"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Revamping the verandah a bit...

Today was incredibly productive!
We have a stationwagon and by lunchtime it was packed to overflowing with *stuff* to drop off at the local charity shop. I went through all our cupboards and plastic tubs with the plan that if it hasn't been used in 12 months it will more than likely not be used at all - so let's give it to someone who will use it. I even gave away some of my earlier quilts...I didn't tell Blossom though. She'd have my hide! Honestly, though, we have enough lovely quilts, and those earlier ones were never used so they will be far better off with someone who'll give them a new purpose.

As promised I'm showing you the beginnings of our little verandah makeover.

BEFORE

and AFTER!

Remember, it's a very old and unloved house so this will be a labour of love over time. We plan to live here two years, so we'll try and get a veggie patch happening as well, and maybe do some internal painting.

I can't show you the new shelving in the sewing room yet as I was busy all day elsewhere and haven't finished sorting out where things are going yet. Maybe tomorrow. :-)
Speaking of tomorrow - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! \o/

Hugs
Jenny
xxx

25 comments:

Colleen said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope that you have a healthy and productive year.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Good job! Karmen

Stephanie said...

Something about the New Year and cleaning that just go together. The Japanese celebrate New Year and while living there I noticed that in the New Year they opened the windows and air everything out and lots of cleaning going on. Happy New Year. I have a friend who has a new year goal...if it isn't useful or beautiful find a new home for it.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Nice makeover.....Happy New Year Jen I hope 2010 is full of love, happiness and lots of new projects...

Wendy B said...

And a very happy new year to you Jenny! Must be something about ringing in the new year that says 'get rid of the old and start afresh', cause guess what we did today too!!!???? So refreshing!
XXX :O) Wendy

Joy said...

I love your new table and chairs, don't they look lovely!! So inviting :o). You've been very busy!! Hope 2010 is just fabulous for you dear Jen, you deserve it :o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Oddbjørg said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Look forward to visit your blog for the next year too.

Terry said...

The verandah makeover looks great! Happy New Year to you too! :0)

DIDI said...

Your verandah looks greater now, so there you are sitting there enjoying the first day of 2010 in the sun while I'm still using up the last hours of 2009 with heavy rain and cold!

Another best thing about a new year ahead is that I'll be having another 12 months to keep enjoying your blog.

Biquiños to you and your family

teresa said...

Looking good Jenny. Happy New Year to you and your family. All the best for 2010 xx

Orcsmom said...

It's looking like a home with a lot of love! Have a wonderful New Year!

Hugs!
Pam

Linda said...

Very pretty improvements! I love seeing before and after photos. Have a wonderful 2010.

Maggey and Jim said...

Hey, that is quite an improvement.. Looks so inviting.. Can't wait to see the shelves and the organization.
Maggey

Myra said...

Lovely revamp Jenny...
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Love your makeover. The before and after pictures are so fun to see. Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy New Year!

Kim D. said...

Love those makeovers.. Have a great New Year!!

Amanda said...

I'm sure you'll enjoy sitting there and doing some sewing. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2010.

edyB said...

You're so brave to give away those early quilts! I'm certain they will find a home where they are well loved and used.

Happy New Year to you and the family...Blessings

Jeannette said...

I to go thru my cupboards on a regular basis ( at least every six months) and give to charity the un wanted items, but I have never given my old quilts as the adult children when they return home go and look for their favourite quilts to sleep under. I have tried making new ones but they seem to like the softness and smells of the older ones and the memories.
Happy New year Jenny and family

Fiona said...

Love it Jen - Looks great. I can just see you siting there sipping on a cappucino. XXXXXX Fee

Country Nanny said...

Is this Jenny's blog or Extreme Makeover home edition? ;)
You did a very good job with your verandah!
Happy new year! Maybe you're already in 2010 :)
Hugs
Elisa

retdairyqueen said...

Happy New Year to you and yours
The veranda looks terrific
I can only say I wish I could visit your charity shops How lovely it would be to find one of your quilts there
I bet they will be snavelled up real quick

Janice said...

You have been busy! I can see you spending some "quality time" on your inviting little verandah now.

A very Happy New Year to you and your family.

Jude said...

It`s nice to do minnie refurbishing and it gives you a lift. Waiting to see the sewing room. i have nearly finished re doing my sewing room as well and now its neat and tidy but i dont know for how long.

darcey said...

Oh, Jenny, I can just you and Blossom having a lovely cup of tea in your beautiful teacups on your pretty verandah. Happy New Year!
Darcey