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A Vanity for Lily-Ann

Well, tonight the girl and I went shopping.  It was after supper, so we knew even if we were successful on our hunt, that our project wouldn’t actually get started tonight, but it was worth going to look – just the same.  We spent a couple hours checking out all our options before making a choice, and I think it will be workable.

The vanity I built myself when we first bought the house has been overloaded the last couple of years as Lily-Ann amasses more and more of her own things, and further develops her own style.  My vanity now overflows with things belonging to both of us, in containers, in piles, stuck in travel totes because there’s no room for it all.  Something had to change.  And with the girl’s fifth birthday around the corner, the two of us figure it’s time she had a vanity of her own.  Hence the shopping trip.

We live in a small space, so purchasing a vanity just isn’t an option.  That’s why I built mine to begin with.  It’s small, and is basically a glorified shelf jutting out of the wall at the right height with a couple more shelves on the side for storage of large non-everyday essentials.  Hers needs to be even smaller.

It took a lot of imagining…  checking out what we could find, how we could repurpose it, what we could change, what we couldn’t.  And I think we may have found something that we can make work.  It’s supposed to be a towel caddy, for hanging multiple bath towels.  But by pulling out the lower shelf, and adding something over the top (like a breakfast tray), I think we’ll be able to make it work perfectly for her.  It wasn’t quite what I imagined, but I think it will work just fine.

I love living in our small house.  Though it can be a challenge at times, I like how close it helps us to be.  There isn’t room to get away from one another, so we are physically and emotionally closer.  But there are times – like trying to make the most out of our bathroom space – when it can present some inspiring quandaries.

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A holiday from work…

We are on the eve of my husband’s last week of holidays from work.  This is the last chance to get renovations and cleaning done before Winter comes.  I have high hopes for what can be accomplished…  or, rather…  what MUST be accomplished this week.

We’ve been living amidst piles these last months in preparation for this week of “time off”.  We’ve gotten toys boxed up, the kitchen mostly pulled apart, and furniture ready to be moved.  It’s my hope to reinvent two of the main floor rooms completely.  Turning one into a living room, and one into an office with dedicated workstations for all three of us.  The kitchen simply needed to be torn apart to make it function better (even if we aren’t really adding anything new to it).

I love living in a small house, but it definitely offers challenges.  The main one we face right now, is that there isn’t enough space to accomplish any changes indoors once the weather turns cold.  We need to be able to utilize our outside space in order to get these renovations completed.  So time is working against us.

Wish us luck.

A week may seem like a lot, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, a week can be easily frittered away (that can’t be right, did I just mix my metaphors again?)  LMAO

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