Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Friday Morning!

My time with good friends for coffee on Friday mornings has been hijacked the last couple of weeks because of the snow.  We still see each other at school and church functions and all admit that we are missing our weekly girl chat fest.  Hopefully the weather will clear up next week until we can all get together again.

Since it is the end of the month, I thought I would do a recap of what I have been doing to accomplish some of my goals for The Year of Twelve Things.

This month I read a good kindle version of a book by Sephanie O 'Dea titled "Real Moms Making Real Money Blogging At Home In Their Pajamas."

Very good book with good ideas I plan to reread and review this weekend.

The repairs and painting to our kitchen walls has finally been finished despite delays from the weather.  Now I am brainstorming and planning new ways to decorate and update the rest of my kitchen.  I want it to be something I can live with for many years to come.

I have also been working on a couple of new projects for the house but those aren't quite ready yet to reveal.

The craft projects are coming along rather slowly but I also haven't been out of the house in weeks (or so it seems) to enjoy a good craft store adventure.

I am excited to say that I have paid off three small bills this month instead of two.  What a feeling of relief that is!

These items and a few more have been updated on the page for The Year of Twelve Things so feel free to check those out any time.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll be back next week for more fun and projects.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snowday pictures

Even though I am very tired of winter and very very ready for the first signs of Spring, you have to admit that when God blesses the landscape with beautiful white snow, that the sight can be calming and breath taking at the same time.

Enjoy the snow while you can.  It will be gone soon.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HGTV on Tuesday night

That is what we watch at our house, AFTER we watch NCIS too of course.

NCIS has always been one of our favorite shows, and we watch or record it every Tuesday night.  But during the holidays and break last month when they were only showing reruns, my husband and I started watching the show Fixer - Upper on HGTV and totally love it!

Have you seen it yet? Well you should!

I'm not usually one to promote watching TV shows (except Bones of course - my favorite) and I certainly haven't suggested any of the HGTV shows in a long time.  NOT that I dislike HGTV - in fact I love the channel and it inspired me many years ago to go back to school to follow my interest in Interior Design.  I have great memories of watching hours of Decorating Cents and other budget project shows.

Honestly though, when I worked full time (and plus hours) as an Interior Designer for many years, the last thing I wanted to do when I finally got home was to watch home improvement shows.

That has changed since I became a stay at home wife and mom and I'm working on my own home.  I find myself enjoying the shows so much more now that I am able to work on my OWN home for a change.

Especially Chip and Joanna on Fixer - Upper.  They are just a refreshing change and breath of fresh air to building and design.  At least that is my opinion and I look forward to watching their new show tonight.

Do you have a HGTV show that you just love to watch these days?


Monday, February 23, 2015

A multiple purpose closet

In a small hallway across from my large pantry, is a much smaller pantry closet custom designed with shelves and dowel rods that I believe were meant for towel hangers.  I can imagine that this smaller version of a pantry once held kitchen gadgets and towels and maybe even the kitchen trash can. Honestly, the custom shelves make for a strange configuration in this closet, and with the lack of proper lighting, it definitely could not have been used for food storage.

Taking pictures of this closet is not easy, and in fact I had to open up the doors of the large pantry and stand at the back of it to get a clear view of the smaller pantry closet.  The inside of this pantry reaches high above the door frame and it does not have a light inside.  So the closet interior is always dark.  One day I would love to take down the doors and door frame and make it open shelving, when my home office is finished in another room of course.

As for me, I have converted it into a central information zone for our home.  Instead of hiding the trash can in here, I use the lower space for the filing cabinet holding all important bill information, school information, and other important paperwork such as insurance forms and payments.  I also have small boxes for envelopes, stamps, and other office supplies.  The higher and more shallow shelves now hold an assortment of paper, boxes of glue, and yes, even a storage box for pet medications.

This closet also holds cookbooks, recipes folders, my coupon organizing bag, address books, reusable shopping bags and folders with all of my home project inspirations.

This small closet serves the purpose of multiple needs and functions for our family and we could not find what we needed because it is a cluttered mess.

So what do you do when you are snowed in for nearly a week - you clean out a closet.

This project didn't require me to go out and purchase new organizing boxes or solutions - I already had what I needed, I had just neglected the closet for so long that it was a nightmare to try and find anything.

In fact, I have to admit, when I started cleaning out the piles of paperwork last week, I found newspaper articles and graduation announcements from my son's high school graduation  - from 2013!  Yeah, I really needed to clean out this closet!

With a few hours of work, throwing away lots of stuff, and putting other items in it's proper place elsewhere in the house, I finally have a much cleaner and organized closet.

And a nice feeling of accomplishment.