Happy New year!
I’m taking minute to catch you up on my 2014 in review; the whirlwind tour of events, persona obstacles, successes and projects.
After a small hiatus from blogging, in early 2014 I picked it up again with gusto and haven’t looked back since! It has given me some new goals to strive for, a way to justify some projects and expenses, and a great way to work together with my husband in our down time. He plays a big role in helping me with installation, and some of the trickier things with the drill. Although as we discovered, I know the difference between a bracket and an anchor, but he doesn’t. Ha!
This year saw me through un-employment to employment, a total of 5 months absent from my husband, lots of new friends, and a move from our renovated row house on one side of the PMQs, to a beautiful un-renovated semi on the other side of the PMQs. We have more space, more peace, more quiet. It’s great. Unfortunately the timing of the move was not ideal, as we moved a little over a week after my husband’s cyst removal surgery. Not only were we dealing with a move, but I was doing a lot of wound care, and providing moral support for my husband who was in a lot of pain.
It was a really challenging time for me, especially with an unsavoury character i.e my boss, who made my 9-6pm miserable. There was more than one day where I just wanted to stay in bed, but I forced myself up and at ’em! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Fall threw a lot more at me in terms of health, work, and the need to support others, but I never once thought I couldn’t do it. You can imagine how tired I was when I finally went on “vacation” the weekend before Christmas.
I can’t emphasize this next point enough: I couldn’t have done it without our community. Family and friends pulled-through to help support us from near and far. Whether it was a teary late night phone call, lots of wine on a wednesday, or a quiet evening amongst friends. This fall kicked my ass and asked a lot of me, but I think it was emblematic of life in the military. We lived through it, and managed to decorate the PMQ at the same time! wahoo!
Last spring when I was helping with a project at the family centre, I had the opportunity to hear about life as a military spouse here on base from previous generations of spouses. I heard stories from women who had lived on our around base for the past 100 years, banding together to overcome challenges and daily life on base. Wheather it was learning to change a water pump while all the men were away, handling the loss of a child while living Germany, or lots of snowy late night emergencies. The strength these women had is inspiring, and going through our own trials and tribulations this fall reminded me that it’s still present within our community. Hats off to us!
I know what I want from 2015, but we’ll see what’s in store! I know that no matter what, I can come home and relax because of all the hard work we’ve put in. Looking back on the year in crafts, some of my favourite projects have become focal points in our home.
Painting faux wainscoting panels in our sitting and dinning rooms was inspired. I am a genius. The colour we chose, is now appearing in a lot of magazines and some DIY shows so I know we did well. If you want to see how we did it, click here.
The custom headboard is key to our master bedroom. It sets the tone and pallet for the room, while giving it a stylish and classic vibe. I couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the post.
The day I took the domes off the ceiling lights was the best day for lighting. We no longer looked like we were living in a Winners changing room (where the lighting is notoriously terrible), rather we had cool drum shades that evenly distributed the light and added a new dimension to the rooms. You can read that post here.
If you remember, we had a plate wall above our bar cart in our last PMQ. In our new Q, our new plate wall iterations are really funky. I’ve got one in the dinning room and one in the kitchen, as will be revealed in the update house tour. You can read about the process here.
I know I keep promising our updated house tour, but I’m trying to finish the last room, and am now waiting on some finishing touches to arrive. I don’t want to do half measures and give you an incomplete house tour. There is quite literally a wall in our sitting room with just a nail. Yes. I’m waiting on the final piece to arrive before I photograph!
Our TV room has had a hammer and a box of nails on the coffee table for the past 3 months. I wish I was kidding. I craft, hammer and hang all the pieces I can in my spare time. I’m hoping 2015 has some extra time for me, but if I’m busy with life I guess that’s just the price you pay!