Tuesday, March 3, 2015

STILL BACK!!!!

Well, it's overcast and kind of gray outside and the temperature is 30 degrees.   I just talked to a friend traveling in Cape Town...it was 112 degrees.   Let's see...30 degrees versus 112 degrees...hmmmmm...I think I will stick with the 30 degrees.   112 degrees seems a bit hot to say the least!

I purchased a chair from IKEA which is very comfortable.   I'm using it for my fabric station.   You know how frugal I can be...obsessive at times.   Well, the cardboard box it came in was a very neat piece of engineering but I didn't want to just junk it.   So, I used it, some left-over fabric, a very inexpensive (make that cheap) rod and some hangers...

And this is what it became...

My new bulletin board.   Instead of using thumbtacks, I am using dressmakers pins...the long ones with a round head.

And here is the foyer area opposite my fabric station...

I decided to hang some of my fabric pictures.

And here is the other side...the fabric stations...



I don't have anything on the walls on this side yet.   I think I will find a way to hang pieces in process.

One other addition to my area is the design wall across from the multi-media station.  It's very large but not really imposing...

I made it out of half of a painters cloth (purchased at a big box store) which is strong and can take a lot of abuse.   I am thinking of spraying it with an adhesive that will stay sticky and make it easier to design without pins.   But that will have to wait until I can open the windows for fresh air.   So for the time being, I will be using pins.

Still to do is the bedroom area.   I have about five boxes to look at, set up the beds and arrange the room.   I hope to get to that today because tomorrow I am going up to the Bronx for lunch and then stop at the Strand, a used book store with miles and miles of books to browse.   It's close to Union Station which is on my way home.   Should be fun.   I'll take pictures to share with you.

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See you tomorrow...

Monday, March 2, 2015

I'M BACK...FINALLY...WITH FINGERS CROSSED

That's right.  I.  AM.  BACK!!!   Crossed fingers that there will be no other distractions, nor changes in schedules, etc., etc., etc.

I am in my apartment and have even managed to do some arranging.  Still a ways to go, but it's getting there.  So this...

Now looks like this...


Am I finished with this area?   No.   I want to get upholstery grade foam to make cushions for the back of my bed/couch.   And the walls are a bit bare.

And this area...

Now looks like this...

This is part of my craft area.   Mostly my multi-media and computer stations.

The living area begins at the back of the small student/computer desk.   I like this arrangement because I do not feel hemmed in.   I'll share my fabric area tomorrow.

So between the weather - read that snow and ice and cold; the lack of parking - read that no car available 24/7;  and allergies - read that headaches, etc.  I haven't been too active.   Mostly staying home and working my way through boxes and arranging things.  AND NOT getting out according to my schedule.

I figure that this entire month may be like that, thus my monthly thought - "THAT'S LIFE" and this weeks Journal Prompt - "Life according to schedule?"  I'm hoping not, but....

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See you tomorrow...



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SNOW and FINALLY MOVING MY STUFF!!!

Want to see how deep the snow is in Portland, Maine?   Here's a picture out the window at our hotel...

We made it up here just fine yesterday.   And today we went through my 'stuff', sorting out what to take and what to leave.   And I discovered a few things.

First of all, my middle son is just as great at jigsaw packing as I am!   We managed to pack everything I am not taking into a five by five foot storage bin!   And that included all my major furniture plus lots of boxes!!!

Second of all, looking at what I am taking, I realize that I am looking at my stay in NYC as an extended vacation.   In other words, I'm not setting up my home as I usually do.   Interesting! And exciting!  At the same time.

Maybe I am really serious about creating and enjoying everything that NYC has to offer.   What do you think?

The snow piles are so high around here that the bulldozers are climbing them to push the snow!!   Today, after all that work sorting and packing stuff, we went out to dinner at Buck's Naked BBQ.   If you are ever in Freeport, ME, check it out.   The food is great.

Next we load the truck, drive it down and unload it in Brooklyn.   Then I can begin to organize and if weather permits, get back to my NYC adventures.   Keep in touch.   I'll bring you along with me.  

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Talk to you later...