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Has the summer been as sweet to you as to me?

Our dear little tenant moved in 1 May, into the green room — and what a delight it has been! The rooms of the “Inn” are filling up and my goodness it has been a blessing in many ways. Now we just have to negotiate the proper cool air ventilation tactics for the upstairs in this seasoned row-home.

Another new tenant that we’re excited about will be joining us in September. Preparations are in full swing, and it’s going to be a full summer of procurement!

What we have so far for our dear “little t” — a little jumper his father wore on the way home from the hospital, and a little pair of booties that I wore. This will be the first grandbaby on both sides, and my goodness he’s* in danger of being loved to death by grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, not to mention his adoring parents.

You may be wondering about the blue bliss bridesmaid dresses! They are coming along at a breathtaking pace. Each day another part is stitched into place, becoming part of a beautiful day in July when two sweethearts covenant before the Lord and friends.
Here are some bodices, sitting in a row, waiting to be nipped, turned and pressed. I will not reveal full pictures of the dresses till the wedding has gone off. Must leave a little suspense.

As my beautiful belly gets bigger it’s harder to wrangle fabric (snipping, stitching, stooping), so I’ve been pushing to finish at an early date. Then I hope to make a few of those flirty skirts & flowy tanks to accommodate my belly and this oppressive heat. BUT. No sewing for me or Baby until these dresses are D.O.N.E. 🙂

You may be asking about the nursery. Well, I’ve just finally found my theme. Thankfully! Hedgehogs and birdies. My husband was not surprised that birds made the cut. I’ll post more in the coming days.

Best wishes for a sweet Friday for you all — hope it proves to be as pleasant as mine promises to be!

*No gender yet, but soon we’re hoping to find out. I use “he” in the general mankind terms 🙂

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Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

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Such a delightful weekend — how sweet to have family from every corner perched under our roof for our first Christmas. I think our little row-house was quite bursting with love and good cheer (along with a continual flow of good coffee, spinach dip and uncrackable nuts).

On Christmas eve day, after popping out to see The Tourist with Mr. T’s family, both my new sister in law and I were presented with the most beautiful handmade stockings. My dear mother in law had stitched each sequin on by hand. Oh this picture does not do justice to the expert craftsmanship!

Of course it had birds on it, which just warmed my little heart to no end. On Christmas morning, I woke up to my husband saying that Santa had come! The stockings all had been taken down by the fireplace and were sitting full of little presents (the girls, got beautiful pens, fabulous little leaf journals — 4″X4″, so cute!!!, and then a lovely SBUX giftcard).

This Christmas morning, was full of new traditions for all of us — showers and coffee a must, watching White Christmas, then a pleasant brunch of quiche, bacon and fruit. THEN Christmas gifts! Without doing a complete inventory (although the VS PJs and Real Simple Mag made me coo with delight), the highlights were from my sweet husband: A Russian SBUX Travel Mug (I have no idea how he found this, I didn’t think it was possible to find these anymore), and a beautiful brown and teal Vera bag.

I must say, that it was the thought that counted for all these dear gifts. Such love was shown and given on our little Christmas as Elle Street Inn, I surely was thanking the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness to us all.

Although I didn’t take pictures of the food (too busy hostessing and enjoying family). Here is what the Christmas menu turned out to be:
1. Christmas hickory smoked Smithfield Ham
2. Mashed potatoes and gravy
3. Stuffing (half cornbread, half regular)
4. Texas toast
5. Collard greens
6. Creamed corn
7. Mama B’s homemade applesauce
8. Cranberry sauce
9. French cut green beans
10. Baby dills and pickled okra
11. Selection of blush and red wines

Dessert: Apple crumb pie, pecan pie, cherry pie & pound cake

Appetizers throughout the day included the usual, but my particular fav is the Knorr Spinach Dip (with water chestnuts), and mixed nuts (not for the faint of heart, I can tell YOU!).

And that my friends was the menu & all the goings on at the Elle Street Inn.

Today is a normal Monday for the T’s. I intend to use my fabulous Gap coupon (BOGO!), merely out of principle and then settle down for a quiet evening of sewing (and re-made ham and sauerkraut).

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Was at a Christmas party yesterday (oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous decor of Mrs. P). I was asked if if I blogged…yes. About the house? no. But I should!

Huge topic of many convos is the revitalization of our early 1900’s row-house. Before we were married, Mr. T bought Elle Street Inn, and transformed the red frizzle carpeted contractor white walled house into a warm natural wood floored brown walled cozy abode. Since our marriage, I’ve worked to reamp the rest of house’s nooks. The kitchen was my first baby along with some plastering/painting in the guest room. Many of you have asked for pics from the Elle Street Inn transformation. So here’s the first of a few posts to capture the ongoing transformation.

I did attack the exterior patio, steps, and front door — now freshly coated in new matte finishes. Felt like my life was painting painting painting for a few weeks there. But once my body was scrubbed clean of stray paint splashes, totally soaked in the delight of a new curb appeal. Sigh of happiness.

Some before’s of the kitch and guest:


 

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