Monday, November 30, 2009
I have created a new blog to support my new venture as a "designer"...
I hope you will come visit me, as a few friendly faces are always nice when you are starting something new!
Life with Lulu has been a blast and I am so grateful for all the friendships it brought to my life! I'll be closing "lulu" in a week or so!
Posted by hqm at 2:56 PM
Friday, November 20, 2009
A few weeks back, I mentioned we were looking at moving to a small farm...those plans have been tabled until the new year. I think about the farm all the time, continue to drive by and check the listing online...MBM, has moved on. And by moved on, I mean hasn't given a second thought and is more focused on the beach house. If we were to move to the farm, our beach house plans (knock down and rebuild) would be years and years and years away...you know, because this all cost money and we have three kids to educate. Those are the things I forget about...thanks goodness for MBM to reel me back in!
We have been talking more about the beach house and yesterday in the mail we received a real estate magazine for our beach town and surrounding towns...this is getting really long...sorry ...
Anyway, we came across an architect and fell in love with his work. And while looking at his online portfolio found houses that we have photographed to use as inspriation when it is time for the wreaking ball!
Take a look...I love EVERY detail in his work!
I should mention, our house and lot are tiny...so don't get the wrong idea...he would need to design something in minature!
Posted by hqm at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My client, a stay at home mom of two young boys need helpwarming up her dining room. She LOVES blue (thank goodness since she is in a house full of boys) her goal was pretty! I think that is exactly what we got!
Posted by hqm at 11:43 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is the first time I have made romans like this...lined, with dowel pockets in the lining, wieghted at the bottom and three lined up in a row. I was thrilled with the finished product. Everything hung straight and level and the pattern in the fabric matched all the way across!
A lot of fun to make...except hand sewing on all the rings...OUCH! I think the girls bathroom needs some new roman shades!
The pictures of the blind down didn't turn out very well...BOO HOO
Posted by hqm at 6:09 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
A few weeks ago, I mentioned greener pastures for us...well we have put the whole thing on the back burner. After meeting with the realtor we have a clearer picture of the housing market and mortgage crisis. ...the housing market is in the potty, we would take a hit on our house, if we could sell it at all (only 3 houses in our price range, in our school district have sold in the last six months...UGH!!!!), we are heading into the holidays which is a TERRIBLE time to try to sell, not to mention try to keep the house tidy for showings.
So, we are going to revisit the move after the new year...from what we have learned, we are pretty confident the farm house isn't going to sell before then...all goes back to the mortage crisis. And if it should sell...then it wasn't meant to be!
My yard sale was rained out...so my dining room is still a mess. I am planning on dragging everything into the garage until the rescheduled date of the 31st, yes, Halloween as if yard sales are creepy enough!
Our house has no signs of fall in it that is my goal today! As usual...late to the party!
Posted by hqm at 10:06 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? brown
3. Your mother? busy
4. Your father? retired
5. Your favorite food? Italian
6. Your dream last night? nada
7. Your favorite drink? wine
8. Your dream/goal? simplify
9. What room are you in? office
10. Your hobby? sewing
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? farm
13. Where were you last night? bedroom
14. Something that you aren’t? jealous
15. Muffins? pumpkin
16. Wish list item? barn
17. Where did you grow up? Pennsylvania
18. Last thing you did? laundry
19. What are you wearing? pajamas
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? dog
22. Friends? true
23. Your life? full
24. Your mood? content
25. Missing someone? neice/nephew
26. Vehicle? Volvo
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? Green
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Posted by hqm at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
No news is good news? I am not so sure about that. We are still in a holding pattern...waiting, waiting, waiting. I always pride myself on being patient, clearly, I am not as patient as I thought.
Posted by hqm at 9:47 AM
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I am getting dangerously close to the half marathon I registered for back in July...18 days! I feel pretty good about it...I think? Sunday, I ran 10 miles in a local state park, the path along the creek was lovely, cool and soft on the hoofs...I felt great the whole run. I am on the hunt for new running shorts/pants...after a long run I have chub rub issues...and I am not sure the world is ready for me in compression shorts! Looking for suggestions!
Posted by hqm at 1:08 PM
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
BEFORE: This little wicker set (sofa and love seat) basically fell into our hands from my MIL's cousin, she wanted something new for her sun porch. My MIL snatched it up for us and our empty beach house living room! Now, I am not a hug fan of wicker and a matching set is overkill but the price was right...a hug and kiss! So you can see in the before picture it looks as if it was taken right form the set of the Golden Girls with the pickled finish and floral cushions. AFTER: Eight cans of brown spray paint, then a walnut stain on top, 12 yards of outdoor fabric later! The Paint Treatment: really eight cans of spray paint for both pieces, my trigger finger and right arm hurt for a few days following. Then I brushed on, haphazardly, some Walnut stain I had left over. The stain added shine, texture, depth, and protection. I was so thrilled with the way it turned out, I did the same treatment to a wicker buffet(yes, more pickled wicker) The Fabric: Was like a dream come true! I have coveted this outdoor fabric forever...it is off white quilted diamonds, my favorite (click pic to enlarge)...but, at $98.00 per yard retail, NEVER GONNA HAPPEN! Until, I walked in to the outlet and there it was, two bolt ends totaling 12 yards for just under eight beans a yard.....SOLD!!!!!! I sewed up some quick covers for the cushions added lots and lots of pillows...it went from Boca Raton 1988 to a cross between this and that! The total cost... Sofa/Love seat...HUG AND KISS Spray paint.....$40 Stain...........FOUND IN THE GARAGE Fabric..........$100 Pillows.........RECYCLED Print Fabric.....LEFT OVER FROM THE HANDBAG DAYS GRAND TOTAL.....$140
******Side Note****** The sofa was in our beach house living room for the summer and the love seat on the front porch. Before we left for the summer I strapped the sofa on the roof of my car and it now and forever will reside on our PA house screened in porch!
Posted by hqm at 10:25 AM
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday we headed to D.C. with a bunch of friends for The Nation's Triathlon. The husbands raced and the wives had a lot of fun! MBM with The Nation's Tri founder, race director , and Mbm's good friend MBM with our friends and travel companions Me and MBM I didn't get any pictures of MBM racing, too many people. He placed 210 over all...there were over just under 4000 racers!
Posted by hqm at 8:02 AM