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Friday, December 28, 2012

Craft Room Declutter

I started decluttering on Christmas night! I had asked my honey for a couple of new cabinets and uninterrupted time to organize my space for Christmas.  He happily obliged.  And he even helped move stuff out of here once I got through the initial decluttering (I could hear FLYLADY telling me "you can't organize clutter".  She is so right!)

Here is a picture of the initial decluttering.  It's at the top of the stairs so we can grab some and take it with us  every time we go down.  The sooner it's out the door, the better.  (All 4 of my girls have rescued at least one thing ~ I'm afraid I've taught them bad habits!)  There will be much more than this being donated.

Thursday morning I got up early, got myself together, made my bed and picked up my room.  It's a good thing because at 7:10 a.m. the utilities department came ringing the doorbell saying they had turn off the water because of a broken pipe in our cul-de-sac.  No matter, I was together.  I made coffee and filled up a couple of water pitchers for the day and begin moving things in to my bedroom so we could have room to work.

Here are the new cabinets. We took a tall cabinet out of  here and put it in the laundry room.  Which is great because we needed more storage in there. We didn't paint because the humongous L-Shaped desk on the other side of the room is too hard to move and we plan on replacing it soon anyway so why move it twice?  When we do, He promised that we will get rid of the orangey, melony walls in here (what was I thinking 10 years ago?) and paint it Vienna Lace Pink.  (Yup I had already picked out the color and have a sample jar on my desk.)

Later on, maybe this year, maybe next, I would love to have upper cabinets.  For now we are just going to extend the shelves to the end of the cabinets.   I took all of this stuff down and we added the shelves.

No, this isn't just a random picture.  It is a picture of things to come.  As I was moving things out I put  some of my lace in this hatbox and though it was oh so pretty together.  I am so excited.  I have been making lace boards and will show you those soon.  In the meantime, here is my schedule of organization for the year!  Yup, I said year!   It will take that long because I don't want to "crash and burn".  So slow and steady and I will see it all done.

January - Craft Room (It's also my home office - so craft side this month and the rest next month)
February - Home Office & Paperwork
March - Master Bedroom and hallway (my hallway has a linen closet and big chest of drawers for - stuff)
April - Bathrooms (x4) and Laundry Room. ( My girls will do their own baths and I will do 2)
May - Kitchen & Pantry
June - Outdoors, Shed & Garage
July - Living Room and Dining Room
August - Family Room
September - Sunroom
October - Christmas & Seasonal Storage
November - Rest of basement
December - ? Me?

You are welcome to come along with me and organize your home too, using my calendar.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Word for this year ~ ORGANIZE

NO!  This is not an episode of Hoarders!  It is my craft room/home office!  
When did I get so out of control?  Was it this past year when I fed my garage sale, thrift store, estate sale addiction, A LOT! 
 Was it 2011 when I rented a bigger booth and needed to fill it up (I already needed a bigger booth because of the stuff I was hoarding collecting!)  
Was it 2009 when I had a crazy thought that I could start my own business and rent a space in the Marketplace?  (All the while working full time, teaching teenagers how to drive, leading ministry, taking care of home... etc, etc.)   Well something had to give right?    I guess it was this.   I promise the rest of my house does not look this way (except 1/2 of the garage!).    Whenever we had to "clean up real quick because company's coming"  the answer was "put it in the office, we'll deal with it later."   Well.....

It's Later.   It's time.   My very, probably overly, ambitious goal for 2013 is to Organize My Home again!  I am starting with this room.   This one that I unashamedly posted on my blog for all of my 44 followers to see, and for whoever else wants to play a game of I SPY in my Craft Room/Home Office.  LOL!  Seriously,  can you spy a cup of coffee, John 15:12,  3 vintage sewing machine drawers, a blue monster, a black wire mannequin and FLYLADY.  (She would probably be sad if she saw this, except that I am making this room "My Shining Sink")  If you don't know what that is you'll have to read her book.  

I've already started the decluttering process.  Come along with me as I organize my home in 2013.  I already have a schedule made out but because I don't want to bore you with the long post, I will post that next, along with the progress I've already made.  

What are you hoping to accomplish this coming new year?  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dinners, Plays & Parties

Just a quick post to let you know I haven't totally disappeared!  November started with a Craft Fair and it just got really really crazy after that.   I didn't sell one thing at the craft fair, but my girl did.   You can see her post here.   I just didn't have my "stuff" together enough to participate like I wanted, so I went to help Natti.   Next time (year) will be better for me.  That was followed by a Thanksgiving Dinner for 2000!   My other daughter, myself and a good friend oversaw the kitchen.   To tell you that it took up all of my time is an understatement.  It was wonderful, and hard, and busy, and worth it, and I would do it again!  You can click on the link above to read about it.   That was had on November 16.   The following Monday, I lost my brother in law to cancer.  That was Thanksgiving week.  We didn't have his memorial or service until the week after.  May he rest in peace.  

 I do not do black friday, so that day was mostly spend in PJ's and making gifts to give to my "letter lady" ministry partners. I made these star sachets.  To see the inspiration for them go here.   I fell in love with Viola's Christmas Star Ornaments.
  When I can I'm making some for myself!  
  The tag came from Antique Images 

 So now I am in the final week of practice for the Gospel According to Scrooge!   I made my own hat and costume.   I will post very soon about that and show you pictures.   
Happy Wednesday!     

Friday, October 12, 2012

~~~~~~Painted Vanity Set~~~~~~

This sweet vanity used to be mine.  I got it from the Goodwill when we were first married.  I passed it down to one of my older daughters and she passed it down to her younger sister.  Time (and makeup, nail polish, nail polish remover, cups of Kool Aid, coffee, markers...) took it's toll on this much loved piece of furntiure.  It was time to buy our girl a new bedroom set and put this one in the garage for a future makeover.

 I'm still not used to taking before pics but at least I remembered to take this one before it was totally too late.  We had already taken off the mirror and drawers and started sanding like crazy (well, He did anyway!)   

I decided on satin finish black. I absolutely love the smooth, classic appearance it gives.  I lined the drawers with this popular damask patterned paper and covered the bench cushion with left over damask fabric from our girl's room makeover. 

We found the bench at a yard sale in a "free" pile.  It was broken, but not too broken for my fix-it man.  I said "oh no the leg is broken"  He said "what, that crack?  No big deal.  I'll fix it"   I said "Okay then, Go for it!"
  And he DID!  Nice! 

The nightstand we found at another yard sale for 5 bucks.   They don't all really match but now that they are painted the same you can't tell. 

When he finished painting all the pieces, my girls oohed and awwed over it.

Not being totally mean parents we asked if they wanted it back in trade for their new stuff and they declined.  So it went to my booth (my plan all along anyway)  just in time for fall decorating.  I think the black goes so well with amber glass and other fall accents.

And here's a peek at my booth, and if you look close you can see
my fix-it man in the background, fixing something I'm sure....  
 I'm linked with:   Bernideen's Open House, A Delightsome Life 's Return to Loveliness and Kerryanne's Shabbilicious Friday .

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sweet Little Lap Desk

 I've been working on this Sweet Little Lap Desk to sell in my booth and
now I'm having a hard time parting with it!   It was a Goodwill find from about a year ago,
left sitting in my stack of things to make pretty.  

It was dark green, from the 70's, I think, because it also had a mushroom painted on the front. It was lined with green and yellow plaid fabric. I didn't take before pictures, sorry. (It was quite ugly anyway - you didn't need to see it!)    I used an applique from Do It Yourself Chic.  They are so easy to use.
  I love love love  how it turned out.

I used Mod Podge to apply beautiful scrap book paper to the inside
 and then added the very cute little faux lock.

Do I keep or sell it?  Decisions, Decisions. 

I am linking up with Shabbilicious Friday Link Party and Bernideen's Open House

Friday, September 21, 2012

Early Autumn Leaves in Colorado

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."  Emily Bronte

Most people I know go to Vail or Breckenridge Colorado for the snow and skiing.  I go in the fall for the breathtaking views of the turning aspen trees. 

My Sweet William and I took a long drive through our mountains last weekend.

We drove along Highway 24 through Leadville and Minturn on our way to Vail.

 A little road construction detour lead us along an old highway lined with Aspen.
 It was simply breathtaking.  
Back on to the main road again you could see the patches of yellow in the hills.

Somewhere between Leadville and Minturn we just had to pull over and enjoy the scenery.

Please enjoy it too.... I'll be quiet. 

The reflection of the trees made the water look golden too.
I love fall, this place took my breath away.  So much to behold...

I'm linking up with:
Bernideen's Open House

Monday, September 17, 2012

Natti's Place: A Teeny Model

Check out my daughter's blog - she loves to crochet and is sharing her creations on her blog! 

Natti's Place: A Teeny Model: This is my niece Analie. She was born on May 7, 2012 and became my crochet model 3 days later. I know that's a bit soon, but she looked so ...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jesus, the True Vine

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“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  

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 "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.  John 15:1-8

Spiritual Sundays

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Banner swap

Fall Banner Swap

I participated in a FALL Banner Swap hosted by Deb at Garage Sale Gal.    My partner was Dianne from Utah.    She stuffed a box full of great fall items and made the awesome banner that is now hanging on my fireplace mantel
    It is so wonderful.   (I'm afraid the banner I sent to her pales in comparison!)
Look at the stitching detail on this. 
 I think this looks great on my mantel - like she knew!
She even sent this Autumn Blessings scarecrow that I have already hung on my
 front door to greet my guests. 

Also in the box (that I immediately tore into like it was Christmas or something!) 
 was all of this neat stuff.   Espresso cups and saucers, a box of variety of teas,
a painted rock and a bag of stamping stuff that she put together.

There's also two beautiful orange towels, you can see a part of them here.   
    She even included my initials on the stamp bag tie. So cool! 
 You can see the bag of carmel apple filled candies has already been opened!
   Love this new Werther's flavor.
   THANK YOU, Dianne!  I love everything you sent.   Dianne doesn't have a blog so I'm sharing what I sent to Dianne here.

 Here is the banner I made and sent to Dianne.

I filled her box with ceramic pumpkins, fall themed stickers, a Colorado Mug and Apple Cider.  I also sent her some Bronco socks!  She said that she loves that it is football season and I'm a Bronco fan.  I don't know if she is...
 Sorry about the dark pictures.    Dianne likes Carmel Apples so I found a Carmel Apple scented candle to send to her.  I included some pretty kitchen towels and a bag of Werther's Carmel Apple filled candies.  (She sent me some too!)
Since Dianne likes Thanksgiving as much as I do, I included an amber glass deviled egg plate.  I have one that I use every Thanksgiving and really like how it goes with the autumn colors.

And lastly, I put as much of this as I could in a basket that says Autumn Blessings - like the scarecrow she gave me.   Isn't that something? 

I had so much fun putting this together for her.  I can't wait for the next swap.  

Thank you Deb for hosting this fun event and Happy Fall! 

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