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The very last Christmas decor was all brought down to the https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/what-i-was-supposed-to-be-doing/lower level to be sorted and packed away. Uhyep.

But I put a movie on for distraction and I’ll bet you can guess the rest. Uh huh.

*Recognize WHAT movie?
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CLEAR plastic tubs are the perfect storage solution -they let us see what we’ve got and what we’re looking for- but they’re NOT cheap!  So I’ve been adding a few more each year as I sort things and put away (& what else goes to donation).

sorting Holiday decor--

It’s really pretty pleasant to hang out down here—in the lower level.  Sure doesn’t feel like a -basement-.

Does it look like one?

Maybe the low ceiling gives it away, huh?

the Lower Level--as of Jan '15

the beginning of a new vignette--

You can see (above) some of my UNfinished projects—this year, this year.

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Now, I can begin to

create some new vignettes

(like this vignette-foundation)

all around the house!

Catherine

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5ft column lamps-

-No one-

seemed to “get”

-to understand- my

5ft columns

made into Floor Lamps w/skeletonized shades for sale at the antique mall.

Really-?

Well you know what?

I brought them back to my mom’s house and used them in the Holiday Decor!

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Even though It’s time to take down all the Christmas decor

(end of vacation and everyone’s heading back to school and work), I’ll strip them down to “winter decor” and leave them a bit longer ’cause I lov’m!  But the rest of the room needs to be restored now —so it’s a “working” day.

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I’m sad to dismantle some of these pretty things, but, I’ll always have the pictures. . . .

Catherine

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good bye to 2014Reading so many of the

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Year in Review

blog posts made me think about my own once again so I went scrolling through from my first project January 11th — Christmas!

Apparently, I was S L O W getting back to work last year too.  : /

As much as I traveled throughout the year–it totaled 46 projects.

That really surprised me.  Sure, some were small and minor, but many were quite involved and lengthy.

bigger surprise came from my WordPress Year in Review ~5 OLD projects & posts were in my list of Top Viewed Posts for the year–STILL!

These are my bigger projects for 2014

The upstairs hall built-in bookshelves and bench,

the UPSTAIRS HALL project--

the ALCOVE project--modifying the alcove,

and re-building the hall linen closet.

the HALL LINEN CLOSET project--

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-a CL dresser totally REmade

A ’60’s styled dresser and bench

 

screen doors for the closet

SCREEN DOORS for closet doors--

our Great Aunties' dresserOur Great Aunties’ dresser

Lily’s birthday rockers

Lily's birthday rockers

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Mom’s old vanity    &     The bow-fronted cabinet

Mom's old vanity--The Bow-fronted cabinet--

The old Record Cabinet-

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An old record cabinet

 

 

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My 90¢ dish hutch

Dish Hutch Collage

"Plain Jane"

desk conversion--A Plain-Jane dresser

 

 

From a desk to a bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Stairs Storage  ~which is not yet finished, so watch for more on that!

extra storage UNDER the STAIRS

Still super popular and always high in my daily stats are these–

The Former Dresser

I had a dresser, but I needed a bookcase

The Craig’s List dresser #1

The Lingerie Chest

The Deck Rug

continued all-time favorites!

There were some awesome smaller projects too-

-a few I had a hard time letting go of.   :’ (

Wishing us All  an

incredibly

creatively

prosperous

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New Year!

Catherine

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Dear Lord

I can’t seem to get back in gear.

Help.  

be ridiculous!

 

An over sized chicken wire picture frame to display cards!

I have just a few more holiday things to share—while try to find my motivation.

Mom had wAy more Christmas cards this year than the pretty zinc card wreath I got her would hold -so- Christmas eve morn’, I grabbed some picture frame molding (a cousin gave me lots of!) to create a large frame of chicken wire to display them.  *And sprayed it w/gold foil paint.

17″w x 6ft h  –  problem solved!

But me and the chicken wire—my hands looked like I was in a cat fight…and I lost!

Mom busily arranged her cards–we happened to find an old (from ’94) card that came addressed to mom’s late, zany cat Marvin! Stamps were only 29 cents?  -wOw!

Marvin's Christmas card--!

 

 

btw–this was the theme of family pics 2014!  Thought you might get a kick out of a few of them. . .

2014 Christmas theme for family pics!Christmas decor--2014

Christmas is the one time of year I find a passion for RED & Glitter!Christmas decor--2014

Christmas decor--2014

the granite urn at the entrance to my work studio--

above ◊  This granite urn sits at the entrance to my work studio (aka–the garage).  I love the red ruckus but it’s worse than rose thorns!

below ◊  This year’s Christmas tree was set in an enormous garden urn!  I had planned to use a tempered glass round with a big “donut” hole in it to become a “table tree” (hee hee!), but the urn was too tall and it all looked odd so the idea got scrapped.  booooo

I just couldn’t get this year’s tree trimmings “right,” but I do like the urn and big, sheer bow!  And the fresh tree smells sO good. . .

Catherine

*Now~  if I could just find my work-groove again. . .

Christmas decor--2014

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more Christmas decor--I didn’t know how exhausted I was until I took a time out–uh, wOw.

I’ve caught up on some mUch needed sleep,

played catch up to all the amazing pre-Christmas blog posts waiting for me in my in-box and pinned some very inspirational ideas.

Watched a few movies,  watched more of the back of my eyelids

and it’s all been sO nice, but, it’s time to get back to work now.

My parents bought this cuckoo clock in Germany while we lived in France in the Air Force years.
While I jump back in to some unfinished projects,

more Christmas decor--let me share some of our

Christmas decor!

-the lower level-

more Christmas decor--

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more Christmas decor--

more Christmas decor--

Christmas eve day I began arranging silver service for our Christmas day meal. This is playtime for me, and the one time a year I spend polishing all the silver pieces–so I don’t mind.

more Christmas decor--

*A big brother who got an early look, took issue with the Naughty & Nice list and made “corrections” as you see above.

more Christmas decor--

◊ Once I decided to use the vintage flea market lamp (a newly finished rewiring project, plus a vintage-inspired lamp shade), I hustled out to my work studio and whipped out an 8″ square x 12″ high pedestal box (from project scraps) and upholstered it with some scrap matelassé fabric.  A quick 30 minutes later and my lamp was boosted above the food for ambient lighting!  I’ll do a trim job on it soon and add feet or millwork to the bottom–??

◊ I was happy to finally get to break out my unusually tall 8″ crystal salt & pepper shakers. 

more Christmas decor--

 This is my flea market-find hotel server–

my flea market-find hotel server

This is how far I got on my under stair storage project –  :’ (  -but it still “served” us well!  My goal was to make it easy to serve themselves. . .

all the further I got on this project before Christmas--

my under stair "server"my under stair "server"There were stations for soup, salad (a variety of dressings were all rounded up in the low silver piece), and wine—with a reminder of how

Wine & Friends should be old.”

Catherine

serving ourselves at Christmas--

 

 

Christmas day--

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-N O E L- ??…I thought I’d share some of our

holiday decor!

 

*Some prankster always manages to mess with my “N O E L.”   sigh

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We had a small dinner party on Saturday night before Christmas, which meant I had to abandon my project list early- aka -I didn’t get every-thing finished.

A nice dinner of Lasagna (from scratch), roasted asparagus and the rest of the usual extras, plus good wine (for the ladies) and a rich amber beer (for the guys).

Great conversation throughout a late, fun night~boy did I need that!

I forgot to take pictures of the table -it was beaUtiful-

but here’s a tiny REcreation of the place settings!

Some Lenox chargers, Mikasa salad bowls and square stemmed wine glasses, mixed in with my mom’s custom-painted Rosenthal china, & vintage silverware.

A pre-Christmas dinner party!

 My parents had this Rosenthal china custom painted while we lived  in France.  They seized this special military offering, but it was STILL incredibly expensive and they waited more than a year for its arrival.

◊ 12 individual hand-painted place settings with the matching cut crystal glassware for each, and all the service pieces.

some of the cut crystal Rosenthal

some of the Rosenthal china place setting designs

It’s taken me a LONG TIME to appreciate these hunt-themed dishes…

…but with age comes an evolution of tastes and styles and somehow I’ve even come to like some taxidermy and antlers.

Will wonders never cease-?

 Catherine

 

 

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getting things painted--Thank goodness I didn’t start this project any closer to Christmas–it has NOT been easy going and has tested me at every turn!  It may have been easier to build a new staircase and the storage underneath~WoW.

This is what I last shared with you… it may not seem to you like I’m much further– but I actually am.  There’s a multitude of solved problems and issues you can’t see.

Overcoming those problems, . . I could move on to covering over the stair stringers and work on the face frame.

progress under the stairs--

working on the face frame--

Just above, you see I’m trying to figure out a trim piece for the front edge of the upper section and I was testing some plates out for shelf-heights and plate rails.

I’ve been juggling the under stair storage AND the kitchen refresh,

another project~ re-casing the windowwhich has now been repainted. …. The back-splash project is complete, and I tore out the yucky old counter top caulking and have re-done that too.

Next, I’ll be re-casing the sink window before end of day–it wasn’t done properly and doesn’t match the new casing from the house renovations.

AND if time permits– I want to make changes to the chandelier.  Beginning with its placement.  It’s sO off center to the table.  THAT is just ONE of the builder items I corrected on every house I used to build. And the usually inconvenient location of thermostats.

. Catherine

 

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