Happy Thanksgiving

A Beautiful Mess - Happy Thanksgiving Garland

(image via a Beautiful Mess)

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  We’re spending the holiday with Wilder’s 5 cousins, 6 aunties and uncles, 2 doggies, and my folks.  It’s sure to be a busy, crazy, happy, and delicious holiday here in Seattle.

At Thanksgiving, I like to remind myself of all the things I’m thankful for.  And there is a LOT to be thankful for in my life.  Starting with that sweet baby boy of mine, the amazing, steadfast partner I get to call my husband, my friends, my family, and lest us not forget I get to fix up old houses and share it with all of you.  I’m really thankful for your part in the Grit and Polish.  Following along means the world to me, so thank you.

May you have a happy turkey day and share it with those you love!  And get stuffed!



p.s.  This Thanksgiving etiquette guide seems important.  But really, can you expect a girl to remember 61 bullet points…?!

p.p.s. Tips for the perfect all-butter pie crust.  I think we all need these.  Thanks Joy!

p.p.p.s. The Nugget is done.  And I officially want a camper.

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Our Previous Patio (Introducing the Wallingford House)

The Grit and Polish - Wallingford Patio table chairs

THE WALLINGFORD HOUSE Last week I showed you guys our patio project at the Ravenna House.  It doesn't look like much yet - the backyard still needs plants, fencing, grass, a little pizzaz - but we're making progress.  This week I thought it would be fun to look back and show you the last patio we built, which was at our Wallingford … [Continue reading...]

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It’s a Patio…in my backyard!

The Grit and Polish - Patio Construction 3

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Well guys it's officially rainy season here in Seattle.  You know what that means.  We expect a lot of wet weather, day in and day out, for about six months.  But  this year has been different.  We've gotten a spell of cold that's had the sun shining bright and the falling-leaves dry.  So far, it's actually been a beautiful … [Continue reading...]

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Our Favorite Toddler Books: 17-Months

The Grit and Polish - Six of Wilder's Favorite Books

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Today I thought we'd take a break from old houses and renovation dust to focus on something less messy...toddler books! When I was first pregnant with Wilder, my mother-in-law started sharing some sweet and hilarious stories about Garrett when he was little.  One that I loved was how he'd follow her around the house with … [Continue reading...]


An Old Photo of the Ravenna House

The Grit and Polish - Ravenna House Historic 1937 Photo

THE RAVENNA HOUSE When we first bought the Ravenna House, I tried to learn everything I could about the history of the property.  I'm a sucker for old house history, and I wanted to know who had lived here before us, how they had lived, and what they had done to the house.  The neighbors shared stories - some funny, some pretty sad - about the … [Continue reading...]


The Ravenna House: One Year Later

The Ravenna House Original Living Room 11-7-13

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The Second Bathroom: An (Almost) After

The Grit and Polish - Basement Bathroom Remodel 1

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Well we still haven't quite finished the basement bathroom.  But it's about 99% there, so I'm throwing in the towel.  Some day we'll get hooks up and hang a mirror.  Maybe even add a little art.  But until then, I'm calling it done enough. We originally envisioned this space as more of a utility bathroom with a large, … [Continue reading...]


Sometimes New Windows Just Make Sense

The Grit and Polish - Window Replacement with Wilder 4

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Ravenna House Tour on Lemon Grove Blog

Happy Wednesday guys!  Just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know that the Ravenna House is featured on Lemon Grove Blog today.  Check it out here, and while you're there take a look at Mary's lovely old house! Thanks for having us, Mary! xoxo -Cathy … [Continue reading...]

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