Friday, October 1, 2010

I can't believe it's October! (And the giveaway winner!)

Thank you for all the well wishes regarding our move! Unfortunately, our house still isn't ready. I would complain about the builder, but he's my husband and I love him madly regardless of how long it's taking. Doing so much of the work ourselves takes longer, but stretches our dollars much further and in the end, that's a very good thing.

I won't bore you with details of our delays, such as of deluges of rain dumped on north Texas by a tropical storm (thanks, Hermine), broken sewer taps and dealing with the water department, or our current foe, the electric company. I won't bore you with the story of my 20 plus consecutive days with a headache, which is now gone thanks to some strong antibiotics for a sinus/ear infection and a round of steroids. (I hope I never have to take steroids again! They made my feel terrible.) Sorry, I guess I just bored you anyway.

We've probably got another week until we can move and I'm anxiously tapping my foot. Living with my mom has really been fun, but I want my stuff out of storage! I packed for about three weeks and we've been here almost six. I can hear my fabric crying out to me from the bottom of a massive stack of boxes.

I'll share a couple of construction shots of my favorite room in the new house, the kitchen!

My kitchen island without it's butcher block top and the floors pre-scraping and staining.

A corner of the kitchen with counters (absolute black granite) and backsplash (Cararra white marble). That hood is over the cooktop that still hasn't arrived. I'm so excited about cooking in that kitchen! I officially pledge to eat out less often after the move.

In crafty news, I've almost finished this quick baseball baby quilt for a shower on Sunday. It's not my really my style (sports), but I think it will be a home run with it's recipient. wha wha.

Alright, I know what you are thinking... get to the big news, Mel!

Oh, you mean who I'll be sending this bundle of happiness to?

That would be number 82...

Ashley who blogs at Our so called life!
And, wow, does she have some adorable kiddos!

I'll send you an email shortly, Ashley. I hope you enjoy the fabric!

Well I'm off to run some errands and seal the backsplash tile in the kitchen to prepare it for grouting. If anyone wants to help, come on over!

30 comments:

Justine said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! Bet you can't wait to move in!

Becky said...

Wow,that kitchen is gorgeous. I am super jealous! It would be my favorite too. Glad you are feeling better. Congrats to Ashley!

venus said...

Aaaa! I LOVE the island... I LOVE the kitchen!!! I'm happy you're feeling better and it's good to see you blogging again!

trish said...

Congratulations Ashely! :o)

Welcome back to the blogging world. :o) I am so sorry for the trials you are facing with building your home. Your kitchen is just gorgeous by the way!! :o)

So glad that your headache is gone, I am sure that was tough to have while you are in the middle of building your home.

I hope that you have a great weekend.
Sincerely - Tricia

Brighton Breezy said...

Welcome back! We missed you

- that kitchen's looking pretty yummy

- and don't worry, soon you'll be able to release the fabric from its cardboard boarding kennels!

Caitlin said...

That turquoise kitchen island is beautiful!! How exciting to see it all finally coming together :)

Rachel Hauser said...

Ack, that island is unbelievable! How bold and beautiful. Please give us the house tour when you're ready =)

The One and Only said...

congrats ashley!! you lucky girl....all I can say is WELCOME BACK!!! I've been checking your blog at least twice a day to see if you've come back and you've totally made my friday!!!

Tapestry Tree said...

Welcome back to blogland! We missed you! Congrats to Ashley. That kitchen almost perfectly matches my dream kitchen, you lucky girl!

Karen said...

First of all, I LOVE your kitchen! Understandably, you're anxious to move in, for many obvious reasons! When you get moved in, I hope you will take us on a cyber-tour!

Sorry you had such a headache and had to go on steroids (no fun!). Glad you're feeling better.

The baby quilt is cute, but not my style either. The recipient will love it...

Take care!

Karen

Mary said...

Great kitchen! Glad you are back!

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulatons to Ashley! Beautiful kitchen!

Ashley said...

YAY! Thank you so much! I just sent you an email.

Love the kitchen! Great tile work:)

ragamuffin yogini said...

Glad you are back to the blog. LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchen (that island is my favorite color!!!).

Nancy Sue said...

Welcome Back! Hang in there, hang in there, hang in there...Glad you're feeling better and just keep thinking how great your house is going to be and how much you've stretched your funds!!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

While I'm sad I didn't win the fabric, I'm glad you're back! Also I LOVE the color of your island. So great!

Jackie said...

Congrats to Ashley! Lucky girl....

Your kitchen looks wonderful. Construction delays are never fun but it will all be worth it in the end. Sweat Equity is a wonderful thing!

Cheryl Arkison said...

I pledge to cook for you in that kitchen if you let me move in! I can't wait for you!

Meg said...

Welcome back! I totally understand how things run behind, whether you're doing them yourselves or not. I was supposed to be without a kitchen for 2 months--it was 6 before the counter and sink were finally installed! Best of luck to you, and congrats to the giveaway winner!

Barb said...

Wow, your kitchen is fabulous! Enjoy your new house...and we're glad your back!

Katharine said...

It's nice to have you back. I just love that kitchen especially the marble tiles on the splashback. Here in Australia you don't seem to be able to get any sort of marble tile that isn't a foot square floor tile. So I am particularly jealous. And the island unit is just gorgeous!

Sarah said...

Hey Melanie, Welcome back (to blogland, I mean)! Your kitchen looks awesome... I love the sound of a butcher's bench. OMG!!!!

Jeannette said...

Awesome kitchen! I love the island color,pretty. That marble must be popular now my husband (builder too) just installed some it just like yours. I feel the pain of wanting to get moved in and back to normal, just got back in our space too.

pinsandneedles said...

Welcome back! I missed reading your posts!
Hope you are able to move in soon. Your kitchen is looking great!

live a colorful life said...

Missing you. Coincidence that since you have been "gone," work on my hexagon charm quilt has slowed to a stop? I think not...

Your island is going to be fabulous! I can't wait to see more pictures of your house.

an encourager said...

Congrats to winner. Whatta great prize!

WendyLou said...

So glad you're back :)

Anonymous said...

love the kitchen! just wondering if you are going to put up more photos of your completed kitchen and what color fixtures you went with. tell all!

A-Squared said...

I absolutely love your island. I'm also in the process of getting ready for a major renovation including the kitchen. Did your husband build the island or did it come from a cabinet mfg or something. I would love something like it. Could you share where you got it?

Many thanks!

marble top dining table said...

That turquoise kitchen island is beautiful!! How exciting to see it all finally coming together :)