Friday, December 17, 2010

...and NOW Christmas may come...

My extended family decided to skip exchanging gifts this year, and chipped in to rent a Lake House on an island nearby.  Basically, I am their gift.  (Oops, I just remembered they read this blog... "Hey guys, aren't you pleased?  You get ME for Christmas!  Par-tay!!") Anyway, I cleaned my house from top to bottom, and now everything is sparkling!  This cleaner promises to "calm the nerves."  (I feel very calm now.) 
When I say I cleaned everything... that's exactly what I mean.  When we put our house on the market over seven months ago, I packed away everything personal, including a ton of books.  This week, I felt like I needed to just "BE."  You know, be present.  Be here. Be now.  Be still. That sort of thing.  I told myself that I'm not giving up, but I know I'll have to come back and revisit that one.  Regardless, every box is unpacked, and here we sit.
It actually felt really good to weed through everything one last time, and we made our final Goodwill dump this week.  My home is officially downsized, in that we only possess what we use, and love.  Every closet is organized and empty of excess "stuff."
This photo... alright here's the thing.  When you're feeling discontent with life, there are two things you must not do.  The first you already know- do not cut your own hair.  The second, don't paint things like coffee tables, turquoise in the middle of the holiday season!  (I should know these things!)  You'll end up covering it with white and feeling totally unsure that you like it, because perhaps you should have gone with that light green you were toying with in the first place... Anyway, this was a momentary bump in the road.  The table has now been painted a misty, soothing blue-gray and I am finally settled that it's the color I've been craving.  I'll show photos of it when I get back.  At some point, you've got to walk away raise the back of your hand to your brow, and dramatically proclaim, "I won't think about that today.  I'll think about it tomorrow.  After all, tomorrow's another day..."  (Then you come back and re-paint it.  The end.)

I continued cleaning like a mad-woman.  See?  Sparkling.  Let's just bask in the glow for a moment, since we all know it won't last more than five minutes after we arrive back home from the Lake house!  I would like to point out that I saw a countdown chalkboard in Better Homes and Gardens, and totally copied the thing!  I was feeling like the chicken wire frame I created for Christmas cards wanted to go next to our front door instead, so when I moved it, I nabbed the big chalkboard in that room and hung it sideways, above the console table.  Can I just say that there is nothing more fun than moving stuff around in your home?  Seriously, I love it.  I move things every day.  (In case that's escaped you.)
I can't wait to show you what I've got planned for a cute Christmas table!  But you'll have to wait until next week for that one.
 I even curled my hair, put on some accessories, and got my own sparkle on!  (My poor family has been seeing a lot of my black yoga pants again lately.... I've got to get better about that, because if feels so good to actually put thought into my wardrobe!)
All the bulbs are beginning to bud and blossom.  Hopefully just in time!
And lastly, this is a message that may save your sanity if you've got a seven year-old!  Do not, I repeat, do not purchase a soon-to-be-discontinued American Girl Doll, unless you want to spend your evenings squinting into the fading light, as you haunch over tiny little scraps of fabric, attempting to re-create a St. Lucia nightgown for your precious blue-eyed hoodlum, because the real one costs a fortune, now that it's a collectible!  Also, don't let your child carelessly leave the head piece that poked you in the thumb, leaving you bruised and sore, on the floor. Because those tiny white candles that you carefully attached with a hot glue gun, will be a fantastic chew toy for your dog, and you'll end up having to use ugly green candles instead, until they fall out from excessive play, after which you'll tell your child that she doesn't need candles, and just pretend for heaven's sake!

If you'd told her that answer in the first place, you'd have saved yourself third degree hot glue gun burns.

You'll know for next time.

Anyway, we're ready now, so off we go!    


  1. oh i did indeed bask in your sparkly kitchen!
    & yay you for getting to chill
    & for clearing out once again
    & for the final table color

    can't wait to see your christmas table
    merry chirstmas friend
    you crack me up. everytime.
    (the gift is you! )

  2. I'm lovin' the giant chalk board in your kitchen. You've got great taste. I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. Everything looks so pretty. I love that you keep it clean and simple, you inspire me towards this for myself. Happy Holidays Dear Friend!

  4. Loved this post. I'm going to be doing some heavy cleaning myself today. Have a wonderful trip, looking forward to pics when you get back!

  5. Merry Christmas Friend..Sorry that I haven't commented in a while. I have had alot going on. I am also doing some heavy duty cleaning since my husband decided to have the company Christmas party here tonight. Merry Christmas Sasha and your gang. And I hope your New Years is blissful!!!

  6. you did a great job with the st. lucia outfit! my mom regretted buying me one of those dolls as well! haha. oh well, they are only babies once. i love mrs. meyers, but i get really annoyed when her holiday scents discontinue after the first day! ugh.

  7. I'm pretending I live in your sparkling house. :)

    I use the Mrs. Meyers Basil-scented products, too. I don't know why, but the scent seems to linger longer than the other ones I've tried, which is a good thing. At first it reminded me of an uncle's aftershave, but I'm used to it now!

    As for the turquoise/aqua coffee table, well, I've been planning on painting mine in something similar. Now I'm worried. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  8. wow! everything looks so beautiful and CLEAN! you can come do that to my house now :) i use the same cleaning stuff and I LOVE it! i use the lavendar scent...but i debated on the basil. merry christmas!

  9. I hope you have a great time at the Lake House--I'm glad you were able to downsize your stuff and bring in the things you love.

    When we had our house on the market, although I didn't miss everything we boxed up, there were favorites )like books and games) that were missing in our daily lives. We decided to stay put and have downsized our spending and doubled our giving--works for us, for now: )

    Merry Christmas!!

  10. I think you are just wonderful sasha. This is what I'm doing today too. I totally get you! Give me a jingle today if you have a chance. I think your house looks wonderful! I would feel so at home there.

  11. Your home is beautiful. I'm envious of your clean home. You are truly motivating me. Thanks.

  12. Have a very Merry Christmas with your family! Our best family holiday was when we all went to a neutral place and just enjoyed eachothers company, taking turns making meals, watching all our favorite movies, and enjoying the snow (we were in Tahoe). I also copied that countdown chalkboard from Better Homes...great minds I tell ya!

  13. Beautiful! I love to give our house a good scrubbing too! Cleaing and de-cluttering (is that a real word) IS very relaxing!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Can't wait to see you Christmas table display. Your table settings are always so gorgeous!

    Kind Regards,

  14. everything is beautiful...all clean and perfect. now you need to get your little hiney on a plane and come help me do the same thing. you would definitely put your hand to your brow if you saw my storage room. it's appalling. love your little one's outfit. you are one talented woman!! hope you are having a ball at that lake house:)

  15. You sound wonderful!!! I'm so glad to hear it! Your house looks beautiful and sparkling clean. I need to get my behind going, I have my family coming over TOMORROW for our family Christmas party. And my house is nowhere near clean. I like to wait til the last minute and clean on an adrenaline rush. HA! Anyway, have a wonderful time!

  16. I need to be your friend!!! I love your blog! I found you on How the heck did you get such a cute layout/template for your blog? I LOVE your main picture!

    Anyway Merry Christmas!

  17. My aching back, I was cleaning with you today getting ready for a weekend party. I never move anything, I wish I did. How sweet that you worked so hard to recreate your daughters doll outfit, hot glue burn and all!


  18. Now you have me thinking I need to clean and sparkle my whole house.....

  19. your house looks great! enjoy the lake house!
    wait! she's being discontinued!? she's my fave (i'm swedish) and the one i was hoping to get my daughter when she gets old enough to start begging for one! :)

  20. I feel better just looking at your clean and sparkling home.
    I'm not even kidding.