Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My "hope chest" for the Log Cabin























See this little pine cone lamp in the picture above? It holds a very special meaning to me and our log cabin. When Greg and I first started thinking about a log cabin 5 years ago, we talked about what it would look like and what we would do once we had it. It was in the early stages of dreaming. We weren't talking cost,mortgage, builders or any practical stuff.

One day we were in a small town shop and I saw this pine cone lamp. I told Greg I liked it and wouldn't it be great for our log cabin. And then I said, well, it will probably be a while before we can build a log cabin so no sense in buying this lamp right now. Greg grabbed it off the shelf and said let's get this honey, we will have a log cabin one day and this will go in it. This was the 1st item for our log home "hope chest" and now it has a permanent home. I bring this story up because a woman in one of my log home groups was talking about how they were years away from building a log cabin but she wanted to buy stuff for it now - I told her she should do it - the dream will come true and the road to get there makes it all worth it!

15 comments:

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

it's very pretty...

Mike said I can start buying stuff for our cabin too..

there is a cute bear that says welcome I want to get...

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful story! I am glad you were able to realize your dream.

Bruce K. said...

Hi Shelly:

You're loft design is so close to
what we have been imagining, right
down to the railings!
We are still in the planning stages
on the size and interior layout with what will be functional, could you share the dimensions and sq.ft of the home?

Bruce

reliv4life said...

Oh!! I love this story!! It just shows dreams do come true if we never give up! It is beautiful and I love this fall look around it!!

Constance said...

Love the lamp! I agree, with buying it now! Dave & I decided that whatever we replace in our home, has to transition into the cabin when we build! We have decided to replace our waterbed (25+ years old and I am tired of the dismantling process/ordeal). We are going to go with a peeled log, king-sized, 4 poster one. If our dream of a cabin isn't able to come true for whatever reason, we're still surrounded by things we enjoy!

Connie

Shellmo said...

Terri - can't wait to see the stuff you buy!!

Penny - thank you - me too!

Bruce K - Our log home is close to 1,350 SF. The loft ended up being a little extended as i shifted the room sizes on a stock plan below. I'll look for my rev. plans and check the exact dimensions for you.

Michele - thanks! I love to dream...

Connie - I believe your dream will come true - it sounds like you & your husband have a good plan! And that bed sounds wonderful!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love that lamp, Shelley.... See??? Dreams can come true. Congrats on your gorgeous cabin!!!!

74WIXYgrad said...

I think buying things for the cabin before it's built is an excellent way to start assuming ownership. also a good selling tool for you to use Shelley.

Cliff Note: This comes from many years of reading and listening to Zig Ziglar.

Denise said...

Very cool! Hubby kept his promise. The first thing that I bought was a Loon Lake comforter set at overstock.com. They don't have them anymore. Of course I also bought and love the Northern Nights sheet sets at QVC...LOL

Jen said...

Great story! I'm sure it helped inspire her and will help her to stay focused oh her dream.

Cassie said...

Shelly ~ This post got me all veklempt. Our cabin was a dream of mine before Pat & I ever met over 26 years ago...One that I never believed would come true. Well, I met Patrick, then I met the Lord Jesus, & we married, and here we are working on our very own dream cabin. Life is truly good. Thanks for reminding me.

Shellmo said...

Betsy - thank you for your kind wishes!

74Wixy - I saw Zig speak before many years ago - thanks for the reminder!

Denise - I'm jealous of the loon comforter set! I love loons! I've been looking for a loon shower curtain w/ no luck.

Jen - I hope so!

Cassie - you are so right - life is good!!

Catherine Holman said...

That is so sweet!
Cathie

Sandy said...

Very pretty. It makes me want to be there!!

love the colors and I always like to see more and more.

jacqui said...

I know you wrote this post forever ago, but I just found your blog through The Log Home Neighborhood (loghomeu.com), and I've been enjoying reading through all your old posts!

This is fabulous story and I'm so glad you shared it. So encouraging. It's similar to writing down your goals - you have to start taking steps, no matter how small or insignificant they seam - in order to make your dreams a reality!!