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New Season, New Projects

256As I sit at my computer, I look outside and am inspired by the colors of the leaves on the sugar maple in my front yard.  As the wind lightly blows, the leaves ripple and spin, showing off their beautiful individuality. This inspires me. Fall inspires me.  I love the colors, the smells, the clean, crisp air.  I love to cuddle in a sweatshirt around a bonfire, I love to feel the cool air through my open window at night, I love to pack my flipflops away and pull out my jeans and boots.  I also long for the routine that fall brings with it.  I have always said that September 1 is my January 1.  I make my lists and “resolutions” when fall hits because my routine of teaching and the kids returning to school puts me back on track.   Fall is my time to organize my house, my business, my life.  Or so I think.

That being said, the organization of fall gives me the opportunity to share with you some of the projects my hubby and I completed over the summer.  We hosted our family reunion in July so that put a fire under our butts to get lots of projects completed. I wanted to start off with my favorite project…my kitchen backsplash.   The backsplash story began in the woods at the property across the street and was two years in the making.  Quite the unlikely place to begin a backsplash story, I know, but the journey took many twists and turns and ultimately had an amazing ending that my entire family was involved in!  I have posted a few pictures within this post, however, the entire project story is under the “Projects” tab.  Hope you enjoy!

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From a distance, the backsplash captures simple colors and patterns that simply add some texture to the walls of the kitchen.

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But, up close, each hand made tile showcases a glimpse into our family’s heritage including birth certificates, love letters and WWII discharge papers. I simply wanted to bring into the space a little family history….and some good reading while you are doing dishes.