A Weekend at the Dream…

We weren’t supposed to be around this weekend – but our plans changed last minute and we had a much-needed relaxing weekend at the Dream.  We each completed a couple of fun projects, and I just had to share them…

The dining room was not the winner of our little poll, but nonetheless got a little bit of love this weekend…

Mr. Dreamer added the new chandelier a few weeks ago – it is the smaller version of the one we bought for our entryway (more on that another time – steals!). And I made curtains!  I used the same fabric we used on the valances in our kitchen and family room.  I like how the look works in this room too – while bringing some continuity to the house.  The whole curtain-project took about three hours and cost just $15 – for the curtain rod I picked up at Ross.  We already had the fabric, which was a housewarming gift anyway.  So, I’m left thinking, “Why didn’t I do that months ago?!”  Also, it’s amazing to me how just a couple of little things can really spruce up a room:

Now, imagine what it will look like with a real table, chairs, a rug, wall hangings, and nice shades.  WOW.

Meanwhile, outside, Mr. Dreamer replaced the wood on our gate.

We didn’t even notice how bad it was before – but our HOA did.  Ugh!  They sent us a couple of letters about the wood on that gate – but they can save their ink now.  Take that!  Mr. Dreamer will post more on this later – he’s quite proud (and he should be) about how he pulled this off… with no help and not much cash.

Oh, and I made some ugly pillows this weekend too:

Any takers?  I hate HATE them.  However, making these suckers – and the curtains – taught me an interesting lesson about myself.  I realized that being crafty, sewing, etc… is a nice escape for me.  We had to cancel our original weekend plans to attend the funeral of our friend’s two-month-old baby girl.  So, I had many heavy thoughts.  It was nice to escape and focus on something pretty – let my mind wander as the machine droned on.  I have no questions – I know exactly where little Annika is now – in heaven, free from pain and in the presence of Jesus (lucky girl!)… but, of course, my heart hurts for her parents and family.  Her service was one of the most beautiful events I’ve attended – a wonderful message, strong showing of support, amazing testimony from family and hospital staff (including the Dr. who delivered Annika), and an absolutely chilling a capella solo by Annika’s maternal grandmother, who had just flown in from Norway – sung in her native tongue.  I get chills just thinking about it.  So, the pillows didn’t really turn out that well – but let’s just say I was processing a few other things.

Woah.  Okay, that was a bit heavy for a blog about how we’re re-doing the foreclosure we scored a screamin’ deal on.  So… I’m off to start thinking about what YOU told me I should… the master bedroom.  The paint is already purchased and now we need to get to work!

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.


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