Fall Bucket List

I’ve been remiss in reading blogs lately, but I was catching up a bit this weekend during my weekly manicure and stumbled across an idea for a post that I thought was fantastic (and timely).  I love the idea of a fall bucket list.  So here’s mine…


Get back to the Gym

Kitten-proof the Office

Take some Fall photos

Make Chili and Cornbread

Visit the State Fair

Have our Annual Photos taken

Buy new chairs and Enjoy the patio

What’s on your list?


Skirting the Issue

Guess what?  Another nesting project!  (Are you tired of them yet?)  Eric and I are really loving all the little changes we’re making around the house.  And strangely enough, the more we do, the more we’re inspired to do. 

This project is something that’s been on my radar for probably a year at least.  In our office, I have a table set up to use for sewing, crafting, wrapping gifts, whatever.  Underneath it, you can see, I have a variety of storage containers and boxes full of (mostly) quilting fabric and batting.  Although everything is contained, it’s still an eyesore.  Eric suggested that a table skirt might be a good solution to hide my storage and give the room a less cluttered feel. 

You can see in the photo above the fabric we chose for the table skirt.  Nothing overly exciting, and because Eric was helping pick out the fabric, nothing overly girly either. 

After about an hour’s worth of work, I had a table skirt!  It wraps around three sides of the table, and is attached to the table with velcro for easy removal.  It really does make a big difference in this room (and cleaning off the top of the table helped too). 

I’m really happy with how it looks, and my sewing machine can still sit underneath the table so that I can easily get to it.  I did actually take the skirt back off after I took this photo and ironed it, but I lost my light, so no photo of it ironed. 

My next project, that seems to be neverending, is working on that stack of papers on the bookshelf next to the craft table.  That’s all stuff that needs to be scanned and filed electronically.  No need to keep all these piles of paper we seem to have endless amounts of.  It’s going to be awhile before I get that project finished, but I’m working on it a bit every weekend and seem to finally be making a dent in it.  I promise to show more photos of the room once the piles of papers and files are gone.  Once I get the scanning all done, it will give me some more room to organize my craft supplies and hopefully make everything a bit easier to get to and less of an episode of Hoarders.


A Week in Photos

7/12/09 – 7/18/09

I am so in love with our gallery wall. In fact I did a post on it here.


And the map I gave Eric for a wedding present to mark our travels together.

World Travels Map

I eat salads pretty often for lunch which can get old. But let me tell you, the salad I had here was so delicious – avocado, egg, steak. Yum!

My Salad

And rounding out the week, Lone Star Park photos here.


More Valentine’s and a Few Improvements

Well, I promised you a few more Valentine’s photos. Above are the glass scatters I bought. Aren’t they cute? I love conversation hearts, so when I saw these, I had to have them. Eric’s mom bought us these beautiful votive holders.
I loved how the table looked with the heart tree and the gifts.
And of course, my sweetheart brought me roses in a beautiful vase.

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Over the weekend, I was feeling a bit of spring cleaning coming on. I found myself working on a few of the problem areas around the house. You may remember my New Year’s Resolution to work on my office and media room. Let’s start with the media room. This mainly required going through the boxes I brought home from work when I was laid off and getting rid of the extranneous junk. I also cleared off the boxes of china and crystal from on top of the bookcase, so that you don’t just see stuff piled up when you look into the room. Here’s the before…
And here it is now.
I am pleased with how it is coming along. Granted I still have boxes on the floor, but once I find a new job, they will be moved out of here. I think just having some vases and a photo on top of the bookshelf looks much better than the boxes. I also got rid of the stuff stacked on top of the cd tower. It was mostly videos and cds that needed to be taken and sold. So, not only did it get rid of the clutter, but we made money too! Those three boxes right next to the door are full of magazines. As soon as I can find a better solution for storing them, those boxes are outta here! I am thinking of those magazine boxes maybe, that will fit on a shelf and not look as bad as the magazines themselves. Anyway, I’m making progress!!
And I also did some work in the office. The corner where the printer and network equipment sit was bothering me.
So, I cleaned out one of the drawers in the set of plastic drawers our office supplies are in. I managed to get some of the compressed air and stuff like that into the drawer. The hard drives that were sitting over here also got moved, as did the printer ink cartridges. I also put away my quilt that was sitting next to the file cabinet in the brown paper bag.
Better, yes?

And, then for the corner of doom. I hate this corner so much, it is just a pile of junk.

So, I had a sudden burst of inspiration to get some shelves down from the attic. These were my grandmother’s and I used to have my craft supplies on them. They are not in really good shape (as you can see I am missing one of the top pieces), but I think they help. They allowed me to organize some of the stuff that was stacked on the floor, like the laptop case, file folders, scanner, etc. I took all the loose hard drives and put them in that brown box on top of the scanner. I got rid of the pen holder on top of the plastic drawers, and organized the drawers themselves. I also donated the electric stapler that had been sitting here (not plugged in) for almost two years. I still have two boxes of magazine articles, etc. that I want to scan into the computer, and then that will get rid of all but the printer paper box – which can go on the bottom shelf. I am really happy that this is a little more organized now!

I think it looks so much better – not perfect, but definitely better. You may notice, I’ve also been working on cleaning off my craft table. I definitely want to take the advice I got about making a skirt for the table to hide some of my craft storage. I think that will definitely help.

And while I was at my attack on the clutter, I decided to do something nice. I found a great frame at Hobby Lobby last week for 50% off. So, Eric and I printed out some photos from our trip to San Antonio last year for our anniversary. I decided to hang it in the entry next to the photo from Gettysburg Eric took. I think it looks better with the two pieces now, because the Gettysburg picture was a little small for that area. Love it!!!

I’m going to keep working around the house and I’ll be sure to show you my progress!

New Year’s Resolutions

This is probably not going to be pretty. I feel like I have made pretty good progress on getting the majority of my house looking better. I am making it more homey, and comfortable. And most of the rooms just require some more tweaking at this point. But, there are two rooms that I haven’t shown you yet – for good reason.

The two rooms are our office and what we call our media room. They are, to put it nicely, junk piles. And they are making me crazy. So, for 2008, I am setting resolutions to get these two rooms cleaned up and organized. Make them presentable – so that I am not embarrassed to show them to anyone. But, before I can do that – and in the interest of full-disclosure, I must show you the rooms as they exist today. Here goes. Do not panic.

The Office:

Eric and I both have desks in the office and I also have my craft table (where I can sew, bead, scrapbook, etc.). This is what you see when you walk in the door to the office. (Note: I do not keep so many drinks on my desk normally, but I’d been working at my desk).

The obvious first problems are that our desks are cluttered and covered with stuff. Also, my craft table has ceased to be a craft table, and become a “crap table” as Eric calls it. I have projects spread all over it.

This is my desk. The file cabinets hold our printer, network equipment, and the stuff that needs to be filed sits on top of the printer.
My craft table. Ideally, all this stuff would not sit underneath the table looking junky and cluttered. This table actually got worse after I took this photo. In an effort to get rid of some of my paper clutter, I have started a project of scanning everything I want to keep – so as to get rid of the piles. Well, in the mean time the piles shifted to the table.

This corner is what I call the black hole. We have two boxes of who knows what, two laptops, a backpack, a box of printer paper, some empty file folders, you name it. This corner is what bothers me most about the room (surprising isn’t it – with so much that has gone awry here).

Eric’s desk. Eric is actually in need of a new desk, one that would suit his needs better. But in the meantime, this is what he’s got. He needs to sell the photo printer on top, and the paper “organizer” is an eye-sore to me. No idea how to store the paper better, but this ain’t it. Yes, Eric has three computers and seven external hard drives on his desk. In the left hand corner, you can see my bookshelf which holds my cross-stitching stuff, projects in progress, etc.

The closet houses our seasonal decorations, and my craft supplies. I will spare you the horror.

So that’s the office. The first thing I am going to tackle is the horizontal surfaces – my desk, Eric’s desk and the craft table. Then, we’ll see what I can do about that black hole.

If you can stand to see more, here’s the Media Room:

View from the door. This room was dubbed the media room because it houses all of our cds, and all of our dvds. The room actually is worse than normal because of two things: 1) I was laid off from work, an these boxes you see on the floor are all the stuff that came home from my office (amazing how much you accumulate in seven years), and 2) we received some of our wedding crystal for Christmas, and it is sitting in the bags on the floor.

The plant came from work. and that’s the only place I could find to put it up high enough to keep the cat out of it, but not so high that it was completely squashed against the ceiling. On top of the small cd towers are stacks of magazines. One stack is to recycle (pass on), and one stack is to keep.

These two cabinets house our dvds and some crystal/china. We don’t have a china cabinet, so all of our wedding stuff is in boxes in this room. You can see some of it on top of the cabinets.

On top of the cd tower in the corner, we have stacked cds and vhs movies that need to be sold. On top of the bookshelf is more china/crystal and our wedding and honeymoon albums.

On the wall to the right of the door are two bookcases, with more china, etc. on top.

I need to do something with the photo boxes. That’s another project – converting all my photos to digital.

Now, there are a couple of cool things in this room. And one day they will look awesome in the Hemingway/Cigar Room I have planned.

The cigar mold.

The cigar band artwork. The one on the bottom is not complete.

In the meantime though, this room really is a pit. I plan to get through my boxes from work and put away the crystal we got for Christmas, that should at least clear the floor. Then we’ll see what else can be done. I’m sure I can deal with the magazine stacks and the stuff that needs to be sold.

So my 2008 resolution is to work on these two rooms. Any help or advice is appreciated!