January, diets, and organizing just go together. The diet thing isn't going so well for me lately, but I have made a few strides forward in the organization department. Our laundry room and the mudroom/coatroom are right off the garage. I like to keep those last minute things like keys, phone, gloves right there so I can grab them as I'm running out the door. There is a closet right as you come in the door where I keep my purses. This is handy for making that quick purse change out. A friend of mine, Eva, opened me up to the world of Pouchee. These great little purse organizers that make it so easy to switch bags.
The closet, though, isn't large enough to hold my collection of sunglasses ( another weakness of mine) or gloves in a way that they are easily visible and accessible. So to remedy this. I bought a shoe caddy and hung it in the coatroom and filled it with winter gloves and sunglasses. I can easily see what I am looking for without digging through a basket.
Okay, so I know that some of the experienced jewelry makers of the world will smile smugly and condescendingly when they see my first attempt at this but hey, you have to start somewhere. I got together with my "girls" for another art date and this is what we created. It was a lot of fun but this could get expensive! I always have to jump in with both feet. I spent an hour and $40.00 picking out beads the first time I went out shopping for this. I do, though, have enough beads to make several bracelets or a couple of necklaces. This was followed by a second trip that cost me around $100.00 for tools, clasps, crimps etc. I have to make more pieces because I'm financially vested now. So, hopefully more pictures to follow. Just what I need, another hobby!
I saw this on another blog today and it brought tears to my eyes as I saw myself and so many of the women I love in it. To all my women friends, my Traveling Door friends, and my Carpe Vinum friends - thanks for being there, being you and being a part of my life. So grab a tissue and click on this link Transcending Women xoxo P
I live in a very old house and the closets would be laughable to a man but to a woman they are horrific. To remedy this issue I converted the smallest bedroom into a dressing room. We've lived here for ten years and the room has evolved slowly over that time but this past fall I decided to tweak it a bit more or as I like to refer to it, "Dialing Up the Sassy".
Originally I was going to dedicate this post to just the chandelier but then as I was taking the pictures I got a bit carried away by all the things I love about my closet. For starters I have a sign on the door that lets everybody know one of my philosophies of life.
The first thing I see when the door is open is my tacky, over-the-top but had-to-have-it chandelier. Mike made it very evident to the store associate that he thought I had lost my mind and this piece was ugly beyond description. Oh well, it came home with me and that was all that mattered. This was going in my own personal space. In his defense I also thought it was kind of creepy the way it was painted in pinks and country blues but I knew I could remedy that with a healthy dose of color. So I painted it, replaced the shades and added some fringe and crystals. Eventually I would like to find some more unique or colorful crystals but that is the way this room is... always evolving.
Most of our home leans towards the traditional but I like every room to have something unique or unexpected and a lot of those things have a feminine twist to them so I tend to do more of the controversial tchotchkes in my closet and my office ( a future post).
The dressing table was a gift from my mom. She found it at Brambles, a local shop that features a lot of older painted pieces. I tweaked it a bit with some animal print drawer pulls and I'd also like to do a bit more painting on this piece. Another project on an ever growing list. I'm also thinking that the curtains that came with the house need to be the next thing to go. I'm sure there is something more exciting out there than cheap lace.
The chair was another fun find while shopping for something else. It's so retro Hollywood that I fell in love with it. From there it is all about the dress to excess details. Like my leopard print wastebasket - a bucket from Baskin and Robin's Ice Cream covered in gift wrap and embellished with an old belt. Looking at it now I'm sure I have a better belt I could be using.
I am always decorating with shoes ( see December post) and my closet is no exception. I had a shelf so why not display a favorite shoe? The shoe changes frequently but the framed quote is one I like to live by.
My earring frame is another favorite and another gift from Mom. Aren't moms wonderful?
I think so and so I have a picture of my mom and my daughter to complete my dialed up sassy closet with attitude.
I love seeing my house all decorated for the holidays but I hate taking it down and putting it away again. Not only does the house look bare and dismal but it takes me a good two days and a lot of effort (thus the water bottle). I used to take everything down right after Christmas. I guess because my mom did. In fact, sometimes I felt like it was a competition to see who could get everything put back first. I stopped doing that about five years ago. I decided the season was just too short and I enjoyed having my things out until at least New Years. This year we went up to Galena on January 1st so I didn't get started on this job until this week. I was anxious not only to have the work behind me but I feel like I have so many things... more interesting and fun things to get to. I didn't want to dig into any new projects, though, until this one was put to bed, or in this case, back on the shelf.
Welcome to our BeColorful Home. Ours is an older home, built in 1916 and it has been added on to several times. We have lived here for almost fifteen years now and the house has evolved from a traditional flavor to something a bit more eclectic.I have always loved big splashes of color but I'm finding that I am also drawn to more neutral shades as well. Welcome and enjoy looking around.