Before I update you on the house for this Tuesday Tidbits, it is impossible to not comment on the date (9/11). Both Trent and I have had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial multiple times in NYC. If you have never been, I recommend it adding it to your list. It’s an all encompassing experience with several things to see…many free, some very minimal cost.

I was there with my family last November and it was their first time visiting. It’s very moving and emotional and whatever amount of time you plan for it will simply not be enough.

Only a few blocks from the Memorial is the free Staten Island Ferry…which gives you this view. It’s pretty amazing – and free.

As I mentioned last week, we have been placing some decor (slowly) throughout the house. We have been extremely blessed to have nearby friends that are AMAZING artists! While original artwork can be very expensive (unaffordable, if we are being honest), these artists are all very talented and reasonable in their pricing. I’m putting their names with each of their pieces, but if you want contact info for any of them just message me. They are local and we love supporting our local economy!

Olivia Alexander painted this large piece of Navy Pier/Chicago Skyline (which is where Trent proposed to me).

Niles absolutely insisted on photobombing the next shot.

Dennis Anderson did this amazing sketch of our fur-baby and it’s SO incredible!

Dennis also made this unreal statue of Niles (yes, we love our animal).

I tried to get Niles to pose exactly like the statue, but I clearly failed.

Bob Bieber created this amazing piece (he has an entire series). He is the art teacher at Concord High School.

Bob also created these amazing vases! I have a plan to fill them with small Christmas trees in a couple of months. I think they will look amazing on our kitchen counter…maybe with Rosemary trees (the smell)!!

Ellen Heitger made these similar (but different) pieces for our master bedroom.

They just fit the space perfectly!

Trent and I often try and pick up something when we are traveling somewhere new…so those pieces are in our home as well. But today was about the local artists. All of these wonderfully talented people are right here in our Michiana area. Again, if you want their contact info just message me and I will pass it along.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!


  • September 11, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Thank you for sharing your memories of this day in history, we must never forget. Your artwork is very nice and especially appealing due to having been done by local artists. The statue of Niles and his portrait are certainly keepsakes….

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