My Childhood Home

June 17th, 2013

All of this recent house hunting with my sister got me thinking about the home I grew up in as a child. It was a sweet single story brick cottage on 1/3 acre with apple tree and plum trees in the backyard, and a creek across the rear meadow where we’d go exploring or fishing for hours and without any supervision.

My brother visited the house two years ago and reported that our childhood home had fallen into such disrepair that it was completely abandoned with the windows boarded up with plywood. The thought made me so sad I couldn’t bring myself to drive past it anymore (it’s in another town 30 minutes away). 

As he left, my brother noticed something out of the corner of his eye, something that still remained, and managed to grab it. It belonged to us anyway, the original address plaque that hung over the door when our family lived there 25 years ago.

original address plaque

 

When Layla posted about her recent visit to her grandfather’s house, it got me feeling nostalgic once more, so I did some digging and found out through online research that someone had bought my childhood home last year and took the time to fix it up. The little brick house had a comeback story to tell.

brick childhood home

 

Here are the four of us kids out in front of it in 1978, I’m the big sister rocking the floral pants, how cute is little sis in her corduroy overalls and little bro in his turtleneck and plaid pants, awesome! We’re standing right in front of the kitchen window, you can see the curtains my mom sewed and the old shingle roof that’s been replaced. There was a split rail fence too, but that’s gone and the windows have been painted white.

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Weekend Reading

June 14th, 2013

Happy Friday friends! Yesterday we headed to the local farmer’s market and I bought several bunches of mixed berries and spent the afternoon making preserves – it’s an annual summer ritual that yields jam so good that my family sneaks spoonfuls out of the jars – will post the recipe next week.

summer preserves ingredients

 

Here are a few links for your weekend reading enjoyment!

I love absolutely everything about this house.

10 things to know when purchasing a home.

This metallic wallpaper is my latest design crush.

I love the use of the color green in Mary McDonald’s newly decorated house.

Overcome your fear of sewing.

Back by popular demand, the quatrefoil duvet I used here is available again.

How to snag a home store floor model.

An entirely different way to see litter.

A royal wedding in pictures.

The art of being a goal getter.

Have you seen these best western movies?  Although I can think of a few more to add to the list, can you?

Fun with Photoshop – classic sculptures dressed in modern day clothing, ha!

And another laugh – cassette tapes we haven’t seen for a few decades – I found some of my old mix tapes in a case in the garage a few months ago, wish I still had a player to remember what was on them. :)

My bathroom painting tips were posted over at My Colortopia this week.

20 historic images of our universe.

Cool grilling accessories – great ideas to give on Sunday.

     

What are your plans for Father’s Day?  Matt wants to head out to the coast for an oyster adventure, hope it’s not too crowded. Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there, enjoy!

 

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