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Resolution 2012

3 Jan

Typeverything.com 2012: For ever and ever

I’ve always been one to make resolutions. I love the idea of setting goals and fresh starts and seeing where it gets me. In fact, since high school I also always participate in giving up something for Lent. This is something my particular church doesn’t practice but I do. My first year it was potatoes–chips and French fries–that was hard on a teenage girl but . . .  I digress. The point is goals are important and having a set beginning and ending time (in this case, a calendar year) makes them seem more attainable.

Over the years my resolutions have included the typical–exercise more, eat better, blah blah blah. I’m not including any of that this year. I feel like I exercise as regularly as I ever will so why put undue pressure on myself. One year it was to drink only one Coke (pop) per day. That one stuck. I rarely drink pop anymore and never more than one a day.

My favorite recent resolution was when I committed to selling or donating something every week. Selling (making a little money) or donating something (lightening the load) on a consistent basis really helped me evaluate the stuff I save. I’ll admit it didn’t happen every week but it probably did every month, and I continue to consistently rid myself of stuff.

My resolutions for 2012 are simple.

1. Read one book per month.

I miss reading. Having young children and not being a night person (one who can lie in bed and read before going to sleep) has made my reading really wane in the past few years. I feel like there are so many good books that I’m missing. Reading is good for a writer and good for the soul. I can’t wait to get started.

2. Write a blog post every week.

As a part-time marketing director, full-time mom to young children I don’t have the time right now to commit to more than that. I think it’s a good start though, and when 2012 is over, we’ll see where we are.

And anyway, it sounds a lot easier than 40 days without potatoes.

October Decor

8 Nov

I almost hate to post such awful photography (especially when I read blogs like Miss Mustard Seed and The Lettered Cottage) but I personally want an archive of my decor from October. I was pleased with how the house turned out and want a record for next year.

I love breaking out the fall colors. I found that little black chair in the corner for $6 at Goodwill recently. It’s a solid Nichols and Stone Co. and makes for convenient extra seating that doesn’t fall apart (much unlike the spindle Windsor reproductions that go around the table that my husband told me not to buy because we have young children and young children like to hang on spindles but I bought anyway because they LOOK awesome but I get embarrassed whenever we have people over and try to strategically make sure that only family members sit in the chairs that are falling apart. Whew!)

There’s that 1950s-style fireplace that I loathe! I did like the way my mini pumpkins turned out. Notice the white one (pretty clever, eh?–“one of these things is not like the other . . . “).

A closer look.

One of my recent purchases (the dress form–$68 at an antiques shop) again looks dark but gets a shot of color with a favorite orange scarf. And she (her name is Asabelle, btw) helps to break up the long, long living room wall that continues to be a challenge for me.

A long shot of the long living room.

My favorite part of this year’s decor was my piano top. Again I wish it was lit better for a better photo but I was proud of the candle chandelier ($2 at an estate sale) that I  hung from hemp twine from the ceiling, the use of my chalkboard, a candy bowl full of eyeballs, a plateful of fingers and no color orange in this spooky vignette.

A tighter shot . . . do you like the duck feet (a candle holder) on the skull? OK, and the fingers are actually tubes of bubbles. Next year I will look for something more authentic, but the kids sure liked these.

Some of this stuff will translate well right into Thanksgiving decor, which is nice.

Funky Sling Chair

27 Oct

Well, my 31 days of progress didn’t totally turn out like I’d expected. Life, as usual, got in the way. But I did complete this project that has been on my list for actually a couple years. And it’s only the 23rd of the month, so I’m pleased.

Here’s the chair before. I picked this up at an antiques market in Iowa for $8.

I already own one of these old hammock chairs and it’s on my front porch most of the time. I love them. They are comfortable and easy to store and have a fun architectural element to them.

The frame and fabric of this one were worn out.

So my hubby and the neighbor helped remove screws and sand it down.

And I found inspiration in my favorite flip flops.

And I finally found the perfect green in a spray paint can at Joann’s Fabrics.

And I’m no seamstress so the sewing, even just the simplest of seams, can pose a challenge.

For some reason the bobbin has to be wound a certain direction. This was clearly the wrong direction.

Kinda looks like a messy caterpillar but I kept repeating to myself The Nester’s Mantra that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” So after 23 days, tiny bits of time and effort squeezed in here and there, I think it’s beautiful. And guess what? It’s comfortable too!


It’s a nice fall touch to my porch. I even like it with the chippy blue of my favorite glider swing.

So this morning I crossed this off my long list of home projects with a great sense of accomplishment. And now I move on to the next item. Until then, here’s to small but productive bits of progress.

Read more about this chair here and here.