Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Excessive garbage

excessive garbage left when moving from house
I watched this house go up for sale and each week, couches, tables and 'free' possessions would emerge on the corner. Just yesterday the entire lawn was full of stuff like the house exploded. Today it appears the house is completely cleared for sale and that the last remaining garbage filled 19 bins. It was disgusting. Perhaps it takes moving to make me pick up everything and look inside every shelf and box to realize the majority of my "possessions" are actually "garbage".

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dog crates off to good homes

I am all for boxing up my stuff and letting donation trucks doing the hauling, but sometimes I find enjoyment on knowing things go to a good home.  Both our dogs are too old to do steps and I have not found a way to make dog crates attractive in a living room, so I decided to sell them. I listed them on Craigs list this weekend for a cheap price with the footnote that if anyone wanted to rake a few bags of leaves they could walk home with them for free.  

Here is Iris, a beautiful bloodhound. 
She just got her papers last week so the grey crate is going to a champion home.

The black one is going to a family who was looking for a large cage for their kitty. I reminded them the raking offer still stands, and with 4 people they could be done in 10 minutes. He quickly gave me the $20 and they were off. I know, I know...leaves are scary.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Matt Duffin's "In the hole"

Fine artist Matt Duffin's piece called "in the hole",  reminds me of my weekly routine. wash...go shopping and buy stuff that I later store and then donate to the big hole.

See more of Matt Duffin's work.

Matt Duffin illustration of "in the hole"

Monday, October 22, 2012

Small house drive-by

I had a dentist appointment in the cities today. Found myself driving by this little beauty.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Abandoned chair

"You see an abandoned chair on the street and you think it has the potential to be something beautiful"
(Headline from a Raising the Roof" campaign.)

Both the photo and the headline for this campaign from Leo Burnett in Toronto made me think of the many times I have "rescued"items from curbsides or thrift stores.

I still stop for treasure sales more commonly called garage sales.
Instead of buying, I just enjoy seeing a person's life laid out on tables in a garage.

Abandoned chair photo by frank hodel

See the ad campaign here done by Leo Burnett in Toronto for "Raising the Roof" client.
Nice photography done by Frank Hoedl.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1600 ft home made from a barn

A few things stood out as I read this article about Barbara Garfield designing her unique home.
She sold everything and found potential in a barn.

Here is her list of design principles when remodeling:

1). Keep it small.
2). Design for the volume of the space, not the square footage.
3). Paint small spaces in shades of white. Add color in accent pieces and furnishings.
4). Use exposed beams and tons of mullioned paned windows for light.
5). Mix in modern elements in the architecture.
6) Pay attention to architectural detailing.
7). Use recycled materials whenever possible.
8) Design rooms with more than one use in mind.

See whole article here.

Look at how she has a mirror behind the stove.

I've been debating whether to toss this mirror of mine.
I call it a clutter-combo.
I bought the handmade star ornament at a craft fair.
Then came the small frame. 
Finally I glued the little frame into the larger frame.
I painted a saying around the green frame that read:
"Dreams come in a size too big so we can grow into them"

What if I saved it for the back of my future stove?
I'm pulling off the star ornament right now.

I know someone I can swap voodoo dolls with, or.... will  now be an ornament on the Christmas tree.

"Dreams come in a tiny home that I can downsize to."

Friday, October 5, 2012

Zuckerberg outfit results

The day after my Zuckerberg wardrobe post this week I put on the outfit. 
Working from home does not allow for a wealth of feedback from two Basset Hounds.
I will never forget what happened later that day.

These five words came out of my husband's mouth:
You look really nice today

From this day forward I fully and deeply believe in the karma of de-cluttering.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mark Zuckerberg is my wardrobe hero

In a recent interview with Matt Laurer for the TODAY show, Mark Zuckerberg claimed he wears the same thing everyday. His identical wardrobe of 12-20 of the same T-shirt live in one drawer.  See full article here. So I gave it some thought and picked out my favorite outfit and posted it below.


The grey Woolrich hoodie is comfy and lightweight.  There is a white T-Shirt I pulled from the laundrey tub. I only own all white gold-toe socks and a pair of jeans I bought full price. Nike shoes of course and my two favorite jewelry accessories.

silvery star jewelry and halloween leaded necklace of the wicked witch

These two necklaces came from a craft fair with Miss Elise. It was a magical evening that started off with my secret role of preventing her from buying anything. Once I walked past the ticket booth I entered homemade craft heaven. Every booth was amazing pieces that were unique and colorful and whimsical.  Before long I had my credit card out and I bought these two necklaces. Now that it is October, I can rock the Halloween one. On one side it says, "Don't make me release the flying monkeys" and on the other side it is a black and white photo of the Wicked Witch from Oz.  There you have official Zuckerberg uniform.