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Unexpected surprises

As many of you know, I have a store on Etsy and from time to time I flip furniture. Sometimes through my Etsy store, Sew Fantastic Crafts, and other times through Facebook pages and Craigslist locally.

It is often through these Facebook pages and Craigslist that I come across finds, which on occasion I snatch up to flip. Well, a few weeks ago, a post through one of the local vintage stores caught my attention. I saw this dresser being advertised, it was Mid-Century and looked similar to a piece given to me by a former roommate. Continue reading “Unexpected surprises”

Having a child means lots of toys every where all the time. Having an autistic child means having lots of every where and then having lots of patience to help them put those toys away.

For me, I’ve found having a system really helps, but doesn’t always work. Liam has containers with photos on them of the things that got back inside it, but that rarely happens. Instead, I go through his toys once a month and weed out things he doesn’t play with anymore. This also goes for his clothing too. I make him help me so that he learns the value of donating items, as well as the ability to discern what he needs and what he doesn’t. Continue reading “Organization”

Creating order

Horoscopes are funny things. You either believe in them or you don’t. I don’t typically put a lot of stock in my horoscope or what it is telling me about being a Capricorn. Today was different though. I took today off from work, this allowed me to actually sit and enjoy my breakfast. On a whim I decided to check my horoscope, and it said something that resonated with me, mostly because I’d been thinking about this for a while.

My horoscope said that I need to streamline my life and make it more user friendly, and that I also needed to get things in order before I start pursuing romantic endeavors. The reason why this resonated with me is because I have all these half completed projects around my house, but haven’t found the time to finish them. My master bed room basically became a large closet because I didn’t feel the need to put away my folded, clean clothes. My sewing projects had taken over the guest room, and I have a bin in the kitchen filled with mail┬áthat needs to be filed. Continue reading “Creating order”

Dating & disappointment

“Everybody deserves somebody who makes them look forward to tomorrow.” ~ Orebela Gbenga

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced when trying to break back into the dating world hasn’t been my career or my son – it’s timing.

I’ve never had great timing. I can look back over the years and see the pattern. In high school, I wasn’t confident enough and this led to much disappointment because I would talk myself out of even going after a guy I had a crush. I would use excuses as a defense mechanism. Then when those excuses turned out to be even partially true, I used them as a brick to build a wall around myself and my heart. By the time I was to the point where I’d work up the courage to ask the guy out, he was already dating someone. Continue reading “Dating & disappointment”

Coming Together

It has been almost two weeks now since I’ve had a refrigerator in my kitchen, and I can say I have greatly missed that appliances presence! I never knew how much I relied on my fridge being in my kitchen until the one I had up and died on me, and I had to figure out how to survive with only a freezer.

No easy feat for someone who has a 3-year-old that only drinks chocolate milk. Then I finally get my dream French door fridge delivered to my house with the knowledge that it will be in the garage for a few days, but then it will be back in my kitchen. Now, one week later, my dream fridge is still in the garage. Continue reading “Coming Together”

Up and Running

Last week I contacted my former editor and asked to see if he had any freelance work for me. Fortunately for me, he is need of stories. So, tomorrow I’ll be back out in the Anderson community covering a few different events, then I’ll be on the look out for more timeless features. Those come in handy so many times for freelance writers, just having contacts that can give you those kinds of stories are invaluable.

In addition to freelancing for the newspaper I used to work at, I’ve been sewing up a storm. A few years back. I created an online store on Etsy, but I never had the time to craft and fill it to sell things. Being unemployed has given me plenty of time to not only write, but to also catch up on projects and sew. Continue reading “Up and Running”

Baseboards finally stained and up

So, I originally cut all the baseboards to size, but hadn’t gotten around to staining it or putting it up around my laundry room. However, the recent much needed rain storm currently making its way through northern California put a damper on my plans this weekend, which freed me up to catch up on household chores and of course, finally stain the baseboard for my laundry room

I used my miter box and saw to cut the baseboard down to size, before taking the pieces out to my covered patio to stain. I like water-based stains, like Minwax Color Express because they don’t have an odor for days after you finish staining the project and move it inside, and they dry quick. I used mahogany and a sponge craft brush to apply the stain.

Once it was applied, I waited about 30 minutes for it to dry and then brought them inside and used finished nails to attach them to the wall. The whole project took about 3 hours from start to finish, and looks amazing. After I add the finishing touches, like a new light, I’ll post picture of the finished laundry room.

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What a difference paint makes

Over the course of the past week my laundry room has slowly started to take shape, and I’m so excited!

I finally finished painting all the walls – that took about 4 days. Mostly because I decided to take a few breaks, but also because I had to do a lot of prep work to the walls before I could actually paint. Like repair the plaster after taking off previous baseboard, and then caulking around the floor and baseboard along the wall the window sits on. After discovering the type of nails used to attach it, I decided to take down only what was necessary for my project, which was most of it, but not the wall with the window. Why? Because once everything goes in, no one will notice it.

I didn’t realize how dark flat paint makes a room, even one painted a light neutral color, until I finished painting my laundry room in semi-gloss paint. And while the color is “Pretty Orchid”, which is like a pinky purple color, the laundry room is noticeably brighter! You can’t really tell in the photos, but trust me, the room is cheerful and bright!

After I got the floor, windows and baseboard sealed with new caulking, and finished painting the room, I added the new. slimmer baseboard, which I have pictures of. Then I put the washer and dryer back in their respective locations.

Today was the Super Bowl, but that didn’t stop me from measuring and cutting out the rest of the baseboard that I will stain mahogany tomorrow, and then attach. After the very one sided football game, I came home and attached “L” brackets to the desk, so I can also place that in the laundry room tomorrow too.

I was really expecting this makeover to take longer, but I feel like I’ll have it compete by the end of February.

I’ve included photos of the paint transformation. Tomorrow I’ll write a post about staining and attaching the baseboards, as well as how I fixed the desk.

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Laundry room makeover: Part 2

Well, today was the second day of working on my laundry room. It was also the second time I went to Lowe’s in as many days, and I’ll be back there tomorrow because I ran out of the spackle I was using to repair the plaster.

One of the things I’ve noticed when doing projects around my house is that there is the original work of the builders from 1957 when the house was constructed, and then there are the additions from people over the years, who didn’t always know what they were doing. And it was one of these well intentioned renovators who is making my current project more interesting.

I’m not sure how many of my readers out there have actually added base moulding to a room, but one typically uses finish nails. Those nails are small and easy to conceal. Those are not the nails that were used to install the base moulding in my laundry room, however.

Is everyone familiar with the nails used to build a fence? Well those large nails are what the industrious people used to attach the base board in the laundry room. Let me tell you, even carefully using a pry bar didn’t help mitigate the damage. Before I went over to my parent’s house to get the pry, I tried using a flat head screw driver and even a mason chisel.

The chisel worked on removing the moulding along one side of the door frame where they had attached the sliding door so that it wouldn’t crash into the light switch. After that it was pretty ineffective. So, I thought I’d head over to Lowe’s to buy the new smaller moulding, get a sample of the paint color for the walls, and some touch up white for the moulding. I was also going to get a pry bar, but forgot. Luckily, I went to my parent’s house for dinner and was able to get one from them.

Once I got home, I went to work on the moulding, and cleaning up the disgusting mess under both the washing machine and dryer. Then this morning, I used a sanding block – which was going too slow, so I pulled out the mouse sander – to help smooth the rough patches to make it easier to do plaster repair.

Then this morning, I finished cleaning up all the dust and wiping down the walls where I sanded to remove any excess dust. I started spackling the area by the door frame and the bottom part of the wall, but sadly, I ran out. So, tomorrow I will be running out to Lowe’s again to get more spackle, and will have the help of my friend Kyle. He will be assisting me in repairing the plaster, staining the new base board mahogany, and taping off the room to be painted “Pretty Orchid.”

Enjoy the photos of my work so far, and stay tuned for additional posts.

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