The June 30 Day Challenge Is Done!!!

Hi All,

The room is done, well almost done!!!! The 30 days is up, and it has been a challenge.  Wow, I think my biggest challenge was time.  Between traveling, entertaining company and a major storm Monday night, I really had to push myself to finish this one.

In case you’re wondering, I join Serena at Thrift Diving June 30 Day Room Challenge series to motivate myself to complete this room.  The challenge was to transform one room in your house, and I chose my daughter’s old room.  I decided to change it into a guest room/craft room. I am still embarrassed to show you guys the “before” pictures, but here it is.



A hot mess….right!  First, I  cleared out the room, and that was a huge task.  I believe that took the longest because at some points I wanted to give up.  It was just too much.

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Clearing this space allowed me to clear my head and think about my layout instead of thinking about how messy it was.  Here is what it looks like now…..READY


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This is my craft/sewing area.  I reused the bookshelf that was already in the room to anchor the desk.  Remember I found the long white board in the garage?  Well, that became my desk top.  The other white shelves came from a local thrift store and I purchased them for $10 total.  I lucked up on a 50% off sale.  Remember the frames were my mother-in-law’s collection except for the one in the middle.  I purchased that one from Blicks Art store on clearance for $9.00.

Next is the guest area….Check out the “before” pictures…..


Again….a hot mess.


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I arranged the bed similar to a day bed and added lots of pillows… pillows.  The pillow inserts are 26 x 26, 22 x 22 and 16 x 16.  The fabric is leftover fabric from other projects.  I think my most expensive item was the garden stool for $30 at Ross.  I just had to get it because I was in love with the color and it fits perfect in this spot.

The lamp was for my in-laws. It was the 70’s orange and I decided to paint it.  Oh, and I can’t forget the side table.  This was purchased at the Goodwill for only $5, and didn’t have to do anything with it.

I am so happy with what I’ve accomplish and it really has a peaceful feel when I walk in.

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I still have a few little items I would like to add such as a desk lamp, but I’m in love with this room. I’m so thrilled I joined this challenge because now I have a lovely room I can create in.

What do you guys think?













Weekend Update

Hi All

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.


Hey Guys!!!!

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.

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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.

Where Is My Creativity?

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.


Treasure Tuesday

Hi All,

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Did you miss me?  I know it’s been a while, but I’m here…..I here now (Oprah voice).  I’m here with another treasure found at the Goodwill.  With this digital age we live in now, some of us do not use books anymore.  Actually I found myself at the books store today and I picked up this interesting book and put it back because I figured I would get it cheaper on my Kindle.  Well, I was in Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and decided to check out the book section.  I don’t formally go there because it’s usually a crowd in this section and I don’t have the energy to argue with another over space, so just avoid the section.  Well, this day it was empty, so why not check it out.  Some of my favorite books to buy are cookbooks so naturally that’s what I was looking for and I found these two.

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Have you ever taken off the protective cover?  You should because the colors of books are beautiful and they make great decorative pieces.

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I used mine on my little side table to add a little more color to the room.  Now, I know they’re cookbooks and they belong in the kitchen, but they are pretty where they are for now.

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Oh, by the way, these books were only $.50 each. A very inexpensive accessory with a lot of impact.



Possible Garden this Summer

The weather has got me so excited about being outside.  it’s over 60 degrees all week!!!!

This summer, I plan to have a herb, vegetable and flower garden.  I’ve always wanted to see if I can maintain my own garden just as my grandmother when I was growing up.  Her garden was beautiful and it was inviting.  The colors of the flower and fruit pulled you in.  Well, after I got passed the tree that made me sneeze every time I passed it, it was all good.  She had a fig tree, a Japanese plum-tree (we would sit in it and eat the plums) and an orange tree (it died later).  She also grew bay leaves, peppers and at one time corn.  In addition to these, she also had beautiful flowers and plants.  She would spend her time daily maintaining her garden and you better not make a mistake and step in it.   She called it her relaxing and exercise time. Sometimes spending the entire day picking weeds. 

I’ve noticed how a beautiful flower would make me smile, so I want to try to create that peace for me and possibly pass on good memories of Mom’s beautiful garden to my children.

As you know, I do not have a green thumb, but I believe it’s because I haven’t spent the time to take care of my plants….well that’s what I tell  myself.  This time, I’m turning over a new leaf. I’ve been researching small gardens and  I will schedule time weekly to maintain my space.  I am proud to announce my orchid is still alive…lol, but I will start small.  I plan to build a small raised garden like this


Raised Garden Beds: How to Build  Raised garden beds are fairly easy to construct and even easier to maintain. Here is advice on how to build raised garden beds for your backyard.

 My plan is to plant tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce and possibly onions.  I hope I’m not being too ambitious.

Do any of you have a garden?

Pillow Change for Spring

Hi All!

As you may know by now, I love sewing pillows and I can change my mind often especially when the seasons change.  Since spring is creeping in, I thought about adding more color to my house.  I’m starting with this fabric I was drawn to  in the fabric store.  I love the colors in it.


The colors just jump out at me and I like the two different prints together.  It just seems to work.

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I just made one pillow so far to see how it would look in the room.  Hopefully, I will be able to make the rest this weekend and show you the final look next week. What do you think about the fabric.

Another note, one day I will get the courage to recover this chair.  It upholstery needs to change.