Starting over

Have you ever stopped to think about everything that really goes into creating a blog and Etsy business, not to mention how much work you really need to put into it? I restarted this journey yesterday, only to quickly become overwhelmed by all the things. It seems I was placed in the right direction with getting myself here, because, look at me, I’m HERE! However, the things to learn are abundant.

It’s not always about just writing down what you think about, putting it on a form and posting it. There are certain directives you need to follow in order to find your niche, look, and flow. I’m still trying to narrow down the exact stance I want to take. I know it will have to be the perfect blend of lifestyle & business. The ideal goal for me is to truly and passionately grow my Etsy shop, while still adding in some of me and my goings on.

There is a lot to learn. Time needs to be spent creating all the details that will help to make this everything I would like it to be. Hopefully, the process will come smoothly and I don’t get frustrated and give up. It’s an investment of the heart, mind & precious time.

Speaking of precious time, off to go snuggle my ever too wonderful 2 year old, who has allowed me the time to write this post (thank you, Frozen).

Do or do not…

Today is the day that I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out what my password was for this site.

Today is the day that I honestly felt like sitting on my couch and not doing anything, but I need to go to the market, fold some laundry, pay attention to my two year old, and maybe put together a blog post.

Today is the day that I hope kick starts a good groove in life. So, let’s roll with the punches and see where it takes us.

While I’ve been away, a lot has happened. A new house, new kid, another pregnancy, a new Etsy shop. It’s time to take all of this new and put it down to keep forever. It may take some time to truly figure out where I want this blog to go, how I want it formatted, and what I want to accomplish with it, but hopefully you are in for the ride.

Here goes nothing…..

To bed I said

When presented with an opportunity to redecorate, do you get as excited as I do?  I have not only been working diligently on my project room, but also have been purchasing bedding for our new bed that is arriving very soon.

Shopping for fun bedding is surely not a chore!  I spent the day yesterday touching the fabric, exploring new colors & designs, and looking for bargains.  I managed to find a few options with some colors that I would not generally go for.  Typically, I tend to lean more towards the clean white look in everything.  There is something about crisp white sheets that makes me swoon.  However in the real world, I have discovered that white does not always stay as crisp as I would like.

When registering for wedding gifts, I found my husbands dislike of white linens as well.  He kept leaning towards more obscure colors like dusty rose or coral.  I steered away from that, for the pure sake that those are not colors I have ever worked with.  Now, I enjoy corals & rusts, just not in a room, or so I thought (more on that below). When we were registering, I pushed to get more beach inspired colors.  We ended up with a beautiful ocean teal & a cerulean blue for our master bathroom towels, as well as our bedding.

Do not get me wrong, I LOVE our current color scheme, however I found myself looking at the very color my husband was leaning toward so many months ago.  I’m starting to think he may know more than he eludes about design.  I refuse to give him all the credit, and I don’t even know if he even likes it yet, as he is in road warrior mode, traveling for business.

I have never had a difficult time finding things I like in West Elm.  It doesn’t hurt when they are having a sale.  What I managed to put together while in the store is a new look that I am hoping we can pull off in our bedroom.  The duvet has it’s own washing & drying instructions as to make sure the crinkled fabric maintains it’s shape.  What I am hoping for is for it to not always look like the bed is a mess (** yes, I admit, we don’t always make the bed**).  It is a beautiful orchid pink/coral color, almost dusty rose.  The sheets are a bright ivory with the same color as the duvet design on it.  They are an organic cotton, that when touched, feels very soft….for now.  I am a person who truly indulges in the feel of soft sheets, so I am hoping that these only get softer as they are washed, and do not lose that feel.  I have heard from many different places, that organic cotton is often softer than non-organic.  I hope that this new option turns out to be our favorite.

For now, they sit in the bag until I receive full approval & we receive the bed.  I can’t wait to see everything put together, with accent pillows and a new look all together!

A list

As I sit here in the room that, when given enough free time, will become the project room that I dream of, I look around and feel somewhat overwhelmed.  There is so much here that needs to be organized before making progress.  I want so much to have this room hit with the magic wand, and it be completed before my eyes.  Instead, there must be some planning & time management.


Here’s a rough idea of everything that must be done….

* Go through the supplies given, get them organized

* Wallpaper and paint

* Move the remaining supplies & furniture over from mom’s house

* Make the peg board wall

* Figure out a new display for all of my running medals

* Decorate with fun stuff

* Decide how to decorate the laundry room side


I have a few ideas in mind of what I would like to decorate with.  I don’t want it to feel too cluttered, but some things like neat lamps, mirrors & art on the walls are just some of the things I am thinking of.

The wallpaper has officially arrived.  It is such a fun, unique, and bright selection!  It turns out, I know NOTHING about wallpapering.  So, enter research mode.  Ultimately, I also need to find an appropriate paint to go on the other walls.  I’m still undecided if I want to go with bold walls or clean white walls.

Another thing that needs to be worked on, is my camera.  I would like to start sharing the progress, however, the camera is in desperate need of a checkup.  So, until then, you will have to use your imaginations on exactly what is going on in here (that may be a better thing, until I get it presentable enough to really share the progress).

Time wise, it is looking like I will be able to fully accomplish everything by Spring Break.  I’ve got a few consecutive days off that, if planned appropriately, can be used at maximum production.

Off to go get some progress on this checklist!

proj·ect room

an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim.
  1. noun
    a part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling.


At our Imaginary Lane house, I have this fantastic room where I am able to create whatever my mind can think of.  It has every single supply, stored ever so organized!  Cubbies for fabric, shelves for paper, drawers for things to cut with, cabinets filled with labeled boxes that contain every type of pen, paint, button, thread, pin, hole puncher, knitting needle, and more!  There would be dowels hanging on the wall with wrapping paper, washi tape & ribbons to wrap the most spectacular presents for my friends.  A sewing desk would be on one side, while there would be an island in the middle where projects could be prepared or cut.  Another desk would be for paper crafting, with only the newest and funnest tools to use.  Counters and book shelves would surround the room, and every resource I could possibly need would be there.

While I may have a lot of the above mentioned, I do not have this space in our house……yet. Enter, my future project room.

When the buildings our condo is in were made, they included the particular room I am speaking of.  It’s a windowless, 8ft x 9ft corner within the laundry room.  It has a 1/2 closet, above the hot water heater, but it is deep and has plenty of shelving for storage.  The laundry area is another 8ft x 9ft section filled with (of course) the washer and dryer, as well as some upper and lower cabinets, as well as some drawers.  All in all, it’s a total bonus room.  I’m sure it’s meant to be here for storage, as there is no attic or basement & limited closet space.

Over the years, this room has been utilized for many different uses.  A storage room with lots of shelves, an office, an office with storage, a small guest room, a small guest room with an office area…if you can think of what you would do with an 8′ x 9′ windowless space, it’s likely been done.  The noise of the laundry would help for it to not be a full time bedroom, which was why my husband and I decided that eventually down the road, it would not make a very good baby room.  As of most recently, we had a futon & a desk, as well as a few boxes stored under, behind & on top of the futon.

This past weekend, the room became a blank slate.  I removed all of the storage, the futon, the desk, and everything else that went in the room.  The futon & desk made their way over to my mom’s house, while the rest of everything was gone through and most is making it’s way to Goodwill donation.

With my mom no longer being able to use any of her sewing & craft supplies, she informed me that she wanted it all to go to a good home.  Of course, that good home happened to be mine.  I am excited to continue the legacy that my mother instilled in me, and hope to take my love of crafting further to show my mom it is being used exactly as she would have used it.

For now, it is just a room with a desk.  Eventually, once everything gets organized, I will have a fully functioning, smaller scaled version of my dream space.  I have super cool wallpaper on order, with a fresh coat of paint to go along with it.  A peg board has been purchased with intent to become a functional piece of wall art.  We had the glass on one of our photo frames shatter, so we got a new frame for the photo, and now I get to convert the old frame into something new!

Look forward to future posts, where I will share the progress.


Imaginary Lane

Do you ever imagine your most ideal place to live?  The way your perfect house looks, the destination it is in, the style, the people in it, the people nearby?

I dream about the most stunning one story home that is clean & crisp with bright sunshine coming through the windows.  The decor is on trend and super stylish – yet, still comfortably livable.  The location is somewhere that the weather is always gorgeous, sunny & warm yet just cool enough in the shade to escape the heat.  Someplace where you always want the windows open or to always be outside.

The kitchen would be large and beautiful.  Not the type of kitchen that has so many cabinets that you don’t know what to put in them, but type that everything has a place & everything in it gets utilized.  The best part of the kitchen would be the spot that my 4 best friends would always be sitting.  Each with their drink of choice….be it coffee, tea, or (if the case was necessary) a cocktail, at a beautiful kitchen table that is in the brightest corner of the room.  These ladies would live in the same cul de sac as me, with their own spectacular home that matches each of their personalities and needs.  My house would be the chosen location for our daily chats.  We would talk about our lives, our husbands, even our kids (real, future, & fur babies), while always laughing and being there for each other in every situation.  I picture even our outfits are the most stylish & these girls and I are always eating the yummiest of treats….while never getting FAT!

This neighborhood would be within a very close proximity to my hardworking husbands job.  He would come home every day for a healthy lunch & quality time with me.  Most days, he would return to work with sweets & treats, all made by me.  Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without him coming home to a clean house, laundry done & put away, and a delicious meal on the table.  There would always be something interesting to discuss about our days.

We would have a huge backyard with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen.  The kids splashing in the pool while the adults laugh around the grill.  Sunset cocktail hours, weekend barbecues, dinner parties, bonfires, garden parties, & outdoor movie nights with our friends in the backyard would all be regular things.

But then, I wake up and realize it is simply just a dream.  My reality is the same as anyone else.  My husband and I are newly weds, “living the dream” in our little third floor condo on the Intracoastal Waterway of South Florida.  The decor is a mish-mosh of what we could find to fill the space.  There is no exact theme, and the furniture less than matches.  It works for us, but there is a definite need for a styling makeover.  There is no backyard, just a balcony.  There is no garden, just a lawn with a shared picnic table and charcoal grill.

Our lives consist of both working full time, on completely different schedules, and it seems we never have enough time together.  Is there ever really enough time in a day available to spend with the ones you love??  Our days off consist of cleaning the house & traveling when we can.  None of our friends live close enough to visit daily, and most of them live out of state.  We all have our own busy lives, that it is even difficult to not always be on catch-up mode with each of them.

This blog is meant to help me find small ways of making my dream come true.  Consider this my virtual “kitchen table”, as I introduce you to each important person in my life, work on projects, cook fun foods, and discuss the small goings on in my world.  It might not all be very exciting, but truth be told, real life is never 100% as perfect and exciting as you wish.