1st Met Monday-Exterior Redo

It's another 1st for me!  Thank you Susan for hosting yet another fun "party", your dedication is remarkable!
  Although the beginning of this metamorphosis started just over 5 years ago, it's just now STARTING to look like what  I have in my minds eye.  This house that you're about to see was ALMOST my dream home.  The only thing that kept it from being a total dream come true was that I soooo need  desire to own a BRAND NEW house.  THAT (a new, custom built) home has been my hearts desire for as long as I can remember...as far back as being 7 years old and playing in what use to be a chicken coop at my Grandparents farm in Montana!  I use to sit in that lil coop for HOURS, dreaming of how I would decorate and remodel it  if only Grandpa would let me.  That's a whole other story for another time.
So on with the here and now, beginning with a photo of the day that we got the key to our "new to us" house.  You would never know it by the smile on my face but THE KEY DIDN'T WORK!!!  Yet another story for later. lol
We'll pretend it worked and that the smile was well founded.

This is what you saw standing at the road. 

This is standing at the other end of the driveway

This house sat empty for several months before we bought it and not loved at all.  A neighbor told us that when the people that built it lived here, the lawn MIGHT have been mowed once or twice a year! I guess when alls you've got is sparse grass,field grass and TONS of dandelions, why bother?!

The next few photos are of the beginning transformation stages.

We found the greatest contractor for this project.  He was such a perfectionist and sooooo slow but in the end, we were very glad of that. He and his college aged son tore off all the siding and removed all the windows...all by them selves.  They also replaced all the windows and resided the whole house...BY THEM SELVES!  They amazed me.  A different company did the roof...in TWO days!  I really liked the existing roof but the shingle style was no longer available.  There were more patches on this roof than you can believe.

The following photos are of  right after the project was complete.  Phase one of the project, that is!

After this "transformation", it was a couple of years "rest" time while attempting to obtain permits for an addition.  What a process that was.  Oregon is famous for our conservationists which is probably why Oregon is so beautiful.  BUT, what a pain in the bum when it comes to obtaining permits!  We have a creek on our acre of land which is why the county gave us soooo much grief to add on.  We finally jumped through all their hoops and construction began!  We had a garage with bonus room, mother-in-law suite, family room and larger laundry room added on.  It was an experience that I don't want to experience again but the end results are well worth it. For this met Monday, I'll stick with the exterior photos.


Oh, and, we had brick and fishscaling added to the turret. Fishscale also on the eves on both ends of the house.

The house had just a few, very sickly shrubs when we moved in so I've been busy planting some favorites.  The above photo shows my roses.  My birthday month flower is the rose so roses were a must!  One of my favorites is the Jackson n Perkins "Love and Peace...below, a close up of it.

To recap this transformation, here are a few before and afters close together.





So, here ends my 1st post for metamorphosis Monday.  I hope you enjoyed it and would be thrilled to hear if you did!  I may continue on this "thread" and do each room of the house since we changed most everything inside, too!
Be sure to link over to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for more metamorphosis's...you won't be disappointed.


Tablescape Thursday in the Fall

Joining in with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch and all the other creative tablescapers.  Be sure to click on the picture above to view their masterpieces!

Welcome to my 2nd tablescape.  This is,  I have decided, "TOO MUCH FUN"!  Perhaps it is because I am new to the world of blogging and STILL trying to figure things out but I find that it is on my mind ALL DAY long!  I would probably have a more interesting blog if I spent the time I use for reading other blogs on my own blog.  I am just AMAZED at all the wonderful and talented bloggers out there.
Anyhow, on with my 2nd Fall tablescape.  I usually leave my dining table "tablescaped" all month long.  However, I have found that I have multiple "pretties" for both fall and Christmas so I thought what the heck....put down the paint brush and play alittle!  So here it is.....fall tablescape again!

Did I mention that I so adore teddie bears?  They come to welcome you to our home!

First inside the front door is my cabinette,mirror and (Susan's must have) a lamp.  The basket is from Longaberger's Shade's of Autumn Series.  It is called the Basket of Plenty from 1995 and is retired.  Follow me to the dining room, it's only a couple of steps away.

The pottery is Longaberger except for the orange dinnerplates.  They are Fiestaware since Longaberger doesn't make orange pottery and I just had to have orange for Halloween last year.  The bowl is called butternut the luncheon plate is paprika and the placemat is called Fall Foliage, also Longaberger.  Did I mention that I have been collecting Longaberger products for 15 years? LOL  As my blog grows, you'll see that the term "collecting" is a very large understatement.  I am so hoping to some day stumble across fellow Longaberger enthusiasts in blogland.....I am quite shocked I haven't yet.  Back "in the day" when I did homeshows, I was in some amazing homes that really decorating on a large scale with Longaberger....where are those ladies anyhow???
Well, it appears that I didn't take much variety of photo's so will wrap it up with a couple of candlelight shots then head on over to Susan's to link up.  Thank you so much for stopping in to visit...I hope you enjoyed a little taste of fall from the West Coast.  I'd love for you to leave a comment letting me know that you stopped in and if ANYONE can tell me how to "grab a button"  link that does not have the letters below it, PLEASE share the "how to" on this one. 

Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope and pray that you are all safe and dry tonight! Hugs, Vicci


My first Tablescape Thursday with Susan at BetweenNapsOnThePorch

So here I go, my first attempt at joining Susan and so many others with wonderful tablescapes for Tablescape Thursday....I hope it works!
Since moving into this house five years ago, I have changed the table "decor" each month with a different theme. We seldom use this room so it might as well look enjoyable when passing through is my thought.  September has always been a tough month for me to decide on the tablescape since there isn't really a holiday.  I finally decided  that fruit would be the theme since it's my son's birthday month and he LOVED apples and applejuice as a little guy...his grandpa called him Scotty appleseed.
So out comes the Longaberger fruit pottery and their solid color pottery as well.

The mugs are also Longaberger....can you just taste the warm apple cider? yummy.
I don't remember what the placemats are called, they are from Fred Myer here locally.  I couldn't decide on the Eggplant luncheon plates or the sage so I used both on top of the Spice dinnerplates.  I just love the little "fruitlet" inside the desert bowl.

Sorry about the blurry picture

A view from above

Oops...I just notice that I took the napkins away to iron and they never made it back!

Faux fruit for Scotty

This wraps it up for Sept. fruit....makes me want to dig out the Halloween decor....it's much more exciting!
Thank you for stopping by...be sure to go visit all the other tablescapes that joined Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.


Playing around

I have to say.....it's not so smart to start a blog then get busy with other things!  I was so inspired by the blogs I've visited that I wanted to share my home pictures too.  I also would like to partake in the blog parties so will hopefully get this figured out so I can do so.  Meanwhile, a few photo's of home to practice the picture posting.

First, a photo of my favorite picture.  I so love horses...rode alot as a kid while spending my summers at Grandma's house in Montana...GOOD TIMES!  I would love to have the horse that was painted in this picture.  It is a Nancy Noel print.
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This is of a little shelf that I found at a great shop in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago.  I fell in love with the state and daydream most everyday since of returning and staying longer.  We were there in October and the trees were beyond beautiful, the countryside so very peaceful.

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Actually, most of the "stuff" in the cabinette/shelf came from that trip, except for the baskets of course.

Another horse....wish it was a big one!
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A wall in the hall and this should be enough "practice". I'll play some more soon....

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