Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Skylight Project

Let us begin with the pretty pictures shall we? I was noodling around last night with this cool tool box sweet husband made as a kid for his mom. It weighs eleventy-hundred pounds empty so it never got used, but I thought it made a great place to play around with a holiday display. So I pulled out the bag 'o trees I bought after Christmas last year on clearance, and along with some glittery snow, candles and tiny pinecones I picked up on a walk, I put together this cute little forest.

Sweet hubby was noodling around too and I lovingly said, "honey, when you get a chance will you bring some of the Christmas decorations down from the attic?"  Being the great guy he is, he agreed to do that toot sweet and headed up the stairs.  Now ladies, we have an unfinished attic and there is a reason I don't like to go up there.  No floor. Just some boards nailed in a path to the shelves that hold the decorations.  Just one little mis-step and I am sure I would come right through the dining room ceiling. I think you know where I am going with this......
Check out our new skylight.

He is fine. He managed not to fall through completely and truth be told I was far more worried about him than I was the ceiling.  He just banged up his ankle and ribs but nothing that even bruised, I am so thankful!  But we are hosting Thanksgiving next week and golly this is going to mess up my decorating scheme! You can't believe how much dust and blown in insulation came down. It was everywhere!  It filled a huge trash can (don't act like you never keep chicken wire in your dining room, I know you do!.... Right?)

You might think I would be upset. I'm not. This was an old plaster ceiling and it had cracks that were driving me crazy. I get a new ceiling ladies and crown moulding to boot:>) Always look at the silver lining. The family won't care a bit that there is a hole in the ceiling, we just like to be together and I know we will all have a good laugh about it.  I think I'll call the insurance and see what they can do, but we have a big deductible so we may end up fixing this ourselves. Now I need to take everything out of the dining room that is glass, breakable or decorative because whether we do it ourselves or have it fixed by someone else, everything will have to be moved.  It might be a good thing to start fresh anyway. Never a dull moment...*sigh*


  1. OH MY GOSH Kathy.......
    Thank God hubby is ok!
    and that you have a great sense of humor......

    I know the mess way too well...when we lived in the old farmhouse the old plaster ceiling fell in the middle of the night and we woke up to what sounded like a train coming thru the wall and a huge cloud of hundreds year old dust and insulation!

    The dust stayed in the air for weeks!

    God Bless you girl....

    Hugz, Dolly

  2. Oh Kathy! I am so glad Earl is ok. That must have been scary! I love your silver lining....a new ceiling with crown molding is going to look wonderful!
    p.s. I have been known to have chicken wire in my dining room..:-)

  3. Reminds me of a Thanksgiving when I was young. My dad agreed to do some electrical work in my aunt's attic and one slip and he was in the same situation. Skylight and dust and debris everywhere. He wasn't hurt but I do remember the mess. So glad you can see the 'bright spot' in the situation. And you will enjoy your new ceiling and crown molding, I'm sure. ~Adrienne~

  4. You are awesome! I love your attitude. So glad your hubby wasn't hurt and you get a new ceiling with crown molding. :)

    Your Christmas tree display is so pretty!

  5. OMG He is soooo lucky he didn't get hurt!
    The ceiling in the living room of the duplex next to my daughter's place came down with that type of insulation in too. What a mess!
    Looks like you have it all cleaned up so well done.

  6. Great attitude about your mishap. I might have to try it and see if I can get some crown molding out of it. Glad the hubby didn't get too hurt. Mimi

  7. OMG.... I totally get the attic situation. We just went through this whole thing and finally decided to do something about it. I am absolutely loving this new space. We ended up putting a door in the back of a closet to walk right in. Then just plywood flooring....

    Here is a link to a past post of the project.

    You won't be sorry if you go this directions. We are both getting too old to go through the ceiling. Glad to hear the hubbie is OK.

  8. Isn't it great to laugh at these things? So glad that no one was hurt in the making of this scene!
    You're right, just being together is what's important.


  9. Oh dear...oh dear!! I hope that Earl is ok!!! Be careful up there!!

    Kathy, love your sweet forest! How festive and pretty!!


    PS: stop over...I would love to share some of your wonderful ideas!!

  10. Oh Kathy!! I am glad Earl is okay!! Poor guy, that must have been so scary for you both! I love your positive attitude!!Crown moulding, you lucky girl!!
    Your forest looks just beautiful too Kathy!! I love it :)

  11. Oh, I am so glad he wasn't hurt badly! He did leave quite a hole in the ceiling!! I'm glad you weren't standing there when he came through! I love your little winter scene in the tool box. What a great idea! laurie

  12. Oh Kathy....this is too funny. glad the husband is okay and ofcourse that you get crown molding out of the deal...seems like a good picture to post on my other "stupid husband things" blog....nah...he sounds too nice to make fun and I'm sure this has never happend before....

  13. So I want to know what color the dining room is going to be now? I know you won't be able to resist painting once you have the room emptied out anyhow.

    Glad Earl is ok. Didn't Unc go through a ceiling at work once, years ago? I think he fell completely through-do you remember?

  14. OMGosh, I am soooo glad Earl wasn't hurt...probably hurt his feelings more than anything else. I hate to even mention it...did u get u'r decorations down??:O)

    Woo Hoo for a new ceiling and especially CROWN molding..
    xo bj

  15. So glad hubby is ok! Love your display!

  16. Hey mom! Thanks for posting pictures! I love you guys! xoxoxo

  17. Oh Kathy! I'm glad your husband is okay! Glad you're getting a new ceiling out of it. I like your new banner photo too. I'd like to know how you get the borders around it.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  18. Love your little trees scene!
    Sandra Evertson

  19. Kathy can't beat the 'silver lining' at least he wasn't injured.
    Love the little trees, I really need to see if we can get them here in Australia as so far I haven't seen any

  20. Oh Kathy, this is too funny! I mean, I'm so glad that Earl is okay. This is one of those remember when moments that you can laugh about later. At least everybody is okay, except for the ceiling I think!

  21. um....that's a really big hole. lol i love you guys, and i'm glad dad is ok! see you....sunday? (i hope!)

  22. Hi Kathy
    Since the first time I found your blog I have followed you too! You inspire me all the time. Thanks for being a good friend.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  23. Oh dear! I'm glad Earl is fine and I love your good attitude about the whole thing! Your little trees look lovely!


  24. That beings back memories of when my hubby's leg went through our ceiling! Glad yours is ok but a new ceiling is a good thing!

  25. Oh my goodness! I am glad Earl is OK! I was just up in our attic walking that same nailed down plank path! LOL! I even said to myself..."dont go off the planks".

    Then I came downstairs and read your post...!


    p.s. I love that you always look on the bright is one reason why I love to visit you.

  26. Kathy,
    I am so glad that Earl is okay, but I bet he might be sore a few days after. You always find the silver lining in every situation.


  27. goodness!!! I am so glad he is okay, how scary that must've been! I'm glad you'll get a new ceiling out of it and I'm sure a quick little make do cover for now and the family won't notice a thing!

  28. Kathy, tell Earl thanks for the laugh. But seriously I am glad he is ok! But seriously it tickled my tummy! Happy Turkey Day!

  29. Oh man.
    Oh man.
    I know he is sore...this happened to someone I know.
    Well, I'm excited for the new ceiling!
    Hey! You don't have to make stuffing this year! LOL.

  30. I LOVE your cute little forest! Sorry about your ceiling. Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Maybe that would be a good after-dinner exercise project for everyone who you're having over on Thanksgiving. Instead of a barn raising, you can have a "ceiling raising!"

  31. Kathy,
    Nice skylight that your DH designed, but I think I might choose another way to install it.
    Its always good not to get upset over these things because the thing itself is upsetting enough.
    Always enjoy seeing what you are up to.
    Nancy Jo

  32. You're funny! :) I'm enjoying looking at your blog too. That Tool Box sure looks cute all gussied up with trees and candles. :)

  33. Good Morning! Enjoyed the sweet little forest and also the happy-to-be ending of the ceiling mishap. You know I'll be back often... I just became a follower!
    Kindly, ldh

  34. Glad to hear hubby is okay and that you get a new ceiling and crown molding :)
    Love the words on the silverware that you are making.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Deb :)

  35. Oh Kathy.......OUCH....that is just not good. Your poor Hubbs....I'm glad he didn't come crashing through..... Fortunately you had that big garbage can underneath that exact spot to catch that nasty debris.... ;-)

    Eleventy hundred pounds? Oh that made me laugh....I'm sure I've heard that number before.

    Your little box is just tooo cute. My daughter does that kind of thing....Now I know I HAVE to too!


  36. My hubby did the exact same thing! I was away and he calls me and says "Honey, a couple of limbs fell through the ceiling during the ice storm." He fixed the hole before I got home and I am all concerned about the roof of the house! He had this huge grin on his face and I KNEW which limbs he ment. He came through the livingroom ceiling and landed on top of my china hutch. Missed all of the Santa's, did not knock over a piece of china (or so he says) and did not get hurt at all. I can still see the cracks. Maybe I will pull up your post and show him what you were rewarded

  37. Oh my golly, Kathy! I really can imagine what the dust was like. It's awful, I know. Hooray for the silver lining and hubby not being hurt. I love the phrase 'toot sweet.' I'm adopting it for when I need hubby to do something-- Honey, could you (fill in the blank) for me, and do you think um maybe you could do it toot sweet? I know it will work!

    Wishing you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving, Kathy.


  38. I'm glad he was not hurt...
    I love your attitude!
    LOL...this is why my attic is floored!

    I'm enjoying strolling through your blog!

  39. What a blessing that he didn't get hurt! OMg The way you told this story had me laughing. Glad to hear you're getting crown moulding!
    Patricia :o)


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