she had a dream

“Mom, I had a really weird dream last night.  I dreamt our house was clean.”


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Yeah.  That’s what it felt like.  Clearly I’m doing something wrong.  And clearly I’m not setting the best example for my impressionable – and now highly observant – teen and tween.


At the time I started this blog, I had a lot of free time on my hands.  And by a lot I mean A LOT.  The blog didn’t just give me something to do, it gave me purpose.  Direction.  A much-needed creative outlet.  And the spark to finally get things done around the house.  That’s why I started this little ol’ blog in the first place.  Together – you and I – would transform my house.  Celebrating the successes.  Agonizing over the defeats.  Debating colors and couch choices … to slip cover or not?


Turns out, according to my daughter’s dream, all I’ve managed to do is transform our home into a big giant mess!


And in my defense, all that free time took a turn to no free time at all after the opening of the Etsy shop and the acquisition of a real, live, paying freelance client.


So I’ve taken drastic measures.  The Etsy shop has been temporarily closed.  Pillows always take precedence over decorating.  And, apparently, housework …

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I’m hoping the loss of income will be motivation enough to finally put all the grand plans swirling around in my head into action.  The dining roomThe living room.  The family room.  The master.  The tween room.  Oh, and have I mentioned that I can’t stop thinking about how I plan to improve the kitchen with a few cheap cabinets, a bit of MDF, and lot and lots of paint …


Stay tuned.  I’ll be dragging you all along the way as I make my daughter’s dream come true …



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  1. Can’t wait to see the transformation!

  2. Too funny! I had the same dream recently about my own home!
    Look forward to all that you transform~I’m here to cheer you along.

  3. It is hard to do it all.Sometimes you have to let go of things for a bit to get other things accomplished.Looking forward to seeing your transformations.

  4. Haha! Kids can just be too honest sometimes. I actually laughed out loud when I read the first line! It’s all a balancing act :)

  5. Awl, Linda. Hang in there. Yes, teens can say some scary things, haha, but this too shall pass- and once they have their own place they completely understand……………….

    I know – and look forward- to seeing your transformations. One step at a time.


  6. haha! Oh I can SO relate to this! The other day we cleaned our master to take a pic for the blog, and Weston actually did a double-take when he walked by the door. He goes “whoooooaaaaa! CLEEEEAN! Look at all this ROOOOM!” (Bam! Kerpow!)

  7. WARNING – OH my gosh…. the beast is unleashed… be afraid, very afraid. Not only will the house be cleaned, Linda’s going on a redo binge. I can tell already she is going to make it very very very difficult on us procrastinators. Everyone hang on, because when she gets something in her head it’s gonna happen.


  8. How funny! Good luck with the home makeover – hope you have time to keep us updated!

  9. My first husband never quite liked the way I kept house after the kids were born and wasn’t shy about telling anybody about it. A friend went with me to my parents house one day. Her remark after the visit was “Karen is doomed.” I grew up with about 30% disorder all the time and have fine tuned my myself down to a average !5% disorder. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. That’s probably as close to perfect as I’m going to get. Ever.
    Stay creative – and don’t worry about the mess too much. Nobody has caught a disease have they?

  10. I noticed that you closed your shop so I was sure you had something up your sleeve! Good luck with your reno plans. Please make sure and let us know what’s going on. I need my Linda fix every now and then…Ann

  11. LOL! I love your “I had a dream” story :). You go girl! I know the room will be amazing!

    :) me

  12. I was just dwelling on the layer of dust in my house… and the piles of paperwork in my office. But I spent the afternoon on the phone and reading instead of cleaning. Oh well. My dream would be to have a maid. :)
    xo Heidi

  13. Ooooo…I’m all excited to see now! And that does crack me up that your kids had a dream about your house being clean. I have that dream all the time…except I’m awake and it’s my house. And if you have any pillow stock left that you want to sell, I think I’m going to be a vendor at the Luckett’s Fair this May. Just sayin’

  14. hahha! At home the kids don’t care! The one that complains is the Mr. oh well! Can’t wait to see how you transform your place!

  15. Please keep her away from my boys. I don’t want them to be getting any ideas about vaccum lines and such.

  16. Linda, I am so so SO there with you! Ditto on just about everything, except for the Etsy store, since I don’t have one. But yeah, all the rest. But we can DO this thing, right? Right?? :)


  17. Good for you, Linda! So, now you get a break from ripping dropcloth…I can’t wait to see what you do!

  18. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish. I am sorry to hear that you have your Etsy shop temporarily shut down. I am sure there are some pillowless people that are very unhappy about that. With that being said, I can’t wait to see how you transform that beautiful home of yours.

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