Lately, in case you haven’t noticed, my heart has just not been in the blog. I think I hit some kind of two year wall. I’ve been limping along with an occasional post about some music or some funny valentines or the old reliable kidspeak, but that’s mostly been about poking my head out to keep in touch with you all. I’ve been thinking lately that maybe this blogging and writing thing really isn’t my thing—that maybe it was time to give up the blogging ghost.
But then one day last week I spent a good 30-45 minutes reading through my archives. Yes, my OWN archives. And you know what? There were actually a decent number of posts where I was amused and/or touched by myself. (Er, scratch that last part.) So I’m not ready to give up. Or even take an extended break. I’m just hoping that one of these days in the not too far distant future, I’ll rediscover my blojo. (Wow. Um, that was supposed to be a clever blog/mojo combo, but you better just go ahead and scratch that, too.)
(A wiser woman would delete this and start over, but I think we all know me a little better than that by now.)
So obviously I have not been channeling my energy into the blog, but where has it been going? Well, my friends, I’ve actually completed something on my to do list. No, really, I have. Some of you may recall my little curtain dilemma. Well, after an exhaustive search, I finally gave up on finding the perfect curtains and decided to go with those neutral oatmealy ones. Only since I decided this nearly three months after my purchase of the original neutral oatmealy ones, when I went to Target last week, they were clearancing out the neutral oatmealy ones and were completely out of the 84″ length ones. They did, however, have 95″ ones, which were entirely too long for my windows, but were also on clearance for $6 a panel. So I did the unthinkable. I purchased them with the express intent of altering them to fit my window. Yes, another project. To go unfinished. But I didn’t unfinish it, people. I so opposite of unfinished it! I opposite of unfinished the heck out of it.
The living room…
The dining room (notice how the curtains match)…
I even made a valance for the kitchen with the same material as my tiebacks…
I can’t say that I LOVE the curtains. I’m still not real crazy about the color or the tieback look (it just really seemed to need something to break up the neutrally oatmeal going on there). And heaven knows, my home decorating skills in general leave a lot to be desired (matchy match much?). But I think I just decided that I can’t go through life waiting around for the perfect curtains all the while lamenting my lack of perfect curtainness. I need to be more proactive—work with what I’ve got, make the most of it, be happy, blah, blah, blah. And I do love the kitchen valance and that I no longer have two different sets of curtains on the same wall. But most of all, I love that I finished a project—a project which included measuring, cutting, ironing, pinning, hemming, bobbin thread loading (times 6 because my sewing machine and I have a somewhat dysfunctional relationship), sewing and curtain rod hanging, no less! It gives me hope for the future.
What’s giving you hope for the future?