Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What We Accomplished #72

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I have not had time to get any projects done around here. Taxes and business have kept me pretty busy. I am happy to say my Etsy business is picking up. I've been busy sewing aprons and dreaming up new product ideas. Here's some of my newest creations.

I've also spent a lot of time just trying to keep warm! If you live where it is reasonably warm year round, you can't imagine what 40 below zero wind chill feels like. That is what we've been experiencing here in the northern regions. That is COLD! With the wind blowing so fiercely, it has been hard to keep the house warm, even with a wood furnace. We have been shoveling huge amounts of wood into it's hungry belly for days. I go around with layers of clothing on and my robe on top of it! When I sit working in my chair, I'm covered in my thick fleece tie blanket up to my eyeballs. You should see me when a hot flash happens.  Clothes and blankets go flying!

My hubby has been working on a several projects this cold winter.  He installed new risers and steps on the basement stairs. He still has to add beadboard to the top portion of the walls, and a ledge along the point where the walls meet unevenly. There is one shelf under the stairs, but I may add serveral more for more storage.

When it warms up this spring, I will paint the new stairs and walls. Right now it is dark and unfinished, but some white paint will do wonders! Keep in mind, our basement is a service style basement, not a living area. It is divided up into storage area, wood furnace and wood storage, food storage area, and my still unfinished craft room.

He also added a wall on the right side of the stairs and built another storage shelf in the food storage area.  Oh and he wired my craft room so now I can just flip a switch to turn on the lights! Before, I had to walk to the middle of the room and pull one of those string lights. This week or next he also plans to install a new on-demand water heater to replace our old gas guzzling tank. Love it when that guy is in project mode!

There were some other busy beavers this month. Just look at these amazing projects!

Jen, of Noting Grace, showed her awesome kitchen remodel. Love all the light bouncing white and fresh farmhouse look!

I love this sweet little chive wreath that Alexandra, of My Piece of Vintage Prairie, created. Her pictures are stunning too!

There is a brick chimney hidden underneath wood slats and drywall in our living area. I've thought about tearing all that off and painting the bricks white. Deb, from Seeking Lavender Lane, may have given me the push I need with this amazing faux brick chimney she and her hubby created.

Paula, from Ivy and Elephants, transformed the inside of an antique armoire in their bedroom. Isn't it gorgeous? I love the functionality of if too.

Biljana, from Biljana Shabby, always makes such sweet plaques and other pretties. These little plaques are beautiful and would make such pretty door signs.
Mary Beth, from Mary Beth's Place, took a really run down cabinet and brought it back to life. Check out the beautiful transformation!

Fabby, of Fabby's Living, has a beautiful dining area, with some amazing furniture pieces. This gorgeous antique Belgium buffet took my breath away.

Simple and sweet, this rose heart wreath, by Surroundings by Deb, is the perfect shabby chic valentine wreath.

There is nothing like a hot casserole to warm you up on a cold, blustery day. This version of  chicken casserole is similar to one I make, but steps it up a couple of notches with the addition of chow mein noodles and chopped almonds. Yum! Find the recipe by Pattie, at Olla Podrida.

Marie Alison is a young lady who cooks for her family of ten...2 sisters, 5 brothers and her parents. She shares amazing recipes and is a very articulate blogger at Ten at the Table. You must visit her and check out her awesome recipes, including this freezer friendly, homemade pizza crust!

Now it's your turn. Share your latest accomplishments, projects and recipes. Visit some links and join in the fun!

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1. Only projects you have made/accomplished pretty please. This means no round up of others projects, give-aways, reviews of products, etc. Items for sale are okay, as long as they are in tutorial form, and linked to your blog post.  No links to shops or Etsy stores  Link up to 3 posts - please link posts new to this party.

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  1. Thanks for the party Deborah! I love all the features!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my china cabinet makeover, Deborah! Great party!

  3. My first time joining you party! Thanks for hosting!

  4. Hi Deborah, You have been busy this winter and the stairs and shelving look great. Love your new aprons too. So glad you are busy with your shoppe! Wonderful features this week and thank you for hosting once again.
    Have a great evening.
    Hugs, CM

  5. I was so excited to see my Herbed Chicken Casserole as one of last week's most viewed posts. I hope everyone tries it and enjoys it as much as we do.

  6. Thanks for hosting again.
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  7. Deborah, thanks for hosting again. Very cute aprons! Melissa

  8. Thanks a lot Deborah for featured my door signs. Have a beautiful day!

  9. Wow Deborah, you have been quite busy and I can remember those cold winters bundling up in everything I owned and feeding our woodburner till I thought it couldn't eat another log. The exact reason we moved to the South - it gets chilly here but I'll take 38* over -40* wind chills any day. Thank you for hosting. Remember Spring is coming and stay warm this week. Cathy

  10. Oh my goodness sweet lady, what a great surprise to see my buffet featured and that yo liked it so much! I feel honored to be chosen. Now I'm off with the party button and I will give you the shout out in this post.
    Thank you so much for hosting this week again.
    Have a lovely week.

  11. I really like your new creations Deborah:)
    Thank you for the party and have a great day (even if it's cold.....)

  12. Hello Beautiful! What a fabulous party! Thank you! Please take a moment to stop by our party. We would love to see what you have been working on! Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

  13. Hello Beautiful! What a fabulous party! Thank you! Please take a moment to stop by our party. We would love to see what you have been working on! Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Thanks for hosting! So many great projects this week! Have a good one!

  15. We're getting lots of snow here today!
    Trying to stay warm, just like you.
    Your party sure attracts many talented people, Debbie!
    Love to you.

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