Monday, February 24, 2014

M.I.A?










Been helping out at some awesome stores, including hunt & gather and re-arranged my room.


Got a manicure.


Taking this baby to the vet.



I am enrolled in my last semester at my current school, I will graduate this April with an associates in photography. This semester is kicking my ass! I really was hoping to spend more time blogging this winter! My last post was about Apartment Therapy's January Cure. I honestly gave up after assignment 6! I am so disappointed I didn't have time to finish. I might just have to adapt their cure for May? Anyway, I hope I get to blog at least once a month for this next semester! Wish me luck

xJAY

Saturday, January 11, 2014

5 & 6

ASSIGNMENT 5

Simply cross something off of my list.

Find something from my list that can be completed in a short period of time.
I choose to work on my bathroom, I organized the medicine cabinet, and wiped it clean.
I also organized the "shoe rack" used for bathroom supplies behind the door.


AFTER:








































BEFORE:






































After viewing this pictures I don't think my medicine cabinet looked as bad as I thought! But I really did get rid of a bunch of stuff and made it all make sense. Why the hell was it all mixed up?



ASSIGNMENT 6

Pretty excited about this little assignment, find a piece of artwork laying around the house that needs to be framed. Seeing as I am a photography major I have a ton of artwork that needs to be framed. I chose to pick an image that meant a lot to me.






































I chose an image that was not taken by me, but by my much respected film professor. I need to have this piece framed in my house, it is so inspiring. I plan on going the cheap, but beautiful root of the ikea ribba frame.



ASSIGNMENT (kitchen update)

Get your kitchen under control!







































I truly am bummed that I don't have a before picture for this mess. I eliminated all the extra dishes that we didn't need, that whole top shelf was full of mugs, random ass mugs. Nothing else was organized dishes just went wherever they fit and snacks were just shoved into the empty spaces, like some horrible jigsaw puzzle. I have very little cupboard space so I really have to share spaces. I figure since it is a new year snacks should be just a tad out of reach. I am pretty proud of how this turned out (but where are all my drinking glasses?)



The January cure is just such a good way to get ready for the year to come
Thanks for reading

xJAY

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ASSIGNMENT 3 & 4



Assignment 3:


Find a spot in your home that you rarely (maybe never!) sit in that gives you a view on a room or area that you feel is especially problematic. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes. Turn off TV, radio, music and your phone - this is a quiet exercise and is most effective with focus and concentration. 
1. Look around the room and try to imagine what it would look like empty. Recall what it was like when you moved in. 
2. Once you have done that, focus on whatever part of the room that you feel is the most problematic and imagine removing the "stuff" from that area - furniture, belongings, everything. Now, start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your minds eye. 
3. Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be; what you need and what you can move forward without.
(took that blurb straight from Apartment Therapy)


Alright, So I chose to sit in my kitchen. I just recently got a proper dining table ( this apartment doesn't have a dinning room and it's a total bummer). I have always really enjoyed dining rooms, I think they are a great place not only to eat but to gather with people, play games, do crafts, and sit back and really enjoy life. So cheesy, ehy? 
Until recently I hadn't really spent much casual time in the kitchen other than cooking. Since we got the table we sit in here a ton more. Here is what I came up while doing my 3rd assignment...


-I really need to find a way to minimize or hide the litter box. There are very few spaces in my house for this problematic necessity.
-What the hell, I still have venetian blinds? I need an acceptable window treatment STAT!
-There is one hidden problem in this room; cupboards! Everything behind them is a scary mess. (yesterday I did cleanse the space of all the unneeded dishes. We managed to keep only TWO kitschy mugs and packed the rest away. We just love random coffee mugs!)
-Why don't I have any rugs in here?








































Assignment 4:

Get an outbox. A space in your house where you can toss items that you just don't need. Items to be trashed and items to be sent to goodwill.

Luckily I still have my outbox from last year!

Thanks for reading!
xJAY


Monday, January 6, 2014

ASSIGNMENT 2

January 3, 4 & 5

Buy Flowers - I typically like to buy planted flowers, I think stems are beautiful but as I have mentioned in other posts I really want to start having house plants! I bought a hyacinth and found it while doing some grocery shopping!






























Vacuum the rugs and floors - Done, not very exciting.










































Stock up on good green house cleaners - this one was easy, already have a full stock pile of Meyers soaps.



























I personally think I am doing pretty good so far at the January Cure. I can't wait to see what will come next.

xJAY

Thursday, January 2, 2014

JANUARY CURE







































So I am live blogging my Apartment therapy's January Cure. Here is my task for day one, make a list of things I need to work on in each room. My list really focuses on organizing. My house seems clean and organized from the outside, but I guarantee you if you open any closet or drawer you will find something scary. None of my "hidden" spaces are organized by any means! So hopefully I can kick some organizational ass this upcoming year.

LIVING ROOM

  • Clean out storage closet
  • Stain credenza
  • Clean and organize credenza drawers
  • Find new pillows
  • Large artwork for behind couch




KITCHEN

  • Organize all the cupboards (they are the worst)
  • Curtains
  • Paint the fireplace
  • Find better place for the litter box (or hide it some how)


BATHROOM

  • Deep clean
  • Organize the rack behind the door
  • Organize medicine cabinet








































BASEMENT

  • Organize
  • Donate most of it


BEDROOM

  • Curtain for the closet
  • Find window treatment solution
  • Hang up all of my clothes and organize closet
  • Get everything out from under the bed (what am I, 12?)
  • Touch of paint
  • Organize dresser


GUEST BEDROOM

  • Touch up paint
  • Get books out from under the bed
  • Make shelves in the "nook"
  • Get actual bedding for this space, not just random left overs.
  • Find a better way to store the Nerf stuff.





OUTSIDE

  • Hang up bamboo blinds
  • Get more blinds
  • Hang up house numbers
  • Paint the porch?
  • Move any access junk off the porches


Can't wait to keep you all posted on how my January cure is going!

xJAY


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2 0 1 4

Can you believe it? It seems like it just turned 2008! What?! Any how, I am so excited for 2014. I have never before made, what I like to call, plans ( eff, resolutions!) I have been making so many plans, as you may have noticed in the blog, for next year. It is going to be a whole new way of life for me! I am cutting out the negativity and starting fresh! I will be ringing in the new year with fellow blogger Tess, at our local art museum! I think it will be just the perfect start to the new year.
You want to see my 2014 plans?

1. Stop wishing the days away, enjoy school and work, each day is really a gift.
2. Avoid negativity at all costs. Figure out what my stressors are and avoid them.
3. Commit to a lifestyle change regarding how I eat.
4. Spend time with loved ones.
5. Everything on my 26 before 26 list.

Ya'll ready for this?
xJAY

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

J A N U A R Y

 So excited for this next year. January is by far one of the best months. I think it just brings on so much excitement for the upcoming year. I usually am pretty reluctant to make a "resolution" they seem so cliche and as if they are set up to fail! Screw it, I'm making plans for this year to come. I want it to be a year of crafting and planting and dressing. I want to invest in my over all outlook. I think I can achieve this by surrounding my self with pretty things, happy people, good music and great books.

 I can't wait to start adding to my collection of house plants, which currently consists of two (dead) cacti and one beautiful thing that I have no idea what it is. But it is alive and huge so that counts!

I really want to find my style, stop focusing on what is in. Start focusing on what makes me comfortable and makes me feel like I am lookin' good.

Organizing the home is something that is constantly going on in the house hold. It almost seems as if when fall comes and goes and we enter winter I get lost in how I want my house to look. The image above is from last year and it just seems so crisp and clean...I am pretty sure those drawers were all organized too!

Can't wait to keep updating you all on how the new year plans have turned out!

xJAY