Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sneak A Peek

 I have been working nonstop
trying to get my new home, yard and property in tip top shape.
&
I've come to this concussion.

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day!
SNAP OUT OF IT ! ! !

Do you remember the day my barn arrived?
This is how it looked.

Then we started insulating it.
Little did we know that, that was the easy part.
Well, it is not finished,
but I've moved a few boxes around to create 
a few sneak peeks 
to show you that I have been working on it.
 My sewing machines are ready . . .
and I have fabric cut to make curtains for the mud room in the bungalow.

When I'll have time to sew is somewhere out of sight at the moment.

Maybe you noticed in some of these photos,
that the walls are mostly painted
and the floor is in :)
Some books are unpacked and on the shelves.


and some items are finding a home on other shelves.

I'm not throwing my hands up and quitting,
like my little friend here,
but I am going to remember to slow down . . .
and get in a little relaxation time . . .

in other words I'm going to  . . .

SNAP OUT OF MY "GOT TO GET IT DONE" MODE
&
Remember that Rome truly was not built in a day, LOL.

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister, 

Connie :)

64 comments:

  1. Yeah! You inspire me! We got a new shed too...and it is slowly but surely coming along. It's for The Honey and all his wonderful tools.
    I'd love a shed. But...I have an entire house, that he pretty much lets me decorate however I want with a few exceptions. I'd rather not have a BASS trophy fish on the living room wall-- But hey... I call my style "eclectic"! I have a whole room to use as crafts now. AND I STILL DON'T HAVE IT THEY WAY I'D LIKE. Your shed is looking pretty nice. You should link up to Where Bloggers Create-- its a link party this saturday @ my desert cottage ...this post would get lots of atta girls.
    I totally agree with taking the highroad and letting the days work take care of itself. ;) Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, I always have a list of "To Do's" that only a team of Navy Seals could accomplish in a day's time. No one puts it on me, I am great at doing that all by myself. It's time to look in the mirror and realize that I'm not as young as I used to be, and take more time smelling the roses and less time weeding them, LOL. Thanks for visiting :)

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  2. Oh Connie, I love your barn sewing cubby house! I would NEVER come out!! WQell done..you must be exhasted, but it will be so worth it after you are done.
    Judy xx

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    1. Hi Judy, it is going to be a wonderful place to walk into and get my creative juices going again. I'm looking forward to the day (hopefully not too far off0 when it's finished. I just need to slow down and work a little bit each day. All work and no play makes Connie a worn-out gal :)

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  3. This is so cute, Connie! I think everything you've done so far as fantastic!! I love your little Mary E. lady...I've often identified with her!!

    Keep up the good work! :)

    Jane xx

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    1. Good Morning Jane, thanks so much for stopping in to visit . . . I love that little gal too. Now I need to start listening to what she is trying to tell me, LOL.

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  4. Wow Connie! What a fantastic craft / sewing room. Or should I say building!!! It is so impressive to have all that space just for you. Don't worry you will be able to create beautiful things soon.

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    1. Hi Sandy, I know that my time is just around the corner, and it is going to me wonderful. It is just so easy to see the goal and wear myself out trying to get there too soon. My poor old body is just breaking down lately . . . I think that it is a combo of working too many hours around here and the intense heat that we are experiencing. No rain for months and weather in the high 90's and going into 3 digits next week.

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  5. Love what I see of your creative space!! What an awesome place to create in!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, I am feeling totally blessed and grateful for my new space :)

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  6. Yeah, snap out of it! I'm rooting for you, I'm sure that you'll get them done, excellently. Happy week, Connie. Keep smiling =)

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    1. Hi Nadia, thanks for stopping by to say "Hi". I love company and thanks for the encouraging words. You have a great week, too :)

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    2. You are welcome, it's ok, as I love your blog. Thanks to you too, Connie.

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  7. You have a barn all for yourself??? And more than one sewing machine?? Looks great what you have done and I like the sign reminding you to snap out of it. So true about Rome!

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    1. Hi Sue, One machine is for sewing and the other for my embroidery . . . I am feeling immensely blessed with my new space :)

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  8. Oh I am so happy you are going to "snap out of it" sounds like a good idea. Me thinks you and hubby need to take a road trip and relax a bit. I was worn out just doing our front porch and turning the gas grill into a charcoal grill in one day. Can't imagine how you did it. Well, all your hard work shows and you did a wonderful job making a house a home. Take care and have a great day.

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    1. Louise, you have no idea how much your comment helps me. I have to remember that everything does not need to get done the first year after you move. It takes time to my a house a home:)

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  9. Gosh Connie I think you've got a lot done in a short period of time. The house, garden and your barn. Your barn looks wonderful. What a great place to hide away and sew. Enjoy it :)
    Ali xx

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    1. Hi Ali, I am looking so forward to having time to go out there and hide-away. I'm even thinking that my old crock-pot might be getting a lot more use once I have more time to hide out in the barn, LOL

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  10. WOW, Rome wasn't built in a day but you sure have gotten a lot done there. So neat and organized and it's not even finished. I want a barn....lol

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you . . . encouraging words are good for my soul. I appreciate your compliment :)

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  11. It looks like you're just about done, Connie! It looks like a great space for you to create in. Will hubby be sharing the space with you? : )

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    1. Hi Kathy, We are very blessed that this property came with a huge cement block shop. Now Steve has his creative space and I have mine. Once he is retired, too, I think having a little time apart will be a good thing, especially when we will only be about 50 feet apart and a phone call away if we need each other :) 24/7 is too much time to spend with anyone, even if it's the one you love the most :)

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  12. Fabulous, what a wonderful studio. You are right to take this easily and enjoy getting out and placing all your treasures xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, I still have the ends of the loft space to get insulated and some more painting to do. Then it is just little jobs that can be fun. It's the insulating the loft that is bugging me the most. It's a tight space and it's hot up there. I've been watching a You Tube video on spray-on insulation and thinking about that. Have you or Pete ever used it?

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  13. what a great place to play the day away! connie, you've gotten so much done in such a short time! i think it's time for you to play:)

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  14. I think your studio is coming along perfectly!! I enjoyed seeing what you have accomplished!
    warmly,
    deb

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    1. Hi Deb, thank you . . . it has been work, work, and then work some more, but it will soon be done :)

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  15. Lucky you, that's a wonderful studio :)

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    1. Hi Silvia, I am feeling very blessed :)

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  16. Dear Connie,
    What a joyous space you have created!! I can only imagine the hours, and days of creating, and happiness you shall have, in your new space!!!
    I especially like the white walls.....lets the art work really shine, and even the art supplies look like little pieces of artwork.

    I adore the fabric choices you have for the curtains in your cottage mud room . Looking forward to seeing them finished.

    Have a wonderful evening.

    K.

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    1. Hi Kerin, thank you for your sweet comments. I am at a place where a little encouragement is very helpful. I really want to get those curtains made and put up. The mud room is on the west side of the house and having curtains up will help cool the room in the afternoon. Also the people that had this home before, let the sprinklers hit the windows and we have extremely hard water. It has taken a lot of elbow grease and steel wool to just get them to a point of being able to see through them. Really! New windows are one of the main things on our "to do list" and we hope to have them in before cold weather. Fixing up an old house requires a lot of patience. The Lord has been working on me and patience for a long time and halleluiah, He never gives up. I feel assured that one day I'll get it :) Thanks for stopping by and visiting, I appreciate it :) Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. You have a really wonderful studio. Looks like the decorations are almost complete. Love it!

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    1. Hi Kristine, I have been having fun decorating and arranging things on the shelves, but I need to get busy and start actually finishing the walls and insulating the ends of the loft.

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  18. Dear Connie,
    I missed your post about your barn. What a great barn. Very big and spacious.
    It's looking so lovely, with all your artwork.
    You are really talented.
    Lots of lovely things there ..love the cover on your chair.
    wishing you happy sewing.
    val xxxx

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    1. Hi Val, it is great to see you. It has been all work and no play around here, but I'm feeling very satisfied with what we have accomplished :) This weekend our daughter and granddaughters are visiting and I'm putting the work on the back burner :)

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  19. Hi Connie, I've been sooo busy myself, I missed your new barn post. I see it now!!! LOVE it! What a great place for yourself and all your creativeness! No Rome wasn't built in a day and if it were, Us girls would change and decorate it over and over again! Sorry, I've been a little absent....I know you understand! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, I have not been blogging that much lately either . . . this moving and remodeling and all the jobs that spring up here and there . . . well, it doesn't leave much time for play. I like what you said about decorating over and over . . . that statement is so true, LOL. Soon we will both be cozy and comfy in our new cottages . . . I have been enjoying your posts and watching your progress.

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  20. Oh it looks so lovely - a perfect space for you to unwind in. Yes, one thing at a time and fun in between. That's a hard one to remember when you want to get it done.

    Enjoy your space and time!

    Leann

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    1. Hi Leann, it is very hard to remember, but my body has started to respond to the all work and no play mode that I've been in. If I don't slow down and learn how to pace myself, I know that I'll be having doctor visiting in my future. I dislike going to the doctor about as much as I dislike crawling into a snake pit . . . so I'm slowing down :)

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  21. It is looking fantastic!! The fabric above are wonderful!

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you . . . I'm looking so forward to having a day to relax in front of my sew machine :) I think that this fabric is going to make some cute curtains :)

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  22. Hi Kerin, well that barn has come a long way. So far it looks fabulous.

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    1. Hi Becky, it is moving right along and is going to be a wonderful place to get creative :)

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  23. You have accomplished so much! What a wonderful place you have created to do more creating in!! It just looks so inviting and cozy, I love it!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks so much, I am delighted that you like it.

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  24. Oh, Connie, I love it! You have been working your fingers to the bone, but have gotten so much accomplished. I get driven like that sometimes too.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, it is easy to get on a roll and not know when to stop and take a break or slow down. I love seeing results :)

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  25. Congrats oh so excited for you. This is such an honor and your home so deserving. I cannot wait to see you in the next issue.
    DIY Wood Pallet Design

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  26. Such a nice house you have here, Connie. You are so creative. Glad that I've found your blog :)

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    1. Thank you, it is always nice to meet another Connie :)

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    2. That's so kind of you. Yeah, it's always does :)

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  27. Creating the creative space is fun in itself, or it should be.

    I love how everything is looking.

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    1. Hi Carol, thank you so much. It is so true . . . creating the space and making it a happy place to create is as much fun as actually working on a creative project :)

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  28. It looks like you've done a ton of work! Yes, please remember to take some time out of every single day to relax and just "be". Your creative space is beautiful and so well organized.

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    1. Hi Melanie, thank you . . . I am having fun moving things around and trying to find the perfect spot for all of my supplies and treasures :)

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  29. You have created a beautiful crafting space, so warm and inviting. Lucky you, having all that space.

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    1. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to have this space. I am enjoying every step in making it my creative haven.

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  30. Oh my, I missed this, you are the luckiest girl in the world to have such a gorgeous crafting space!

    Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol . . . believe me, I feel very blessed :)

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  31. I thought maybe your little barn was your house... lol. I do like your barn, though!

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    1. I love it . . . it's going to be a wonderful place to retreat to . . . I'm thinking that with a blow up bed, it could even serve as a guest room :)

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