Formerly Pendleton Primitives

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The new house.

    And it's snowing again.  No real surprise there but I have a feeling with this blizzard like weather, our site work will be postponed until spring. The builder tells us they cannot pour the foundation until we reach above freezing temperatures and well, frankly, these storms seem never ending.

   To keep our spirits high we often look at the original housing brochure with the floor plan we chose. Right now it's tattered and on the floor next to the little guy because he carries it around like a security blanket.  He just doesn't quite understand the depth of the situation.  The other day I asked him to point to his room and after he did so, I drew in furniture and he seems quite pleased now.  I also bought him a childrens book on construction to help explain the process of tearing down and rebuilding and now there are less cries for the old house.

   So I thought I would share with you what we ordered from Hart Housing.  We chose a very economical HUD home with the very basic amenities.  With The Pulse we had almost no choices as far as decor. Black cabinets, paneled walls, faux stone vinyl floors and one color carpet. Nothing fancy in the least. We did opt to put in ceiling mount electrical for each of the rooms but could not afford the actual lights/fans so we will have to install them later as we can afford it. We also opted for the fourth bedroom but then gave up a patio door.

  One option we did have was placement and exterior color. We chose to have the home run vertical on our property so the entrance is the mud room.  I liked the idea of kids coming in wet, muddy, dirty and being able to take off their outdoor attire before entering the rest of the home.  I also liked that while I am washing dishes, I can look out and watch them play on their swing set. Now for the exterior color I chose a slate grey siding and red shutters. When I looked at the two together I instantly thought Colonial and that my friends, sold me.

  It's a very plain shoe box home, no real roof pitch and the decor is not at all our style; however, it will be brand spanking new.  We don't have to worry about what the previous home owners did within its four walls. It's a clean home and it will be ours. We will provide plenty of character.





  


     I'm pretty excited about a few things like the fourth bedroom, which we opted to do, two full baths and a separate laundry room. It just can't be built soon enough.

    So friends, what do you think? Leave me a comment or send me a message. I do enjoy you stopping by and I'm so glad some of you have managed to find your way to the new blog!

  Stay warm.

  ~Christina 


 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm taking a vacation.

In a novel. 


   I'm so happy to have finally found reading material that I can curl up with.  

  

   When I realized I was lacking a bookmark I dug into my scrap material and made one using a tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.  And if if I do say so myself, it turned out pretty adorable.  

 http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2011/04/fabric-bookmark-tutorial-teacher.html
(I apologize, I can not find the permalink in mobile blogger)

That's all folks, short, simple and quick. 

I'm off to plan tomorrows day and hopefully curl up with chapter 6 and 7 tonight.

Stay warm!

~Christina 




Monday, January 27, 2014

Pinned it, Made it!




    Before I canceled my blog and lost my creative flair I participated in Pinned it, Made it! Monday's with Tammy, blogger of Country Girl at Home.  I often looked forward to Mondays, perhaps, because my inner child could still participate in show and tell.  Not only did I look forward to Mondays, I also  was excited for the weekend prior because it meant I needed to find something productive to do whether it was trying out a new recipie or craft tutorial.  Many times my daughter would help and even sometimes the entire family would join in on the task that I was trying to complete which brought us closer as a family unit.  

    I have missed participating and I know Tammy has wondered if she will keep hosting the Pinned it, Made it! Mondays, however, I hope she continues to do so. Even though my family is recovering from an unfortunate event and we are monetarily challenged, I will strive to participate when I can.  It will be a new goal of repurposing like today's pin which cost me $0! So it's possible! I'll just have to get the mental cogs in motion to see what creative FREE pins I can come up with.

    Now let me show you my $0 repurposed pin from Corner blog.l





  • Materials List

  • Old T-Shirts
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Needle and thread (I used a sewing machine)

   I used one of my old stained T-shirts and one of my husbands as well.  I knew I wanted to make a basket similar to the one above, however, I didn't particularly want to commit to that size. I also used the slip knot method vs. sewing the ends together. The outcome was an adorable shabby chic tote perfect for my daughters American Girl doll and a little braided rag rug for her dolly as well.



    You can see dolly is ready for a winter pic-nic complete with pumpkin bread and Cracker Barrel syrup....ummmm...yummm?? 
    This is a very simple craft, one you don't need to commit to for an extended length of time which for me was essential.  It can be done completely by hand, no machine needed. For me the most important aspect was cost and since I had everything on hand I didn't need to spend a dime and now my daughter has a few small treasures to enjoy....minus the syrup.



On no! Look away, look away! Ugh! This is a view from our hotel room and as you can see, well, you can't see the sidewalk that was recently plowed. In fact, the pic-nic bench will be buried soon. At least we didn't have to make the hour long drive to school but husband did have to go in and make the hour  and a half long drive this morning. I've read they are ticketing folks on the roads so I'm praying he's safe and ticket free, we simply can't afford more negatives in our life. Only positives! 

Stay warm and cozy and if you get a chance, take a peek at my side bar and join my blog!

~Christina