Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Getting Rid of "Me"

This house. The one I slave over, hate and love at the same time.

It's a freaking mess. I'm sure I have told you that before. I have some strange hoarder thing that has popped up in my life, and I don't like it being there. I like nice things. I like clean things. I like order and (somewhat) routine.

You sure would not be able to guess any of those things by stepping in my front door and taking a gander at the place I call home.

Guess what? I've got some decisions to make and resolutions to make and keep.

The hoarder HAS to go. That's all there is to that. I have no room for that kind of dysfunction in my life.

I also have been hoarding some weight. I need to let go of about 40 pounds. I will look better, my clothes will fit better, and I will definitely feel better, much better. I know this because I have done it before, and I am going to do it again.

This will be the year that I will put myself back into counseling in order to grab this anxiety/depression/panic thing by the butt and kick it to the curb. I can't let it control me anymore. Can't let it keep me from doing things anymore. I need to surround myself with positive people and make more positive choices about my life.

The money management issue is going very well. I am paying down debt and saving for ME. That is definitely going to carry on throughout 2015. Going to a financial planner is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I need to file a will and power of attorney documents, and the money monster might finally be manageable for me.

These things are not "want to's" anymore. They are "have to's". With all the guts I have in me, they WILL get done. I am hoping that 2015, my 53rd year of life, will be one I am proud of.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stockings To Hang By the Chimney With Care...


One thing I need for my Christmas house is to make myself a new Christmas stocking.  I think this one is flat out adorable and would look absolutely great on the mantel...

"Special Delivery" by Birds of a Feather

Home At the Holidays

In my basement, there is a treasure trove of shutters--indoor, outdoor, wood tones and painted, many sizes and styles. These shutters were a kind of "inheritance" from the former (original) owners of the home, who I think had some combination of shutters on every window in the house when I moved in eight years ago.  At that time, I had removed many of them because the house always seemed so dark with them in the windows.

I haven't even counted them yet to see how many I do have, but I have been pulling them out of the rafters of the basement, just to look at them and to see what I can do with them.  There are so many unique designs--the familiar louvered panel, solid wood panels, glass insets in panels.  

Right now on Pinterest and in home and craft magazines, shutters are hot decorator/DIY items.  I have seen everything from bookshelves to wardrobes to plant stands made out of repurposed shutters.  As a matter of fact, I have taken four of them and am in the process of creating a fire screen for the fireplace in the living room.  I earlier made a divider screen with larger outdoor-type shutters that now lives in my family room

Since it's Christmas and I always like to add things to my holiday decor to keep things fresh (and as time and my budget will allow), I was wandering around my house, matching and rearranging different items to see how they looked together.  I took the evergreen swag, which I had had for a while, and one of the shutters (which fortunately had been painted red at some point in the past), and put the two together.  Just like peanut butter and chocolate, the separate items together created a very comfy, rustic Christmas feel.  I strung a bit of floral wire to the back like a picture frame hanger, and voila!  This pretty piece now graces a doorway inside my house.  I did try to hang it outside (as shown here), but the wind can be pretty stiff across my porch in the wintertime and I didn't feel comfortable leaving it there.

Creativity--and necessity--can sometimes join together to be the co-mothers of invention.  I'm proud that I might have hit that sweet spot with this piece of inspiration.  Hopefully, there are more like this to come!