Monday, March 30, 2009

Mosaic Monday: What I Did This Weekend

Welcome to another Mosaic Monday.  ;)

I don't know about you all, but I find that if I don't get Monday's post done on Friday, it just doesn't get done.  Weekends are busy around here.  Not "fun busy," just "busy busy."  

I spent most of Friday doing laundry, running errands, and moving the entire contents of our master bedroom to my son's room in preparation for the painter.  My pathetic attempt to
 strip the wallpaper was spectacularly unsuccessful.  Turns out he will have to use the belt sander to rough up the wallpaper enough to remove it.  Oh boy, I'll be vacuuming dust for weeks.  :)

I honestly don't remember much of Saturday.  It was gone in a blur.  Sunday afternoon was spent removing the entire contents of the pantry so that it can also be painted this week.  I'll be spending this morning bringing a few bags of canned goods to the food pantry and a bag of clothes to the thrift store.  

And you know what happens when I go to the thrift store.  ;)

I had planned on doing the master bedroom in creams and browns -- remember the
 brown and white toile I was considering?  Well, I may be going in a different direction, as they say.  I am so conflicted!  lol  More on that tomorrow.

Happy Monday!


  1. Thank goodness I am not alone! I feel like posting sometime like "I'm running as fast as I can!' I am also in the same quandry about color and I have to make up my mind soon. I can't wait to see what you chose, Mary. I "Thrifted" today..but am so into getting my daughter's home posted that my little finds have to wait! Your photographs...are some of the most amazing I have ever seen and never fail to stun me into silent wonder. Once again..thanks..I am a fan of "In a Soft Light". But you know that..


  2. Beautiful photos Mary. We get a lot of the X's in the sky around here too. Your picture above of the sky really shows the X formations. Once I started noticing them out of my kitchen window almost every sunny morning I started to see them all over. I googled them, out of curiosity, and found some pretty strange assumptions being put out there about them but no real explanations.

    We are about ready to do some painting. I dread all the dust from the sanding too. Good luck with your project, I look forward to seeing pictures. You always do such beautiful work.

  3. I thought I was the only one who did the questioning thing... I had no real direction for my bedroom and it shows. Recently blogland helped with it and now it is much better. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  4. I keep going back and forth about colors for our kitchen. It is just the most fun...

  5. Fun times! Except for the dust. Cannot wait to see the progress. Oh yeah, beautiful shots--as always;)

  6. Ah, Mary -- no pain, no gain.

    Keep your eyes on the prize (how many cliches can I fit in one comment? I think that's enough).

    Color is tough. Choosing it gives me fits. But I know your final choice will be perfect.

    Hooray for painters who will remove the wallpaper, as some won't do it, and as you know it is a hideous task. For my husband, the most satisfying part of de-wallpapering, plaster patching and painting at this house last year was saying, "Pay the man."

    A gorgeous Monday morning! Enjoy your visit to the Thrift.

  7. What an exquisite grouping of photos! My favorites of all are the two in the lower left.

    Hmmm, not going with browns and creams? This could prove interesting...

  8. Mary, why have I been missing your blogs!! I feel so left out.....your pictures of your tablescapes are soooooo sooooo pretty!!! Your photography is beautiful. Thank you for stopping by my blog so that I could pop over. I think I stopped by once....but you know how it is if you don't put someone on a favorites list and for some reason miss a comment.... well, now I am "in". You are going on my faves right now!!! :)

  9. Any home improvement seems to make major messes inside, but when it's all done it's worth it. I need to strip my foyer's wallpaper and start fresh, but the task seems daunting. Maybe I'll get inspired by reading blogs.

    Good luck.

  10. I so enjoy your blog. I love your photos and you have gotten me hooked on mosaics.

    I have a tip for stripping the wallpaper. Go to your hardware store/lowes/home depot and get a gadget called a "paper tiger." It will be with the wallpaper supplies. It is a funky little gadget with teeth that you roll around on the old wallpaper like you are moving a computer mouse. The teeth will scuff the old paper (without all that dust) enough to dampen it to scrap it off. It is so easy that you can "spare" your husband (if you want to) and do it yourself. I have used this several time with great success.


  11. Cyndi,
    Thanks for the tip. I actually tried the paper tiger, and it didn't work on this room. This paper is STUCK!!! My painter is going to try the sanding route, and if that doesn't work, her'll have to paint over it... ;(

  12. Love your pictures! I think everyone is in the same race....running from one thing to another. I am in the process of redoing 2 bathrooms at the same time....Not fun! I know that I will be glad when it is all over, and I know you will be proud when yours is done. You can relax in a new bedroom! Have a great day!

  13. Beautiful photos as always, Mary! I love them all, but the sunset is spectacular!

  14. Your mosaics are just stunningly beautiful!! They sure make me smile, too!!

    Aaww...I loved the brown toile!! The other choice must be spectacular to consider doing away with the toile!! Do we get a peek?? Can't wait to see!!

    Have a grand week!!

  15. Can't wait to see what you do with your bedroom. Life does get hectic, don't forget to breathe!

  16. you would sooo love going to my thrift store. I found some red transferware there yesterday.

    love the mosaic

  17. I'm anxiously awaiting your new decisions on your bedroom. Whatever you choose, I know will be delicious!! Sally

  18. There is wallpaper that can be stripped without too much trouble. And then there is the treacherous wall paper that makes you want to tear your hair out. I'm done with wall paper. It's paint for me now!

  19. Hi Mary! Your walls probably weren't sized before they were papered--that what causes it to adhere to the sheetrock like that. My husband has forbidden anymore wallpaper! I can't wait to see what you choose for your room. I am currently trying to decide what color to paint my room and my kitchen cupboards. I am SO afraid of color on walls--but I do find that soft, creamy light colors are easier for me to live with. I do have a paneled room that reminds me of your library that I like.

  20. Mary,
    I know what you mean about weekends, I never even find time to check my emails. Your pictures are beautiful once again! Love them all. I have done the wallpaper thing, no sizing, it is like it was put on with super glue and you get quarter sized pieces off, oh the sore hands....Good luck, I can't wait to see the finished result.


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