One Room Challenge – Week 4

I kept reading that week 4 was hard, and I wondered why.  Now I know.  The question for this week was “how’s it going?”  I’d have to say, “Not so good!”  I spent a lot more time looking at all the other participants’ posts and didn’t spend much time working on my own ORC!  I’ve always been a last-minute person, but now I’m too old to be!  We didn’t get the missing brass headboard moved in from the garage because it was raining today.  I wondered where the headboard was.  I was glad my husband hadn’t thrown it out.  (an old family joke I better not bring up again!)  There was no hanging today.  I’m referring to pictures and mirrors!  Here are some photos of the wall décor I’m thinking about for the guest room:



CIMG0182CIMG0181My grandfather asked me this one time (Ha!):  What time is it when two model T’s pass each other on the road in Ireland?  Tin past tin.  My grandmother was Irish so he liked telling Irish jokes!


Too bad the photos of the pictures didn’t turn out better.  They’re pretty hard to see.  I think I need a photographer.  The first picture is of a teapot and some flowers.  It came with a stand.  I think I’ll leave it on the dresser.  The second picture is a bunch of roses that I might hang over the bed horizontally.  The third picture is of a girl with some sheep.  All the pictures have pink and green colors that should look good in the room.  The shapes of the pictures are rather distorted in the photos.  I’m thinking about hanging the mirror across from the window.  I’m wondering about what to do with that wall.  I want to take the sewing machine out because there’s hardly enough room for it there.  I’m thinking about bringing my grandmother’s cedar chest in there from the master bedroom.  So many decisions.  I want to paint the trim yellow and get rid of that ugly mini-blind.  I still have to buy lamps!  Time is running out!



One Room Challenge – Week 3

Any setbacks or happy accidents?  I think those were the questions for this week.  I really don’t think I’ve made enough progress to have any setbacks!!  I don’t know if this was an accident or not.  I discovered I do have room for a table on each side of the bed in the guest room without banging into the one near the door with the door!  I put the three-leg table with the cloth and cover (whatever!) in the corner since it seemed flimsier than the wicker stand.  Since I don’t have matching nightstands, I’m wondering if matching lamps would look weird.  (My parlor probably looks weird because I have matching end tables with unmatched lamps!)  I was thinking of buying one lamp, but now I might need to buy two.  I have some extra lamps that don’t work, but they seem too big and I don’t know how to repair them.  I guess there are light kits.  I’m not much of a fix-it person and my husband doesn’t like to work with electricity.  That means I have a good reason (or excuse!) to buy new lamps.


Here are some pictures:



I didn’t post any pictures last week so I was shocked when my profile shot showed up when I linked to week 2 of the ORC!  I wasn’t expecting that.  I’m not photogenic so I’ll try to keep that from happening again!



One Room Challenge – Week 2

What progress have I made? Does dusting count?! I had someone clean my house and she dusted the guest room! We put a quilt on the bed and folded the comforter and put that at the end of the bed. I’m afraid that’s all. I don’t think I even said anything about my plan last week – except that I wanted my husband to hang pictures. I do need to move stuff out of the guest room – a lot of stuff! I have way too many chairs in there! I think I’ll move the sewing machine out. I thought guests could use that as a desk, but there’s really not enough room in there with the sewing machine. I would like to buy a lamp for beside the bed. The one I have right now really looks pitiful!

This post doesn’t have any pictures – SORRY. I have company and I didn’t get a picture before they came. She’s an old friend so maybe she’ll overlook the mess. I had the flu and I’m still feeling really tired. Maybe I can make up for being so do-less next week.


I thought about just posting one of the pictures I did last week and wondered if anyone would notice, but I didn’t!





One Room Challenge

I thought I’d try the one room challenge.  I took some before pictures.  My project is the guest room.  I don’t think the room looks very inviting.  This room is like a storage room at this point.  I can’t believe I still have a mini-blind in the window after almost seven years!  I hate mini-blinds.  We have hickory flooring to put down in this room, but I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon.  I’ll be happy if I can get my husband to hang some pictures.  (He was working on building a laundry closet upstairs so he might want to finish that first.  Maybe not, though.  He seems to like juggling projects.  I don’t really know why.  Maybe he gets bored before he gets finished!)






Another bookcase and some Victorian furniture in the library

Here is my poor, sagging, lopsided cheap bookcase! Why did I put all hardbacks in here?  A replacement is coming soon.


Here are some pictures of my Victorian furniture:CIMG0167



Maybe one of these years I’ll finally get the hang of photo-editing.  I need to consult with my tech support guy – my 12-year-old son!