Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Big Thaw

After three days of cold, wet, snowy weather, which dumped 12 inches of sloppy snow on us, we're back to sunshine and 60 degree temps. The gutters on the house have been trickling with water all morning and the streets are steamy with evaporating moisture.

Snowstorms in April aren't all that unusual for us, so we hunkered down and the days were well spent. I finished up the last of the Easter ham and made ham-corn chowder, ham bean soup to freeze, and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies while I was at it. All of this on Friday, when the kids were at school and it snowed non-stop all day. I put on HGTV and watched all my favorite shows while I cooked -- Designed to Sell, Decorating Sense and House Hunters.

Yesterday, snow-bound again, Dan finished building some bookcases in the loft. It feels like Christmas, as I'm unpacking all the boxes of books that we moved last August, as well as sewing and scrapbooking supplies that will go in the lower cabinets that he built. There are still doors to be put on the cabinets, but I can still fill them up and put things away. I have a thing about shelves and storage. It's a weird fetish, but it is so exciting to me to have a set of freshly painted, empty shelving to arrange with books, framed photos and memorabilia. Thankfully I have a husband who supports my habit and is talented to be able to build them.

Here's a glimpse of his handiwork:) The back of the shelves is bead board, painted a soft green, called Rye Grass. I'm so glad I married someone who understands angles and degrees and physics, because look at how nice the crown molding came out!

Across the room, which is still in construction mode, is a large farmstyle table which will serve as a desk. The bright sunny window begs for a windowseat, so that's next on my list. Here's some fabric for curtains and pillows for the overstuffed chair. Now, that I've shown you all the pieces, you'll have to wait for the final unveiling. Which could be very soon, or say sometime in 2012.

The best part is that I now have a place to spread out my scrapbooks and get caught up. The first job will be to complete Joe's. My friend Pamela still snarls at me when we talk scapbooking, since I convinced her 19 years ago that we should do them for our children. Of course at the time, we each had one and it seemed easy enough. Add five more kids (between the two of us) and I can see why she got a bit cranky at the mention of gluesticks and stickers. I tried to get my friend Kathy in on the fun, but as I recall it lasted one week and one page, before she gave up. (How's Tyler's scrapbook coming along, Kath?)

But, take heart, Pamela! Matty and Joey are all grown up now. Save for weddings and their election as president/VP of the United States, I'd say we're about done. After all, there's only so much a mother is obligated to do, right?


Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I LOVE the shelves! Dan did a fabulous job...can he come visit us in our new house???

What a great idea to put beadboard behind the gives it such a nice, clean look! I can't wait to see the room when it's finished.


diana said...

crazy weather weekend, huh? i posted a couple of pictures, too. what's unbelievable is that over a foot of snow on the pavement has melted away today. the rest will probably be gone by tomorrow.

i love the shelving. it's beautiful. i have an extra room that has been designated as my scrapbook room if i ever get to painting and moving all my supplies in. i keep putting it off.

Judy said...

Oh, Karen!

The bookshelves and the fabric! LOVELY!!!

The snow? Not so much.

Renna said...

You are so blessed to have a hubby who can create such beautiful and practical things for you. Those shelves are beautiful! I love the crown molding, and I love the background color. Do you hire Dan out? ;-)

"After all, there's only so much a mother is obligated to do, right?"

Ah, but it starts all over again with grandmothering. ;-)

BClark said...

I saw the weather forcast and thought of you. I know how the weather is out here, was in Wyoming in June one year and they had 2 inches of snow. The next day I got a sunburn. Go figure.
I love your shelves, I also enjoy having a place to put things. Will probably happen some year,lol.
Very cool choice of colors and fabrics. Enjoy

Banteringblonde said...

OK, can your guy come build shelves for me next??? It is supposed to be in the 80's later this week. One thing that was good was that my kids made their first "real" snowman because the snow was wet enough this time! Glad to find your blog!

Susanne said...

The shelves are wonderful. I love the green against the white.

We had gorgeous weather all weekend but now I see in the forecast we're supposed to have 3 days of spring time snow this weekend coming up. Maybe I'll make a nice ham soup in preparation for the cold.

Becky said...

Nothing like cooking and sewing on a snowy day. I love the fabric that you have chosen. Love it! And your book shelves are amazing. I wish my Butler could do such things. But alas ... he has other talents.

I hope you will post pics when the shelves are full, the doors are on, and the cushions are done. I can't wait to see the end result.

Joanne said...

Spring seems slow in coming this year, definitely! But what pretty bookshelves there to fill with beautiful books and trinkets in the meantime.

Joyce said...

Oh, Karen, the shelves are simply beautiful! Congrats to your husband on a job well done. I share the same love of shelves, and am so very pleased when I receive freshly-built shelves as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to visit and comment today. :)

Melanie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love shelves too - it makes it so easy to organize things and yours are beautiful. I love the fabric too. I enjoy scrapbooking too but am very behind.

Robin said...

Your bookshelves are amazing and the molding is stunning! Lucky you to have such a handyman. Your fabric choices are SO what I would pick out - I can't wait for the unveiling!
Thanks for your sweet words on my blog Karen. It's good to know that you are understood.

BClark said...

Hi Miss Karen,
I think starting from scratch is good, you can use things you have liked in the past. Then you have the adventure of putting in new touches. I thought of the marker idea when I realized that I had blank spots. When I started weeding I accidently hit a few plants. So to spare any more boo boos, I will mark the spots,lol.

Sarah said...

I'm coveting your shelves. Those are beautiful. We have a space in a loft type area to add bookshelves, but they're going to have to be custom built...but we don't know anyone who does it. Not my husband's forte, unfortunately. :)

I am all for scrapbooking - but am way behind as well. I love to do it, just don't seem to have the time. I've moved to electronically scrapbooking the current stuff (some at least) but my goal is the first 5 years for my kiddos.

A girl can dream, can't she?

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, the shelves look wonderful! I love that color of green, it's just perfect :)

You're making me hungry with all the talk of ham, and then choc chip cookies. I missed having an Easter ham this year, and my other favorite thing, deviled eggs. We spent Easter in the ICU with my FIL and had (get this!) ham sandwiches for our meal!

Have a wonderful day :)

A Gracious Home said...

A wonderful post. I love snow. The bookcases look great. I need more space for books. Doylene