This was a busy weekend. The Guess room/craft room project was my priority because I only had 4 days to complete tons of project….OMG! I worked long hours every night and on top of this, my daughter is in town. I got a chance to spend some time with her, but she helped out by spending time with her brother. They had a great weekend together at the beach. Well, today is the last day and here’s what I’ve done so far.
I decided to assign Friday night to painting the projects. I painted frames I found in the basement gold, white and silver, and I think the color combination works well together.
This tray was from a gift I received at my last baby shower. I just couldn’t toss it because I knew I could use it, so I stored it in his closet. Well, that time has come. I painted the sides metallic gold. Always re-purpose unused items and save some money.
The lamp was another item that was in the basement. It was a 70’s orange and the base was brown….I’m sure it was stylish 40 years ago. I’ve decided to paint it white to give it a fresh look and the base gold. I’m really loving this combination because it gives a classic feel.
Well, Saturday was for sewing. All of this fabric was leftover from other projects, so I didn’t have to spend any extra money. I purchased 26 x 26 pillows from Hobo for only $7.00 each….not bad.
As you know, today is the last day of the June 30 day challenge and I still have a couple of small projects to complete. I’m so glad I challenged myself and tackle this room. I love how the room is coming alone and I can’t wait to show you guys.
I purchased some asparagus from the Farmer’s Market and immediately decided to make steak and potatoes. I think asparagus and steak goes well together. Now, I was never a big fan of asparagus, but loves all vegetable which means I had to learn how to cook them. After searching all over the internet, I finally found a recipe I love that makes asparagus taste good to me. Have you tried the Neely’s BBQ rub from the Food Network? Well, you have to check out the recipe here. I enjoy many of their recipes.
Now, the steak. I purchased two 1″ rib eye steaks and marinade them with, wait for it, Italian salad dressing for 24 hours. It has seasoning and oil which is perfect for a marinade. I also added kosher salt, parsley, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. I have my grilled cast iron pan flaming hot with oil and just places the steaks on it. Now, I have a 1″ thick rib eye steak, so I cooked it on one side for about 7 minutes and the other side 4 minutes for Medium. It comes out great every time. Once the steak is done, I let it rest for about 5 minutes. While the steak is resting, I just throw the asparagus in the pan and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes…..I like to have a little crunch.
This week’s treasure came from out of the garage. I barely visit the garage because it’s so much going on in there. When we moved in the house, it was packed with 30 years of memories and we moved a lot of my husband’s parent’s things in the garage until we can go through it. Needless to say we never did. The garage already had a pile of things in there, but we added a lot more from the basement. It’s overwhelming.
I’ve decided to look around and see what I can find because I’m working on the Office/guest room challenge this month and I really do not want to spend a lot of money. I like to use what I have first and then buy the remaining items needed. Well, I found these items for the project.
I’m thinking about using the long white board as a desk. Hopefully, this project will look nice….crossing my fingers. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the shuttles or the crates, but tune and find out.
As I mentioned before, I’m in a creative funk. I have been trying everything to get out of it…..checking out Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram to get some sort of spark of inspiration…..nothing. I was scrolling through my emails and came across this 30-Day Challenge for the month of June. I’ve decided to dive into the challenge by Serena at Thrift Diving to get me going. You can check out the challenge here. She challenge everyone to dive into transforming that space you’ve been wanting to do, but never got around to do it. I’ve decided to take the challenge and transform my daughter’s room/guess room/sewing room. I know a lot of slashes.
Check out the before pictures. Now beware….this room was my daughter’s room and this is how she left it when she moved out. I am so embarrassed to even show it because it makes me cringe when I see it. We usually close the door and pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s a mess, but it’s wasted space since she moved out.
I told you….A hot mess!
My plan is to have one side of the room as my craft/sewing space and the other side would house the bed. This room gets tons of light which is perfect for my project and I must have a guess bedroom because my entire family lives in other states, so this room has to have slashes. I will post updates weekly, so you can see my progress and that will force me to stay motivated.
I know I know, it’s been awhile. So much has been going on the past couple of months, I haven’t had a chance to do much of anything creative and now I’m suffering. It feels like I’ve hit a wall creatively, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.
Well, we have been traveling a lot. I can tell you March was my husband’s birthday month, April is my son’s birthday month, May is my birthday month and June is my daughter’s birthday month, so it gets busy around here celebrating these birthdays. My birthday was one of those milestone birthdays and we just had to celebrate. My husband flew us to Vegas to spend my actual birthday there and the next morning we flew to Los Angeles to aboard the Carnival Cruise for four days……we had a blast.
I want to thank everyone for sticking with me and I promise I will be posting more often.
Have a great day!