We are working on a couple of seemingly endless and overwhelming tasks around our house. The first task (well, actually a whole bunch of smaller projects which is probably what makes it feel so overwhelming!) is painting and updating the inside of our house. We moved in almost two years ago, and the whole time we’ve lived here there has been one thing after another that has made it almost impossible to get anything accomplished. Between the regular busyness of raising two teenage daughters and all of their activities, and the other “regular” stuff that a mom has to do, it seems like I’m always at the end of my day LONG before I’m at the end of my To Do list.
Then there is the ordinary obstacles in life such as winter sickness, limited financial resources, and minimal time because of all the other responsibilities in life – like going to work, paying the bills, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, buying groceries, cooking, and general all-around domestic duties. We have managed to paint a couple of rooms, but there is so much more to do. We need to replace some of the carpeting, lots more painting, replace a few doors, and update some of the light fixtures. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to live in a tent! But then if you’ve ever gone camping, you know that’s certainly not true!
It can also be rather annoying when you have a TON of computer work to do, on a deadline, and your internet flickers in and out. It’s scary how dependent we’ve become on our computers and being connected to the the universe through the world wide web. I was just thinking about that, because that happened to me just this morning. Which is why I am just now working on this blog post!
The past couple of weekends we have been able to make some progress on painting my sewing room / work space, but that is a HUGE project! In addition to the walls that need to be painted, all of the cupboards were either bare wood, or painted a yucky blue. This room was a wood working shop before we bought the house, so “making it pretty” really was not high on the list of priorities for the previous owners. So far, we have painted two walls and all of the top cupboards. I would really like to work on the bottom cupboards and drawers this week, but I don’t think that is going to happen. First week out of school, and we have a million things to take care of!
The second project (again lots of smaller projects all looming over my head makes it feel really HUGE!) is our yard. Just lots and lots of flower beds to be cleaned up, weeded, and reorganized, along with general clean up from the winter, resetting some bricks in the pathways, cleaning out an overgrown perennial garden in the front of our house. But with all the rain the past couple of weeks, it has been almost impossible to get much done out there.
I also have some ground cover plants that need to be set out, but the ground is still pretty muddy. We did manage to set out the Shasta daisies that my friend Gloria gave me, and we set our four tomato plants. I know. Only four. But that’s all I want to be responsible for this summer. The past couple of summers have been a total loss in terms of my ability to take care of anything other than my kiddos, so I’m a little apprehensive of taking on too much responsibility for other stuff that might require too much of my time and attention.
So . . . that is why I sometimes need to be reminded that, even when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can do this!
I made this pretty watercolor printable to hang in my sewing room / work shop (if we ever finish painting it!) to help me remember that, whatever it is that I need to do, I can do it. Perhaps you need a bit of encouragement some days, too. I’m going to print this out on a poster-size board and frame it – and then hang it right where I will see it every day just in case I forget. And now, I guess I need to move along and try to get one more of those pesky little things done today before I run out of time and energy. After all, this is a short week – it’s already Tuesday afternoon (actually by now it is evening) and I have miles to go before I sleep. See you tomorrow!
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As we’ve been working on painting and updating our home, one of the things that our oldest daughter keeps reminding us is that things around here are just kind of “old fashioned.” And she is right. For one thing, being Vintage Mama, I LIKE old, vintage, and retro stuff. However . . . . when we moved into this house (almost) two years ago, we realized that the paint colors and wallpaper choices were really quite nice, once upon a time.
Really, everything is so “cute” and “country,” which I don’t mind but I will admit it is getting rather “tired” looking. So we are updating and refreshing and making an effort to be brighter, less fuss and ruffles, and more modern. But of course that means I need advice from my 16-year-old to get a clue what that means. Since I have always been good at making a home rather cozy and comfy using whatever I had available to me, I haven’t been well-versed in the changing styles of home decor. I just know what I like and that’s been good enough for me!
I will admit, however, that a fresher, brighter, and simpler look for our home is appealing to me. And so we begin . . . .
One of the things that our fashion and decorating diva really likes is the simple sayings that seem to be everywhere these days, in all forms of display, whether it be on walls or cell phone screens or PC wallpapers. She found a picture of that she liked in which there were two black frames with plain white background and just four words: “be still, my soul.” That’s all just black letters on a white background, with black frames. Two of them, one with the words “be still,” and the other one with the words “my soul.” She loved it!
So we are working on getting those two framed sayings for her bedroom – but while she was working on getting one of her artist friends to create this masterpiece for her, I thought it would be fun to play around with creating a printable (with a bit more color for my preference!) with that saying, since I have found myself needing to be reminded recently to slow down, stop stressing about the fact that I’ve had this struggle with my health since the beginning of the year, and just BE STILL for a while.
Here’s the one I came up with and it is free for you to use, just in case you need to be reminded, too, that it is OK to be still, slow down, and take a minute to breathe. I’m also working on getting a few of my designs framed and available in my Etsy shop, so I’ll be sure to post that when they are ready. OK for now, I’m off to work on some other stuff – my art journal is taking over my life these days, and it’s just about time to see if anyone else is interested in doing an Art Journal Journey or something like that. Still working on that idea! For now, I hope you can join us for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party this week. I love seeing what everyone shares with us at the party! I’ll be looking for you
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Easter is our favorite holiday celebration! Although we remember the darkness of Friday, we rejoice in the Resurrection on Sunday. Our Savior lives!
As we’ve been painting and updating our home, I’ve been trying to brighten things up a bit. Our house is “kinda old” meaning it is not really, really old so that it is “vintage” but it is not brand-new either. The people who lived here before decorated beautifully, but I think they did it about 30 years ago . . . so not only is it out-dated but is is kind of drab and getting rather tattered around the edges.
Of course, we can do everything at once, but little by little we’re trying to paint, replace flooring, and repair some of the things that just need a bit of TLC. My husband is refinishing the shower in the master bedroom (that’s kind of a major project, but the shower stall is still in really good shape but it has hard water stains that we can’t seem to get off with anything we’ve tried) – so he is sanding and spraying and generally making a mess of things. But it will be really nice when it is finished!
While he is tackling some of the bigger projects like resurfacing the driveway and replacing bathroom fixtures, I’m trying to make some progress on making things “pretty.” We have a front entryway coat closet that had just become a place to stuff things that we didn’t know what else to do with – I’m pretty sure no one else does that – and I was really ready to do something different out there. So, I pulled everything out, sent a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, put out of season coats and jackets into a storage bin, and put everything else where it actually belonged, and then we made the transformation!
The doors came off (hubby wasn’t too excited about that part of the project, because he didn’t have a place to store the old closet doors, but we’ll figure that out this spring – for now they are in the garage), and then we started to paint. The inside is a lovely shade of light turquoise, and the shelf and trim is all in fresh, clean white. Hubby put up a few heavy duty hooks on either end for coats, backpacks, purses, and sweaters, and then we set a little padded black bench inside where we can sit down to put on boots and shoes.
I added a couple of fabric tote boxes where we can put extra shoes, umbrellas, and gloves, and now all it needs is a new throw rug for in front of the bench. Progress has been kind of slow over the winter with all the sickness that has been going around, but now that the sun is shining again and we are all healthy, it is time to get back to business. One of the fun things I’ve been working on is making a few of these printables that we can have printed out on large photo board and framed. I have one in our updated front entryway closet that my daughter designed that says, “Why Hello!” and now I’ve created another one to welcome spring. If you love these fun, bright and cheerful sayings as much as I do, go ahead and print this one out for yourself to brighten up your spring house.
All images I have used are available as free wallpapers and I just added the text . . . so you could make a few yourself, or just print off mine, since I have so much fun making them! Just right click on the image and “save as” to your computer. Then you can use it for anything you want!