And now, to our regularly scheduled life…

The holidays seem to eat time, don’t they?  No matter how streamlined you think you’ve got it, you blink and it’s all done.

Except for the cleanup – and the de-christmasifying.  That’s a real word, honest!

The Ogre and I like to leave Christmas in our home until after the 6th of January.  This year, we had to dismantle a bit early, due to the bi-weekly garbage pickup.  That saddens me, since I really hate to see the tree come down.  So, I left the little artificial tree and everything else up!

I’ll take things down the way I put them up – bit by bit, during the evenings.  I would imagine I’ll have it all nicely boxed away by next weekend.

Which, of course, brings me to a storage dilema.  Apparently, I have more Christmas stuff than I thought I did.  In order to keep it all together, I’ll first have to clean up the storage area in the basement.  That will happen next weekend as well.

But I did think of a way to cleary identify which boxes hold Christmas goods.  We have TONS of cards that we just didn’t get around to sending.  More than enough to use as box labels.  I’ll just glue the front of a card to each box and stack them.  That way, I’ll be able to see what’s what without opening things up.

Since the storage room will be getting a cleanup, and we’ve just re-arranged the basement entertainment/computer/family area, I think it safe to say that January and February of 2013 will be Basement months.  I’ve ordered paint through the landlord, have some yummy fabric set aside to make a couch throw, and just picked up a wonderful 5X5 cube Expedit on Kijiji.  Turning the space we spend most of our waking hours into a pretty refuge has now become goal number one.

Here’s a few shots of the new layout.  Nothing has been “prettified”, so  it’s a very good representation of where the starting point is.

from doormy sideclosettv

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, American friends!  May you enjoy your families, good food and all that you have to be thankful for.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a post here.  This fall, I just had no drive or push to work on the house.  I didn’t even decorate for Halloween or Canadian Thanksgiving!  I’ve been focusing on sewing a work wardrobe, teaching dance, and working!  All in all, the house got put on a back burner for the last few months.

I’m not quite ready to start any major projects, but decorating for the Christmas Season is a very different thing.

I’m hoping to start with the season on December 1st.  It’s the earliest I’ve ever even thought of decorating, but I feel the need to DO something festive… even if it’s just a tiny bit.

I have a few things in mind, starting with the pinecones I gathered up after work today!  They’ve finished baking (200 degrees F for 3 hours) and are now in ziploc bags, soaking up some yummy scented vanilla/sandalwood oil.  I’ll leave them until the first of December, to make sure they’ve absorbed all of the scent they can!  They’ll be the start of my lovely, scented, festive home!

Photo from Pinterest

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

Dining Decision

For months, literally, I’ve treated our dining area as nothing more than a hallway.

On one side, a glass topped table…  On the other, a brown paper bag console table.

That’s it.

No art.  In fact, the only ornamentation was the fruit bowl I put together.  The console has exactly three candles and a mirror.

I’ve managed to get the rest of the room almost in shape.  I even managed to get new curtains from the local Salvation Army (for $9.99!).  The room does need artwork and some tweaking, but that will come in time.

Back to the dining area….

The glass-topped table and modern chairs just aren’t working in sync with the rest of the room.  They’re just too modern and cold, while the rest of the room is comfy and traditional(ish).   It left me uninspired… to say the least.

I had a breakthrough today!  My local Salvation Army had a solid wood, round, pedestal table!  One that needs work – but you can’t expect perfection for $24.99!  Right now, it’s in two pieces in my living room, waiting for me to decide what to do with it!

And there is the dilema.

I’m thinking a white base, dark stained top and a compass rose overlay.

The Ogre?  Well, he’s not on board with the white base, although he is very approving of the compass rose.  I suggested black…. he doesn’t think that will work, either.

This decision could be a while in making.

I’ll keep you posted as to who wins!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

Master Bedroom Closet

For 25 years, the Ogre and I share a closet.  He’s actually had more items hanging there than I did… while I always had the largest dresser (packed to the brim). Now, however, that I’ve taken to sewing my clothing, that situation is rapidly changing.  I NEED more closet real estate.

All images from http://www.houzz.com.

I’d love a closet like this…

 

or this…

 

I’d be thrilled with a closet like this…

 

Heck, I’d even ‘settle’ for a closet like this…

 
However, none of these are in the cards for this home.
 
What I’m hoping to accomplish is this…

 

Or this…

 
This one has its’ points, too…

 

I’ve been spending the last two weeks trying to come up with something.  I’ve only got a 6′ X 2.5′ area that HAS to keep the two sliding doors (to keep the cat from sharing her fur with our clothes!).  Somehow, I want to squeeze in a shared longer hanging section for my dresses and his suits and two dual hanging sections.

 

And did I mention that I want to do it for less than $50?  And that the drywall is so brittle that not even anchors will work properly?  Or that the studs are metal?

 

Yeah.  It’s like that.

 

Good thing I like a challenge!

 

Any ideas and observations, suggestions or advice would be MORE than welcome.  I’m a little stumped on this one!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.