Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This and That

Hello everyone. Hope you are having a great week so far. As you can imagine, mine has been quite busy already. Saturday I drove to the new house to help Mr. S. paint (still a lot to be done); then Sunday I drove up to Phoenix to help my sister move. I ended up cleaning the tile floors in her new condo with my Hoover Floormate (LOVE that thing). She had already scrubbed them 5 times and they still wouldn't come clean... Floormate to the rescue. You wouldn't have believed the gross, dirty water that was left in the tank when I was finished. Whoever lived there before her must have never cleaned the floors; it was disgusting!

Thanks for all your suggestions for my laundry area. I was at Target last week and they have a whole section of Closetmaid storage items back in the Home Storage section. I ended up purchasing 2 small cabinets that I can put next to the washer and dryer, and a five-tier shelf for the area across from it. I decided I needed the storage more than I needed a place to fold clothes. I may change my mind later, but that is the plan for now.

My next decorating dilemma is plant shelves. They are all over the new house. There is one in the foyer, one in every bedroom and one in the family room. The one in our master bedroom spans the length of one entire wall, and it's a long wall:

I don't want to put too much stuff up there and make it look really crowded and junky, but I also don't want to just leave it empty either.  Any suggestions for this area would be much appreciated!

The big move is scheduled for the 28th, but I have another important day coming up next week. Monday the 23rd is the day I turn the big FIVE OH!! That's right, I am turning 50! I can hardly believe it, it just does not seem possible. In honor of that auspicious occasion, I will be doing a giveaway. Stay tuned for details to come.

The rest of this week will be another busy week. I've got more packing to do, and I may drive over to the new house for a couple of days to help Mr. S. with more painting. The poor guy has been at the new house for over a week sleeping on an air mattress, and when he isn't at work, he is painting! He really wants to get it all done before the furniture gets moved in, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that he makes it.

Have a great week everyone.


  1. Hi, Sandy. I have one small space like the ones you are talking about. I'll have to take a picture of it so you can see what I have up there. There's a lot there since it's a small space, but I don't think it looks junked up. You probably wouldn't want to put that much up there since yours is so big, but it might give you some ideas. Hobby Lobby is a great place to go to find things for spaces like that. I'll send you an email when I get that pic later.

    Congrats on the new house. I know you must be excited to move in even though it's a lot of work. It's fun work, right?

  2. Oh, the "five-oh"!.. I'm getting pretty close to that mark myself, but I'm a little undecided on how I feel about it.. I've been kicking and screaming so far, and.. well, I still am I guess, but maybe I'm STARTING to view it as more of a challenge.. As you could guess, the kicking and screaming wasn't doing much for me. (0; I'm thinking that perhaps further study is needed on the subject, and then maybe I'll finally come around to appreciating it! Every day and every year is a blessing, right?! THAT'S how I'd like to really see it!... Best of Luck with all the doings at the new house! ~tina

  3. My girlfriend has some of these in her house. In the bedroom she hung a quilt rack right under it with a beautiful pieced quilt hanging with bird houses here and there on it and then above she put all kinds of birdhouses. It's really pretty. The one in her kitchen has mugs from all over the world that her husband has collected and she has found some terrific tea and coffee pots from antique stores that she has added to it.

  4. All the best Sandy for the big move!!And a very happy birthday to you in advance. It must be an exciting time for you. Decorating a new home is something I love. All the time, even in sleep you must be thinking about what goes here and what goes there.

  5. How exciting getting everything ready for the "new" house. Such a nice time of year too to be moving in. A super great start for the 50's. Loved the 50's, they're fantastic years!


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