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The Meaning of Flowers {Truth and Hope}

I was out shopping the other day and found the cutest metal flower hangings.  I decided they would look pretty  hanging in my laundry room.

Hanging Full View

I can’t remember where I got these. maybe TJ Max.  They have a great garden section this time of year.  I added the purple ribbon.  They originally looked like this.  The purple completes them, don’t you think?

Before hanging

Did you know  flowers have symbolic meanings?  I did some research.  The chrysanthemum means compassion, cheerfulness, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth, friendship and secret love.  They come  in  a variety of colors.  The white chrysanthemum symbolizes loyal love and truth.  In my research I couldn’t  find anything on the pink color.   Red stands for love, yellow symbolizes slighted love.

According to legends, the snowdrop became the symbol for hope during the time of Adam and Eve when they were expelled from the Garden of Eden.  An angel appeared and changed snowflakes into snowdrop flowers, showing Eve there was hope that winter would change to spring.

Truth truth close up

Hope close up hope


What kind of flowers do you have in your garden?  Have a great Monday!

Laundry Room Updated

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Mine had its ups and downs.  I have the makings of a stuffed up head and I’m trying really hard to ignore it.

Today I wanted to share with you our updated laundry room.  It was fine as is, but I decided it needed a change after I got some free paint from ACE.  Over the past several months ACE has offered free quarts of the new Clark Kensington paint..  I got 4 cans; 2 Silent White, a very pale shade of green called Casual Day, and another named Salem Green.  I decided to use the Salem Green on the wall behind the washer and dryer.  That meant moving them away from the wall and I’m happy to say I unhooked and pulled those puppies out like a pro.  I was impressed how well the Salem Green went on.  It felt and looked thick and required a few touch ups but not a full second coat.

Green Paint Right Corner Laundry

I used the Silent White for the other 3 walls and after it dried I wasn’t very pleased.  It looked like I had painted the walls with a white liquid. I normally use Behr paint with primer from Home Depot and I think I’ve been spoiled.    I really had not planned on spending any money so I went on a paint search to the garage and found some Behr Ultra White that we used a couple of years ago.  It was almost a full gallon and it was perfectly sealed so I spent a bit of time stirring and shaking and it was just fine.  I ended up using that for both the walls and ceiling.  I also had some left over trim paint so I gave the base boards a new  life as well.

DIY Laundry Room

When it’s a small room, it’s hard to take pictures and give you the full meal deal all at once.  Here’s a picture entering from the inside hallway to the laundry room.

Window View

Not the greatest picture but you get the idea I  hope.  The yellow jar came from the dollar store.  I use it to put all the change I find in pants pockets.  The little bird on the right came from ACE.  I have several in a variety of colors and they are always moving from place to place both in my home and office at work.  I’m in love with birds and birdhouses.  Speaking of, if you want to know how I made the birdhouse stand that is sitting in the center of the window sill go here.

Here’s a few before pictures.

Before Collage

When I changed the paint colors I added a few new items as well.

NewNew Stuff Collage

I took the easy way out on the knobs.  I bought some plain wood ones at Michaels, then primed and spray painted them Rust Oleum’s copper color.  I used Gorilla glue to attach.  One of my favorite things is the curtain rod that I picked up at Home Depot.  It’s secured between the end of the cupboard and the wall and comes in handy when wet clothes need to be hung.  I also picked up 2 rugs from Home Goods.  If you want to read about my shopping experiences from their go here and here.

Plain White Container Polka Dot Container

I used painter pens to decorate an old white tin I had laying around.  Now it holds my “laundry stuff”.  I also jazzed up my laundry soap container.

Painter Pen Decor

I made the 3 day storage box below last year.  You can find the story here.   I’m using it to hold softener strips, clothespins and other miscellaneous items I don’t know what to do with.

3 Drawer Storage

Entry from the garage looks like this.


We’ve had the Australia picture for 20 years.  It’s actually a tea towel we picked up in Sydney when we were there.  The welcome sign was something my son made in high school wood shop.  I just painted it.  I also made the flower art.  Check out how simple that was  here.

How about you?  Have you updated your laundry room lately?


DIY – Art In An Hour – The Reveal

Good Afternoon!  Did you see my post this morning?  Are you curious about what I made that took me less than an hour?  Here ya go…

DIY Art Piece

I know some might think this looks like I did this in grade school (laugh) but I like it.  Art is in the eye of the beholder.  And this makes me happy.  Besides, it brightens my laundry room up.

Here’s my inspirations.  I apologize for not being able to provide a link on the left.  I had pinned it to my DIY and Craft Inspiration Board on Pinterest, but when trying to open my virus ware blocked it as a potential spam site.  The picture on the right is wrapping paper and I just love the bright flowers.

image Wrapping Paper

So I grabbed my supplies…

Supplies Buttons

  • canvas art board
  • circle stencil
  • painter pens (I used ones by Decor)
  • buttons

I actually did this twice, but each time was less than an hour to make.  The first time I did the circles, was not happy, tried to make flowers out if it, then hated it.

Art First Try

Thank goodness for Rust Oleum semi-gloss white spray paint.  Another fresh canvas and I was happy.  I also decided to add a few colorful buttons.  I hung the picture in my laundry room next to my welcome sign and a picture I’ve had for over 20 years.  That’s a tea towel that Hubby and I brought back from Australia and we framed it.

The Wall

Closeup 2

Closeup 1 Closeup 3

DIY Art Piece

Have you been creative lately?

Linking up to Cassie @ Hi Sugarplum


Painting A Welcome Sign

The time is going way to fast.  The weather has just recently started to become a enter the hold pattern of sunny days and that makes me ever so happy.  The last couple of weeks I’ve been updating the laundry room; paint, new rugs, organize cupboards, etc.  I’m hoping to share it in it’s finished stage later this week.

A laundry rooms should be happy, right?  After all, how much do we ladies spend in there?  Since young son left for college I do much less wash and clothes folding.  We almost always  but we normally enter and leave through the garage and so does everyone else.   I decided to fill the walls  with bright and cheery items and only if they make me smile.  Like this:

1-Welcome Sign Painted Letters 2012-08-12

My son, the senior-to-be in college,  took a wood shop class in in his junior year of high school.  One of his projects was a welcome sign.  He took a piece of wood and sanded it down in areas on the board so the letters were raised.  It’s not accurate, the letters are thin in some places, thick in others.  Some of the letters are a bit crooked.  That’s what I love about this sign.  It has character.  It looked like this in the beginning:

Welcome Before

I used white primer and gloss white spray paint from Rustoleum to make it all white.  Then I grabbed my jar full of painter pens.  I made each letter a different color and pattern.  For instance, the W is filled with Xs and the O is full of circles.  I thought about making every letter solid and who knows I may change it later, but for know I really like it.  I’m excited to hang it on the wall.

Welcome Sign Painted Letters 2012-08-12

I love projects that are simple and quick and have a memory.  What about you?  Do you have projects or crafts that you’ve done that fit this description?


31 Days To Clutter Free / Day 27 – Laundry Room Pics + I Got Featured

Happy Day 27.

31 Day Button-3

We’re on the downside of the 31 days.  I finally finished decluttering and organizing the laundry room.  It took me 3 different “go for its”.  I do still have to paint and I’d like to get a new rug and curtains.  But…I can go to the cupboards and find anything…

Love my Paddington Bear dressed in his raincoat and galoshes.  Had to keep him.  I also like my laundry cleaners and sprays in plain sight so I found a cute basket.


Every container labeled = heaven. 

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Organizing clutter makes me feel so good.  A completed project just makes me want to do more.  Tune in tomorrow to see my list of what I still have to do around the house.

And thanks to Word Press.  I logged on to the site today and saw my blog is Featured by Word Press



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31 Days To Clutter Free / Day 19 – Laundry Room

Happy Day 19 Everyone.  If your along with me in the 31 days to clutter free we’ve accomplished much!

31 Day Button-3

I made it through the 3 bathrooms.   Today after work I will be going through the laundry room.  That will be both a challenge and an opportunity.  It’s where all the cleaners are stored.  We also normally enter our house through the garage so I need to find a way for it to not be a dumping ground.  If you’re going through your laundry room today think about how much time you spend in there.  I’m not yet sure what I’ll do yet, but I’m taking my inspiration from the following pics brought to you by Pinterest.

Use a shower caddy under the sink for cleaning products.

.Shower caddy in laundry for supplies

A munch prettier way to house laundry soap.

If I scoop laundry detergent from a glass jar does it make it more fun to fold the clothes?


I found a glass jar, put the recipe on it and will keep it in my laundry cabinet. That way I always have the recipe and a container to shake it in close at hand. I soaked a few items and was very impressed with how well it worked. Homemade OxyClean: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda.  Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 minutes to overnight and then wash as usual. Or you can just skip the water and pour the peroxide and baking soda directly into the wash with your laundry soap and wash as usual.  Clean your washing machine. Mine WAS disgusting until I tried this. Easy

I want mine to look like these…

Inspiring laundry rooms.  laundry rooms

Laundry Rooms This is nice for small laundry rooms! One of my All time favorite laundry rooms

Have fun today!  Pics tomorrow!


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