As mentioned in my previous post i spent the past weekend at the beach partaking in fun, friendship and too much food while Natalie of Vintage Sparrow and Leah performed a "Natalie-styled makeover" of this cottage. All went smooth except for the fact that i was the only person who was unable to work for 18 hours straight without falling over and crying like a tired baby. These people are very into hard labor seemingly for their own pleasure and entertainment.
Although the three stooges were around for much of the work they spent most of their free time in a supine position. They were however entertaining none-the-less for being useless.
Meet Steve, Leah's husband. He started out as an innocent bystander but like most men, found it difficult to stand by and not 'help.' We did allow him to voice his two cents worth in the design process however he had "no comment." Since the dogs were out of commission we requested he do the heavy lifting and the mathematics that were needed. He was gracious and good humored
The next three images are freebies. Although we all intended to dress in our 'sunday best' for working on the cottage our sense of style deteriorated as the day progressed. Since I would never want to present my lovely girlfriends as anything other than their most beautiful selves i thought it only fair that you see them without paint in their hair (a paint fight between Leah and Natalie was one of the highlights of the day) after a shower and smiling. It was dirty, grimy and sweaty work so that by the time the job was complete we all looked a little bit different than we do in these photos..
and the three of us.
Everyone had a role. Everyone had a job assignment. My role is self explanatory at the beginning of this post. Somebody had to be in charge.... So the CEo of Everybody assigned George to be the official Boss dog.
The Assistant Boss.
The Assistant to the Designer and Assistant to the Boss. Reported directly to the CEO of Everybody. Let's get on with the dirty work.
An epiphany of brilliance in the category of design was had by Leah regarding the question that was keeping everyone on edge; "what do we do about the ugly floor?" so the assistant to the Designer and assistant to the Boss said "let's paint it."
As the day wore on to evening we were in the final stages of completion. This process, the finishing touches took the longest by far.
Welcome to Sparrow Cottage
Step into the room.
Look to your right.
Walk across the room
Look to your left.
Look to your right.
Turn around and look behind you.
Walk to the door to call out to your girlfriends.
Pile into the feathered bed, pull up the linen sheets and congratulate yourselves on great teamwork.
I am grateful for you both. Natalie you are a brilliant artist. The vision you had in your mind for the cottage turned out exactly the way you expected. You can be very proud. Thank you Leah for being the most generous friend in the world. Thank you both for the hilarity, the creative inspiration and for your sincere friendship.