Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

My husband and I have been talking for years about how we want to live and raise our children. It always has included talks of living in the country and either building or fixing up a house. For years and years its just been a dream and quite honestly, I couldn't figure out how we would be able to make that dream a reality any time soon. We always pictured ourselves trying to get back to North Idaho, but without a job to go to or an affordable housing market, it wasn't really a viable option right now. Our current house is awesome, big enough, almost done being remodeled and really just a good place to be, except for one major thing: lack of work space for our growing business...think studio & wood shop. Our 2 car garage and the kitchen table weren't really cutting it anymore.

Then, one lazy evening I was flipping through the local real estate listing on my phone (because that's something that I just love doing. Call me cray-cray! Haha) when a little house in the next town over popped up. Most of the time, the houses in this area are super cute, but either way too small for our family or too big of a project for us to even consider, but this one was something special. Sitting on just over an acre surrounded by farmland, the house looked well maintained, but not completely remodeled so we could make it our own. Plus it had outbuildings! Just what we needed! This is when my mind started churning so I showed it to Justin and he liked it. It wasn't our dream property in North Idaho and it would mean that we would be staying in Southern Idaho for several more years, but we couldn't stop talking about it. We decided it was time to make our dreams reality. There is more to the story, that I will share in due time, but all I have to say right now, is this where we are suppose to be and even though its a bit scary, we are so ready!!!

Fast forward to today and the house is all ours....tiny bedrooms and all! The farmhouse is actually the same size as our current house, but is laid out completely differently. We're talking a single teeney tiny bathroom for all 6 of us...what are we thinking?! Thank goodness we aren't afraid to get our hands dirty because we have some grand plans to make it the perfect house for us and I'm hoping you will follow our journey!!

Enough chit chat, I know you are all eager to see what our little farmhouse looks like! I'll explain the different areas as we go so you can get an idea of what we have planned for in each space. 


Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) Front

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) front porch

I love the exterior of this house! It will need new siding at some point, but for now I will just clean it up a bit and maybe give the trim a coat of paint. The stairs up to the front door should probably be updated at some point as well, but for now its a charming entrance,...I mean, come on...that door!!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) front door

Before we head inside, I did a quick mock up of the floor plan so you have a better idea where each room is and how it relates to the next. I didn't manage to get closets on here or the basement, because ...learning curve, you'll get the idea tho!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) floor plan
From the front door you walk right into the living room. Not much a true entry (I'm going to miss my current one!) but honestly, we won't use this door much. The back door is just more practical.

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) Entry

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) entry

Living Room:
The living room has big windows that let in tons of light. It looks darker in these photos only because I took them in the later part of the day. I love the fireplace and shelves, but the paint, ceiling tiles and the flooring have to go. We've already started on some of it that you can see if you follow me on Instagram ( @averielaneblog ) We *hope* to eventually open the ceiling in here to the attic space, but we need to get some advice from a contractor before we move forward. Its something we think we can do ourselves to save on costs. 

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) living room

Looking back towards the front door...

Office (aka, the we have no idea what it is room):
Any thought on what this room is!? I think it might have been an old entry or something, but who knows! The previous owners used it as a computer area. I've already removed the doors since my kids thought they were the best thing to slam open and shut and I could foresee lots of pinched fingers in my future. No bueno!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) office

Dining Room:
The only reason this gets called the dining room is because of the tile, which has already been demolished (praise be!). The lighting is awkward and those built-ins look better in photos than they do in real life. I do have some ideas about how to help them not look quite so janky. I love that window tho!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) dining room

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) dining room

Haha! I have to laugh because this is barely a kitchen. Sure there are all the kitchen things, but its basically a glorified hallway. I will do a phase one makeover on it, but this thing will not cut it for very long. We have talked about adding on to the house and after we get through the kitchen you will see why!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) kitchen

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) kitchen

There are technically 3 bedrooms, but Lord help me they are postage stamp size! We decided who got which room purely based on the beds that needed to go in each. A master bedroom does not exist in this house. Thank goodness I love small cozy spaces!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Does this bathroom look small to you? Well, it is...maybe even smaller! How we are going to make this work with all 6 of us, I'm not sure. One thing I am sure about....there is a window hiding behind the shower and I'm determined to expose it!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bathroom

Just so you can see how close everything is to everything! Haha...hold me!

The door off the kitchen leads into the laundry area. Its a later addition to the house and basically a hot mess. The washer and dryer can't even sit close to each other and the stairs leading to the stairs are a bit scary to say the least. We are hoping to rip this addition off and do a bigger better one, but until we can do that I will probably need to bump this room up on the priority list purely for saftery reasons. The basement itself is good sized at around 800 sqft, but its a bit awkward. We have plans for it too eventually!

This chimney vents the water heater and a few other things and I am 99.9% sure it runs up next to the stove area in the kitchen. You know what I'm thinking don't you!!??!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) basement

Well, that ends the inside of the house tour! I will do a tour of the out buildings next week, because those areas are just as important and 100% why we committed ourselves to years worth of projects! 

What do you think? I can't wait to inject our personalities into the space! SO. MANY. IDEAS!!!

You might be wondering what our plans are for our other house? We will actually be renting it out which means we have just a couple weeks to make the new house livable before we have to be out of the old one. I do plan on doing an "After" tour of it before we are out, so look for that next week along with updates on Farmhouse progress!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene

Last week I shared Little Edee's birth story, so if you missed it you can read it HERE!

Even though I have no plans of doing monthly photo shoots like I did with Everett, I did want to make sure I got her newborn photos done. I have always taken these myself instead of hiring them out, because its fun for me to do. This time around I took advantage of the older kids being entertained by grandma and a stole away to our bedroom for a mini photo session. Since I was by myself, I stuck with a simple set up...my bed, a few blankets and one outfit. My lighting wasn't perfect and a few shots are a bit blurry, but I'm giving myself lots of grace because at least I took them, right?!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene

I love these extra large swaddles I made using my fabric designs printed on the Modern Jersey fabric from Spoonflower. The fabric has a nice stretch to it which makes a great swaddle blanket and they were super easy to sew. I literally cut a small part of the length off of one yard of fabric (4 inches or so) and then ran the edges through my serger. That's it! 

If you don't own a serger, you can do a rolled hem on the edge or even just a zig zag stitch! If you want to make them no-sew, just pull the edges a bit until they roll. (For a more in depth instructions try this tutorial from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood , it's awesome!) My version creates more of a rectangle shaped blanket instead of square one, but I like that better for bigger babies! Plus, you can use the scrap from the end to make a cute turban style headband! How cute!!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric
Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric
(blurry, but couldn't you just die over her cute smile!)

One of my favorite backdrops is our headboard. The minty green is so cute with the pink and white outfit!

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background
Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

I also love this pink arrow fabric from my fabric collection. It comes in lots of other colors as well!

Newborn Photos with Spoonflower Fabric - Pink Arrows

Newborn Photos with Spoonflower Fabric - Pink Arrows
baby yawn!

Before the baby woke up, I grabbed this beautiful crocheted blanket made by sister in law. She looks so cute against purple and I love using something so special for photos!

Newborn photos taken at home

I hope you enjoyed getting to see my sweet little baby! As you can see, taking newborn photos doesn't have to complicated! If you'd like to see more of my fabric designs feel free to check out my my shop on Spoonflower!

Edith Charlene {a birth story}

My oh my.... baby number six is finally here and what an entrance she made!
I planned on having this post up a few weeks ago, but life with four kids five and under (not to mention traveling to another vintage show with a newborn) hasn't made it easy! Its always amazing to me that with each additional child I have to totally rework when and how I can get things done. I sort of miss the old days of just one kid...hah! Just kidding! I love my little BIG tribe!

(This is a birth story, so be advised that I might use terms that make you uncomfortable, so proceed with caution! You've been warned.)

37-39 Weeks

So, little Miss Edee was hanging out pretty contently as I approached my due date of June 5th and I was convinced she would be late like Elynn . I was not feeling great, could barely walk and down right emotional. I cried for no reason at the drop of a hat which I'm sure Justin was loving. To encourage progress we were walking a lot (mostly at Home Depot!) but I could tell nothing was changing. At my 37 week appointment they did my Group B strep test and the doctor decided to check me. I was about 1.5 cm dilated, but she wasn't very optimistic that the baby was coming anytime soon so at my next appointment I opted not to be checked. Why bother, I know what labor feels like and I know what false labor feels like too. Each night I'd have plenty of contractions but they would always fade away by early morning. Super fun.

Tues May, 31 

After a long Memorial Day weekend and still no baby, I was starting to feel anxious because Justin was due to leave for Army Annual Training at the end of the week. We made another trip to town and this time I was having some pretty good contractions while we were out. I was't thinking much of it, but as they continued throughout dinner I thought maybe this IS it. That evening I texted my mom to let her know what was going on, but I also told her that most likely they would stop. Either way she was on alert.

Wed June 1

I woke up that next morning after a long night of mild contractions and indeed they had stopped. COMPLETELY. I wasn't happy. I texted my mom again complaining that I was going to be pregnant forever and she encouraged me by telling me she spent 3 weeks having nightly contractions when she was pregnant with my little sister. Thanks mom. #sohelpful

So, there I was completely pissed that I was still pregnant after being awake off and all night with contractions that I did the only thing I could. I cleaned the house and rearranged all the rugs upstairs. I even pulled out the couch and cleaned behind it. It felt great to get stuff done.

Proof in these pictures  I sent to Justin...(the rug I bought for the boys room is now in the office/family room and the old blue rug moved to Ellery's room...)

12:30 pm

The kids were happily zoned out with a movie so I sat down to do some computer work and all of a sudden I got the worst stomach pain ever! Just like that out of the blue. It did not feel like a labor pain, so I deiced we would head down for lunch. I got another sharp pain while I was making sandwiches, but again it did not feel like a labor pain. So I did the dishes while the kids ate. Then I got another one and I thought...hmmmm....maybe something is going on here. I messaged Justin at work to let him know something MIGHT be up, but that I was going to get the kids down for a nap and take a shower to see if any of that would make the pain stop.

1:30 pm

As I was getting the kids down for a nap I could feel pains coming pretty consistently, but even tho they were painful they were far apart. My aunt texted me to see if she could come by to look at some signs and I told her I was going to shower first. She agreed to come by around 4 instead. I then took a long hot shower and proceeded to get ready for the day.

2:00 pm

While doing my hair and make up I decided to start tracking my contractions with an app on my phone. Again, they hurt,but they were kinda random 4-7 minutes apart and only 30-40 secs long. I let Justin know my status, but I wasn't feeling a sense of urgency so we decided we would touch base after the meeting he was headed into.

3:00 pm

Justin was out of his meeting and I told him he batter head this way. My contractions were still short, but stronger and a little closer together. Since my Aunt was coming at four, I knew I could have her stay to watch the kids while we headed to the hospital. In my mind I knew we still had several hours of waiting ahead of us. I also messaged my mom to let her know to head my way as well, thinking even with a 5 hour drive she had plenty of time to make it before the baby came.

3: 15 or so

My Aunt texted me to say she got done early and could she come by? I messaged her back and said yes and that she would need to stay since I thought I was in labor, but she never read the message, so she walks in and I'm like "hi! I'm in labor, Justin is on his way and can you watch the kids?" I totally caught her off guard. Sorry Aunt Carmen!! While we waited for Justin to get there I helped her pick out signs (the reason she was actually there) in between contractions. Again, I was just pretty chill because I knew I had several more hours of labor to get through.

3:45 pm

Justin gets home, changes his clothes and looks at my contraction tracker and basically tells me to get my butt in the car and we are going NOW. I was just sitting chatting with my aunt and he couldn't figure out why I wasn't thinking we should get going. As we loaded up I told him that it was a good thing we were going in early because I need antibiotics for the group B strep.

3:50 pm

We get to the hospital and we accidentally parked at the main entrance, instead of Emergency entrance. The receptionist asks where we are headed and Justin says "we're having a baby!" and another receptionist tells us to head right up to Labor & Delivery. When we get there, the nurses are all surprised because they were not expecting us. I had a big long contraction right after getting off the elevator and they all looked at each other and decided they would deal with admitting me later.

4:00 pm

As soon as we got in our room I quickly got changed and into the bed so they could start tracking contractions. The nurses are rushing to get my IV in and hooking me up to the monitor because I was begging for the epidural. Once that was done the nurse decides its time to check where I'm at. She starts checking me and shes in there forever because she says she can't feel anything except my bag of water. Then I had a contraction and shes like "oh! I feel it now, your at an 8 and you won't have time for drugs!"  I looked at Justin and started crying because I really didn't think I could handle the contractions for much longer. It freaked me out!

4:08 ish...

I am in tons of pain and I am crying because I don't get drugs and then my next contraction starts and I say to Justin and the nurse, "this one isn't going to be good" and the nurse says, "if you have to push its okay"... and so I did. Or my body did. I had absolutely no control over the urge and pretty soon I hear Justin and the nurses talking... "there's her head"..."the cords wrapped around"..."its off, give us one more push!" (Justin says the nurse had super ninja skills and had the cord off in one swift movement.)

4:10 pm

Just like that I had a baby laying on my chest. I looked at Justin in shock because, what the heck!? We had literally been in the room 10 minutes. TEN. It was chaos. There was no doctor yet, so I just laid there with my baby and kept repeating over and over "what just happened?"  When Justin messaged the below picture to our family mere minutes after she was delivered and they all thought we were joking. It was that fast. No one except my Aunt knew we were even at the hospital.

Edith Charlene
8lbs 9oz
19.5 inches 


Eventually the doctor did make it in the room, delivered the placenta and did some other doctor things while I was laying there in shock. Edith needed a bit of blow by oxygen due to the cord being wrapped around her right after she was born and we had to stay a few days extra due to jaundice, but other than that she is a perfect little baby!

So that's it. I've officially documented Edith's birth story. Crazy thinking its the last one I will ever write. I can't even imagine attempting to have more babies after how close we were to having this one at home (not shooting down home births at all, its just not for me). Seriously...I was in active labor from 12:30 to 4:10. That's the shortest ever for me!

The Bigs meeting Edith

First family photo

Our little Glo-worm!

Thanks for stopping by to meet our new addition! Come back later this week for her newborn photos!

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