Wednesday, April 15, 2009

House a Home Challenge and Giveaway is here!

Lucy's House a Home Giveaway

If you haven't read about my House a Home Challenge and giveaway yet, go here and check it out.

I had a lot of fun thinking of the top 10 things that make my house a home. It was actually more difficult than I expected but it made me stop and reflect on the memories we've made in our home and the special things that are attached to those memories. In no particular order...

1. The fireplace. We absolutely love our fireplace. We use it as our primary source of heat for the most part. I think this winter we (I) only turned the baseboards on once. I often forget to keep the fire going during the day when I'm working at home and find myself shivering my buns off so I have caved and turned the heat on a few times. But aside from a cheap way to heat our home, the fireplace offers a very relaxing atmosphere in our wee home. In the fall, I look forward to having our first fire. Many of my best memories involve being curled up on the couch under a warm blanket, drinking mint hot chocolate and laughing with the hubby.


2. Rooster measuring cups. The theme in my kitchen is roosters and these measuring cups came from my Grandmother's kitchen. My passion for cooking, baking and all things domestic was strongly inspired by this amazing woman and so it is only fitting that I would prominently display something of hers in my own kitchen. They remind me daily of the lessons she taught me.


3. Our dining room table. This table is more than a table to me. This is the place where I feed my family and my friends. This is the place where my husband and I meet at the end of the work day and discuss our day's events. Because we live in a small apartment, this table has become very multi-functional. This is where I do my homework all day, play games with my SIL and friends, scrapbook and eat.This is also one of the first of many projects that the hubby completed for our home. See the chair cushions? He covered them with the fabric from the curtains at our first apartment. Good thing one of us is handy.


4. The garden. Last year we planted a garden for the first time and quickly decided that it is something we'd like to do each year. There is such a sense of accomplishment to harvesting your own vegetables. I am eager to get a much larger garden planted this year so that I will be able to preserve food for the winter months as well as share our bounty with our loved ones.



5. Magnetic weekly calendar. Yes, I'm serious. This made the top 10. I'm sure you've mostly all gathered by now that I'm an organizational freak. Being organized makes me so happy. This calendar is one of the first purchases I made when we took possession of our first apartment and I have loved it ever since. It cost a ridiculous amount, I think. I can't remember but something tells me I paid like 24.99 for it or something crazy like that. But, it has been worth every single penny. Each section is its own piece, so at the end of each week, I wipe it off and move it to the bottom. I love always having the current week at the top and having an entire month at a glance. So now if you're looking for me at any time in the next month, you will know where to find me.


6. The beloved bread machine. In one of my Q&A posts I revealed that this is my most loved kitchen tool. Since I started making all of my own bread products in the new year, I have come to rely on this baby so much. I use it anywhere from 2-5 times per week. I get so much joy from trying new recipes. Being in the kitchen is like therapy for me. When I am stressed or overwhelmed, it helps me to take a few minutes to be by myself in the kitchen baking something. This bread machine has become a real part of our home.


7. The hope chest and quilt. For many many years, long before we were dating, the fabulous dude promised me that someday he'd build me a hope chest. This year for Christmas he did just that. The love and time that he put in to building this is incredible. It is something I will truly cherish for the rest of my life and that I will hope to pass on to future generations. On the end of my bed just above the hope chest is my favourite quilt, that he also gave me as a gift. It says "Home Sweet Home", "Home is Where the Heart Is" and "There's No Place Like Home" around the border with pictures of houses on it. It is cozy and warm and captures the essence of the way I feel about my home. I really feel that these two pieces go together because they are symbolic of the home that we have made together.

8. Deacon's Bench. The bench pictured below was built for us as a wedding gift by my Grandfather. There is something about a hand made piece of furniture that is so special. Nothing can top this. My grandfather passed away a few months ago and instantly the value I place on this bench has increased. Like the measuring cups from my grandma, this piece reminds me of my grandfather's strength and love everyday. It is something I will cherish for the years to come and will pass on to my children and their children along with stories and memories of my grandpa. It is located near the entrance to our apartment and is coupled with our wedding photo, a stone sculpture we got on our honeymoon and a stand that says "Love Life". This area of my home reminds to me stop and think about what's really important everyday. (This photo also made me realize that the wedding picture is a wee bit crooked).


9. Scrapbooks. My scrapbooks document so much of our life together. They are symbolic of all the memories we have made as we have grown together as a family. (P.S. I am always eager to show them off, so for any of those who know me in real life, I'd love to show them to you at ANY time).

10. My family. My home would not be complete without my family. And, although my family is very small right now, I look forward to adding to it as the years go by. Right now it's just me, the fabulous dude and Nika. My hubby is my best friend and my partner in everything. We have laughed, cried, suffered, fought, loved and learned in the few short years that we've been together. We have welcomed a teeny tiny puppy into our home who is no longer so teeny tiny. We have moved. We have started new jobs. We have graduated. We have gone back to school. We have failed. We have achieved. We have lost. We have gained. We have learned so much from each other and made so many memories here -- and that's what makes this house a home.

(Yes we actually dressed her up like this and made her sit for a photo. Then the hubby thought it would be funny to photoshop himself in there. So, thanks to my bro for this lovely photo. They look alike, don't you think?).

So, there you have it. Those are the things that make my house a home. Now let me see what you all have come up with. Mr. Linky will be open until next Wednesday, April 22 at 9 pm. At that time I will draw the name of one lucky winner to pick their prize (which can be seen here).

Here are the rules:
1. Write a post documenting the top 5-10 things that make your house a home.
2. Linky directly back to this post (I'm sorry - but I will delete those who don't).
3. Leave a comment and let me know if you have placed my button on your sidebar and/or written a post advertising this giveaway (one extra entry for each).

25 comments:

Sassenachs in Scotland said...

ahhhhhhhhh You know something is close when it makes it on your fridge calendar! I got so excited when I saw SCOTLAND on it :)
That last picture is awesome.

Since I do not have a home, I won't be joining your giveaway. I could probably come up with 10 reasons why this flat is NOT my home, though!

Only 14 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

LOVED this post. You have me looking around my house now for what it is that really makes this HOME for us. I'll be looking, thinking, snapping pictures, and posting... and then I'll be back.

Snow White said...

wow - i love that calendar too!!

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

Whew I think I got all my pictures!!!! Thanks for such a great post idea!!

Jessica said...

Hi, I just found your blog and wanted to say hello! I love your blog! I'm definately going to be entering in this and can't wait to find my 10 things!

Wendy said...

What a fantastic idea! I wrote a blog recently that tackled the question...what would I grab if my house were on fire (guess what...the breadmaker made the list!)...Your garden is beautiful!
Fun to come across your site!
~ Wendy

Denise K. said...

What a fun post Lucy! Great photos and great memories that make your Top Ten! I just finished my post and linked back to you, BUT, the button is only coming up with the html code, not as an actual link back to you. So, I'm sorry that feature isn't working, but I did link back to you in the wording at the top of the post! Keeping my fingers crossed on the give away! How exciting for your Scotland trip too! :-)

Jen said...

so cool! Love your pictures and this challenge! I am working on mine! :)

Evan Kirkland said...

Your house is very lovely. Almost as lovely as mine!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love your husband's sense of humor and creavity.
Humor is a must-have in marriage.

Amanda said...

Hey Lucy! My life has been crazy busy and my internet has been down, so I've been totally out of the blogging world lately. I lvoe your "House a Home" challenge and am working on a post for it. Hopefully it'll be up soon!

Sassenachs in Scotland said...

OK I did my 10 reasons why the flat is not my home. I don't know all about this linking business but when I wrote your name at the top of my post I made a link there. Is that good enough?

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow this is really nice. I am going to use Mr. Linky!

Thank you

Terri said...

What a nice site you have. Will be frequenting often. Good job!

Emily MacKenzie said...

Hey Lucy, great idea. I just finished my blog outlining my top 10 things. I linked to your blog at the top of my post. Giddy up!

Emily MacKenzie said...

Oh, also, I added your giveaway picture thingy to my gadgets.

Jen said...

Finally - I finished my post! :)

Thanks for this opportunity! I have your link in my sidebar and in a post I did about the giveaway too! :) Thanks!

Taryn said...

I love you Lucy. I wish you didn't live in Canada- or maybe I wish I didn't live in CO- and lived in Canada with you. I will work on a post for this. And try to figure out the linky. It might take a few days . . .

Loren said...

thankyou for this opportunity to share what makes a house a home! It has been so much fun!

I think I made all of the requirements as well :)

enjoy your party tonight ;)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I loved learning about what makes your house a home. I loved it all so much. I especially liked that story of the deacon's bench. My grandfather was a woodworker and I have a few pieces that he created. They truly are so special. And I had to laugh at the photo of your dog adn hubby. That's soooo priceless!!! You make me wish that you lived down the street from me. You're just such a peach!

P.S. I blogged about House A Home.

Taryn said...

I did some advertising for you on my entry- is that what you wanted? (I don't want to do the button because I am not sure I will have internet access while I am away- and if people come and click the button 5 days after the giveaway is over I would feel kinda bad. But I love the button. Impressive.)

Jen said...

Hi Lucy -
If by chance I win (yea!) - I don't know how long you are giving for the person to get back to you... we are going to be leaving town from Tues-Thurs for a funeral, so I don't believe I'll have internet. Can I give Laurie my information and get her to "reply" for me IF I do win?
Thanks!
Jen

Holly said...

Okay, my post is up! Thanks for hosting!

Emily said...

I just did this. This was so much fun and you really made me stop and think about what makes my house a home... always to remember never to take things for granted.

I also added your button to my side bar.

Becky said...

Okay, so I couldn't figure out how to get your cool thing on my post, but I figured out how link back to yours...does that count??