Tuesday, September 22, 2015

KM Update

My house has been staying relatively clean and organized. I still have not KM'd the bedroom, basement, porch or upstairs. A lot of that stuff belongs to either my husband or kids. I have not managed to get my husband on board with going through his things. Maybe someday.

Anyways, I got rid of a few things, replaced some things and reorganized. My kitchen pantry/closet is still a mess but I managed to sell the cedar chest but now I have my library catalog in there.

I bought another clock. I currently have 15 but not all of them are mine and the ones that are, bring me joy or serve a purpose. I also bought a cute, chippy, little bird book holder.

I didn't change anything in my living room but I did sell my red chair. Although I really liked it, my son would not stop spinning on it. This did not bring me joy as I knew sooner or later, he would break it. I did redo the other side of the room (office area)

This wall used to have the table with pink baskets which served as my purse station. I had to move my computer and printer to this wall to make room for the dresser(?) I had purchased earlier this month.

I replaced my velvet deer picture with my Live, Laugh, Love photo and my calendar.

I'm trying to sell the bookcase that housed our movies. Our movies are now in this dresser. I am also using the drawers for a purse station. I sold the big bulletin/mail board that was on the wall near the window.

I moved the dog pillow from in front of the couch to behind the wicker chair.

I sold my printer table (side table) and replaced it with this wire record player stand. I paid more than I usually would have but I was really drawn to it and it serves a purpose.

I bought this globe and at first, it didn't spin. I had to sand down the stand a little and now it spins great.

Tomorrow, my son has a field trip which I'm helping to chaperone but I hope to get to my ebay room after that. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Joy Sparkers

One of the principles of the KonMari method is to keep things that spark joy. This can also be applied to buying new things. You should also have a home for any items you are buying.

Both my sisters have the painting Grace in their kitchens. A few weeks back, I went to a church treasure sale and they had one. Unfortunately, the price was out of my thrifting budget. Whatever did not sell at the sale was donated to Bethesda. Today, I saw the painting for $3.99 I had to get it. My kitchen has a ton of cabinets, so there isn't much wall space. I had to hang it above the opening to  the breakfast nook.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Almost Finished

I have been decluttering and tidying my house using the KonMari method. Basically this method focuses on keeping items that bring you joy and finding homes for those items. I'm about finished with my downstairs except my bedroom. Most of the clutter in the bedroom belongs to my husband and when using this method, you only sort your items and no one else's. I still have the porch and basement to do but again, most of the stuff stored there is not mine. Im hoping my husband and children will catch on and want to KonMari their items.

Instead of doing photos of my finished rooms, I made a video. it is quite long (about 10 minutes) but I hope you watch it and it inspires you.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dog Bed

I made Buddy a dog bed this afternoon. I found a bench cushion at the thrift store, took the buttons off, and put it inside a hand tied toddler blanket I had. I still need to sew the back as it was a little too wide for the cushion.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Buddy

Our German Shepherd, Garrett, passed away in March. I've been kind of bummed about it and missed him terribly.

Yesterday, my dear husband came home with Buddy. he likes to think he is a lap dog. I beg to differ. he kept trying to get on the couch with me last night to sleep but I made him sleep on the floor. I don't want him thinking it is ok to be up on the furniture.

Although I just met him, I'm already in love with this little furball. He follows me everywhere but I don't mind.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Baby Steps

So, yeah I did this today. This is the first piece of furniture I have recovered. I'm hoping to paint inside the drawer part where it is trimmed and the sides the same shade of blue that is in the cushion.

It only took me 45 minutes to change this worn out fabric,

to this bright colored fabric I found at the thrift store.

There are probably 40 plus staples in the wood... I'm not even kidding.

Friday, April 24, 2015

DIY Cardboard Box Car

I'm hardly a crafty person. I can not DIY anything but Ryker wanted me to make him a car. It's pretty simple to do, even for myself.


1 big cardboard box (mine measured 20" x 15" 16")
4 small paper plates I used 7"
1 large plate I used a 10"
2 lids off a play dough can or any small lid to use as headlights
hot glue gun and glue
markers, crayons and whatever else to decorate

First, cut off the two long side flaps and the back flap. You are going to make a windshield from the front flap. To make the windshield, use the ruler and draw a small rectangle on the flap. On mine, I measured 2" from the bottom, 1" from the top and 2" in on both sides.

Using the hot glue, attach the lids to the front for the headlights. Use the 10" plate for the steering wheel and the 7" plates for the tires. I let my tires stick out on the sides. I was going to use brass paper fasteners for the steering wheel and tires but I could not find any.

To make the door, you are going to cut two rectangles on each side. Only cut the top, bottom and one side and then bend the non cut side to open and close the door. (sorry, I can't think of the correct word to use) To create my doors, I measured 8" from the front, 6" from the back, 3" from the top and 1" from the bottom.

To make the window, simply cut the door in half and cut the side that wasn't cut. My window is 4" x 6"

Give your child some markers or crayons and have them decorate it. You could also paint the box first before making the car but I didn't have any paint and Ryker would not have wanted to wait for the paint to dry.