After living in New Mexico (closer to my family) for the past 5 years, I’ve decided that I’m not a desert girl after all.
I’m moving back to the state that I felt most at home in: Idaho.
So I’m on a new adventure!
The first order of business is to get this house totally in shape to sell in the spring.
I started off by hand painting the entire stucco house myself this summer. With that all done now, my focus is to do all the transplanting this fall and then this winter to work on the inside.
By April/May, I’ll list it then find my property in Idaho.
In the past 5 years, I’ve turned this acre of desert sand in a to a green oasis (unusual for this area). But it’s come out beautiful!
For instance, here’s the back yard when I moved in:
How it looks today:
The cute benches were made from scrap lumber and all the cushions covered in the same cheery fabric.
What a lovely place to relax with the sound of the water to soothe you.
My point for telling you all of this is that with a vision, you can turn your own home in to the home of your dreams in so many ways. Don’t let anything stop you.
Though I will sell this house, I know that the new owner will enjoy the fruits of my labor, and the really cool thing? I get to take all I’ve learned here and make my next home my “forever palace”.
Joni McDonald is a creative little thing. Full of fun and lots of ideas. It even comes across in her emails to me.
Discovering plaster stencils has added to her creative side by giving her yet one more medium with which to create.
She pondered, she plotted and planned, she calculated and experimented, and she finally came up with just the right solution for her new need to embellish. She used a plaster stencil on her metal mailbox! Now what a novel idea and Joni is just the gal to come up with it.
Giving it a pretty patina paint finish, she then added the plaster stencil and painted it copper gold. Lovely isn’t it? Now, just imagine the oohs and aaahs coming from her mailman (or lady) the next time they deliver the mail. Joni delivers them some “beauty and originality!”. Joni graciously let me share this adorable project with you and for that, we all thank her! (Bowing to your greatness Joni!)