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so much for February!

February went by in  a flurry of renovations!  We had new carpet installed on two of the four levels of the house, which meant emptying one level, painting while the old carpet was still down, having the carpet installed, replacing furniture, and then a week later, doing the same process on the next level!  While I am delighted with both the fresh paint and the carpet, I do not know if my knees, elbow and wrist will ever be the same!  Now the only things left on my reno list includes installing a bathroom on the family room level, and then gutting and renovating the main bathroom.  That will wait for another few years.  See what happens when you have accomplished all the major gardening work that you had planned??  I just moved indoors!

www.paruscircle.blogspot.com/

Cheryl stitched these lovely BBD stockings for me for Christmas, so I took the time to finish them up     I just adore these little stockings, and keep them up year round on our Norfolk Pine tree in the living room.

I stitched this Mon Bo Sapin Tree (c) Tournicoton as part of a SAL with a yahoo group this is over 1 using 1 strand of WDW Bethleham, on 28 ct blue linen.  I am thinking of a spindle stand finish for this lovely tree.

This was my January 1st guilt free start project I wanted something bright and cheerful to stitch during cold and cloudy January, so Country Yellow Teapot by DMC it was!    I have the Country Blue teapot to stitch as well, and am thinking of stitching a few more teapot and teacup designs to do up a quilt.  If you think you might like the chart and leftover floss for this teapot, drop me a line.  I would be delighted to trade it away to a new home.     Trade pending.

kvstitching.wordpress.com/  and here is a pic of her finished piece :    Isnt that fabulous?  I have not yet decided on a cover page for my book, and hope to work a bit on that this month.

Finally, here are my January and February ornaments.  I am doing something different this year, in that the yahoo group gals are doing an ornament SAL.  Each month, a member chooses an ornament, and we all stitch it up.  I stitched my ornament choice Winter from Marjolein Bastins Four Season Collection on blue evenweave in January,   and this lovely Celtic Christmas banner was Nancys choice in February

And that is it for February!

The Grand Reveal

Before I get carried away with all the stitching and knitting planned for this year, I thought I would get caught up with some of the changes from 2009.  This was the year we finally took down that wall I wanted gone when we bought the house in 1999.  Have a peek:

This is the wall I wanted gone, from both the living room and the kitchen views.

and here is that back wall you see in the first pic it separated the dining room from the back door.

Here is the view after that first weekend of construction in August:

we took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and about 1/2 of the back wall.

In the front entryway, I took off the door to the small coat closet, and we opened that area up as well:

There was no change in the actual dimensions of the closet, but we removed the framing for the door, and that made it appear larger.  Look at that lovely lino, and how small that patch of lino is.

There was rewiring, as we moved electrical outlets, phone outlets, light switches, and we removed both a cupboard and the fan hood above the stove:

After many rounds of drywall mud, much sanding, painting, repairing the holes in the ceiling where the walls came down, having the ceiling painted, having the laminate installed, and cutting and laying tile for the entryways, this is how things ended up!  Feel free to imagine some fresh flowers, candlelight, and reveal-type music here.

I found this pot rack on ebay, and it fits perfectly!

I love the tile we chose for the front entry and  back doorway.   Did you notice that we extended the tile in the front entryway? Now 4 people can get in and out!

Dragonxser's Threads

so much for February!

February went by in  a flurry of renovations!  We had new carpet installed on two of the four levels of the house, which meant emptying one level, painting while the old carpet was still down, having the carpet installed, replacing furniture, and then a week later, doing the same process on the next level!  While I am delighted with both the fresh paint and the carpet, I do not know if my knees, elbow and wrist will ever be the same!  Now the only things left on my reno list includes installing a bathroom on the family room level, and then gutting and renovating the main bathroom.  That will wait for another few years.  See what happens when you have accomplished all the major gardening work that you had planned??  I just moved indoors!

www.paruscircle.blogspot.com/

Cheryl stitched these lovely BBD stockings for me for Christmas, so I took the time to finish them up     I just adore these little stockings, and keep them up year round on our Norfolk Pine tree in the living room.

I stitched this Mon Bo Sapin Tree (c) Tournicoton as part of a SAL with a yahoo group this is over 1 using 1 strand of WDW Bethleham, on 28 ct blue linen.  I am thinking of a spindle stand finish for this lovely tree.

This was my January 1st guilt free start project I wanted something bright and cheerful to stitch during cold and cloudy January, so Country Yellow Teapot by DMC it was!    I have the Country Blue teapot to stitch as well, and am thinking of stitching a few more teapot and teacup designs to do up a quilt.  If you think you might like the chart and leftover floss for this teapot, drop me a line.  I would be delighted to trade it away to a new home.     Trade pending.

kvstitching.wordpress.com/  and here is a pic of her finished piece :    Isnt that fabulous?  I have not yet decided on a cover page for my book, and hope to work a bit on that this month.

Finally, here are my January and February ornaments.  I am doing something different this year, in that the yahoo group gals are doing an ornament SAL.  Each month, a member chooses an ornament, and we all stitch it up.  I stitched my ornament choice Winter from Marjolein Bastins Four Season Collection on blue evenweave in January,   and this lovely Celtic Christmas banner was Nancys choice in February

And that is it for February!

The Grand Reveal

Before I get carried away with all the stitching and knitting planned for this year, I thought I would get caught up with some of the changes from 2009.  This was the year we finally took down that wall I wanted gone when we bought the house in 1999.  Have a peek:

This is the wall I wanted gone, from both the living room and the kitchen views.

and here is that back wall you see in the first pic it separated the dining room from the back door.

Here is the view after that first weekend of construction in August:

we took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and about 1/2 of the back wall.

In the front entryway, I took off the door to the small coat closet, and we opened that area up as well:

There was no change in the actual dimensions of the closet, but we removed the framing for the door, and that made it appear larger.  Look at that lovely lino, and how small that patch of lino is.

There was rewiring, as we moved electrical outlets, phone outlets, light switches, and we removed both a cupboard and the fan hood above the stove:

After many rounds of drywall mud, much sanding, painting, repairing the holes in the ceiling where the walls came down, having the ceiling painted, having the laminate installed, and cutting and laying tile for the entryways, this is how things ended up!  Feel free to imagine some fresh flowers, candlelight, and reveal-type music here.

I found this pot rack on ebay, and it fits perfectly!

I love the tile we chose for the front entry and  back doorway.   Did you notice that we extended the tile in the front entryway? Now 4 people can get in and out!


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