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The joy of finishing rooms once moved in.

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I’ve been in the new house in Maryland for a week and a half. We’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes and rooms that only a few days looked deserted are now ready to live in. It’s been fun placing furniture and getting antiques from my grandparents to cohabitate with pieces from Rooms to Go and IKEA.
 
The dining room is finished. Finally put up the new light fixture, thereby allowing me to put the table in place. The furniture is a mishmash of styles – Mission style table and chairs, country buffet, vintage corner piece, Mahogany nesting tables plus two liquor cabinets – one Oriental themed and one Arts & Crafts – at least I think it’s A&C. Coupled with the Mid-Century Modern dinnerware, it’s a happy schizophrenic place that will see alot of entertaining.
Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

 
The living room is half IKEA (love Billys and Bennos) in birch with basic comfy furniture and some antiques thrown in for good measure. There’s the bench that my grandmother made a needlework cover for – I have pics from the mid 1930’s of my mother and her sisters sitting on it. There are also some small vintage tables here and there.
IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

The family room, which I used to call the Bat Cave, thanks to the dark brown paneling and wall to wall brick fireplace, is now a lovely light room with IKEA Ektorp pieces covered in black and some big sturdy slate topped tables. I still have to put down the laminate floor in there. We’re living with the vintage vinyl parquet ick right now. The fireplace is currently gas, which was so horribly done that we’re not making that wall a focal point until we get someone out here to take all the piping away. Right now, we just pretend it doesn’t exist, except as a wall with alot of brick.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

 It’s nice to know that since the end of April, we’ve taken an empty mess of a shell and have made it a home. It’s been alot of work but we’re nearing the finish line.

Unpacking from a move…

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As I sit here in what is my new office in my house in Silver Spring, MD, I am surrounded by chaos. There are boxes EVERYWHERE. Some are full, some are empty. Some are stuffed with tissue or bubblewrap while some have already been broken down. There is stuff on the floor, on furniture – even furniture on furniture. The kitchen counter is so crowded with assorted things that I was lucky to find my coffee maker this morning.

Unpacking from a big move is no fun.  I’m hoping that I will get the kitchen sorted today. It’s always hard to find new homes for things when they’ve had another home in another house. Have to keep thinking about space and ease of use and logistics. It’s too early to think of logistics right now… Perhaps after another cup of coffee or two my brain will function better. Wish me luck.

The downside of craftiness

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We’re in the middle of a move from Georgia to Maryland. I have spent all summer getting the house in MD ready to move in to. It was a foreclosure and needed loads of work (see posts about remodeling).  I’ve already driven a Suburban load of stuff up as well as a full 17′ U-Haul. That took care of 90% of the dining room stuff as well as the master bedroom.It’s finally at a point where we can move the rest of the stuff from Georgia.

As I go room to room and pack, I realize we have alot of… stuff (thank you George Carlin). Being a crafty person, I have ALOT of crafty stuff. There are the boxes of scrapbook paper, die cuts, embellishments and tools. Oh, did I mention? I don’t scrapbook. I do some paper craft – making ACEOs, and the kids use the stuff for school projects but wow, when you’re putting it into boxes, you come to realize exactly how much you really have.

I make jewelry, and with a store called Beaded and Buttoned, you won’t be surprised to know that I have lots of beads and buttons, plus tools and findings. Then there are the gadgets – the wire jig, the groovy widgets that let you make things from cotton & yarn. Oh, and several boxes full of bagged items that are finished and are either listed in my Etsystore or waiting to be listed.

Oh, and I knit. Boxes and boxes of yarn are already up north, and I keep finding bags with 1 or 2 skeins here and there as I start to load stuff up. I still have a 5 drawer dresser in my bedroom here that has 4 drawers full of yarn. There’s the drawer full of knitting needles, the set of round looms plus the bins of finished scarves.

I have alot of STUFF. It seems to be a never ending round of form a box, fill a box, tape a box. The empty dining room is now box central. I have to remember that craftiness is my hobby. It keeps my hands busy and keeps my brain occupied. A few days of overwhelming, well, overwhelmingness is not so bad in the scheme of things.