Labor Day weekend was Swiss Days in Midway, where
our cabin is located. This year, the amazing Heidi Swapp
was there selling her beautiful signature wall words.

It was quite a treat to get to meet and talk to her while
choosing a few words to take home.

Over the last month, I've been working on a fun challenge
that was inspired by the talented Judy Wise. Each day for
a full month, I painted on the same canvas.

That's a lot harder than it sounds. There were times along
the way, when I could have stopped, and called it finished.
But, I had to keep going. Some days I was happy to cover
things over, and other days I had difficulty covering things.

A lot of feelings surfaced while I was painting, and
I learned some things about myself.

Here are some of my days.

I'm so excited! I just signed up for a subscription program
with Flora Bowley called Studio Diaries. It's a full year
of 'monthly inspiration to nourish your creative soul.'

Right now, she is offering a free month of inspiration.

And, this little angel is growing up fast! She is 10 months old now,
and so amazing! She is crawling, and standing more and more.
While visiting last week, she even took a few steps on her own.

She loves the dogs, and gives kisses like crazy.

Being a gramma is the most exciting thing since becoming a mom!



Do you find yourself getting lost on the way to doing something?
Someone please, tell me that I am not the only one who can't
seem to stay on task, and ends up wandering aimlessly. I wasn't
always like this, it seems to be happening more as I get older.

Anyway, earlier this year, my hubby tore apart the
livingroom/kitchen/hall area of our home. We removed
chair rail, wallpaper, carpet, and all of the moldings
throughout. It was a big job, but he is always such a sport.

He put in new moldings, a new kitchen door, and repainted
the rooms. We also added new carpet, and a couch and chair.

I wanted to share my new livingroom with you, but here
is where I got lost. When I went to add the photos to this post,
I found myself wandering through photo files.

I've made a few changes over the last several years.

So here is where we are today. It's a big change from all the pink
and I am loving it so much!

I'm really loving the new moldings.

The rooms were actually finished by early April, and I have yet
to do anything with this wall. The crazy thing is, I actually like it this way.

Our kitchen door comes in from the driveway, and we just
have a small landing, so we created a faux mudroom. We
used some old boards hubby had in his shop to make the coat
racks, and I got the idea for the bread pan board HERE.

During cold weather, we can now hang our coats at the back
door, and gloves and hats will go in the bread pans.

We didn't make any changes to this side of the kitchen,
but I'll share it anyway, just because it's kinda clean. ha ha

I'm going to have carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand
in a few days, so I hope we all have a wonderful week!



Some fun things have happened since my last post.

The MOST exciting of which is that my husband and I became grandparents
for the first time. This has been quite an experience to say the least.
Little Audrey is now 8 months old, and has brought so much joy
into our lives. When she looks at me and smiles, my heart is so filled
with love, it feels as though it will surely burst.

My darling daughter in law brings her often and they hang out with me.
She is very active, scooting around on her tummy, and is starting
to crawl. I love playing with her, and watching her play, and by
the time they go home, this old gramma is pretty tired.
But I wouldn't trade the time with her for anything.

I wish I could show you her beautiful face, but this is as much
as her daddy will agree to, and I'm okay with that.

I have also started scrapbooking again. Oh my gosh, it has been
forever, and our albums are so behind.

My son and daughter in law asked me to do scrapbooks for Audrey,
so that is what I've been doing the last several months. I love
creating these pages for her because it's like I'm right there with her,
watching her grow up and discover the world around her.

And I'm feeling more motivated all the time to start working
on the family albums again. I really do LOVE this hobby.

I hope you're having a great week, and doing something that you love!