For two weeks now I have wanted to do a recap of everything we accomplished last year. But to be honest, we really didn't get that many projects done in 2013. Apparently I rearranged the kitchen shelves a lot, and we spent a good deal of time out in our garden. But the biggest project of all, moving our daughter to Austin, went by without me taking a single photo. Hmmmm wonder what that's about? I'll stick with that we were just scrambling to get it all done. And nothing about being in denial here, no way (cough cough!).
Anyway, it looks to be a promising year for the Haywoods in 2014! We have some great projects planned and some awesome business opportunities on the horizon. How about I share some photos from 2013 while I blather about the coming year? There's no rhyme or reason to these, just a few pictures that were some of my favorites last year.
First up, this lil' ole blog of mine is way overdue for an update! I have sort of tweaked it throughout the years but I think it's time for a total overhaul. Not sure exactly when this will happen, but a freshening is definitely in order!
Despite my dreams of moving a little farther away from the city, it looks like we'll be staying here for at least a few more years. It doesn't make sense for us to over-improve (I just stole that line from Shannon!) right now, in this market. We live in a Conservation District, and although most houses here can't be torn down, ours can. It doesn't meet the guidelines that most other homes in the neighborhood do. Unfortunately, that means that any improvements we make will likely not raise the value of our home much higher than it already is.
So, frugal renovation it is! It's more my style, anyway :)
I have been dreaming forever of a carerra marble counter in our kitchen. And guess what -- I found some! Yep, carerra marble tiles for free, from some construction down the street! We would only need to buy a few more to have enough to do the sink side of our kitchen. I'll be completely content to live with those, and save the extra $$ for my next kitchen.
A new beadboard backsplash on that side would be nice too, and thanks to the guy who was giving a bunch of it away on Freecycle, that's going to be a possibility! If you haven't heard of Freecycle, I wrote about it here. It's a wonderful resource for sharing leftover materials and items that just aren't needed any longer. We were given quite a few beadboard pieces that are the perfect size for the kitchen, and a couple of other projects too.
Our bathroom needs a total gut job, but a facelift will have to do for now. I'm on the lookout for something thrifty to replace the cracked floor tile. Some new tile (or more marble) to replace the dated tumbled marble counter top would be great, too. I have been checking Craigslist frequently and it's time to make a trip to the Habitat ReStore. Oh and some of the beadboard made its way into the bathroom, and I haven't even shown you all yet! It turned out really cute, I'll photograph that and show you all soon.
Our old doors have needed to be stripped and refinished for a loooong time now. After reading so many great reviews about CitrusStrip, I'm finally going to give it a try. I would also love to replace our door knobs with some vintage glass ones -- we found some in Canton for a mere $8 each! I'll keep the old knobs to reinstall when we sell our house and take the cute glass ones along.
You all have heard me talk about our hardwood floors before. Even though this is a tiny house, moving everything out, sanding and refinishing the floors, and then moving back in would be a huge job. Not to mention, still a little costly. I'm seriously thinking about going right over them with Gel Stain, a section at a time. I know it wouldn't wear nearly as well, but don't you think we could get a couple of years out of it? It doesn't seem like it would be that hard to touch up, either. I'll be continuing to read up on this and see if anyone has had good results.
More important than any of these projects though, is my continued search for balance. Balancing time spent on the computer with time to get things done. I would so love to be the perfect blogger, the one who answers every email, and blogs on a consistent schedule without fail. And still put three healthy, delicious meals on the table every day. Be there for my daughter every time the phone rings or a text comes through. Keep a perfectly tidy home and always be caught up on laundry. Give back to our community, something I sorely miss now that our daughter is no longer in the public school system. And now that I'm in my 50s, I fully realize how important it is to nurture my health a little more. Balancing all of these priorities will be a major focus for me this year! I've spent a lot of time finding who I am, while looking at who I want to be, and the New Year is the perfect time for self-reflection and reprioritizing. I guess that being a work in progress means there will always be needed growth, and that' something I never want to sacrifice.
I can't tell you how much it means that you all come by here, read my stories, and leave such wonderful, encouraging comments. I never seem to be able to answer every one, but I read and treasure every single word that you leave. Writing this blog has become one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me! It's a wonderful world out there, and I'm so glad we are all in it together.
Love to all, Andrea
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