How was your Easter weekend? I hope everyone had a great time and was surrounded by those you love. I normally spend Easter with my son and his family who live away, but as I was just down there the beginning of the month for my grand-daughter’s second birthday another $60 trip (for gas) was pushing it, I would have a stay-at-home holiday (my version of a staycation) instead.
I don’t know if it is spring fever (wishing for spring to get a move on) or if it was the combination of Carol at Art and Sand (I really need to learn to take pictures like she does) and Rebecca at Trash Backwards but I had a working weekend/holiday. Here’s what I have been up to.
Here is a picture of my company Friday afternoon and Saturday.
It all started with getting some seeds planted, I needed to make room in the window for them. I couldn’t believe the dust that had accumulated along the heater. It was time to move every thing and start cleaning again.
I haven’t figured out how to add shelves in my window that won’t block the sun from the plants which sit lower….yet. At least without it costing a lot of money. Wood would be easy to find, but that would defeat the purpose of getting the early sun on all the seedlings.
For now I could move a shelf between my bed and the window to hold a few more. I only lost an extra 6 inches to do this.
I really have to do something about those curtains, the tab top sheers from Ikea are driving me nuts. They never stay spaced evenly with the kids wanting to gaze out the window often.
For me moving a bed is hard work which means it was time to relax and catch up on some blog reading. This was when I spotted Rebecca’s easy soap flakes for the bathroom. I mentioned a while ago that I purchased a package of bar soaps and found I dislike using the same bar of soap as my guests. Think about it, they are using it after using the toilet, is it only me?
This was what I had in my bathroom
It is a pretty dish, blue that matched the bathroom tiles. I don’t like slimy bars of soap either which is why you see a piece of a shelf liner under the soap. It didn’t work, this was what the liner ended up looking like.
And yes, there was a small slimy spot on my soap. When you get slime that is an sign that it is teaming with bacteria, not good.
So using the directions from Rebecca, I grated up the bar (minus the slimy part.
It was easier than I thought it would be. I then dug out a glass jar from spaghetti sauce and punched holes in the lid (being sure to flatten them on the inside to prevent future injury) . Of course you didn’t think I would set a plain glass jar on my vanity did you. No longer will I be touching soap another person used, and no more slime.
This is where Carol’s story comes in.
On one of my breaks I was still trying to catch up with friends in blog land and came across Carol’s staycation where she listed 10 projects she planned to complete on her 10 days of vacation, which is usually a ski trip, she does explain why she had to stay home this year. What a great idea. I have plenty of things around here that have been neglected.
Well, I took care of a couple with cleaning the heater, planting seeds (so far I have forget-me-not, cosmos, green bell peppers, I’m trying to sprout a few seeds from organic apples (wish me luck I’ve never tried this before) and marigolds. The marigold’s are heirloom seeds I received as one of ten lucky winners of a giveaway from Stacey at Down to Earth Digs. If you have never visited Stacey’s blog you have to check out her amazing greenhouse. I want one just like it.
With planting seeds (#1), moving and cleaning under and around the bed to accommodate the shelf being moved under the window (#2), making soap flakes and adorning the jar (jobs #3 and #4), I’m on a roll.
So what else needed done. Well, if I’m working on the bathroom, there is the light switch plate next to the vanity. It’s been like this since before I moved in.
See that lovely crack? No matter how much I’ve tried to clean it it always looks like this. Task #5 is now completed. All I did was cover that bad boy up with a photograph from a magazine.
There was something else that was bugging me. The cabinet under the sink. With all the curbside finds being dropped off I haven’t been very good about keeping this area neat, which is where I store all my tools and paint. When I opened the cabinet a paint stick fell out, that’s bad! Good thing no one was here to see that!
It really only needed some organization, vacuuming and a good wiping down. All finished (that would be project number 6).
It may not look perfect, but now everything is with like items. Oh and the bag in the middle? That didn’t fit before. It’s one of my reusable bags that’s a little beat up. I store recyclables in it to take to the dumpster. Paint is now stored in a box on the left, tools on the right and cleaning supplies next to the paint. No more searching for what I need.
I needed another simple task for number 7. Organize the desk and hang the new pictures I received of my grand children. Off to find some cheap frames, surprisingly I had success. Number 7 completed, although if you had seen the top and drawer of my desk it should have been counted as two jobs!
Task number 8 took a bit longer. Do you remember the desk I had cut in half to make a night stand? This was the almost before.
Here it was sanded and painted using two colors I mixed together (an ugly blue and black to tone down the blue). It never worked for me, but it was better than the before.
I wasn’t about to buy paint, but I did have white on hand. It had to be better, but I didn’t want it all white. I found a roll of paper for a $3 and decided to use that on the top to break up the white.
There was no way I was going to get this all completed this weekend. I have one major problem with the night stand that still requires a purchase to finish.
Yep, those drawer pulls. I may need to remove the front of the drawer to remove them, boy I hope not. I have wanted something metallic, silver. Since the drawer fronts are two pieces of wood joined together it requires a pull that can be attached from the drawer front and not from behind. I think I know what will fix this. If I find what I am looking for the drawers will be finished shortly.
If you haven’t seen the night stand before, it is 15 inches wide and in that 15 inches I have my books, and the two CD boxes contain my sewing supplies and all my CDs and DVDs, respectively.
I think it brightens up that spot nicely. The candle holders are actually a plant pot and its saucer. The red candle is pretty short, what you see is about all that’s left of it. I have stuffed a dish towel underneath to raise the candle higher (I do remove it when it’s lit) .
I am still working on the mirror in the bathroom vanity area. I keep forgetting to take the white paint in there, but each time I need to wash out a brush I rub the excess off on the mirror. I will show you the finished mirror as soon as my daughter-in-law stops by to get what I can’t reach on my own.
While my companions for the first two days of my weekend were my CDs. Sunday’s companion was a little livelier, even if you can’t tell it from this picture.