New Hangers

The new master closet is ready to have clothes hanging on the rods.

The new hangers fit Charlie’s shirts well.

After a little research I decided to get Proman Kascade Hangers.  I ordered one hundred.

My side is a bit more colorful.

Our clothes used to hang on plastic and wire hangers.

Destined for the trash heap.

I’m getting rid of the old wire hangers but I’m hanging on to the plastic and odd wooden ones for the remaining closets in the house.

Our suitcases fit neatly above the hanging sections of the closet.

And the horizontal closet boxes that we topped the towers with are perfect for storing our suitcases out of the way but handy.

Do you have a closet that needs an overhaul?

March, 2017: All Tiled Up

I like to look back over a month and see what we accomplished, if anything.

March is our month for daffodils.

It seems we often wallow around getting almost nothing finished and then something happens at the very end of the month that produces progress.

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The island was set up with a salad bar. Most popular items: avocado and chopped eggs.

In March we threw a surprise birthday party for our friend and at the same time celebrated Charlie’s birthday.

Currently the new computer/printer is inconveniently set up in the dining room.

Charlie bought a new printer and moved all his invoice templates to a new-to-him computer so he can bill his clients in a timely manner.

We’re cutting the closet lumber I the front yard and building it in the closet space.

The closet building supplies were delivered to the house. We started the project with a few delays and missteps.

Bye, bye beautiful things.

A big load of clutter was removed from the house and sent to a rummage sale.

Still waiting for the new vintage tiles to be delivered.

I ordered new vintage-colored pink tiles to make repairs in the original bathroom in the house. I only need bullnose tiles to make the repairs so I’m hoping the color and size are correct.

The conservatory bathroom is now fully tiled.
Likewise the master bathroom is tiled.

Coming in just under the wire at the end March was the tiling of backsplashes for the new bathrooms.

More details to come.

While the tiler was at The Glade he also put a backsplash in the mini-kitchen in The Cottage. It’s like jewelry.

We’re still harvesting daffodils at the end of the month — they’re just a little different.

Unlikely though it seemed early in the month we made progress.

Was your March like a lion or a lamb?

Clutter Rummaged

Charlie took my pile of goodies to the rummage sale site.  These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • 2 glass-front cabinets

I piled them in 2 piles:

Someone might be interested in the lacrosse equipment.
The dining room is clear of extra clutter.

One in the middle of the dining room

I couldn’t find a good place to use any of this stuff.
Now the above pile is gone, too. We’re keeping the chair.

The other on the porch.

We said good-bye to Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head.

Over 20 individual items on to new homes. Plus, I’m putting a printed copy in my tax file to use as charitable deductions for 2017.

Do you find it hard to give away things someone made for you?

The Old Fashioned Rummage Sale

I have held off getting rid of some clutter because I couldn’t come up with a good category for it.

The vintage Singer sewing machine.

Craigslist seemed like a hassle.

Lacrosse sticks

I have reservations about giving things to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Punch cups.

These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • Small under-cabinet lighting fixture
  • 2 glass-front cabinets
Handmade cabinets.

So I’m donating them to an upcoming rummage sale at a local church which proceeds will go to fund “Missions”. Charlie has offered to drive the stuff to the collection point.

Art light.

I’m trying to get Charlie on the wagon also.  Hoping he will let me get rid of a few of his items.

Are you waiting for the right opportunity to get started on something?

Next Item Leaving

When I finally sat down to use my grandmother’s sewing machine, the one she bought the year I was born, it wouldn’t work for me.

I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.
I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.

I had always liked this machine because it would sew through almost any thickness of fabric and it has a knee treadle.

The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.
The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.

When I say it wouldn’t work that’s not fully accurate.  The needle would go up and down but I couldn’t set the tension correctly to get it stitching.

The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.
The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.

After playing with it for an hour I finally had the thread running and the needle stitching.

The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.

After looking up similar machines on Craigslist I decided to list it for $65.

What happens if you can’t give away or sell an item?  Would you throw it away? Or be more patient?

Bye Bye Drafting Table

Remember when I said I didn’t want to part with my drafting table from college?

The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.
The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.

All of your good advice from the end of this post and the fact that I’m tired of seeing it sitting on the porch has given me the impetus to list it for a cheap price, $25, on Craigslist.

This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.
This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.

When a buyer texted and offered $20 I agreed to let it go.

Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.
Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.

An artist and her husband who had just arrived from Siberia picked it up after dark last night.

Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.
Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.

The artist described our dark, winding road as “like a fairy tale”.

How would you describe your street?

A Million Different Directions

We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.

Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.
Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.

I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago.  I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.

We'll be staying in a historic hotel.
We’ll be staying in a historic hotel.

Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip.  Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal.  Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.

I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.
I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.

I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf.  Any suggestions?

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door.  Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

And Charlie and I are getting additional tile installation quotes since the first one was much more than we expected.

Soup is on the menu.
Soup is on the menu.

Then, when we get back from New York I’ll have to begin cooking and decorating for the “surprise party”.  I think I have worked out how it will go but I still need to contact a few bunch of friends.

I'm planning a South of the Border theme.
I’m planning a South of the Border theme.

I’m already planning a bridal shower for May which I hope my choir will actually sponsor since one of our own is getting married in June.

I'm starting in the living room.
I’m starting in the living room.

First thing on the agenda: clean the house!!!

Do you plan ahead and then realize you’re all booked up?