My House: one year for the books!

My parents started a guest book way back in the 80's, you stopped by for a visit - you signed the book. Sort of a "I WAS HERE" kind of thing. It lasted till about the mid 90's till "someone" lost it (what happened to it still seems to be a mystery between my parents). It mysteriously found it's way back into their house recently and is back in circulation!  It's such a cool way to remember all the great times (and people!) you have in your home.

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So, when Mike and I moved into our new house last October they bought one for us too and I LOVE it! Only a few weeks in and I was already skimming back reading and re-reading all the lovely notes left behind.  The best is when they write in it without me forcing, ehem asking them to do it. (thanks, brother!)

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 And if you're really lucky you get original artwork and a Dora sticker!
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It has officially been one year since we moved into this house. I love our home and feel really settled and happy here.  Flipping through the pages of our guest book it has been a really great year. Thanks to all our friends and family who helped "warm" our house. Come visit us again soon!!

Happy House-iversary!
Cheers to many more years!!

42 comments:

  1. what a great, great idea!!!! i think i might just start that!!!

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  2. So much fun! Happy House-iversary!!
    Victoria

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  3. oh my gosh, what a lovely idea!!! I just might have to steal this from you and your parents :) Love it!

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  4. Such a lovely idea- and I love the shots of your book..gorgeous!

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  5. what a fun idea! and i love how they kept it going for so long! such a great memory for your family!!

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  6. what a nifty fun idea for a new family/home starting out... i may have to "borrow" this lovely idea from you and your parents. Thanks in advance for the many memories/moments my book will capture.

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  7. Happy House Anniversary Christine and Michael. I am glad you love your guest book. It is fun to go back that is for sure. I am really sorry we lost ours for so long. Oh well, I guess too many moves, it is back out now that is what counts.
    Love
    Mom

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  8. That's an awesome idea Christine! Happy one year you in your house! Isn't it a great feeling? B and I were just talking last night about how crazy it is that it's almost been a year and a half since we moved in. Time sure does fly!

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  9. That's such a wonderful idea! I never would have thought of it. Another fun idea would be to have an old (working) typewriter that guests could leave messages on :)

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  10. What a fantastic idea! I love it... and just might have to steal it ; )
    oxo

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  11. Love the idea of a guestbook. Clever clever there Christine.

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  12. What a great idea! May you have many guestbooks sitting on your shelf!

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  13. Such a great idea - i am so going to get one!
    Rachie xo

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  14. What a sweet idea!!!

    Kristin xo

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  15. Awww I've never thought of that!! I'm definitely going to start this one up. Happy Anni! p.s. I used that same book in college for my fashion history final project! Seeing it brought back memories of consisting off of coffee and adrenaline while throwing together my senior projects haha Happy Halloween :) xoxo

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  16. This is a great idea, I need to go on a hunt and find myself a lovely guest book. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy 1 year house anniversary!

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  17. Hellooo... I have found you through Design Refuge. Thanks for the great idea. Will implement when I have found a the right guest book. Lisa

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  18. That is such a fun idea. We framed our wedding invitation and people who attended the wedding signed the matting and I love reading it when I pass by. The book with a year's worth of sentiments is awesome. I couldn't also help but noticing how great your living room vignette is! Beautiful flowers and I think I spy a West Elm tray:)

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  19. Thanks everyone! All the credit goes to Mom & Dad (thanks Mom & Dad!)

    carlotta - what a cool idea to use a typewriter, I love that!

    Roxy - That's funny - I hope it didn't bring back too many bad memories of caffeine shakes or anything ;)

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  20. Megan - thank you! and good eye, the tray was a gift but I'm pretty sure it's from West Elm :)

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  21. This is such a great idea. I love all of the idea of flipping through it at the end of the year and remembering all the good times.


    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

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  22. Awww, this is such a sweet idea :) I love it, and how special that your parents set you up to carry on the tradition!! Thanks for sharing this with us!
    Nancy xo

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  23. Awe....my little artist made it onto your blog! I am so proud. Glad I could help warm your house a few times over the past year! It is as beautiful as the people who live in it :)
    Love you!

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  24. Nice, I love this idea!
    I might need to steal this.

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  25. This is a really great idea! Guest books shouldn't be just for weddings ;)
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  26. hey girly~ thanks for the comment. I love this idea of a guestbook! and i must say i adore your living room! hope you have a wonderful weekend~

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  27. TOTALLY STEALING. I love love love this idea!! Wheee Happy Halloween gorgeous Canadian gal :) XO

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  28. what a brilliant idea! it's lovely that a tradition in your parent's home has now also become your tradition...

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  29. Wow, I can't believe it has been a year. Adam was randomly looking at houses in Edmonton the other day and we saw one for sale on your street and very similar to yours, wouldn't that just be sweet, I could sign your guest book every day!
    Miss you tons.
    xoxo
    Sister

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  30. That's such a great idea! I've had many house guests over the years, should have thought about this sooner =)

    I love all your pictures, do you mind telling me the type of camera you use and the processing presets/actions?

    Thanks! =)

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  31. that's an exceptionally adorable idea.

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  32. I can't believe it's been a year already C! :) So grateful that I've had the chance to sign that lovely guest book!

    Hugs, D.

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  33. what a great idea! such sweet memories.

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  34. Thanks, Dajana! I'm glad you've had a chance to sign the book too! We'll have to have you guys over again soon!

    petite carousel - I use a Canon Rebel T1i and I love it. I work in photoshop daily for work, so I usually just mess around in there. And I've found some great free actions here:
    http://paintthemoon.net/blog/information-central/first-class-freebies/

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  35. this is a BRILLIANT idea.
    Totally stealing this!

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  36. That is an awesome idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    oxo

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  37. best. idea. ever. consider it stolen :)

    happy house-iversary to you! and thanks so much for your sweet words on the blog -- so thrilled to have found yours as well!

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  38. i love this idea... i pinned it. such a great idea. i hope you don't mind!

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