Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Measure by measure (+ a free download)

My old computer. Kidding. Sort of.

Many of you know I've moved my office recently. It was originally in a little secretary desk. Everything was neatly tucked away in baskets and boxes within the top hutch and then, on the actual desktop, pure mayhem. No matter what I did I couldn't keep the seemingly endless pile of papers organized. Granted, in a 2 by 2 foot space a magazine, a few postcards and a bill or two will make the surface look dreadful. To compound matters my computer was grinding to a slow and painful death and we knew that a new computer meant a desktop, not a laptop, because economically it is the only logical choice...and no "real" computer will fit in the secretary desk. Hrmm.

So, we hauled the massive old teachers desk out of our basement and all the way upstairs. I say "we" like I did something here, don't I? In reality my husband and our friendly neighbor did the heavy lifting. I did the mental acrobatics required to pick a paint color though. Phew, I'm spent!

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So much for a "before" picture - Em dove right into the painting!

When I say teacher's desk I do mean exactly that. I found it when walking down an alley towards our apartment one evening and promptly sat on it, called Em and told him to come help me. It was cold, began to rain, and seemed to weigh somewhere in the range of a million pounds. Somehow though we got it down the alley, up the three flights of stairs, through the apartment and into a sunny room where Em worked from home. We found old graded tests in the drawers - an art teacher had owned it. So fitting.

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Getting there...drawer pulls are so last year, no?

When we moved to our first house the desk came with but went into the basement where it became home to a record player, a computer, and a wild assortment of craft-related paraphernalia. We vowed to never move it again, not after the first perilous experience...which is why, of course, it inevitably moved all the way up to the top floor of the house and into my new office.

For the longest time Em and I were in disagreement about painting wood furniture - I like the painted look, he didn't. I don't know what changed but somehow we both agreed that painting the old desk was a good choice - thank goodness because I am positively smitten with the new color, the new desk, and the new space!

But, it's not quite done. I'll show you everything when it is but for now I have piles upon piles of things to put away. Boxes of papers, books and magazines dot the periphery of the room and though I'm excited to be in the new space I'm lacking in the energy department. It's easy to get overwhelmed with cleaning when it feels like it never ends. It is also easy to feel like you've not gotten a single thing accomplished (though I did make 32 scones today - they'll be gone in a week if the kid and husband have anything to do with it). I've been staying up too late working on paying projects - but not cleaning and organizing my new office, writing letters or blog entries, and otherwise checking things off my list. I'm tired!

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We have a bunch of these bushel baskets - got them off a curb and,
if I do say, they look pretty divine all painted up to match the desk.
Also, the only empty basket in the house right now.

I've been wanting to write a blog entry to what feels like ages now. I prepared a free download only to become too busy with other projects to post it or the Sunday supper recipe I wanted to have accompany it. That's ok.

Measure by measure, step by step, task by task it will all get done.

And interestingly enough the free download I have for you is exactly that - a measurement chart, a conversion chart for cooking. So measure by measure you too can get things done - be that a fanciful cake or a simple snack.

We have a conversion chart posted in our kitchen - a popular but incredibly useful print from the masterminds at Hatch Show Print (one of the oldest letterpress shops in America). I use it nearly every day. Seriously. I can't tell you how useful it is to know that three teaspoons are in a tablespoon!

Image via: Hatch Show Print - purchase here

So, without further ado, the free download I've prepared for you, my friends. Just click on the image/preview below or go here to download

Hopefully you'll find this little chart useful - please enjoy and let me know what you think! Share it with your friends or family as well - it's free for everyone!

Now that the pantry is clean (anyone need 6 boxes of matzos?), the re-branding sent off (to rave reviews so far), and the desk nearly 99% complete I hope to be back on top of the game soon. Task by task, measure by measure, right?

Hope you're all having a great week so far! Enjoy!

P.S. A very happy birthday to my dear friend Andrea. She's a delight and quite sassy - I'm sure you would all love her. She baked her own birthday cake this week and I would not be surprised in the least if she put a banner across the top that says "I am fabulous!", which, really, she is. I'll be sending her a bluntcard later, because I'm a bit sassy too sometimes.


k said...

aw, i can't wait to see the finished product! having a new space or new organization is so refreshing isn't it!?

Ashley Sisk said...

This is all looking really good. I wish I had the energy to do that kinda thing. Love it!

Margaret said...

wooow! I'm loving the rustic vibe :D so gorgeous
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx
take a peek at my giveaway while you're at it!

Tricia said...

Thanks ladies! It's coming along nicely I think...I'm stumped on the handles but we'll be done soon so no matter.

Margaret - thanks for reading! I'll take a peak!

Maria said...

Love the desk!