Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Camp Contentment–a hot mess!

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It is amazing how life as we know it can quickly change. One minute you at Sam’s Club

with the in-laws, watching them buy Folgers coffee and cherry turnovers, and then

you’re zooming home because your neighbor called and said, “Your house is on fire”!

 

It’s been 2 1/2 months since I rounded the corner, ran a block to see our sweet little

house. Surrounded by a sea of fire  trucks and rescue vehicles, Coach and I stood on the

front lawn, in shock. Listening to the first responders explain what had happened. As

God would have it, Josh Taube, driving by and admiring the neighborhood, called 911.

He also notified my lovely neighbor Becca (5 months pregnant) who was the first

to call me and together,  they ran over to our burning house to find our dogs. Becca

unlocked the front door (which saved it from the fireman’s axe and Josh  rescued our

two miniature Schnauzers, Mitzy and Abbey, from the backyard.

 

The aftermath is a bit hazy. Neighbors came to console and offering lodging. Some,

rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Amazing Lori, ran home and returned

with her son Blake and his college room mate, broom and trashbags. Quickly they

uncovered soggy debris from the wood floors and moved antique furniture out from

under the dripping ceiling.

 

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Debbie and Bobby Moore, stopped by and joined in on the clean up …..they even

gave me a flashlight. Since the electrical service was quickly removed, the house

grew dark as the sun set. Just as I was leaving, a truck pulled into the driveway and

out jumped Mary Nash and Steve Walker. They had heard the news and drove  30

minutes back into town to check on us and insist we stay at their barndiminium.

 

Though the damage could have been far worse (there was no irreplaceable loss) we

were left feeling a bit shocked yet, at the same time so grateful and protected. Thank

God for good insurance that will rebuild and replace everything.

 

For six weeks, we lived at a Residence Inn. Which was a nice place to stay but the

walls began to close in on us, so we finally and oh, so gladly accepted the Walkers

offer to live at Reklaw Ranch.

 

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Ahhhh! Reklaw Ranch!!! To be out in the open, surrounded by big skies and gentle

breezes was good medicine!

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Sitting on the huge front porch, drinking coffee and soaking up the beauty has become

a daily ritual. We love the silence… and our neighbors, Pearcy and Pearl.

 

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Best of all, however, is living next door to these amazing people. Dr. Steve and

Mary Nash Walker!

 

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There aren’t enough good words to describe this warm, inviting, fun, clever, talented,

hard working, compassionate, loving, encouraging and generous couple. Living

near them on their beautiful ranch has truly been a breath of fresh air! Coach and I

will be forever grateful for the kindness they have displayed. May we never forget.

 

 

 

 

Next up: Rebuilding Camp Contentment!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Camp Contentment- Dining Room!

Welcome back to Camp Contentment! As I mentioned earlier, Coach and I are loving

life in our small 2/2 house in the quaint, historic district.  I can honestly

say that, not even once, have we missed the Magnolia House. I know it’s hard to

believe but we simply love the freedom this little house is bringing us.

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I’m so glad you could join me on this tour of our home. Together, we’ve walked

up the sidewalk, stepped onto the porch, opened the yellow door and walked into the

living room. It’s a cheerful house. Small in size, yet big in style! The same could be said

for the dining room. Though only 11 x 12 feet, every square inch has been put to good

use.  From the very start, I knew I was going to like this room.  However, I struggled

with how to get a large welsh cupboard, a corner cabinet and table & chairs to seat 6.

So, after searching Pinterest, I found the room below. If I made a big chalkboard for

the back wall  I might have room for the table and chairs. After measuring, I realized

there was room for the welsh cupboard. Though tall and wide it wasn’t very deep.

 

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Like in the Pinterest pic above, I considered using an old pine farmhouse (which

could have worked) but thought using a 54” glass top might visually create space

while comfortably seating 4. After considering my options for a suitable table base,

I chose a large six sided end table. Which I painted black to coordinate with the bold

Ikea rug in the nearby living room. It worked and left me wanting more black and

white. I loved the not so budget friendly striped chair below, but decided on these

slipcovered Henriksdal chairs from Ikea $79, with slipcover .

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Still needing a punch of black and white, I bought 2 yds. of black and white stripe material from Ikea,

with the hope of making a roman shade. I wound up giving my sewing machine

away on the last day of my moving sale, but with a little internet research I found a ‘no sew’ adhesive,

called Fabri Tac by Beacon. That in combination with iron on hem tape, made the roman shade

possible. If you are a good seamstress, you’ll probably want to skip over this part. It wont make any

sense to you because you know how to sew but if you’re like me and like to make pillows, window

coverings, dust ruffles, etc. but don’t or can’t sew, your going to love Fabri Tac! It’s great for attaching

fringe

 

 

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If you are a good seamstress, you’ll probably want to skip over this part. It wont make any

sense to you because you know how to sew but if you’re like me and like to make pillows, window

coverings, dust ruffles, etc. but don’t or can’t sew, your going to love Fabri Tac! It’s great for attaching

fringe….and as you are about to see, I went a little fringe crazy. I’m certain it’s because my Mother

made our family, matching terry cloth ponchos one summer, to wear over our swimsuits. I can only

imagine how we looked when we walked into the Oak Cliff Country Club. Nevertheless, pom pom

fringe it makes me smile and I was smiling a lot in this dining room.

 

 

 

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I love every bit of it!

Now it was time to address the one and only light fixture. Hanging right in the center of the room, hanging

from three gold chains were the sweetest 1960 early American reproduction lights…. they took me way back

to the days of maple furniture, braided rugs and wingback rockers. At first, I wasn’t a fan but as the house

began to lighten up they bothered me less because they felt cute and quirky but when Kim removed this

beautiful 1930’s chandelier from the home she and Bryan were renovating, I quickly snatched it up for

Camp Contentment. Because it was working until the day it was disconnected, I never considered re-

wiring it but the night before the electrician was coming, Coach took one look at the old clothe wiring and

said, “No! I’d couldn’t sleep at night, knowing that was there…” So bright and early the next morning we

were off to Lowes to find a cool light. Though skeptical, we found one!

 

 

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I love the difference it made in the room!

 

 

 

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With  the pretty new light in I loaded up the shelves with lots of white, black, aqua and green.

 

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carefully trying not to over do it!

 

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Which isn’t easy when you like clutter! So, here is my carefully edited display of goodies!

 

 

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Bon appetite! Oh! I forgot to mention….. that after living with 4 chairs for awhile we knew we had

room to add 2 more. I’m still surprised that this small room can hold well, so much furniture.

 

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Next up: The Kitchen!

 

 

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Camp Contentment- Dining Room!

Welcome back to Camp Contentment! As I mentioned earlier, Coach and I are loving

life in our small 2/2 house in the quaint, historic district.  I can honestly

say that, not even once, have we missed the Magnolia House. I know it’s hard to

believe but we simply love the freedom this little house is bringing us.

camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 105

I’m so glad you could join me on this tour of our home. Together, we’ve walked

up the sidewalk, stepped onto the porch, opened the yellow door and walked into the

living room. It’s a cheerful house. Small in size, yet big in style! The same could be said

for the dining room. Though only 11 x 12 feet, every square inch has been put to good

use.  From the very start, I knew I was going to like this room.  However, I struggled

with how to get a large welsh cupboard, a corner cabinet and table & chairs to seat 6.

So, after searching Pinterest, I found the room below. If I made a big chalkboard for

the back wall  I might have room for the table and chairs. After measuring, I realized

there was room for the welsh cupboard. Though tall and wide it wasn’t very deep.

 

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5102013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5712013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 744

 

 

 

 

Like in the Pinterest pic above, I considered using an old pine farmhouse (which

could have worked) but thought using a 54” glass top might visually create space

while comfortably seating 4. After considering my options for a suitable table base,

I chose a large six sided end table. Which I painted black to coordinate with the bold

Ikea rug in the nearby living room. It worked and left me wanting more black and

white. I loved the not so budget friendly striped chair below, but decided on these

slipcovered Henriksdal chairs from Ikea $79, with slipcover .

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5832013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5842013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 554

 

 

 

Still needing a punch of black and white, I bought 2 yds. of black and white stripe material from Ikea,

with the hope of making a roman shade. I wound up giving my sewing machine

away on the last day of my moving sale, but with a little internet research I found a ‘no sew’ adhesive,

called Fabri Tac by Beacon. That in combination with iron on hem tape, made the roman shade

possible. If you are a good seamstress, you’ll probably want to skip over this part. It wont make any

sense to you because you know how to sew but if you’re like me and like to make pillows, window

coverings, dust ruffles, etc. but don’t or can’t sew, your going to love Fabri Tac! It’s great for attaching

fringe

 

 

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5922013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 5702013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 665

 

 

 

If you are a good seamstress, you’ll probably want to skip over this part. It wont make any

sense to you because you know how to sew but if you’re like me and like to make pillows, window

coverings, dust ruffles, etc. but don’t or can’t sew, your going to love Fabri Tac! It’s great for attaching

fringe….and as you are about to see, I went a little fringe crazy. I’m certain it’s because my Mother

made our family, matching terry cloth ponchos one summer, to wear over our swimsuits. I can only

imagine how we looked when we walked into the Oak Cliff Country Club. Nevertheless, pom pom

fringe it makes me smile and I was smiling a lot in this dining room.

 

 

 

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I love every bit of it!

Now it was time to address the one and only light fixture. Hanging right in the center of the room, hanging

from three gold chains were the sweetest 1960 early American reproduction lights…. they took me way back

to the days of maple furniture, braided rugs and wingback rockers. At first, I wasn’t a fan but as the house

began to lighten up they bothered me less because they felt cute and quirky but when Kim removed this

beautiful 1930’s chandelier from the home she and Bryan were renovating, I quickly snatched it up for

Camp Contentment. Because it was working until the day it was disconnected, I never considered re-

wiring it but the night before the electrician was coming, Coach took one look at the old clothe wiring and

said, “No! I’d couldn’t sleep at night, knowing that was there…” So bright and early the next morning we

were off to Lowes to find a cool light. Though skeptical, we found one!

 

 

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 7412013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 7472013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 742

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 7432013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 749camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 086

 

I love the difference it made in the room!

 

 

 

camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 082

 

 

 

With  the pretty new light in I loaded up the shelves with lots of white, black, aqua and green.

 

camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 092camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 096camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 085camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 084

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 680camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 094camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 095

 

 

carefully trying not to over do it!

 

2013 variety, wolfe wedding, house and camp contentment 682

 

 

Which isn’t easy when you like clutter! So, here is my carefully edited display of goodies!

 

 

camp contentment, I Do Art. Lyndsay and JJ 083

 

 

Bon appetite! Oh! I forgot to mention….. that after living with 4 chairs for awhile we knew we had

room to add 2 more. I’m still surprised that this small room can hold well, so much furniture.

 

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Next up: The Kitchen!

 

 

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