I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was warm and relaxed. Spent with family and friends in appreciation of our many blessings. Including my big girl who helped set the table.
Little sis worked hard on the centerpiece.
And it was perfect.
Two very exited little girls got just what they asked Santa for.
A Blythe doll for big sis. Oh glory be! She is the neatest doll. And since I had a feeling she would be getting her from Santa, I just had to order her a couple of outfits. I am in love with her adorable pleated dress, striped tights, and the best part, tiny Uggs! We will definately have a proper photo shoot later.
Little sis got Biscuit the dog. She LOVES him. He is voice activated and does all kinds of things. He barks, whines, sits, lays down, reacts to being pet, wags his tail.... and is her new pet. While I was cooking Christmas dinner I turned around to find him tied up to the kitchen island. "Mom will you watch him please?" I hear little sis say as she runs off to play.
A wonderful day, and a wonderful evening dinner with friends. I'll bet you're wondering if I ever straightened that candlestick. Yes I did.
Here's where Rosie spent most of her time.
In the evening she's by the fire. And in the morning...
Yep, by the fire. Often with her head up just like this. She's silly.
And now for the attic update! It's almost done! In case you don't know we've been renovating the attic into a bedroom for our girls. When we bought this old house it had already been converted into a bedroom, back in the 60's I think. It was not in good shape at all. So we decided to rip out all of the old drywall, and start over. Oh ya, "we" means my husband for any of you new people. He vacuumed out the whole attic, it was gross. Re-wired all of the electrical....stuff. Put in insulation, new windows, new lights, and drywall. We just recently painted the walls, the girls picked their own colors. Light green for little sis, and DARK brown for big sis. But I demanded that we keep the ceiling white, since the ceiling is so low up there. I have to say the colors turned out great. So on Sunday we all went to the big city to go to Home Depot. We were hoping to find a decent deal on carpet for their room. Oh my, it was too expensive. Not in the budget at all at the moment. So I decided to paint the plywood floors a bright shiny white, and let them choose nice throw rugs. As soon as the floors were dry we brought up their rugs, and some toys of course!
Here's the view from little sis's side. I can't wait until we get some nice white trim up there. The ceiling up here is so low, my husband can't stand up straight in the middle. But I can! At 5'4" I've got lots of room! I think the low ceiling adds to the cozy feeling up here. I would have loved this room as a little girl. I can just picture sitting near the window on a rainy day reading a good book. Which I'm sure my girls will do many times over the years.
My sweet husband installed reading lights with a switch nearby, right where their little beds will go. Our girls love to read in bed at night.
The view from big sis's side. Her side is bigger, but little sis liked the storage on her side.
Lots of cabinets that the original renovator made. They need a nice new coat of white paint.
I am making each girl a special quilt and curtains for their new rooms. Big sis chose Amy Butler fabrics to go with her brown. And little sis chose 1930's reproductions. Which I'm really exited about since our little house was built in the 30's.
Next is to paint their beds white, and work on the stairs. The stairs are a nightmare. They have the original dark gold paint on them, and old glue residue from carpet. I can deal with the gold paint easily enough, but the glue-y stuff is not fun. Once I figure out how to get that off they will be painted white, along with the hand rail. Wish me luck!