Alterations, DIY, Farm, Home

Personal Evolution

First, I must show you this beautiful painting that I bought at the local thrift store. I really never buy paintings because it seems like you never really know if it’s actual art or possibly just somebody’s Saturday amusement. However, I saw this painting and it just fit. I live on a farm surrounded by mountains and I am in love with the soft colors and the beautiful scenery.

When deciding colors for my kitchen office and living room I was incomplete puzzlement. I simply could not decide and my brain did not see colors.  I had been so good at this before but my frazzled color chooser had a short in it.  Prior to a couple years ago color had been my thing. I love color and the brighter the better.  Case in point, my previous kitchen was egg yolk yellow, my bedroom purple and my living room teal. It. Was. Colorful. But in this painting I learned something of myself. I learned that I had changed. I was now seeking the serenity and the calming effect that simple palettes and soothing colors had on me and my home and my family. In other words, I was growing up and I wanted  more peaceful and calm surroundings. I could tackle whatever things that lay ahead for my day knowing that I would come home and what I would find there would be soothing.

This came somewhat as a shock to me. I thought I knew myself better. But apparently as we age we become new people. It is also been found that the human brain doesn’t fully grow up or make connections that are relevant to good choices until about the age of 30. Let’s just say I am a few years after that but not much. It’s been interesting to me to see how other things have changed in my life.

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Can you smell me now?

This for example is something new. It is my favorite perfume in all the world. ( Dolce & Gabanna I’m ready for my sponsorship now.)  Never in all my born days would I ever consider buying a luxury item such as a designer perfume. But I have discovered that I like to smell pretty. And in order to smell pretty I do not mind spending a little bit more if I know it is a quality item that I will every day.  And I bought it at Marshals at half price… so, yeah.

Same for the cut flowers I don’t get them very often but every now and then I do like to have a splash of color. That extra bit of nature that brings life into your space. And they’re so pretty. I used to think it was so selfish and frivolous to buy them.  Now I’m ok with it. It’s fine. It makes me happy.

I guess I should’ve known that my likes and tastes had taken a turn when I simply could not throw this rug out. For whatever reason I kept it and I did not even know why.  It was an inexpensive find and was totally replaceable. But I held onto it and as I look around I see that I have used the soft colors again and again throughout my home. I think it’s safe to say the bright and bold colors that I still love so dearly are not going to be finding their way onto my walls anymore. I’ve grown up just a little bit And now I’m seeking calm and comfort and simplicity. And I invited a friend over for dinner so I could borrow her color eyes and now I have a color plan for my downstairs.  *happy sigh*

I cannot wait to finish all of the painting on the lower floor and post pictures of its transformation. You will be sure to find a soothing color scheme throughout my house when I am done. I guess growing up isn’t so bad after all.

DIY, Farm, Frugal, Getting Girly, Home, Organize

My Pantry

Ok, confession time…. I actually posted this by complete accident.  I meant to just get the pictures and then go back and write the post but obviously I reversed the process. So here is the *actual* article.

Now, this room is shabby at best.  It’s basically shelves in a half sunken room off of my kitchen.  Nothing special.  Concrete, unfinished boards and canning supplies.  But I took a shine to this ratty little corner of my home.  It became a pleasure to see my canning jars lovingly lined up on the shelves.  Some bursting with past produce and some awaiting their turn to be filled up with home canned goodness.  Not only does it hold all my kitchen essentials it can serve as a shelter should we need it.  (We don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes here but you never know)

And so because this little room is near and dear to me I have a plan to give it a make over.  Of course. The first step was sealing all those pesky cracks because old saw dust insulation kept trickling down on me…. not fun…especially when there are spiders and one might accidentally mistake said sawdust for a spider running down one’s back…maybe.

Anyhow, that was a simple fix.  I DIYed a quick wall paper paste and used large sheets of white card stock to paste over the cracks. Ta-da! Take that tricky saw dust!

The next faze will be to white wash the whole shebang.  I am planning on going totally old school on this little jobby so  I am going to mix up another DIY for white wash.  This will be my first go with that and if it works well I plan on using it for the interior of the smaller outbuildings to brighten things up (so I can see when I go hunting in the large freezer).

Finally, I plan to use those awesome vintage wall papers to dress up those plain white shelves.  It’s going to be all granny blissed out I tell ya’!

I am super excited for this little make over and as soon as my little self is able I want to put some time into it.

Happy DIY!

 

 

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What awaits down the pantry steps?
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Shelves full of jars and totes full crafting supplies … these are a few of my favorite things!

 

 

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Though she be shabby- she be useful!
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Are you in love with these vintage papers?! Guilty!

What do you think?  I will put out a  completed “tour” once it is finished.  Until then, have a wonderful day!

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The Hidden Corners

A picture is worth a thousand words….

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Exhibit A: side view of glorious mess
Exhibit B: top view of glorious mess

This glorious mess was my craft closet. The place you go to for glue sticks and markers. Where the glitter, paper and paint hang out. Where the wild things are.

I was doing admirably well on my decluttering mission but I could not face the craft cupboard. You see, I have been a teacher for the last decade. That pile of junk represented years of well thought out activities and all the chaos that they bring. It represented children whose faces lit up when I told them it was time for art. It was their pride in creating something of their own that made me just so happy to be the one who got to share that moment with them.

It was also a festering cubby that had grown into an aggressive stash. It would attack anytime someone opened the door searching for a clipboard. It was time…

The empty space. Wow. That’s a pretty big cupboard!

I have come to the conclusion that these things just take time. I am still adjusting to not being a full time teacher. It hurts a bit not to be that anymore but it’s where I’m at. I gave myself permission to get rid of what I no longer needed and also to be who I am right now. This stuff that is so meaningless was tied into who I was, or who I had been. Now I have set it free and also myself.

I can honestly say I feel like the possibilities are endless. God use me for YOUR glory. Make me what you will.  ❤

Also some cool bananas I drew a while back. Because Bananas.

….🎹🎶🎵”Isn’t she lovely?”🎼🎵🎤…..

Um, sorry I was having a moment. Anyway, all the useful stuff found its way back home. No more leftover school stuff and half baked art projects. I may or may not have opened the door just to gaze at it 10x in a row…

I know it doesn’t seem like much but this cupboard really nagged me. More for what it represented to me than anything else. Sometimes the things we collect can really hold our minds in limbo. I have found decluttering to me is much like showering or praying.  The weight of worry lessens and you just feel better about life in general.

Unfinished business is always at the tail end! Thrift and gift time! I take out the trash then I can donate or gift any useful items in not going to use.

Aaahhhh…..did you hear that? It was the cupboard door closing with nary a bump!

Best of everything to you all!

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Multi Tasking and Taming the Paper

The stack of things going with me today are as follows:

  1. A Bible
  2. A lesson plan book
  3. A planner filled with scraps of paper that need to be dealt with
  4. A plain notebook filled with bubbling ideas
  5. 2 manuals on 2 completely unrelated subjects
  6. A clipboard

What can I say? I like to get stuff done. And I’m feeling optimistic.

Since my son has been driving with a permit it has enabled me to use the time for office tasks that ordinarily would be left undone. I’m not saying I’m finally getting everything nailed down but after a major purge of the house (and more to come) I’ve cleared a bit of room to work and space in my brain. Now I’m beginning to see the light if day and make sense of the mess. *Sigh!*

If car drives are how I can conquer the mounting paper piles the, by golly, I will use my mobile office as often as possible!

So tell me, how do you tackle projects and keep your life clutter free?

DIY, Frugal, Home

Laundry Soap Video Tutorial

I love making everything I possibly can! And so I bring to you this humble video because I also want the rest of the world to fall in love with the DIY life.  A special thanks to my dear husband who helped me put this together. Also, thanks to all you MOPS ladies who introduced me to the amazing (and addictive) benefits of making your own household cleaners. I’m hooked for life. Thanks.

Hope you like it!

 

 

 

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More Kitchen Happenings

My husband is amazing when he gets on a project. Really! As soon as I got the kitchen cleaned up he brought in my new lower cabinets for the island and office desk. We decided to do a counter height desk that would match the rest of the kitchen as we now have one huge room for cooking/dining/office. We spend most of our time here and it’s all one room now so it made sense just to keep it all in the same style.

I still have my lovely door countertop but eventually it will be a beautiful island 🙂
Very bad lighting and messy due to the lack of shelving but here is our in-kitchen “office”

Our new kitchen is coming along piece by piece! I rather prefer it this way as I can try things out and adjust as needed before things become permanent.

Yay for progess !

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Kitchen Reno Update

This is what currently remains of our kitchen/dining room wall!
Here is a view from the dining room looking into our kitchen. You can see our “faux island” topped with a door. (it’s temporary, I promise!)
The view from kitchen to dining room.
The view from the entryway

We are still in the early stages but I am so happy with it! There is more light and it feels cleaner (despite the uneven flooring)

The next step is installing a beam and completely removing the 2x4s. So this is what my husband decided to tackle after work today. Like they say, you can’t keep a good man down!

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Kitchen Reno

A kitchen remodel was my first request in our new house. I love to cook and I don’t mind smallish kitchens but the dark cave-like feel was kinda getting me down. Plus…mustard walls, blue counter tops and dark maroon cupboards would make even the hardiest among us a little sea sick.

The unofficial “plan”
The double oven and cabinet has been added from our old house. My husband installed this on his first round of the remodel. The original oven was on the half wall that was removed.
Here my husband removed an old glass stovetop and a the section of half wall that went with it. Thankful that mess is gone! The glass top had a horrible crack in it!:(
Some cupboards were removed as well on this wall. Lovely paint combination,  yes?
This is the “new” side of the kitchen with a new gas stove top and new counter and cabinet.
The “old” side of the kitchen. Gorgeous… original mustard walls, blue counter and maroon cabinets! :0

We have cabinets for our island coming. Thanks to some heavy budget cutbacks we will be able to get those in a month or so. Next up is to investigate and remove the center wall. Hopefully it’s not weight bearing!

Then, my dear friends, the demo shall commence! My new motto to repeat 10 times daily (or 10,000 times daily ) “The mess will be worth it!”

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New Year, New Projects

One thing I really wanted to do is to get organized this year. I’m sure many people have that on their list January 1st and as the days slip past and weeks turn into months it becomes more of a dream than a reality. I can relate to that! I started a full house purge and on my way through I noticed a few small, seemingly insignificant items that just REALLY  bugged me. Messy papers for one. I hate messy papers and yet I love paper crafts. The struggle is real folks!

So, as a task oriented individual I set out to find a solution. Behold mess paper exibit A:

A box. Full of notes. In alllll different sizes on so. many. scraps. of paper. The inconsistency of it all! (Insert dramatic music here)

The goal is to copy all pertinent information onto index cards and file by date. Why bother? Um, because there’s good stuff in them thar notes! (Use mountain man voice here)

So I have begun and I have to say I am very happy with my progress. True, it may take me more than 2018 to complete (I have notes from as far back as 2005-2006 ish) but I love being able to flip through them easily and remember/review what was preached.

My stack so far
Another card in progress
See what I mean? Scrappy paper mess into neat and tidy 🙂
My notes in their new home. No messy scraps and easy to look through. I’ll be taking notes on index cards from now on so no more copying for me!
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Just Getting Started

Yesterday I was in big time purge mode. I just got tired of being tired. I’m sick of managing “stuff”. I want clarity of mind when I look at my home and I want to be able to find the stinkin’ tweezers!

Anyway, I cleared out a couple of kitchen cupboards and ended up with a full trash can and a bag to donate. That felt so good I kept on going…and going… it’s like that one action sparked a whole chain of events. We ended up with 3 bags to donate, 3 bags in the trash and several items that we could sell.

Now, I’m no mimimalist by any stretch of the imagination. But when you are wearing many different hats simplicity is the name of the game.

Just for funnsies I took a before and after of my most dreaded cupboard. The baking cupboard. *shudder* Truth is…it wasn’t that big of a deal. Just goes to show you that the old saying “Once begun is half done” still rings true!

My girls love baking! Putting things away neatly? Not so much :/
Neater but not very easy to get to…I need a shelf!
Pretending to be handy and install my shelf…um, yeah…
Reason #5, 001 why I love this guy!
So.much.better. It really is the little things!