Sunday, January 27, 2013

My primary home project...

I sometimes feel like I have 30 different things going on, and sometimes I do, LOL. Certainly I have projects working concurrently at both home and at the clinic. Always something to keep me busy (theoretically) - I can sleep when I'm dead, right?

Anyway, I am trying to focus on just one or two (or possibly three) projects at one time so that I can actually get something accomplished. My primary focus at home - re-doing Baby Girl's room... again.

This is what the room looked like when we toured the house prior to purchasing it -

**Note the bland WHITE walls and the lovely RED carpet...


**...a fabulous BROWN chandelier...

**...and the predictable boring closet...


**After the initial re-do, her walls were two-toned, aqua and blue...

**...much less boring...

**...I upcycled the chandelier - removed the tacky brown beads and crystals (BROWN crystals, really?!?), painted the base a coordinating color, added clear crystals and Murano glass sea creatures...

**...and the closet was transformed into something much more functional (and, yes, I do always paint the insides of closets in coordinating colors)...


So, the question might be -- having re-done this room less than a year ago, why is it in line for a SECOND remodeling already?? Good question...

Recently Baby Girl was diagnosed with an inflammatory respiratory condition. I am refusing, at this time, to have her tested to find out specifically what she is reacting to. The symptoms are mild to moderate, and she's only 4... I don't like the idea of them poking her repeatedly in the back with those little pointy things, and then watching the welts develop on her sensitive skin. It was unpleasant enough when we did that with Little Man and he was 12! The best we can do for now, without the specific testing, is to try to reduce the volume of allergenic material in her environment.

So..... that wonderful red carpet HAS TO GO! (Not that I'll shed a tear as it passes out the front door.) As we already knew, and as the pediatrician pointed out, carpet is a disgusting medium, trapping dander, hair, dust and God knows what else. Baby Girl's square of nastiness is currently sitting at the local dump.

I figured this was as good a time as any to turn her toddler room into a "big girl room" - and hopefully convince her that she should actually sleep in THERE (yes, she's been sleeping with us for over a year now; we've been too lazy to successfully transition her back - I work 6 to 7 days a week and haven't felt much like carrying her back to her own bed when I wake up at 3am to her kicking me in the head...). Trying to interest her in leaving OUR bed for her own - an idea she has been extremely resistant to - I promised to re-paint, buy a new bed, new bedding, just about ANYTHING to make the transition easier. And, here we go...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I suppose that the start of 2013 is as good a time as any to restart this blog in its new direction...

I have a "new to me" house which was built in 1994; it is wonderfully laid out and structurally sound, but horribly esthetically challenged. I just purchased my veterinary clinic which operates out of a 50+ year old building that once was a barn, then became a garage, and finally morphed into a vet clinic. It's fairly large (more than 3000 square feet) but it seems that each subsequent room was added on individually, so the transitions can be awkward, and overall, the use of available space is very poor.

I have big, big plans for both my house and the clinic, though I will be doing most of the work myself, so it's going to take some time. This new birth will transition my blog away from simply recording the mundane events of my life (well, for the most part, at least; can't promise that nothing will ever be mentioned...) to detailing my remodeling victories (or fails), and crafting attemtps, which is bound to be MUCH more interesting... so, stick around; check it out... maybe you'll learn something (or maybe I will).