SHELTER FOR TWO

A simple tale of girl meets boy. They fall in love. Get engaged. Buy a house. Fix it up. Become One. And currently are living happily ever after.

Avery & Co. will be introducing Christmas Ornaments this year! Get ready! 😊

Humans vs. Appliances

Today is August 18th, 2014, I haven’t post a blog since March of this year. A lot has gone on since then. A lot indeed. I’ve felt over this summer that I did not have too much to write about, not too much to say. We’ve kept ourselves occupied for most of the summer with work, babysitting, Jordan’s art and my craft club meetings. Now since Autumn is not far off, I am hoping that it will slow down a little. It seems that time never slows down around here. We have a lot of birthdays coming up in our family. It seems everyone was born in the Fall - Winter in our family. That means cook-outs and birthday dinners and celebrations. It’s a great way to finish out the year. Clare will be one in October… that is something really to look forward to! A birthday bash! I cannot believe how time has flown since that little girl has come into this world. It really is a beautiful thing to get to watch her grow. Such a precious miracle. Well that’s enough ramblings for now…. some news!

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Four of Jordan’s art works will be in a show on September 3rd! We are very excited for this opportunity. He is so blessed with his creative gift, I am glad he gets to showcase it. Here are the details if you would like to come to this family event….

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A couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of having Clare spend the night with us two nights in a row! She was wonderful. It’s always fun spending time with our favorite girl! I am glad Lisa and Brian let us keep her from time to time. 

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Earlier this year, in May, our dishwasher decided to give up the ghost and quit. We made the dreaded trip to Lowe’s and bought a Samsung dishwasher that we really did not like at first… until we found out it was not running well due to an operator error. After re-reading the manual we figured out it uses a lot less dish powder. When we started using less we noticed how well it really works.We have come to like it much better now. Here is our new dishwasher…

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Yesterday, August 17th, Jordan noticed that our dryer was not drying the towels all the way. I was trying to convince him that there were just too many towels… there was nothing wrong with the dryer itself. I did not even want to image something going wrong with our 3 year old dryer. Not possible, right? HAHA. That evening I went to check the towels to see if they had dried. I opened the door and felt the towels… wet. I touched the dryer… cold. OH NO! Not a good sign. I checked the manual we did the troubleshooting methods… nothing. We drove to mom and dad’s to finish drying our clothes and towels that night. After much investigating we ordered the thermometer and heat unit part. Hopefully it will be here this week and installed this weekend. Luckily, Jordan and I only do laundry on Saturday and Sunday. 

Now… this morning at 6:00 am: Almost in the car for work, Jordan’s car key has disappeared. Not sure where it has gotten to and he only has the one. Well, since we were at mom and dad’s last night, I suggested calling mom this morning to check and see if it is over there. Thankfully, it was! Lisa - THANK YOU! Drove it up to our house early this morning and Jordan made it to work on time. ALL IN ALL —— Jordan called me this morning when he got to work and told me there had been a horrible accident in Hickory on 321 and that there was tape and car fragments everywhere. I am so thankful we have a Heavenly Father that watches over and out for us. Even if it means we have to lose things sometimes. I know it can be very frustrating, but God only does what is best for us.

In a small synopsis, this I know for sure:

1 - God is always protecting us. He does things for the best. ALWAYS!

2 - God will provide your every need. 

3 - Warranties are not always a rip off.

I hope everyone is having a great Monday evening.

That’s all for now.

Nikki :)

Not Quite Goldilocks and the Two Chairs

Today is Sunday, March 23rd, 2014! I cannot believe that I have not posted anything all year. Well… actually I can. I thought we were busy last year, but this year we are on a whole new level. But we have decided to slow it down a little. Spring is here, and I want to sit on our porch swing with some sweet tea and relax!! It’s the simple things in life that are worth all of the hard work. Speaking of hard work, I am pretty sure next week we will be doing lots of manual labor in the yard. It needs some tending to, and I still have plans for our yard… I know it will take a while, years.. maybe, but that is a-okay with me. Anyhow, let me get on with my post….

Yesterday, March 22nd, we went to Hickory on a mission to find a new chair for our living room. When I say new… I mean NEW, brand spanking, NEW. Can you tell I am excited? Jordan and I had yet to experience going to an actual furniture store to acquire a piece of new furniture for our house. We went to The Hickory Furniture Mart, which is basically a mall filled with furniture stores. We searched high and low… meaning 4 floors of furniture. Until finally we had searched all the areas we could afford and some we could not. We came to one store which had a sale 10 to 15 percent off each piece. (Keep in mind we only went for one chair.) We saw two chairs sitting next to each other… so we sat. They were not too firm, not too soft, but just right. Yes, we are that particular. :) We came to an agreement between ourselves with the price being so good (two chairs for the price of one “good”!) that we could afford both of these chairs. How EXCITING!!! We bought both of the chairs for our living room. They were available for us to take them home that same day! The chairs somehow fit amazingly into Mom and Dad Avery’s van and they delivered them today, because they were coming down for Clare’s dedication. We got our chairs this morning and have been enjoying them this evening. It’s so exciting to get new NEW furniture. So with all this excitement, i am guessing you are ready to see a picture? You got it!

Chair one: Rush Hour Earth is the pattern name….

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Chair number two: Spin Off Orange is the pattern name….

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It really amazes me how much the colors match our living room. We are now talking of getting some new pillows for the sofa to compliment the chairs.

But that is all for now. Until next time then.

Nikki :)

Baby, That’s A Lot Of Work!

Today is September 10th. Jordan and I are back from our week vacation and wrapped up my sister’s baby shower in a beautiful bow of fun & cuteness on Saturday, September 7th. Went back to work yesterday and what happens? … I come down with a bug of some sort… sore throat and stuffy nose. Although, I am glad that it didn’t happen last week while on vacation because we had so much to do. Baby Showers are a lot of fun but also a lot of work. 

Last week we spent the night at Jordan’s parents house Sunday - Monday. Came home Tuesday and had a couple of doctor’s appointments… teeth and eyes, you know. Got to keep ‘em in tip-top condition. Wednesday, Jordan and I went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville for the day. We also procured a large piece of foam for our fainting sleigh. Thursday we set up house for the baby shower by cleaning and getting the last minute details finished. Then finally on Friday we set up the decorations, picked up the food and made sure we had it all together. Saturday was the big day - BABY SHOWER DAY! We awoke early in the morning, bought helium for our balloons (we already had)…. at $1 dollar a “POP” I might add. We lost three balloons — dollars before the party even started. Came home and tied the bows and dotted the “I“‘s. AND Waited for 12:30 to come around to fill the dishware with delicious snacks and goodies. Then 1 o’clock came and we had guest. We had a ball. It was a great time to celebrate our sweet niece Clare Rose and her parents. At around 5:30 all had gone home and Jordan and I cleaned up as much as we could. We were absolutely exhausted - needless to say I slept in on Sunday until 10 am. That pretty much sums up our vacation week. We had a blast and are now ready for another vacation… one where we may actually relax and go somewhere…. Definitely NEXT YEAR! :)

Now for some pictures of the above! Right-O!

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The Biltmore Estate. Wednesday: We picked the perfect day to visit… not too busy, no rain in sight and not too hot. This was my first visit and Jordan’s second.

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Comic Relief: "Vanderbilt built then he BUILT…MORE"

[Haha. Jordan told me this and I just love it.]

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Jordan sewed the cover for our foam that was bought for the fainting sleigh… (This is still Wednesday, after we got back from Asheville.)

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The finished product in place: 

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Now I will be on the lookout for two fabulous roll pillows!

Thursday, we celebrated Brian’s birthday (which is August 25th).

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Jordan and I made this Star Trek Onesie for our niece as a birthday gift to Brian. He likes Star Trek (to say the least).

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Last but certainly not least…

Saturday! Baby Shower Day! I love this Chalkboard sign (Jordan did the lettering):

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Cool Fact: The stroller pictured is Jordan’s dad stroller from when he was a little fella. :)

A special Thanks to John and Lou Ann for lending it to us for the shower. :)

Of course the baby shower would not have been possible without my mom, dad, momma Lou Ann and Father John. Thank you for all of your support and for lending us supplies! You guys are the best!

Thanks for Reading!

Nikki :)

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Hello All! We’ve been a busy two, but that is nothing out of the ordinary. Today is August 10th. How it got to be August, I haven’t the slightest idea, all I know is that we are due for a vacation in less than twenty days. I am READY!

I haven’t posted a blog since June - July. So here is a quick update since then: Lisa has been back 1 month today!! We are glad to have her here to stay. Brian will be back in September. We are elated to host a baby shower for them. In less than 75 days a sweet baby will enter into this world. What a precious gift! I am more than elated to be an AUNTIE! Jordan is very excited to be an uncle too! 

Now back to today: August 10th, we had a great day! John and Lou Ann came to spend the day with us. We had a grand breakfast together, made by Jordan…. french toast, homemade hash browns, fresh strawberries and sausage. It was an awesome breakfast. Jordan is such a good breakfast chef! After that Jordan mowed a bit of the yard but it got too hot and he came in to finish later. Lou Ann and I worked on my apron that I have been neglecting to finish for 13 weeks. She helped me get very far and this evening I completed it! 

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Here is my finished apron:

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On a decorative note:

Using an idea I found on Pinterest, we added shutters to our living room a few weeks ago. We bought some Victorian shutters from Jordan’s friend. Jordan did a rough paint job on them with white paint, prior to this they were a very dark green - almost black. We hung them on the wall and I painted clothes pins different colours and we put photographs up of our family. We still have space for more photographs in the future. They turned out great! My idea to go with the shutters was to add a window in the middle with either a large picture behind it or several pictures behind it, in each pane. After thinking about this for a few weeks, i decide that it may too many photographs and that I would like to make the window into a mirror-window. This would also give the effect that our living room was wider - so what could be more perfect! 

Today we went to Hobby Lobby and found this nifty product:

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Jordan took the window (a Victorian window) and hosed it down.

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After that, we let it dry and then spray painted the glass. With six coats in it, the window really looks like a mirror. Here is the finished product between our shutters:

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We love the way it all turned out. We were a bit of lucky ducks in that the window was already yellow and decided it would look perfect in our living room.

That is all of my update for this evening, until next time then.

Nikki :)

My lantern nightlight is complete!! :) 
It turned out fantastic!!

Rise & Reflect

Today is Saturday, June 22nd, we…. meaning Jordan, Mom and myself… picked up working on the house again. Today we did something that was much needed! We painted the stair risers, the wall board above the stairs, and the stair posts. My guess is that none of the places we painted today have been painted in over 30 years. They were full of scuff marks and scratches. The process was quite simple…. two coats of white semi-gloss paint. Next up we are going to possibly put some moulding beneath each stair overhang, depending on if it will fit under all of them. 

I took on the first three steps above the landing and the two top steps before the landing. This is first coat down on the top step. One irritation that gets me every time is how the blue tape does not exactly work. It does and it doesn’t. It protected the floors for the most part, but when you peel it up after the paint has dried, it tries to take off your hard work. What a pest! A necessary evil, possibly? Wish I had a steady enough hand to do without it. For Jordan and mom, they decided not to use the tape and it went very well for them.

You can see from the second step what they before looked like.  Scuffs, black from the carpet foam gunk showing through… what a mess! It was pretty smooth though, so nothing a bit of paint couldn’t handle.

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Mom and Jordan working hard. Mom took on the next four steps below mine. And Jordan took on the last EIGHT steps. What a good man I have. But I already knew that!

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 The finished risers, see how they SHINE!image

Mom working on the wall board above the stairs.

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Jordan finally removed the shoe moulding that was added by the man that refinished our floors - it was not there originally and it was a terrible additional (although otherwise, the man did a wonderful job for us).  It looks so much better without the moulding, which had become a terrible dust catcher.  After Jordan removed it, he then painted the base moulding on the railing.

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The finished wallboard - I cannot believe how much better it looks! The staircase is so much brighter. You can even see the reflection of the stairs  in the wallboard.

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After we finished up on the stairs, Jordan cut the grass in the front yard, while mom and I spent some time working on needlework projects. After that we had a lovely dinner with Crock-pot BBQ and french fries / salad. Then mom had to go for the day. 

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Jordan and I weren’t quite finished with our EXTRA productive day. We were both planning on working on paper-mache projects for Sunday afternoon. But we got an early start instead. I am working on creating a type of egg shaped night-light (I found a project on Pinterest that inspired my night-light) and Jordan is working on a cosplay mask of a character called Kafei of Legend of Zelda - Majora’s Mask. (It is a foxlike creature.) As of now, Saturday night, they are hanging on hooks air drying for the next 24 hours. I am hoping they turn out well. Here are some work in progress images:

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We will have more updates on the paper mache projects to come, maybe this week! 

Since it is now officially Sunday, June 23, I think I am going to call it a night. Or morning! 

Nikki :)

Who loves you Baby?

It’s official… we have had our house for over a year now. Well, a year and a couple months.   We have also been married for eight months, time flies when you are having fun.

I am sure most of you have heard that I am going to be an Auntie and Jordan is going to be an Uncle. We are completely thrilled! Now we are starting to brainstorm the baby shower that we will be hosting. You may have also heard that it is a GIRL!!! This is weekend two (June 9th) since we found out and we bought three more apparel items for our niece. Needless to say, she will be the most stylin’ little lady around… with more clothes than her auntie and uncle combined. 

There is not much else to update on right now… We did buy a new pillow for the living room. We are using it on the fainting sleigh right now. I still have yet to get the foam and fabric I need to make a pillow for our fainting sleigh. That is one of my many upcoming projects. 

I think that is about it for now. Hope to have more to update on soon. 

In closing, I will say it is so nice to have a couple of weekends with nothing planned… a nice break. “Now, get back to work!" as the head garment-dying lady in Ever After would say.

Nikki :)

(P.S. A shout out to my dad - who wrote in my senior yearbook —— Who Loves you Baby? Thanks Dad! It works great for a blog title too!)

Jackson, You’re so Square

This week has been so fast. Here we are and it is April 5th, a sweet Friday afternoon it is. As some of you may know, Jordan and my mother took this week off to paint the foyer, staircase walls, and upstairs hallway. They worked so hard Monday the 1st through Thursday the fourth to finish up. I commend them for doing such an excellent job.

With that being said I will walk through this week on what they have accomplished while I was away at work during the day. Monday - was patch cracks in the wall day. Boy, there were a lot of cracks. “Unleash the Cracken” the house did. So Jordan and mom drew out the cracks and made them wider for smoother patching. After they did this, they then used grout to patch the cracks. That would pretty much sum up Monday, since the patchwork has to dry. Tuesday -  was check patchwork and re-patch some, then wash the walls. Sounds easy, but… Have you seen the height of these walls? Wednesday - was prime the walls with Kilz. TWICE! Talk about an all day process. Thursday - was (drum rolll) Painting the Walls!!! Starting bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning they began putting up the tape around 6 am. Painting started not long after and continued till they finished up around 4:30. Whew! What a job! I am so grateful for their work this week. (Side note: The yellow color is formally called: Jackson Square.)

Next up PICTURES! Here are the completed project pictures:

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This weekend Jordan and I spent sometime with Mom and Dad Avery. April 6th was also their Anniversary! Happy 39th Anniversary!!! We went to see Körner’s Folly again, my favorite house in North Carolina. If you haven’t been there, it is a great day trip to make to Kernersville, NC.  

Here is the website if you would like to see what it is all about: http://www.kornersfolly.org/ . If you are into Interior Decorating / Design and Architecture & History. You will love it.

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Also, we went to Winston Salem… Jordan’s favorite place to go shopping. We had the chance to go to the Homegoods store. Jordan and I planned to look for a mirror and lamp to go in the foyer that would match our new Jackson Square color. Bingo! We found the perfect combo. Here is a sneak peek:

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Also, we picked up the box candle holder and these two pictures frames. We have yet to put pictures in. Jordan cut some fresh flowers from the yard and viola! 

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Jordan and I also updated our dining room “hutch - china cabinet” for Spring.

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The second row of plates from the top were a gift from Jordan’s Grandmother. The dessert glasses came from Jordan’s friend Ed. The third row from the top were my grandmother Ruth’s set. They shout out “SPRING HAS SPRUNG”. The bottom row is an arrangement of canisters and a rabbit, bear and measuring cups.

Now something very special:

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Jordan’s dad painted the portrait to the right for Jordan this year. It is the portrait of Jordan’s great grandfather Luther. This compilation is in our foyer, as you may have seen in the picture above of the foyer. This radio pictured to the left was Luther’s radio. Below are two photographs one of Luther and one of his wife. 

That sums up this entry for tonight. Hope all is well, thanks for reading.

Nikki :)

Spring? You can call it “Spring Cleaning”

Jordan Here! Haven’t heard from me in a while, have you? Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and a good one it has been indeed!  We enjoyed a superb traditional meal prepared by my lovely bride, a corned beef  brisket cooked with potatoes, carrots, and onions alongside steamed cabbage.  We were joined by our parents and for dessert enjoyed a green velvet cake made by my mother.  It was truly a gastronomic delight!

But let’s, for a moment, travel back a few days… or weeks….

The day is February 27, the time, well never mind about that.  The important thing is that on this day my good friend from Boone delivered two ice covered rocking chairs to me.  I had been in a conversation with him earlier about our search for rocking chairs for our front porch.  ”You know what…” he said as he pondered, and that was that.

They were period, from the 1920’s, just like our house, smaller rockers, with flaking paint and a 1970’s addition of English Ivy designs painted on the backs. 

I brought the chairs home and was excited to sand and paint them. On March 10th I finally had a chance to do so. I spent a Sunday afternoon sanding the chairs and painting them both. By Sunday evening they were dry and ready to be put on the front porch and boy do they look great!

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March 9th - a Saturday -  Laura and I were cleaning out the attic and I brought down the original arched windows that used to be installed in the attic. They were in desperate need of being cleaned, so I gave them a good scrub and cleaned the glass with glass cleaner and decided they would look great in the Dining room. AND THEY DO! Nikki and I were talking about hanging some artwork below them, possibly some cross stitch work she will do in the future.

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On Saturday, March 16th, what a busy day, Laura, Nikki and I went to a bridal shower for Nikki’s god-sister. Came home and I got busy working on installing the porch swing to the front porch and trimming our hedges. Nikki and Laura sat on the front porch in the rocking chairs and cross stitched a while as I was working. Come evening time, I finally got the swing hung and the hedges trimmed, Laura went home and Nikki and I sat out on the porch for a while until the sun started to go down. It was a great way to spend the evening. 

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I would like to share another something special with you. Nikki and I had the opportunity to get wedding portraits done at JCPenney thanks to her mother. We took the opportunity gladly and had an appointment scheduled for February 23rd. We recently got the pictures back. They turned out great! Here is one of our favorites:

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That’s all for now. More to come very soon.

Jordan