Monday, April 16, 2018

Midwest SPRING???

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It continues...the constant bluster of a winter that won't quit.

Yesterday, we woke up to sleet. Followed by continued freezing rain all day, with intermittent melt, followed by more ice.
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My clothesline dressed for the ball, in sparkling diamond drops.


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I was trying to catch the huge limb that slid down the 100+ foot elm that is my neighbors. But, the suffering maple buds....frozen in the front caught the camera eye.


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The ice got thicker as the day progressed.



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Midwest gardening: My Viburnum wearing an icy coat. Daffodils have budded out on the lower left, in the corner where it's sheltered and surrounded with concrete.

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This morning---the limb and other refuse, blown over garbage cans, 
still in the yard covered with snow on top of the ice.

Spring---I don't think so. I know there's worse in the rest of the country, my heart goes out to all suffering the continual storms gripping the nation.

But, it sure has been hard to even think spring here in Chicagoland.

How's the weather in your neck of the woods?


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Craft Room 2: Progress

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Here is where we left off on the NEW CRAFT ROOM in the basement last week. 
Lots of OLD stuff, tons of mess, and trying to work around it. 

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Good news! I sold my wheel a GREEN thing to do and all my ceramics magazines, tools and a big butcher block counter.
Also, sold a kiln, that would have been a real hassle to recycle.

The other good kiln and miscellaneous has been moved out. 
It's in NEW condition for sale,---we are also hoping to find buyers for 
100+ ceramic molds, anyone interested in Chicago area or surrounding states, mail me.

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My Etsy shop is open again. This is the now scrambled shipping room. We are going to REDO some organizational things in here. I use a lot of GREEN-RECYCLED materials for shipping, but storing it had reached unmanageable proportions. 

I also photograph my OLD vintage items and craft items in here for listing. My bins of stock under the bench are currently inventoried and organized. That was a big project this week. I donated a bin worth of small unsold goodies to charity thrift stores, another GREEN thing.

Where I am standing, I turn around and below is what will be the NEW craft room. 

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The ugly 1980's paneling had been chosen because it was the color of the clay and really cheap. lol. We are going right over the top of it, with a nice light barn-board paneling. The below hole will be an open doorway after removing three cement blocks.  On the other side is another huge 'craft workshop' storage room, stuffed with STUFF. 

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It's organized over there, but very tight for working. I will---donate or sell at least half. Watch for some real bargains in my Etsy stores in the coming months. 
I worked for M'S and HL, so my craft stashes are monumental.

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Back in the NEW craft room. 
The outside walls are waterproofed, insulated with 2"thick foam board, and studded. 
I can't believe how warm it is down here, now. 
It will be really cozy. I can't wait to have crafting parties in this space.

These two walls will be white pegboard on top and paneling on the bottom with chair rail. A long counter will run across the right wall. The left wall will have storage--we are talking about barn doors sliding there. The ceiling may stay undone for quite awhile as we have some first floor bathroom fixtures to REDO sometime in the future. All the water pipes and heat ducting run through this room. 

 The NEW subfloor is 2'x2' Dri-Core (name brand) panels. On the bottom side is a thick plastic grid for moisture proofing, the top is thick plywood. These inter-lock and provide a solid base for new flooring on irregular concrete surfaces. We use vinyl plank on top---which we love and have in most of the house.

 Hubby's goal this week is to get all the paneling and pegboard up, the trim and start the electrical.
My goal, is to reorganize the shipping room. To go through more bins and purge excess or photograph and list it. 

The Grand will be here again the end of next week, and the Barbie room upstairs and family room are a disaster. It's always "Fruit Basket UPSET" in your home, when you do Old-New-Green-Redo....anything!

How are your projects coming? 

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Craft Room: New Beginnings

Hi, all. I've been MIA pretty much since January. 
Here's what's been going on.

I was a stoneware potter and ceramicist for 40 some years. In 1984 first thing we did when we moved in was set up the clay shop in roughly 1/4 of the basement and adding a small kiln room with proper ventilation. The kiln room is now my shipping room for my Etsy shop.


Later in the late 1990's--when my back and hands gave out---I began casting earthenware and painting on blanks.  


From roughly 2005, when my parents both began to reach later years---everything was set aside and left untouched. New molds ($1000 worth) never even used. The room became a dumping ground after my parent's house was sold.


About a month ago---we started in earnest clearing out all the old clay, containers, supplies and extra tools. A sink/counter was removed from here. The walls needing to be patched and properly sealed.
The room is roughly 12 x 16...so a decent size.


The only window in the room, now sealed tight----for leakage. 





The room was never insulated. The kilns kept it warm in the winter. But now, hubby has begun 
insulating both walls after repairs and waterproofing. A new waterproof subfloor is being laid. And some vinyl planking will be next. 



We still have lots to deal with. But the new beginning has begun.


We are still working around tons of stuff. 
We filled one Bagster and all the garbage cans a couple times over.
I listed two kilns, the wheel (sold) and all the molds (106+) on Craig's List.
All the molds have been cleaned and catalogued. 
The white boxes are my parent's legal records, 
which I am required to keep for a couple of more years.


My wonderful shipping area---in transition right now---as everything has to travel through here.


My Etsy shop*(temporarily closed)---has been displaced to the family room.

I'm going through the 10 or so totes that say LIST  and all my previous stock! 


No Easter gathering here this year. 

Final Goals: New walls, Etsy shelving, lighting, sink, craft work surface, storage, display for 
my Barbie houses and play area for the Grand. Phew---that's a lot on the agenda.
And restoring our family room to some sort of normal.

So what have you been working on?


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Happy Easter All!

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, but I guess we have to wait a little longer in Chicagoland.
We've had flu here for the last 11 days. So I dug these out from last year.



What's better than carrot cake for Easter.


Tulips----and bunnies nesting in my vintage fish packer.


I have some of these in the yard---but they haven't even peeked up yet.!



To you and yours have a Happy Easter Holiday!



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Monday, January 22, 2018

Kitchen Anniversary Clean OUT!

Last year we did an entire kitchen gut and remodel. You can follow the story on the blog, starting here, Whole House Remodel: Kitchen--Finally!

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We are in our late 60's and we did the entire thing ourselves....with help from friends and family. We assembled and planned an IKEA kitchen. It was a dream kitchen designed for big family meals, canning, baking, and a love for crazy amounts of vintage stuff. 

When we moved into the kitchen after four months of construction---ALMOST---everything I could possible want to use fit in all the planned storage. We decided to keep everything that fit, and purge those items not used after a year.

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Well, it's purge time. I'm not an organized person by nature, so along with a cleaning program, I began on the drawers last week. The section above had been designated everyday dishes and casual entertaining a year ago. 

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Drawer 1 is the everyday silverware and casual serving ware. We entertain family a lot. Usually under 12 people. I cleaned this out reorganized a tiny bit. I've used dividers in this drawer and don't regret this at all. The drawer basically stayed organized for the whole year. (I did pull a lot of pushpins, screws, nails, toothpicks and some paper bits out of here, though)

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Drawer 2 Before----I use paper plates and plastic plates as buffers. The bowls and small plates all stack very well, so there's no shifting to speak of.

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After cleaning and re-stacking the drawer, I have space in front, perfect for some bags of napkins, I use for quick use if someone pops in for a cup of coffee or desert. My casual dishes are mixed blue and white, and a few red, vintage as well as new. I have a stack of green anchor hocking bowls, I wish I could find more of.

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These paper napkins were found here and there in the kitchen, so I organized them and used them for the front space of my Drawer 2.

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This works, and I will continue to use the paper plate dividers, until I come up with a better (redo) solution. Purchased dividers would be expensive and wouldn't be the correct sizes anyway.


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Drawer 3 was filled with casual serving pieces, bowls, and my Chopper/mixer case (I use that a lot, 

right above on the counter). This had lots of odds and ends stuck in there---that didn't belong. 

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No. 3 empty--this is a huge drawer, I have one IKEA divider holding everything.


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While the drawers are being cleaned, I mineral oiled all the teak handles on my mid-century Scandinavian serving pieces and some of my wood bowls. These get a work-out all year long serving the extended family. They are unbreakable so no one has to worry about breaking anything. Formal dining is lovely for holidays, but for a Sunday cookout not so much.


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Drawer 3 completed: I alternated glass against plastic/metal/or wood. Rearranged with the odd pieces pulled out and there is lots of room and it's all easily accessed by the drawers.


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Surprisingly, I have used everything in this drawer way more than once this year. Some things weekly.

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This vintage platter---I'm moving to the living room buffet housing the formal dinnerware. I had pulled it out for the holidays before we put up the Christmas tree, as it was hard to get into the buffet with all the holiday decor surrounding it.


I started next on the island which has two cabinets of 3-30" wide drawers.

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This is my cleaned top drawer in what I called the baking cabinet. Very little left this drawer and very little had to be moved. Zoning drawers is the best way to stay neat. YES, I use everything here often. We do 'family' (sometimes 4 family) baking or cookies, pies, pizzas, and canned applesauce.

The box on the left is my silicone pastry pad. I have mixed and matched dividers in here. The cup of batteries are for my scale and auto-mixer for pot stirring, which I don't leave in the appliances.

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Drawer 5 is the middle drawer and has mixing bowls, glass and plastic measuring bowls, my blender stick, battery pot-stirrer, rolling pin, caulk gun cake decorator, two antique sifters, and all the tips for cake decorating, corn syrup and two containers of shortening. I have thought of dividers for this, but after using one for awhile I pulled it out to utilize all the space.



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This is the purged stuff from the 5 drawers---well, the napkins were reorganized, the plastic serving pieces/bowls actually belong on the back porch cabinet. The rest will be dealt with or filed. 
Not too bad for an unorganized person for a whole year.



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NOW---BEFORE--Drawer 6 with baking supplies, well, it's a disaster. Basically, I bought too much stuff to do at Christmas and then it didn't get it done...sigh. So--I have to tackle this which has to be organized---in a better fashion--for the next post, or.... 
maybe AFTER I bake Valentine's goodies!


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Hopes for a New Year

I started this blog as "Something Old, New, Green, Redo." I wanted to share life experiences, the arts, my meagre talents, my humor,  and exhibit the treasure trove of vintage goodies I have inherited and those fun things I find.

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But, like all the fabulous ideas in my life-- I have managed to only become Old and I think in complete need of a Redo!


Blog or not to blog, that is the question.

Do you ever feel like that, overwhelmed and definitely in need of a redo? How about being an unfocused mess---that's what my blog seems to me. Like falling down the rabbit hole.....ever deeper.
However, that is me...an unfocused sometimes messy person.

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Blogland 


What has changed in three years---well, the actual Blog World mostly, not me--for sure.

The vibe is different now. Not as personal, but calculated. Posts are more and more generic, aimed at the largest audience. Buzz themes are for the moment---geared toward advertising. I don't even have to look at my blog reading list to know decluttering, closets and storage are the unwritten themes for this month. Blog sponsors and sponsored posts will be from those categories.

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Not here---Everything is old or scrounged for my coffee cabinet. No promotional possibilities here...lol.


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Organized drawers from our kitchen remodel...they don't look like this now, lol.
I still love my dividers---possible promotion there.


You've got Mail!

I have watched my primary and social g-mails lists go from full everyday to insignificant, while the promotional section has swelled past 100's each day as everyone jumped on the advertising promotional bandwagon. I can't tell you of how many blogs I have dropped/or blocked emails from, this last year.

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I checked my mail last night about 8pm, but---Primary this morning was 21, Social 30, Promotions 92.

So what about the content? Primary mail includes my Etsy shop and paypal--which was 10 of those 21. Seven of the remaining 11 were my own comments to others. Social---is filled with notifications and newsletters, not much better if they are also in Promotions. And hidden in Promotions were some of my favorite blogs, operative word--were my favorites.

How to lose your readers.

How do you lose my interest?---Inundate me with blog posts of how great this ugly (promoted-free) plant looks in my home, regardless if it is to scale, or even close to what a real plant might look like in my locale.

Example, cactus in a traditional home in New England, or a Norfolk Pine in the desert.

How about a post (several) of a hideous orange rug (from a sponsor)---placed in a new room in a new home---that just doesn't work---but is promoted with smiles by the blogger and kudos from the reading masses.

That post brought to mind the Hans Christan Andersen fairytale of "The Emperor's New Clothes."  The King was convinced he looked fabulous by adoring courtiers as he paraded in his 'all together-', until an honest child broke the spell, laughed-pointed, "The King is in his all-together!"

not mine- source- UK phrases


The unwritten RULES.

I do know the rules,---never say anything negative---just say nothing at all.

Despite the orange rug promoter having one of the most popular link parties in blogland, I dropped the blogger from my list and said nothing at all until now. Dozens of you are cringing remembering that post and the sell-out! Miraculously the rug disappeared once the bloggers contract with the company was completed only to be replaced I'm sure by something else. I hope the rug was donated to a charity, so something positive could come from it.


"To thine own self be true."

Three years ago, a blogger blogged maybe three times a week. Now popular blogs-post everyday sometimes more---with some sort of BLOG-MASTERBOT, linking/themselves with infinite podcasts, U-tubes, newsletters, updates, pinterest, twitter, blog-loving....and lots of other ways of screaming READ ME, I don't subscribe to.

I thought blogging was to enhance a life-style, not become one? I don't begrudge someone wanting to make a dime, but there must be better ways and still keep your 'soul'.

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Only a few bloggers---really SHARE---their actual selves or skills on their blog. I gravitate toward those blogs and hope my readers are doing the same.

My own blog posts now have fewer comments and are far between, why? Are my posts---really unread, or irrelevant? Or have I just NOT jumped on the promotional bandwagon to produce those desirable  numbers to venture into Ad-arama blog-land. I have long been eligible.  Since I'm not planning on doing any sponsored posts or be owned by any major company---should I continue?

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Unnamed Mulch at the bottom of the stairs---? Ad opportunity?




Do I try harder, or fall to the wayside, like dozens of my favorite bloggers? My hopes for 2018....

WE shall see.


Hmmmmm...perhaps like-minded bloggers could promote PROMOTIONAL FREE BLOGGER  on their site with a logo or something? Maybe we need to start a movement!

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Wouldn't that just be the cake and the frosting for 2018, lol, having to PROMOTE---promotional free blogging.

The below has always been on my blog, perhaps I need to post it at the top? It was a conscious decision, a thoughtful intent. 


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