Using a simple idea from Martha Stewart, I turned a yard of fabric into a custom sewing machine cover. I chose turquoise and hot pink to match my craft area. It couldn’t have been an easier project, full of straight lines, no official measurements, just lots of eye-balling and almost nothing to pin…in other words perfect for me! It came together quickly, in less than 20 minutes time. Such an easy way to jazz up my machine!
My grandmother didn’t seem to give much thought to the things hanging on her walls. Once a work of art was hung it never moved. The collage made out of various nuts and seeds that pieced together to make a fall scene complete with a walnut squirrel, was always to be found hanging at the end of her kitchen cabinets. The souvenir spoons from places near and far could be forever admired on the wall between the kitchen and living room. The hooked rug depicting our family cabin hung above the fireplace, and was moved only after her death when it made its long journey from California to Maryland to grace my moms wall.
I, on the other hand, give WAY to much thought to the things that I will have to gaze upon on a daily basis. All of the things in my world (aka my home) are measured against my personal mantra…that all things need to be necessary, purposeful or bring me joy . This is most certainly true with the things I choose to decorate with. Three years ago we completed an addition on our home, and up until this weekend the walls in our master bedroom remained vacant. I simply could not find something that was joy inducing, worthy of hammering nails into our unmarred walls.
It occurred to me that I had saved all of the impossibly tiny outfits that my four kiddos wore home from hospital, and after a bit of Internet inspiration, came up with a display idea. I picked up four basic frames from Michaels, removed the glass and wrapped each cardboard insert in a bit of batting and light-weight burlap. I then pinned each outfit to the backing. So far they seem to be holding up nicely, but as gravity takes over I may need to add a few more pins.
While I, unlike my grandma, DO move my things around, forever fussing with getting the “just right” placement, I think these may have found a forever home, bringing me joy with every glance. Now if I could just decide on something for above our bed…
This morning I awoke to a bit of snow on the ground and an anxious 11 year old claiming to have missed her bus. Of course this propels me into panic mode…fly out of bed, jump into a pair of yoga pants, no time for a bra, grab the keys and go! Delivering said child safely to her middle school, with 2 minutes to spare until bell time (whew!), I drive leisurely home and come face to face with red roses my hubby left for me, on the counter, along with a lovely sappy card and a half eaten Cadbury egg…seems SOMEONE (Sofia!) had to assess its tastiness on my behalf. 😉 However just that half of the egg gave me energy to do some actual cleaning, yes, I even turned on the vacuum! Ok, to be fair, I HAD to turn on the vacuum after one of my down pillows exploded its feathers all over my hall way, but still, it counts! I did manage to turn this…
So on this Valentines day, my home is a bit fresher, and feather free and I have the pleasure of gazing upon a little piece of my husbands love for me.
Oh Pinterest how I love thee! After several days of pouring over thousands of pins that had nothing to do with my February goals, (it’s just too easy to get distracted and off track on Pinterest!), I have settled on these projects that I’m going to try and accomplish this month…
Hunt for one or two of these and hang them in Joshua’s room:
Tackle a few drawers:
Organize my greeting cards:
Win the winter gear war with a couple of these:
Ok, I looked and looked over the three books I was contemplating and nothing, project wise, jumped out at me. Sure, they were full of lovely pictures, some even with essays and back stories. But no sparks were ignited.
I’m realizing more and more how much my home is in disarray. I know this because when I go looking for some random thing it takes me more than a few minutes to find said object. Occasionally it takes me even longer and more often than I’d like I can’t locate it at all!
My house is storage challenged, a politically correct way of saying this house sucks for storage! We have so few closets, and those we do have are small. Sure we have two sheds, but one is filled to the brim with outdoor gear and Christmas decorations. The other houses my hubby’s workshop, aka wood warehouse, and a bit of spill over from the house (namely appliances my well meaning mother-in-law decided we NEEDED). What I’m trying to say here, is that there are not enough places for all of our stuff! Despite a massive purge this past fall we still have too much.
The biggest problem with not having a “home” for each little thing, is that I spend WAY too much time “tidying”! I’m forever picking up and putting away, as my mom would say. Because of this I never get around to doing any actual cleaning. My vacuum is gathering dust, and not in a good way, my magic erasers haven’t been performing any magic, my swiffers are not swiffering; my dust bunnies are multiplying and I have serious cobwebs hanging from my light fixtures.
The point of all this?? Instead of focusing strictly on crafts this month, I am going to spend some time on Pinterest and find a few ideas I can implement to get a better handle on the S-T-U-F-F. I have a big idea to add a ton of storage but need to get Nick on board first! In the meantime I will use what we have, get rid of more junk, and, if the stars align just right, maybe even do a dust bunny round-up.
I will return with some Pinterest links soon!