Monday, February 25, 2013

Say ‘ello to my Swedish friend

You have to say that in your best Tony Montana voice.  You know, Tony Montana from Scarface. 
Anyway, after our last snafu with the IKEA cabinets, we went back and snagged this Besta model.
I love that it is practically dust-free and holds the blankets. Oh yea. 
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I am very happy with it thus far.  Ours is missing the feet, the expensive feet.   Ikea recommends 5 pair for this model, 5x10 = $50.  Ugh, I bought them, I just can’t bring myself to add them, not until I am certain I can’t find something better (and less expensive). 
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The purpose of the trip was to grab the smaller cabs to fit in here, the bonus room/study/den/craftroom.  I am still working on getting it clean and ready to use.  Don’t you love a great before and after, I sure hope I’ll have one for you.  This poor room hasn’t looked good for 7 years, ever.  It’s always been the dumping grounds for stuff.
But for now I have been purging old crap.  Purging crap is cleansing for the soul.  Your brain and body both agree that some stuff is just stuff and it’s ok to let it go… feels so good to let it go and free up your mind for something else more worthy.
Ok before I go, did you know, there are only a few days left for a seasonal favorite…… Girl Scout Cookies! I bought some today (again) - Thank you’s (cause they’re the perfect thank you/thinking of you gift), Lemonades & Thin mints.  Mmmmmmm.  I’m hearing they freeze well, I just may have to test that theory. 
Tell me what’s your favorite flavor?  Mine is Thin Mints, hands down.  But if they ever bring back the chocolate chip, I’d go chippy all they way.  Alright, gotta go, my age is showing, because really who else remembers the chocolate chip Girl Scout Cookie?
P.S.  Have you seen this little guy, adorbs.  I could kiss ‘em, LIKE A BOSS!



Monday, February 11, 2013

Clean Counters Club

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Have you heard the saying that clutter attracts clutter.  It’s true (at least it is for me).  For the time being, I’ve set up a little sorting station in my bedroom of all places.  But I do have a master plan in mind. 
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I bought that cheapie blue organizer from Target for $3, now I just have to narrow down my filing categories.  You know what doesn’t help, the fact that I save ev-ery-thing;  birthday cards, holiday cards, kids art, kids report cards, tickets to parks, tickets to shows, maps from parks, hotel keys, hotel maps, I’m a hoarding mess.  I am working on it.
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And then there is the office/bonus room/study/den.
We specifically requested that alcove, wall cubby thingy.  The husband was to build a shelf.  6 years later….no shelf.  In his defense, we went to IKEA last weekend and bought some AKURUM pieces that fit perfect, on paper.  We put it together this weekend and it was 1/4in-1/2in too big.  I could have cried. 
After the mock tears, we decided to try it in the family room.  (I’m just noticing this room gets great light even at night)
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Lengthwise it is perfect, nicely centered.  And I also like that there is only one area to dust – the top.  I even picked out some living room appropriate drawer pulls over at Anthropologie
The only caveat is the depth, it’s great for holding blankets, baskets, etc.  but it takes up a lot of space coming away from the wall :/   It’s deep.
I spent some time today researching different cabinets combos while trying to use the most of what we already have.
36 (already have) + 15+18 = 71 (3 inches breathing room)
36 (already have) + 21+12 = 71 (3 inches breathing room)
I haven’t done the $$$ total yet though on the different options.  But the hardest part will be convincing The Man of the House.  Because if I remember correctly last night he said, ‘this thing cannot be moved, so don’t even think about it’He knows me too well. 
What have you been up to, any unofficial resolutions for clearing clutter?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Punxsutawney Phil

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Friendly game of Limbo, Khari was the best – by far. 

It’s Groundhog Day 2013 here in Pennsylvania.  A big deal is made about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil, a famous local groundhog will see his shadow. 

If he sees his shadow: 6 more weeks of Winter
If he does not see his shadow: an early Spring
I have heard about this my whole life but never paid it much attention, never occurred to me that this wasn’t an every where kinda thing until last night.  Kya has been all over it – there was no shadow today and I sure hope an early Spring is on the way cause it is freezing and snowing out right now.  Double whammy.
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All the spots I dinged up on the wall hanging frames.  Silly now how I let fear paralyze me from trying something so small.
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Still want to add just one more frame under the white frame, rules of 3s, power of 3s, something like that.  I will probably spray paint the black frame white and take down the picture over on the right.  Just feels like one watercolor too many. 
Neon Goodwill stickers and all, this is home.