Before I get into today’s post, congrats to Olivia J., the winner of the DIY/Home book giveaway!
I did something big this weekend! I was back to oil painting again! At first, I just couldn’t physically paint. Well, it wasn’t so much the painting, but it was setting up the palette, opening the solvent container, washing the brushes after, etc. It was just too much. Even sitting upright for that long was too much, which sounds silly I know.
Then, I didn’t feel inspired to paint.
And then, I was scared to paint.
The more time that passed, the more distant it felt, and the more intimidated I became. I would look at my paintings and feel a bit like some other version of me had done them and the current me had no clue how it happened.
This weekend, I finally faced my fear. I started a new #indexcardartproject just to get myself started on something small. I gessoed some 5 x 7 vintage alphabet index cards I purchased on Etsy a few months ago and decided to paint landscape studies from my Europe trip. I put on my music, mixed my paints, and it all came back to me. I was mentally rusty and physically shaky, but it was all still there.
Here is painting A, based on a picture I took in France…
It’s a busy week, so I’m not sure how much painting I’ll be able to do, but I’d like to get back into painting a little bit each day.
I also made another chicken pot pie with Marshall. He has been obsessed with “Miss Cheri’s Chicken Pot Pie” lately and we’ve made it twice so far. This is prompted by an (almost) teenager who doesn’t even like making his own cereal! He will cook pot pie from scratch, though.
It’s been a fun thing for us to do together and then he eats it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack.
This weekend, I also cleaned the main floor of the house. I have had a lot of help cleaning from Jeff and my mom (when she was visiting), but this weekend, I really felt like cleaning. While I don’t always love cleaning, it often gets my ideas flowing. This particular cleaning really got my ideas going…so much so that I had to take a break, sit at my desk, and write them all down. They weren’t earth-shattering ideas, but little things I want to try and projects I want to add to the queue.
And I felt ready to clean and organize the whole house. After weeks of not being able to do much physically, I have had time to live with messy areas and disorganized spaces and now I’m ready to fix it all! This started a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been slowly organizing board games, one shelf here, one drawer there. I realize this itch to organize is about a month too early!
But, I took advantage of that mood and a semi-functioning right arm and tackled a few more things. On top of cleaning, I organized my recipe book and cleaned out one shelf in my wardrobe.
Some of the projects I added to my list were organizing the laundry room closet…
It looks pretty tidy in this photo, but that was taken about 18 months ago and it’s become a dumping ground. It needs to be cleaned out, organized, and I’d like to have Jeff add another shelf to make better use of the space.
My yarn is also getting a little out of control. It started overflowing out of this basket as I’ve been buying a skein here and there to test out…
So, I’d like to build a shelf to go under this window in the studio. That’s been a plan for a long time, but I didn’t have a specific purpose in mind for it. Now that I do, I am looking forward to designing and building it.
I am also going to organize my studio closet. I never properly moved into the closet after we built it and now it’s just messy! I already have some ideas for hanging things inside, etc.
Just writing about these projects makes me excited to get started on them.
I also want to weed out my clothing, organize my office, rearrange some furniture, do some sewing… basically, I want to do everything all at one time. But, I need to hold my horses and wait until after Christmas for the bulk of these. Until then, I’ll keep the itch scratched with little organizing projects here and there.
Anyone else getting a little ahead of the seasonal schedule?