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Reality Check!

Lest you think that I am perfect (you probably didn’t, but just in case!), here are reality photos!


This is the sewing room a few months ago.





Another view….



At that point in the venture, NO sewing was done out there.  Oh, I take that back.  You can’t see it, but there’s a serger on a counter, and the girls would go out there and stand to serge!!! 


I did clean it up a LOT before Christmas….it’s not quite as bad now, but still bad!!!   More reality photos to come as well as finished product of a clean, organized sewing room!!!  (Please don’t hold your breath, though. If you do, I claim no responsibility if you pass out while waiting!)


We started adding on over two years ago.  My husband’s goal was to get it done and not drag it out over 10+ years like the first addition!  (It bothered him more than me!)   So he worked hard to get the upstairs part done, so we could move upstairs while he tore out and then remodeled the master bedroom and bath.  (It used to be a small bedroom, no bath!)   We were up there for about a year, then we were ready to move downstairs.  Jessica and Leah prepared to move into their new bedroom (where we resided for the year!), so they put the things I had not gotten out of their closet out on the landing.  I wish I’d taken a picture of THAT before I started!!!  It stayed there…until….December!

I got a burst of energy and inspiration and decided to get it done.  But you see, that entailed straightening up our old closet to make room for this stuff off the landing!!!

Here is the landing after I took off several boxes!!!

The boxes were actually stacked in two piles almost as high as the top of the picture!!!

Here is the aforementioned closet before I started:

(Now you know why I was dragging my feet a bit to do this!  What you didn’t see, was that there were four boxes of homeschool books to get out of that closet, too!)

Here are pictures of my room with all the "landing boxes" strewn about!










And after a few hours, here is the closet again!





The bottom is definitely fuller, and so are the shelves behind, although you can’t see them too well!





Another view of the closet:





Yes, ALL those boxes stacked on the left, plus the one in front, plus the three or so you can’t see, were stacked on the landing!  And there’s that box of books still on the landing to deal with!!!





Here are "after" pictures of my room!








Ah!  Orderly again!  You would never know, unless you peeked into the closet before and after, that all that mess had been there!





Oh, and guess where the unused homeschooling books are?!





Give up?





Under the bed!  





Now for an amazing picture!




This is a pretty good rendition of our house, "drawn" on a pocket Etch-A-Sketch, by Leah!





Here she is holding it in her hand, to give you an idea of the detail this took!






And what do YOU draw on a Pocket Etch-A-Sketch?! 


5 Responses to “Reality Check!”

  1. SuperAngel says:

    WOOHOO! You are such an inspiration! :) We have boxes all over too because we are waiting for our addition to be done! Sigh… hopefully soon!

    Leah is so neat! I loved playing on my Etch-A-Sketch when I was little… I dont have one anymore!

    HUGS and LOVES!



  2. Anonymous says:

    I love your room, Mrs. R! : ) CONGRATULATIONS on getting the landing cleaned out, and on your closet improvements. It's always a wonderful feeling to clean out a messy space. And I have experience with that all the time. : )

    Keep up the good work, and I'll be praying for you in your fight with the sewing room(or rather, the mess IN the sewing room : ). And, for your fight with the coughing and bronchitis. I know how that coughing can get maddening. : )

    God bless!

    Love in Christ,

    ~DB : )

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I forgot, that Etch A Sketch picture is just amazing, Leah! I am, once again : ), very impressed.

    Only this time, I'm extremely impressed. : D

    Have a wonderful day, Leah, and God bless you and your amazing talent! : )

    Love from your little sister in Christ,

    ~DB : )

  4. fruitbuns says:

    What is a serger?

  5. Mama9blessings says:

    …are a necessity around here! : ) It's a machine that sews, trims and overcasts the edge! Kind of makes it like clothes bought in a store, finishing the edges so they don't unravel. We have 3 right now! (My mom gave us one and we kept our old one, although it sometimes has its quirks!)

    Maybe they're called something else in England?



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