Thursday, December 8, 2011

I sent my hubby to the new place with the camera today. He took a few shots of what he is dealing with as he gets everything ready to paint.
Don't you just love the avocadoish/sage greenish 1970's paint colour? It looks even worse in person. And the carpet is filthy! I wish we didn't have carpet and will probably try to cover it with a runner of some sort eventually.


The past tenant left a gazillion holes in the walls. We (I say we, but I really mean my hubby!) had to fill them and then sand them in prep for the paint.


Yes, the room really is this yellow! Both of the bedrooms are painted in this really vivid banana-ish yellow. It is not pretty. Trust me. You would not want to try to get any sleep in there!


Yes, these are stickers, a lot of stickers on the ceiling of our bedroom. I am not looking forward to getting them all down!


You can tell that we are going to have to put in some time fixing up the door frames. For now I think we will just get the walls done but eventually something will have to be done with these.

And check out the kitchen cupboards in the background. U.G.L.Y. The counter tops are totally dirt brown and are hopefully going to be replaced in the new year. My fingers are crossed because I don't know how to make butt ugly brown counter tops look good. The cupboards I can work with.


I am going to go take some pictures that show more of the rooms than the ones hubby took. I want to be able to show before and after shots as I work on the apartment. It is crazy that this is probably the worst looking place at move in but it is the place that I am the most excited about living in. I can hardly wait until we are sleeping in our new (non-yellow) bedroom. Only 9 sleeps until the furniture is moved in!!!!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

We got the keys!!!!

So, today we got our first look at the apartment. All I can say is that we have our work cut out for us. The previous tenant was meant to get the apartment paint ready and cleaned up before he left but he didn't. You name it and we probably have to do it!

I had figured we would have to paint but it is going to be a BIG job! All the walls are currently avocado green or banana yellow. There are spider webs hanging everywhere, stickers on the walls and tons of holes to be filled in. YUCK!!! I am off to find just the right paint for the space. I know that I want most of the walls white - but not a cold white. I want a warm, cozy white and then I want to do the baseboards in the same white but in a gloss. There is very little wall in the kitchen and I am contemplating doing a turquoise or blue there. We'll see. 

I forgot to bring my camera home with me from work but I will go in on Monday and get some before pictures to show. You will not believe it when you see it!

I know that it will look wonderful once we are all done but looking at the amount we have to do in the next two weeks (while working full time no less!) is very, very overwhelming! The furniture will all be moved two weeks from today. We have to paint, move everything else AND get ready for Christmas before then. So, I am off to make a list so that I can keep my stress under control. Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I have completed two more projects in the last couple of days. One was inspired by pinterest and the other I just felt like making. The pinterest one came from this image:

Make-up Magnet Board--GENIUS.

You know, of course, that I love the colour - I mean, it's turquoise, isn't it? - and so I had to have one for myself! I used an old cookie sheet instead of a frame and I am really happy with how it turned out. See?


This will be in our new bathroom. It is more of a pale blue than a turquoise but I was mixing colours up using my acrylics and I am pretty pleased with it. I had some good magnets on hand and used a dab of E6000 to glue them on to the backs of all my make up. I can hardly wait to get this into the new bathroom!

The other crafty thing that I made was just for fun. I have a big box of buttons - some from my mother, some I have bought, some my friend gave me. I decided that I wanted to show off some of them. And so I did this - lovely buttons in beautiful shades of blue and green and in my favourite shape!


Did you notice the apple shaped button right in the middle? I got it years ago from a good friend - you know, the whole give an apple to the teacher idea - and never figured out where to use it. I love it in the centre of this piece. I will be hanging this in the stairwell gallery at the new house. It is making me crazy that I can picture it all so clearly and, yet, I have to wait before we can get in there. Only 6 days until we get the keys!

Friday, November 25, 2011

The other day while cleaning out stuff I came across two of these IKEA mirrors. I bought them years ago.
MALMA Mirror, pine Length: 10 " Width: 10 " Thickness: 1/2 "  Length: 25.5 cm Width: 25.5 cm Thickness: 1 cm
They are only $2.99 each - major score - and they have the potential to become really nice wall art. I had decoupaged both of them in different colours and textures but I really didn't like them anymore. So I painted one white and one black. Then I pulled out my letter stamps. And now I have two more pieces of art to grace the walls of our new home!






Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another pinterest idea comes to life...

I saw this on pinterest

tins
 


and knew I had to do it for myself. My hubby is a collector of all things old and eclectic. That is why I call him my crow - he is always bringing me home things like a crow bringing things to its nest. In his wanderings he has brought home a number of old tins. I knew that they would be perfect for this idea. A little bit of E6000 glue, a few magnets and voila!


I would like to have one more since I think all things are better in threes. I feel sure that my crow will be able to find one that I can add to the set.

And the doll? It is one of a series of dolls I made many, many years ago with magnets in their hands and feet. This one is called "running from success." It was based on a set of activities I did with an art group I belonged to at the time.

Now, I'm off to make something else. What is it you ask? Well, I will give you a hint....


 Stay tuned!

A thing for words...

I have a thing for words - well, for quotes mainly. I have collected them in little notebooks, scraps of paper or written/painted/drawn them in my art journal for years. Since becoming a pinterest junkie, I have discovered the joy of quotes framed on the wall. I now have so many that I want to hang up in the new house that I am not sure I have enough walls!

Here are a few of my favourites...

Bless Your Heart...
(this one makes me think of my dad)


dream-web

great quote
via happy deliveries on etsy
(I actually ordered this one!)

via tumblr

(so true - my hubby would like this one)

I WANT!

Don't be surprised to see some of these turn up in the stairwell gallery in our new home. I can see it so clearly in my head. Now I just want to be living there already so that I can make it a reality! 8 days left until we get the keys. Yippee!




Monday, November 21, 2011


Our new home is going to be the smallest space in which we have ever lived. It is roughly 800 sq. feet. I feel equal parts excitement and trepidation. Excitement because I love organizing and decorating. I get a real charge out of figuring out how to use a space in the most efficient manner and still maintain our eclectic sense of style. Trepidation because it is so small!!!! We will be getting rid of about 6 pieces of furniture and at least 40% of our belongings. In the last two weeks I have sent 6 boxes and 1 bag to the Sally Anne. That probably amounts to 2% of what we need to get rid of in the next month. Yikes I still have a lot to do!

One thing I didn't expect to happen is that I would start to feel lighter as I fill box after box. As the rooms clear of books, decorative accessories, picture frames, crafty stuff I never use anymore, clothes, shoes and more I feel better and better. It is a lightness in my soul. I am left only with those items that we truly treasure.

One thing that I can't decide  what to do with is the papasan chair that our daughter saved up her money to buy when she was around 12. It came from Pier 1. She doesn't want it anymore - her room now has a black and white/Marilyn Monroe/Audrey Hepburn theme going on and the papasan just doesn't fit. And....my hubby hates it. And I do mean he HATES it!

Papasan Chair & Frame - Brown

But it is one of the most comfortable chairs ever! It is just the right size to curl up in under a cozy blanket to read. I really, really want to have a chair in the corner of our master bedroom. And today I found this pillow that goes on it. In teal! In fuzzy teal! In come over and curl up on me cozy, fuzzy teal!

Plush Teal Papasan Cushion

I find that with small space living there are only so many places to go for privacy. Basically, the only times I can have true privacy are in the bath or in bed. So, I often end up reading in one or the other of these locations. But I really, really want a place to curl up. Only problem (well, besides the fact that my hubby hates it!) is that it is not a small chair. It takes up space. Keeping it will definitely mean getting rid of something else - most likely one of the pieces that I really want to keep.

So, what's a girl to do? It would be a heck of a lot cheaper to buy the new pillow for the papasan and call it a day. But do I want a piece of furniture in our bedroom that my hubby hates? Wouldn't that be bad karma or something? And does a papasan chair really fit in with the vision I have of the new place. Maybe I should leave that corner empty until I have the means to buy the just right chair. Maybe something like this?
cosy, clean, gorgeous
via tumblr

# pillow

pastel blue walls and candle lit fireplace
via tumblr

I Love the painted sign behind the chair.  http://thevirginiahouse.blogspot.com

chair

that lounge

Hmmmm....have to say that after looking over these pics of such lovely, cozy chairs I think that I am going to thank the papasan for being in my life and then let it go. I would rather wait and find the chair that really calls  my name. Gee, I love when I start a post with a question and manage to answer it myself by the end! Go me!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Pinterest Inspiration...

I have been inspired by the many signs I have seen on Pinterest about house rules. Signs like these ones are floating all over Pinterest.
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Pinned Image
via etsy

Pinned Image

So, I decided to make my own. I am really, really happy with how it turned out. Sorry the picture is a little dark. The very bottom line says "Love is enduring." That one came from my hubby. Sweet, huh?




I can hardly wait to hang it up in the new house. 10 days until we move!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pinterest Inspiration

One benefit of finishing or starting little projects while I am home sick is that I will have less to deal with when packing. Today I did a sweet picture inspired by ones I have seen on Pinterest.


Aren't they precious? Well, I had a frame that I had glued a paper across years ago to do another craft project. The mat had gotten smudged so I used some of the fabric from my dad's old shirts and covered the mat. Then I found a map of Georgia and cut out a heart around his hometown. Then I marked Homerville with a little read heart and ta da!


I love, love, love it and can't wait to see it on the gallery wall going up the stairs in our new home. Only 13 days until we get the keys!!!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boredom Busters

Being sick has to be one of the most boring things ever. I am still sick (the antibiotics are starting to kick in but I was put on steroids today to bring down the inflamation) but I am so glad that I am finally feeling well enough to do some puttering around the house. I have been going through stuff and filling box after box for donation. I am trying to give away two boxes for every one I pack for the new house.

Today I started sorting through my studio stuff. In my sorting I came across some felt, ribbon and fabric scraps that gave me an idea. Since I would rather be creative than anything else, I took a break from puttering and made these.




 I grabbed my letter stamps, an ink pad and some skeleton keys. I tore the canvas in strips and then stamped out "the key to my" and added a heart stamp. I didn't have a heart stamp to use so I made one with a carrot!


It turned out great! I stamped the heart on the end of each phrase then hand sewed the strips of canvas to the front  of the heart with black thread. Then I used a black zigzag stitch to close the heart up. A little black ribbon bow holding the skeleton key on and bob's your uncle!


I haven't decided what I'll do with them but at least now I have less fabric, felt and ribbon to pack! I think that I will probably keep one (since I like them!) and give the rest as gifts or maybe list them in my etsy shop. We'll see....


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

There is nothing good about being sick. I remember when I was a kid and was thrilled to miss a day of school when I was sick so that I could lie on the sofa, sucking on popsicles and watching cartoons. A sick day was like a holiday! Now, it is just boring. And painful... Bronchitis is just one cough after another resulting in really, really sore muscles! 

So, while my body is not co-operating, my mind is (of course)  buzzing with a zillion and one things it wants to do right now! So, on my mind right now:
  • wanting to invent a cough suppressant that really works
  • wishing I had the dimensions of the new house so that I could plan better
  • thinking about school and wondering how the kids are doing
  • planning Christmas gifts
  • wondering how to make something like these cool purses from circle craft by noelle hamlyn. My old Power Boys and Trixie Beldens are calling out to have this done to them!
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  • how pinterest really is addictive
  • how I have pinned far more ideas than I will ever, ever have time to create!
  • how watching tv becomes really, really monotonous after awhile - who knew?
  • and some new ideas for our new home - tentative moving date mid December sometime
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via apartment therapy - we have an old bike in the backyard that came from a friend who moved away. It is beautifully rusted and would look great as a potrack!

Love it!
via tumblr - I want to paint over one of my old paintings and do something like this for the new house

Hearts in Places Art
via tumblr - I would love to do this for Georgia and New York with a little heart pin on my Dad's hometown and my mum's hometown

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a way to show off my fave fabrics via purlbee.com

via curbly.com - I have the table legs and the suitcase. Now I just need the energy!

via bijoukaleidoscope - so, so cool!

via cloth to creation - I really want to do this in our small storage closet. I think the closet is about the size of a double bed and we already own at least 10 of these suitcases. Our storage is going to have to be super efficient and this idea is a definite to do on my list!!!!

And now I am going to take a nap. Again....

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Taking a break from house dreaming...

I have started to work on Christmas gifts and, so, will be having to put the dreams and plans about our new place on hold for a couple of weeks. It should work out perfectly as we get possession of the new place on Dec. 1and I plan to be long finished with the handmade gifts by then! The first gift I am making is also the most bittersweet. It is a lap quilt for my nephew. After my father's passing last year, I took his shirts - there is every possible type of plaid and stripe you can imagine. And a lot (and I mean A LOT) of fabric as my dad was a big man.


See what I mean? The main colour is blue with some reds and browns thrown in there for a change. Plaids, stripes and one or two plain ones just to keep it interesting. They are all pretty much the same shirt in different colours. Short sleeved, chest pocket, button down collar. I thought I would feel bad about cutting them up but I didn't.




See what I mean about a lot of fabric?!?! The top pile is all of the collars. Not sure what I will do with those but know that I will think of something eventually! I am pretty sure that I will have enough fabric to make a quilt not only for my nephew but for my own daughter and my nieces, too. But I also know that there is no way I will get 4 quilts done before Christmas AND get ready to move again. So, I am starting with one and will go on from there.