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Makeover…

The backstory…

Vinyl curtain

Several years ago, Sully and I bought this shower curtain.  We had slowly started to decorate our master bathroom for Christmas.  We’d gotten some snowman towels and a few other items as gifts the previous year.  I saw this ‘Let it Snow’ set in an ad, either Bed, Bath and Beyond or Linens and Things before they shut down their stores.  I really liked how it looked with the curtain and the towels, cute and fun without being  juvenile.  Of course, it helped that it was mostly blue and snowflakes are cool.

Years ago, I had no idea that I would eventually change the decor in the bathroom for each season.  One of the reasons that I liked the ‘Let it Snow’ set was because it was more Winter themed than Christmas.  The rest of the house is red and green and the bathroom is all blue and white.  I really enjoy it and because it is a winter bathroom I can keep it in there for an extra month or two.

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The shower curtain was packaged together with the hooks.  The hooks are cute, white with sparkles.  I believe the collection originally had small and larger hand towels, bath towels, a trash can, a rug and the shower curtain and hook set that all matched.  By the time that we were looking at it the hand towels, shower curtain, trash can and rug were left.  The trash cans didn’t look great, one was cracked and the other was scratched up.  We passed on the trash can and the rug, which was white, not a good idea in our house.

In the years since, we have collected various decorations and now have a fully decorated winter bathroom.  It’s all snowmen and snowflakes in blue, silver and white.  The crazy thing is that we’ve only bought a few of the decorations.  Most of them have been gifts and a few were handmade crafts, projects for gifts and the prototype ended up in the bathroom.

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The makeover…

  Shower curtain

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I bought a white fabric shower curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I used clothespins to pin the vinylIMG_1637 - Copy curtain to the fabric curtain.  Then I used white thread to sew the two curtains together with a zig zag stitch along the seam between the curtain and the top.   I trimmed the top section off leaving the white ring area for the hooks.

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Trim…

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I bought some trim to cover up the zig zag stitch and the raw edge of the vinyl curtain.  My first thought was the oversized bric a brac trim, but I was worried that the raw edge wouldn’ t be completely covered.  Boo saw this trim and thought that the poof balls looked like snowballs.  I liked the wide base of the trim and the loops in between the poofs.  I used tacky glue to attach the trim to the curtain.  I wrapped the trim around the end and kept it in place with a clothespin.                       

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I don’t have a picture of the new and improved curtain hanging up.  It was time to change out the winter decorations with the spring decorations.  I will try to remember to post an updated picture next December.

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The hooks needed some help too.  I should have taken a before picture but didn’t think about it.  Both the glitter and the paint was coming off of the snowflakes.

I punched some holes in the side of this box, stuck the hooks through and used painter’s tape to hold them straight.

First, I painted them white.  After the second coat of white paint dried, I decided to re-apply the glitter.  I painted the snowflakes with white craft glue and then dipped them in glitter.  I taped each snowflake back on the box and let it dry overnight.  They look good as new, actually better than new.  Super sparkly is good.  

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Spring…

The last few days the temperatures have been climbing towards 80 degrees, it’s beautiful out but its not quite Spring yet.  Or at least Spring in Arizona.  I think most people here think of Spring as temperatures between 80 and 99 degrees.  Regardless of the temperature, it is time for Spring cleaning.

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Good shot of the shower curtain and matching towels. Cat not standard accessory.

I decided to start in the Master bathroom, I was ready for the Winter Snowman decor to come down and the Spring Butterflies decor to go up.  It was easy to clean as I took stuff down.  I started in the shower and worked my way across the bathroom, dusting off walls, wiping off doors and light switches.  Winter deco got carried to a table in the great room to be packed up later.  Spring deco was moved in as each section of the bathroom was cleaned.  It worked well, much better than my usual system of bringing in all of the new stuff and switching things piece for piece.  Having half snowmen and half butterflies is a little too discordant and invariabley the next thing that you want to put out is packed at the bottom of the plastic crate.  I still have a few things to deal with but I will be able to do them this week without too much trouble.

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I love this doorway into the walk in closet. I started hanging curtains here last year and it really adds so much to the room.

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All in all, the day went well.  I am very happy with my progress in the bathroom.  Next is the bedroom, my plan is to continue to work my way across the house.  It might take some time though, I want to be somewhat thorough.  I will most likely have to mull some stuff around in me head to figure out what I really want to do.

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Week 2…

It’s Week 2 of James Bond Saturdays – From Russia With Love

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The second movie of the series is classic Bond, from the first faint rumblings of the Bond theme.  With the first introduction, ‘Bond, James Bond’, we couldn’t help but let out an ‘oh yeah.’  So classic, so iconic.   The exotic locales this time were Turkey and Eastern Europe (via the Orient Express).  We enjoyed the entire movie, and overly happy to see some familiar scenes like  Bond battling the enemy helicopter and later fighting Rosa Klebb (and her shoe spike) with a chair.

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Positivity…

Today was one of those days that actually went pretty well.  We went out to lunch and did some browsing at Pier 1 and Michael’s.  We relaxed and did some chatting.  Then things got annoying.  I am not going to go into it here but it was annoying and it threatened to ruin my day.

Luckily, I was able to stop and take a deep breath.  It would have been easy to give in to the frustration but I made the decision to let it go.    There’s not a lot I can control when it comes to other people  but I can control whether they ruin my day.  I chose to let go of the negativity and focus on the positive.  I griped for a few minutes then pushed it aside and had a great night.

My hope is that I can continue to feel in control of these situations.  I’ve spent too long feeling like I was responsible for everyone else and how they were feeling without giving much thought to how I was feeling.  That situation wears on you after a while, and it isn’t very helpful to anyone really.   It’s just made a few people think that they can do anything that they want and I will just go along with it so that I don’t make waves.  This has become a problem because I don’t really care.  I mean I still don’t want to make waves but if it happens then oh well.  I am just not going to make waves for the sake of being assertive or snotty.  I’ve been there for other people now it’s time for me to ‘be there’ for me.  I am going to do my best to help people but my life comes first, Boo and Sully come first, and then everyone and everything else.  It should be interesting to see how this all turns out.

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Onward…

Today is the start of my third 3 week section of my 51 week project. Phase 2 (I still think James Bond…) went well with the exception of walking.  I am focusing on the positive and moving on to the next section.  I am continuing/picking back up on the walks and strength training from Phase 1 and the routines and hopefully more sleep from Phase 2.

During Phase 3 I will be focusing on drinking more water and eating a healthier diet.  I think tracking my food daily will be really helpful and keep me focused on eating the right foods.  I seriously need to eat more fruit and vegetables.  We were doing really well before everyone got sick but then we kind of fell away from that.  I guess steamed veggies don’t sound so good when you are sick.  Not really surprised.  I am going update weekly on Sundays instead of a daily countdown of everything.  It gets boring for me to post so I can only imagine how boring it is to read.

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Phase 3:  Day 1

 

**And yes, I made this funky looking butterfly on Paint.

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Wandering…

This post is a bit rambly but the last couple of days have been like that, hence the wandering.

We spent most of the day at Gramma’s house cleaning out her garage.  For the last two or three years it’s been where we’ve shoved things that didn’t have a place.   It was a lot of carrying things inside and asking, “Keep?  Donate?  Trash?”  We filled up the back of my van with donations which we dropped off in the afternoon.  We filled three large plastic bags with trash.  We organized the tools and other items that were staying in the garage so that we left it rather straightened.  Oh, and yeah, we came home with a carload of stuff.  Most of it was broken down boxes for the recycling can, Gramma’s is stuck in the garage behind a broken garage door.  She couldn’t have the door repaired until we cleaned out the garage.  

In between sorting we ate lunch and then dinner after we were finished and watched more episodes of ‘Modern Family’.  We finished the second season, seriously a funny show.  I really thought when we started watching the show that I would have issues with Ed O’Neill’s character, Jay.  Forty or so episodes later I am pleasantly surprised, Jay isn’t the cuddliest character ever but I kind of understand him and I’ve certainly met enough men like him.

The best part of the day was after we got home.  Last week we got the entire set of James Bond films for a ridiculous price.  We decided that every Saturday for the next 23 weeks will be James Bond night.  Week 1 of James Bond Saturday?  Dr. No.  

Oh yeah!

 

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Phase 2: Day 21

Today is the last day of my second three week section.* For the most part, it went well, my focus was on my morning and night routines.  I stuck with it pretty well, on any random day something would be forgotten but it was a major improvement to the week before I started.  My plan included me continuing with the daily walking and strength exercises that I started in the first 3 week section.   I kept up with my strength exercises, I took two days off when I was doing some construction type of work in my laundry room but was otherwise on track.  Walking, on the other hand, was a major fail.  It started out the first day, that I just forgot and then it just snowballed from there.  I am not beating myself up about it though.  Boo and Sully were sick many of those days and then I wasn’t feeling 100% on others.  I drank a bit more Dr Pepper than I wanted to but that just means I have to do better from here.

*  I refer to it as Phase 2 when I label the section but it sounds absurd in a sentence, like some evil plan in a James Bond spoof.  I have been thinking this for weeks but only just decided to add it today.  The mention of James Bond Saturdays is just an ironic twist.  🙂

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Simple…

Sometimes the best solution is the simplest.  

I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to find bins with straight vertical sides to go up on the top shelf of my laundry area.*  I hung a curtain but the bins on the top shelf stick out beyond the shelf.  This causes the curtain to stick out in front of the shelves.  It looks weird and it casts an odd shadow on the counter below.   I’ve looked online.  I’ve visited stores.  I’ve gone back to looking online but this time looking for instructions on how to make my own bins.  

Finally, tonight I had a stroke of genius.  I remembered that the wire cube shelves are straight.  We have the wire grids all over the house. We have some in the pantry, Boo’s closet, the bunny condo in the great room and storage in the garage.  After some online chatting with Faith, I had it all figured out.  

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In this photo you can see the zip tie used to secure the two grids together.  I used wire clips to attach the grids to the shelf.  I tipped the grids against the back wall while I hammered in the clips.  Luckily, I had both the zip ties and the wire clips in the garage already.

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After the clips were hammered into the shelves, I pulled the grids up straight and marked the wall.  I used a wall anchor and a screw to attach the wire grid to the wall.   I put some bags behind the grid and it was amazingly stable.  I thought I might need some ‘L’ brackets but the wire clips and the wall anchor worked really well.  

I repeated the process on the other side.   Once all of the grids were secured to the shelf and walls,  I began to unload the contents of the bins back onto the shelf.  I left the middle open for better access.   

The grids work great.  I’ve got purses and accessories on the left and backpacks and miscellaneous  bags on the right.  There’s enough room in the middle to stash something else.  I haven’t decided what yet though.  Now, I can work on the curtains, hopefully I will get a chance to work on them this weekend.

 

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I should have taken the photos before I loaded the shelves but I wasn’t completely sure it was going to work until I’d gotten some bags loaded into it.  Honestly, after I’d gotten stuff up there, pictures for the blog wasn’t enough motivation to unload it all again.  🙂

*I call it the laundry area because I am not sure what to call it.   You can’t walk into it, so not the ‘laundry room’.  It has no doors so ‘laundry closet’ doesn’t work either.  Ugh…laundry area.

Phase 2:  Day 20

Not really much to report, I didn’t walk and I didn’t do my lower body exercises because I knew I would be up and down the ladder a bunch while working on the shelves in the laundry area.

The morning and nighttime routine is still going great.

Believe me I realize these daily updates are seriously boring but they keep me honest.