Obviously I should have taken a Before picture instead of just throwing out the old carpet and putting in the new one, but I couldn't wait even TWO MORE SECONDS. So what I've got is this photo of a post-bath kitten, in which you can see enough of the old carpet to get an idea of what it was like: it was an 8x10 bound piece of the kind of carpet found in classrooms and offices, in an assortment of blues. The main impression was of medium-dark blue, darker than it looks with the camera's flash but not much.
We've had it for years and years, and it just looked TERRIBLE, and there were crumbs so embedded in it that the vacuum cleaner couldn't get them up, and bits of play-doh mashed in, and various stains, and ACK, anyway, when I found a 7x10 carpet 75% off at Target today, I had that sucker out to the car within 5 minutes, even though it involved lugging a 7-foot carpet roll down the elevator and through the store and checkout and then folding down half the backseat so that the carpet could stretch from the trunk all the way to between the two front seats.
Then at home I had to move three large chairs, six stools, and a coffee table. THEN I had to roll up the old carpet, including somehow getting it out from beneath a heavy pine cabinet with a 115-pound fish tank on top of it. THEN William and I had to sweep up years worth of dust and crumbs and bits of carpet backing that were under the carpet, THEN we vacuumed, THEN we wiped the floor with wet cloths, THEN we lugged the new carpet into the house and put all the furniture back, including lifting the edge of the fish-tank-topped table again. That's when I thought, "...Wait. Doesn't this kind of carpet need some kind of non-slip mat under it?" Well. Let's just put that out of our minds for now, shall we?
The recliners are pulled forward on it more than they will be: with our house rearranging, we've stowed bureaus in the living room behind the recliners. The carpet is more....what's it called, Early American? than is our usual style, but I wouldn't call our style Office/Industrial either so this is an improvement. And I think the dark turquoise leather chair keeps it from looking as if we MEAN it to be Early American. And the yellows and reds are the EXACT yellows and reds of our recliners and couch. And don't we get pretty light in the living room in the afternoon? And could I not have troubled myself to pick that handkerchief off the recliner before taking this photo?
I also found this striped throw at 75% off---$2.49 down from $9.99. I think clearance Valentine's stuff is excellent for a girly little girl's room: lots of pink and hearts. In a previous year I bought Elizabeth a large heart-shaped pillow.
Both Valentine's Day and Easter tend to have good clearance year-round paper plates. I can't really use a Christmas tree plate in February, but I can give someone a heart-plate of brownies in May.
Pretty and impractical 75%-off dish towels! They'll look grubby and stained within minutes! Nevertheless I love them!
Elizabeth's class is doing Weather Week, and on one of the days they're supposed to wear yellow clothes and sunglasses. And what did I find at Target? Yellow sunglasses, 75% off.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...