Helping My Son To Get Organized and Neat

Hi. I’ve been away for a while, been dealing with some health issues. Seems that after all I’ve managed to put my body through, I’ve finally worn out my knees. So, in two and a half months, I will be going into surgery and have both knees replaced within a seven day period. I am thinking that with luck and hard work, I can be through the physical therapy in three or four months and be back to some semblance of my old self in six months to a year. I am anxious to have the surgery and terrified at the same time. But that is a discussion for my other blog. 🙂

Although I have not been writing posts, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing creative style work. The journey and the work has been slow going as I’ve been pulled away attending to medical matters and it has been getting more and more difficult to do the physical portion of a lot of the work that I do. But I have quite a few projects that I have been able to finish (or are near to finishing) and I want to get them written. I have made a promise to myself to try and finish as many projects that I’ve already started before my surgery as well. Wish me luck!

As a consummate crafter, I am always stumbling onto materials that might be good for something someday.  Every so often I review my piles and make a concerted effort to use up or donate as much as I can before collecting more. Such as the case with this project. When I picked up a dresser back a while, I noticed another one in the corner of a garage literally falling to pieces. It wasn’t salvageable but it had the greatest drawer fronts. And intricate design carved into the three remaining drawer fronts caught my eye and the offer to dispose of the piece made it mine.

Recently, The Kid was away for a few days and of course, being a mom, I sneaked into his room to pick up dirty clothes and dishes. Wow, is this kid messy! I realized that some order and organization was needed. Everything seems to end up on the floor! Quite a bit of his stuff seems to end up on the stairs too and with the condition of my knees, I need to have them clear.

One of the things I noticed that he seems to acquire a lot of is hats! And when I started to think of ways to store them in a useful and decorative way, the drawer fronts came to mind. I pulled them out and gave them all several coats of his room’s signature black paint – Deep Space from Behr. I’ve taken to using high gloss finish and it just looks so bold and sharp.

Then, using paint pens, I traced the lines. Since originally this was intended to be in The Kid’s room and his (sort of) recent room update utilizes the black paint with a red accent, that is the same direction I took this. Then it was just a matter of adding hooks at the bottom from which the hats would hang.

2015-11-13 22.17.02Once I finished and showed The Kid, his reaction was to let me know that while he liked it, it wasn’t really the style of his room. His room is more industrial, with a lot of pipe and leather (if you’d like to check out the reveal of his makeover, you can see it here). This turned out to be a bit more traditional with the specific style of engraving. So, while I agreed it didn’t match his style, he still needed it to be a bit more organized, so we agreed to place it in the hall at the top of the stairway. That way, he could grab the hat of choice on his way down the stairs and hang the hat back up when coming back.

2015-11-13 22.33.43The other two drawer fronts received a similar treatment but different colors. I have another project in mind for those and when I complete it, I will share it here.

Stayed tuned for more completed projects!


Started A Hundred Things… But Getting Nothing Completed!

Ever have one of those days or weeks or maybe even months? Ever since I’ve been back from vacation, it seems that I have been having the hardest time keeping on track to completing projects.

Lots of things started… between the new furniture pieces and my quilting, it would seem that I have a hundred irons in the fire. But there seems to be so many things preventing me from getting the projects completed.

So, first up is the blonde bedroom set we picked up about a hundred years ago (it sure seems like it!!). We had a chest of drawers, a dresser with a mirror and a head- and foot-board. All was in pretty good shape with the exception of a missing drawer and another drawer broken (but it at least had the drawer front). In trying to determine if we could recreate the missing drawer (we had taken the head and foot boards for just that purpose), we determined that it would be too much work. So, we’re going to cut the dresser in half, going from a six drawer to a three drawer unit.

2015-03-02 17.37.32While The Kid works on that, I have taken the other drawers and chests and head- and foot-boards and given everything a nice sanding and patched holes and gouges. It is really a very nice set, well built. I remember my parent’s having a similar set, I would place it sometime in the 50’s, when blonde furniture was all the rage.

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Here’s the headboard… I think this is going to be finished in pinks, they seem to sell well. I think the wood corner pieces will be one color and the remainder of the drawer a lighter color.2015-03-02 17.38.20In addition to this piece of furniture, we have a three drawer dresser with a different feature. Originally, there was a large slab of granite on top, which had broke. We’ve fit the top with a bottom and then it will have a clear plastic top, in essence creating a narrow shadow box. I think it will also be the pale pink, and for photos I am going to use doll clothes or something to show off the use of it. I think that this will sell quite quickly.

One more piece that we’re working on is a media cabinet that will become just a three drawer dresser. I really like this one, mostly because it was made using mostly wood and not a lot of that junk fiberboard. We’re going to cut at the top of the inside drawer and once again, sand, detail and paint it. This might be a more neutral color, perhaps white.2015-03-02 17.37.57Oh, what else? I feel like I’ve been so lax in writing lately, and that there is so much to get caught up. Let me show you a couple of pics of the garage:

2015-03-06 18.44.29 2015-03-06 18.44.19Oh yes, I won two sets of headboards and footboards from an online auction place, we’re going to use them to make those cute little bench seats. The last one I did sold very quickly and had a lot of interest and was so easy to put together. You can see them in the photo above to the very left.

At least the weather has been very nice the last few days. Which was great timing since we just ran out of kerosene for our garage heater!

In the house, I have a couple more projects in the works. Of course, you all know about the cross stitch. I suppose you are all just sick of hearing about that! I warned you!

But I also started digging through the junk in my home office recently. You all know that at times I will get frustrated with a mess and will stop working just to get things organized. Well, my home office had finally reached mission critical!

I have two boxes of the stuff that I take to my “real” jobs… the kind of things that make computer work just that much nicer. For instance, I have a custom keyboard and mouse, photos of The Kid, my own pens and markers and calligraphy pens. When I finish a job, I just throw the stuff into a box and wait for the next job. But they’ve started to drive me crazy, as once there is one or two boxes, they seem to just invite more clutter.

One of the things I had under all that clutter were my Lego Mini-Figs. If you are not a Lego fan, just do a Google search on the words “Lego Mini-Figs” and you will see what I mean. Along with PEZ dispensers, it is one of those things that The Kid and I collect together. He plays with his, mine are meant to be showcased.

So, now that I had a decent amount, I started to work on putting them into a shadow box. I ordered black 2×2 blocks for the mini-figs to “stand” on and once they arrived, I started working on the layout. Ever notice that when you’re anxiously awaiting the delivery of something it seems to take so much longer than it should?!

2015-03-06 18.44.57I’ll give you an update when I get closer to being done.

Another collection: cut glass crystal. I found that I had some pieces without lids and some lids without bottoms. So, now I’ve begun this whole other search to find mates for these pieces. Yeah, like I don’t have enough to do already. <<Sigh>>

2015-03-06 18.44.48I did manage to find the right pieces, though, for another small cake/cupcake tray. That ostensibly was the reason for looking for doomed lids, in order to create these small cake/cupcake plates. But I don’t really need a reason. Now do I?2015-03-06 18.45.07And of course, the faux stained glass jars. I’ve done quite a few of these, and because we tend to find these bottles when we’re out abandoned house hunting, it is fun to turn them into night lights or ambient lighting. I thought I would do one in shades of pink. Offer it up when someone buys the furniture pieces we’re doing in the ombré style using pink. I like it even more with the micro-glitter with the faux stained glass.

Another development on the quilting front. I am a pretty prolific quilter but recently the woman who does the longarm quilting for me, my friend Gloria, opted to retire from providing this service to me. I’ve been doing some searching and also some investigative work into whether I might just invest in a longarm machine and do the quilting myself. I pulled together all the incomplete quilt tops that I could find and I have just over 50 tops (with their matching backs) ready to be quilted. This doesn’t include 6 denim quilts that are a special challenge. And today, I uncovered a bunch (maybe as many as 20) of tops that don’t have their backs prepared yet. And I know that I have blocks cut for probably another dozen or so.

Okay, so, I think I found a young lady kind of local who I am going to take for a test drive. I’ve sent her two fairly large quilt tops and backs and given her carte blanche to do what she wants with them. If it works out – and she does seem to have the most infectious energy! – then I am going to drive down and meet her, delivering to her another 50! (Hi Becky!!) I have such good feelings about this.

Whew! After almost nothing from me for weeks, I think I might have gone a little overboard! Ha! Feast or famine! I will try to do better about providing more consistent updates.

Oh, one more thing and then I will be done. Promise. One of the cut glass crystal pieces that I found and bought was for trifles or layered meat dishes. I had always thought they were called “truffles” but I am wrong. I have a recipe for a potato and roast beef thing, but of course, I started with a trifle. Oreo Cookie Trifle.

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This has Oreo cookies, vanilla cream, crushed Oreo cookies, whipped cream, mini Oreo cookies and an Oreo cookie crust bottom. This should probably be called “Death By Oreo Cookies” or something. My blood sugar is rising just thinking about cutting into it!!2015-03-06 18.26.05Thanks for dropping by!


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