I had a realization this weekend that if I spend my time cleaning my house will get dirty again and I'll be right back where I started. But if spend that time doing projects, in the end I still have a dirty house but I'll also have the satisfaction of those finished projects to appreciate.
With that in mind I ignored the dishes, laundry, and clutter and dug in in a few projects that I have been longing to complete for days/weeks/years.
It all started on Friday evening when I opened Lupine's bedroom door during her bedtime routine. The door was sticking and I gave it a good yank. The force of the door unsticking itself caused a pane of glass to dramatically drop out of her window. Awesome. (I didn't handle it with total grace, but that's how it goes sometimes.) Pete came to my rescue and tacked it back together and in with packing tape to get us through the night and I added "new windows" to my weekend project list.
Lupine's window repair was one unglamorous but necessary project that we completed (along with "mount broom clips on wall in kitchen", "fix lawnmower" and "stake tomatoes"). I also painted the woodwork in our bedroom (a project we "paused" when Lupine was born 4 1/2 years ago. Ahem.), and tackled a few self-indlugent project to brighten up our home.
I made a dry-erase board out of a vintage frame, paint, salvaged glass, and fabric. I also finally completed a tree branch apron rack for my kitchen that has been on in process for no short of seven years. And then, last night in the middle of bedtime prep I bailed on jammies and teeth and let the kids play for an extra 1/2 hour while I quickly repainted Pete's and my nightstands using the leftover paint for Lupine's trim.
Oh, yes. Progress is being made. Sure, it's Monday and my house is still wearing Friday's mess. But the joy it gives me to see these finished projects (and un-broken windows) makes it all worthwhile.
I'll share more details with you on the dry erase board (and the cork board that goes with it) and the twig rack soon, as well as the salvaged door headboard I have in the works.
Happy (messy) Monday my lovely friends!