Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Goal Worthy of a Post

I have been doing a lot of thinking this past cold month of January. Today is the last day of the first month of a new year and decade. I need to have a worthy goal that I can put out there in cyberland ~ committing to something that I have wanted to do for a very long time.

I love to create thus I love to collect.
I am a busy girl with lots going on ~ all the time it seems.
~That is a good thing for the most part.
A friend teases me that I am always saying,
"If I can just get this behind me..."
I have a hard time scheduling in time to do things I want to do
because of all the things I need to do.
I love balance, order and peace in my life.
I have a lot of very useful stuff accumulating around the
house and filling up closets and drawers.

I am making a commitment to create something on a weekly basis from stuff I have in my possession and then watch and see what happens. I don't know where this may lead, but hopefully to something positive like more space, better organization, gifts to give, satisfaction, items to sell...who knows. I know there may be a few minor things needed to finish projects, but for the most part I want to see just how far I can get with what I have. This goes for food storage as well. Our family needs to be better about using up what we have. I haven't decided if I will blog about my weekly progress or keep a personal journal. I'll think about that for a bit. Week one begins tomorrow and with the exception of extended travel this will go through the last week of November 2010 ~ let's make it through December 5th. That's an even 44 weeks. Wow 44 weeks to look forward to creating! Sounds pretty exciting to me. Project Twenty-Ten here I come! Anyone else out there want to play? You can make up your own rules if you want ... it's just good to get it in writing. Let me know :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Giving a Desk New Life

I love before and after shots. Even more, I love a good deal. We picked this up at a surplus auction for $20.53 -- I still get shaky hands when the bid closing approaches hoping no one will outbid me. With it being all wood, we knew it had good "bones" to refinish.
So, with a little elbow grease, Kilz primer, Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle Paint and knobs from Lowe's, we spruced up this desk for Laken's big Christmas present. Another big task for the princess of the house (as you remember last year Santa "made" her a soccer goal).
It was all worth it. She loves it.
As I worked on this desk, I wondered what this desk could tell us. It was a teacher's desk from Alpine School District. How many hours were spent grading, reading, etc. on this? I like pieces with history. Now Laken can make her own history on this dill pickle desk.