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post #161 of 219
well, our kitchen is still coming along......SLOOOOWLY. dh has that whole built-in completely torn out and now we're pondering flooring. there's such a domino effect to this sort of thing, and it makes my head spin :

but it WILL get done. someday. someday soon i hope. :
post #162 of 219
vm9799:it will get done! and it will be worth it!

my spruce workbench arrived. i picked it up and its in pieces in my kitchen. i don't have the right drill bit but timothy my SO does, so hes getting it form him place. the wood isnt as nice i was hoping, but it will be useful none the less. i will probably have to do a bunch of sanding before i finish it. im still not sure what ill use. someone suggest hemp oil to me the other day, but it would take a LOT and im not that rich i know mineral oil and beeswax makes another nice one, but again.. im not sure if i would need a ton of beeswax? im thinking just sanding it and then using straight cheap oil, like sunflower or something?.. i wonder if that will work?
post #163 of 219
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Originally Posted by MamaFern View Post
vm9799:it will get done! and it will be worth it!

my spruce workbench arrived. i picked it up and its in pieces in my kitchen. i don't have the right drill bit but timothy my SO does, so hes getting it form him place. the wood isnt as nice i was hoping, but it will be useful none the less. i will probably have to do a bunch of sanding before i finish it. im still not sure what ill use. someone suggest hemp oil to me the other day, but it would take a LOT and im not that rich i know mineral oil and beeswax makes another nice one, but again.. im not sure if i would need a ton of beeswax? im thinking just sanding it and then using straight cheap oil, like sunflower or something?.. i wonder if that will work?
hmm, I've tried to use regular olive oil to oil some wooden peices, and it seems to me that the oil gets gummy and goes rancid after a bit. I now use varathane.. it gives a 'diamond hard' coating, which I sure need for furniture with kids running around.
post #164 of 219
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hmm, I've tried to use regular olive oil to oil some wooden peices, and it seems to me that the oil gets gummy and goes rancid after a bit. I now use varathane.. it gives a 'diamond hard' coating, which I sure need for furniture with kids running around.
i dont want gummy.. is varathane natural and foodsafe?
post #165 of 219
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i dont want gummy.. is varathane natural and foodsafe?
marty says its natural, I had my doubts, but used it anyways. I still have a huge bucket of it.. it goes really far.
post #166 of 219
hmm. its a thought! does it maintain the natural colour of the wood?
post #167 of 219
yep.

I'm going to post pics of my clean closet in a minute...
post #168 of 219
before:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/jan09179.jpg

after:
top of the shelf http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/DSCF0963.jpg
bottom of closet http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/DSCF0964.jpg
closet doors closed! http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...DSCF0966-1.jpg

:

thought the 'tags' would work.. I guess not. anyways, on the top shelf is the buckets of kids toys all organized for easy trading , a pile of blankets and next to that a pile of flat sheets and quilt covers.

the bottom of the closet has a bunch of things that I still have to deal with... pictures and old birthday cards etc... but in the suitcases is my kids stuffies for easy trading, and the linen hanging thingy has all our fitted sheets. the jackets are seasonal.
post #169 of 219
Sorry to jump in, but what room are you doing for January?? I need to get on this bandwagon.
post #170 of 219
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Sorry to jump in, but what room are you doing for January?? I need to get on this bandwagon.
There isn't a specific room for this month.Everyone just picked the one they wanted to work on.
post #171 of 219
Majazma wonderful isn't it SOOO nice to close the closet door?!? I haven't been able to do that in months Your closet looks great!
post #172 of 219
hey all! well, things are well underway on our kitchen remodel. YAY! jamie's spent the entire day today clearing out everything from the kitchen, moving some electrical stuff, scraping the "popcorn" crap off the ceiling, and is now removing all the trim/baseboards so that they can be stripped, sanded and repainted.

we also went out to lowes, home depot, and mendards to price out a new fan, figure out new lighting to include halogens (both spotlights and under cabinet lighting) and pendant lighting, and to drool over appliances! lol!

here are some photos of our progress......

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464675/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3205312368/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464483/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464409/
post #173 of 219
vm: exciting! it looks like its coming along!


my exciting news.. my sister bought a new amazing vacuum and i tried it out today and OMG. i thought my rugs were relatively clean. they were not! yikes. we have one very low pile rug in out living room and it just filled the canister with dog hair and dusties and stuff. i was shocked! and then my wool rug, which i had put away because i knew it was dirty i spent about 30 minutes cleaning. it was stunning how much fuzz and dirt came out, but it looks like new now! im SO happy about that. white is NOT the best colour for country living with kids, but it seems to be almost like new now!@
im relieved to have all of that out of my home!

on other news i got my new stuff set up and im very pleased. i would love to post pictures, but i will have t osee how i can mamange..i rearenged the futranture in my livingroom for the 3rd time this week and i think i got it right this time. the energy flows much better, we have a sitting/ereading space which is cozy and well lit and a defined play area which i like.
im loving my home these days. and i got a lot of other cleaning done, which feels great. stiill a LOT to do, but its better.
post #174 of 219
post #175 of 219
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Originally Posted by majazama View Post
before:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/jan09179.jpg

after:
top of the shelf http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/DSCF0963.jpg
bottom of closet http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...y/DSCF0964.jpg
closet doors closed! http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...DSCF0966-1.jpg

:

thought the 'tags' would work.. I guess not. anyways, on the top shelf is the buckets of kids toys all organized for easy trading , a pile of blankets and next to that a pile of flat sheets and quilt covers.

the bottom of the closet has a bunch of things that I still have to deal with... pictures and old birthday cards etc... but in the suitcases is my kids stuffies for easy trading, and the linen hanging thingy has all our fitted sheets. the jackets are seasonal.
Nice job ladies!

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Originally Posted by vm9799 View Post
hey all! well, things are well underway on our kitchen remodel. YAY! jamie's spent the entire day today clearing out everything from the kitchen, moving some electrical stuff, scraping the "popcorn" crap off the ceiling, and is now removing all the trim/baseboards so that they can be stripped, sanded and repainted.

we also went out to lowes, home depot, and mendards to price out a new fan, figure out new lighting to include halogens (both spotlights and under cabinet lighting) and pendant lighting, and to drool over appliances! lol!

here are some photos of our progress......

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464675/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3205312368/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464483/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesigns/3204464409/
Looks like you are making lots of progress! I can't wait to start working on my kitchen too...but it'll have to wait till summer . Looking forward to your finished masterpiece (as I'm sure you are too ).
post #176 of 219
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Jan 8 - Two playdates and an evening meeting left me with very little time to work on our home today. I did, however, return my friend's cherry pitter and pie plate from New Year's Eve. We brought her some pie and a movie (You Can Heal Your Life) that she and I watched while our kids (age 7) played together. They had a great time together and so did we! :

Jan 9 - DD pretty much stuck to me like glue all day long...like right on top of me all day type of day. I recall watching the same movie again with DD and then reading a book with DD most of the afternoon and evening, taking turns reading aloud. DH worked from home, too. While it was a "cozy" day , it was completely unproductive. Like someone above said, "priorities"!

Jan 10 - An impromptu playgroup get-together at the beach gave me an opportunity to give a bag of barely worn gifted clothes of DD's away to another little girl who is thoroughly loving them! : I also had a brand new hairbrush that DD was given for Christmas that is too big for her and really hurts her head... I had also tried it and also disliked it immensely. One of the moms LOVES this type of brush and was so grateful to have a new one. : I also returned a Mason jar to a mom who had given us homemade jelly. YUM!

Jan 11 - Today was a different type of "decluttering" day. DH had an eye appointment at Costco this morning. First one in 10 years and the doc told him he has the best eyes she was likely to see all day. We had planned for new glasses for him and he didn't need them. I was there simply to help him choose new glasses after I exchanged a non-functioning DVD we had purchased a few days ago. Aside from the replacement DVD, we walked out of there with nothing new. Ah, AMAZING! Later in the day, we attended a fire ceremony as a family. Each person in the group (25?) wrote out a list of the specific things (qualities about ourselves, beliefs we had, etc) we no longer wished to have and we tossed them into the fire. That felt celebratory!!!! : Each person then wrote out what we do want to create in our lives for 2009, including why they were important to us. We then wrote on a different sheet of paper what the potential obstacles would be and tossed those into the fire. (We have some homework for the next part of the exercise and then will be continuing with this work in the next few monthly meetings.) I feel lighter already!
Thanks for the positive comments! The fire ceremony was really beneficial and lovely! :

Jan 12 - Mondays are my "home blessing hour" days. I borrowed the inspiring term from FLYlady, but I execute it differently than she suggests. I just spend an hour doing whatever needs the most love and attention in our physical home. I do not recall what got accomplished this particular day, but I had help from my DD (age 7). I also had a healing session and cleared out some negative "stuff" in order to make room for wonderful thoughts and feelings (to go along with my intention for 2009, as written the night before).

Jan 13 - On Tuesdays, I spend an hour on finances and paperwork. I got rid of a stack of paperwork and "processed" another stack. I also spent a bit of time on the phone taking care of some lingering business. Dare I say I cleared some more "mental clutter"??? DD & I also ran errands and took care of a lingering task or two.

Jan 14 - Wednesdays are usually "project days" for me, but DD is still on Winter Break and a project not directly involving her is unlikely to succeed. LOL However, she decided to go on a picnic with grandpa for a couple hours in the afternoon and then played at his house, so I got to finish some *long* lingering finance projects. It took me hours to do the research, but we'll be saving money and we are ready for the changes to DH's healthcare coming on 2/1/09. More "mental clutter" GONE!!! Not to mention the paper clutter I had been keeping to remind me to do the tasks. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, I filled the larger than usual wastebasket 3-4 times! Oh, I also converted this particular wastebasket in the family office to a "recycling only" receptacle.

Jan 15 - Thursdays are special Mommy & Daughter days usually. It is DD's short day when she is in school, so we spend the extra time doing something special together. Um, well, since she had an upcoming sleepover at our house, our oh so special activity this Thursday was cleaning the house! We had gotten so far off track due to the holidays and extended work break for DH (6 days off) and school break for DD (4-1/2 weeks off). As I pulled laundry out of the dryer, I inspected for holes and wear/tear. As we straightened up rooms, items were critically analyzed. We filled a bag for charity already. (We just donated an entire TRUNK FULL of stuff last week!) We did get out for an hour or so for a fun playdate.

Jan 16 - Our family Winter Break project has been building DD a dollhouse from recycled items. We had been collecting gently used items and had neighbors collecting for us, too. Our living room was a disaster zone from this project! We checked potential items against the dolls and the space in the house and recycled all the items that were not suitable. Um, five trips to the recycling bins! Other housecleaning resulted in a trip or two to the trash. DD decided she wanted to pull out her trundle for the sleepover for the first time in, um, a year. DH rid the house of dust bunnies. LOL I painted the girls' nails and that finished off one of those lousy bottles of kids nail polish. (Friday, btw, is traditionally 'Friend Day' at our house. LOL It is rarely a sleepover night, though.)

Jan 17 - Today DD had a birthday party to attend while I was in class most of the day. These are the times I am SO GRATEFUL I have a gift box with items purchased on sale for kids and women and general adult gifts. DH & DD "shopped" in my special box and DD made a card with existing (and plentiful) craft supplies. They even figured out where the gift wrapping supplies were. I had sort of forgotten all about the birthday party. (I had remembered I was picking DD up from the party after class, so that's the important part, right??? LOL) Anyway, this "box" had grown to two boxes and was overflowing at that. I had recently gone through it all and pared it down considerably. Just one box now and things fit even better now. DH also helped me declutter the freezer a bit by starting a turkey stock on his own. He actually cooks far more often and far better than I do, but the whole stock (bone broth) thing is my baby and he hasn't even paid attention to it...or so I thought! LOL He had been saving cut-up pieces of veggie scraps in a freezer bag just for me. So, the old foil roasting pan got recycled along with the rest of the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and a bag of veggie scraps from the last two weeks. Our freezer is looking GOOD!

January is turning out to be a mighty productive month for our family!!!
post #177 of 219
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my exciting news.. my sister bought a new amazing vacuum and i tried it out today and OMG. i thought my rugs were relatively clean. they were not! yikes. we have one very low pile rug in out living room and it just filled the canister with dog hair and dusties and stuff. i was shocked! and then my wool rug, which i had put away because i knew it was dirty i spent about 30 minutes cleaning. it was stunning how much fuzz and dirt came out, but it looks like new now! im SO happy about that.
It is so funny that you mentioned this, because I spent the afternoon doing the same thing!

My friend bought a really nice Dysen and brought it over- I can't believe how much STUFF came out of my carpet that I thought were clean! Gross. I'm thinking I will have to save up some money to get one because it looks like my vacuum is just not cutting it.

I spent the afternoon rearranging my living room- it's a pretty small space but I think I have it in a way that I like. Now I am on a mission to find some nice shelves to hang and a few decorative items that I want.

avengingophelia, your office looks awesome! I love the paint colors.
post #178 of 219
what kind of vacuum were u using, fern?
post #179 of 219
kirsten that is funny! im so saving up to buy a better one too. i knew mine wasnt the best, but i had no idea how bad it was.

jazz: its called the bissell pet hair eraser. i guess its specifically for pet hair, but it works great as a really heavy duty vacuum too. it has all sorts of crazy attachments and stuff for the hair. ewhatever! im in love! i think it was 250$ through homehardware or something. worth it imo.
post #180 of 219
Right now I am in the hunt for some nice shelves to flank my entertainment center. They were flanked by two bookcases but those moved across the room so I decided I wanted some shelves to display things! I found some I liked from PB (of course) but am on a hunt to find ones I love for less money. If anyone has any suggestions I am open to here them! Here's what I was looking at:

Either this or this in black. Possibly two of each kind.
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