ENDINGS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

Greetings!

Recently I’ve been witnessing some endings and new beginnings.

Yesterday morning our youngest son Austin left the house for his final day of highschool. It was bittersweet for my husband and I as we watched him drive off to school for one final day. Twenty five years of parenting school children has come to an end and we are actually looking forward to the new opportunities that will be coming our way as empty nesters.

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I’ve been working furiously to turn my old log cabin into a new one in time to have a graduation celebration there. Brad and I enjoy the cabin so much, with its beautiful view and tranquil setting that we are anxious to share it with all our children. Instead of planning a huge graduation party for Austin like I did when our son Taylor graduated, (read all about how to throw an over-the-top graduation party here) we will be celebrating in the new cabin and then taking him on a cruise later this summer.

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The renovation construction is nearly complete and I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the cabin. We ripped up the carpet, removed the linoleum that was below it…

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and refinished the old hardwood floors that had been hiding underneath all that for decades. I also removed the wooden blinds that had been obstructing the charming windows…

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and sewed cafe curtains for them instead. I used copper pipe as curtain rods.

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To diminish the look of too much wood and to brighten things up I painted the walls white and installed banquet seating in the dining area.

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Last weekend I finally finished sewing the cushions for them.

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I got my carpenter to make me this wonderful dining table. It only took him 4 hours and $80.00 in materials! I love it!

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In addition to making new furniture we have also been turning old furniture into new by painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. What a miracle worker that paint is! I thought for sure I’d have no use for several old pieces of furniture left behind by the previous owner…

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but I made them new again with this wonderful paint. Have you tried it yet? It’s very simple and fun to do! And it’s so exciting to see the transformation.

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I’ve got lots more to show you of the log cabin renovation coming to the blog soon. In the meantime I’ve also been sharing in the new beginnings of the daughter of my oldest and dearest friend, Lisa. You may remember her daughter Annie recently got engaged and I shared with you her fantastic engagement party. Well, last weekend, in celebration of Annie’s new beginnings, I co-hosted a wedding shower for her.

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I must say it was one of the most magnificent parties I have ever been a part of and I can’t wait to share with you all the fabulous photos of the event.

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Until I have a chance to do that I thought I’d show you the beautiful printed materials I got for the party from the fantastic website, Wedding Paper Divas. It was really exciting when the two lovely boxes of custom printed invitations, napkins & coasters, favor tags and stickers, thank you cards and advice cards arrived.

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With the help of my co-host Barbara (Annie’s Grandma) we cooked and cooked for days, making fabulous finger foods for our wedding shower High Tea. There were scones and mini quiche, mini Pavlovas and heart shaped cookies, but this is just a tiny sampling of the 20 different tea confections we prepared for the event.

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Please stay tuned for lots more Wedding Shower details coming very soon. For now I’ve got to turn my attention to Austin’s graduation. I have family coming to town from all over the country to celebrate with us.

So there you have it: ENDINGS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

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Comments

  • Diane Heimstaedt

    Would you mind sharing who you use as a carpenter? I also have a house in Arrowhead and would love to have a carpenter to make things! Thank you!
    Diane

  • Hi Diane. My carpenter has a full time job in Big Bear and works on the side for me here and there when he has time. Sadly, he won’t come to Lake Arrowhead (I have projects for him here too) because he is so overwhelmed with more work than he can handle. He made me promise not to give out his contact info. So sorry!

  • diane

    Another Diane……have also been using wedding paper divas for my own daughter’s upcoming shower, wedding, engagement party etc and been very pleased with the quality and the service. Cant wait to see photos of your party and congrats to your “baby”. It is my baby getting married and these passages are never easy for parents! Enjoy…

  • Deborah Whaley

    I love your blog! I am a new follower and enjoy reading about life after OC. I was born and raised behind the orange curtain, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach. My parents had a cabin at Lake Arrowhead. I left OC to live in the wine country of Sonoma County and from there moved across the U.S. To live in Virginia. At times I felt like I was leaving my home planet. My husband and I left our three twenty something year old sons in California. We moved to Colonial home on top of a mountain big enough to accommodate our family visits. It was a tough move but I am very happy we took that leap of faith. I started a small interior design business, we are invited to and throw lavish parties, attend winery events, Polo matches, involved with fund raising for the arts and vacation at the beach once a year. Life after The OC has been good to me. Though I miss OC beaches.
    It is great to hear a familiar voice of an expatriate! Thank you for your lovely blog, I look forward to reading more from you.

  • Hi Deborah, so happy you found my blog! Welcome. We do have a great deal in common, as my family/parents home for 40 years was Huntington Harbour. I also have 3 sons, one of which lives in DC, another in PA and as soon-to-be empty nesters, we are considering a move east. Rural Northern Virginia Hunt Country is on our radar, as we loved that area when we stayed at The Inn at Little Washington. In fact I wrote this blog post about it: http://afterorangecounty.com/2014/07/31/the-inn-at-little-washington/. It sounds like you might live in that area. I hope we can stay in touch because as I continue down this road of possible relocation (at least as a part time home) it would be great to get the advice of someone who’s already taken such a big leap. Thanks again for letting me know you’re out there! BTW, I love your line about “The Orange Curtain!”

  • Hi another Diane;) Yes, isn’t The Wedding Divas awesome!? Congratulations on your daughter’s impending nuptials. I will post the shower pictures soon. It was a beautiful event.

  • Deborah Wiltshire Whaley

    Hello Celia, I am delighted to hear from you! I would love to stay in touch with you and help you in any way with a possible move to the common wealth of Virginia. I live about two hours drive south of where you are thinking to buy but I know that area well. You would love “Hunt Country”. I can recommend some lovely B&B’s as well as a few up and coming wineries in that area. One of my favorite towns is Paris situated along the Shenandoah River. A stay at The Ashby Inn there would be memorable. when George Washington was a young conveyer he lived in a home across the street from Ashby Inn, it is now a shop selling antiques. I still marvel over the rich history of Virginia you must see Jefferson’s Montecello! As well as his summer home Poplar,named after the Poplar tulip trees he brought back from France.
    Please let me know if I can be of help to you~

  • Deborah Whaley

    Hello Celia, thank you for responding to my comment, it took me some time to get back into this discussion. Happily I am back on. I live two hours south of the Inn At Little Washington. I am very familiar with northern Virginia and “Hunt Country”. Let me know when you are planning to visit the Common Wealth as Virginia is called. I would be happy to make recommendations or help in any way. Paris Virginia is a quaint little town in hunt country. My favorite B& B there is The Ashby Inn. The rooms are all pleasantly decorated and the restaurant is divine. George Washington surveyed that area when he was a young man and is said to live in a home across the street from Ashby Inn. I love the rich history of Virginia, hope you visit soon. All the best ~ Deborah

  • Thanks so very much for all the great advice Deborah. I really appreciate it and I can’t wait to visit Virginia again!!