Dear lonely, over-looked little house at the end of the driveway,
Welcome to the family.
I just wanted you to know how much I have always adored you.
I’ve driven by you for years. Every time I turned into the driveway……there you sat.
The Living Room
You always looked a little forlorn to me.
I remember when your gutter fell off in the back and kind of hung there…..swinging back and forth.
I ached for you. Such an uncomfortable situation.
I wanted to march down the driveway with a 10 foot extension ladder and hang it back in place immediately.
But you just kind of shrugged your shoulders and sighed patiently.
And then there was the whole beauty shop phase.
Your glory days.
When your rooms were full of shampoo and blow dryers and a tanning bed and rollers that smelled like permanents and gossip and giggles.
And plenty of big hair.
Just like a Kentucky Steel Magnolias.
The Dining Room
You had a few other tenants.
But nothing really seemed to work out.
And then you sat.
With the occasional half-hearted wave and downcast expression when I turned into the driveway.
But now….watch out summer of 2013.
Finally…..my little neglected friend.
This is your year.
Your day in the sun.
Your time to shine.
Wait until you see the plans I have for you.
I’m just sayin’.
I’m talking vivid and bold and fun and graphic and color.
Hot pink damask.
And a zinc topped desk.
And giant chalkboards with metal letters.
And light fixtures that look like spaceships.
The Craft Room
This is going to be the jewel in the crown. This is going be the craft storage room.
With a built-in desk.
And floor-to-ceiling shelving. With baskets and zinc tags and sewing machines.
And containers full of material and scrapbook paper and stencils and paint and a wrapping paper station.
And buckets of Mod Podge.
The Back Yard
Here’s the view from your back door.
Sunny and green and bright and full of the promise of a summer’s day.
Just like your future.
So buckle your seat belt, little gatehouse.
2013 is going to be a great year. 🙂
PS We bought the gatehouse (formerly known as the beauty shop to the stars of the county) on Friday.
I can’t WAIT for you to follow along this summer. Every project that I have always wanted to do….but never had the perfect place for in the main house….
……has finally found a home. 🙂