March 26 2016

Rediscovering Potential

Taking the Old and Refreshing (One-Year Challenge*)

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

This house hadn’t really changed in over 40 years; same curtains, ugly brick decor, yellow accent wall, carpets, and furniture arrangement.  Being a creative type of person, I always rearrange, change, and improve the environment around me.  Just ask my husband how many times the furniture has been moved or new pieces of art decor has changed walls.  I guess I haven’t changed since I’ve been on a journey to improve this old house and make it fresh.  Paint does wonders and a little bit of deconstruction.

xmas yellow wallFor some reason I’ve never been attracted to bright colors and this yellow was constantly screaming at me to change it.  So one day I just painted it.

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Paint progress

ImprovementThis is only the beginning.  I had to paint the ugly brick in several parts of the room.

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There was pink mortar between the bricks.  It didn’t show up as well in the picture below.

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finished fireplace

A little bit of effort and vision can go a long way to make things like new.  What project will you take on?  Be bold, look around to see things as they could be, with a bit of imagination and labor – the possibilities are endless.

endNow I’m half way done, on to the other side of the room.

Painting tip:  to get that precision straight line of paint between the ceiling and the wall – use masking tape on the ceiling at the edge, then paint the ceiling color paint on the wall overlapping the tape.  Next paint the wall and when its dry pull the tape off for a crisp, clean edge.IMG_1039

*One-Year Challenge: Part of my 2016 goals were to improve as many parts of this house before the year’s end.  Keep looking for more home improvements!

January 4 2016

New Year 2016 and Goals

Everything is New!

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So we’ve come to a brand new year, with new dreams, new hope, new adventures, new purpose.  What we want out of this new year is totally up to us.  We may need to readjust our thinking and habits to accommodate this new way, but as with every new endevour we have to stay on course and focus on what we want.

I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded on any resolutions I’ve made for a new year, but I know that if I set goals ahead of me they generally prosper and are completed.  Not to say that some individuals don’t have strong wills and discipline to tough it out – that’s not me, though generally I’ve found that the little things done every day accomplish big things in the end.  Here are some pointers:

Where to begin

First be realistic, find do-able things that can be done in a year; or you can project for the longer term….keep it simple to actually see results.

3 goals I would start out with no more than three goals that you want to accomplish, more than that can be overwhelming if you don’t keep up.  There is grace for everything that you do and prayer is a big part of success.  Be kind to yourself and don’t give up.  You can always add to your goals when they become a habit – remember a habit is developed when you’ve done something 21 times consecutively.  Keep it simple, like drinking more water every day or deciding to pick up things around the house, putting them in their designated place, every night before you go to bed.

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When success and victory come, you begin to see yourself in a new light and the purpose in your life becomes clearer.  You find a piece of yourself you didn’t know was there.  Your voice becomes clearer and you begin to sing a new song…your mind has become renewed to a recognizable extent.

My way of remembering is I create a board every year with all my goals and desires on it…this is what I’ve done so far.

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One thing that I forgot to add to my board is “My Personal One-Year Challenge”.  That is to accomplish as many things as I can to remodel and redecorate our new house.  I began with the “She Shed” restoring it for a personal space (now my husband wants to share the space since the vision for it is coming to pass-ha).  We have already done repairs; putting in a new door and windows, replacing the fence and repurposing the redwood boards for a screened look around the studio…outside paint is the next step.

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Before the beginning of our update on the “She Shed” – see post “New Hiding Places” July 24, 2015
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During the new update.

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Starting to work on the inside, while the weather is bad. Remember whole houses were paneled with this stuff! Will post later how to paint a plastic wall (so you can’t easily scratch the paint off). Sorry wall not will.  Sometimes I hate autocorrect.

Bright days ahead!  Nike has it right, “Just Do It”.  You will succeed, you will change, you will grow in depth and confidence!

Be Bless in this New Year!

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July 24 2015

New Hiding Places

The She Shed

I’ve suddenly got a huge burst of creative energy and onto a new project.  Didn’t I just post that I was going to finish all the backlogged projects first?  I am, I am.  The weather finally cooled off to a lovely 85 degrees and I can actually work outside without wilting.  I was itching to get started on something around “the estate” but had to settle into having to wait until fall, when the high temperatures subsided.  Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 4:30 am and found my creative mojo was in full force.

My inspiration came from the internet and all the talk about “She Sheds” – the newest trends for women.  After all, the “man cave” has been a topic for years, why not a special place for us gals.  Since I already have the bones for a good place to start; the bath house out back used in the old days to change and shower, now just a storage shed of sorts.

sheshed2It has two large windows and a little covered patio off to the side.  Does it look like it needs a lot of work? Yes! Though the structure is solid and really needs just some cosmetic changes. (A little heavenly light beams falling around this space, lolsheshed1

First getting rid of the warped boards on the pergola above the patio.  I had help on getting those down, but when I saw all those lovely, aged redwood strip still  in great condition, I couldn’t help myself in conjuring numerous ideas to reuse those for future projects.

redwood sheshedAfter I pulled a billion a few hundred nails, I had a treasure trove of resources!

Here are some of the inspiring pictures of other she sheds that some pretty creative people have done.  You can even use an old travel trailer to fix up to call your little get away!

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One person’s comment was this:

She-Shed-Essentials-1024x834I have a feeling that I won’t be the only one using this space when it is all done.  Stay tuned for developing new updates.