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Home vs House: Welcome To My Crib!

Updated on May 18, 2017
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 Thousand feet. Domestic Diva depending on the mood. Surely, wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

I love small town living!
I love small town living! | Source

It's work of art where we live in...

Life is good at home!
Life is good at home! | Source

Welcome to my humble abode...

Home is where the heart is. So, welcome to my humble abode where my heart is…please come in.

We all know that a home is a place where someone lives and a house is well, simply one type of place. So, do you have a home or a house?

I have a home and there’s nothing grand to brag about it but my home is the only place in the world where I can simply be quiet in one corner and enjoy some "me-time" or dance like nobody’s watching me or sing like no one is listening; and I do that usually in my kitchen while brewing coffee or tea depending on the mood. :) This home is an expression of myself and of my family—livable, functional, authentic, light hearted and quirky (that is so me) and most of all, this home is a gallery of positive memories; a family-friendly home designed for everyday life.


Instead of family portrait, we have this on the wall. And, I have the biggest hand print! :)

Family hand & foot prints on canvas graced the wall in the living room.
Family hand & foot prints on canvas graced the wall in the living room. | Source

Downsizing

Have you heard of the word downsizing? Well, according to Oxford dictionary, it’s actually an American term, which means, make (something) smaller. Two years ago when our youngest moved to the University residence, my hubby and I decided to sell our house in the city and moved to a smaller place into a small town close by the escarpment.

We still have a 3-bedroom house but as part of downsizing, we sold most of our big furniture and stuff and settled to more realistic things that we actually need and not only put for dust to accumulate. In short, we live with the basics. You know what I mean, those displays that are seldom used and touched in the house. I still keep some oddities but no more random junk.

My hubby is an artist and I can only claim to be one. So, most of our furniture for example is customized and hand crafted with love (by us). It’s pretty cool because first, we save a lot of money from getting those store bought furniture. Second, I like the character it creates when you build stuff your own especially from salvaged or recycled and re-purposed items. All the paintings and art works hanging on the walls are of our own creation.

Simple Living

"Strong people live as people were meant to live: simply, with what they need, learning to minimize the unnecessary things they might want." ~from The Truth About Money by Charlie Ambler

Of course, I gotta selfie while I paint the porch! :)
Of course, I gotta selfie while I paint the porch! :) | Source

So, let me tour you around and show you my favourite spots in my home, in no particular order.

  1. The PORCH –As a gateway to the inside of the home, I can only describe it as welcoming, harmonizing and charming. It is designed to integrate the style and feel of the home inside. It’s my very first DIY project when we first moved in this house. The idea is not only to save some money but also to have the satisfaction of seeing the results of what I’ve visualized and of my own creation. I also believed in frugal living. So, even the doormat is a DIY project. Thus, I take it as a compliment when a passer-by turns head to my porch.

The Porch

The before & after~
The before & after~ | Source
Welcome to my kitchen. Love served here!
Welcome to my kitchen. Love served here! | Source

Let’s head over to the…

2. The BREAKFAST NOOK – Over looking the backyard where it is bright and sunny and wrapped with windows is where the breakfast nook is. It also serves as the family and friends favourite lounging area. The mini-harvest table is made of mahogany wood and was crafted by my hubby along with the set of bench. Unlike, our formal Queen Anne dining set, the harvest table is more casual and comfortable and so this is where we often sit to enjoy most of the meals (and laughters) not just breakfast.

The eat-in-kitchen is where we share dramas and funny tales of the day.

Mini-harvest table handcrafted with love - where we feed our churning stomachs. ~
Mini-harvest table handcrafted with love - where we feed our churning stomachs. ~ | Source

Fill me with love and laughter and I will protect you.

Love,

House

I have a habit of fiddling with the bathroom roll~ :)
I have a habit of fiddling with the bathroom roll~ :) | Source

Not only for VIP's...

3. The GUEST(s) POWDER ROOM – They say, nothing can make guests feel more welcomed than a voguish powder room. Well, although it comes with its traditional ensemble, this powder room is not that traditional yet it’s packed with the biggest punch. It is decorated with unexpected and unusual arts.

It doesn’t really have a theme but a pop of colourful stuff brings instant quirky personality to it. The statement wall is filled with statements, literally statements. And, even the floor conveys a positive vibes for every guest.

When we first moved into this house, we had a very informal open reception with close friends and I thought of asking them to sign on the wall in the guests’ powder room instead of a formal guests book. They thought I was kidding until they saw what I’ve written myself on the wall. Eventually, it turned into a lively scene with a collage of handwritten messages from friends who’d come over for the first time. The opposite wall is lined with a combination of my personal artworks and a masterpiece from my husband. Also on display are some eye-catching frames filled with uplifting messages that enhances the drama of the powder room. You have to see this to appreciate it.

The Statement Wall:Collage of messages from friends~

Collage of friends' messages on the wall. You have to see this to appreciate it.
Collage of friends' messages on the wall. You have to see this to appreciate it. | Source

Would you find it weird if I tell you that this is my breathing room? I’d read and re-read all the messages on the wall and then there’s this feeling of instant comfort and joy. Well, this powder room is quite silly in a way but I think it’s fun.

Usually for some people, the backyard is their hideaway retreat. However, for me, it is this powder room.

I was experimenting on painting the bathroom tile and ended up doing this...

You look good  says the floor!
You look good says the floor! | Source
Parisian vibes of the red bistro set under the tree complements the whole backyard. Perfect for my morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Parisian vibes of the red bistro set under the tree complements the whole backyard. Perfect for my morning coffee or afternoon tea. | Source

Now to the backyard…

4. The BACKYARD GARDEN – Obviously, this is my favorite summer spot! My little not so secret garden creates an oasis for relaxation and enchanting enough for some afternoon delight when I’m home. I love the Parisian vibes of the red bistro set under the tree. It complements the whole backyard and it’s perfect for my morning coffee or afternoon tea. This is where I enjoy tapping on my laptop to create and catch up on social media under the breezy shade.

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Fire pit creates an ambiance

Bring out the marshmallows!
Bring out the marshmallows! | Source


Depending on the weather, I’d sometimes extend my outdoor hour here with a fire pit that creates an ambiance to completely unwind and enjoy the day through the night.

Salvaged & Recycled

Twigs saved from the tree in the backyard~
Twigs saved from the tree in the backyard~ | Source

Birds chirping in the blistering days of summer at my own backyard~

Recycled-Repurposed

Adding to the warmth of my garden is the re-purposed fruit basket turned pendant lamp fixtures under the gazebo. They say necessity is the mother of invention. The old gazebo hanging light that we have, had seen better days. So, one day while I was cleaning up, I saw the empty fruit basket and thought, why not. It would house the bulb well and voila! I have an instant hanging light when the moon is not that bright enough to light up my night.

Fruit basket re-purposed to hanging light
Fruit basket re-purposed to hanging light | Source
Garage sale find: re-upholstered
Garage sale find: re-upholstered | Source

My reading corner...

5. My READING CORNER – My number one favorite spot is the reading alcove. Obviously, this is where I read a book or two. Set in the corner of the living room just next to the fireplace. This cozy corner is my special space for reading and where you’d usually find me alone.

On the wall just above my reading chair hangs one of my favorite pieces, painted by my very own artist in the house, my hubby. It’s called “mother and child”. This acrylic on canvas was his gift to me when we had our first child.

Peaceful beauty...

means the functional and appealing elements that we have here in this house. ~

By the fireside~

My reading alcove by the fireside~
My reading alcove by the fireside~ | Source

Lazy Days!

Arabica linen single seater in white and gray adds an invitingly plush element to my little corner here. Perfect on lazy days!

So, this is my crib!

Welcoming, light hearted and quirky to put people at eased when they come.

Irish Spring as toilet deodorizer~
Irish Spring as toilet deodorizer~ | Source

Frugal Living:

Oh and the by the way, I have to tell you that since moving into the (almost) countryside, I have adapted and have been enjoying some very good habits of frugal living. For example:

  1. I sundry our clothes in the summer time. I not only save electricity by not using the dryer, sun-drying clothes also make them last longer. I’d simply connect the clothesline and then I’d have fun hanging and sniffing the freshly laundered clothes.
  2. I don’t pay monthly GYM membership anymore. I walk, bike and hike by the trail and explore the woods weather permitting.
  3. I buy fresh food from the farmer’s market and I get some freebees too before the end of the day. I’d rather support the locals.
  4. Unlike in the city, I don’t buy bouquet of flowers from the market anymore. Instead, I’d trim what we have in the backyard and put them in the crystal vase for added crisp, colour and freshness in the house.
  5. I rarely go to Starbucks or other coffee shops to get my coffee. More often, I'd have it at home or take my travel mug with me.
  6. I avoid eating out except on some occasions and when invited. Otherwise, I cook and take my food along with me at work. That way, I'm certain on what I put in my stomach.
  7. I don't buy artificial air freshener. To keep the house smelling good specially in the winter time when I cannot open the windows, I'd boil and simmer orange peels with cinnamon sticks and some rosemary leaves. So, save those orange peels.
  8. I use Irish Spring as deodorizer in the bathroom – simply wrap it in a silk bag from the dollar store and hang it anywhere in the bathroom. Your bathroom will smell fresh every time you open the door. The scent could lasts for weeks and if you think the odor has faded already, you can absolutely re-use it as a regular bar soap.
  9. I open most of my windows to get some fresh air especially in the spring and summer time until the early part of fall. Unlike in the city, where its is quite polluted, here we get some real fresh air and there’s no noise and vehicle pollution as well but rather sweet singing birds chirping and humming. No need to turn on the air conditioning means saving electricity and money.
  10. I stay home most of the time when I’m not working. I’ve definitely past that age when good times mean clubbing and partying. It may not sound like a lot of fun for everyone but time spent at home with family (and sometimes friends) is precious. I also enjoy being alone at home-me time and the truth is I’m simply a homebody. Yes, I like it at home!

Side note on Frugal living

Did you know?

Buying local products close to home is good for the environment, since producers/owners (farmers) use less energy for transportation, refrigeration, processing and packaging. So, buy local!

http://miltonairescollection.com/index.html

It's a work of art where we live in...

Fresh pick from the backyard
Fresh pick from the backyard | Source

I live a modest life style!

Well, thank you for visiting my purposely imperfect home and for allowing me to reflect on my modest lifestyle. I have what I need. I am surrounded by good loving people. I don't need anything more and I am grateful for all the blessings.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and my frugal living tips.

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Copyright@CrisSp~TM/08-2015. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2015 CrisSp

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    • thumbi7 profile image

      JR Krishna 21 months ago from India

      Wow! Great ideas

      It is amazing to see how you have recycled and reused those twigs and fruit basket.

      Voted up and shared

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      Jasmeet Kaur 21 months ago from India

      loved the way you have decorated your home.. wisely reused things..

      Voted up!!

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      Rami Sabeer 21 months ago from Egypt

      Great hub, i love your ideas and this nice pic . thank you for sharing this great hub with us

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      Word 21 months ago from Chicago

      I love it. That's the way to down size. I love being home as much as possible. "There's no place like home." Your home is wonderful and beautiful at the same time. Your ideas of home are unique. Thank you for sharing the uniqueness of home. It would have been nice to see a curb appealing picture of it. Blessings!

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am such a homebody. I would soon stay home and regrout a bathroom as go to a ballgame. But the downside is that I don't get out and visit other people's homes enough. Thanks for the invite and your hospitality, I enjoyed the visit. Your outsides reflect your insides and that is lovely indeed.

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      Mary Hyatt 21 months ago from Florida

      I downsized about a year ago, but I've held onto some pieces my kids and grandkids handmade for me.

      I love your house and yard! I would be quite comfortable in your house. You and I have a lot in common, I can see that.

      BTW: You put your toilet paper on backwards!!

      I really enjoyed your lovely crib!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared. Will Pin, also.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Cris, I love your home! It's colorful, unique, cozy, and warm. I really enjoyed the tour of your home. I especially like the colors. I don't have a white wall in my house. Every room is painted in deep rich colors. I like to do accent walls or paint two walls one color and the other two another.

      I'm not one for family photographs used as artwork so I love the hand and footprints you have mounted to represent the family.

      Oh, and your title - brilliant! I love it and it aptly describes your beautiful home.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you for inviting us into your lovely home, Cris! A home is just as you describe it. You are a creative soul and your home reflects that perfectly, and with your hubby's talents too. I love your artwork. A home should be welcoming and comfortable and your home certainly is both and then some.

      Your frugal ideas are off the charts great! I love living in the country too, although I do still commute into the city, but the idea of coming home to the peace and serenity of the country is heavenly.

      Home is certainly where the heart is.

      Peace and blessings

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      whonunuwho 21 months ago from United States

      I enjoyed this and the nice pictures of your home my friend. whonu

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for inviting us all,into your beasutiful home Cris. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. You and your hubby have given it so much style and character and it is warm and welcoming. We need to downsize desperately as we just have too much of everything..being true hoarders. We see so many things we "must have" even though it is always second hand or pre-used. Congratulations on making your own furniture and doing your own art work. I love the mini-harvest table and your porch floor. Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

      Hi Chris, I love it! that reading corner is calling out my name! lol! thanks for inviting us in, it certainly has given me a few ideas how to modernise my place too, wonderful!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a peaceful and beautiful home you have, Cris. I just love the wall collage....I really enjoyed this tour. It says a great deal about you as a person.

      Thank you for allowing me in. Sending hugs from Olympia.

      bill

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      Charlyn June 21 months ago from Philippines

      I was totally inspired by your very crafty home.. Oh, well.. If I'd have my own in the future, I would check this page out again.. :)

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      thumbi7: Thank you for dropping by here. I love those twigs myself and I get a lot of compliments on it. Glad you like them too. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jasmeetk: Thank you.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      travelours: Thank you for your comments. My pleasure to share with my goal to encourage readers to live a modest life. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      word55: We're blessed with this roof on our head and other good stuff and we're grateful. Indeed, there's no place like home!

      Curb appeal? I have "curve" appeal myself! :) *joke*

      Kidding aside, thank you for coming by.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ericdierker: Eric dear, thank you. They said, it has got something to do with age...lol! Kidding aside, I appreciate your visit and as always for leaving such an engaging comments.

      Love from the sky~

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Beautiful hub! Beautiful home! Thank you for sharing this will us!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      mary615: I'm pleased to see you here. I'm also a keeper and I've all the girls memento but they are now tucked in the chest and labelled. I thought it's neat to have their prints on the wall, instead of those picture frames that I used to have and scattered all around the house.That way, I spend less time dusting. :)

      Thank you for your visit, vote and for share. Glad you enjoyed it and yes, the great argument on the tissue roll, eh? :) Whatever works really!

      Take care now.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: Hi Sha! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. You actually inspired me to write about it, if you remember from your last blog of the garden tour? At first, I thought of hubbing about my "not-so secret garden" but then there's not much to hub about it. So, I decided to expand it this way. Thank you.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Faith Reaper: My pleasure Faith and thank you for visiting. Happy that you enjoyed the tour and that you like the artworks as well. And yes, I love the country side! I'm so happy here...this is home, peaceful and serene.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      whonunuwho: My friend, thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad my post inspired you, Cris. I really enjoyed this tour of your beautiful home.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jodah: No, thank you. My honour to have you here. I used to collect and keep stuff that I "want". Now, I'm cautious on what I buy and often would ask myself, "do I need it or do I just want it?" There are tempting times that I really "want" something but I have a trick not to give in and that is to tell myself..."Cristina, walk away, you didn't see it. :)

      Thanks again for coming by John. I'll see you in the next hub stop.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Nell Rose: Now, imagine me hubbing and reading your comments in my little cozy corner here...jealous? :) I would be more than happy to actually welcome you here. Would you like to have a cup of tea? Hear me say that in a true English fashion...

      Thanks Nell.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      billybuc: Thank you. Hugs back at you...

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      charlynjune: I'm glad this hub has inspired you. Come back anytime...

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      AudreyHowitt: Thank you. My pleasure to share.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are definitely laid back and quiet like me, but I don't have a decorator's touch. My couch is surrounded by books and propped up by my coffee table. The camera, of course, isn't far, and I have framed photos on the wall. Sound like me?

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your home reflects a creative, warm human being...I just loved this. thank you for the tour and sharing your home with us. :-)

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      Fay Favored 21 months ago from USA

      Looks great. Love the signature wall & floor tiles.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Pleasure to see you here Deb! Well, thank you but the side table was cleared off mess (including pile of books) prior to taking picture. :)

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Genna East: Hello and Thank you. I'm really glad to share my home with good people like you.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      favored: Thank you. Come back anytime.

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      Word 21 months ago from Chicago

      Hey CrisSp, That was pretty good; I bet you do have curb/curve appeal but I'll have to leave that to hubby dubby. Keep up the good work and be blessed!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      word55: You bet and thank you.

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      Demas W Jasper 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Now I am sure that you are a photographer, or did your resident artist take them? Great tour, much is yours, but the artist is evident everywhere but the bathroom floor. ;-D

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Perspycacious : All iphone shots by yours truly. Hubby can not be disturb in the mancave. :) Thank you for noticing the bathroom floor. I'm hoping to finish with my experimental painting of the tiles in my next days off to come. Cheers!

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      sujaya venkatesh 21 months ago

      a nice home to reside i suppose

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      sujaya: Thank you.

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      ocfireflies 20 months ago from North Carolina

      Cris,

      This is one of those HOTD hubs for sure. Your home and sensitivities just re-enforce the feeling of kindred spirit. I love your HOME! I love all of your creativity and completely relate to the desire to downsize. I am and have been an empty-nester for awhile. Girlfriend, you are living my dream. Shared for sure.

      Blessings,

      Kim

      PS--Thank you for your lovely comments on a piece I recently wrote only to turn around and unpublish--just felt like it needed more work...

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ocfireflies: Hi Kim! I'm flattered by your comments. Thank you and will look forward to re-reading the same hub of yours when it's out again.

      Love from the sky~

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      rdsparrowriter 19 months ago

      You have a beautiful home decorated by so much of effort, love and care :) You are a very creative person :)

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      CrisSp 19 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      rdsparrowriter: Thank you.

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      Elysia Valdivia 19 months ago from Loveland, Colorado

      CrisSp, I love your home. How inspiring. I might just share my ideas. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 19 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      livingelysian: Thank you and you're welcome here anytime. Yes, please share your ideas. :)

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