Friday, January 22, 2010


Really don't have anything too exciting to share today. It's a day off from work for me - YIPPIE and TGIF!!! One of the perks of being your own "boss" - I make my schedule and I try not to schedule jobs on Mondays or Fridays. Smart, huh?! ;o)

But I do have big plans for today and the rest of the weekend. I wish I could tell you how fun and exciting these big plans are . . . but, alas, I cannot. Oh, they're BIG!!! But fun . . . notsomuch.

Actually, most of the big plans falls under the category of "THE UGLY" part of this post, which I'll share with you at the end. Why spoil your morning coffee with such mayhem and ugliness first thing?

"THE GOOD" part of this post is more cutesy V'day touches. I'm sorry . . . when it comes to seasonal/holiday decorating, I have a hard time putting the brakes on. The other night, at 10:00 p.m., when I was quickly putting these together Hubby was like "what are you doing now . . . and why are the epsom salts out on the kitchen table?" .

I think they dress up my greenhouse window quite nicely . . . thankyouverymuch! I love my greenhouse window. Sadly, though, it's east facing, so I don't get that great southern exposure light all day that would allow me to have lots of pots of fresh herbs for cooking. Pretty much all I can do is winter over my scented and ivy geraniums. I
do bring in my Rosemary plant for the winter, but it's always hit or miss with it's survival. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get enough light, heat or moisture in the window. I think I've successfully kept a Rosemary plant over the winter maybe once. Anyway, my little V'dy "bouquets" make me smile when I'm doing dishes, looking out my greenhouse window.

Now, "THE BAD" part of this post is this . . . remember this chair . . .

I had big plans to slipcover/reupholster it. Well, guess what? I haven't started any part of the project. I'm so "BAD" about getting started on big projects like this. I can be such a slacker! I think it's a lack of self-confidence in my ability to actually do it. You see, this chair is going to require a bit more than just a simple slipcover. Since it's a recliner, I have to make allowances for moving parts, etc., and I'm just nervous to start. But today's the day! I've waited long enough. I'm just going jump right in there and start it. Really!!!

Now . . . for "THE UGLY" . . . dirty little secret . . . that's in our unfinished side of the basement . . . oh, I'm cringing while I'm publicly displaying this . . .

AAAGGGHHHHH!!!! How on God's green Earth did I let this happen? Oh this area gets a bit messy at times with things out of place and piled up, but this is just ridiculous. I will admit I have been literally walking through the door and just piling stuff on top of stuff. This is all my crap, mind you. On the other side of this heap is Hubby's side where I've been unloading a lot of my junk too . . . all over his work bench.

Mostly craft supplies, home dec, bric-a-brac not being used, magazines, empty Crystal Light containers (another example of my hoarding problem!), cigar boxes, frames, frames and more frames, bottles of acrylic paint that must be 10 years old, old computer parts, retired game systems, pieces of furniture to be refinished, refurbished, refused! This is true mayhem down here. Here is where my dirty little secret lies.

What to do with all those Disney VHS tapes?????

I'm vowing to
clean up,
donate . . .
whatever it takes to get this area back in shape. I really have my work cut out for me with this job, considering this is literally months of just throwing junk around.

Sooo . . . what's on your agenda for the weekend? :o)

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Michele said...

Hi Carla...good luck tacklin the chair...I think I'd much rather organize than do that!! I absolutely don't know how to re-upholster!

Love the heart bouquets...too cute!


Paula said...

Good Morning my banner yesterday & just LOVE's so perfect for the spot I'm hanging it & I'm going to do a post about it soon:)
I'm relieved to see you have an area in your house that resembles several areas in MY house!! lol...I was wondering how your chair was going...can't wait to see it finished but I know that is a BIG project.
Have a great day off!


Darlene said...

Oh girl I think we all get areas that get out of control sometimes. I have a feeling you will have it shaped up in no time at all. The chair sounds hard to me and I can see why you are putting that off. I can't wait to see it though. I LOVE your little valentine cuties mixed in with the plants. It would put a smile on my face too!♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Can I just tell you that I saw myself at least twice in this post, Carla! I was keeping the Disney VHS tapes, too, from my kids. My thought was future grandchildren. Well, guess what? I have no VCR's in my house anymore! Those will be donated and I'll have to start a DVD collection, I guess.

Also, those Crystal Light little plastic containers are great to put your paint in when you are painting crafts! I wash them out and use them all the time.

As for the recliner slipcover ~ well, good luck! I'll look forward to seeing it!

Hopemore Studio said...

Such pretty valentines decorations! Thanks for the inspiration.

Yes I share that cluttered basement as well (and the Crystal Light containers). Long ago I got a chuckle when I read that Frank Lloyd Wright didn't want to design houses with basements because he thought it fed into the natural desire to keep more than we really needed. Purge Carla, I agree it will make you feel better.


marie said...

Oh Carla, I just laughed at your dirty little secret ~ "The Ugly"! At least you have only months of accumulation to go through! I have years, Somewhere between 2 and 8 years depending on which locaton of the house/garage you're in. I think it's a huge accomplishment to take the pictures and post them for all to see. Maybe I'll try that - it might be an incentive to get it done and then post the after pictures!

I love all your Valentine decorations...sweet and simple. Very nice!!

Good luck with your slipcover - I'd love to try that sometime. I'll be anxious to see how it goes. As for my weekend - cleaing on Saturday and some fun family time (with them all) on Sunday. I love having all my grandbabies together at the same time!

Jerri said...

Oh, don't feel bad. Everyone has that "ugly" area in their homes.....some hide it better than others, but it's still there..


Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

Wow, you've got some HUEVOS, girl, for even THINKING of tackling a recliner with a slipcover! ;-)
I sure wouldn't have the guts, but I think you can pull it off.

And your "ugly" isn't nearly as bad as mine. Again, you're braver than me, I'm too chicken to show MY "ugly"!

Super cute V-day decor!


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