29 Mar 2013

Conquer the Clutter: Wrap Up

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We did it! Yippie! Thank you all so, so much for participating in this challenge with me.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again - having other people out there doing the same mundane tasks as me week after week was a huge motivator.  I hope that it was for you too - just a little kick in the pants.

Does your house feel lighter?  More organized?  Less chaotic?  Mine sure does.  Although on the surface things don't look that different, when I open a closet door now I am not scared of things jumping out at me.  It's amazing how much peace comes with just knowing we aren't carrying around extra junk.  

One of the items on last week's list was to organize a hobby.  For me that means paint.  Paint, paint and more....paint! Since we don't have a heated garage, every fall I bring all of the paint in from the garage down to the basement.  We have a little storage area under the stairs that I shove it all in.  Shove is the appropriate term here.  It was a mess, and it had started oozing out into the hallway, which caused constant toe stubbing and much swearing.  

To save on space, I transferred the paint from the almost-empty cans into mason jars.

move paint from big bulky cans to mason jars to save space. www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I painted each of the jar lids so that if I have them all in a bin then I can easily see what colour each one is.

move paint to mason jars and paint the lid for easy identification

I also wrote out the colour, brand, finish and mix date for each colour onto a label and then slapped the label on the jar.

Paint in mason jars.

I am actually sort of excited to use paint out of the jars since the lids will be so much easier to open than paint cans (no searching for screw driver to pry open the lid....I know...I have a seriously tough life!).  

Moving paint into mason jars.

Pretty decent change, right?

I also started on organizing my photos.  Started is the key word.  I didn't even come close to finishing the mammoth task, but at least it's something.  I normally just import my photos from my camera into Lightroom without naming a specific destination folder, which results in each import having its own dated folder.  It's an ok system, but does not make for very easy recall.  I needed to start separating blog photos from our own family photos.  I went through and made a series of collections and then slowly moved photos into the correct one.  Now all I have to do is tackle the other 5 years of old digital files!

Lightroom Collections

I also finally went through a stack of wedding photos....from 3 and a half years ago (shake head in shame....).  I hauled the photos out while I was de-cluttering our spare bedroom closet, and had then just set them aside for a few weeks while I was focusing on other areas.

At our wedding we gave each couple a disposable camera to take pictures with throughout the week.  When everyone went home we collected all of the cameras back and then had them all developed.  And that was it.  Since then, the developed photos have sat in a bag feeling quite neglected.  I had grand plans to do an album but just haven't got there yet.  I went through each envelope and tossed the photos that weren't album worthy and was still left with a pretty decent stack.

photos finally sorted

I am now contemplating what to do with them.  I have a few options running around in my brain - it may be a post for another day!

Left over wedding photos

And yes....that is a towel elephant drinking out of a shot glass.  Bonus points for any family members who are reading and can tell me who took that photo.  (I have a pretty good idea though...).

We pretty much failed at the pantry last week.  It's all just lame excuses really.  We can't organize the pantry while Fin is awake because she is obsessed with everything in it.  She rips open bags and eats their contents with very little regard for what we say.  Dry beans? Yup, she'll eat them.  Chocolate Chips?  Even better.  Flour?  Bring. It. On. 

I had big plans to spend some time on the weekend in the pantry, but plans changed because Mr. Swell had to go visit our water-damaged rental property (which takes the whole day since it's 3 hours away).  I don't know how single parents do it...but I do know that while I was on single parent duty the pantry was not getting purged.  Nope.  I told you, all excuses.  Hopefully I will get to it this weekend.  We both have today and Monday off so I have faith that we can find a bit of time!

I think it's official that I can say most of my clutter has been conquered, and I hope you can too.  WOO HOO!

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Ok, I may not be quite as zen as monks yet, but I am pretty darn happy about organizing our spaces.

I promise that this will be the last organizing post for quite a while!

If you participated in this challenge with me, what was your favourite or least favourite area?  Was it easier to do just a little bit of at a time instead of trying to do it all during one weekend and feeling overwhelmed?  

Happy Easter - I hope the chocolate egg laying bunny pays a visit to your house!





26 Mar 2013

Teal Vanity Chair (and my thoughts on Liquitex Spray Paint)

A couple of weeks ago (maybe it was more like 3 or 4) I stopped in at the thrift shop in search of a vintage scarf.  The scarf was for a project that I didn't end up doing, but what I did find was this chair.

Vanity Chair Before

I looked at it for a while thinking that it might work in our main bathroom.  We bathe Fin every night, and usually it's 2 adults, a great dane and a little girl all shoved into a small bathroom.  I've wanted a little chair to put beside the tub for 2 years now, but haven't been able to find anything tiny enough.  After sitting in it and thinking long and hard about the space we had, I ultimately decided that it was too big and left it at the thrift shop. 

After I got home I told Mr. Swell all about it and how I was sad that we didn't have a bigger bathroom.  He asked if the chair would work with the vanity I had painted.  Since it wasn't selling,  um....YES!  It would totally work!  Brilliant.

As a quick refresher, I painted an old vanity back in the fall thinking that it would sell super quick.  I loved it and figured someone else would too.  Well, it didn't sell.  I posted it on Kijiji week after week and nothing.  I had 2 people come look at it and decide that it was too small for them.  I had another 2 people say they were coming to get it and then didn't show up (nothing drives me more mad!).  As much as I wanted to keep it, we just didn't have the space.

Milk Paint Dressing Table

So, back to the thrift shop we went.  (Actually, Mr. Swell went).  Luckily the chair was still there, so for $19.99 we picked it up.

I had been wanting to try out the Liquitex spray paint for quite a while, and this was finally the perfect project for it.  Liquitex is sold at Michael's (although I am sure there are other places too) in the painting aisle with all of the acrylic paint.  It's more expensive than hardware store brands, but with a 40% coupon I managed to pick up a bottle for just under $10.

I went with Veridian Hue Permanent 7, which is a nice mellow teal colour.

Liquitex Spray Paint

A couple of things about Liquitex Spray Paint....

It is water based, not solvent/oil based like most other spray paints.  It hardly smells at all, which if you spray paint quite a bit like I do, is a total WIN!  I usually avoid spray painting in the house, but I did this piece in the basement and it didn't smell up the area at all.  (On a side note....I am sure that Liquitex would advise to not paint in small spaces - just because it doesn't smell doesn't mean there aren't fumes.)  

The major suckey thing about this paint though is that it has to be held upright while spraying.  Ugh. Annoying.  I did my best, but it's impossible to paint furniture without tilting the can a bit.  After doing the first coat I held the can upside down to blow out the nozzle (as suggested on the can).  It seemed to work, but when I went back to do the second coat the nozzle was plugged.  I fooled around with it a bit and got it working again....but not for long.  It clogged again.  After many attempts at unclogging it I finally used a nozzle from another can of spray paint that I had.  It worked, but not as good as the original nozzle (it stuck in the 'on' position which meant that I couldn't stop and start spraying....and had to move FAST).  I imagine that you can buy extra nozzles, but I was being lazy and didn't feel like going to the store.  

Aside from the clogging issue, I loved the actual paint.  It covered amazingly well and the colour was fantastic.  The other thing I LOVED is that it was a matte finish - sometimes I just don't want everything to be shiny.

Moving on....are you still with me after that aside?

After I spray painted the brass, I then reupholstered the seat.  Apparently before the lovely navy blue jersey fabric that was on it there must have also been hot pink at some point.

Chair Pad

I cut of piece of drop cloth fabric to fit and then pleated and stapled my way around the circle.

Upholstering

The little button for the middle was actually bolted through the wood and attached with a nut at the bottom.  When I unscrewed it, I saw that the fabric was just wrapped around and then held on with an elastic.

Chair Pad Button

Strange, but it worked.  I cut another square of drop cloth and then gave it a few coats of spray paint.  Once it was dry I used the same trick again and secured it on with an elastic, and then reattached the button to the seat.

After everything was put back together the chair looked A LOT better!

Refinished Vanity Chair

Refinished Vanity Chair at A Swell Place to Dwell

The colour is really cute, right?  It was totally unintentional, but it's almost an exact match to Fin's teal dresser - which is good to know in case I want to spray paint something to match in her room.

And just because I felt the need to stage it a little bit.....

Refinished Vanity Chair using Liquitex Spray Paint

Staging a chair is actually a bit of a challenge!

Once the chair was painted and reupholstered, I was excited to try it with the dressing table.  I sat myself down and spun around....and my legs hit the middle drawer.  Ugh.  The chair was too big!  (clearly I should have tested this BEFORE!).  

Mr. Swell cut the centre piece of the chair down for me, but even after it was as low as it could go, it was still too tall. 

So, after freaking out a bit, I made the decision to remove the middle drawer.  My trusty assistants got to work sawing out the drawer supports. 

Fixing Vanity

As you can see in the photo above, I also spray painted the handles, changing them from red to teal.  I wish I had done teal all along as I love how it looks with the chippy white - it feels more authentic.

Thankfully the surgery did the trick.  Once the drawer was removed my legs fit under no problem. 

Milk Paint Vanity and Chair.  www.aswellplacetodwell.com

We decided to not remove all of the supports in case someone wants to put the drawer back in one day.  It would be easy to add a cross support so that the drawer could still slide in.  

I did end up having to mix some more milk paint to cover up some areas that hadn't shown before, but it was a quick 5 minute fix.

Milk Paint Vanity and Chair.  www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Milk Paint Vanity and Spray Painted Chair with a Liquitex Spray Paint Review  www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Milk Paint Vanity and Spray Painted Chair with a Liquitex Spray Paint Review  www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Vanity and pretty chair

I fell in love with the vanity all over again.  I really did want to keep it....if only we had more rooms!

I posted it on Kijiji with the chair and within 2 days it was sold, for double what I was asking before.  Gotta love that!  The $20 chair made all the difference. 

So tell me, have any of you tried Liquitex spray paint?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?

P.S. Whenever I post pictures of my pallet shelves I get questions about them.  Yes, we made them.  The full tutorial is here.

P.P.S. I really hate that the heat register is always in my furniture photos! 

TDC Before and After

24 Mar 2013

The Most Delicious Donuts Ever

Just a quick Sunday post today because I HAD to share these donuts with you. 

The easiest and most delicious donuts ever!

Am I the last person on earth to discover these semi-home made donuts?  They rocked my world....seriously.  I am not even a donut person, I will usually pick a good soft cookie over a donut, but these guys will beat out cookies any day. 

Thursday was Mr. Swell's birthday (which also happened to be the day Edmonton received the most snowfall in one day in over 40 years!) and instead of making him a cake this year we broke tradition and made donuts.  (Last year I made him Chocoflan, which is still one seriously delicious cake if you are in need of a new cake recipe). 

On top of being delicious, they could not be easier.  Take a can of pre-made biscuits (we used Pillsbury Country Style).  Cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit (a tall shot glass works well).  Then fry them in vegetable oil that has been heated to 350 degrees until they are gold brown on each side.   When they are still nice and hot, shake them up in a bag filled with cinnamon and sugar.  Oh, and don't forget to fry the holes too!

They remind me of the little mini donuts at the fair.

The easiest and most delicious donuts ever!

This might just become a birthday tradition in our house!

Hope you are having a great Sunday!  I'll be back on Tuesday to show you how I re-did a vanity chair and fixed up our milk paint vanity.  

22 Mar 2013

Conquer the Clutter: Week 4

4 weeks, 20 Spaces. Let's Conquer the Clutter together

15 spaces down, 4 to go!  Yay!  For those of you who are following along in this challenge are you starting to feel pretty proud of yourselves?  Personally I think I am rockin' this challenge!  (nothing like gloating on your own blog, right?).  After a major set back last week, I came back with a vengeance this week.  I channelled all of my anger into organizing...and it worked.  (If you are new here you can read all about the past weeks here.)

I told you at the beginning of this challenge that I am not an organizing genius.  Heck no!  My goal is to purge and get it looking somewhat decent.  I know that my organizing is not up to the standards that many keep in their homes (i.e. labelling every bin and shelf), but it's good for me, and that's a total win for our family. 

I wish I had the gene that made me want to colour code and sort by size, but it's just not in me.  I honestly don't care.  All I want is a space that feels calm and where stuff doesn't all fall on me when I open the door (like the tupperware in our pantry currently does).

The linen closet was on the Week 3 list, but because of everything that was going on with our rental house I didn't get to it until the weekend.  I don't have a before (if you are a regular reader, you know that when I am on a roll I forget to take pictures...and for this one I was on a R-O-L-L).

It looks pretty decent now.

organized linen closet

Clearly I don't care if my extra towels match.  I think it's time soon to throw out the bright orange ones. Oprah would not be proud.  I remember her saying how she likes to have all of her towels match and be lined up nice and neat.  (Random things stick in my brain).

My favourite thing in our newly organized linen closet is our sheet sets.  Dorky? YUP!  When I get a complete set of sheets (including pillow cases) all washed and folded, I then take the full set and put it inside one of the matching pillow cases.  Fold it all tight and wrap it up, then put it away.  It's really easy, and it saves a ton of time when you are making the bed.  Just grab the whole bundle and you already have everything you need.  

Bundle sheet sets together inside a pillow case.  When it's time to make the bed just grab the bundle and go. // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I also took on my walk-in closet this week and actually won!  Can we just take a moment to talk about how life is not fair sometimes?  While I was literally swallowed alive in my closet my little helper was doing this:


Can you see my hand peeking out from the door asking for a life line?  (don't look to hard, it's not actually there...).  All while she watched Wonder Pets in luxury.....

Anyhow, I started out with this:

Messy Closet

It is technically a walk -in closet, but as you can see, there is barely room to stand in it.  The dresser takes up most of the room, but I'd rather have it in the closet than taking up room in the bedroom.

After a few hours and too many fashion shows to count for my non-interested toddler audience, my closet finally looked a little better.

Clean Closet
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It's not revolutionary, but the fact that everything is actually hanging up is like the miracle of all miracles.  By the way...see that cardboard box way up on the top shelf that I can barely reach?  That's my present hiding box.  Does anyone else have one of those?  Mr. Swell has yet to figure it out, and since he doesn't usually read my blog, I think my secret is still safe.  (It was his birthday yesterday and little did he know that I had his present hidden in there for days....)

Since I left you with such a stellar tip for your linen closet (heavy sarcasm), here's my one clothes folding tip.

Fold your clothes this way....you can fit more in! // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Folding your shirts this way and standing them each on end instead of on top of one another allows WAY more shirts to fit.  Added bonus is that it actually lets you see what shirts you have.  I am sure I saw this on Pinterest way back when, but let me tell you....I am a total convert.  Somebody had their coffee the morning they thought of this trick!  (I have also heard good things about the Flip Fold....and I know at least one of you out there believes that it's a total time saver and makes folding fun....folding and fun...should those two words ever go together??)

Aside from the linen closet and my clothes closet we did successfully tackle the desk, the car (and survived to speak about it), the bathroom and all of Fin's toys.  High fives all around.  

So, what's left you ask?  

Well, here are the last 5 areas for week 4.
1. The Pantry.  Lord help me.....
2. The pots & pans.  Basically just sort through them and minimize down to what you actually use.
3. Your hobby.  Is it crafting, sewing, painting, drawing?  Whatever it is, let's corral the goods and throw out or donate the odds and ends that you won't ever use.  Mine will be moving my paint into smaller containers.
4. Entry way #2.  In week 1 you did an entry, but I am assuming that most people have more than one - this week it's time to face the other one.
5. Photos.  Yes, this is a doozy, but I think it's an important one.  Maybe yours are actual prints that are hanging around in a box, or maybe they are a bazillion digital files - either way it's time to come up with a system and spend some quality time with your memories.  If photography is your hobby then get to knock off two items with one task!

So there you have it! That's 20 areas.  I'll post the quick reference list on Facebook. I know I missed a couple big ones - the garage and the basement - but I didn't include them on purpose.  The goal of this challenge is to quickly take control of areas.  I don't know about you, but there is nothing quick about our garage - it's a full weekend event.  Maybe we can all tackle it together in the late spring? Did I miss any others?  Let me know...I'll save them up in case we decide to put ourselves through this punishment once again next year.

Need a theme song for this week?  It's an oldie but a goodie....We Are the Champions by Queen.  Why?  Because you are!  This is the home stretch and you CAN do it!  In case you don't already happen to have the song in your repertoire, you can download it here (US) and here (Canada).

Good luck in the last week of the challenge!!  Off you go.....




19 Mar 2013

{13 Things}

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1. Is anyone else watching House of Cards on Netflix?  (It's a Netflix original series.) We loved it! My, my, Kevin Spacey can play a good bad guy!

2. Have you heard of the site called Free Vintage Posters
?  There are so many posters that you can choose from, and they allow you to download the high-res file.  Bring it to a copy store and have it printed and you have some seriously inexpensive art.  These hippos are my favourite.  I need to find a room for them.

3. When we were in Maui over Christmas we visited a restaurant called Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop

Leoda's in Maui

The pies were delicious (you must try the coconut creme if you ever go), but I totally fell in love with the interior.

The one side of the restaurant had wood planked walls that were each washed with a different colour.  It was so colourful, but calming at the same time.  Mixed with the white walls and natural wood tables and chairs it really looked great.   I so desperately wanted to get a picture without people, but it was so busy that it just wasn't happening. 

Leoda's Interior - colourful planked wall

On the other side of the restaurant was a big divided mirror.   It was acid etched, and had just the right amount of etching to look authentic. 

Leoda's - etched mirror

4. Just in case you live in an area that doesn't get a lot of snow, I thought I'd show you the snow pile that is about half a block away from our house.

Dief & the snow pile

There are 2 piles - this is only one of them.  The pile is all of the snow that is collected for our city  when the streets are ploughed.  Dump trucks gather up all of the snow and bring it to this area where bull dozers move it up the snow mountain.  If you look hard you can see one bull dozer going up the mountain in the picture above.  They've used this same spot for a couple of years.  We always have bets on how long it will take to disappear - I think last year it was July.

5. While we are on the subject of snow - I am SICK of it! I am so ready for spring.  I think we received more than 6 inches of snow over the weekend.  I am working on a photo project for our kitchen and was editing some photos from our trip to Greece and Turkey a few years ago.  I thought I'd share this one in case you are  as desperate for warm weather as I am.   Just imagine sitting on a beach on Mykonos....

Mykonos

6. There has been a lot of this going on lately in our house.  Our child has a steel stomach....they go so fast it almost makes me want to throw up, so I have no idea how she stands it.


(if you are reading on a reader or in email and can't see the animation above please click through) 

7. Has anyone else used the Rad Lab plugin for Photoshop?  I downloaded the trial for Lightroom and have been playing around a bit with it.  The presets are nice, but I don't love the integration with Lightroom (i.e. opening up a separate program and then changing my RAW files into JPG).  Just curious if anyone else uses is and has a different opinion.

8. Sometimes after I have been home with Fin for the day I am so sick of hearing myself talk that I want to become a mime.  I feel like I explain everything to her (usually in detail), we sing, we laugh, I talk on the phone for work, I talk to the dog.  Lately I've been trying to tell Mr. Swell all about this, but he just doesn't get it.  He's much quieter than I am.  I think it must be a Mom thing.  Instead of just telling Fin it's a chair, I usually explain that it's a chair, and it's for sitting, and please don't tip the chair over, if you put your glass of water on the chair it will spill, standing on the chair on one foot is not a good idea, etc, etc, etc.  Know what I mean?  Do any other Moms feel this way?

9. I am slightly obsessed with this hanging planter from Jo Lucksted on Etsy.  I really do want one of my own (or maybe 3 or 4...).

Pink Laces

10. I think pink laces actually make me run faster (at least that is what I keep telling myself)


11. While we are on the topic of running....I am finally back up to 5km.  I haven't done much running since before Fin was born, but this is the year - the year I finally stick with it.  When I am on the treadmill (because clearly from the photo above, running outside is not yet an option...), I have to listen to music to keep going.  In case you happen to be in the same boat (or treadmill), and are looking for some new inspiration, here's my current running song list.  (warning - Mr. Swell says I have eclectic taste in music....but maybe some of you do to!).

- Miracle Mile // Cold War Kids
- Mama's Broken Heart // Miranda Lambert
- Scream & Shout // Will.i.am & Brittany Spears
- Downtown // Lady Antebellum
- Inner Ninja // Classified
- Porn Star Dancing // My Darkest Days
- Stutter // Marianas Trench
- Uprising // Muse
- The Dog Is Mine // K-os
- Stuck Like Glue // Sugarland
- I Knew You were Trouble // Taylor Swift
- Black & Gold // Sam Sparrow


12. The little lacy flower pot from Ikea that we have in our bedroom is really cute, but is so not practical.  Apparently you are supposed to put another pot inside of it with a big enough plant to still come out the top.  I didn't thoroughly think through the logistics prior to planting my teeny little succulent.  Every time I water it (which thankfully isn't much for a succulent), the water and the dirt come out the holes.  Not to smart.  Just a warning for anyone else who also doesn't think through the logistics and buys this pot.....

Ikea Lace Plant Pot

13.  The bathroom in the basement is going to be the next room we are working on.  The basics are already done, but it is in serious need of some decor (other than just a sink and toilet).

That's all the random stuff in my brain for now.  I am busy organizing this week and catching up on the areas that I missed last week.  I'll be back on Friday with the final week of Conquer the Clutter.  Have a great Tuesday!



17 Mar 2013

Polka Dot Easter Eggs in Tea Cups

How's that for a descriptive title?  No beating around the bush here.

If you have been reading this blog for a while then you know that I am not one to go all out for holidays.  I'll usually put up a few things here and there, but there is no mantle decorating, no seasonal wreaths and usually no centrepieces.  For Easter this year I decided to keep it low key.  Last year I made my wet felted Easter Eggs, but this year I just wasn't feeling the purple.  I wanted something a little bit more modern. 

I hard boiled a half a dozen eggs one night, let them cool overnight and then got to work on glamming them up.  

The next day I used my Brass Liquid Gilding to goldenize me some eggs.  Ta-da.

Gilded easter eggs

I called them the Liberace eggs (if Liberace had a chicken, that is...).

If you are a gilding virgin, here's my basic method - it's highly technical.  Wrap your finger in plastic wrap.  Then wrap your finger in a paper towel.  Dip your finger in the gilding and then smear it on the eggs.  Do half the egg, let it dry for about 5 minutes and then do the other half.  Done.  Super easy.  Don't skip the plastic wrap step or you will have a completely gold finger that will last for days. 

So here's the truth.  I wanted to speckle my eggs with white....but it was a big fat fail.  I tried speckling by flicking a tooth brush, but I just ended up speckling myself and the sink instead of the eggs.  Maybe my aim was off, I don't know.  I gave up on that and decided I'd dot them with white.  Well, that was a fail too.  The paint (I was using latex wall paint), just kept dripping off.  Duh, I finally remembered that latex can't go over oil based product.  Luckily the paint just washed right off, so I was back with my basic Liberace egg.  On to Plan C.

Plan C was to use more gilding, but this time in Pewter.  I used a pencil eraser to stamp little dots onto the eggs.  

polka dot easter eggs // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

And now I think they look like Liberace dinosaur eggs.  Or is it only me who automatically thinks of dinosaurs when I see spotted eggs?  Maybe I watch too many kids shows. (Fin LOVES the Dinosaur Train show). 

Anyhow, I liked them.  They were not pastel, not cutesy, and Easter-ish, but not too Easter-ish.

I brought out a few of my tea cups (from my favorite china set), wrapped up some jute twine with some fake grass stuff and pretty much just plopped everything in.

gilded easter eggs in tea cups. // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Cute little nests for the Liberace dino eggs.  

I had 5 eggs (one cracked during my multiple painting attempts and too-rough washing), so I used 3 tea cups.   I put them on our credenza in the living room.

Credenza decorated for easter /// www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Polka dot easter eggs in jute twine nest  // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Clearly I am going through a gold phase.  Gold elephant, gold twigs, gold eggs.....

Gilded easter eggs // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

easter decorating /// www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I am really liking the tea cups on the credenza.  I think I am going to have to find something different to go in them after Easter.  

gold and pewter easter eggs in tea cups // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Update: Since the taking of these pictures another egg has bit the dust.  I was making breakfast in the kitchen one morning and Fin was in the living room.  It had been really, really quiet for a few minutes, so I peeked my head in to see what was going on.  Usually when she is quiet I try and be very quite too so that I don't disturb what she is doing.  If she sees me it's game over and I automatically have to help her.  So I tip toed.  And what did I see?  She had grabbed an egg and was very busy smooshing it into the carpet...and her hair....and her PJs.  Ahhh.  I don't think she had eaten any.  Thank goodness.  Teaches me that I should have blown the eggs out instead of doing it the short-cut way.  The tea cups are now moved ALL the way to the back of the credenza. 

So tell me....am I the only one who isn't really into pastel Easter stuff?



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