Sunday, April 17, 2011

Only Six Boxes To Go!

Yup!  You read that right…only 6 boxes left to unpack.  Woo hoo!

It’s only been four and a half months since we moved to Nova Scotia but honestly, it seems much longer than that.  So much happened in our lives in such a short period of time and we both don’t know where the time has gone.

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As I was unpacking boxes both yesterday and today, Mr. Painted Quilt was hanging shelves.   Each box unearthed several forgotten treasures and what a pleasure it was to welcome and integrate these items back into our home.

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I decided to wait until Mr. PQ was in the ‘mood’ to drill, hammer and measure because I didn’t want to unpack boxes and have the same thing happen as before…piles and piles of stuff just sitting there waiting to be put away.   Finally this weekend we found ourselves on the same page.  *wink*

I’ll start with the upstairs and our bedroom.

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As each ‘new’ item was added, the room started to become more cozy.

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The quilt rack is perfect for my Primitive Garden quilt and the shelf above it is a great place for some of my sheep collection.

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The quilt is hanging on the wall in the corridor that runs between Mr. PQ’s office and our bedroom.  This next photo will illustrate that.  I also managed to get some pictures hung in the upstairs hallway.

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I tweaked and added a few things to the upstairs bathroom…

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And hung my antique Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt on the bathroom door.

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Here’s a better perspective.

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Here’s another view from near the top of the stairs.

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My studio has a new shelf hung in the sewing corner, already displaying more pincushions and other treasures.  One can never have too many of either!  Oh, and more sheep too!

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I started to hang some pictures in the living room…

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But as you can see, I’m not quite finished.  The one propped up against the sofa is a dead giveaway.  I also need a large Boston fern for the plant stand in the corner.  I think it’s now warm enough to bring one home from the nursery so that will happen some time this week.

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The dining room is finally just that…a dining room.  Because we don’t use it that often, the harvest table tends to become a catch all for stuff that’s been unpacked waiting to be put away.

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The shelves in the sitting room have a few new treasures added.

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This next photo shows the front entrance to our house which opens up onto the sun porch.

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This room was our major storage area for boxes since we moved here.  It’s wonderful to have reclaimed it for it’s original and intended purpose once again.

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And the other side.

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This next photo shows you how large the room actually is.  We will be spending a lot of time out there once the warmer weather decides to stay for a while.  It faces in a south westerly direction and even now, the sunsets over the ocean across the road are spectacular.

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Mac just wishes that all the hammering, drilling and unpacking would stop so that he can get back to his beauty sleep.                                                                     

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I’ll save the photos of the kitchen and pantry until next time.

Kaarenheartname

77 comments:

Diane H said...

Always a pleasure to see your beautiful home, thanks Kaaren.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

What a welcoming home you have! These pictures are just wonderful and identify your ability to create and contribute to your surroundings. Thank you for sharing your home with us Kaaren, Simply beautiful.
As always

Angie said...

What a BEAUTIFUL home (and treasures)!! I love it...I would be one that came for a 'visit' and you would have to file eviction papers to get me out. LOL It's just wonderful...

Laura said...

You have such a lovely and warm home.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing. I was just thinking to myself this morning that we had not seen a post from you in a while..but who am I to say that..I have not posted on my blog in almost a year! I enjoy reading others too much I think.

Rebecca said...

I am so glad to hear that the moving process will be done for you. Moving is always such a donting task.
Thanks so much to in sharing the pictures of your home. You have a beautiful home and your decorating is lovely. It looks very homey and cozy. Enjoy :)

Candace said...

It does seem like you've been there longer, Kaaren! And what progress you've made! The house looks so warm and inviting! I can just picture the three of you relaxing on the sun porch and watching your gorgeous view! Soon you'll be able to get out in your garden and work your magic there!
Cheers!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Thanks so much for sharing. you have such a beautiful, comfortable home.

Darlene said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, welcoming home with us. It truly belongs in a magazine.

LONA said...

How wonderful is your home- so cozy- I love the shelf in your sewing room and I was excited about your small
9-patch and basket quilt. I have made the same quilt and enjoy it so much. Fun stuff!
Happy stitching,
Lona

edyB said...

It looks more like home with each posting ~ so cozy and inviting.
Love all the quilts.

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Everything looks beautiful! I want to move in =)

Marsha said...

Your home looks wonderful, I could move in anytime! Glad you are feeling "settled" again.

Theresa said...

I love what you did to your home~~~ So cozy~~~ So when could we come over for tea? ;-)

Lori said...

That outside room is going to be terrific! I hope if I am ever in the area that I'd be invited for a visit. You've made yourself a beautiful home.

Allie said...

Beautiful - it really looks like home now - so cozy and welcoming, I love the way you decorate hon!

Annette said...

Everything looks so beautiful and cozy. What a lovely place to call home. The little quilt behind your sewing machine caught my eye. Such a cutie.

WoolenSails said...

I just love the way you decorate and all of the beautiful pieces you have. We had a really nice store that sold hand made furniture, but he closed this year. I wish I had know, would have grabbed some pieces on sale.

Debbie

Sandi said...

Kaaren,

How delighted you must be with all your amazing progress. It looks lovely and cozy and very inviting.

Enjoy it for many years to come.

Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Your home is beautiful. You are so creative and have such beautiful treasures. Thanks for sharing!

Taryn said...

I am in love with your home. It does seem like longer than 4-1/2 months since you moved. I like the black accents you have included. Hmmm, I'm starting to look around my house a little more critically...

Arantxa puntadas said...

You have a lovely home congratulations and thanks for show us all your treasures.

SueB said...

I love seeing photos of your house. It is always so inviting. Love your decorating touch.

Gra said...

Good work!!!!!! Your house looks beautiful!!!!!

LibbiesHome said...

Hi Kaaren, I love how you are putting your new home together! It looks so cozy and inviting. Love the colors of everything. :) And I can just imagine sitting in that room that faces the ocean and stitching the hours away. :) You are really inspiring me to get after some of my quilts and get them hung up. They add so much to the overall look of things. :) Thanks for sharing. I'll be looking forward to the kitchen and pantry pics.

deb-bee said...

"There's no place like home," is what I say to myself whenever you show us your cozy home. I want that look & feeling for my home. I've got some quilts to make. Just beautiful. ;-) Thanks for the tour.

Verna G said...

How I love your home! And I love seeing pictures of it. I did have an older home at one time but it seems I an destined to live in a newer one forever now. Keep the pictuers coming so I can pretend that it is mine!!

VGL

pinsandneedles said...

Kaaren, your style fits perfectly into your new old home! It is just lovely! So warm and inviting. Blessings!

Rosa said...

Thanks so much for sharing,your home is very nice and warm.

Chookyblue...... said...

the house is looking great............good luck with the last 6 boxes..........

onlymehere said...

Welcome home! It truly feels like home and how exciting to almost have all those boxes done. Love all the treasures and beautiful quilting and decor you've used in your home.

Janet said...

Hi Kaaren: It looks as though you ae getting your nest all feathered just in time for going out and getting the garden started - nice to see the natural end to one sort of work and the next type smoothly seguing onto the scene. Enjoy spring - when it comes! Here on my mountain I've had the woodstove going the last couple of days.
Your neighbour Janet up the road.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your home is just wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures.

Billie in TX

Christine said...

How great it is to have a home so full of such wonderful treasures!!! Thank you for sharing!
christine

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my Kaaren, your home is coming together so beautifully. I love all of your shelves. Such a treasure trove. Can't wait to see the rest of the house.

A Plain Path said...

Thanks for the tour of your home. It's gorgeous!! So warm and inviting. I'm sure any guests feel wonderfully comfortable!

Pat said...

Kaaren, your new home is beautiful and so inviting. It probably doesn't feel like it to you, but you have really done a lot in a short time. And, Mac looks very content even though his nap was disturbed.

Susannah said...

My oh My....what a lovely home ...and all of your treasures look wonderful in it! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the floors and the ceilings. I am dying to see your beautiful kitchen and the pantry!!!

Susannah

Quilt Hollow said...

Enjoyed, enjoyed, enjoyed! I feel as though I could move on it and feel perfectly at home in yours!

Polly said...

Your house is just beautiful! A wonderful place to show off your pretty quits! But Mac is soooooo my fav!! Yogi says HI!!

Patty said...

Looks like a lovely home,Kaaren.

Elzaan said...

That looks like a very cozy place to live in.
Wonderful to see quilts in (almost) all the pictures.
Thanks a lot for sharing. These are awesome pictures.

Kathie said...

beautiful I just can't believe you just moved in there...you have made this a home quickly
I am sure it does not feel like that to you.
I really have enjoyed watching the progress. thank you for sharing it with us.
Kathie

Jenny's Craft Place said...

It all looks so lovely, Kaaren. I'm sure you will make good use of the sewing room :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Stephanie said...

Every little detail shows a house filled with love. You've accomplished so much in only 4 1/2 months. Is your B & B now open for business. :o)

Janet said...

How delightful, thank you for opening your home for our enjoyment, it all looks so cosy and welcoming.

Anneke Potgieter said...

Thanks Kaaren for showing us your beautiful home, you're really made your house a beautifl home with all the extras and the quilts. It's very cosy warm. Thanks for sharing, Anneke in South Africa

Kathy H said...

Your home is so cozy and inviting now. GLad you are settled and with all the work you did, 4 months seems short to get it all done. Thanks or sharing with us.

susiloci said...

Te ha quedado una casa adorable.
Enhorabuena es maravillosa y acogedora.

Robin C said...

Kaaren,
what a warm relaxing home you have made there. It just says, come in and stay awhile. I love it.

You've done a beautiful job decorating it and I know it will bring you and your hubby many years of happiness.

Robin in Virginia

Muddling Through said...

What a beautiful job you've done of making that house into your home. It just speaks love and comfort!

Nanny en Bilbao said...

Wou, Kaaren!!!. Beautiful!!!
Es una maravilla tu hogar. Gracias por dejarnos entrar en tu maravilloso 'refugio'. Deseo que lo disfrutéis muchísimo y durante muchísimo tiempo. ¡¡¡Precioso y maravilloso!!!
Gracias otra vez.
Con cariño.

Fiesta said...

your home is so beautiful and cozy. You have done a lovely job decorating it.

Jen said...

You've done a lot of work in just four months! The house looks fabulous. Makes me want to move to Nova Scotia too! Congrats! Sit down now and enjoy your beautiful house!

Carol said...

Everything looks wonderful. You've put a lot of work into getting your new home "be yours" in a short period of time.

A Primitive Place Magazine said...

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!! so glad you are near the end of unpacking. Your home is so sweet - love all the charm and details. They sure don't build them like that anymore.

That porch - I can just imagine the hours you will spend out there - I kow I would. Enjoy every moment!

warm hugs!!

A Primitive Place Magazine said...

Opps - that lost was from me - Grammee Linda/Behind My Red Door

Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes said...

Your home is just as warm and welcoming as can be. My favorite photo is of 'Mac' - cute as can be.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is beautiful and clean and fresh and so lovely. What a great home.

Paula and Mel said...

WOW! Your home is so welcoming. I just wanted to sit down in your porch and have a cup of tea and look out at the ocean you speak of. Beautiful decorating. With every picture I let out an "ahhh, wow!"
Thanks for sharing and now that I am leaving a comment, I guess I am not a "stalker" anymore! LOL!
Paula

JessicaSews said...

Your home is looking beautiful! Enjoying each picture.
It looks like you get a lot of natural light in many of the rooms!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Everything is looking just great. You both have been very busy. It is hard to know where to put all your treasures. Can't wait to see the kitchen and pantry. How is the rug hooking coming along. The pattern looks wonderful. Busy here getting ready for our annual Easter Egg Hunt with the family. Should be over twenty of us on Friday. Have a great weekend.
Dianne

Wendy said...

Your home is so lovely decorated. The shelves and pictures all add warmth to each room. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

Stina said...

Oh Kaaren... your new home have been just as warm and inviting as your old one... you have the touch!! :o)
Thanks for taking us on a tour in your new home!!

Rhonda said...

Enjoyed your pictures - thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

Your house is BEAUTIFUL! and very cozy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, your home looks so comfy and cozy. Thanks for sharing photos. Just the most beautiful quilts hanging too.

Marcel said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your home, it looks soooooo cozy and inviting.

Lynn

Sandy said...

What great pictures....your home is lovely!

Sheila said...

It's looks like you have lived there forever; I always enjoy your photos. Enjoy your week.

Siobhan said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Words can't express how absolutely GORGEOUS I think everything is. So homey and cozy and comfortable and welcoming and just wow wow wow. What I love, too, is that it's all 'real' stuff... I've seen a few homes that have the wow factor (like yours) but I've seen others that could have the wow factor but the stuff is faux country or primitive stuff. I know everybody's tastes are their own, so what trips one person's twanger might not work for somebody else--but I just love your house. The quilt in your upstairs hallway is BEAUTIFUL! I love your front porch, too--I can only imagine the wonderful evenings you will be able to spend there, watching the sun set across the ocean. Thanks for the visual tour!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh wow! You really have made progress while I was gone! Everything is wonderful!

Shakerwood said...

How did I miss this post?! You had Mr. PQ has done a wonderful job in such a short time really. Think about what you were doing last year at this time! You are going to love that sunporch. The light is perfect for lots of stitching!!

Marga (MarPie) said...

Thanks for showing your lovely home. Something caught my eye and that is your most adorable shower curtain. May I ask you how you have made this beauty? Is there a plastic curtain on the other side? Hope you don't mind asking me this.
Lots of quilt-greetings from Holland,
Marga♥

marian said...

Kaaren, i LOVE the tour you've given us of your gorgeous house..there's a delightful surprise around every corner, gotta love that!! thanks for sharing :)) cheers, Marian x

Carole said...

I just love the way you decorate! Wonderfully cozy! thanks for sharing!

Josefina said...

Hola, me gustan mucho tus trabajos,¡ son impresionantes!
y te felicito por ellos
Saludos
Josefina
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