Thursday Favorite Things 197

Jas' house blessing

Hi, friends! Hope your Independence Day was monumental! Ours was on the quieter side as one of our kids couldn’t travel in for the celebration and another had to leave early so at the end it was just the four adults and Ava. We still had good food and some fireworks. Husband and I finished the balcony project and we are happy how it turned out. It was a challenge to freshen up the big brown blob of the house without having to repaint it all. This week marks three years since we bought it, but that’s not why I’m choosing it for this week’s favorite.

As we pondered about how to improve the puke brown on poop brown on mud brown and not break the bank, we both agreed it should mimic the balconies of European houses we saw last year. German, in particular, for two reasons: my husband’s ancestors are German and I lived in Germany before I moved to the States.

Germany was the first country that offered me shelter, freedom, and independence when I had to flee my country (if this is your first time on my blog, you can read my story here). A small tribute to Germany are the flower pots (hopefully growing fast to droop over the boxes soon) and the blessing above the door,  seen on almost every old German house. There were so many to choose from. Ours, not translated literally, means: If you bring blessings, you’ll leave with blessings (you will also be blessed).


But there are also small touches designated to my country: Bosnian national flower, the lily flower on top of those swirly things (see red arrow), and the turquoise color which was an accent color of my childhood house representing the independence I had until it was taken away.

This house just went from brown on brown on brown to independence on independence on independence! And that’s why it’s my favorite for this week. It symbolizes everything I was, am, and will be. It means freedom, power, opportunity, and responsibility.

What does independence mean to you?

jas' house-before

before

Jas' house-after

after

Jas' house blessing

house blessing

Ava and grandma on Independence Day

Ava and grandma on Independence Day

 

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32 Comment

  1. Reply
    atabler
    July 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for your weekly encouragement and for hosting Favorite Things! Just read your about page and saw you’re in Northern Indiana. What city? I went to highschool at Culver Academies. Are you familiar with that?

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Hi, Andrea! Yes, I am familiar with that area. I’m just a bit north in South Bend, the home of The Irish – Notre Dame 😀 Thanks for partying with us. Hope your week is wonderful!

  2. Reply
    My Rose Colored Shades
    July 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Wow, Jas, it looks amazing. Those flowers add so much. Flowers just make me happy and I love the blessing that you chose. Have a great weekend!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Thank you, sweetie! Flowers have the same effect on me 😀 Wishing you a glorious weekend!!!

  3. Reply
    Ann GrubbsnCritters
    July 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Beeeeaaaautiful picture, Jas! You don’t qualify the look of a grandma!!! Could have fooled me. 😀

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 11, 2015 at 8:50 am

      You’re just saying that because I called you a young mom, lol! 😛 But I’ll take it! Thank you!

      1. Reply
        Ann GrubbsnCritters
        July 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

        NOT at all! I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that. 😀

        By the way, I was checking on whom I’m followin gon my account, and for some reason, yours was dimmed to unfollow. Which was weird. I clicked follow, and it went back unfollow again instead of “following”. I tried it several times, wondering why. So if you have a finicky follow-unfollow, that was me! It has now changed to “following”. 😀 xxx.

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          allthatsjas
          July 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

          Lol, you’re a mess 😛 But I see you fixed your comment section 😀 Must be those blog gremlins, haha! Kisses

          1. Ann GrubbsnCritters
            July 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

            Oh! Completely! Mess is my middle name. LOL. Yeah..I didn’t even realise it until someone told me told me about it. All because of the offending plugin for wordpress spam. :/ All’s fixed now. 🙂

          2. allthatsjas
            July 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm

            LOL!!! You’re too funny 😀

          3. Ann GrubbsnCritters
            July 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

            :p xxx.

  4. Reply
    Mei Ann G.
    July 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I love the transformation! The house looks great!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thank you bunches! 😀

  5. Reply
    penpen
    July 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Your house looks great–and a lot like my mid-century modern house. Love your baked fruit recipe. going to try it tonight.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Oh, that’s great! Thanks for trying it out. Hope you like it. Let me know either way! 😀

  6. Reply
    AnnMarie
    July 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I just love brown and turquoise together! The house looks fabulous now! Love the blessing over the door. Thanks for visiting me at my blog!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much! Hope your day is wonderful!

  7. Reply
    Lou Lou Girls
    July 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Hello beautiful! Thank you for hosting such a fun party. We would appreciate it if you would stop by our party. We would love to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Reply
    Joy @ Yesterfood
    July 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Thank you for the party, Jas! I love your home makeover. The flower boxes add so much visual and emotional appeal. I love the turquoise door and the German blessing and all that they represent. ♥

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Joy! So sweet of you. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  9. Reply
    Bridget7575
    July 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love your house decorations! Thanks for the party and have a great weekend!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Bridget! Hope your weekend is grand too!

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  12. Reply
    April Tuell
    July 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Your house decorations turned out great! The splashes of color really brightened up the whole house. The color you chose for the door is my favorite.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thank you, April, and thanks for partying with us! 😀

  13. Reply
    Belinda
    July 9, 2015 at 7:44 am

    HI…..confession ! Although I subscribe to your blog, I’ve never read them….until today. The before’s and afters of your house caught my eye and I really must comment. THE HOUSE LOOKS PHENOMENAL !
    It probably didn’t cost you a fortune but the improvement looks like a million bucks. Now it’s time for you to do mine !
    P.S. Ava is adorable

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Lol, I know the feeling. I usually try to be short with my introductions knowing that not many people read, but maybe would get inclined to if it’s not too long. 😀 Thanks for the nice comment about my house and Ava!
      P.S. you can’t afford me. 😉

  14. Reply
    Jasna
    July 9, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Ja sam uvijek za ‘celebration’ …zivjeli!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Zivjela, Jasna!

  15. Reply
    calgalsh
    July 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Darling house and idea! Darling Ava and Grandma!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Thank you, darling calgalsh 🙂

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