Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I posted. Last month we decided to paint our living room. The majority of the room walls a dark gray with a very small section green. We painted everything white except for the green section as we ran out of white paint. We used only what we had on hand and didn’t buy any paint.
Before we painted the walls, we stripped the carpet and padding. The carpet was in very bad shape. No amount of cleaning helped. We decided to put plywood over the existing flooring. The white walls did brighten up the place.
As you can see the little bit of gray over my craft room door. The white paint did cover 3 walls. We are going to buy more white paint sometime down the road but for now this works. Iam thinking of painting my door but I’m not sure what color to paint it. I have several chalk paints.
The living room is “done” for now. All the furniture is where I wanted it to be placed. I will post pictures of the finished living room later.
Is the kitchen 100 % done. No, not by a long shot. At least the floor under the stove is fixed and it’s level. The 2 layers of linoleum is gone. Those are pluses in my book. My kitchen isn’t everyones cup of tea and that is okay. Everyone should have their own mark on their kitchens and the whole house as well. I used everything I had to get better organized in the kitchen. The kitchen could use a paint job but since it’s still winter it will have to wait.
The trunks are there as a holding place until I find another cabinet or bookcase. The base cabinets need to be sanded and painted. Beyond the door is our pantry, fridge and freezer.
The floor is needs to be finished just waiting on hubby to bring more plywood home from his job. This works for us for now. It functions and that is all that matters . It could be completely done with drywall, paint and a finished floor but when you are on a budget , YOU do what you can with what you have and make do with what you already have on hand.
Back in December 2021 , We started tackling our Kitchen. Not the best thing to do especially in winter . We had to replace the floor underneath our stove as it was sagging and the stove had a slight tilt to it. The cabinet next to the stove was unusable, wasted space. I had a cabinet that I wanted to put next to the stove that would be usable.
We turned off the gas to the stove , moved the stove out of the way . Tore out the old linoleum ,2 layers of it. It was a pain to do. The kitchen was upside down for a while. I still had to cook and do dishes with all this going on.
As you can see it was horrific to say the least. Everything was mostly done in somewhat of a “timely” manner. I was going to kitchen stuff and putting anywhere I could with the limited space we have. We put plywood down on the floor that my hubby brought home from work. I would love to do a lot more to the kitchen but at the moment things have to wait.
The stove looks bad but it was from all the cooking I did because I knew Id be without the stove for a short period of time. We did this on an extreme budget. A lot of sweat , sore backs , hands and feet. Is the kitchen done ,No but for now it is. We used what we had on hand (plywood from hubbys job).The one wall is incomplete that’s why there is a pallet up. I like it and thats what matters most.
Its been 5 months since I last posted anything on my Blog. I didn’t feel like I had anything to write about as far as home life and home decorating. I haven’t been offline , I’ve been posting on my Scrapbook/journaling Instagram page. As far as our home , We’ve been stripping carpet . moving rooms around. Everything is still upside down but slowly making progress.
The shelf is right by our front door . It offers a place for plants and other catch alls. The grill is on the longest side of our porch. The hubby built frames so we can enclose the porch before winter gets here.
The longest side of the porch. As you can see there is wood for the frames to enclose the porch. We rearranged the porch a few weeks ago to see what it looked like and to see if we would like the new arrangement, so far, we like how it looks and it is working out for us.
Hubby didn’t want to be in the pictures so he to a break to burn some wood while I took a few pictures. The dresser is one that we got from our neighbor The cart was thrifted years ago and I spray painted last years or the year before. The bench was a dumpster dive find from Hubbys job. The frames are up . we just have to put plastic on them and then put the frames back in place. The yard is a lot cleaner than it use to be, We are planning on putting a shed in the back corner, where the ladder currently is. The camera wires need to be placed back up but the birds keep knocking them down. Next week we will be putting out our Christmas decorations and the porch is one area I really want to Decorate this year.
We’ve been going through some things here in the Mobile Home Park for the past few months and I didn’t want to post a lot of negativity on my blog.
I hope that you are all doing well. I hope that you have a GREAT THANKSGIVING and that you can spend it with you loved ones.
This is what I did get done. The totes and the things on them have to be gone through. All the dishes are done and put away. The single painted door was done a while back , I didn’t like the color so I quit painting and it remains the same.
It’s late here and I can’t really make a lot of noise so I will vacuum tomorrow. I’m more than likely going to be really sore tomorrow after moving one big piece of furniture and putting in a smaller one.
I did manage to keep the smaller appliances that get used in the new cabinet. I have another small metal cabinet that houses 2 small crocks, frying pans and the hubbys deep fryer.
We need to put a piece of drywall on the upper part of the wall? I was thinking about a shelf of some sort and maybe some hooks. I have Cast Iron that I’d like to hang/ display.
So, for now this is how it is. Tomorrow is another day. The last time I moved furniture around , I was out of commission for two days. I’m hoping that , that doesn’t happen.
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my Blog. Am I embarrassed , yes to a point. I’ve been struggling Mentally over the last few months, of which a lot of it was out of my control. It still affects me because of where we live.
The kitchen became a dumping ground for a lot of stuff. Really the whole house has but I did manage to get the living room cleaned and it’s still relativity clean. I gave up my craft room to our cats. So, now the hubby and I share the game room/office area.
I did clean the kitchen by that I mean doing the dishes and putting them away I took out the big cabinet as I felt crowded by it. I did replace it with a small mental kitchen cabinets. The kitchen is just waiting for me to put things in the smaller cabinet.
Now that the small cabinet is where the big one is I have wall space and I had to decide what goes and what stays.
We own 2 mobile homes in the Mobile home park we live in . One has not electric , which we have to fix so we can possibly move back into it. The one we live in now is slowly falling apart. No matter what we do to fix one area another seems to be needing attention.
Last night Hubby and I were talking and he said he was ready to move . We have several neighbors is nice to your face then runs to the landlord . Within the last year several people have moved in then moved out. Between the drugs, the fighting and a few other things , it’s too much.
We had a small garden last year but it doesn’t seem like is going to happen this year. Flowers are ok but growing food is shunned . I’m thinking about doing containers but still not sure because of the neighbors.
We will stay here as long as we have to but if we can go sooner , we will.
I take it one day at a time and stay to myself. It sucks that I find myself staying more and more inside my home. I’m slowly getting better . My Journaling has helped. I really enjoy myself when I’m doing that.
The top of the cabinet needs to be fixed . I put a piece of wood under just to give it a lift. Everything that is in the tote came from the bigger cabinet. I need to wash everything and decide if I’m keeping all it. The kitchen is that bad now just very unorganized. So, That is what I’m going to be working on since I have some Mental clarity and energy to do it.
I’ll post pictures and write another post when I get everything put away. I’ll go more into maybe us moving out of the Mobile Home Park.
I took book pages and glued them together and took scrap papers to make a Masterboard . Once, everything was glued together I cut different pieces out of this Masterboard.
The longest part about this is waiting to the glue to dry and you can start cutting it apart to make Ephemera for your Scrapbook , Altered Book even your Junk Journals. All this is still very new to me and I am not expert on this subject matter.
I’ve heard of Scrapbooks and Altered Books but never tried to make any before. So, that is what I’ve been doing and learning as much as I can. One thing I have come to realize is there is really no wrong way to make a Scrapbook or Altered book/Junk Journal as far as how you want to decorate it.
This is the Ephemera I made with two Masterboards I created. I put stickers on them to add extra interest to them.
As you can see they are cut into different shapes and sizes. They didn’t take long to make other than waiting for the glue to dry after making a Masterboard for them. I used Distress Ink around the edges.
I’ve been working on this and anything related to Scrapbooking, Altered Books and Junk Journals and Journaling in general.
I have an Instagram Page and a Youtube Channel, if you are interesting in checking them out.
I just set both of them up so there isn’t a lot posted as of yet.
My Youtube Channel has two videos posted . Both are under 3 minutes long and set to Music. I’m still figuring out how to prop my phone for better videos.
Christinasplace76 is my Instagram and Youtube name.
This was my first Attempt at putting a notebook/signature for a journal I’m working on. I took Scrapbook paper and made the outer covers. I used old book pages and printing paper to make the pages inside the book. I used different papers to decorate the front .
This was my first attempt to sew the pages in the book. My sewing isn’t great but the pages are holding .I used stickers to decorate the first inside page, I wasn’t sure how I wanted this book to be used for so it has different ideas that I put in it.
I used different Ephemera pieces to use as decoration , Sentiments/sayings. Journaling/Scrapbooking/Junk Journaling is very new to me. I’m finding out what I like and don’t to use to decorate pages. I don’t plan a page but I do let an idea for a page come through. Like the butterflies on one page,
I had scrap paper that I wanted to use in the book and I knew that I wanted Butterflies and a moth. I’m not sure if the big one is a moth or butterfly. It was the right size and color that I wanted to with the scrap paper, I used distress ink in Vintage Photo to color the border of the paper. I really like how it came out.
I don’t work on my journals everyday but I really think I should just so I stay out of my head. I enjoy the process of thinking what could go together on a page or at least the ideas that come to mind when it comes to journaling.
I’ve been busy with my journaling/scrapbook among other things around the house.
I thought I would post pictures of what is in my scrapbook/journal. I’ve used a lot of different things and just went with the flow. Nothing is perfect or in any particular order. It’s what mood I was in at the time I decided to decorate a page.
The only unfortunate thing is because some of the pages are heavy they started to fall out. The book still has empty pages. I have been watching Youtube videos on Junk Journaling .
We’ve been busy with our home but that is for another Blog.
What was my bedroom is now my Crafting room. I added 2 foldout tables .
The second table is for my laptop and I use it also for some ironing that I do for projects that I’ve been working on.
I hung twinkling Christmas lights up to help with the non lighting area and to bring in some coziness. I still am trying to figure out storage solutions for the fabrics, paints , books and the scrapbooking paper packs .
Over Christmas I bought a lot of Scrapbooking paper packs to help me in my journaling and junk journaling. Also went to the thrift store to see if I could find things to go along with that.
I did buy fabrics that Goodwill marked as Materials. I also bought a box of ribbon to use on different projects.
A few things I made . I was taking pictures and Ezio decided that he should be in at least one picture.
I will be posting pictures of what I did with my journal and junk journaling later.