Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Still Motivated

EDITED:  I WILL BE HAVING THE FIRST OF MANY PRIM SALES ON MY SELLING BLOG BEGINNING THURSDAY MAY 3 @ 12PM EASTERN.  THIS WILL INCLUDE TEA TOWELS, NAPKINS, RUNNERS PLUS A FEW OTHER THINGS. 

Yesterday after talking with all of you I decided to keep up the motivation and redecorate the dining room.  At first, I'll be honest, I had a small anxiety attack before digging in.  I walked into the room looked around and thought that this was way too much stuff in here and it would take all week to do.  And so the panic attack began ...What should I keep? What should I get rid of? What if I can't get rid of stuff? Why do I have to have so much stuff? Why do I keep buying more? UUUUGGGGHHH Why am I doing this? Can I simplify enough or will I still have too much? You get the picture.  So, I turned on Pandora and started listening to relaxation music and dug in.  I'll be honest I had no idea where to start so I started on the peg rack right as I walked in the doorway and went from there.  Little by little I tore down made separate piles of keep, store (seasonal stuff I change out for the seasons), and sell.  Slowly but surely I made head way.  I'm not totally done, but I'll show you some progress... This will be fun I'm going to show a few before and after pictures :-)

CAUTION: Heavy with pictures today :-)

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After:  Don't mind the flowers in the left lower corner.  I need to put those away today :-) I just laid them there to get them off the floor.


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After: This has already changed just a wee bit.

 

 As you can see, I've been trying hard to simplify.  I still have "stuff" but just not as much.  I have begun to take pictures of my tea towels, napkins, table runners, and other odds and ends that I've decorated with only that I will offer for sale.  Not to worry I still have a ton more things to take pics of !!! Since you all are my faithful followers you will get the first chance to buy.  I will have my sale on my selling blog when I'm ready.  This is going to take me a few days to get ready.  I have a lot of them and I am teaching on Saturday and must prepare for that too.  Don't worry I will give you notice before I list them.  Then as time allows I will move on to my other items I'm getting rid of.  I will have many updates as time goes on. 

I am so honored that one of my pictures was selected to be on the front cover of Creative Times Magazine (just click on the magazine name to be taken there) online magazine.  This is a FREE downloadable online magazine full of patterns, ideas, interviews with crafters, and so much more.  If you haven't checked it out you should!!! 

Today I have a few more tweaks to make on my decorating.  Hopefully soon I will be able to take pics of the entire living room and dining room for your viewing pleasure. :-)  Have a great day!!!

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13 comments:

janet said...

Everything looks so nice..You really are doing a wonderful job in your re-decorating..Congrats on your photo being chosen..Have a great day..

Michelle said...

Wow, what a difference! Your afters look great. I know how overwhelming simplifying can be, but it's worth it.
xoxo

Janie said...

Wow, looks great. You sure have been busy. It is always fun to move things around and get an entirely different look.

Enjoy an have fun, Janie

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Congratulations on the magazine!!! Girl, you did a great job love all your after pic's

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Great job.
Everything looks wonderful.
Tam

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Mary
Before & Afters are all perfectly displayed~ what can I say~ I love your style of decorating~ LOVE IT~
Congrats on the cover of the magazine~ whoo hoo~
smiles
Teresa

frontporchprims said...

Congrats on getting on the cover of a magazine:) How exciting!!!! The changes really do look lovely. Everything seems softer somehow. Good job and keep up the good work. -Steph-

Raymond Homestead said...

You are really getting a lot accomplished! Thanks for sharing the photos, it's fun watching your progress!

earlyamerica 1815 said...

CONGRATS MARY...what an honor to make the cover!! I will have to check this out!! Your simplifying looks great...doesn't it feel good to refresh things like this? Enjoy your day, Tina

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

You sure have been busy!! Love all your pics!!

Valerie said...

Oh I SO understand your need to simplify. I spent years "collecting" until about three years ago...I became so overwhelmed by all of my collections that I ended up having a HUGE sale that encompassed my entire front lawn and I PURGED. I have been on an almost ruthless purging spree since, forcing myself to be much more choosey when hitting the thrift shops and limiting myself to projects I KNOW that I will complete. It's tough for people like us who get such joy from those "visionary" purchases where we can see what an item COULD be! :)

Jennifer said...

wow! everything looked great before...but it looks even more lovely now!!! sometimes it just feels good to have a new "look" enjoy!

Carmen and the Primcats said...

My Oh My Mary! Everything looks amazing!!! Love it all!!!!

Carmen and the Primcats