From An Awakened Eye

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Looking back...

 Us this time last year....

Kinda crazy to think about our life 1 year ago.  Now my  baby is taking his first steps!!!

Crazy how blessed I am!

Thank you God for this perfect baby boy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thrifty Nifty Thursdays

So a girlfriend and I stopped in our local 
Habitat for Humanity and found this beauty....

After dusting off this beauty's dust from the old owner and
pushing out of my mind what dust is. 
I then covered the candle sticks with paper towels 
held it around with a strip of tape and slid them down into the shaft so the would stay white during the painting.
A few high end brands that I've seen have the candle sticks the same as the chandelier, 
but I wanted to try and leave it white because I 
figured with the contrast it would make the "not so white"
candle sticks "pop".
And you only have one shot on that decision right!

 After a little coat (well maybe 1 and a dusting) of 

Total cost:
thrift store chandelier $45
2 cans spray paint $3.48 each
 (home depot was the cheapest)
Grand total of $52
Compared to...
at PB 
Or $160 at Wayfair
Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Or 255 at Overstock

 And here is the light of my life!  
He's standing here on his own! 
Proud momma!

Happy Thrifty Nifty Thursday!!!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Pintrest addiction and new happenings at the new place!

Okay I admit... I am addicted!  It sucks you in and your creative, color loving, idea searching mind gets sucked in and doesn't know when to walk away!  At least that's how I am with Pintrest.  I've seen a few of you guys on there too and my oh my what funs things you "have" my dear.  I'm guilty for pinning things I plan to go check out one day and never get around to doing.  Can I just tell you it has been the perfect thing for party planning and house building ideas.  My hubs even gets it and keeps up with what i post regarding the house.   I'm addicted!!!

So let me show you a few new happenings over at the new house.  At this stage in the game it has a roof and the plumber has done the rough in and the heating and air guy has cut all the holes in the floor. The electrician will be coming next week and the guy that will do the "boxing" or trim work on the outside of the house is coming tomorrow!   Can I tell you how much fun this is and mind exhausting.  I've tired to think of everything from "not putting the air vent under the window because I might want a window seat there", to "the shower head will go here and the bench here and the drain here."  Um yeah it's that detailed. to the point of every time my hubs ask me a question I feel programed to form an immediate critical thinking storm in my head and spit out a final answer.   Fun but can cause brain-aches at times.

We are so blessed to be able to sell our home and get out of it more than what we built it for and be on this awesome journey of building our dream home.  So I wanted to share with you in the fun of all the decision making so here goes....

The exterior will be rock and pebble dash stucco.  Let me explain...

This is the rock we have picked out. Tennessee is the name of the rock we chose.  
We were able to go look at it on a house and when I saw it I knew this was it for sure!   The house that it was on is beautiful! Not to mention it is on a lake!

 Aren't the red windows awesome!  The top of the house here is covered in poplar bark siding! How cool is that for a mountain house! We aren't doing the bark or the window color. Just look at the bottom where the rock is.  Ours will come up about 4-5 feet all the way around our house.
 The top park will be Pebble Dash stucco.  We have researched and talked to tons of contractors and masonry builders and we have decided on this type of stucco. Mainly for the durability, no upkeep and no mold or mildew damage concerns to EVER worry about. It is pretty much like wrapping your entire house in cement.  Felt wrap goes down first on top of the house wrap , then a wire wrapping, and then a 1/2-1 inch layer of pebble dash stucco.  They then spray paint it in a 50 year concrete paint... color to be determined ;0)   So here is what it looks like up close....
 And this is what it looks like on a country club....

 That's my dad on the fork lift ;0)
 Our rock mason will be doing a less textured version for us. I'm thinking either a color similar to this or more in the creme family... but definitely much lighter. We have brown aluminum clad windows that you can see on the last 2 pictures and the roof is "weathered wood" in color.

The front door is almost ready to be delivered!!! I could just squeal!  I made a huge deal over having a beautiful front door on this house. I can't find a picture of our old front door, but it was just a plain black front door with a transom on top and side light to the left. It's wasn't so bad except when my brother painted it in a lovely orange peel manor I hated it ever since. So here is what I found for the new house and they are custom making it for us in California. All we did was sent them a picture and he fabricated it from scratch!  Super excited to see the end result!  And no we didn't get it from Clark Hall doors... they were about 5G's out of our budget.  This shows it pays to shop around.

Okay so enough about the house and my pintrest addictions... go check out what's new at 
and share with a friend. 
Happy Monday!

Monday, January 9, 2012

We did it! New Mommy Blog!!!

So I am super excited today as we have launched the blog for mommy's!

House on 31 Main

I hope you like it!
 Check it out and spread the Word.... literally!
The first devotion was posted today.
Please spread the word by....
1)  Grab the button and post on your blog.
2) Write a post on your blog and share the link to the blog.
3) Become a follower to House on 31 Main
4) Write a comment on the House on 31 Main blog.

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Give me your feed back in my comments... Do you like the idea?  Do you find the layout easy to use?
What other Christian women do you know of that shares their life on a blog?
What other crafty sites do you follow?
What other recipe sites do you follow? Are they healthy recipes?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the word!!!!

Jenny H

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New year 2012!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!
Can't believe it's 2012 already!
in 7 short weeks my baby will be 1... 
someone please find the pause button!
I spent the 1st day of this year in my pj's
and with this little cutie...

 He loves his radio flyer tricycle and looks so cute in his lightning McQueen hat.  He watched every move dad made today. Dad... Eli's Granddaddy had to replace the wood around one of the back doors on their home and Eli watched every single detail. I'm pretty sure he took excellent notes.
 He loves to shake his hands and growl... it just makes us all laugh. He is always the center of attention. An if he's not he will get your attention by "fake" coughing or clearing his throat at you so that you will look at him.  He is a mess! He is so much fun at this age, I just love it!
 He loves to climb up on the first shelf of the tv table and pull everything off. Today he pulled one of the nun chucks from the Wi off and he thought it was awesome!   All boy for sure!

I'm praying really hard about starting a blog for mommies. A place to share God's word and what it means to "you" as a mommy and other things that new mommies think about like, laundry, dinner and of course the hubs.  So I'm still praying and researching. I don't want it to consume much of my time, but I do want to use my talents for God's glory. I also know a dozen of talented girls that God could use through the blog as well. So we will see!

Cheers to 2012  antibiotic style!
Yeah I spent my ball dropping new years eve in bed with a fever somewhere between 102-103. I was miserable.  Enough of my whining, I'm feeling much better today. I am determined to not bring this crud into the new year with me. It's going to be a blessed year.

We will be moving into our house this year! This is the progress....

Can we say I'm one happy girl!!!!!  I can't wait to raise our babies here!  Home Sweet Home... I can't wait to live in you!
Hope everyone had a safe and Happy New year!

Jenny H