Clock #1


Well, it all started in 2007 with a big move Across the Pond.   We were up for a family adventure, so when the opportunity presented itself, we sold our home in Charlotte, NC (as well as everything in it!) and went for it!  Hubby, myself and our two Gremlins (who were 7 and 10 at the time) moved to Great Missenden, England.   We rented a little townhouse all of the 3 1/2 years we lived in the UK.  This can be a good and bad thing.  It was a huge adjustment for a family who was formerly quite house proud and always seemed to have a DIY project in the works. (We didn’t have cable TV either, and boy was I missing my favorite HGTV programs!)


Sooooooooooo, Hubby taught himself to repair and refurbish antique clocks.  It was a hobby even a renter could enjoy.  Because I couldn’t paint the walls, change the curtains, burn pull out the carpeting in the bathrooms, (i.e., make it more our style) I ended up taking an Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop and learned how to paint furniture instead!  FUN!! .  Hubby and I were both happy with our new hobbies!  Hmmmm, what is that phrase?  “Happy wife, happy life” definitely applied here .


Hubby refurbished this clock,


and this one,



and this one


….you get the picture!



When it was time to return to the States, all we brought with us was lots of clocks and books (and wedding China that spent it’s time in the UK in a garden shed…but that’s a story for another post!)


Let’s face it..compared to how a majority of the World’s population live, American homes are HUGE…and we moved into a typical large, American home…with no furniture.   Because this was our 4th big corporate move, I really didn’t want to fill another house with expensive furniture, and then have Hubby come home and ask, “Hey, you want to move to China?”   (He did, but again, another story!).   I became a Craigslist Junkie and got out my paints.   I painted this,


and this



and this





So,that’s my decorating philosophy…you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a lovely home for yourself.  Plus, what’s more satisfying than a DIY project gone right?!   I’m all about sharing a great idea or project, laughs, or even a tear or two.


Another reason for starting this blog is we are a family in transition.  With two high schoolers, we are treading in new waters–ACT, SAT, AP exams, DRIVER’S ED, empty nest syndrome, etc.  I would LOVE to hear how others handle it all!