it's not Christmas unless there's a home improvement project in the works

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I've got two weeks off of work for Christmas and New Year's. It's the perfect time to relax, watch Christmas movies, catch up on my reading list and enjoy time with family, right?

True to form, Jon and I got it in our heads that these two weeks would be the perfect time to work on a little home improvement project. We're tackling our basement and sprucing the place up and cleaning it out. Things are moving along and we should have everything finished by the end of next week. I'll have lots of before and after pictures to share then.

simple yet effective shawl in progress

In the mean time, I have been working on this Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Cosmicpluto
knits at night. I purchased this fingering weight yarn from Oiyi's new
etsy shop, ATD Crafts, and it is so lovely to work with. I am trying very hard to resist the urge to invest in a spinning wheel and start a new hobby. I have a feeling that 2010 will be turning into the "use what I have year."

Holiday Traditions Exchange 2009

I also received a lovely package from my Holiday Traditions Exchange partner, Carrie. She made these cute little twig star ornaments and pine scented bags for me. I used them to decorate the little Christmas tree in my office. Now everything smells pine scented and Christmasy.

holiday traditions swap 2009


  1. good luck with the basement! i hope it's a fun and satisfying process. your shawl is so gorgeous- and i love that little glimpse into such a warm and cosy craft world home! looks scrumptious!

  2. I can hardly wait to see your befores and afters! You have such a wonderful sense of style. Your shawl looks great - I think I have one of those started somewhere . . .

  3. i'd love to have a few weeks off to deal with home. right now, it's an overcrowded mess, but no time off in sight. sigh!
    happy holidays!

  4. We never ever get round to doing anything around the house. I fear the mess, and my husband fears the project lol!
    Merry Christmas!! :)

  5. That shawl is going to be pretty, the yarn looks so nice. I love house projects! Can't wait to see the before and after photos. Have fun!

  6. the shawl is gorgeous! looks like you have two helpful little kitty friends!

  7. Good luck on the home improvements. We recently tackled the living room, but it was hard because we have to do everything after Melody goes to bed at night. We painted the living room a Green Tea color. I love it. I am still impressed that we painted the whole living room in one night.
    The shawl is looking lovely! And it's striping quite nicely, too.

  8. Of course, what is down time for except huge projects that will probably be somewhat stress inducing. Oh the irony. Seriously, I hope that it is fun, and I can't wait to see the pics.

  9. We're working on a basement clean-up too. I hope yours is going well. I've been taking pictures of the finished re-do. No way will there be "before" pictures. It was too dreary and miserable looking. Can't wait to see what you have done with yours.

  10. In my old home in Ohio, I remember how my basement was my utility room. It had a washer/dryer, heating unit, thermostat, storage area, and we even put in a TV w/ an extra cable line running down so we can watch a show here and there while doing laundry. The best part of our basement was how we situated the mini-TV staging area by setting the love seat right by our boiler. There's nothing like getting efficient heat right where you need it. After all, the basement is usually the coldest enclosed room in the house besides the garage.


Thanks for visiting! Be sure to leave your email address if you would like a response from me.

Blogger Template created by Just Blog It