YES!!!!!!! SUCCESS!!!!

Today was a big day for me!  When I started this entire venture a few months ago, it seemed ages away that I would actually be able to host a class.  Well, today was the day!!

I hosted an ornament making class and I think it went really well.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful group of people around me, especially people who enjoy being creative as much as I do!

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Everything just waiting to make a mess!

There was food, crafting and friendship…does it get any better than that????

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Can’t have a party without cookies!

I am just so glad that it was a success.  I think everyone who came had fun, I got to learn a little more about how classes in the future can go.  Overall though…this is the beginning of a long and beautiful journey!

I  CAN NOT WAIT! 🙂

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And the winner is…

Well!  It’s done!!!

I have just finished up the painting of the DARK green mistint paint that I picked up.  Mind you, these photos were still in the process of painting, so everything is a wee bit of a mess!!

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So, as you can tell.  I decided on the kitchen!  It wins, officially the first room I’ve painted in the house.  Originally, I swore I wouldn’t do the traditional dark green that old Victorians used all the time…but I gotta say, they were on to something!  The green definitely makes the woodwork “pop”!

 

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So, this was a before…
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It’s actually a different, angle, but you get the idea!
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I think even Beau likes it!

I wonder if I’ll ever get the lucky again on a mistint, but it taught me a bit of a lesson…sometimes all the planning in the world doesn’t make up for spur of the moment opportunities!

Paint Choices!!!

So, I think I have touched on this topic before, but I tend to make paint selection an incredibly complicated process.  I start with taping lots of large samples to the walls.  I let them hang on the walls for a few days.  I look at them at different times of day, different weather conditions, even different moods.

Then I start the process of the elimination.  The colors that just catch me off guard.  Offend me in the morning.  To harsh against the woodwork.  Doesn’t create a good flow from the other room.  It will make the room too dark. Blah, blah, blah.

When I get down to 2-3 colors, I then start moving the “finalists” to different places in the room and do a shorter version of the same process.  So, needless to say, this from start to finish, it can take me a couple of weeks to finally settle on a color.

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You can see just some of my samples hanging near the woodwork in both rooms.

I didn’t even include what happens when company comes over!!  I always do appreciate the insight.

Now, knowing how much I stress and fret over a color choice, what I am about to say will blow your mind.

I took a huge chance yesterday when I bought two gallons of mistint from Lowe’s.  So, my OCD color selection process was totally overrode by my thriftiness!  Each gallon was on sale for $10 and this was their top of the line paint and primer!!  How could I pass that up???

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Now, here’s the kicker.  It’s dark green.  I mean…DARK green.  So, this could work out to be amazing, but it could also be one the worse decisions I have ever made.  I will be adding pictures of it…when it’s up on the walls!  Surprise will be…where will I put it!

Barn Saving

Hi everyone!

So, I have been struggling with a bit of a challenge lately.  My barn.  My big, old, glorious, airy, stunning, huge bank barn.  I love it.  Every inch of the monstrous mess.

This last weekend, we were blessed with 60+ degree weather in Northeast Ohio.   I actually worked out in the yard in a t-shirt and jeans!  It was pretty surreal actually.  But, this leads me to the topic at hand.  With the cows gone, I had my first chance (with daylight that is) to walk around the entire barn and “assess” it a little more.  When I first bought the place, the weeds were higher than my waist, so the cows cleaned that part up nicely.  But, oh….my….it’s slightly depressing.

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This is the back of the barn, obviously…there are some roof issues…

I have huge plans for this barn. I am going to be perfectly honest, delusional plans.  Hopes.  Dreams.

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But I do love it.

Pipe dreams.

But aside from those plans, I would really love to just SAVE this piece of history.  I just have no idea how to do it.  It’s a very simple problem. Funding.  I am working on getting some quotes to just stop the deterioration  any further.  I know that if I can’t save it, I have to know that I at least exhausted every idea I could come up with.  I have to be ok with it…but it is sickening to me.  I look at these barns and I just get all…yeah…romantic.

Really romantic.  Sentimental.  Mushy.  Sappy.

I admire the people who built these things.  Every single little thing that went into putting this massive structure together.  Every piece was cut or made by hand and someone, lots of someones, touched every piece of the place.  The community.  The people.  The work.  They built that barn…and this country.

Those who are reading this, who actually know me, know I am pretty fiercely independent person.  I have had to swallow my pride on this one and realize, I can not do this alone.  A community of people came together to build it, and maybe a community of people can help save it.  So, I’m pushing forward in my campaign to save it, pride swallowed.

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Ok, so this is a little sadder.  Apparently the cows have no respect for aesthetics.

Oh lord…it’s Monday… and way to early for my soapbox speech!  Lol!

Quick facts on the barn:

It was built in 1857, making it 159 years old.

It is 40×80 and approximately 3 stories tall from the lower level all the way up (maybe more, I haven’t been brave enough to climb to measure….yet)

It was built 1 year before the current house (the first house was in 1831) and was a pivotal part of the property being used as a stagecoach stop.

Apparently, the bottom was for horses and it was where the stagecoach horses were rested.

It looked like this in 1971 (this is a negative, the barn would have still been painted a darker color). So, in a mere 45 years, it has taken a drastic downhill turn.

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So, as a good friend asked me…what is my plan.

  1. Continue to save nickels, dimes and dollars.  Just hope and pray I can save faster than it deteriorates.
  2. Continue to buy random lotto tickets (always under 5 bucks and typically on a whim…no worries, I’m not addicted).
  3. Continue to try to win on MyCokeRewards…my body will fall apart from the amount of Diet Coke I’m drinking, but it will be worth it!
  4. There is a GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/savethisbarn Maybe there are people out there who would want to help save it. The barn is worth far more than my pride in that regard.
  5. Ellen.  I will write Ellen.  I just hope she finds me funny.  Plus, they like horses…and I’ve seen pictures of her barn…GORGEOUS!
  6. Continue to save nickels, dimes and dollars.  Just hope and pray I can save faster than it deteriorates.  🙂

Thank you for reading this.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to just share this post…get my goal a little further out there in the world.  Any little bit will help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foggy morning thoughts….

We live in a day and age where there are words and phrases being thrown about in the news, on social media and just in conversations around the water cooler… Or Keurig 🙂

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning and came across a photo from a local elementary school featuring the class leaders. First of all, kudos to any child who is rocking out their responsibility in their classroom and showing that they have it together. Also, a huge congrats to the parents and families who have helped raise those amazing children. 

But….

What really makes a leader? There are so many aspects. Frankly, in my opinion, so many that very overlooked. Being kind. Being thoughtful. Being inspirational. Being more.  Now, that person might not always have their ducks in a row. They might have a few bad days. They might show their leadership in different ways.

As I age… No comments please… I realize that I respect that person who is kind, understanding and giving far more than someone who has met all of the expectations our society has placed on us. There are so many opportunities that we miss daily to either be kind or to experience kindness.  Once you look for it, it can change your life. 

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So, on this dismal, quiet Ohio morning… I hope you have a moment to be kind.  You can never have enough friends or kindness in your life.  Be a KIND leader….

Do it.

Ok, let’s do this!

5 Things that make you happy!  All 5 should be something you will experience in the next 24 hours (or the past 24)!  They can be little…like having the time to actually tweeze your eyebrows…I’m just saying!

So, here are mine!  Depending on if anyone actually participates, there might be a prize involved.  But for the internet being endless, it seems rather lonely at this point!

  1. I didn’t have to pay in our weekly weight loss challenge, and it was the week of Thanksgiving.  That is practically miracle worthy!
  2. I got to see something that looked like sunshine today!
  3. I ate chocolate today….and frankly, it was delicious…and well worth it!
  4. I started my Christmas shopping…and almost finished it (in about two hours mind you).
  5. I got to have a conversation with a friend and as a result, got to see her smile for being happy about something!

Ok, go ahead…be brave…add your 5 in the comments.  If I knew how to call out other bloggers, I would.  That might be my next mission!

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What started the journey…

For as long as I can remember, I have made things.  Worked on projects, made messes, learned new crafts and just overall had fun making things for myself and those I love.  About a year ago, I decided to go ahead and start selling my “trinkets” along with taking on some custom orders for people.  All of this journey led to Legacy Studio…or rather the future Legacy Studio.  The goal is to create a place where people can come and create and make new friends and just overall escape the stresses of the modern world for a few hours.  In the interim, however, I will continue to promote my own products through Yellow Horse Trinkets.  So, if you see Yellow Horse items pop up now and then…this is why!

With that being said…shameless plug coming!

I have a few scarves available for sale for the holidays.  Since I have approximately 4 followers at this point, I’m ok if no one is interested…but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t posting this stuff.  Plus, still working for more followers…any hints fellow bloggers?  That is of course, if you’re actually reading this.  The google articles with advice haven’t seemed to help much!