feathering the nest

Even though we’ve lived in our new home for over 5 months, it’s only been within the past 6 weeks that I’ve taken on the task of decorating it.  When we moved out of our other home, I sold a good portion of the pictures and such that I had simply because I was tired of them.  I figured that after 20 or more years of service, it was time for them to move on.  It has taken me awhile to figure out how to go about decorating Thee Mission, simply because it is so different than our old home.  Slowly, as the weeks pass, I’ve been adding some touches here and there, and I’m liking it!


I found this little gem at a arts and crafts fair about 2 months ago.  It was love at first sight.  After striking up a conversation with the artist, I learned that he tears down old buildings (barns, cabins, etc) and uses the wood to make his creations.  He also uses the old slate he acquires for the roof.



I’m totally smitten with this little house and can easily imagine what it would have been like to live in…if I was a troll that is.





I’ve always wanted to decorate the top of my corner cupboard, but in our previous home, the ceilings weren’t high enough for me to squeeze something up there.  Now, our ceilings range from 9′ all the way up to 18′.  No problem with space this time around!  These boxes I found on Etsy definitely make things more interesting along with some dried flowers and a little crock.


The most recent addition is a new dining room table.  We have a breakfast area as well as a dining room in this home, so our old dining room table went into the breakfast area.  For the dining room, I wanted a larger table that could seat many for our holiday dinners that I love to hold.  After I came up with a plan and some measurements, I headed out to see my favorite Amish carpenter (and previous neighbor), Roman.  After patiently waiting for over two months, we were able to pick it up last week and I totally love it.  The man continues to amaze me!  I now can easily seat 10 versus the 6 that my old table allowed.




Finally, the dining room at Thee Mission is starting to take shape.  A few more purchases and some quilts, and I think I may be able to call a room “done”.  Bring on the turkey!

morning walks

Now that my youngest daughter is back in school and my oldest daughter is working during the day, I’ve found myself with some extra time on my hands and wondering what to do with it.  Quite the change from the past several years.  Crazy!  So, one beautiful morning I decided that Sadie and I were going to head out to enjoy the woods while summer was still hanging on. We have the great fortune of living about 2 minutes away from this.


up the trail by Thee Mission Homestead

I’ve come to realize that Sadie isn’t a spring chick anymore.  She’s not the only one!  This December she’ll be 9.  These girls of mine are just growing up too fast!   Anyways, spring chick or not, she thoroughly enjoyed herself, and we’ve decided to make it a habit.  Can you blame us with the view?


following the creek by Thee Mission Homestead



corgi on alert by Thee Mission Homestead


Of course, there is the occasional stopping to smell the flowers along the way.  Maybe even chase a squirrel or two.


checking things out by Thee Mission Homestead


Once we make it to the bridge, we usually stop to see the ducks and geese (need to remember to take some bread next time!), and then turn around and head back.


to the bridge by Thee Mission Homestead

And now that I’ve got myself a smaller camera (versus my DSLR) to take along with me, we can capture all sorts of shots while we’re out and about.


 waddle by Thee Mission Homestead


Of course, Sadie would probably prefer that I refrain from taking these sort of pictures and focus instead on the trees and such. 


Today I’m thankful for:


1.  Birds singing

2.  Good cookbooks

3.  Corn stalks

the gift of words

fresh from finishing the long journey of nursing school, i chose to gift myself with something that i’ve eyed for awhile.  i had long ago picked out the charms that i wanted and they all had some sort of special meaning to me.  there’s the house that has the word “nest” etched softly on the back.  then there is a dove for “peace”, a leaf for “rest” and a beehive for “be”.   i then carefully picked 4 word charms that summed it all up:  live, love, grow, create.  all simple enough words, but ones that carry so much weight.

recently, while reading a blog, i came across some more words, ones that i knew were destined to be on my sewing room wall.

this lovely print is from the gals over at sweetwater (don’t you just love that name?).  i’ve long been a fan of their fabrics, not only for the colors, but the words just strike a chord with me.  and what inspiring words they are:  simplify, renew, enjoy life.  yes…yes, i’ll take all 3, thank you.

the most recent gift of words has struck me deeply.  i’ve read ann’s blog for years now, and i always leave  feeling refreshed and challenged.  when i found out that her new book was available, i was still knee deep in med-surg and psychology reading so i knew that it would have to wait.  finally, in april, i downloaded it to my kindle and slowly started to make my way through the pages.  it’s written as only ann can write-very poetic with deep meaning.  you want to take little bits at a time and ‘chew’ on them for awhile, and that’s precisely what i did…for a time.  at some point (maybe about 1/3rd of the way through), some things she said struck me to my core.  like a sponge, i’ve absorbed it.  i’ve since ordered myself a hard copy and am making my way through once again all while scribbling notes and high-lighting.  very few books have affected me the way this one has.  truly a gift.

“words are the voice of the heart…”

trying to find my stride

silly me for thinking that once i graduated, i would be able to jump back in (with both feet, of course) to quilting and photographing and all of those lovelies that i’ve missed so desperately the past 2 1/2 years.  life has since informed me to ‘think again’…

the good news is, we’re down to the wire on wrapping up this crazy ride.  our new home is to be ready come the 14th of this month….which is the exact day that we have to be out of our rental.  that’s if everything falls into place and the planets line up, etc.  if there is a ‘hiccup’ that occurs (oh, i could write a book on those blasted ‘hiccups’!)….we are homeless, plain and simple.  our landlord wanted this house back on the market at the end of april, but allowed us an additional 2 weeks of breathing room (quite reluctantly-he’s been trying to sell it for 2 years).  so, may 14th is d-day.  we’ll either be unpacking our stuff in our new digs, OR we’ll be living beneath an underpass.  gotta love it! 😉

just to make things a bit more interesting, my schedule for the next several days look like this:

~friday:  husband flies back in from texas at/around noon and oldest daughter graduates college at 6

~saturday:  work

~sunday: work

~monday: youngest daughter’s class trip to d.c (i’m a chaperone)

~tuesday:  return from d.c trip at/around midnight

~wednesday: frantically start throwing the last bit of things into boxes and moving it all

needless to say, the whole pipe-dream on quilting and relaxing?  yeah…it ain’t happening none too soon.  however, in between graduating and taking boards, i was able to spend a few hours in front of the sewing machine and came away with a cute little (24″) crib quilt.  it’s all quilted and ready to go on the back of an antique deacon’s bench that will set in the foyer of the new house….or at the bottom of the hill by the underpass. 😉

my dear husband keeps spurring me on, telling me that i have another move in  me, and to find my ‘second wind’.  i dryly reply that 2.5 years of nursing school and our first move sucked that second wind right outta me.  at this point, i’m just thankful for breathing. 😉

hoping to return to ‘normal’ life (*snort*), and this space, soon….