Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Living Room Blinds!

I finally got some blinds for the living room! Earlier this month, as part of the Artist's Way group I'm doing with some friends, we listed 10 Tiny Changes we wanted to make and then pick one to do. I picked "Get blinds for living room and take down those ratty looking sheers."

I budgeted $30 for them, planning to get cheapies from Wal-Mart. Then, when I was cleaning my office, I found a $40 Lowe's Gift Certificate that DH's brother had given us for Christmas last year! So that, plus my $30 got me some awesome blinds!

I bought them on the 7th, planning to hang them right away, but I hit some issues—they were too heavy for me to hang alone, Christopher couldn't figure them out. DH had to finally go buy some tools that we already had but can't find. (Grrr! Yes, still not organized.)

However, I (as in, DH) finally got them hung!!!

Not sure what I'm going to do with that big gaping hole up at the top. The sheers were hung decoratively with a little doo-dah there in the middle. Maybe I'll get a valance or something...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Office Work!

I wish I'd thought to take "Before" photos of my office. You'll just have to trust me that it was a mess of disorganization. Not at all conducive to creativity. Or thought. Or work.

On Thursday I started the dejunking, re-organizing my office project. I walked 2 1/2 miles moving stuff out of and then back into the office. That gives you some indication of how bad it was. (Seriously, 2 1/2 miles. I wore a pedometer.)

I still have a few piles in the living room that need to be dealt with: one laundry basket full of stuff I need to sort and decide what to do with, and two buckets of paper that needs to be shredded or filed, and a very small stack of other things that need a home somewhere else besides my office.

But after working all day Thursday and most of Friday, I'm ready for the "reveal"!

West and North Walls from Door

This is the view of the North wall from the doorway. You can see that there is space on my shelves and on the table behind my chair. That's where I do paperwork.

I have only the two laptops on the computer desk. I have two printers to the left (you can only see one) and one printer on the floor under the desk. (Why do I have three printers? One's color, one's black laser, and the one on the floor is hooked to the PC because I couldn't find the printer drivers.) (But now, due to the dejunk, I know where that CD is and can load it on and get rid of the third printer, as soon as I get rid of the virus on the PC...)

Notice the artwork by the window—Mary Englebreit. Love her!

South Wall

This is the view of the South wall. It shows the two good printers.

What you can't see because I take blurry photos is that my bookshelf is neat and organized. Top shelf holds writing-related books. Second shelf will hold "my" books (the ones I'm writing; they are still in the living room waiting to be sorted. (Although, I may move the writing books down to shelf 2 and keep my dictionaries and "my" books on shelf 1...)

Shelf 3 is paper.

Shelf 4 is my book portfolio (books I've helped create) and some notebooks that are too tall for other shelves.

Shelf 5 holds resource books, like how to do html, etc.

And notice my collage there to the right of the bookcase? That is the Vision Board for my creative side. :)

West Wall

Another view of the West wall that shows my neat and clean shelves.

East Wall

The East wall is for long-term storage. The left closet has two filing cabinets and some sorters. The right closet has software, office supplies, etc. And see that blue/aqua colored box with the clear box on top? Those are my art supplies. (I love containerizing!)

Also, since cleaning out my office stirred up my allergies and I woke up Saturday with a bad headache and sore throat, I used that day to load most of my music CDs into my iTunes program on my Mac. Been meaning to do that for a looonnggg time. I used to listen to music when I worked but haven't done it for years because I don't have a CD player in my office anymore. I've missed it. Now I have it back. I'll be transferring the tunes to my iPod sometime soon.

And this next week? What will I be doing? You never can tell...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I'm Learning to Paint!

This is what I did this past weekend at an impromptu Artist's Weekend in Logan.

It loses a bit in the scanning process because my scanner is old. But I had so much fun! It's like kindergarten all over again—except much more fun because there aren't any boys eating paste in the class.

This technique is called Colored Pencil Painting because it's done with colored pencils, but you use many of the techniques of painting. I can't wait to start my next project!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Must-Enter Christmas Contests!

I am sponsoring several giveaway events this month. The first is the Holiday Goodies Event at Live, Love, Laugh with Leslie.

As of today, she has 47 items up for giveaways, and lots of ways to earn entries.

I'm giving away an Urban Botanic Holiday Set, a fragrance warmer in your choice of colors with three winter scents: Allspice, Peppermint and Pine. Visit the post to read what Leslie and Belinda thought of the Holiday Sets I sent them and to enter to win.

I'm also giving away a Twilight fragrance to two lucky winners. Leslie and Belinda both loved the Bella's New Moon spritzer I sent to them. Visit the post to enter to win AND to find a 25% Discount Code for use at CustomScentsOnline.

The Holiday Goodies Event and their CustomScentsOnline Discount Code ends December 6th.

I'm also a sponsor in Tristi's Merry Month of Miracles Giveaway.

Every day during the month of December, Tristi is giving away an awesome prize to celebrate the release of her new book, Dearly Departed (book 2 in her Secret Sisters series), which will be released in January!

Visit her site every day to enter to win a bunch of totally cool prizes—including a Twilight spritzer and an Urban Botanic Holiday Set, from Yours Truly.

If you haven't already read Secret Sisters, you'll want to do that before Dearly Departed is released. It is a fun read. Here's my review.

(P.S. I'll be saving some of my Christmas money to get DD when it comes out.)