Wow, I have had a busy couple weeks but it's been great! I've been stitching some but have turned my attention to a couple house projects lately that I've wanted to do. So first, here's a quick progress pic on my Paradise Lost.
I have a friend who is a contractor and he does awesome finishing work! I hired him to come put up some crown moulding in my dining room (remember that sampler wall?) and to re-do my fireplace wall.
Here's a photo of the fireplace wall before:
It had kind of always bugged me that my builder used bathroom tile around the fireplace and the paint on that mantel was so thick it was always sticky. I think this looks OK but I had dreams of doing something much nicer! So, I bought a new mantle and a bunch of stone. My friend prepped the wall the weekend that he was doing the crown moulding so for a week my living room had just cement board on the wall and every time I looked at it I'd get so excited about what was to come. So, after a full day of adding stone and the new mantel here is what my fireplace wall now looks like:
By the way, that picture above the fireplace works in that spot but I have Anniversaries of the Heart all kitted up and ready to start and would really love to have it hanging there. With the stone I'm not sure if it "goes" anymore but I'm going to stitch it regardless and if it doesn't work there I'm sure I'll find a good spot for it around here somewhere!