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Then and now !!

I thought it would be fun to show how the house looked when we first bought it , these were taken two years after, and show how different it was, pink no detail painted, the front trim was all pink, except for the squares. YOu can see in the currrent pictures how we painted the big white board and molding accross the front and under the eaves, bright white, which really made the house prettier !!



you can see the pretty trim painted white in this pictureDSCN4411

The back porch taken a year earlier and again, that large board on the back is painted the same color as the house !! We also still had a really ugly storm door and one of those really old doors with the diamond shaped window in it, not like the pretty door we have now in back !! The new door, well, over five years ago new, was a result of getting locked out of the house by a tricky door lock and having to kick the door in, which I have never regreted as we would probably still have that ugly door, lol !!! And yes, I kicked the  door in, which is not as impressive as it sounds as we found only two large nails held the entire door frame in, so we were fairly horrified !



look how small the crepe myrtles were eleven years ago and how much nicer the picket was although it was already showing signs of decay even then . We took off the metal awnings to let light into the house, which helped a lot.


IMG_8883this see how tiny the crepe myrtle trees were back in 2003y

this was earlier this year, they are even bigger and prettier now !! they go above the wires now, which means we will have to trim them this winter so the city does not next spring !! The second picture was taken yesterday !



We noticed this past week how the grass is going dormant already, you can see it in the above picture taken yesterday,  despite being heavily watered, so we are not sure what that means for winter, but maybe an early one, which would be wonderful !! It has also really slowed down and is hardly growing any more. Weird for Sept. fount an inside shot of that ugly door from nine years ago, I  used to tack a cloth napkin over it for privacy, our colors are much different, no more brown and red,
We hated that door and love the one we have now with the windows on top !! Brown carpet and brown paint, with the celing painted the same color, makes a cave, will never do that again !!

this is the back family room, we have a full formal living room up front, that is the big window in the front of the house, next to the porch !!


the room is a lot different but still has some of the same items, the hat rack is down but will re hung next to the tv behind the door, the new tv is much taller and it was hidden behind it, so that is going to be back up and I have a picture to hang above the tv with all the colors of the room, purple, sage green and nuetrals and we will be painting it purple soon , a pretty rich color. For those observant people, it is a huge bottle of bubbles for the grandkids, that somehow  just got left there !! The room is much brighter with the brown paint off the walls and ceilings, and we will paint a pretty shade of purple mauve and repaint the ceiling a bright white, it is a tan now, which was just a top coat to cover the cave like brown.



Well, that is all for now, kind of a rambling before and after post. I hope to share many more projects for this ninety year old house !! We have a lot to do on it !!

Thanks for stopping by !!!



Our cute house

I have been blogging a bit about our house on my beading page and figured since it will be an ongoing thing I should dedicate a blog just to our house. It will be fun to post pictures of before and after as we complete repairs and projects and I can share ideas and get ideas while we are at it !!

Here is our cute vintage cottage, this was taken last year, ignore the trash, I did not see that when I took it and did not retake after it was picked up !!

This house is 90 years old and needs a lot of work on the exterior , mainly the picket, that is falling down and paint on the outside and a new porch floor. It is a solid , very good house, but is ready for a lot of work as you can see in the pictures. We will be adding a lot more purple to the accents on the house, the wheels, some of rails, the pretty molding accrosss the front and the little medalian squards where the big wood brackets are along with the brackets











We plan to paint that yellow shed purple and have a local artist do some pretty sunflowers facing the alley and hanging plants facing the house so when we look out we do not just see a shed, but pretty baskets of hanging plants , but ones we do not have to take care of.

I saw one painted at a mall, so this is what I am talking about , something like this !!!!

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Here is our beautiful back yard, unfortunately after a year of a big dog living in that yard the past year while our daughter and her family rented the house, the yard needs some care, but this is it last year about this time ,

In this first back yard picture, the middle rose appears to be lost now. It seems completely dead. The two on either side appear to have survived, but that lovely orange one is gone. I am so sad. This winter and last summer were brutal and the kids did the best they could, but they both work full time. I am here during the day to hand water and being gone two years took a toll on the yards. We are back to stay and will bring them back to thier glory again !! I will also be adding yard art again, my cowboy is still here, but I have a boy and girl that go in this garden I will be putting back in the next week !! I am so excited to get started on the yards again !!!




the gate is gone to the back part of the yard, you can see where there is a board over it, but it is completely gone now, opening the two yards to each other !! Not sure what the other junk is, but it is just fence now and an opening where the gate used to be !! THe iris are still there and looking good, should be getting buds in the next few weeks and blooming next month sometime. IMG_8934

back porch, but no grill, that moved with our daughter and her family to thier new home, a house we bought while they were living here , we just traded houses two weeks ago and we are both so excited !! They are going to buy the other house from us soon, and we are back in the home we love and missed !!! IMG_8933

My beloved tree in the center of the back yard, I love this tree so much, it is just beautiful. A big old pecan !!! IMG_8936

Here are  our surviving roses from last year, some from the front yard, some from the back,  all taken last year, so I cannot wait for this year !!!






the ones we lost , so sad !!!!



So, we are so excited to be home, and are ready to get out there and plant more roses and herbs and flowers both in pots, and in flower beds.

Over time I will share past pictures of the back yard from years ago and show as we get it fixed up along with the hosue projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by, it will be fun to share this journey with you !!