July 24, 2012


The projects are never ending around this place! I find myself working all day long and then at night I'm too tired to do anything at all. I keep thinking that things will go pretty fast and then it so doesn't. For example painting our living room. I found myself saying how hard could this be, it's just painting. It was so much harder than I thought it would be. Partly because it's not a brand new home and on top of the walls being a little wonky there are layers of paint to be dealt with. But we did it and I only have 1 more door to paint and a few spots to touch up. Anybody have any good painting tips that they want to share? We definitely learned a lot as we went. Here's what the room looked like before:

And here's what it looked like after we painted, the angles not quite the same but you get the idea. It's an odd shaped room to take pictures of.

Mostly what's left is unpacking and adding all the fun touches, it's nice to have a fresh coat of paint and clean white trim. What do you think of the green?

After all this painting I needed to  take a break and do a little retail therapy. The people we bought the house from left us a set of solid wood furniture on the sun porch a.k.a. solar room. Have you ever heard of a solar room before? I hadn't but it's a fascinating concept. 

As you can see the cushions had to go. They were itchy and I'm allergic to cats and I'm convinced they had one. So I began my search and found some awesome deep seated outdoor cushions on clearance.  That would take care of the bottom cushions and for the top I'm on the hunt for fun, large pillows. There's a couch, love seat and chair to find cushions and pillows for. The love seat is done, I'm still searching for the perfect pillows for the couch.

I'm in love with the light in this room! I had a dream about the print on those pillows, Isn't that weird? I wanted to maybe do wallpaper in this room with insects but the pillows will do for now. Aren't they too fun?

I was able to get enough green cushions for the couch and love seat but the chair I had to get a different color.

Next time you see furniture with good bones don't pass it by there's almost always a way to bring it back to life! Have you got any interesting projects going on around your house, tell me about it?

July 13, 2012


We closed on our house one week ago today! It ended up being only 4 days later than anticipated. The bank did their appraisal at the very end and decided that the house needed some work. We were well aware that we were buying an old house and that it needed work but the things they wanted done were just silly. We worked hard to meet their requirements and finally closed! There's something about working for what you want. It really makes you appreciate it that much more.

My phone died the day before closing and on top of that we soon discovered service at our knew house was very spotty. We finally got internet installed this week and it feels good to be able to connect with the world again. The funny thing is I just haven't gotten around to it. I've been cleaning until my fingers are raw. And when I've not been cleaning I've been sitting on my screened in porch enjoying the birds songs and the graceful deer. Did I tell you we saw a bear the day we moved in!?! It was so gorgeous, with the softest looking velvet black fur and a honey colored nose, don't worry he was skittish.

Here's a picture of the back of our new farmhouse. I can't believe I have my very own red bridge that crosses over my very own creek!
 There have been entirely too many of these around.
For a while I thought I moved into a Spider Sanctuary, where spiders go to be protected. Luckily they've slowly started disappearing as we've taken over their territory.

Today I've been prepping for painting the soon-to-be living room and library. It feels good to work so hard but it's really exhausting.

It's probably going to be hard for a while to stay as consistent with my blogging. If you're looking for away to stay connected I'm on Instagram. I add pictures pretty regularly with my phone since that tends to be much more handy. My user name is creatingthroughlife. I hope to see ya there!

July 5, 2012

Home is Where your Heart is

Have you ever gone through a time in your life where you didn't have a place to call home? Sometimes when you move to a new place this can happen. Especially when the move is across country. I can remember feeling this way when we moved from North Carolina to Colorado. It was a looong drive, thank God we had movers help us. There was still a week or so when we stayed in a hotel and we didn't have an official place to call home. 

No matter how many times I've moved, the roller coaster never seems to get any easier. A little over a year ago we moved from Colorado to Nebraska and just a week ago we moved from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. 

My husband drove the U-haul towing his truck behind and I followed him in my car. Driving through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio is a long boring drive. It's also pretty nerve wracking seeing your entire life's possessions bounce down the road ahead of you. I did a lot of praying during the drive.

I was so excited when the topography changed and we started driving through the Allegheny Mountains. There were so many winding curves!

We're buying a house in hopes to stay put for a little while. It's truly amazing how the Lord led us to the perfect place. The process was going so smoothly until we actually arrived in PA. We were supposed to close on our house July 2nd. Unfortunately the bank decided to tell us last minute there was work to be done before we could close.
This is one of the original buildings on the property. It's a cold-house that's no longer in use.

The original structure of this house is over 100 years old. It's unbelievable how picky the bank has been! I've worked harder in the past week then I have probably ever worked. It's been hot too! By a miracle all the work is finished and now we just need the appraiser to come back out.

We've been staying in a hotel but have had full access to the house. Because we don't know the area that well and we have our doggy Blanca, we are about a half hour away from the house. So every day we've been driving back and forth from the hotel to the house. Blanca of course is in love. It's hard to get her back in the car to go to the hotel. She loves playing in the creek and exploring the woods.

This process has definitely brought my husband and I closer to each other but also closer to God. It takes a lot of faith to believe that God's got it all figured out and He has a plan. His timing is always BEST! A song came on as I was working the other day called Blessings. Have you ever heard it? It's so encouraging if you may be going through a tough situation or maybe somethings not happening like you thought it would.

I'm happy to have gotten on here and posted. Internet access doesn't exist at the house yet and when I finally get back to the hotel I fall asleep pretty quick. Not to mention my iPhone stopped working! Talk about a disaster!!! I feel very disconnected to say the least and I've been very limited to where I can go since I use Google maps to get everywhere. I hope I can get to the Apple store soon to get it fixed, I think it's the antenna. I can't wait to catch up on all my blog reading. Hope y'all had a great 4th of July!