Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving In the Air!

Thanksgiving is almost here. I can feel it in the air! Is there any better time of year? 

My apologies for being away so long. Life showed up, claimed my time, and is only now easing up. But listen to this news: I'm happy to say that I am about 3 weeks away from beginning renovations on a cabin! The dream of my heart for so long is about to happen. You'll come with me, won't you? You'll help and advise from there as we take a shell of a cottage and turn it into a cozy, little home, right?

I hope so. It's about time we tackle another home together, isn't it? 

You should know: I'm going all bargains and estate finds and creative on this venture. While a shopping spree at Restoration Hardware would be incredible, it's simply not in the budget. Matter of fact, this weekend I scored a heavy kitchen sink off Craigslist for $10. TEN DOLLARS! I'm using it, too. I'm a girl on a budget, so we're going to be putting in this cabin and starting the gardens off our sheer ingenuity, creativity, and elbow grease. Oh, I'm just so excited! 

In the meantime, I have a few recipes to send your way shortly. And a how-to on my new paperless paper towels. And I'm looking to dip some candles. Does anyone know a great way to get started in that?

And oh yes. My shop, Balm and Honey, is updated with goodies from my latest knitting kick. Hurry to claim yours before the shop is picked clean! (I think my favorite is the Lemon Tea. Those I want to keep...) And thanks, as ever, for your support. Could not do this next phase of my life without your encouragement and help. :)

There are some interesting days ahead. Glad we have each other, aren't you?  

Happy November. -Brin


Donnie said...

Hi again. Glad all is looking up for you. I'm still using the lovely bag with the split peas in it (heat bag) you made a few years ago. Great quality in your items. I hope to be shopping soon. I also have the clutch I bought off you too. Take care.

Brin said...

Donnie, Thank you! Wow! I'm so glad your goodies are lasting.

I need to make a few more of those heat bags. I don't know where mine went off to and they sure are comforting!

Nice to hear from you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. <3 -Brin

Vada said...

I have been reading your blog since the Freeman House days, and am so excited to hear you are getting into a cabin! Yeah!

Unknown said...

Oh Brin, this just made my day!!! I've often thought about your cabin dream and wondered, you don't know how excited I am to be going on another home journey with you!! And I want to help, may I have your addy so I can send you a little something for your new home? I can't wait to see it!!!

Brin said...

Y'all are so wonderful! Thank you! <3

Sue- You are such a blessing to me! My mailing addy is:
P.O. Box 535
Atlanta, TX 75551

Be sure to include your return address, okay?

Love and thanks... -B

L. said...

Wow, should be interesting for sure! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

Yes! I'll come along gladly. I've missed The Freeman House days and cannot wait to watch you turn your cottage into a cozy home!

I'm also looking forward to the recipes!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Yes, I do remember those days and it will be exciting to see your cabin and watch it's progress! I am really looking forward to it!

Adrienne said...

Oh, I'm right there with you! Can't wait to see the cabin and how you bring it all together. And on a shoestring budget - how wonderful! I'm thrilled over the moon for you!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I have also been reading since Freeman House so I know the adventure ahead is a good one. :)

Kacie said...

So great, Brin! I've been reading since the early days of Freeman House and it's always brightened my day when you post good news like this. Congrats!

Rebecca said...

I love this post, Brin! Its a happy, uplifting, full of hope kind of post! I can't wait to start another house with, I'm dashing off to check out your shop goodies! Happy Thanksgiving!

Rebecca said...

P.S. I could sure use one of those heat bags. :)

Jen said...

How exciting! Can't wait to go through it with you. What a great way to go about it too - frugally. I think more people can relate to what you're doing and it will be very inspiring. Glad you're back again!

Oh, and for candle making, there is a video put out by the West Ladies that you could probably get ahold of through your library about candlemaking. They go over pillar dipping and making honey pots, which are made by dipping a filled water balloon and then popping the balloon. They're really beautiful. They also have a breadmaking and gardening dvd I believe.

Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo! So excited to come on this journey with you! I love your style and ingenuity. Very inspiring! Happy Holidays, Brin. So very happy for you!

Betty said...

That is wonderful news Brin, wishing you all the best. I know that cabin will look fabulous when you are done with it!
Take care.

Mabel Jane's said...

Looking forward to your new "cabin" adventures. I have read your posts about the Freeman House quite some time ago. I enjoyed coming across your site again and pray that you will be blessed in all you do...Blessings...Pam