ORC – Week 5 – A Reorganized Kitchen

I missed week 4 so this should include two weeks of work, but I haven’t done much at all!  I’m such a last-minute person.  I can’t even remember why I didn’t post anything last week.  I’ve been so busy and so scatter-brained lately.  The camera charger is missing again and I now have a laptop without a camera.  I’ve never taken pictures with a cellphone.  I don’t even have a cellphone.  I’m technologically resistant.  I’m surprised I even have a blog.

I finally bought some organizers!  I got a rack for pots and pans lids.  I also got two containers to put in my big bottom drawer to the left of the sink cabinet.  Stuff just gets thrown in there and I have to root through there to find anything.  So this should help.  I also bought a little candle at Dollar General.  I really don’t know how this will help me get organized, but I liked this little candle!

I got my organizing stuff at Walmart.

the original cabinet

I need to start working on organizing this old cabinet.  I want to put my Fiesta ware and Pfaltzgraff dishes (these are pastel colors) in here AND my teapot collection.  The curtains are hiding a bunch of cookbooks and some dishes and other stuff that’s pretty disorganized.  I want to get this (re)organized so everything will look really nice without the lace panels!

You can check out the ambitious bloggers doing the one room challenge at www.callingithome.com/blog/2017/5/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-5

one room challenge guest participant

One Room Challenge – Week 6

Here I am!                                                                                                     Late again!  I’m glad we have some extra time to do our posts and links.

I put a book I already had under the lamp on the wicker stand so the other lamp on the table wouldn’t be so much higher.  I got the candle and the little glass vase at Ross Stores.  The flowers are from a tree you can see right outside the guest room window.

We got the dresser at a flea market some time ago.  I like the painted flowers on the top drawer and the ribbon trim on each side.  The flowering branch in the pink vase on the dresser is from the same tree outside the window.  (I didn’t climb out the window to get the branch!  I acted like a lady!  I went downstairs and out on the porch.)  The framed photo is one I took when we were in the Colorado Rockies for the first time in 2012.  The flower in the purple bowl is from another tree in our back yard.  The crystal pitcher was my grandmother’s.  The floral branch is from another tree in our back yard.  (If anyone knows the names of these trees, please let me know.  I’ll take pictures of the trees for a future post.)

I found the tea set at an estate sale.  There are more cups and matching dishes.  There was a note that said the dishes were sent from Sweden by the lady’s niece.  What was so very interesting was the name at the top of the note.  Mor Mor (and then my maiden name which is Swedish and will remain anonymous!) means grandmother in Swedish, I think.  Then there is another name after that on the next line – Esther Clara Victoria.  Then a last name that isn’t Swedish on the next line!  Esther was probably Swedish because they usually had three names.  I thought that meant they had two middle names, but I think someone told me they are two first names and a middle name(?)  I thought the Swedish tea set should go in the Swedish (guest) suite!  The room doesn’t really look very Swedish to me.  I think at some point we will paint the walls a softer (Swedish) green.  The yellow door and trim is a Swedish color.  (The other room in the suite looks more Swedish.)  The white chair beside the dresser is a Swedish (style) chair made in China!

My mom got the large picture of the girl at an estate sale.  I think the colors in the picture look nice with the quilt.  I think I got the quilt at Penney’s.  I probably got the comforter at Bon-Ton.  The round table with the long pink cloth and the short white cloth was from my mom.  The wicker stand was from some of our friends in New Jersey.  We used to see them quite a bit when we lived in Philadelphia.  I think I maybe got the mirror over the bed from T. J. Maxx.  I got the dark aqua pillows at Ross Stores and the light aqua pillow shams at Walmart.  Almost everything else came from an estate sale (or a yard sale).  If you have any questions, please ask.  My husband was very helpful last night.  He really did a lot of work on the guest room.  I painted the door, but he painted the trim yesterday.  Last night we went to Lowe’s to get a white faux wood blind.  I wanted one without faux grain!  Home Depot didn’t have one.  The mini-blind still needs to be ripped out so we (or he!) can hang the new blind.  We’re not totally finished, but close.  Thanks to everyone for their comments and suggestions.  I’ve really enjoyed looking at and reading about the other participants’ progress and seeing their beautiful finished rooms.  Thanks to Linda for hosting the exciting, fun, and interesting ORC of Spring 2016!