Thursday, July 20, 2017

Closet Fantasies And Realities

I will never be too old to play dress up.

I was going to call this post “how a recovering perfectionist cleans out her closet” and tell you all about the mental struggle that made cleaning out my bedroom closet take two weeks but that would take just as long. So let's just say that I had to scale back my dreams and expectations at every turn.

One Of My Fantasy Closets.
Source: - Photo Credit: Timeless Memories Photography

Now, don't think for a second that means I have given up on having my fantasy closet someday. It just means that at this time in my life it isn't a priority. Being able to find my shoes and actually get my closet doors shut without a struggle, however, is.

Reality: Photo Taken While Cleaning My Closet

The truth here is that even if I did have the resources to create my fantasy closet, I would have still had to deal with the clutter in there. Fortunately this wasn't my first attempt at doing this and I found it much easier this go around. Things I had been reluctant to let go of a couple years ago had by now proved their uselessness and I also realized I had gotten much smarter about my clothes and shoes purchases. I had to give myself a pat on the back for that.

What I did struggle with was all the things that didn't necessarily belong in a bedroom closet that had somehow wound up in there anyway. A lot of this was sentimental clutter and this is still a big stumbling block for me. I have to admit that I didn't get rid of very much of it but I did move most of it down to the basement for me to deal with another day.

And then there are just some things I am stubborn about keeping and want close to me for no logical reason. So even though it is taking up potential shoe real estate, my CD collection (kids, ask your parents if you don't know what CDs are) is staying right where it is.

Doesn't everybody keep their CD collection in the closet?

Once I had settled all that, the time came to organize everything. In my fantasies that would be someone else's job and would include the installation of a whole new closet system but in reality it was just me and the scrap wood shelves the previous homeowner installed. I did invest in a couple of shoe organizers though. The one below was a little pricey considering it required assembly (which Hippie did – god bless him) and in the end probably wasn't necessary but I'm keeping it around for now.

Motley Cat's "Shoes" Are Cuter Than Any Of Mine

My second purchase was of far more inexpensive shelves for the top of the closet which I actually like better than the pricey ones (and Hippie put these together too). The best thing about having both of these is that I now have room for more shoes. Hmm...maybe my fantasies are coming true after all!

Clearly I Need To Go Shoe Shopping Soon!

Except that in my fantasy someone would have painted the interior of my closet a bold, luscious color. I guess I could have done that myself but I have so many other projects going on that I decided it can wait and I just painted the inside of the closet door frame for now (a bold, luscious color called “Raspberry Pudding” by Behr).

Princess Poe is not impressed with that pop of raspberry peeking out from the closet
but I am really happy with it.

Oh, also in my fantasy I would have velvet hangers for everything but I settled for rounding up the insane amount of plastic hangers I have in my house for some reason and using only two colors (but I do plan on gradually replacing them with nicer ones when I can).

I hung a couple of thrift store mirrors on the back wall, more for depth and interest
than for any practical purpose.

Then it was just a matter of arranging things in a way that made sense to me and now I have a fully functional closet. It's not my fantasy closet but I think it has a certain charm and now I can find my shoes then close the closet doors with hardly any effort at all. Mission accomplished.

Not My Fantasy Closet But Not Too Shabby Either

So to recap, here are my three big takeaways from this project:

  1. Some fantasies can wait but functionality can't!
  2. Dealing with clutter is a lifelong practice and process. (I have come a long way but I still have a ways to go and that's okay).
  3. I can now buy more shoes!

Thanks for reading about my closet fantasies and realities. I'd love to hear about your fantasy closet or any advice you might have for dealing with clutter if you wouldn't mind taking a few moments to write a comment below.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Good Fairy Garden 2017

The Cabbage Fairy Garden 2017

It's been almost four years now since I created my fairy garden and it has definitely evolved in that time (click here to see the original Good Fairy Garden post from 2013).  Last year the fairy house even got a shiny new paint job!

This year, I added a few more features such as a "stream" with a bridge.  Not long after I did that, a magical new visitor showed up and the good fairies returned too!  You can see them all in the video slideshow below (click image below to play).

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden Shed Confession: My Flowers Are Stressing Me Out!

Just A Girl Who Talks To Her Cell Phone In Her Garden Shed

Yesterday, I was sitting in my garden shed taking a break from weeding the gardens in our front yard when I came to the following slightly disturbing realization: All the pretty flowers blooming in my gardens were stressing me out!

This eventually compelled me to make what I decided to call a "garden shed confession" on my Instagram account, using the Instagram Story Feature.

Basically I confessed to being a recovering perfectionist and how this was robbing me of actually enjoying the beauty of my gardens.  Instead of being thrilled that my Irises were blooming again, my inner perfectionist was making me feel frantic about the amount of weeds that had popped up in their beds.  I found myself fretting that all my flowers were going to start blooming before I did all the weeding, mulching and planting I wanted to do to show them to their best advantage.

Of course this was ridiculous and thankfully I was quickly able to recognize this.  I also recognized that I needed to do something to change this joy robbing mindset.

Flowers In My Perfectly Imperfect Backyard

So I took my cell phone on a leisurely walk around my yard and took some photos of the flowers blooming there.  After only a few minutes of this it was clear to me that my flowers required very little help from me to be shown to their best advantage.  Their beauty out-shined any presence of weeds around them.  They didn't need a perfect garden to reach their full potential.  They were perfection on their own.

Rising Above The Weeds

Of course this doesn't mean that I will stop pulling up the weeds.  It just means that I won't allow them or my perfectionism to rob me of enjoying the beauty and the magic that surrounds me while I do.

Outshining The Weeds

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Monday, April 17, 2017

When The World Smells Like Lilacs

The other day I was listening to Joe Walsh sing “Life's Been Good” on my car stereo and, like always, I found myself smiling and nodding my head at the line, “I can't complain but sometimes I still do.”

I'm sure I'm not the only one who relates to that lyric. It's so easy to complain about life's disappointments and inconveniences, even when we know we have it relatively good. I know that for me all it takes is lack of sleep, hunger or crappy weather to convince me that the universe is picking on me some days.

The Lilac Portal

However, on Spring days such as the ones we've been having lately, I have no trouble remembering how wonderful life can be and how very lucky and blessed I am.

It's just so much easier to practice gratitude when the world smells like Lilacs, or to believe in magic when it's raining apple blossoms in my backyard or to have faith in miracles when the “Immortality” Irises in my front yard decide to bloom on Easter Sunday.

Peace Beneath The Lilacs

Apple Blossom Magic

Immortality Irises

Life's been good to me so far.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Cabbage Hallway Makeover

Just Hanging Out In My Hallway

I know it has been awhile since my last post but I have been busy with a ton of projects around here and it all started with a sudden desire to paint The Cabbage hallway purple.  Well, actually, I just wanted to paint something purple and the hallway still had a couple of walls I'd never painted.

Here's a photo I took of it way back in 2014:

The Cabbage Hallway In 2014

There is a sort of vestibule at the end of the hallway where the doors to my art studio and the guest bedroom and bathroom are that I had already painted blue. I decided to keep that the way it was and just paint the two side walls purple (paint color is Rare Wine By Valspar).  Here's what it looks like now:

The Cabbage Hallway in 2017 (Bathroom View)

I also painted the partial wall at the other end of the hallway a golden yellow (paint color is Mac And Cheese by Behr).

The Cabbage Hallway in 2017 (Living Room View)

It's a lot of color, which makes me happy.  Seriously, how did I ever live with those bland walls before?  And I think the purple makes a great background for my art.

My Art In The Cabbage Hallway

Of course the real fun began when the painting was over and I got to decorate.  I added a few new items like the candle sconces, some vintage finds like the baskets on the wall (Etsy) and I shopped my basement and other rooms in the house as well.

The Santos bust on the bookshelves used to be in the guestroom
but I moved it here so I could enjoy it more often.

This Lovely Basket (Purchased from VintageJunqueAmy on Etsy)
also serves the purpose of hiding our not so attractive thermostat.

I think maybe the walls could take a few more things (heaven forbid I have actual blank wall space) but I'm really happy with this space both form and function wise for now.  Also, I need to call this project done so I can focus on the other project it spawned, my guest bathroom.  More about that next time.

To see more photos and learn more details about the hallway project, you can click here.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Inkblot Ombre Collection

A Cozy Corner In The Cabbage Living Room With New Accessories
From The Inkblot Ombre Collection At Cabagelow Creations

Okay, this is it.  I've decided that 2017 is going to be the year that I somehow pull my living room together and make it more cohesive.  And, thanks to all the great holiday sales, I've already got a bit of a head start.  I found a great rug on Overstock and some lovely baskets at HomeGoods and then, of course, I was inspired to design and purchase a few accessories at

It took me a day or two to come up with the design I wanted.  I already have a lot of pattern going on (always) in that room so I didn't want anything too busy but I didn't want anything too plain either.  Finally, I was able to create this cool "inkblot ombre" design.  I think it is just right mix of modern and classic with that artsy, boho vibe I love.

I created this design in black and blue for my living room but I also have black and gray as well as black and purple versions of these products in the shop.  Click below to see the entire collection so far (I will be adding to it over time).

I was already familiar with the great quality of the fleece blankets and throw pillows on and I am pleased to report that the pouf lives up to those standards also.  It is much lighter weight than I expected but it stands up well.  Overall I am really happy with the collection and I hope you like it too.

So now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the room!  Hopefully, I will have more to show you someday soon.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Time At The Cabbage 2016

I can't believe 2016 is almost over!  This has not been a year full of particularly big projects or dramatic changes for me, at least not on the surface.  However, beneath the surface and behind the scenes I have been learning that small actions and slow but steady progress can have big and dramatic effects on my life.

So it is no surprise that this is how I approached the holiday decorating this year - taking on big tasks one small step at a time, making the most of what I had and then finally adding a few new touches here and there to take things just slightly up to the next level.

I hope you enjoy the below photos of The Cabbage at Christmas Time and once again, from my home to yours, I wish you very Happy Holidays.

Peace and Love,

The Cabbage Dining Room At Christmas Time (with a glimpse of the tree in the gallery).

The Dining Room and Gallery At Night

Holiday Centerpiece Borrowed From The Cabbage Gardens

The Dining Room Window Seat Spruced Up With A Holiday Garland

The Cabbage Christmas Tree, 2016

I Added Just A Few More Silver Ornaments To The Fireplace Mantel Garland This Year

Small Holiday Touches Here And There Make Me Happy

I wanted to do a Holiday Chalkboard Mural but couldn't make myself erase my Rick Springfield Mural, so Happy Holidays and Merry Rickmas! :)

PS: Have yourself a merry little Christmas.