I mentioned a few months ago that I would be replacing our current living room sofa soon. It’s not that I don’t like it, but it is an heirloom that belongs to my aunt’s husband’s family and, with the frequency that furniture comes and goes from my house, I offered it back to them. Someone on their side of the family wants the sofa, so I was able to do one of the things I like to do best – hunt for furniture.
I found this amazing French sofa on Craig’s List not far from me for $100 (I think that’s what it was…maybe $150?) Anyway, it was a good price and I snapped it right up. I was enthusiastic about working on the piece and stripped off the fabric, but then it got buried in our messy workshop. This week, in my cleaning, organizing and purging frenzy, I unearthed it.
I really can’t wait to get working on it, but I’m afraid it’ll have to wait a few more weeks. Maybe I’ll paint the frame or upholster a panel here and there as I can sneak it in, but it’ll have to wait until I get a few other things done.
I’m going to paint the frame in MMSMP Grain Sack , a pale gray neutral color, and upholster the piece in a couple of antique hemp sheets. (I’ll put a few for sale in my online shop soon.)
Oh, there aren’t enough hours in the day…
Now that I have finished cleaning, purging and organizing the “old part” of the basement…
…I started working on the workshop. I’ve purged and organized this room, but never like this. Any tool we don’t use – gone. Any paint I don’t use – gone. No more hanging on to things I might use some day. If I haven’t used it in a year, I probably won’t ever use it. The goal of all of this cleaning and purging is to give me creative space.
And it’s working!
Instead of digging through bags and boxes (literally), I can see where all of my colors and products are. (Yes. That’s a big tub-o-wax.)
I have all of the hardware sorted and cleaned out.
Even my sand paper is sorted and my sanders are labeled.
And I am feeling even more inspired to get to work on some new pieces I recently bought, like this beauty…
You know how I feel about legs…
For the past few months…maybe even years…I’ve been working at such a frantic pace that it’s been hard to catch my breath. I feel like this cleaning and purging and organizing is helping me catch my breath and getting me ready to handle all of the new and exciting things on the horizon.
Lastly, every once in a while I get asked about Mini Mustard Seed and what happened to her. Well, the high school girl who helped me glitter ornaments and babysat my boys over the summer is all grown up and working towards becoming a nursing assistant. She also has a baby of her own and this past week I did a photo shoot with them. I’m not a baby/family photographer, so I was a little nervous about it, but it was fun and I think I caught some sweet moments. Here are a few of my favorites…
It helps when your subjects are so stinkin’ cute.
It was a real challenge, though, since I was working with moving subjects AND the sun was not cooperating. It was bright and harsh, so we had to shoot under trees and shade the baby with foam core board. I tip my hat to photographers who take pictures of people all the time, especially wedding photographers. The pressure!!
I think I’ll stick to furniture and stacks of grain sacks.