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Here’s the short story…
I’m a Texas transplant by marriage but I was born and raised in south Louisiana. Because I was exposed to beautiful French, Spanish, and creole architecture, I wanted that in my forever home.
I was fortunate enough to meet my handsome husband, my Prince Charming, while I was lucky enough to live in a castle in Germany. Well, it wasn’t exactly a castle , but it was a beautiful home that was 300 years old and full of character! I wish it could have been my forever home, but it was’t meant to be.
Fast forward a decade or more…We live in SW Houston, Texas, among the cookie cutter houses of plenty. He thinks it’s our forever home, I do not. this is my dream home that I’d like to build some day:
It is character free… so what’s a girl to do?
Well, it’s in my blood line. My mother is a seamstress, my maternal grandmother was a florist and my paternal grandmother was a ceramicist. Needless to say, I did inherit a few of their genes to help me make my family’s home what it is today. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but I did inherit a taste for the finer things.
Since living in Houston, my husband and I have owned three homes. In my adult life, I have moved over 30+ times ( don’t ask: college, military, gypsy in my blood line?); therefore, I have had to make each home feel as comfortable as possible.
So this is a non-chronological look at the way I have made my house a home with little or no money. I am not a stay-at-home mom who does this all the time. Sometimes, I can go weeks without a bit of time to develop my creativity. But, in forming this blog, I plan to be more consistent in my endeavors. My two boys, ages 7 & 4, are now getting older and can entertain themselves while I get lost in my world.
My paid profession is in the wonderful world of special education, so holidays and summers are the times when I can let loose. Creating a beautiful home allows me to relax and rejuvenate. So when it’s time to get back out there in the working world, I’m able to put my original thoughts to action Monday thru Friday.

  1. Petria permalink

    Hi there, I too discovered Altar’d not long ago. I live in Galveston and love the blogs, the inspiration, the support and encouragement. I haven’t started a blog yet but want to enter this community of gracious, talented, creative women (and men). soon.

    • Thanx Petria! I’d just recommend taking lots of pictures along your journey if you want to start a blog. I was basically just taking pictures of my products for myself. You’ll see from some of,y pistes that’s have to verbally explain some steps because I didn’t photograph well. Mine is not so much a step by step how to, but more of an inspiration for others. Enjoy! My new passion is getting on the other blogs, but I really need to work on more projects!

      • Petria permalink

        Thanks for your reply. Just a note…I was a special ed teacher at one time too! And having been raised in Beaumont, I always felt that I was almost as much a Louisiana resident as one from Texas. ( My parents met at Charity Hosp. in N.O. and we always felt that it was like a second home.)

        I have been taking lots of photos of my work, so I have taken a little step towards my blog. I appreciate your advice and encouragement. If you’re ever in Galveston it would be a pleasure to meet you.

      • Yes, that’d be great! I’d love to meet up and get somebody to go on a home tour with me!

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