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Friday, September 28, 2007
Still Cleaning
Yep- a bigger job than I anticipated. The floors are all in. The new furniture is in. Even most of the new area rugs (still waiting for the dining room rug, guest bedroom rug and two hall runners). Will have to get a stair runner put in as the laminate stairs are a bit weird and slippery. The dishwasher is back in (now I need to clean the kitchen) and the fridge goes back in tomorrow (doors need to come off to get it in the door).

Now, I have been using those fabric covered bins from Bed, Bath & Beyond in place of dresser drawers in my walk-in-closet however, the shelving unit they sat on had to be removed to put the floor in the closet and having it out made the closet so much more user-friendly!! As a result I have redesigned the closet and now need shelves at the far end for my bins. I tried buying two of those hanging sweater bags but they are so flimsy that even putting all my panties in (they took up two shelves) was almost more than the thing could handle. I can't imagine putting sweaters in this thing! (ok, I tend toward bulky, cotton sweaters rather than sweet cashmere). So, I am having my favorite carpenter, Larry (who made all the custom cabinetry in my place) come over to measure for the shelves. Unfortunately this means I can't put everything away until they are done so I am without a bath tub (it's full of blankets and clothes). At least I picked up some nice plastic containers (a la Melody Johnson) for my knitting yarn. I think I need two more.

Yesterday was one-of-those-days).....the lawmakers here in Michigan in their *infinate wisdom* (heavy sarcasm) have been unable to come up with a workable budget which means the state government will shut down on Sunday if no agreement is reached. This means: no liquor (which has to be purchased by the retailers from the state), no lottery (no big deal to me as I play maybe once a year), and no Secretary of State. Normally the last would not be a big deal either except my birthday is the first week of November and, wouldn't you know it, this is the year I had to go in to renew. I thought I would be smart and go in on Thursday morning before my weaving class. I arrived at 9:10am (they open at 9) and the line to get a number was already out the door!! Yikes! When I got out of there I was already late for class so I thought I would swing by Home Depot (it's on the way to class and a right turn in and out again- I hate making lefts) to get my paint and a couple of other things. First stop, the paint counter. Only one person working. Great. Twenty minutes minimum to get my 4 quarts. Ok. So, I go to do my other shopping there. 30 minutes later and she's still working on my order in between phone calls and answering questions. By the time I got out of there I was really late and decided to just finish my shoppinig. So, off to Michaels (almost next door) to pick up some 26" x 26" pillow forms. No such luck; the largest they had was 20" x 20". Drat. Did manage to pick up the cotton, queen-size batt I need for AQT and a couple of other things. Then to BB&B. Got out of there $300+ lighter ( I love and hate that store). Last stop the grocery store and then home. By then I had a migraine going. Walked the dog, ate lunch, took a pain pill and fell asleep.

I did get most of the yarn put away after I got up, migraine free. And I have been doing a bang-up job of decluttering my files. But not much else.....

Today we work on cleaning the kitchen and the studio......

Yes, pictures to follow.

posted by Teri Springer @ 8:28 AM   0 comments
Friday, September 14, 2007
More House Work!!
No, I'm not referring to the normal dusting, sweeping, scrubbing of toilets (altho that all still needs doing on a regular basis). Instead I am referring to a *make-over* for my upstairs here in Michigan. Now, I really wish I could get someone from HGTV to come and do this but, realistically, I'm on my own. This condo was one of the original "models" for the development and hasn't been changed since it was built in 2001. Well, ok, I had the basement finished but that is my son's domain.

So....Monday, Empire is coming in to tear out all my dirty, stained off-white carpet and the cheap laminate in the kitchen and replace it ALL with a red oak laminate....that's kitchen, foyer, dining room, living room, hall, sewing studio, 2 bedrooms and 2 closets. Whew. So I have to pack up all my small stuff and find a place to put it. They will take care of moving the big stuff. Thankfully I have found someone to take the couch, 2 chairs and ottoman in the living room (that all came with the place- they were the model furniture- pretty but NOT comfortable). So that's a big chunk we won't have to find space for. Once the front half of the house is done the back half has to be cleared out. My new couch, ottoman and two recliners are coming Tuesday and the front part of the house should be done by then.

While all this is going on I am *decluttering* by packing up all the stuff I can live without and taking it to the new Goodwill Donation Center just down the street. How's THAT for serendipity??

It will be a big hassle but it will sure be nice to get rid of this dirty, ugly old, allergen-filled carpet and have a nice floor. I found having all hardwood in the Nova Scotia home to be so much easier to keep clean. And, bonus! I will be able to roll my chair much easier in the studio.

Next challenge, paint. I cannot stand these "contractor beige" walls. Since my kitchen/dining room/living room are all open to each other but I do not want them all the same color, I am getting the help of a friend's sister-in-law who is a designer (college degree and all). I want this done right!! I want it cozy in the living room and that is a challenge with the very high ceilings but I also want my art collection to be well showcased. The sewing studio will be easy; I am going with the very, very pale gray I used in the basement sans the silver dry-brush overlay. I think that color will be cool enough to work in this west-facing room and neutral enough to allow me to view WIPs without undue color effects from the walls.

Still unsure of what I am going to do with the bedrooms tho. Again, I want something cozy and restful but that will make my art collection look great. I have three very special pieces, a painting by Melody Johnson, a quilt by Carol Taylor and another one by Michele Hardy, that I want to be stars in that sanctuary. All pieces share a color scheme so I am hoping Deb and I can find a color that meets my need for cozy and restful but that will still set off these fabulous works.....

Oh, and my new camera just came; a Canon EOS D40. I went back and forth between this and the Nikon but, since I already have a Canon Rebel and the lenses can be used on the D40 (and I have a couple of really expensive lenses) it was kind of a no, I will get pictures of the current situation (oncluding the kitchen with no fridge- the old one and the new one are both in the garage at the moment) and of the work as it progresses.

Now, to go unpack that camera and check it out!!

posted by Teri Springer @ 8:26 AM   4 comments
Friday, September 07, 2007
Headaches- Literally
Ok, I have been home for a while now and haven't posted much. Between getting Joey's driver's license, getting his dad to get off his ass and get the car he bought Joey registered and insured, getting Joey back into school and all, well.....

On top of that my colitis has decided to now attack even when I haven't had a thing to eat! Wonderful. Now our weather is weird and I am on day 2 of a real doozy of a migraine......

Two more Vicodin and I'm headed back to bed. The good news is the weather is changing here and that should help me shake this.

My commission quilt is gone- out the door and I am finishing my Water Goddess. Happily I found my "headgear" (magnifyer) so I can finish beading without aggravating the headaches.


posted by Teri Springer @ 3:03 PM   1 comments
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Name: Teri Springer
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About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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