Posts Tagged With: home improvements

Brightening a dark corner

I really do need to be getting on with the home improvements. I’m bored of thinking about it. I’m bored of writing lists. Doing rather than talking and planning is the order of the day. I still haven’t finished the painting in the bedroom, though most of the hard work is done – I’m just left with the fiddly bits. However, there are other things that need doing in there. I’ve been trying to find new pictures to go on the walls but I can’t seem to find anything I like – not on a small budget anyway! Last night I did this…

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I had the frame in a different room with different pictures in it that I had got bored of. Last year I bought a pack of stamps from WH Smith, all bearing pictures of butterflies. I taped black card to the back of the mount and then stuck the stamps on using pritt stick. It took about, oh I don’t know, 10 minutes? Okay, it’s not exactly a work of art but I like it. I love stamps. Not in a collecting/researching sort of way – just generally. Good ones are, actually, like tiny works of art. And stamps are sort of facinating when you think about them – the possibilities of a stamp! I’m aware I’m getting into geek territory here…

Anyway, I’ve managed to do something with a corner of the bedroom without going out and buying anything I didn’t already have. Now I just need to get on with the rest of the room…

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Laying plans for August

I’ve got quite a few plans for August so, drum-roll please…

SAVING & SPENDING

My next paycheck should equal the completion of the future family fund. Yippee! I’ll be having a look at what this leaves as I want to start my emergency fund as well as to start putting some savings back for the holiday and for Christmas. I’m going to be sticking with a weekly budget of £30 for food and £20 for general spending. The rest will be going on the usual bills and travel expenses.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS & DECLUTTERING: THE MAIN BEDROOM

There is so much that needs to be finished that I’ve started going around in circles and not getting anything done. For the rest of the year I’m going to try a new approach: pick one room/area a month and just concentrate on that. If I finish it in the first few days of the month then I get the rest of the month ‘off’. If I get behind then I’ll just have to hurry up so I don’t miss my own deadline. Obviously if I was struck down with a fit of wild enthusiasm I would go with it and do some extra things but it doesn’t seem likely. For August I have decided that it is best to finish the bedroom. I’ve painted the walls and the ceiling but there is still a lot to be done. I need to finish touching things up and then paint the woodwork so I can put the curtains back up for a start. I also need to do the ‘cutting in’, do a bit more decluttering (ah, just when I thought the room was done), reorganise some storage, maybe repaint some of the furniture and shift things around a bit.

DOING THINGS FOR FREE

One of the best things about Project Shoestring is that it has reminded me of a lot of  things I like doing that cost me nothing. Thus…

I’ve been tinkering with a creative writing project. I didn’t mention it before because I do this quite often and then hit a wall after about 3000 words. However, I’ve managed to write just over 12,000 words and I don’t seem to have run out of steam yet so I’m going to keep at it. Fool that I might be for doing so, I’m setting myself a target of writing 20,000 words in August…

Also, my camera seems to have fallen redundant. This is mainly due to the fact that I haven’t been anywhere much during the many weeks of the tooth drama (dental pain + sleepless nights = no fun…still ongoing). I’m hoping things will be sorted out soon and I can go and skip around in the sunshine taking photographs.

My health and fitness plan for July didn’t really pan out – also due to the wretched tooth ache. However, I have lost a few pounds because I haven’t really felt like eating. Not really the way I wanted to go about it but still! No particular plans on this front except I’m hoping I’ve got enough energy to get out and about again and partake in the aforementioned skipping…

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