"The soul should always stand ajar~~ready to welcome the estatic experience."

Emily Dickenson

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A LITTLE FURTHER ALONG WITH OUR MOVE-IN......................................




O.K. for those of you who asked.....a few more pictures as we are getting settled in our little spot.  I indicated before that we used all of our existing things in this move.  We had to sell many of the larger pieces as they would no long serve us here...but we got full use of the stuff while we had it.

The above pics are really the whole living area in our home.  It is an open room concept so the living and dining area are all in one big area.


Some of our art pieces that we have had for over 20 years are now able to have "pride of place" in the few little niches we have above doors, etc.  The above piece is RAKU....does anyone remember that?  It is called HIS BEATING HEART and was made many years ago by a local artist in Flagstaff.  It simply got lost in the old house....but here it can be shown nicely.


Above the door is some of my cross collection.  I used to use this old bread board to display my junk hand made jewelry...but I decided to use it as a way to make our space a little more sacred.


Now on to the TV room.  Here is where I watch movies with the pups.  I have to cover the furniture with rugs because little boy dog sometimes likes to dig on the furniture and it gets destroyed in no time flat.


I've used my old glove forms to hold postcards I picked up in Texas a few years back.  


The small green cabinet actually held spices in our last house...but I have no room in my little kitchen so I'm using it in here.  The antique oak icebox was the first piece of furniture I bought with Brad.  I'll never part with it as it has been in every home since.


I have made ONE recent purchase....LOL.  I found this on the internet and since I NEVER SEE ANYTHING WITH MY NAME ON IT....had to have it.  It is dated between the 1920's and l930's..I guess back then if you were on the cheer squad you painted your name on your megaphone.  It really serves no purpose other than making me smile.  As you can see I still have my love affair with color going on....and was finally able to have a really dark room to hang around in.

We are thrilled with this little home....it is so much less to care for and we feel like we are getting a "big hug when we come in the door".

Well enough for today...the kitchen still has a ways to go as does my art studio...but that will wait for another day.

Kind thoughts to all.

Jo  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

OUR NEW ABODE.....JUST A LITTLE SNEAK PEAK!.................................

This is a long post....


O.k......let's start off with the loo.......LOL LOL......
this is actually the small guest bathroom.  Since we have decided to move any guests we may have to a local hotel....I wanted to use the bathtub as a wonderful place for my inside plants.  There is a huge skylight in the ceiling allowing tremendous light...and by grouping them all together they get more of a greenhouse effect.  Oh....by the way.....this bathroom is off a short front hall just a little to the right of our entry door so you do notice it first thing!

This move was a big downsize in square footage for us 1,400 square feet to be exact so I have had to use my existing things in new unexpected ways as we certainly could not go out and buy new.

The dining room has pretty much the same things as in our last house ..... but we did have to purchase a little inexpensive dining table.


High ceilings and huge windows at the ceiling give the house an expansive feel.  The weird object above the buddha is part of the chandelier that was here previously.  I plan on keeping the thing but the light panels were so dingy we will have to soak and clean them before we are able to use the it.

We did just a cosmetic uplift in this little home.  We replaced all the floors and kitchen appliances.  Our new floors are once again a dark wood, as we both love how cozy that feels and we put down ceramic tile in the kitchen this time as the wood floors in our old kitchen really took a beating with us and the dogs.


The floors were previously 6 inch white square tile which is still on the kitchen counter tops.  Hopefully, we will be able to update the cabinets and tops in the future...but for now they are fine.

We have another huge skylight in the kitchen.....
and as you know we get a tremendous amount of sun here in AZ.  We had talked about putting a shade screen over the thing...but the more I thought about it....I really did not want to make the kitchen any darker.  I just wanted to find a way to block some of the hot sun that seems to come in there in the morning.  So I decided to do this......


This is the umbrella that used to hang in my art room at the old house.  


The light on the glass is wonderful throughout the day and it actually is placed in front of one of the A/C vents so it acts as a wind chime every time the A/C kicks on......which here......is often.

Well......those a just a few shots of our sweet little spot.  I have a few more rooms to share....but that will have to wait for another time......as it is a Sunday night in AZ......which means Chinese food and movies on the sofa with the pups.

Have a wonderful week.

Jo