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Ordering the Living Room Rug(s)

Okay, I have, as you know if you read this, been back and forth and back and… about the living room rug. I finally threw in the towel, I was going to make it, right? I had the first strip made, needed to make the 2nd so I could try the joining idea, and…. and I was doing all that.

Except that the colors are NOT what I want for my home. They are pastels, most of them. I have black and white and some peacock or teal, but not anywhere near enough for a 5 x 8 foot rug. I started taking the strip I’d done apart, to see if I could figure a way to make something much closer to what I really want?

And, unless I start dying cloth strips, the answer was No! So DH and I talked about it, again. And I started looking, again. I had absolutely NO faith I could find a wool or cotton rug, flat woven, in colors I wanted, within a price I’d pay. Absolutely not a chance. How long have I been looking? Months!

And then I found these:

crateand barrel runnerThey are cotton, flatwoven and not insanely expensive. I’m buying two of them for the living room!



What’s New?

A few things. DH decided that he couldn’t “make due” even with all the work he’d done on the wallboard in the niche, so he’s in the process of tearing out the not-square, straight, or supported correctly wallboard, and replacing it, so it’s square and adequately supported.

This house is a weird mix. The guy who built it bought top-notch materials, like solid-wood doors, then did really bad workmanship, if there was any, with them. Why bother? This means every time we try to upgrade or just replace something, it becomes a demo/replace because the apparent, initial problem is only an indicator of what’s lurking under the surface. This place looked great ….

The other thing is that I finally decided I had to make the living room rug. I won’t spend the $500+ for a rug I like. I can find cheaper rugs, but they’re plastic and we’ve spent a lot of time/money taking plastic out of here because I’m allergic or sensitive to much of it. So, I’m knitting (that’s a shock, remember this and that?) a rug in 5′ long panels from old tshirts. I’ve made rugs from tshirts before (see pics below). The biggest one, in the laundry was 4 x 6 . I never took a pic.

The little one (the colorful one below) which had been in the bathroom got taken apart when I discovered I couldn’t get it the stains out of it. I dismantled it, then washed the strips, still couldn’t get them clean; they were trashed. The black and white one was made for someone and given away. The laundry room rug got mildewed when our old washer developed a leak, and I couldn’t remove the stench from the pieces, so most of it went to the dump too.

I’ve started other rugs, but the strips got mixed with the mildewed strips, before I realized how bad the mildew was (I’d washed them of course!) and 95% of the tarn I had prepared got trashed.

This was so discouraging I quit working with tarn completely.

The new living room rug, will be 5 x 8 feet, knitted from tarn. If all  the pieces are the same size as the piece I’ve been working on, I need to 17 strips,5′ long. I don’t think it will take that many as I intend to do something in between the knitted pieces. If it works? I won’t have to make 17. I hope!

The first piece has 15 tshirts worth of material in it.  I need to make the 2nd piece (or part of it) and try my joining idea. If the joining works, then I’ll refigure how many knitted strips, and tshirts needed.

Conservatively? If I just make the 17 pieces, at a shirt rate of 15 per 5′ strip? It’s 204 shirts, that’s all! Making the tarn actually takes longer than the knitting, no surprise.

Rug #1

1st rug

Rug #2

sarah's rug.JPG


The closet space has been taped, mudded, primed and painted. The vanity cabinet has been installed where it will go. The limestone top for it has been selected, paid for and is awaiting pick up. The now-obviously necessary drawer and cabinet hardware is under discussion. After that? We have to figure out finishing the sides and the shelves which are going above. We have to find something to fill the flooring gap, temporarily anyway. (The guy who built this house took every short cut he could. One of those was that most of the floor coverings end at the closet doors.

We’ve decided what we’ll probably do with the old closet door (and its frame). More on that later. At the moment, they’re in the living room kitchen,(2/14) NOT where it will stay.

The limestone top is in place. 2/10/18.

The cabinet hardware is on order 3/2018.

Monday 1/29/18

My jobs today are pretty much determined by the closet rehab. I have wallboard to clean and trim. I need to dig the knot sealer/primer out of the attic so it can be used up as appropriate and the paint we decided to use for the bathroom as well. (A slightly glossier version of the paint used in the living room.) The paint samples for the baseboard paint (living room and elsewhere) are here (We ordered them last week.).

DH decided he wanted to use a dark blue paint, I’d pretty much decided I wanted black. The compromise is two blues, both really dark. We’re planning to paint one of the baseboard scraps from the closet with both so we can decide.

I’m not sure what ELSE will be on my list today, but of the 6 things I should get done, as many of the above chores will be counted!

  1. Arrange some of the “out books” in the new 12 x 12 x 12 boxes. Either they’re getting shipped, donated, taken to the booth for possible sale, or put aside for later shelving. Space needs to be made in the attic for that last category!
  2. Find the holes to caulk in the bath closet and do so. Also  — there are two holes from the old monitor mount, over your desk in the office, which need to be filled. DH caulked the bathroom holes a day or so ago. Thurs. a.m.
  3. Keep culling the bathroom supplies. Despite what you thought, there are a lot of out of date products in there! Not only finish the cull of the items removed from the closet, but go through again the items under the sink.7:30 p.m.
  4. Paint retrieval from the attic for the bathroom closet project! Weds.3:30 p.m.
  5. Undo/remove extra insulating foam as it’s set now. I was all prepared to do this, every time I mentioned it, DH had a reason to wait. He did it. Weds. a.m.
  6. (fill in) Clean the bathroom closet’s walls. 3:30

DH took a pic or two of the closet nuked, I think. I’ll enjoy putting up an image when it’s done, although I’m not so sure about sharing images of it between nuked and finished? We’ll see!


New Monday List!

Okay, this is a restart of my 6-5 list idea. This is the six things on Mon and 5 each Tues – Fri, and catch up on the weekends notion.

Also I will redo the larger, long-term “to do” list sometime this week.

This will make THREE chore lists! The backlogged 6-5 lists, the current 6-5 lists, and the long-term list. Either I’ll just get overwhelmed and quit, again, or I’ll get it done.

What’s really likely is that I’ll get some of it done, for a while, then get overwhelmed and quit. That’s my pattern problem. Somehow, being organized about getting things done eventually leans on the PTSD and I panic and stop. Since many folk seem to get overwhelmed  I guess I don’t feel so bad about not being able to stick to it.

This blog has been a many-year long set of experiments to get me to be able to set a goal then get to it, ‘eh? A tidy house doesn’t seem to make most people panic like it does me, it makes them feel good. It makes me feel good too, but if I do it too consistently? I panic.

The problem has always been the panic. It took me until I was in my mid-50s to be well enough otherwise (not hurting/running scared) to be able to see that what happens to me in a tidy house is panic, and that because of that, it is instantly overwhelming. Telling me “ignore it,” [I can’t tell you how many people have said that to me!] is really useless. Telling myself that is equally useless.

The only real answer has been to find ways to turn tidying into habit, so that I don’t think about it, I just do it. Fine. Except that the process of doing that causes me to panic too — and the rat wheel goes around — again.

So. Here I am, again. With another shot at it, again.

Monday’s 6:

  1. File something. 5:11 p.m.
  2. Clean the front of the kitchen cabinet that hasn’t been cleaned the longest (I put stickies in the drawers/cabinets that tell me when I cleaned them last.) 6:30 p.m.
  3. Clean the cat food bin. 10:28 p.m.
  4. Straighten an underwear drawer. 10:20 p.m.
  5. (fill in). Bathroom floor & counter clean up. 1:40 p.m.
  6. Get the planner started.

Redesigning the Living Room, etc.

Larger table from hall has become a couch table, behind the couch and under the window. This plus end tables I think eliminates the need for a coffee table!

The coffee table, accordingly, is going back to the attic.

The smaller hall table has replaced the two bookcases in the entry, with the shoe rack beneath, but in a more appropriate location.

One bookcase from the entry has gone into the hall. The other needs to go to the attic or my office.

The basket end tables have been moved to the couch sides.


Everything above has been done. What hasn’t been done is below.

The club chairs in the hearth area will be turned 90 degrees to the woodstove, we’ll see how that works, or if it doesn’t. The small library catalog will become a table between the two chairs. I need to get a piece of glass cut for its top, but that’s it.

Long term: I will paint most if not all of the bookcase boxes which are staying in the room and the baseboards.  The cases not being painted will be moved into my office. From my office, the counter will be moved into the kitchen where the marble table currently sits, after that’s taken to the antique store to sell.

We’re still moving the clear spot around, like one of those puzzles, but the clear spot is significantly larger than it used to be!


Rugs, Again

I’m making a new tub “mat” only it’s not a mat, it’s a rug, or will be. At the moment it’s 5.5″ across, needs a lot of work before it will be the 3′ across needed. I figure this will take me a week, or more. Also, it will use up the 7 skeins of yarn I currently have set aside for it, and maybe 2x that. I will NOT make another rug of this type from yarn, it takes too much effort. The mat which will go in front of the sink? I’ll make that from tarn, if the door will open over it. If not, I’ll get still more yarn and crochet one to go along with the thick tub mat.

The rugs/mats we have in the bathroom I made, about 3 years ago. The sink one was crocheted, the tub mat was finger crocheted into thicker strands, then were braided and the braids stitched on edge together. Made a nice, thick tub mat.

The new mat will be denser and thinner. I’m very pleased with the way it looks, but it IS a lot of work! I suppose the other mats were a lot of work too, but it’s been long enough that I don’t remember. . . .

I have decided on the technique I will use and the backing for the hearth rug. I do not have all the tarn, or warp thread in the colors I will use. The materials I bought were enough for me to make a sample and figure out how I’ll make that rug. The rug backing is left over from a project I think I started in high school, ’bout time I either used it or pitched it! The tarn hasn’t been made up yet, and I’ll have to buy more t shirts to get enough of the right colors.

I had a large lot of tarn get wet a while back and it mildewed, and got pitched. Ick. So my tarn stores are much lower than they’ve been for some time!

In the meantime, I’ve worked some more at freeing up the attic rug. It’s too big to go into the hearth area, but will do nicely in my office if and when. . . .