Excitingly, my cute as pie Vermont Castings wood stove has finally arrived! In preparation, I've been busy building a fieldstone and tile fireplace surround for the past 5 days. Considering it was a teeth chattering 20 degrees in the studio, and an insanely ambitious DIY project, I think we did a pretty great job. It took lots of Northface layers and TONS of patience, (It was FAR from easy!) but I'm really proud at how it came out. My hands have suffered the consequences (cracked and dry and cut to pieces) and the project is not entirely done yet but I think its simply adorable so far and well worth all the effort. Most importantly, this sweet little stove will supply me with all the heat I'll need to finally get working in there! (which I'm extremely giddy about)
On a side note, I have a MUCHO respect for masons now!! Trust me, that stuff is not easy!