Half Bath

I have been continuing on with the Great Purge of ’15 and so far have tackled the hall closet and my bathroom.

That’s right, the two smallest spaces in the house.
mb1Before my bathroom was cluttered and disorganized.

mb2Now I know where everything is and I have room to spare!

I took the baskets from the laundry room (where they didn’t store enough) and added some little wooden tags so I can find what I need when I need it.

mb3I also added a little polka dotted white curtain in here, patched some holes and did some touch up paint.

And now I love my bathroom!

Tomorrow, the laundry room!

-A

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Hall Closet

I always feel like my house is a mess.  My nice friends would tell you that it’s not but I think they’re just being nice.

With two long haired pets my floors always need to be swept and vacuumed and I always seem to have random things lying around.  Last week I realized that I never put things away because I don’t have good places to put them.  So with that realization I started my major house reorganization.

Yesterday I realized that I have five closets (one a big walk-in) in my 1000 square foot house.  And it’s still disorganized.  And it needed to change.

So I decided to start with my small hall closet.

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This closet has held kitchen items, cleaning supplies, tools, a cat bed and boxes.  Obviously all important stuff.

I knew that I wanted to store my vacuum, broom and mop in here rather than my laundry room and that involved taking out that lowest shelf.  The shelf wasn’t attached to anything but it was too big to just lift out.  So I beat it with a hammer until i broke in half.

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And it’s funny that even after removing a shelf I seem to have more room in here!

I love little projects like this-in less than an hour I removed some clutter and got one more space organized!

-A

Something Pretty

When I read this post I started thinking about what I do when I’m having a bad day.  My stress was high last week so I made a list of things that make me feel less stressed.  At the top of that list is making pretty things.

Sure, I need to vacuum and de-clutter but neither of those things are going to make me feel relaxed.  They’ll also still be things I can do after I de-stress.

So, I had a unused frame, an hour of time and this:

gb3The wall above my guest bed has never really had an arrangement that I liked.  I tried lots of little frames

guest2but didn’t like it.

So I took the back off the frame and used a heavy duty adhesive to glue the glass to the frame.  Once it was dry I scraped off the dried glue that had squished out around the edges.  Then I searched for a quote that I liked.

gb1I used the Design feature on Picmonkey and then printed it out.  Then I laid it out until I found an arrangement that I liked and taped the words to the back of the frame.

gb2Then I used a chalk pen and traced over the words.  It seriously could not have been easier!
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Of course to get to that point I had to fill in all the holes from the small frames and then touch up the paint.  That was seriously the most time consuming part of this project!

gb4Seeing this makes me instantly  happy.  I love how an hour of crafting can bring up my mood and make me feel like I accomplished something!

-A

Shade Cloth, 2015 Edition

I know I’ve been gone for a week…or more…car problems (again,) getting ready for a yard sale, OITNB Season 3, and a big purge/re-organization of my whole house has kept me very busy.  But I’m back!  

I feel like I spent most of last summer talking about my shade cloth.  I think all the problems from last year had me putting off putting it up this year.  Of course, it went up super easy and I kicked myself for not doing it two weeks ago!

sc1Yes, that’s the box from my lawn mower.  Yes I’m embarrassed.  Also, yes, those are weeds all over the patio.  90° is really hot you guys!

sc2No, I never cut down the dowel on the left.  I also never painted the dowels or post white but I DID shorten the cloth this year!  That swag action going on to the right is due to the leaning post.

It’s not perfect but

fionaFiona (my parents’ dog) seems to approve!

Next year I need someone to tell me to do this in May.  I can’t believe how much it instantly cooled down my front room (let’s just say it’s so much cooler that I don’t care about the sag, leaning post or not white dowels!)

And I think that this

c1 will probably distract anyone passing by!

-A

Driftwood Sign

A few weeks ago my mom found a river worn board while walking her dog and brought it home for me.

After a long week I decided it was time for some crafting stress relief.

sign1I loved the shape of the board but didn’t really have a place for it inside so I found a garden appropriate quote to paint on it.

sign2I printed it out and found a placement on the board that I liked.

sign3Then I just traced over the word.  The wood was soft enough that with slight pressure I had a nice outline left that I could just paint right over.

sign4I wanted to use paint that I already had so I used my kitchen color (Little Sprout by Valspar) and the Fresh Mist I used on my patio chairs.

I had some little sawtooth hangers on hand so I stuck them on the back and took it outside.

sign5I love it over my leaning herb table.  I really need to level it out but that seems like it’s going to be a lot of digging and I just don’t have that kind of energy today!

It seems a little high now, but I wanted to give my plants to grow tall and I also didn’t want the dirt from the pots to splash up onto it while I’m watering.

sign6I’m so glad my mom saw this, grabbed it and brought it back for me!

-A

First Time Lawn Mower

My yard has come a long way in the last year. Last July it looked like this and this March the backyard looked like this.  Because there was so little, well, grass, in my lawn I didn’t need a real lawn mower.  I had been using an old fashioned reel mower which meant that mowing my lawn involved me pushing that mower all around my yard (through some nasty weeds) and once I was done I was hot and sweaty and exhausted.  Then I had to rake the whole thing.  I hated it.  So I put off doing it as long as possible which meant that the grass and weeds were long and even more difficult to mow through.  It was a vicious cycle.

With all the rain this year my lawn has grown like crazy and I could no longer keep up with it with the reel mower.  My life saving mother came over a couple of times with her lawn mower and cut it back for me but that wasn’t a good permanent solution.

So on Monday my new lawn mower came and I finished putting it together Tuesday morning (in less than 5 minutes!) and got to mowing.

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I’m going to be honest here, I was scared.  Somehow in my 35 years I have never mowed a lawn with a real lawn mower.  The first thing that scared me was adding the gas.  I think I have a healthy fear of things exploding so holding that gas can had me kind of on edge.

Obviously, I got the gas in the mower with no explosions.  Whew!

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Still nervous, I started it up and took off.  Again, spoiler, no limbs were lost in my first lawn mowed.  Whew x2!

Are you ready for some before and afters?

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That grass was long…and kind of wet from dew but I knew that waiting until it dried out meant that I’d be mowing in 80° plus temperatures so I carried on.

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The mower got bogged down a couple quite a few times, I think because the grass was so long and still kind of damp.  You better believe that I won’t be letting it get that long again!

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Yes, I still need to do the edges but by the time I was done mowing it had gotten pretty hot so I decided to save it for another day.

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While I had a more than healthy fear of the lawn mower, Henry had none.  He ran circles around me, barking and placing bones and sticks in my path.  He would not stop so he ended up locked in the house until I was done working.

I’m sure by the end of this summer my lawn mowing excitement will fade but this week I’m pretty proud of myself!

-A