Today I wanted to tell you about my number one glue! My husband, Bill.
When this all started my good friend asked me if my husband was on board with my business adventure. I acknowledged he was. Lately, I have realized what that really means.
Bill works a full time job, spends every evening working in the shop after working all day, rarely gets to enjoy a home cooked meal, endures far more aches and pains than I do, has to listen to me, a great dad to all our kids, makes sure all our bills are paid at home, takes care of so much more than one could realize, still has a sense of humor, keeps the motivation truck moving, and somehow finds the love in his heart to give me a hug when I need it most.
Thank you for holding us all together! I appreciate everything you do and I love you!
Go on everyone, tell your glue how much you love and appreciate them today!
Progress seems a little slower these days. We focused our attention on getting the apartment projects done. New appliances were delivered last week, Austin installed new cabinet hardware, bathroom floor installed, and we are almost done painting. Wow! Painting! A tough job! The ceilings are high and there is trim everywhere. I can honestly admit I was scared climbing up the ladder to 12′ ceilings. On a funny side, there are 26 steps up to the apartment and I might have worked off a few pounds in certain areas going up and down. My hips are telling me all about it today.
We returned to the shop late yesterday afternoon and started working on some projects. I still have not decided what color I’m going to paint but found some colors I really like from National Trust Historic colors by Valspar. I don’t think I can go wrong with anything I pick from this line. Kind of fitting for an 1890 building. We have exposed brick walls, replicated hardwood vinyl flooring, and barn wood accents. Any ideas? Suggestions?
Today, the window replacement project starts! I don’t know how those old windows stayed together for so long. It seems like caulk is all that is holding them together. I found a gap I could put my finger through and quickly stopped messing with it for fear the window would go crashing down to the sidewalk.
Well that’s it for this update! I’ll tell more again soon.
It’s been three weeks of renovation I figured it was time I post an update on how it’s going. We have seen so much change in such a short time with the demo process. Green carpet pulled up, barn board taken down from the walls and window display areas and saved for a future project, brick wall exposed and treated, loft area torn down, ceiling tiles removed, retail counter moved near it’s new location, sugar plum wall paper all removed, kitchen wall opened up into the office area, and apartment wallpaper torn down. Whew!
Throughout this process we have found some fun things. A piece of old map hidden behind the drywall, amazing color wallpaper from long ago, an imprint of an old wall sconce, and my favorite of all, the old vent grate hidden behind the dishwasher in the apartment which we relocated to the brick wall downstairs. I have been saving little pieces of this and that and taking lots of pictures to make a renovation scrapbook to share with all of you when you visit.
Bill has done a great job keeping us organized! He implemented a “Scrum” board that shows us what needs to be done, what we are working on, impediments for getting something done, group decisions to be made, and finally what’s done. It has really helped me to look at the big picture and pick and choose things I know I can do. Not to mention how amazing it feels to see that done list growing and growing.
We all knew window replacement was going to be a biggie and tackled that job first. We met with four different contractors and chose an amazing crew and company. Farm & Home Builders, Inc. offered such a great product, warranty program, and a crew with nearly 60 years of experience. We are really looking forward to working with them. (check them out and mention Mary Kelly sent ya) We will be replacing the retail windows, upstairs apartment windows, adding a window to our office area and a storm on the backside of apartment level. I can’t wait for the project to start mid to late March.
The kids have been great helping when and where they can and adding fun to a pretty hard job, mom (Sue) is biting at the bit to get back to work in the shop after some minor knee surgery, and so far we only have band aid level injuries. All in all things are moving along faster than I anticipated.
A great big thank you to the Ogden area residents for stopping in to say hello, mentioning us in the paper, passing along news about us, late night drive-by (yes I see you :)) to check in on our progress, and welcoming us into your community.
New Year= New Start!
Just a few quick updates: I’m going to be a Grandma! Bill and I are so happy and excited for Sam & Jeff! Our new little one is expected June 3rd. So, you know what that means.. another fun filled summer for our family!
Santa was goood to me this Christmas! I got a Cricut and a Cinch binding tool! It’s been fun messing around with them. I’ve wire bound two journals from old book covers I was saving. Sorry no pictures, yet. The Cricut is turning out to be a little bit of a learning curve but I’ll get that baby mastered soon.
Twice the Story. We have been doing some creating for Spring, doing lots of shopping, organizing and tossing! Cleaning everything out and getting organized is a lot of work but so refreshing. It really feels like I’m on the road to a new fresh start with my business and creativity.
Another amazing year came to a close. Another story unfolding. Today is Day 1. New start. Ready…set…go!
What a beautiful Fall day to go and pick apples at Wilson’s Orchard near Iowa City! It was so much fun to walk through the Orchard, which at first I thought was a lot but when you do it so leisurely, it was really relaxing.
Thanks to my daughter, Samantha, we had our own cloth bags to carry our sweet finds. The coolest thing, they allow you to sample all you want in the orchard. We picked an apple, took a bite, fell in love and picked till our hearts content.
Wilson’s also has a fun little gift shop full of other fun things. The smell of fresh baked apple pastries was to die for. They even offer tractor rides through the orchard and grilled lunch.
A few things I learned while visiting Wilson’s. Patience is a virtue! I can honestly admit I am not a long line type of person. Samantha will tell you she tried to warn me about the long line to purchase your prize. It was way worth the wait and the $40 I spent in apples was well worth it because the pie we baked with our September something er other apples, was YUMMY!
Bees! Good heavens! They are everywhere and those little sweet sucking dudes stole quite a few apples from me. I’d take a bite and they would land themselves right on the fresh apple. Miranda was stung by one, poor girl, that really hurts and makes you so mad. So, bring your allergy pen and some sort of bee sting remedy with you, you’ll probably need it.
Ladders! Bill holding Austin on his shoulders, was our ladder to grab those up high, almost done for the season, Honeycrisp apples we all love. Thanks guys! I did hear the tractor tour guide say they are now planting the apples in rows that are growing shorter to allow easier picking. Good job!
I was so honored that Samantha (our daughter) and Jeff asked me to make paper rosettes for their wedding.
We incorporated the rosettes at the ceremony, the reception, and even accents for the cake! With over 100 rosettes for the reception, we were able to create some amazing walls displays. I think my favorite item were the rosettes for the benches at the ceremony. We used new paper in grey, orange, white, and chevron in grey and orange. The rosettes ranged from 2″ to 18″ in diameter.
When I first started Twice the Story, I always had the vision to incorporate paper into weddings and knew they would be an amazing addition. Samantha and Jeff gave me that first opportunity. It was exciting for me to learn some new techniques, packaging for transportation, brush up on my math skills, and of course my creativity.
So, thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Tibbetts, for giving Twice the Story this opportunity to be part of your amazing day.