Thursday, September 11, 2008


I can't believe that I'm showing you my little corner of the world. Most of my house I consider to be fairly well put together, clean and organized; but this corner of our bedroom always looks this bad. And, this is where I usually spend every evening.

Let's take a tour. This is my ugly recliner that doesn't go with anything else in the room. I've looked to replace it but I can't find another one that fits. It's like buying shoes!! You will notice this unattractive quilt that again doesn't go with anything, but it is the right size and weight to keep me comfortable summer and winter. You would think that I, as a quiltmaker, could make something new. Now notice that ugly paisley thing in the corner. That is my baby pillow - my mother received it at my baby shower 70 years ago. It is down-filled and just right for my neck when I nap. The least I could do is make a new pillow case!

On to my bookcase on the left of the chair: The top shelf holds my bible, my current library book, and my magnifying glass. The next shelf is my supply of magazines for the month. Plus, I see there is a "Digital Photo for Dummies" book (I really am trying to take better photos.) Every month, I usually go through the magazines to discard; but that doesn't always happen. Then, the bottom two shelves hold my favorite decorating books. These rotate in and out of the bookshelves from my sewing room. The only thing really beautiful here is my little clock on the wall, plus there are two pen and ink drawings of the two old homes we have restored in the past.

Now, on to the right side of the chair: This is a little sewing table that holds the real meat and potatoes of the corner. The bottom tier is home to a Mexican basket that I use for trash - you know those subscription cards that come in magazines, bits of thread, etc. Also, on this tier are my Sherwin-Williams paint decks. I'm always thinking about painting something. Then there is a roll of toilet paper (it takes up less room than a box of Kleenex!!)

Now on the top tier, there is a little basket with a lid that holds sewing things - my thimble, needles, pins, thread. Yes, that's a roll of masking tape hanging on the side. Also, of course, there is the necessary TV remote, land-line portable phone, and my cell phone. Sometimes I also have Bob's cell phone there. He gives it to me in the evenings as he says the kids always call him, but they really want to talk to me. They are just lazy - Dad comes before Mom in their alphabetical address books! I'm afraid that sometimes I answer the TV remote when a phone rings. Plus, in the depths are chap stick, scissors, nail clippers, book marks, paper & pen, a stray paper clip. etc.

Beside the sewing table is my decrepit floor lamp with the ugly shade and the brass that is too brassy. The worst part is that if you try to move it an inch, it completely falls apart.

Now, that I'm totally embarrassed, I'm motivated to work on spiffing up my corner.

Thanks for stopping by,



Bella Casa said...

It's not that bad :)

I know what you mean about posting something and then getting motivated to spiff it up...that happened to me when I posted pics of my kitchen...which is still a work in is ripped down, paint chips taped to the wall waiting for dh to paint...can't wait to get it DONE!

Love your front door :)


Smilingsal said...

Make sure you show us the after pictures.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sally, thank you for stopping by & leaving me a note! So nice to meet you. I went back & read your post about your 50th anniversary...awwww, how sweet that is & what a wonderful trip you treated yourselves too. I think that is great. My parents just celebrated 55! It is a wonderful thing to be married that long. Congrats!


imjacobsmom said...

Im not showing you my corner, and magazines, I can't part with them. And books, I have a stack yet to read. My mom is home all day and I work 4 days a week, I am wwwaaaaayyyy behind. Movies, too. ~ Robyn

Mrs. B said...

Hi! I have one of those "messy corners" of my bedroom too. Only right now it seems to have taken over the whole room! I love that you keep the deck of paint chips handy. I actually keep mine in a drawer right by my bed!

onlymehere said...

I love this totally honest post! I'm sure the majority of us have a corner like this that is comfy and who cares if it matches!! You have everything you need right within reach. I would never win any decorating contests bz I decorate for comfort and functionality. I'm glad you liked my short post. I figured people would be tired by now of my rambling on and on! I'm going to add you to my favorite list!!

bj said...

ahhhh, it's not nearly as bad as you think. We all have a little nook that could stand some spiffing up. In fact, now that I think about it...I have several nooks that need WORK !

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks for showing us your site the other night at your house. Your chocolate candy was terrific. LOL!! We passed on your site addy to Katie. I think Nancy might make some commets next time she is on the computer.

Bye for now,


Carrie said...

Your corner reminds me of the corner of my study where I sit at my computer!

Carrie said...

Your corner reminds me of the corner of my study where I sit at my computer!

Susie Q said...

You know? I think it looks comfy and warm and safe. I love it because it is special to you. We all have these corners...and they are what makes a house a home! Really!