Did I say fighting? I meant sweating--it's way more humid than usual. Plus, as you can see above, two tiny furnaces have been more or less attached to me whenever I sit down. Note to self: this is not a weather blog--stop talking about the weather.
Although it may look like I've been relaxing, I've actually spent most of today working on a home improvement project that may or may not ever be done--renovating the sewing / craft room. One of the reasons that I haven't been sewing much is that I don't like spending time in the craft room. It's crowded, it's disorganized, and every project starts with clearing other crap out of the way. The shelves were poorly installed (thanks to my eldest brother), and must be propped up from below. And the carpet, let's discuss the carpet. I estimate it's age at between 15 and 20 years old. It is an incredibly ugly color, particularly when coupled with the peach walls. It is incredibly smelly and disgusting. I dare not walk on it in bare feet, both because of the disgustingness and because sewing pins & needles work their way into the nap until they are invisible but dangerous.
My mom is on a trip to North Dakota (close to here), so I thought it would be nice to take care of the sewing room problem while she's gone. I'm not sure if I'll finish before she's back, but the worst of the work will definitely be done. Here's the progress so far, starting with a before photo taken last night, and ending with the confusion of Gretel, who has no idea what's going on:
Much better without the carpet! I was hoping that the old linoleum floor would be o.k., and could just be cleaned and covered with an area rug, but you can see that at some point the floor was painted over. Booooooo. I think that we'll put in new carpet, but a low-profile berber rather than weird ugly shag. I am likely to paint the two peach walls, although I need to see how they look tomorrow--without the rug, the color might be fine, although I'd prefer something a little more neutral and light.
Other than the kitchen (which is totally usable, and not disgusting), this is the last room in Mom's house that hasn't had a makeover since I moved in a few years ago. I'm very excited for it to be done, although we definitely need to do some space planning before cramming the same amount of stuff back in the room.
In knitting news, I'm almost done with my Sockapalooza socks, and will post photos tomorrow. Then it's Mystery Stole time!