We’re moving!

After two short months, we have decided to take the plunge and move our little site to www.everafterblueprint.com. Please update your bookmarks and keep reading! We have lots of exciting things in store for 2011!

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Starting a new year always puts me in an evaluative mood. I think back on the projects that I’ve concurred over the past year but more importantly I get almost giddy at the possibility of starting a fresh with new projects in 2011.

Here’s what’s on my list:

  • Recovering the drum shade on my not-so-college-dorm floor lamp
  • Sewing a new duvet cover for our bedroom
  • Pillows, pillows, pillows (Anthropologie has had me drooling)
  • Framing wedding pictures
  • Giving our sweet little storage chest a face lift
  • Closet revamp (fingers crossed)
  • Dressing up our functional kitchen peg board
  • Finally finding/finishing artwork to go about the awkward space above the futon
  • Starting our wedding album
  • Finding a place for our grown-up rug
  • Hanging pictures that got taken down during the rearranging of our things.
  • Painting our desk (maybe)

Oh my! I better stop before I explode with excitement. And just think these are just to projects I’m excited to tackle around my house,  let alone the delightful projects I’ve been dreaming up with my friends, like stenciled floors, faux finishing walls, a dining room table that is just meant to be bright yellow! Yep, this will be a very fun year!

Catalog shopping

Remember when you were a little kid and you loved flipping through the big Sears or JCPenney catalogs, flagging pages with what you wanted for Christmas? Now I do the same thing when furniture and decorating catalogs come in the mail.

Most recently, the Home Decorators catalog came. If you haven’t seen the catalog or visited their website, it’s worth checking out. I don’t think I’ve ordered anything from them, but the was a coupon for $10 of a $50 order. Tempting…

I’m not in the market for anything new at the moment, but here are some things that caught my eye:

Becca Nailhead Chair

How lovely would this chair be in a bedroom, in front of a vanity? Or at a desk? I think I need at least one piece of furniture with nailhead accents in the house.

Samantha Side Chair

This chair isn’t even my style at all, but I love it!

Sabrina decorative wall mirror

I can’t decide if I’d like this mirror on our mantel (it also comes in white).

Margot Pendant

Love this! A new dining room light fixture is on the list of future projects and this one is a nice blend of traditional and contemporary.

I better stop. I could find something new for every room of the house if I wanted! What are your favorite online home decorating sources?

Community Breakfast

It’s a beautiful thing to see a community of individuals come together for a purpose. Even when that purpose is simply eggs, a cup of coffee, and a good laugh.

It seems that most small towns are fading off the map, yet New Providence, Iowa, my hometown, has found its niche. New Providence is a small community of 200. The school consolidated and closed down years ago, there are no restaurants, no gas stations, and being a predominately Quaker community no bar. Beyond zip code most of the common shared experiences that tie a community together had left or died out. That was until a little over 5 years ago.

Monday morning breakfasts started out small as omelets over a portable burner and coffee brewed fresh. The idea was simple, give people a meeting place and a reason to come. And as it turns out, that was all that was needed, attendance would range from 30- 60. Soon they started serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon rolls, and a volunteer wait staff  would make the rounds filling coffee cups and picking up plates.

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Bored Yet?

Most of you with ample vacation time are spending an elongated holiday with family and friends. But after the presents are opened and the cheese ball has been consumed you may find yourself wondering, ‘ummm what’s next?’

If it was up to our family, we’d spend all of the time sitting around the table catching up on community happenings and reminiscing on old family stories. However, with the induction of my brother-in-law and now my dear husband we’ve officially become a game family.

Here is a collection of some of our favorites:

Card/Dice games

Board games:

What are the ways your family enjoy their time together? Have you adopted new procedures as the family keeps adding members?

Merry Christmas

We are going to sign off early this week to steal a few extra moments to enjoy the ones we love and I encourage you to do the same.  Simply stop with the wrapping, baking, and cooking, take a moment to sit with the ones you love. (or at least convince them to wrap, bake or cook with you)

Merry Christmas,

Laura & Cody

Andrea & Adam

Christmas scripture readings:

Isaiah 9.6, Matthew 1. 18-25, Luke 2.4-14, John 1.14

Under the Mistletoe

This is one holiday tradition Cody just can’t get enough of, lucky for me! After hanging a sprig in our kitchen I decided to look into this fun yet odd holiday tradition. If you enjoy this festive activity, I’d skip this scholarly jaunt.  Here are a few of the words the jumped out at me:

Parasitic, Norse mythology, uninhibited sexuality, gastrointestinal problems, poisonous, Celtic Druids… had enough yet?

Take it from me, just enjoy this delightful tradition.