Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This 'n That

Hi there! I hope the weather where you are is as gorgeous as it is here! We could flirt with 70 degrees today! I'm enjoying it while I can, because there is rain, snow and temps in the 30s predicted for Friday and Saturday. The roller coaster that is Mother Nature is ready to roll, hop on board! LOL

***Warning***Lots of picture sharing today...

I have really, really wanted to do something crafty this week, but as yet haven't been able to. Being sick last week put me behind on things around the house I wanted to get done and I'm just about caught up, so hopefully soon!

With the nice weather, I'm motivated to do some extra cleaning and that's what I worked on yesterday. I actually cleaned our fireplace, like trying to scrub the soot off the glass panes and off the hearth stone, and even some of the brick facing. Yeah, I'm nutzo, I know. But it was looking rather grimy and yucky. And because I'm proud of the effort, I'll share...LOL

Sorry for a bit of glare, but it was fuzzy without the flash on. And I thought, while I'm at it, I'll share my mantle (mantel? neither spelling looks right, but spell check isn't getting hot and bothered, so pick the right one)

This is as much as would fit in the frame. I'm thinking the wall behind it is pretty bare, but I don't know what to put up there. Sigh...
Here's the left side. The white pieces and sequined butterfly box were found at the thrift store.
I finally printed off a picture of my sweet Sarah to have alongside the photo of sweet Critter.
Those glass pieces? Dollar Tree! Well, I bought two candlesticks and two vases and glued them together using E6000 glue. I'm gonna put something in 'em, just haven't decided what yet. The clock is from my friend Kelly and I just love it.
The other side. Found the candlestick at the thrift store and I loved the shape, so I bought it. We have the pawprints of the cat and dog along with their tins up there. The stone is a geode (I think that is what they are called). Steve brought the stones home from a trip and the girls broke them open. The other pieces are next to the spider plant.

Next to the fireplace is my computer desk. And this is what it has looked like. Prettttttty dang scary if you ask me. LOL

Lots o' junk, that is for sure. Guess what else I worked on yesterday...And now it looks like this...

Which is an improvement, no?
But in the interest of being REAL here...

I still gotta go through this! LOL

 But, before I tackle this, I went out this morning to buy a dishwasher. Yep, our dishwasher is messing with our dishes too much. Um, I don't even know how old it it was here when we moved in in 1996. Granted, I didn't use it too much for several years because I preferred to just do the dishes to get 'em done and put away, but up until recently, it's done a mighty fine job. So, anyway, I bought it, but can't get it until tomorrow morning. BUT...while I was out, I had a niggly feeling to go to the thrift store. So I did. And I'm happy I did.

I found this book, one I'd heard about many months ago and tried to find at either the library or book store. Sometimes being patient pays off. 
And sometimes you just find neat stuff.

Like this.
Oh can't hardly see it.
Let's try this...

There was no tag on it, but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask how much at the register.
How about...$1.99? 

Works for me! 

The Dollar Tree is right next door to the thrift store and I popped in and got the flowers to use for now. You can see the rest of the bunch on the mantle/mantel.

Now that mess is calling to me, so I'd best shut it up take care of it before I have to go get the girls from school.

Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!


mE said...

Dang woman! You have been uber busy today!! You rock! hehe!

I love that flower frog! What a pretty addition to your house!

Nice job on the fireplace! (I'm motivated to do some spring cleaning, too, but my knee hurts too much to do more than the normal stuff today.) Your mantle stuff is even cuter in person :) :) :) You said you needed something behind it.. how bout painting that one wall a nice accent color? And then maybe hang a nice piece of iron work like we saw at Hobby Lobby or a nice framed piece of art or crochet?

Wanna come clean up my desk? Buwahahahaha!

Ok, back to dusting and vacuuming!

Love ya!


Alanna said...

Wow Jeanne, you have been busy. Things look great and you are so ambitious.

Felicia Fernandez said...

It just wouldn't be your desk without that Sonic cup!!!!!

Kathi C. said...

You go girl! I love it. With a little sunshine and a few uninterrupted days, I might just be right behind you! Thanks for sharing!

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow! You sure are tackling the spring cleaning. Looks great! I think our desks are a constant mess we need to clean up. Mine is a catch all when I am busy.

You are the Thrift Store guru! You sure find great deals. I haven't been to ours yet. I need to stop by soon.

Have a great day!