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I need help.  I really do.  My camera is dormant today.  I have some work to do.  About an hour ago I decided to undertake the daunting task of cleaning up my computer desk.  Actually I just lied to you. I decided that this task needed doing at the beginning of summer.  It’s almost September.  I am a the master of procrastination when it comes to stuff like this.  The  chaos of paper,  foreign looking cords that look like they belong to my computer,  old pay stubs, cell phone bill statements,  staplers, pens, pencil cases,  you name it;  it  resides on my desk.   It might look tidy sometimes…but I camouflage well when need be. I am smart. This unit has doors that CLOSE!

But today is the day.  It has to get done now for an upcoming project. We are getting ready to sand our hardwood floors.  (Anybody care to offer me a free trip across Canada and I will come  back home when it magically gets done by itself??)  This job has been on our mind for years.

We LOVE our old house.    We have kept the charm of the old kitchen cupboards and accented with modern finishes and it looks gorgeous.  We did a big job a year and a half ago;  the dining room and entryway have been updated because of the need for insulation.  So the whole room was gutted and done up nice.  The walls are painted ‘squash blossom’ , the perfect colour for my photos Rainbow Sun and  Faraway Forest.  Looks stunning.

We vowed the next job would be the hardwood floors.  We called someone for quotes to do it for us. Last night we decided to save that money and put it into something beautiful like a couple of area rugs or another piece of my photography done up for the walls.  We committed ourselves to do this. But OH MY.   I have actually asked people to saw my legs off should I even think about taking on another do it yourself project that requires this much work. I never learn!

I know it will be STUNNING when it is done.  Can’t wait to get to the other side of this project when I am blogging about how worth it all this  was.  It’s the work involved between now and when we get there that kills me. We have two rooms to do.  We have to jimmy rig some kind of walkway over the floor to get to the bathroom so that we can live here while we do the work. Sounds interesting!  I am excited about the finished product!

Meanwhile I have to get back to clearing out the junk on my desk.  Arrrrgggh.   Could we not just set it on fire and get a new one for our brand new and improved living space.  Got a match?  A chainsaw?


I am so pumped!  I  have a cool DIY project in mind. We have an outdoor wicker look loveseat and chair sitting on our deck that is screaming for a makeover.  Bring on the creativity and  spray paint!

First things first; I will be looking to Google and Pinterest for inspiration. I know I want a brilliant pop of orange in my colour scheme.  Pinning on the Tangerine Tango board has opened my eyes to all kinds of ideas.  I have to think about where I want to incorporate this beautiful colour.   In the fabric or in the paint?  I need to think about the best paint that will hold up to the elements. I have a lot to figure out before I head to the hardware store.  All I really know right now is that this is going to be fun!

The creative process breathes life into our world.  Ask any four-year old why they like to paint.  They will tell you the truth.  That is what creativity is all about. It speaks of truth.  Art is inside all of us.  There is this reservoir of ideas just waiting to be tapped.  Whether it is a seasoned designer planning a room or the person behind the lens of a camera, it is there inside of all of us waiting to come out.

A friend just called.  Looks like my DIY project is about to begin.  We are going shopping for some fabric and paint ideas.  Whoo Hoo,  and so it begins; another fun project.  Will let you know how it turns out.