The Grand Reveal

Before I get carried away with all the stitching and knitting planned for this year, I thought I would get caught up with some of the changes from 2009.  This was the year we finally took down that wall I wanted gone when we bought the house in 1999.  Have a peek:
           This is the wall I wanted gone, from both the living room and the kitchen views.

    and here is that back wall you see in the first pic – it separated the dining room from the back door. 

Here is the view after that first weekend of construction in August:

   we took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and about 1/2 of the back wall.  

In the front entryway, I took off the door to the small coat closet, and we opened that area up as well:

      There was no change in the actual dimensions of the closet, but we removed the framing for the door, and that made it appear larger.  Look at that lovely lino, and how small that patch of lino is.

There was rewiring, as we moved electrical outlets, phone outlets, light switches, and we removed both a cupboard and the fan hood above the stove:

 

After many rounds of drywall mud, much sanding, painting, repairing the holes in the ceiling where the walls came down, having the ceiling painted, having the laminate installed, and cutting and laying tile for the entryways, this is how things ended up!  Feel free to imagine some fresh flowers, candlelight, and reveal-type music here.

  I found this pot rack on ebay, and it fits perfectly!

      

   I love the tile we chose for the front entry and  back doorway.   Did you notice that we extended the tile in the front entryway? Now 4 people can get in and out!

And Here Comes 2010

 We ended the old year with a fabulous morning of hoar frost – amazing how the end result of high humidity and low temp can create such beautiful lace!

Our Christmas visit with Grandma and assorted family members went well.  My DD was thrilled, as always, when Santa’s reindeer came to visit at Grandma’s house.  There was a herd of about 8 mule deer hanging about.  This fine fellow took a long rest in the sun on the hillside

December of 2009 was busy with finishing work and doing my own knitting for Christmas gifts – here are a few of the projects that were completed

 Lynn’s gorgeous American eagle

 Jodi’s modified Just Nan Christmas Eve quilted wallhanging

 Elf sock slippers and  socks with bells that I knit for Cindy

  the One Row Rib stole for my sil

  

 and these scarves were finished between Christmas and New Years.

I did not make any New Year’s resolutions this year, other than to stitch and knit a little every day, and to take care of myself and my family in this new decade.  That will keep me busy enough!