An early Christmas present for our family. We were able to purchase a cast-off table from the Boston Public Library. Twelve feet by four feet of solid oak. It was put into our trailer by forklift. It wasn’t until we got it home that we realized WHY they used a forklift. It. Is. Heavy.
Brian and the boys dismantled it and the girls helped them muscle it into the house. It was quite a feat, made only slightly easier by the use of dowels through the electrical outlet holes in the tabletop.
It really fills the room up nicely. And we have plenty of room around it for company and for our ever-expanding family.
I think it is true what they say about the adoption process causing similar symptoms to pregnancy. I think that I am nesting. Certainly, it also coincides with warm weather, and settling in to living in the farmhouse. The temporary schoolroom is finished and I’m letting it steep a little before we dig in and really give it a work out.
Last week, we got some rain that was enough to keep everyone out of the field. It was a perfect opportunity to get the top of the hutch painted and installed in the pantry.
I stayed out of the way and looked around for a pretty crocheted trim to use for shelf lace. I found a beautiful French crochet pattern that reminds me of wheat sheaves. I’m working on transcribing the pattern from a crochet chart into a written pattern to share.
I bought new drawer pulls in an oiled bronze-looking finish, and I found some tension rods to fit the openings in the lower part of the hutch. I want to make some curtains to hide some of the bits and pieces stored there.
It just need curtains for the bottom, and shelf lace for the top shelves.
Check back here on the blog for the finished translated and written pattern.
This pretty hutch has been around awhile. Brian’s brother made it for their parents, we received it a few years ago. The pretty glass doors couldn’t hold up to our heavy use, and one of the lower doors developed a funny bow. So we decided to give it a makeover and repurpose it. Look around at what you have, or what you can find. It doesn’t have to be costly to make your home lovely and functional.
Our cultural studies basket, set up with the India resources.
St. Anthony, a gift from my mom, watching over the children.
Papa’s liturgical books get a special roost.
The nature table. Not filled up yet. We’re making a new chalkboard, too. This one was not meant for heavy use.
When the mantel comes back into the room, we will use it for our liturgical year displays. We still need some artwork on the walls, and to change out the beautiful overhead light fixture for something that allows more light. But it’s pretty wonderful. Thanks be to God!
ETA:: Most everything you see here was thrifted or gifted. Anything we bought new, was bought at at a discount place. Everything was painted to match, so what looks like a large matched set, wasn’t. Many of our Montessori materials are handmade, except for the pink and blue rods and the set of bells in the green cartons – those were purchased, used, from a fellow homeschooler. You CAN do this in your own home, if you can spare the space. I promise.
A few days after Joséphine’s birthday, we packed out of our little house and moved into the farmhouse. There was very little fanfare. We made a swift decision to make the move based upon the unseasonably warm weather. It often snows here in early November. The forecast was for sunny, dry and 60s. We seized our opportunity.
As I was coming down the stairs, I noticed my little ones gazing out of the open doorway at the proceedings. I realized in that moment that they had never known any other home. My youngest six were born at the little house. It pierced my heart.
But waking up in our new home was everything we had hoped for… and more. We spent the first several mornings just marveling at our surroundings. It had been impossible to fully appreciate the peacefulness, and the abundance of wildlife surrounding the farm, just butsling to and fro for chores and work. The quiet of the mornings here is truly, truly magical.
And watching our first snowfall from the bay windows, only two days after we moved in, filled us all with added wonder.
The first couple of weeks were an absolute delight in every way. We sought out our special places, explored nooks and crannies both inside and out, that we hadn’t had the chance to explore before. And I chased light…