or was it the need for bricks for a path in my backyard?
Do I really need a reason for doing some of the hair brained things I do?
it would probably make life easier and
my husband might embrace my creative side a little bit more if I wasn’t so….
what’s that word?
I call it productive and there’s always the “bigger picture”
I must fail miserably at communicating that to him or he just doesn’t see my
It will be awesome!
My plans always are
but here’s where the path turns or maybe it goes astray…
I was drooling over this mantle at The Lettered Cottage.
Isn’t it just lovely? So clean. So fresh. So adaptable.
to see this you should go back and see how many times they have cleverly used this area in their home.
nothing short of awesome.
This photo got me thinking about how much I dislike my fireplace.
(are you already wondering what this has to do with a brick pathway?)
At first I was inspired and I jumped away from my computer refreshed and energize to freshen up my mantle for summer.
And then I walked into my den and felt immediate sadness
it was just ugly!
My fireplace needed to be cleaned out from the winter fires.
The antique brass glass door screen (hand me down) had seen it’s better days, years ago.
Off it came and in the trash it went.
I cleaned off the mantle. I left the dust, you’ll see why later.
My mantle is mammoth! No exaggeration needed…it’s huge and ugly!
did you know…it comes off?
yep. it does.
the real thing I dislike the most…the hearth!
for years I’ve dreamed of it being gone. just to vanish into thin air.
it’s stained. it’s in my way. it’s a hazard to my mental health.
for years I’ve cringed every time a child toddled near it.
my grand kids climb on it. fall off of it.
and give me panic attacks when they play around it.
back to the mammoth mantle…I don’t like it either.
and further more, I’m sick of looking at the color of the bricks!
Hubby was out of the house until noon.
It’s was 9am.
Last Saturday morning.
I had plenty of time.
DS was willing to be my partner in crime.
two hammers. one determined woman.
it was done.
no going back now…was I worried about what hubby would say?
I’m not telling.
Let’s just say I met him in the driveway and broke the news to him gently.
I didn’t get a photo of his reaction
but when he came in and saw the end result
he was pleased.
pleased that it was cleaned up
pleased that I got that off of my brain and would quit telling him how much I hated it
pleased that I could move on to more important things that needed to be done
pleased that he now had a pile of bricks to make my brick pathway!
Rudy (dog) on the other hand was not too pleased, above he is seen right before he lost his breakfast on my floor
I guess demolition is stressful to our pets.
I’m thoughtful that way
For now the fireplace story will have to be continued…
I have found tile for the floor in front and we will be painting the brick (yay)
the mantle…it’s destiny has yet to be determined.
but you can bet you’ll get to see along the way.
So do you see the “bigger picture”
are you thinking I’m a nut case…are ya scratch’n your head wondering; what the heck is she thinking?
My hubby wants me to give you a message;
“stop wasting your time, you’ll never figure her out. 9 times out of 10 she’s right and it turns out looking great”
I didn’t make him say that either.
Remember the give.a.way? I have eight winners!!!!
Kimberlee – Stoneware Bar Pan & Mini Serving Spatula
Kristen – Mini Whipper
Anastasia – All Purpose Spreader
Darleen, Autumn, Stephanie, Katherine & Anita – Season’s Best Cookbooks
for those who picked Scotty to win…you were spot on!
my favorite Pampered Chef Kitchen tool…
I use it at least 4 nights out of the week.
thank you all who participated.
Off to clean up my house now…it’s a tad bit dusty from the weekend projects
Oh yes, there were more!