Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Sense of Accomplishment


I did it!


My February goal was to paint 4 different pieces of furniture.


Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Eulalie's Sky transformed my old worn out dresser; I vividly remember bringing home the complete 5 piece bedroom suite in 1987.


I painted the dresser on Thursday and yesterday, the last day to make my goal, I finished waxing the dresser.


With rain falling all day, I spent yesterday reorganizing my "creative space" because I did not want the dresser top to be as cluttered as it had been.


After setting up this room in January, I realized that the height of the dresser is a perfect work surface so the main items on the dresser top are the tools I use regularly.


I also decided not to put the mirror back on the dresser and had fun creating a colorful wall for me to look at while I create.


I updated the message on my grandmother's school slate (the one she carried to school each day as a child in Kansas) and found magnets to make an Art & Sand sign.


I received these wonderful knitted cloths yesterday from Karen of My Little Home and Garden and could not bear to use them so the card sits in my bicycle wheel and the blankets cozy up my grandfather's rocking chair.


While I was on an organizing kick, I switched the tables around to create a better traffic flow.


I want to paint both tables, but


with pillows to be sewn, a banner to be painted, a quilt to be made and fun license plates asking to be cut up for projects, the tables won't be painted this month.


With rain falling since Wednesday, I did have time to dress up a wooden wine box for KC with a coat of left over Miss Mustard Seed paint and rope handles.


I definitely have a sense of accomplishment - I met my January goals.


I met my February goals.


 My March goals are not much fun, but I got a head start last night and starting a day early might be the deciding factor on whether the goals are met.

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I am joining these parties

Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday

My 1929 Charmer - Sunday's Best

Too Much Time on My Hands - Get Schooled Saturday

Pieced Pastimes - Saturday Spark

Classy Clutter - Spotlight Saturday

75 comments:

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Congrats on your accomplishment. Wooooo Hoooo 4 pieces of furniture and they are all awesome. Love the dresser. Your creative space is looking so great. You go girl. What you are getting in rain we are getting in snow! Will this crazy ever end! Have a great rest of the week end.
Kris

Betty W said...

Congratulations on meeting your goals. Love how the dresser turned out.

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

You are so incredibly talented! The dresser looks great in that color and I love (LOVE!) the items decorating the wall over it!

Mary

20 North Ora said...

That dresser looks fantastic. I am so proud of you that you finished your February list.

That's something to be proud of.

Judy

My Little Home and Garden said...

Fantastic, Carol! The dresser looks beautiful and I'm so impressed with your monthly goals idea.

Karen

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Well Carol I'm impressed!!! You are truly goal minded and task driven. Accomplished all your February projects and they look fantastic. Now relax and enjoy your Sunday.
XO,
Vera

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, I'm crazy about all of your painted treasures! Congratulations on meeting your goals, that is awesome! I love you blue chest, that is really what I should do to a chest I have, it sure needs a new look! You are one creative and busy lady! I admire you!

Nancy

Sarah said...

You did it! I'm so impressed with all you get done and your creative ideas. The bicycle wheel as a pin board is so clever. Your creative space is FUN!

My Little Home and Garden said...

PS - I'm glad you like the dishcloths. I knew they had to have heart motifs!

Cindy Cain said...

You have accomplished Much in just 2 months. Good for you!! I love the dresser and have a similar one in size which I too use as a work space :) Looking forward to your March list!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the color of the dresser! Everything looks so cute. I haven't tried her paint yet.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love the dresser. Great job, you are sure one busy person.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

You have been a busy bee. It definitely feels good to accomplish goeals

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, you got a lot accomplished this winter. Your craft/sewing room is so nice. I love the dresser and the way you decorated the wall above it. It's all so inspiring. Have a great week ahead. Pam

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Wow! Carol!

I am impressed! What a pretty transformation!

I now want to paint a dresser that I have had since I was 19!

Your creative space is so much fun! I love how the daylight filters through the white curtain.

California's much needed rain has certainly not arrived without it's series of complications. I hope the slides are far from your home.
Happy March projects!
w/L



karen@somewhatquirky said...

Hope the rain isn't harming you. You're pretty dang industrious! Good call leaving the mirror off the dresser. I want one of Steve's paintings in my office.

Jeanna said...

All great projects! Congratulations on completing your goals...on a roll :)

My Garden Diaries said...

You go girl!!! It looks fantastic! I just love how that dresser turned out! It is just awesome!!! You should be so proud of hitting all of your goals and that slate sign that belonged to your grandmother is the coolest piece EVER!!! Lovely weekend to you lady! Nicole xoxo

Poppy said...

Kudos to you for such artsy accomplishments! That's a whole lot of work, Carol and it all looks so very pretty! I guess the rain helped more than you knew; firstly re: the horrible drought and secondly, it kept you indoors, where you could paint away the days, with the pitter patter of raindrops, keeping you cozy!

Poppy

Renee said...

Your dresser looks so nice. I am sure there is so much storage in it. You have been very busy and it shows. Good luck on the March goals.

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the accomplishments! I love the dresser color.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the color that you painted on the dresser!! Hope you aren't getting too much rain. I heard that some places out west were getting really bad flooding. We are about to get another winter storm with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Looks like this will be a good time to do some projects. Now to figure out which ones to do first.
hugs,
Cindy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Congratulations on meeting your goals, something I rarely manage to do. I love the dresser in light blue. It looks so soothing. I also love the tray you made for KC... smells like summer! I'm also glad you had rain, since you told me once you really needed it. Now what are those goals for March?

francis said...

Carol .....I am back !
Spring is in the air and like nature
I can feel an amazing new power in me .
I love your blog and your posts and who you are .
Thank you for being here .

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Carol! Isn't it a great feeling to plan, to plot then to see or goals finally reach the "finish" line? The dresser looks FANTASTIC and I am loving every inch of your new space. That first photo as well of the zinc organizer is fantastic! I cannot wait for the snow to melt here so I can haul away some unwanted items to the consignment shop and then I can finally get my goals accomplished this spring! GREAT JOB! Anita

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...
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Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, Carol!
It looks like I can comment now! yay!

What a great job you did on that dresser!
I used to have a big one like that.
I wanted to paint mine too but knew I never would so I gave it away when we were on the farm.
We wouldn't have had room for it here anyway so it's a good thing I didn't paint it!

I love your creative space and I think it's absolutely wonderful that you have your grandmother's slate!
(Cute rag ball garland, too) ;)

Dawn said...

Love your craft space with all it's color. I sure need to get to mine, it looks like a disaster area right now. Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats to sticking to your goal.

Shabby Passion said...

Carol, BRAVAAAAAAAAAA
I love your craft room, you've done a freat job with that beautiful dresser!

uauuuuuuuuuu
ciao Lisa

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i must admit - i love the blue. great pick of color for the piece. i love the wheel - is that from an old bicycle? how i am thinking it is just an art piece - it looks so weak. not sure though? great idea. so fun!! ( :

Stacey said...

You amaze me!! You are so creative and busy. I want to be more that way.

Linda at French Hollow said...

Congrats! I adore your colorful style. Thank you for sharing!

ANNE said...

congratulations! & I love that blue dresser!!!!!!!!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a gorgeous transformation of that dresser! Makes me wish I'd saved some of the furniture I've gotten rid of over the years. :-(

Dee Lapin said...

I love how you were able to finish all your paint projects. All the updates are wonderful. That is one beautiful creative space you have.

must love junk said...

Good for you! You go with your goal-setting self!! :)
Your dresser looks fantastic-love how it turned out!
Susan

Emma Elliott said...

Wonderful job I love the wheel and shells so.much Fantastic loce your eye for details xxxx

Susie said...

You have done a fantastic job on the dresser, well everything you painted is wonderful. You are blessed to own the little slate of your grandmothers. Touches my heart. Hope and pray you are not getting too much rain. Please be safe. xoxo,Susie

Mindie Hilton said...

Looks great. Love all the colors in this room. Feels very creative. I would love for you to share at the Bacon Time linky, if you haven't already.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

LOVE that blue color on the dresser!! It looks wonderful in your creative space. You really do Inspire me!!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I think your freshly painted dresser looks great in your craft room! And I like that you decluttered it. I seem to collect a lot of clutter stuff even though I prefer my counter tops to be clear and my craft tables clear too. But things always seem to find their way on them. I can't wait to see your quilt! I think it would be a huge accomplishment to sew a quilt in month. Hope you have a good day staying busy in the rain.

Paula said...

Oh! What are you going to make with the Aladka license plate? I can't edit to find out!

Paula said...

That should be "wait", not "edit"! Darn autocorrect!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are the most creative, the most talented person, Carol! And I love that you stay the course till it's done. Please come sit by me! I need remedial HELP!

xoxoxox

Sheila

Scribbler said...

You have so inspired me! We spent today organizing and cleaning up the garage which is now my play room (studio), and I see many ideas to emulate. The main thing, though, that I am taking from your post is making a schedule and setting goals. Since my husband retired, I have become rather lackadaisical! and I don't get as much done.

Alison Agnew said...

You've been a busy girl! Love the colors you chose-especially that sky blue dresser. Stopping by from Sunday's Best!

Alison
Nancherrow

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

WOW!! You have been busy!! I love all your beautiful pieces!!

Congrats to you!!

Hugs,
Deb

Tante Mali said...

Hi Dear,
your are so fantastic productiv - and so very beautiful things came out! Congrats and thanks so much for your lovely words on my blog.
Have a great time
Elisabeth

fiona anderson said...

Congrats on reaching your goals for February. The dresser looks great and I love the way you've reorganised the whole space.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I envy your organized studio space, Carol! And your dresser looks totally transformed with the pretty blue paint!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your dresser looks fantastic! I love the color blue your chose. Congrats on reaching your goals! Where can I find some of that creative energy? :)

Emily said...

It looks fantastic, I love the whole room!

Donna Wilkes said...

Love all the creative inspiration above the dresser. Great color for the piece.

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on meeting your goals for the first two months of this year. Everything looks great. Love all the creative touches in your rooms.

Jen Ham said...

Awesome goals you met! The dresser looks fantastic! I just love your craft room! How neat you have something from your grandmother and grandfather. Just so special! xoxo Jen

greenthumb said...

Love the colour, looks fabulous.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, congratulations on meeting your goals. I love the blue dresser it really looks great. I like your craft room - everything is so organized and looks so good.
Wasn't the rain wonderful.
Have a great week.
Mary

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Not only does the dresser look great but while I thought you couldn't get better than your newly created creative space, which I enjoyed seeing awhile aqo, it just did / WOW / love it all !

podso said...

Wonderful. It looks great. I love what you did with the dresser. It looks fantastic and how you have arranged the wall over it! It feels so good to have accomplished your goals, doesn't it?

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Carol, What a wonderful achievement. I really do like the new colour of your dresser.... much nicer. Although it was perfect for the 1980's you have brought it bang up to date.
Isn't it fun re-organising and you look like you enjoyed yourself re-organising your wall.
Best Wishes to you,
Daphne

Joyce Olson said...

Such a lovely shade of blue-and congrats on meeting your goals for the month!
Happy March,
Jemma

Melanie said...

Love, love, love the color of the dresser! And the way you did the wall arrangement - so unique, artistic, and impressive. I love your style!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Congratulations on meeting your goals, Carol. What a transformation that dresser is! You've got a fantastic creative space - lucky you. Wonderful way to dress up that wall behind the dresser, too.

Sue said...

I really like the color you picked to paint the dresser and the new wall you made. I like clicking your photos and seeing them bigger to drink in the details.

Erin said...

You have been busy! I love your blue dresser! Look at your view of the gorgeous ivy! I love it all....such happy spaces!

September Violets said...

Wow! I love that dresser makeover! You did a great job on it, and it really fits in well with your creative space. Good for you for accomplishing your goals. I think that slate of your grandmother's is so special ;) Wendy x

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. Looks like you got a lot done. The finished pieces of furniture are really wonderful.

chateau chic said...

Are you sure you're retired, Carol?? I love how you set goals for a month and work to meet them! You're so disciplined, and accomplish so much fun stuff! Love the color of the dresser you painted for your craft room.
Mary Alice

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Love the finished dresser, Carol! That color is so pretty and looks great with your other things. I really love the wall you put together over the dresser, as well.

Vintage Jane said...

Wow ... you have been busy ... you're on a roll ... !

Down by the sea said...

Congratulations in achieving your February goals! That dresser looks incredible! Sarah x

White Weathered Hutch said...

All your pictures are so lovely!! I especially love that painting of a watering can and potted flowers.
Your husband and yourself are quite the artisans.....

Suzan Sweatman said...

I suddenly feel extremely UNproductive lol - wow you've been busy Carol ! I could look at your photos all day - just beauitful ( they make me think of Spring and give me hope that one day it'll come back here!
xoxo

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Did you really doubt yourself? We didn't, we knew you could do it! but I also feel so unproductive...got to get my butt moving! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best, your creative inspiration is so inspiring!

Carla said...

congrats on accomplishing your goals. The paint definitely made a difference on the dresser.
So where in Kansas did your grandmother live?