There are some things that I started and didn’t finish. I’m sure you can relate. So, I thought I would write a post to tie up some loose ends – things that ended up in my graveyard of good ideas and other things you just may be wondering about!
Whatever happened to…
My trusty sidekick now has a sidekick of her own!
His name is Grayson and you can follow her journey as a new mom on her Instagram and blog. She’ll still be working for me, but between her new mom status and my moving, it’ll be in a different capacity. Life changes and time marches on. I’ll miss having her in the studio with me, though. She’s gotten to know me so well and she does a great job of keeping me on task and balancing me out.
She knows when I get that blank, overwhelmed look, she needs to sit down with a notebook and a pencil and help me set priorities.
…Sally’s living room makeover?
This is perhaps the biggest blog-ball I have dropped recently. After completing successful, yet painfully slow, makeovers for Megan and my parents, I took on a third makeover. The living room in Sally’s farmhouse had so much potential and I was ready to dive in and accept the challenge.
I took before pictures, we talked about what she wanted in the space, I put a design plan together, and we even started shopping for the sofa, which would be the anchor piece of furniture in the room. And that is where we got stuck. Sofas that were in her budget, weren’t right and ones that were right, weren’t in her budget. We’d find a sofa that was perfect and perfectly priced and we would miss out to some other buyer.
After several weeks of this process, I missed my window of availability and I haven’t been able to fit it in since.
Sally has done some work on her own based on my design for the space, but I haven’t been able to help her see it through. Sadly, since I am moving, it will remain an unfinished project and a lesson learned about overcommitting myself.
…The Mustard Seed Pages?
Remember that? My own craigslist meets Etsy for people who liked the things I liked?
It was one of those things that was a good idea that I didn’t think through all the way. Who is going to maintain it? How do we make sure posts are appropriate and relevant? How do we remove old posts? The set-up was glitchy and the idea was perhaps too big for me and my crew at the time. I had to make the decision to put it on the shelf until I was ready to do it properly.
I do still have hopes of opening it back one of these days.
I did a cross-stitch for one of my HGTV.com tutorials and I was solidly hooked! I was stitching monograms and little borders on tea towels and sharing patterns on my blog. And now? Crickets on the cross-stitch front. It’s just a matter of having the time. I hope to pick it up again soon, but when I do have free time, I’ve been working on sketching and watercolors – keeping my creativity on its toes.
…P90x & Whole30?
I’ve run into a few people who started P90x or Whole30 with me and they look great! It has changed their life and they lost of a ton of weight and I inspired them to take that first step. I’m always so happy for them, but there is a pang of disappointment in myself. I inspired them to do it, but I didn’t stick with it.
It’s been a slow slide over the last couple of years, but I’m back to my pre-Whole30 weight and resolved to get working out and eating right back into a prominent slot in my daily routine once we get settled.
The takeaway I cling to, though, is that I did it once and I can do it again.
I just shared a picture of him recently, but I get pretty regular e-mails from dog-loving, concerned readers who haven’t seen Sebastian lately. He’s a fixture of our family now and, even if I don’t mention him or share a picture, he’s here. He is my little shadow, so he’s usually at my feet when I’m taking pictures these days.
I share more of him in my Instagram stories, so if you need to see him to know that he’s happy and loved, you can follow me/him there.
Is there anything else that fell off the Miss Mustard Seed map that you’ve been wondering about?