Progress On Many Fronts


Has become this–such fantastic Italian wool:

Book deadline: next week.  Book release: late summer/early fall. Book outlook: seriously awesome, I won’t lie.  I feel privileged to have been able to put this one together, and am really excited to share it with all of you.  Hang on to your hats!

There’s also some of this:

And some of this:


Meanwhile, back at the ranch, this:

Has become this:

And this:

Has become this (yes, that IS a pink ceiling, Virginia!):

Still very much a work in progress–lots of hours and achy elbows, but really exciting to see it all come together.  What bums me out a bit is that so little of it is share-able–who wants to watch me pick out faucets or agonize over tile selection?  (I have done both, and even I was a little bored.)  The good news: we’re still hoping to move next week (EEEK!) and be in our new old house by Christmas Eve.  Whee!

Lots more updates to come–give me another week to coordinate the contractor and the movers and the children and the book and I’ll fill you in.  I could talk ALL DAY about everything we’ve been up to over here–am really excited.

So far:

  • movers have been scheduled and retained
  • I have convinced my husband that it is more cost-effective to hire packers by the hour than painters by the hour, so I get to spend part of next week finishing the painting in the kitchen and den while someone else packs my kitchen–score!
  • contractor is on-pace, which means a teensy bit behind, but doing amazing work
  • counters have been templated and will be installed in a week
  • appliances have been delivered and will be installed ASAP
  • all bedrooms are painted, living room and entryway need touching-up, and hall and powder room are primed
  • termites are being abated as we speak (no, we didn’t know and yes, we were upset, but hey! here we are, and it’s not that bad, we’re told)
  • kids are heading to the grandparents’ next week while we finalize the painting, do the packing, and do the actual move, to return to their little bedrooms all set up–our effort to minimize the trauma of moving twice in six months

So we’re feeling pretty good, and hoping for whatever surprise is sure to wait around the corner–there’s always something, right?  But we’re so excited and relieved to be moving into the next season of our lives that we’re relying on all the grace we can get to be patient and grateful as it all unfolds.

Oh, and PLUS!! I have Big Plans a-brewin’ for 2012.  Some really excellent ideas have been hatching, and I’m very nearly ready to share them all with you.  Some are changes to how I’ve done things in the past, some are new games for us to play together, and some are opportunities for you that I wasn’t sure I’d even offer but I’m totally going to.  I’ve been working hard to really look back on these past few years, and evaluate what works for me and what doesn’t, and am looking next year to channel the best parts of me into new ideas, so that all my work can be my best work.  Which means plenty of fun stuff on the horizon–hooray!!

Don’t forget: ALL the 2012 e-courses are available for the next two weeks at the rock-bottom price of $99!  Grab them now, print out the gift notice, and hang them by the chimney with care.  Woot!

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  • TwoBusy
    December 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

    This is all really, really exciting. So happy for you guys.

    • Deborah
      December 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Thanks, Boss! We’re looking forward to getting in and sorta-settled, at which point I will bore you silly with daily posts about how I selected which fabric for which chair and how I slip covered the children and where each and every lamp will go. I can tell you’re looking forward to it. 🙂

  • Cheryl Arkison
    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! So much going on! Impressive that you are getting it all done.

    • Deborah
      December 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Hee! “Getting it all done” might be generous–“keeping plates in the air, but barely” is probably more accurate. We’re mostly motivated to get in by Christmas, or else I don’t think we’d be tackling quite so much–nothing like a major holiday to get your pants in gear! 🙂

  • Miquela
    December 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I love agonizing over faucets and such! Looks great so far, I hope everything goes well next week. Good luck!

    • Deborah
      December 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Ooh, thanks so much! The faucet would have been funner if we’d found what we wanted in person–but we have a counter-top water filter, and so we’re trying something a little funky (ie, TWO faucets that match, one for actual fauceting and another dedicated to the filter) and it’s made for a tricky selection process. Also: the tile I wanted was wayyyyy outside the budget, putting a damper on that enjoyment. Still! Fun!! OK, back to work for me. 🙂

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color
    December 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Congrats Deborah on the changes coming to you in the New Year. I know changes can be hard and scary, but still so good! I have every confidence that your next book will be fantastic. Looking forward to it!