When I first read on Funky Junk Interiors
was going to be hosting “Gitter Done” this year I thought it said, “Glitter Done” party, which sounds super fun, since I was guessing glitter would be involved and all. But when I gave it a second look it was actually “Gitter Done,” meaning we’d be getting done all of the things we’ve been putting off while reading about other people’s stuff on their blogs. Hmm…no glitter was involved but I was thinking that this kind of party might be more beneficial for me anyway. Well, glitter may be involved in the future, like when I complete my cottage turned studio
, but for now it’s just me showcasing stuff that needed to get done. And this week you get two for the price of one. You read that right TWO for the price of ONE!!! And if you actually paid me something to write this blog it might be a deal.
We’ll start with the boring, yet essential-for-life “Gitter Done” project this week. Laundry. Yay (no sarcasm here, whatsover)!
Mount de Poppy aka Our Laundry
Y’all Mount de Poppy was scary. I think my repulsion to laundry began when I got married and the clothes seemed to double (imagine that!). Then we added a kid. More laundry (who knew???). And another kid (oh my!). It didn’t help that for a few months our dryer just was not heating well and it took forever, literally FOREVER, to dry the clothes. This meant one load = one day. Yuck! We thought we were going to have to buy a new dryer (yuck, again) but after researching some online I found out that we maybe just needed to clean the vents and various dryer part-thingies, technical, I know. So my hubby cleaned the vents and thingies and it worked like brand new. Apparently “cleaning your dryer regularly” means doing it more often than once every eight years.
No More Laundry - Miracles Do Still Happen!
So how did I get the motivation to get the laundry done and keep it done?
I set the goal to not get on the computer at all if there was a load of laundry needing to be dealt with, i.e. if there was a load in the washer, it had to be moved to the dryer; if there was a load in the dryer, it had to be folded and put up in the dressers or closets; if there was a load large enough to wash; the process started over. I had not spent much time on the computer, but in my free moments I was choosing that instead of laundry. I also hold off on any decorating projects, crafts, etc. if there’s laundry to be done. This new system has helped me to maintain our empty laundry baskets each day. And now I feel I’m on my way to truly getting a handle on Mount de Poppy, one of my goals for 2011, which has now been reduced to this:
Yay!!! Now onto this week’s Gitter Done project #2 – adding a mood of love to our master bedroom, in light of Valentine’s Day, and well, in light of romance in general.
Fall 2008 - Cluttered, Dark, Ick
When we first moved into our home in 2008 this was it’s state: cluttered, dark, ick. That clutter was from home projects, moving boxes, etc. Unfortunately, this past Christmas our room was cluttered again by gifts, wrapping supplies, art projects, etc. since I did not have my craft/office studio set up yet. It’s amazing how one thing in your home can affect another thing. So before I began any touch ups on our bedroom I had to remove the Christmas clutter from our room, as well as some laundry (hahaha!). Anyway, here’s a look at our bedroom after painting it a pale gray, “Filtered Shade” by Valspar.
Before: Spring 2010 (blah)
We loved the lighter wall color and new wood laminate floors, but the headboard wasn’t working “as is,” so I painted it & added some wooden flower details to it this past summer. Then it looked like this:
Summer 2010 - nice, but missing a touch of romance
One of my goals for this year is to create a more cozy, romantic mood to our bedroom.
After: Ready for Romance...just add some flowers :)
I need to add a few more pieces of art to our walls, but I’m happy with the change I made above our bed by hanging the coffee filter wreath above it.
I also put white sheets on the bed, flipped the comforter to the polka-dotted side, and folded it half-way down the bed so you can see the damask print as well. I think the hot pink satin pillows add that touch of Valentine’s Day that I was hoping to add.
1950s Doily-inspired Afghan Throw
Finally, I moved a bench in front of the bed for an extra touch of coziness. My husband’s aunt made this afghan throw for me last year. She created the pattern from a 1950s doily pattern, simply beautiful! Next week I’ll share with you how I created this bench…because it’s not a real bench.
Let’s look at the before, before, before picture & the after picture, shall we?
Fall 2008 - Cluttered, Dark, Ick
After: Light, Decluttered & Ready for Romance!
Thank you for checking out my gitter done projects this week…what projects are you currently working on or hoping to do in the coming week?
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