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Hello! Welcome to my journey through life, living the dream of my passion,(DIY design,decorating, restoring and transforming this wonderful 100-year old Historic Victorian Farmhouse). This old house was built in a small city in Texas. Our neighbor bought the house in the 70’s, cut it in half, removed the roof and moved it 25 miles to the country then put it back together.

We purchased it in 2003 and the renovation projects have gone on now for 10 years, while workingΒ full-time (and sometimes overtime) jobs with a 65 mile commute one way.We had no idea this would take so long and now realize that our work may never get done. We have a never-ending list, which sometimes is overwhelming, but as long as we take some time out to relax and enjoy ourselves along the way we will manage.

Recently, my husband Gary and I lost our jobs, after a combined, 39 years of service. For some, this could be devastating, but I’m a glass half full kinda gal and I feel we have been blessed with the gift of time.

Luckily, most of the really expensive projects have already been completed; the structural issues, the roof, replaced the leaky doors and windows, we’ve added insulation, upgraded the electrical and plumbing, the original heart pine floors have been re-finished, the front porch has been rebuilt and we had a new porch added to the back of the house, we even had to install a huge culvert and build a driveway.

We have lived in the house during the renovations. We have spent every available weekend, sick day, holiday, vacation time working on this house. It has truly been a labor of love.

 

 

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  • Karen April 19, 2013, 9:39 am

    Hi Cindy, Just stopping by to say how much I love your beautiful old home, your blog, and to thank you for adding my blog and voice to your “follows”.

  • Heather April 20, 2013, 1:21 pm

    I’ve always dreamed of buying an older home with some history and restoring it. The husband on the other hand is not a DIY kind of guy. I love the ceiling!

    • Cindy April 20, 2013, 6:08 pm

      It often surprises me how many Men are not the DIY type. I believe I got Lucky, he amazes me…
      Sometimes thou, he’s really just trying to save money, if he doesn’t know how to do something then he researches and learns how, and he always strives for perfection. He did the kitchen ceiling himself. He is making my dream come true! Thanks for visiting and sharing Heather, hope you will continue to follow and watch the progress.

  • Eva April 21, 2013, 6:39 pm

    This is so cool.
    Recording your work to see the before and after. Remember, if you ever need a painter, I’ll help.

    • Cindy April 21, 2013, 8:35 pm

      Hey my dear friend :D, Glad you came by for a visit, thank you so much for the offer to help, currently I’m staining the front porch deck and stairs and Gary is back to work painting the north side of the house. You know you are always welcome at my home, see you soon! πŸ˜€

  • Judy April 24, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my link party last week. I’m looking forward to keeping up with your blog. Hope to see you at this week’s party going on right now.

    • Cindy April 24, 2013, 1:26 pm

      Hello Judy, I’m a new follower, just linked up my Bathroom Renovation at your link party. You have a very nice home, again thanks for hosting and stopping by!

  • Paul and Audra Larson April 26, 2013, 8:05 am

    To see your home in person was a real treat, it’s simply beautiful…To see the before pictures blows me away…Just amazing work…Audra and I completely gutted and restored/remodeled our old farm house in Michigan and this is really inspiring me to post some before and after pictures too…Yes, we know first hand what all is involved in a project like this, it’s a long haul and you better be ready…Well done you two, well done….

    • Cindy April 26, 2013, 8:24 am

      Thanks so much Paul and Audra, I’m so glad we inspired you to post your pictures, can’t wait to see them! Thanks for visiting and the lovely comment.

  • Renea Barnett-Harp April 26, 2013, 10:27 am

    Cindy,
    Great web site. Good luck with it and all you do!
    Renea

    • Cindy April 26, 2013, 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much Renea, Hope you and your family are doing well, God Bless

  • www.makeitrane.com April 29, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it! I bought a house that was built in 1957 about 7 years ago. It as literally falling apart and my husband and I are restoring it one floorboard and wall at a time. It’s a lot of work but we love it! I just wish I had taken more before pictures.
    I will be checking back with your blog for inspiration lots!
    Thanks,
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    http://www.makeitrane.com

    • Cindy April 29, 2013, 10:42 pm

      Hi Ashley, Thanks for dropping by, So glad you are lovin my blog and thanks for following! Would love to see some of your pics as well…Hang in there, it is worth it!

  • Mary/ken May 4, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Love the blog….we will be watching …

    • Cindy May 4, 2013, 11:23 pm

      Great! Thanks so much, hope you will enjoy!

  • Bill Burgos June 3, 2013, 11:26 am

    Your blog looks really cool. Hard to believe the difference in your home since you first bought it. I remember thinking OH MY GOD!!! When I first saw it. You have both come a long way and should be very proud of your restoration project. It is coming along very well. It really is a work of love and it shows.

    • Cindy June 3, 2013, 11:27 am

      We are very proud πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting, now I know you will both follow me, won’t you? πŸ˜‰

      • Bill Burgos June 3, 2013, 11:28 am

        Yes we will, it’s also a good place to get some good ideas.

  • Laurel Stephens June 3, 2013, 11:48 am

    Hi Cindy, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I added your blog to my blogroll today, but your feed doesn’t appear to be updating. (It shows your last post as two months ago.) Just a heads-up, in case you didn’t know. Have a great day!

  • vmg206 June 4, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Cindy
    Visiting you back from VMG206 ~ and liked your FB page, too! I look forward to sharing ideas with you.
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Father’s Day Card Printable

  • Noto June 24, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Hi Cindy, your blog is great and I know this has been your passion and all your restorations have changed this house into a lovely home.

    • Cindy June 25, 2013, 7:27 am

      Hello Sherry, Thank you so much for the nice comment and for visiting my site. Be sure to follow for updates πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  • Karen July 1, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Hi Cindy. I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award. You can find it at IntoMyWindow.com, July 1, 2013 post. πŸ™‚

  • Cindy July 11, 2013, 5:36 am

    Thanks Megin for visiting and liking my FB page, I returned the like on your page. Hope you will enjoy my post!

  • Patti August 24, 2013, 4:09 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments. The story of you home is enticing and I can’t wait to see more of the renovation. So happy to follow along!
    Hugs,
    Patti

    • Cindy August 24, 2013, 4:35 pm

      Oh thank you so much Patti, and thanks for following, hope you will enjoy!

  • Kathy September 5, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Hello Cindy, I am so delighted that you stopped by! Reading your ‘about’ story, I am struck by the similarities to our story. We moved to our home in 2003 – in a small town in Georgia – actually my husband’s hometown. He left his job surrendering to the call to start a church here – he works, and I work part-time-since all of the children have grown. Next year, our home will be 100 – we’ve been working on her for the length of time we’ve been here – you know all the the unexpected things that can happen – but, it is so worth it!
    We are living our dream – enjoying country life in an old home – looking forward to reading more about your home’s restoration –
    Blessings,
    Kathy

  • Anne September 20, 2013, 8:29 am

    Hi Cindy. Just stopping by to thank you for linking up at Fun Friday Blog Hop. LOVE your home πŸ™‚

    Anne

  • tam September 22, 2013, 7:21 am

    Wow just found you on the fun friday blog hop. An going to follow when I finish this comment! Cool blog!
    tam@ spinstersnacks.com

    • Cindy September 22, 2013, 8:41 am

      Hi Tam, so glad you visited and happy to hear you will follow! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy, looking forward to any questions or comments…

  • Anita Jones September 22, 2013, 9:47 am

    Keep up the good work sooner or later you will finish, oh lol, not you. cause you will find something to change to make poor Gary do more work.

    • Cindy September 23, 2013, 6:59 pm

      Yes, someday we will, but when we do I’m sure I’ll find something for poor Gary to do, LOL! Cuz we just can’t sit around and stare at each other in our old age, ya gotta stay busy! Life is too short!! Love ya πŸ˜‰

  • Jane September 23, 2013, 10:44 am

    Hi, thanks for stopping by Finding Fabulous! Wow our dining rooms are similar, lol! I still love the color though. I actually just added two new upholstered chairs this week-end, and they’ve updated our dining room even more! I’ll be blogging about that soon.

  • Shelley January 29, 2014, 6:26 am

    Hi I’m glad I found your blog! I live in Texas and am restoring our 1910 Victorian farmhouse. Loved your latest post about the door. I think we have the same door knobs and plates!

    • Cindy January 29, 2014, 9:21 am

      Hi Shelly, Awesome! It’s great to hear from someone else who is sharing the same experiences as we are! “Love your World!” πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting and hope to hear from you again.
      Cindy

  • Ann Edmonds April 6, 2014, 10:41 am

    Cindy, I am one of those who “stumbled” onto your blog. Just wanted to tell you how much I love what you have done to your house. I especially love your bathroom.Look forward to seeing more!
    Ann

    • Cindy April 6, 2014, 11:46 am

      Hi Ann, glad you “stumbled” my way, thanks for visiting! I had the most fun in the bathroom with that floor, it was fun to create and do something different! πŸ˜‰

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