Big hugs to him!!!

Hugs handed out to everyone passing through my bloggy world today. May you have pops of cheer in your day today, any color it comes in...

Thanks for saying a prayer for all our fighting men and women far away from home, sacrificing and dealing with hard days of protecting our freedoms and our wonderful homeland and way of life... God bless them and God bless you!!!

And ONE Last Dose of RED filled up to overflowing with bushels of LOVE for my Hubby...my soulmate...the other half of what makes me whole and complete...AND my Marine, both whom I am missing very very very very much...Long Distance relationships are wickedly hard....

Friday, April 8, 2011

Close the door....I'm Done!....

Remember This....Changes Are Happening preview post????

Two scary little exit-goodbye photos of Jonny's old room after he pushed all of Justin's stuff in there and moved into the Marine's old room????

Well...I am finished in there...so the door is closed. Ready for Buyer Viewing...Now a guest room/spare room. Pleased to Say it is all thrifted or hand me downs...

This pretty Tray Table was a Craig's find. The girl just wanted to get rid of it and had been carrying it around in her car for weeks, and met me this past winter to sell it. Sweet!!

LOVE this French 3 seater rush seat bench (thanks to a very generous Tip from a new client.)
Craig's List...did it in a distressed blue. The antique mirror - GW ..and vintage blue heater from my grandparent's farm house...restored long ago by my hubby.

Also love this chipped old Welcome relief plaque.. Goodwill

This is actually a Clock Face table - bought it broken at Salvation Army last Fall, and got my Dad to put new clockworks in it. Love it. All of the green and white glass electrical insulators piled in the white wire basket came from my other grandparent's farmhouse.

This white dresser is an antique that was painted a HIGH glossy black. Looked like it belonged in a Chinese restaurant...$20 on Craig's List. Kam helped me pick it up and load it, yes down a flight of stairs...After 6 coats of primer, blue, and then white paint, with new glass knobs...She is so lovely in her new outfit..

The print on the wall above is unusual art for me to get, but when I saw it at Habitat Restore, it just shouted IOWA to me...(please don't question me about these things!) Corn state...Beef cows are corn fed...oh well...I do love prints of animals and children, 'specially if they are vintage, and I have never seen a Bovine print in blue shades...so grab it - I DID! It WILL hang in my hew home in Iowa!! I love the vintage stained glass lamp..also a GW find this past winter.

The little chair was my mom's when she was a child. The Candlestick was silver, but I decided to give it a white coat since it was a GW find. Just some whimsy...and more blue and white.

A shot of the bed. The wicker headboard was a freebie from a friend when I helped her move and she did not want it. The breakfast tray got a white coat - came from Salvation Army. The bedside wicker table came from GW already white, just polished the dirty brass handle.Even the Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell quilt at the end of the bed came from GW in beautiful shape for just 2.99!!!!! The white fringed spread came from Salvation Army for 1.99!! The toile neck roll pillow was also Salvation Army for .99!

This is one of my favorite finds on Craig's List. A vintage typewriter. **Craig's List $15!!! If you have seen these out and about, you know that is a SCREAMING DEAL!!!! It reminds me so much of a scene in one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart movies, You Can't Take It With You. The mom was always sitting at a little table typing away on one of these hoping to become a playwright one day...Always had a kitten walking all around her and the typewriter! :-) Oh those old days of typing on nice stationary, signing, and stamping the envelope and putting it in the post...No Emailing and Keyboarding....!

This pretty little vintage table was decrepit and scuffed at GW, but for 3.99 I grabbed her, brought her home, cleaned her tightened all the screws and nails, gave her a dry brush coat of white, and then blue, and there she sits. The Vintage Replogle Globe resting on her was in a toy bin at Goodwill all messed up with screws undone. It dangled around like it had broken limbs all over. It too was 3.99. I had just seen one on Craig's List recently for 55.00, but it was a newer model. I could tell by the base. I love the raised relief geographical bumps on it! :-)

Okay...closing the door again. I have also just finished Kameron's room, and I am starting on the boys' bathroom next. This is my post of stuff done to get ready for a move...and also for my hubby to see what I have been busy doing!!

Hugs and Hugs and Hugs to my Iowa Man...whom I miss very very very very much!!!

Blessings to all who might stop by here to visit or see what's going on in our busy little corner here in NC...

Thank you for remembering our Military Heroes and my beloved Marine, Justin, in his deployment over near Libya. God bless them ALL!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Across the Miles.....Birthday Wishes are Blowing...

April 4, 2009 United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina

April 4, 2010 Operation Enduring Freedom
Musa Qala, Afghanistan

April 4, 2011 Operation Odyssey Dawn
Libya - Mediterranean Sea

To My Son....My Marine.....One of my HEROES!!!!!

Missing you ONCE AGAIN on your special day...but thinking of you CONSTANTLY!!!!