Monday, December 14, 2009

It's the Little Things....

Hall coat closet before.

Hall coat closer after. I found these brass light pulls at Home Depot yesterday - we have three lighted closets in the house. They're so much nicer than the string that you see in the first photo! Now I just need to neaten up the hangers - switch those plastic ones for more wood hangers that I know are still in a box somewhere!
Yesterday and the day before I worked some more trying to set up my studio. For now it just isn't working for me. I have an idea of what might, then I also remembered I bought this book a while back. Lois lives near our former house. I sure wish I could simply invite her to spend the weekend over here and help me in person! She offers consultation over the phone/internet and I may just take her up on it!
We are thoroughly enjoying our first nearly 2 weeks of retirement! One thing I've noticed is that we aren't spending nearly as much on groceries as we did while working! It seems we eat everything we buy so far, including leftovers! Today is another run to the landfill with a few more things from when the house was updated along with another run to the recycle station with more cardboard boxes and paper!

We have several inches of new snow on the ground and another storm with several more inches predicted for tonight --- yipppeee!

18 comments:

Bonnie said...

Little things can make a big difference! Glad things are moving right along. That book looks wonderful - I may have to check into it.

Anne said...

The light pulls in the closet cracked me up! Hmmm, Candace, OCD? LOL Love it. I had the same problem with my sewing room when we moved. Took me 6 months to finally feel comfortable. Don't do anything permanent (like built-ins) until you're absolutely sure you're happy with the layout. That was my mistake. Now I just have to live with it! So glad you're happy with your move!

Stephanie said...

Retirement and snow bliss! I'm really looking forward to seeing your sewing room solutions as I prepare to move my sewing space! LOTS more room but how to make it an effecient use of space....?

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Love your light pulls, its definitely the details that make us happy and functional.
I used that book too, it has some good info....Anne has some great advice, I like my sewing table I purchased for my room, its on casters that lock. This way I can move it easily, flexibility is wonderful. Have fun with your project, its a special place.
Love those chairs, I feel the same about the arms, they are beautiful and will be so cozy!!
Enjoy your snow!!

Ulla said...

Good luck with your studio project! I need every idea and encouragement available before I can start with mine.

Gran said...

You have given me a great idea in the light pulls. I have missed checking in with your progress - life happens.... The book on creating your studio looks good. I have to check it out. Today will be clearing the decks in the spare room so that our son comes home for Christmas will have a place to sleep... While I do not have a studio I need some good ideas for the room.

Tottles.

Kaaren said...

If you show me some pictures of your snow, I'll show you some pictures of mine. 6" more yesterday and the same is predicted for tonight.

Okay, the novelty is already beginning to wear off. How much longer til spring? (wink)

I think the secret to a functional studio is storage. I wish I had counter top height cupboards around the perimeter of my studio with more on top for storage. I think that would help avoid the clutter which tends to appear from nowhere, especially when working on a project.

*karendianne. said...

Gosh I love that light pull. Nothing like a little charm in the closet. Very cute. :) Hope Sophie is doing great ~ sure she is! I am one of those people that loves saving on groceries. It's a "thing" with me so when I read that I wanted to do a lot of "Hip, hip, hooray'ing" because, well, it's the little things!

Quilt Hollow said...

In time all will be settled and have found a new spot in your home....keep remembering that this isn't a race! Hee!

Jackie said...

You don't miss a detail! :)

It sounds like you really like the snow. I know I'd love to have some down here!

Mel said...

Glad to hear you are settling in! How fun your Christmas will be in the new home!

onlymehere said...

I have this same book! It gave me an idea for a sewing table that I'm going to make next spring. It h as fun new ideas that I'm incorporating too. My son just moved out for two years while he's on a mission for our church so his bedroom is my sewing room. I have to paint it first and that's a huge undertaking since he hung all his pictures and posters with push pins, augghhhh! Tons of teeny holes to patch before painting. I hope you share your space with us when it's done! Oh, and I really like the pulls on your lights.

Melanie said...

Hia Candace, the same lady had a chart planner thingy with the same cover so you can actually plan things like where an ironing board could be set up in your craft room with proper templates to the approximate right size.

Lovely light pulls. Slowly slowly it is all coming together just in time for Christmas. :-)

Anonymous said...

I loaned that book to a friend and just got it back last week..As I was cruising through it I realized how very not unorganized but how much clutter I do have in my workroom. I look forward to downsizing and purging in 2010..hmmm wonder if they have classes on how to do that?
So glad you are enjoying retirement..Louise

Mary said...

I would sooooo love to be organized in my sewing room. Do you mean to tell me that some quilters and crafty ones are already there??? Say it isn't so.

Carrie P. said...

Great light pulls.
I did not realize you were retiring too. Congratulations!
You will have to show us your studio when you get it just the way you want it.

Libby said...

Look at you go - it's really shaping up all around *s* Hubby and I just had a conversation about the hall closet this week. This is our first that is actually used for things like coats and boots . . . . now to find a place for the things we usually keep in there *s*

Karen said...

It sounds like everything is going great there. Everything according to plan except the room that needs a plan :) Congratulations on your retirement, I'm sure you're going to make great use of it!