Friday, January 29, 2010

It's amazing what happens...

...when you get busy!

I have been working on the basement, and have de-cluttered - still have 1 load to go to the dump-, painted and am now beginning to build a few pieces of furniture and add some pictures to the walls. I sold a few items on the local trading post, made enough to pay for the paint and some more pine boards (my favorite building material) and am on the hunt for a large throw rug for the middle of the floor.

The room was white, white walls, white ceiling and cold white (light grey) ceramic floor tiles, I thought I would warm it up a little with the paint colour. There is no natural light so didn't want to go too dark, so I chose a colour called "Hot Buttered Rum" (I'm sure I choose colours just because of their name It looked like a nice golden tan in the store, however once on the walls with the lightening down there it looks very peachy orange. Oh well, I'll work with it.

This is a room that will probably not get used a lot by the 2 of us, mostly it will be in the summer trying to find somewhere cool to relax on a hot day. For that reason I am not spending a lot of money on the remake. I will cruise thrift stores, the local trading post on the Internet, and maybe the odd pawn shop to decorate the space.

It's also odd that when I have a project to work on, my neighbours drop in with requests to build things for them! One lady wanted me to make a little wheeled cart so her mother could wheel her portable heater from room to room in the house, another asked me to build another insulated dog house for him. The doghouse was a lot of work and hubby had to help, but all the money goes to buy "treasures" for the basement.

I'll post some before and after pictures once I get a little more organized down there. I think I'll go with a western/southwestern theme if I can find any decor in that genre in this part of the world.
Wow, I have high hopes!! Trying to buy everything from thrift type stores and still have a theme?!? Is shabby chic still in? I just hope it doesn't turn out shabby unchic!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I'm Bored!

It always happens this time of the year.

Christmas is over, the new year has begun. I need a break from doing my wood work, I need a break from the cold, the snow and the short days.

My basement rumpus room is not progressing as I had hoped, therefore my sewing machine is not set up, so the new curtains for the bedroom aren't happening.

I have 2 cemeteries I photographed this summer to post to Find A Grave, but can't seem to get the gumption to do them.

My excitement about going to Kentucky is slowly fading - it's just not in the cards for this spring unless I win the lottery.

I've started reading my new gardening magazines and plotting where to put my next batch of lilies, which green peas to plant for a change and how many tomato plants I can get in the greenhouse. However, anything resembling gardening is still 4 - 5 months away *sigh*.

Oh well, this too shall pass. In the meantime I will get back to work on the basement!