I present to you my entry for the 2nd Round of this awesome contest. The foundation proved to be challenging, but I believe I have captured the essence and stayed within the boundaries set. I had a lot of fun building this one, and worked out the "story" behind it while I built it. I named this to stay with the "Blue" theme I started in the 1st round, but the storyline is completely different--it has intrigue, mystery, and .....well, I can't give it away here. You will have to read the story. Anyway, without further ado, I give you "Country Blue". To see pictures of the "before", they are in the Back Story. I hope everyone enjoys, and please give me feedback--good, bad or indifferent.
Jeff and Pamela Easter were your average young couple living in Bridgeport with 2 children, Mira and Mark. Jeff had been orphaned as a child, but was fortunate to have been as bright as he was. He received an academic scholarship to Sims University, and became an accountant in a large firm. Pamela was a stay-at-home mom without any career aspirations except to raise her children well. Jeff was on his way to work one day when he was approached by the FBI. Apparently, Jeff worked for an accounting firm that had some “unsavory” clients. Unbeknownst to Jeff, he had cooked the books for one such client, Don Luis Carlos de Montoya Solis! The head of the Islo Paradiso cartel!!!
The FBI wanted Jeff to testify against Don Solis, but Jeff was afraid for his family if he did. He went home to tell Pamela, and they had a visitor—an odd-looking fellow by the name of Avery Goodspeed.
He had come to tell Pamela that her Great Aunt Mimosa Halliwell Goodspeed had passed and left her house to her. Pamela had heard stories about her Aunt Mim, but had never met her. Why would she leave the house to her? Avery explained to Pamela that although she had never met her aunt, her aunt had met her—when she was born. He went on to explain that Pamela’s mother, Patience, had been Mim’s favorite niece. When Patience married Pamela’s father, Colin Barnes, her parents had disowned her—they didn’t trust or like the Barnes family—kind of like the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Mim took them into her home until they could get on their feet. Right after Pamela was born, Avery said Colin took Patience and the baby to the city—and forbade Mim from ever contacting them again. Pamela asked why? Avery said he didn’t know, but Pamela felt he did. Pamela couldn’t ask her parents—they died mysteriously three years ago while visiting the tombs in Simla Egypt!
After Avery left, Jeff told Pamela about his encounter with the FBI—Pamela was very frightened at first, then said, “Let’s disappear! We can change our names, our looks, and start over! We have a place to go now!” They left their apartment in Bridgeport without anything except the clothes on their backs and a few of the children’s clothes. They stopped in Aurora Falls for a short time to establish a new identity-Sabrina and Brett Funke. Mira and Mark thought it was a wonderful new adventure getting to pick new names—Piper and Christopher—and move without telling anyone! Sabrina got pregnant while they were there, and they decided to stay long enough to have the baby and re-establish their lives. Once Cara was born, they headed to Appaloosa Plains.
After asking for directions, they found Aunt Mim’s house, and for the first time since fleeing Bridgeport, they weren’t sure they had made the right choice. The house was in shambles—something Avery “forgot” to mention—and in need of serious repairs. .
Three years later and a lot of blood, sweat and tears—not to mention $$--Rhett and Sabrina have made Mim’s old—and odd—home theirs. And now, for the rest of the story……
Backyard from the Pool
See the bookcase? There’s a secret room!
Patio Area off Kitchen—notice the cool raised portion of the patio? That’s part of the original foundation!
Living Room view from the Kitchen—open concept on the 1st floor.
View of Walk-out Basement Door Area
Basement Family Room
I’m not sure where some of the patterns came from that I used, but I know I didn’t make them. I believe some came from Purplepaws, so to ALL the artists mentioned and to those I did not mention because I missed the cc when doing the inventory, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for allowing me to use your creations to create more beautifully!
LeeFish (I think is from MTS)