Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello!

Happy New Year!  I never imagined I'd be away from blogging this long. How I have missed it...and you my friends!  My direction in life has dramatically changed. No more idle days of sitting at the computer. It's all about work now. Hopefully things won't be this way forever. Thought I'd update you on my happenings. In the past 6 months we relocated to a different state, moved twice, started new jobs and schools, and took on a remodeling project.  I don't know what I was thinking when we bought our house, which was in need of updating. With all we have going on, time is very limited. Thinking this project may not be one of our smartest decisions. Hoping when the dust settles, it will be worth it.  
So you've met The Borrowed House and The Brownsfield. Now meet The Belle, (Southern Belle.) 
The curb appeal is what drew me to this house.  We haven't even touched anything outside yet but I know it's going to clean up nicely.
I love the porch, gas lights which burn nonstop and the two front doors.
  
This is the best lot in the neighborhood, right beside the pond and walking track! The view from my living room window. 

The inside of the house is not as glorious as the outside. It was custom built and while the previous owners had some good ideas, most do not flow or even make sense. The Doc could not see the potential when we first looked. But it's starting to look completely different. 
This is such a slow process. Thought we'd be finished by now. I'll be showing you pics asap, (like this cabinet we painted and added bead board.)

Wishing each of you a prosperous 2013!

48 comments:

Becky K. said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to hear and see more.....

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Welcome back! Missed reading your blog! Looking forward to seeing more of it! Happy New Year!

My Cozy Casita said...

Welcome back! and good lock in your new home. Happy New Year!
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XO
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Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful Southern Belle...can't wait to see what you are up to!
Blessings,
Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Tammy! I know everyone has missed you! It will be great to follow along with you as you fix up your new home...that's the fun of blogging! Your new house looks beautiful. Best wishes!

XO,
Jane

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Welcome back Tammy!! You have been one busy lady!! Can't wait to see more!

Pamela Gordon said...

Tammy it's so nice to see you back. I will look forward to more blog posts of your new home and the renovations. All the best to you. Pamela

Gina said...

Glad to hear from you and that you are doing well, although busy! Your new home is beautiful....I can see why you were drawn to it.

mariondee-designs said...

What a gorgeous home and right opposite the lake! Lucky you.. looking forward to your updates on your new home... take care, Maryann

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

OH I'm so glad you are back! I think your house is incredible...just take your time to make it your own. I agree the lot is stunning. Yay! So happy to hear from you...Ann

Jo said...

Why is it that projects always take twice as long as we expect?! I'm sure it will look fabulous once it's completed ~ can't wait to see!
Hope life settles down a bit for you all :)

Wishing you a happy 2013,
Jo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Welcome back...What a gorgeous house, this is so fun following your exciting life,I can't wait to get inside!! Post when you can, we aren't going anywhere!

Carol

Cindy said...

Oh Tammy!!! You guys have found a little piece of heaven on Earth! That house is gorgeous on the outside and the setting is fabulous. I cannot wait to see more... I have a feeling we will be waiting for a while as busy as you are these days.
SO good to hear from you my sweet friend. It was so nice to hear that your real life friend Cindy came by for a visit, wish it was me. :)
Love and big hugs, Cindy

Along A Widowed Road said...

OhMyGoshness Tammy!
I miss you so much. Miss seeing your blog.
I can't wait to see the transformation of the belle.
So you left me a email and I've yet to reply.
I can just share that I'm staying in Temecula for now.
After meeting with mentors through the church they are all saying I need to plant roots where I'm at.
I really wanted to live somewhere different and hoped it would of been Atlanta.
So much more to share.
I'll try to send you a email with the rest.

God bless and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Hugs, Viola

Pamela said...

How exciting Tami! I can not wait to see your new home and all that you add to it. Happy New Year!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Welcome back! Looking forward to catching up. Love the house!

sweet violets said...

So good to hear from you!!! Was just thinking about you the other day!!! The Belle looks wonderful.....happy new year to you too....hugs...cleo

Sue@House Pretty said...

Well, hello there, Tammy, you were missed!!! Oh my goodness, you HAVE been busy! And that house is beautiful and HUGE!!!!!

Andrea said...

What a nice suprise!! You've been a busy lady! What a gorgeous new home. I'm sure it will be so worth it when you are done working your magic on it!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Tammy, so nice to see you on my sidebar! Glad to hear that things are well! Looking forward to seeing more of your new home!!

Brittany said...

So fun to see an update from you =) Congrats on your home - it's absolutely stunning! What a fantastic view! I'm sure you'll have the inside looking just as pretty as the outside in no time ;)Happy New Year to you!

Marla and Steve said...

Finally! We've missed you and are so glad you are back.

Lounging with a Latte said...

Great to have you back blogging, I look forward to following your process with the house.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I agree with you....CHARMING curb appeal. Happy to have you back:)

Blessings,
Linda

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Tammy, it's wonderful to see you! I hope you had a blessed Christmas and that the new year is off to a great start for your family. The Belle is definitely a Southern beauty, and I can only imagine how much fun (and hard work!) you're going to have working your decorating magic on her. Can't wait to see more ... whenever you have time to drop by Blogland again. :-)

Sarah said...

Tammy, welcome back! I've missed you. Southern Belle looks like a beautiful place to call home, and knowing you, you'll have her looking just the way you envision in no time. Hope school is going well, and that you feel settled in and happy in your new surroundings both at work and at home. Happy 2013....Sarah

Anita said...

Hello Tammy! I stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year along with many blessings, and I find a post!

I like your new home. I definitely see its potential; and the pond - what a bonus!

I'm forgetting what state you're in now. I paged back and couldn't find the post where you talked about it. I'm guessing Mississippi.

Either way, take care and thanks for letting us know how you and your family are doing. :)

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Welcome back! Glad to see an update from you. YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY, GIRL!

I've seen some of your pins on Pinterest... can't wait to see how you are decorating this new house! LOVE IT!

Stacey said...

She's a beauty! Without a doubt you'll transform the inside just the way you want it. The outside is beautiful...I think you were right to buy that one.

Melissa Miller said...

Oh wow! It's beautiful! Glad you are back. :)

Connie said...

Congratulations on the move and the new (old) house. It is going to be work, but oh how wonderful it will be. I am excited for you and I can not wait to see your future posts.
God bless your new home and may it be filled with joyful hearts and family memories for many years to come:)
Have a lovely week.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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Laura Lynn said...

Hi! Welcome back. The house is beautiful. Can't wait to see the progress!

Calypso In The Country said...

Welcome back! Your new home is gorgeous! I just love southern houses!
-Shelley

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podso said...

I just was reading an old post of mine and saw a comment of yours, wondered how you are, and...here you are! So glad to hear you have found a new home and you sound busy and happy. The house is beautiful and what a lovely view! I'm sure little by little you'll make it your own.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What a beautiful home! I can't wait to see what you have done with it. Welcome back!

Susanne said...

That pesky real life getting in the way of our blog life, huh? I blame pinterest for my MIA. Just came over here from there, so you see how long it's been since I've last visited. But checking out your laundry room and mudroom ideas, you always have great inspiration, mine are a disaster area!

Hope the remodel is going well, anxious to see the pictures.
Susanne.

Marcia said...

She's beautiful, Tammy. So good to see your blog updated. I just went back to my previous blog for some much needed quiet during our family's residential transition too this year and lo and behold I spotted your Jan post. Wishing you many blessings in your new house.
XOXO's

Anita said...

Happy Summer, Tammy, to You and your Family! :)

Loretta Thomas said...

Hello Tammy, just stopping in to say hello and wish you a nice summer! Forgot where you moved too, but if you're still in the south you know we've started to experience that awful hot weather... we will be in the 100's tomorrow...no rain in sight!
While I am happy you are in the teaching profession, I have to admit, you are missed here in blogland. Hope to hear from you soon. Take good care and again...Happy Summer!
Love Hugs and Purrs,
Loretta & Miss Kitty

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Along A Widowed Road said...

I so miss my friend Tammy.
I pray you guys are ok and everything is working out well.

Miss seeing updates from you on the blog.

God bless,
Viola

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