Friday, August 24, 2012

Putting in Doorway Wood Moldings

We wanted to redo the white wood moldings in our den now that we have redone the wood floors in there. So the hubs bought a stack of wood for me and I went to work staining it.
We've got this old table on our deck that does all kinds of dirty work with us....so I used it to start staining the planks of wood I wanted to use for the doorway.
I stained it with my favorite Minwax "FRUITWOOD" color.
I kind of look a little psycho here but I think I was just tired out from a long day on my feet. 
So I got busy painting the 1 x 4 boards with the Minwax stain. I let them dry overnight on the deck. Luckily it is nice warm weather! 
We found these decorative squares we thought might look pretty in the top corners of the doorway so I stained them too. But when we put them on the doorways, they were just too fancy for the rustic look we were going for. They would be much nicer painted white and placed in the great room which we will decorate more formally. 
So we put some "Liquid Nails" on the backs of each plank and glued it in place around the doorway, leaving a little overlap on the top plank. 
Then I nailed in some finishing nails all up and down the pieces. 
Almost done!
Finished doorway.  It looks a lot better than a white doorway with all the new wood floors and brown, leather furniture down in our den.  
Yup, I like the new wood doorway moldings a lot. It was so easy too, just a 24 hour job! Now we just have to finish the fireplace and the whole den will be done! It's taken months and months! Boy am I ready to be done too! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Park City Arts Festival 2012

Hey guess what today is? My Anniversary! It's my 33rd Anniversary to be exact. I can't believe I've been married that long either. What the heck happened here? The time has flown. So anyway, we went to Park City to PAR-TAY! Just Johnny and me. It's kind of an annual thing we do.
Handmade pottery. So pretty and unique. 
I love to peruse artistic festivals and shops for things for the house and garden. There are always beautiful things made from iron, glass and stone, that would make a lovely addition to my yard. And it needs all the help it can get! So we go to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival every year around our anniversary in August. It's a fun, food, and art filled extravaganza. We love it.
Glass blown fish....they were really beautiful. 

I loved the floral arrangements along the paths of Main Street in Park City. 

 There are very talented artisans from all over the country that come to share their wares. And I love looking at all the florals along the path of Main Street. There are also lots of bronze statues everywhere and rock gardens.

This moose picture was painted on a slab of rock....

I wanted one of these glass globes. 

I know for a fact that hundreds of artisans apply to be a part of the show. But they are very picky in who they choose. There are high end priced things all the way down to $10.00 items. There is something for everybody.
Beautiful pottery....so interesting. The inside is light blue...too bad my photog skills don't match the skills of these artists. 
I thought this loom was pretty cool....you can ask questions of any of the artisans there too. Many have created art for 30 years or more. 
Now these would look cool in anybody's garden....and you'd never have to water them!! They reminded me of our old California landscape where we had a few palm trees. Miss those palms! This is one way to get a palm tree in Utah! Or a fake cactus! 

Kimball Arts Festival in Park City...stunning art! How would one of these look in your yard? 
Glass Flowers....so beautiful! 

Glass and pottery vases and art.  
My favorites were the glass globes of every style and color. I loved looking at them all. They had tiny ones and giant ones. 

Another bronze statue. I've been to a foundry to see how these are made...it is a very long and creative process. 

I loved the ambiance of the restaurants along the path on Main Street in Park City. The blue lights were so pretty as the night wore on.  After dark everybody went to the bars and restaurants to socialize. Here is the 2nd floor, umbrella filled,  patio deck of one of them. 
Blown glass fish...These were some of my favorite things at the Park City Arts Festival. 

I snapped a picture of the artisan here, with his wares...lots of beautiful bracelets. 

This was an interesting piece of glass art. 

Bronze statue in the music courtyard where we stopped to listen to the band playing bluegrass music. 

What a cool, carved, chess set! And I loved all the handmade jewelry there too. 
We will go every year to the Kimball Arts Fesitval in Park City. There is so much to see! 
Loved this goldfish...I wanted it so bad!! 
I couldn't believe the talent of the artisan who did these beautiful bronzes.  They were stunning. 

These would look pretty hanging on my garden fence. 

There were many paintings, but the artisans don't like photographs taken of them....they say people can copy and blow up the photographs and sell them. So I snapped one of the windows of the art museums that line the path in Park City on Main Street.  It's an artsy place any time of year. 

There were even some purveyors of cheese and jams...this guy makes goat cheese and had samples to taste! 

I should have bought some for my son, Jeff, who is into anything "goat" right now. :D That's an inside family joke. 

They always have good food and good music bands playing too. It's such fun. We will be up at Park City for two weekends in a row this year. The hubs is dragging ME to the Tour of Utah bike race. Fun, right? Yeah. Men in bike shorts. That's not too hard to take! Bada bing, bada boom!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

6 Organizational Tips That Help Keep Things Neat

I am not a naturally organized person. I don't have that kind of mind. I don't notice messes creeping up on me until they are full blown disasters. So any tip, or help I can get from one of the detail oriented, masters of junk organization, I will take it.
I LOVE this idea for a wrapping organization station...that's next on my list! 
There are 6 ideas I've seen lately that I thought were fantastic and have already helped me a lot in my home. They just make life easier. One of them I saw on pinterest.  It is hanging your potholders inside of your cupboards on a little hook.
Found this idea on Pinterest 
 I have potholders that always cause my not-deep-enough drawers to jam. Or else the potholders go over the drawer and fall behind the counter somewhere into oblivion. What a great idea!  This way they are always handy.  Another thing to put on the insides of cupboard doors in things like Pam oil spray and vinegars. They just junk up my shelves and I use them infrequently. But I want to be able to see them all at a glance.  Spices you use the most would be great there too. I have resorted to putting my most-used spices in a metal basket by the stove. It is just easier for me because I cook ALL THE TIME.
Great use of space with this Spice Rack Organizer. Open the cupboard....see it all right there! 
I would love one of these for my pantry door....so much easier for organizing all those small containers of stuff! 
I snuck around one of the really uber organized teachers at my school's classroom the other day. I tried to notice what kinds of things help her stay organized. She has bins. Bins everywhere for every imaginable purpose.  On her desk was a basket JUST FOR NOTE PADS. She had all sorts of sticky notepads, cutesy ones, lunch lady notes, etc. By her sink she had Bandaids, Lotion, and Antibacterial soaps. AHA, my non-organized mind said to itself! I went home and looked at my kitchen. What do I use every single day that I could put in a basket to make life easier.

cookbook organization [kitchen]
Cookbook Storage idea....so cute! 
I found cuter baskets than these in all colors at Hobby Lobby for every room in my house. Next I am going to put some cookbooks in baskets for the kitchen. Won't that be cute? Found that idea on Pinterest too! 

This basket/drawer is only $9.98! Check it out at Organize This button on my side bar. I used this idea to do my spice basket by my stove. It has saved me so much time searching for my everyday spices! 

 Here's my new everyday spice basket. I have garlic, sugar, and everyday spices in a basket. My whole drawers used to be jammed with that kind of stuff. And I had to search through spices every day to find the garlic and lemon pepper and cinnamon. Now I have the "note basket" and the "spice basket" and in the laundry room I've put a "stain basket" with rags, all kinds of those bleach pens, soap, sprays. It has made life easier already. Look for an area to reduce junk in a drawer by placing a basket right next to where you need it.
Organized medicine cabinet---so simple and yet WHY didn't I think to do it this way??  BTW, this entire website has amazing organizing tips.  Wish I could be as diligent as they are!
Another Pinterest Idea.....I LOVE these extra drawers on shelves ideas....it invites you to be more organized! 
Another thing I noticed is little plastic drawer sets. She had them for everything. Ever notice how much easier it is to organize stuff in drawers than in cupboards? Same principle. I started seeing these on sale at places like Target and Walmart too. So I bought a few sets.  I have used one set of like 91/2 x 11 size paper drawers for my sewing supplies. One has threads and needles and pincushions, another has zippers and seam binding, another has sewing machine bobbins and metal implements. I bought another 3 drawer set and I have used it for my makeup. One drawer is for lipsticks, one for foundations and blushes, and another for eye pencils and eye shadows.   It has worked great! I always have a few out on the counter still because I'm messy, but at least it isn't dozens out. I bought a few tiny sets and put different colors of earrings in each drawer. "THIS IS SO COOL!" I said to myself. I hope I don't go overboard on this one.

Find little drawer sets like these in all shapes and sizes at Walmart and Shopko. They are great time savers. 

white two drawer cd organizer
CD storage drawers....check them out at Organize This on my sidebar. 
Another tip was finding hooks for over the door. I found lots of sets at T.J. Max with 2 to 8 hooks on them.  If every door in your house has a set of hanging hooks (over the door type are so easy) then you can hang jammies, bathing suits, towels, hoodies, coats, robes, anything and everything. So you don't always have to hang stuff up. I love that idea! Because, as I said, I'm very LAZY. So hooks are my new fav thing. They would be great in kid's rooms too because, trust me, they are lazy too! Give them one hook set for jammies, one hook set for hoodies and jackets, or sports team jerseys,  and a set in their bathroom for bathing suits and towels. We go in the jacuzzi a lot at my house so bathing suits are a drag if I don't have a place for everyone's suit to dry.
satin nickel duchess 5 hook over the door rack     overdoor jewelry organizer

I found a set like this at T.J. Max for only $5.99 and 2 sets of 2 hooks each were the same price! You could have hooks all over your house for less than $20 bucks! And think how organized you'd be!! 
I used to just put books and extra office paper and extra file folders in these bins. And that is still a good idea. But now I found an even better under the bed bin idea. It's for SHOES! Shoes are the bain of my un-neat world's existence. I always have a pile of shoes in every room and bedroom, even the bathroom. I know, I'm not a neat freak!  I bought 2  of them just for my own shoes! It will help organize kids sports equipment, beach toys and beach wear versus winter toys and winter wear. Get the picture? No more drawers packed with all 4 seasons of stuff.
Look for this $9.98 Shoe Storage Container from the Button on my sidebar called Organize This! 
One under the bed shoe storage has fancy shoes in it that I rarely ever wear. The one under my bed has tennis shoes and sandals (seasonal) styles. So my closet has the ones I wear everyday. It has helped soooo much. And these things are less that $10 bucks! What a great deal.

I used to put all the wrapping paper rolls and ribbon rolls in an under-the-bed container. It helped keep that stuff organized for me but I always had to drag it out, open it, rummage through, etc.. until I made one of my kid's bedrooms a craft room when they moved out. Then I moved that stuff to a Rubbermaid tall trash can and have it next to a little table. These trash cans will fit in a bedroom corner of the room!  3 drawer container for ribbons scissors and tape is right nearby! It has made gift wrapping a cinch! I love that little area of my craft room so much now! Sometimes I go in there just to stare at my gift wrapping area. I dump scraps in the trash after wrapping things too! :D
work in color
I wish my desk looked something like this...but it is coming along...I've improved with just these 6 simple tips!  

I like the new idea of "a place for everything" and everything in it's place. (well, THAT will never happen!) but it does help me.  I just bought a tiny three drawer set for my earings. So I liked it so much I bought 2 more. Now I have a drawer for every color of earring. And I got a set of hooks for my necklaces. My goal is to get a hook for every necklace color. Great idea right?


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