Where is that Calgon bubble bath when you need it?!

Oh my goodness. These last couple of weeks have just been crazy around here! I didn’t even have time to think about writing a blog post, let alone actually sitting down and coming up with something to write about! With the last days of school for our youngest two, plus high school graduation for our middle son, having to finish his graduation quilt, and hosting company for said graduation, working on our new house,Β  PLUS having house showings thrown in here and there, it has been a crazy, nutty, unorganized, out-of-routine couple of weeks.grandparents at graduation

But now most of that is behind us….School is done for the summer, graduation was a success, company has all returned home, quilt was done on time, and now the “only” thing I have on my agenda is house showings whenever they pop up and new house renos. Much more manageable :).

So first things first: Our middle son graduated from high school and was selected Salutatorian. For those of you not familiar with the American education system, the student holding the highest grade of all graduating students is selected as Valedictorian, the second highest grade holder becomes Salutatorian. Needless to say that we are super proud of him!

I managed to finish his quilt the day before his grad party so was lucky enough to not have to work on that till the wee hours of the morning!

I think it will look very nice lying at the end of his college dorm bed! And those are his college’s colors too! ( Total fluke; I had a lot of blues and thought those would make a nice manly quilt, then realized that blue and white were his college colors~ Yay for me!).

With school out for summer now we have a little more freedom to work on our new house. We have gotten quite aΒ  bit done already, but there is still LOTS to do! Our oldest son has been a great help, stripping wallpapers from many rooms, and ripping up flooring and getting them ready ( by removing many, MANY staples) for the new laminate flooring that we picked out. Our downstairs bathroom is getting a complete gut job and it’s scary how much I am enjoying saying that! I ordered some beautiful new (WHITE!!) cabinets for all the bathrooms and all the old, dirty, decrepit BROWN ones are coming out! If they were in decent shape I would have just painted them, but they are not, and they have that certain old smell…

 

These ones will look so much nicer! This weekend we will shop for flooring for 2 of the bathrooms. They both have not so lovely brown linoleum that is 40 years old and I am not a fan of brown ( had you noticed?!). The bathrooms are super small so I feel like I can go CRAZY with any type flooring I want because it will not break the bank, no matter how hard I may try ;). So today I was eyeing some super wonderful vinyl that looks like tiles at Home Depot, but I’m not sure it would be too crazy and I would tire of it soon. What are your thoughts?

While our parents were here for graduation, we gave my mom and dad a tour of the new place, and they promptly wanted to get to work! So my mom cleaned out kitchen cabinets, and helped me paint over top of the wallpaper in the dining room, while my dad removed the carpet from what will become my new quilt room. My parents are always so willing to lend anyone a hand and we are so appreciative of them!

Our youngest son got in on the action too and removed a funky door between the dining and kitchen area!Β  I think our new house is going to mean so much more to us, because so many people that we love and hold dear are helping to fix it up! We know that it will take some time and it won’t all be done before we move in, but in a few years I think our new home will be an awesome place! And in the meantime you all get to “enjoy” the reno stories?! Teeheeeeee!

Honestly though?I cannot wait to get a room to unpack all my crafty stuff in and to get creating again! I have been grumpy and out of sorts and I really think it’s because I am not getting enough creative time. There are so many patterns out there that I want to dive into! Soon…I just have to keep reminding myself about that πŸ™‚

In the meanwhile I do have one little, no, make that 2 little projects I can work on. In my Facebook group I challenged people to the Sweet 16 challenge. Simply put, you grab any magazine, turn to page 16, and make a project inspired by something you see on that page. This was my page 16:Sweet 16 project pageWhat to do with that?! The mirrored headboard is begging to be used somehow, but I have to figure out the details yet. Stay tuned for updates on that project.

And finally, my friend Kristie and I have decided to do yet another Christmas ornament sew-along this year! We had so much fun doing it last year, and the participants really seemed to enjoy it too, so we are repeating it again this year.Merry

More details will follow, but I can tell you that the format will be a little different from last year but we are excited about our theme and our plan! So stay tuned for more info on that project also!

Phew, this turned into a super long blog post…thanks for sticking with me all this time! And if you have read all the way to the end of this post, I have a little surprise for you: I am holding a giveaway!Β  One of you will have the opportunity to win this super cute Amy Bradley pattern!pattern give away

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere ( because that is way more fun!). Just leave me your name right here in the comments and I will randomly choose a winner from all entries. Winner will be announced in my next blog post!

Until next time~Happy creating!

Monique

85 thoughts on “Where is that Calgon bubble bath when you need it?!

      1. What busy but wonderful times! I look forward to hearing more about your Christmas project! Thanks for the chance to win!

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      2. You tile flowing is gorgeous! Congratulations on your sons graduation! The giveaway looks fun! And looking forward to the ornament sewing!

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  1. Congratulations to your son. I’m glad he liked his quilt. Renovation can be exhausting but also, so much fun. Picking out pant colors and new cabinets, yippee! Enjoy!

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  2. Jackie Gross “CC” You are so lucky to have so much family around to help and mostly to share in the celebrations. Good luck to you son. If he is anything like his mom, he will succeed in anything he wants. At first glance I thought the book was “Crappy Quilts” No more diet cokes for a while.

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  3. Congratulations to your son, I love his blue and white quilt! It will be fun watching the redo of your house. We just finished two bathroom remodels, one last fall and the other just finished. The new looks are so nice! The vinyl tiles are beautiful and will look wonderful with your white cabinets, only you can know if you will tire of them. The colors are so pretty. Enjoy the process of the remodel and hope you can get back to sewing soon. Thanks for a chance to win, that is a cute pattern.

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  4. My youngest graduates tomorrow from high school. Crazy time! When I saw how handsome your son is and very smart, I thought my daughter needs to meet a boy like him! Your house changes are moving along. It won’t look like the same house you bought, but oh so much more you. As for the bathroom floor, maybe something that is a mixture of white and light gray in a stone look. Your color accents could be really any color. Enjoy summer! Thanks for the chance to win something that is so me!

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  5. Congratulations, for so many things! Love your folks just joining in, mine were like that. Yeah the Christmas ornaments! I haven’t been on FB for soon long, maybe this will get me back!
    Enjoy the summer!
    Barb Bischof

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  6. Love reading you blog and hearing about your life and project. I am an Aussie so glad you explained about your son’s graduation. Great you have had family visiting and willing to help with the renovations. I would love to win the quilt pattern as looking for something different to make.

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  7. I enjoyed your blog – wow have you been very busy – such happy events! This quilt pattern looks like fun! I can’t wait to find the details for the next Christmas sew along.

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  8. Congratulations to your son….and YOU for making it through! I admire you for staying sane through all you have going on! Hang in there!

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  9. Kellie Campbell-Mulkey. Congrats on the graduation of your son. You are so blessed. Good luck on the house renovations. My husband and I own a painting business and so we know what it is like. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome pattern. Have a blessed day!!!!

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  10. You’ve had a very very busy time from the last time you Blogged Monique. I hope you did have time to relax in a nice long bath and reflected on all that you have done and accomplished. You can now let out a huge sigh of relief and enjoy your next challenge. Thank You for including us in your Life’s Journeys!!!!

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  11. Delightful post ! I love redoing houses… both for me and for rentals… plus one that I am just going to flip. Right now my sewing is packed up because I will soon be moving, and fixing up again, and selling my house. I do have graduation this week, 2 granddaughters. I love your blog! Cute pattern!

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  12. Go for a pattern on the floor. I once made a small quilt based on the bathroom floor in my aunt’s house. Inspiration is everywhere! Congratulations on your son’s graduation. Parents play sucha big part.

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  13. Isn’t it wonderful to see them ready to sprout their wing of life and have the generations surround them! My last grand kid is finishing college and she is going to be an adventurer…I know!

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  14. My goodness you have been a very busy little bee, I’m sorry for being MIA for quite a while, it will be the same for another few mths, too much life happening (not always the good side either). Your place is looking awesome, wish my parents could help do my place too. I didn’t know you could paint wallpaper, something to think about. Love that floor for your bathroom, mine needs doing so I may copy yours and save on all the decisions and I adore those cabinets, will definitely copy those, as my daughter says “we could be twinsies”. Take care Monique and I hope you get some crafty time soon.

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  15. The painted wallpaper is just for now…we have SO much wallpaper to remove that I am not going to worry about the dining room quite yet. So I read about someone who painted over top of hers and let the colors “bleed” through…I thought that sounded interesting so am giving it a shot. At some point that wallpaper will come down as well, because I need some nice blank walls where I can display QUILTS πŸ˜‰
    I am sorry that your life is crazy right now…wish that I lived closer and could invite you for some tea and stitching to take your mind off things for a while. ❀

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  16. I like the flooring you showed, but would probably only put it in one bathroom and would pick something else for the other bathroom That way, you have two different color schemes you could use. My only son graduated from High School last year, so I know what you went through there. I would love to win the book – and if I don’t win, I may buy it, anyway.

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    1. We have decided to play it safe and go with a more neutral flooring in the bathrooms. But that floor might just show up in my laundry room ;). And the giveaway is not a book, but there are a bunch of different patterns πŸ˜‰

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  17. How nice does that lino /flooring look πŸ˜ƒ it has a pretty design and love the colours πŸ˜ƒ also big congrats to your son, love his quilt, and the renos actually look fun to me 😁 good luck xxx

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  18. Oh my what a busy time for you and your family. Congrats to your son on graduation and to your family on your new home. I look forward to following your Reno update journey. Thanks for the sweet give away.

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