Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Notes

I want to streamline my website so I have been taking notes of things that interest me now for the new:
1. Living Differently
2. White Space
5. Lists
6. Downsize & Donate
7. Investment Clothing
8. Hoarding Research
9. Thrift Stores
10. Useful, Beautiful, and in its' Place

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Getting Ready

For the next week or so I will be getting the bike ready for the cold- new tires and a tarp cover for the trailer. It is hard to do when the weather has been in the 90's. Global Warming is so unpredictable.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The New Normal

Ways I save money by changing my habits:
1. Cook at home more and always pack a lunch for work
2. Get books from the library instead of buying
3. Shop at thrift stores to get my clothing fix
4. No more cabs- get off my butt and ride my bike or take the bus
5. Watch movies on Netflix instead of theater
6. Do-it-yourself grooming, no more pedicures at the salon
7. Get boyfriend to pay for concerts and cocktails
8. Appreciate what you have

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Too Much

Ugh! This collection will never stop. Rusty tool addiction for life.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Hoard - IF
Originally uploaded by sehroiber
I just got a bunch of books from the library on hoarding. There are 3 million hoarders out there and I thought I could find the quick fix to the problem- I just don't have the patience or the compassion for these people. I like to clean up messes but don't want to argue about every item. I would lose it after 40 minutes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy 2 Years!

No-Smoking Logo
Originally uploaded by hegarty_david
Today is the 2 year anniversary of me not smoking- not even a puff! Tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary of the worst bike wreck I ever had but I won't be celebrating that.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Originally uploaded by ondiraiduveau
I took 90% of the art off of my walls because I am bored with it. Would love to have this on a 3 foot canvas.

Monday, September 13, 2010


 I have had these cream boots for a couple of years and never wore them because the cream canvas got dirty and I put them in the wash and the leather bled making them look even dirtier. So I decided to paint them- I was going to dye them but still wanted some cream elements shown.

 After I painted them, I sprayed with weatherproof spray. I don't think I will be wearing them on slushy days but I am super pleased on how they turned out. The other color option I wanted was army green which would have looked great but I am trying to cover up dirt scuffs in the future and I think I will wear brown more. I decided to shine all of my boots and weatherproof them- great to do now before the cold comes.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nice Shot

This photo caught my eye and wouldn't let go

Random Acts of Kindness

Bike Brakes
Originally uploaded by Ahd Child
Yesterday one of my customers bought me new bike brakes and installed them while I was working. My favorite gifts are things I need and improve my day to day. Thank you Phil and Eli!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Switching Rooms

 This is my dressing room which used to be my bedroom long ago. I decided to move back into this room because it has less street noise and will be warmer in the winter.

 After the switch. A bed, 2 side tables and that is it.
Peaceful and simple.

Out with a Bang!

 I know that my days of laying out in the sun are numbered so I went to tattered cover this morning and grabbed the September issues of Vogue and In Style. It is a good way to say goodbye to summer and get excited for fall.

Book Reviews: The Last of the Organizing/Cleaning Books I Will Read

 The Power of Less by Leo Babauta:  I actually liked this book. Identify the essentials and eliminate the rest in a nutshell. It is overwhelming, so he shows the steps to achieve your goal. I consider my decorating style to be minimal clean. I am trying to make to clean floors the main focus of the room because there is nothing better than walking barefoot on a clean floor- true dat.

 Clean Sweep by Alison Haynes: I have moved so many boxes of books at estate sales that I have grown a hatred to collections in the home. I prefer to borrow them from the library and return- unless it is a must-have. This book is a must-have. It is a clean living manual- it breaks down each room of your home with eco-friendly ways to clean and care for. I put too many post-it tabs on the pages of this book, 23 of them to be exact. Loved it!

 The One-Minute Cleaner and The One-Minute Organizer by Donna Smallin: I got these books to see if there is anything I don't already know- there are no post-it tabs on these books. Why am I re-reading things in hopes for a couple new ideas? And with that, I won't be adding any more cleaning or organizing books to my list because I know everything. I feel like I won at Donkey Kong. It's kind of an empty feeling- but I am excited for the next new.