it's the simple things

If you are following my happenings on facebook, you may have noticed that I am on a bit of a cleaning/home improvement binge. See, I have company coming in this weekend and that sends me into a frenzy that is (and this is putting it lightly) insane. I even know how crazy it is, but I do it anyways. I literally made a cleaning and to do list that is three pages long, organized by room, starred according to what can be done now and what needs to be done the night before they get here to ensure maximum cleanliness. People, we re-caulked the bathtub. (And when I say we, that means I put in on the list and Anderson did it.)

One of my things to do that is actually quite logical and much needed was to clean and do a little decorating to our downstairs half bath. Our company will be camping out in Sawyer's basement playroom, so this little bathroom will be useful for them so they don't have to trek upstairs in the middle of the night. The bathroom is adjacent to my craft room, which translates to paintbrush and stamp cleaning room to me. Also, storage room to the incredibly over-sized and ornate religious painting we got for our wedding six years ago. It was in need of a good cleaning, a little sprucing up, and removal of museum art. Anderson did the good cleaning (uhm, hello, there were spiders in there!) and I did the sprucing up. So, here it is: 

The before picture is not actually the before picture. This is the bathroom mostly cleaned and free of the huge painting that took up half the room.  Did I mention that the previous curtain was a pillowcase from my college dorm bedding set, held up by thumbtacks. Lest you think I have it together, I tell you that I have, for 3 years, used an old pillowcase/thumbtacks as a curtain.

Onto the less embarrassing after... I bought new towels and a real life curtain, added in a painting that I did years ago that just happened to match, threw in a rug and now we have a pretty, usable, spider and art free bathroom. Funny how such an easy improvement can make you feel like you accomplished so much. After all, I did get to cross like six items of off the downstairs half bath cleaning list.



  1. Why is it that we wait until we are having company to do that kind of stuff? We had out-of-town company here last weekend and as we were getting ready I told my daughter that it was a good thing we had company or nothing would ever get done!

  2. I laughed at your definition of "we." I need to get a husband that does stuff I put on "our" lists.

  3. Ooh, I want to see this art. And "Lest you think I have it together..." this cracked me up. And made me feel a LOT better about the fact that i just repaired the chain inside my toilet with twist-ties! I'm following now cuz this made me smile. :D

    <3 jen @ Stuff Jen Did

  4. Just found your blog following random links on pinterest. Love your cards, so clean and pretty. Just added you to my RSS feed and looking forward to checking in again!


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