Ok.. I am only self- diagnosing, but there just might be a problem. There was a possibility for a relaxing afternoon. That didn't happen! I have planted azaleas, mulched the flower beds, did laundry, and cleaned the house.. top to bottom! That included taking off, washing, then putting back on this slipcover.
(Why, IKEA, WHY? Do you make that such a hard job!?!?) Then. The OCD kicked in. OUCH.
I have been working on my "organizational skills" lately.
As I posted last week, this little baby has been a world of help!
Nine drawers.. One each for me, Nick, Office Supplies, JA Stuff, Art Supplies, Gift Wrapping Stuff, Electronics, and Household Warranties.
But I needed more.
I worked on my files.
Cleaned out the old stuff.. There were still files from Oxford! I made new files and went around the house "collecting" papers to file.
Then came this cabinet. I had it built in the kitchen especially for a "catch- all" type thing. It was over worked for sure. Lots of things to file, and even more to throw away.
Done. (Ignore the uncovered switch plate.. It's a cabinet!)
Now, it nicely holds notepads, pens, stationary, my portfolio and our House Notebook.
But the kicker-- the real symptom?
I have had these boxes since we got married. Our wedding invitations came in them, and Thank God my mother talked me into keeping them.
Three others are destroyed (they have been filled to the brim and moved twice), but these got a healthy dose of spray paint tonight!
They were Fine with the Crane Navy, but I felt they needed some jazzing up.. I see too many photos of people's "pretty" offices and organizational places! This is one of my favorite spray paint colors, used on the bistro set on the front porch. I do have to brag on my painting technique.. I put spray paint cans (I have tons) under them so they would "spin" while I painted! They will soon have very cute labels like "Photos", "Love Letters", "Fabric Swatches", "Old Taxes", etc.. stuff too big for simple files! I am exhausted, having a drink, so... More soon!
It has been a wild week and an even wilder weekend.. in a good way! We have gotten so many things done in the house, the weather is still wonderful (except for a little rain and some devastating tornadoes not too far away), school is getting closer to coming to an end, and Nick and I had a little weekend vacation! My top 5 is coming from The Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Nick is a part of a chef's dinner in June at Ashley's at the hotel, so we went up for a meeting and a little playing/ relaxation time.
1. This is the lobby. Sooooo luxurious. I want those brown velvet sofas. But please stop karate chopping the pillows.
2. This is our room suite. (Frette Linens. The. Best. Bed. Ever.)
3. This is what was in the bathroom. Loved that stool. (I also love a bubble bath.. no pictures of that though!)
4. This is the cellar where we had lunch. Yes, those gates were locked. I tried.
5. This is what I did when Nick worked. And then took the slippers home!
Extra Credit: The Elevator.
General Grant took his horse on this elevator. It's just that big.
The hotel was unbelievable.
What was even better: the food. I wish wish wish I had taken pictures.. It was just all gone too quickly! The chefs there are extremely creative people, and we were extremely spoiled.
I sent Nick this picture text last week and could almost feel him cringe throught the phone.
I knew though, that I had to have this credenza. It was the perfect piece for our den/ office! We had our computer on our pub table from our old apartment. I loved that pub table..It was our very first dining table and saw some amazing meals and practices from Nicks stint in culinary school. It did not, though, work for a desk. If you notice in pictures of the den in past posts, I never even show it. I don't even have photos of it! It didn't "style" well, computer wires were everywhere, and I didn't even have any artwork above it (That's really bad for a painter to say!).
So I took Nick to see the piece, and even though he huffed at it, he hauled it home!
It took lots of scraping (the little boy that used it as a dresser dripped candle wax in the carvings), lots of primer and lots of high gloss white paint.
Nine deep drawers, perfectly organized. Computer wires tucked away. I am a happy, happy girl.
It is very charming.
It is a beautiful Spring in the Delta. Nick and I have been outside as much as we can.. working in the yard, eating dinner al fresco, and basically just chilling. We are super busy at work. State testing starts next week, we just got through a Culinary Weekend, and we seem to be going out of town for the next few weekends. Wooo Whooo! Love a little vacation!
Other things that are making me happy this week:
1. Azaleas. Greenwood is ABLAZE with azaleas!
Nick just brought 3 home to plant,
and I am pumped!
2. I made this for dinner Sunday night..
Spinich and Ricotta stuffed shells
from Real Simple and Roasted Asparagus from my friend Swayze's Dad's Garden.
3. Vintage Camera Straps on Etsy.
I just can't decide on one.
4. The Courtyard at The Alluvian.
Not much makes me smile more on a sunny afternoon.