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Theresa and the enormous to do list

This is the back wall of our bedroom. You can see that I started to spongepaint it. It’s been like this since 2013.  It’s done in shades of ultramarine with silver veins. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go all the way up the wall, and it starts to wrap around the side walls and ends. Recently, I read, somewhere, that faux painting is going out of style. I’m also pretty sure that any new sponge painting that I do won’t match the previous painting. I’m thinking of just painting over this in a regular paint and forgetting about it. It’s that or start all over and blend the new into the old.  What do you think? I have wracked up an enormous to do list in the last few years.  I have given myself permission to give up on some of these projects. Remember the recliner sofa reupholstry project? It also never got finished, I even toyed with just dragging it out the ...

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DIY-astound ourselves

“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”―Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was so right. I know quite a few people who write off opportunities to do things themselves because they don’t think that they can. I’ve been guilty of negative thinking too.  My way of avoiding failure is to over research, I keep looking for more information-eventually I either burn out and give up or start on the project. Not all my ideas work out.  My daughter likes to remind me of what she calls, the prison bathing suit. I decided to make her a bathing suit, but had neither the proper skills nor materials. Then there is the duct tape purse redo, my favorite pink purse got too scuffed up to use any more. So I got the brillant idea to cover it in duct tape. It looked great, I used it a couple of times. Then the humidity started ...

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2014 DIY goals

My 2014 DIY goals are not as ambitious as some that I have had in the past, but I feel it is important to have goals. If you don’t have a plan how do you measure success? How do you give yourself a road map to follow, if you don’t have goals, then you are being reactive instead of proactive. I don’t mean to blindly follow my 2014 DIY goals but I want to open up some more possibilities. In 2014, I want to do more refashioning  and sewing and less shopping, not that I do a whole lot of clothes shopping. I also want to do more beadwork this year than I did in 2013. I have made some pretty fabulous things in the past.  I’ve also had some pretty spectacular craft and cooking fails and some stuff in between. However, the key is to keep trying. The key is to keep trying. Even when I fail, I learn ...

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2013 goals

Resolutions just aren’t my style.  However, the longer I live the more I believe in setting goals. My rules for goal setting are simple. They must be clearly defined,such as lose thirty pound, not lose weight. A time frame needs to be decided, lose thirty pounds in six months. They have to be ambitious but attainable, because even if I don’t lose all thirty pounds I am likely to lose twenty or twenty five even if I quit midstream. So I decided to revisit some of my previous posts and see how I’ve done in the past. Here is my 60 before 60 list, that I posted in May and have since forgotten about. (Note to self, print out list and post where I see it daily). Rereading this list, I some of these need to be re-written, I’ve changed the ink to blue on those. Cleaning out my closet. Go through my drawers, all of them not just clothing ...

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30 before 30? 60 before 60? Giant to-do list?

Having seen several blogs written by young(er) people listing thirty things they want to accomplish in the thirty days before their thirtieth birthday, I am inspired. Not that I am going to be 60 for a couple of years yet, but I do have some uncompleted projects laying about that I want to finish this year. This list is in no way in order of priority.It’s a personal list and while I do want to go to France, stuff like that isn’t on this list.Some of these items should probably be split into more items. Cleaning out my closet. (almost done) Go through my drawers, all of them not just clothing drawers. Organizing my clothes by color (also almost done) Repair and alter clothes that need repairing and altering (hmmm, this may be an ongoing project, does it really belong on this list?) Finish painting the blue wooden loveseat Make slip covers for beige love seat Make slip cover for ...

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Buried alive

I went from no projects to feeling buried alive in an avalanche of fabric and ideas. How does this stuff happen to me? It’s that feeling that I have nothing but time, and then my brain goes into overdrive and finally explodes. After talking to my daughter, I decided that I want to go nob, just not anywhere of course, but to California. I couldn’t afford it last year, airfares were twice what they were the year before. Plus we spent the money on fixing he car instead. So it’s my intention to go in November, because I can see my kids and go to Dickens Fair too. Since I sold my costume, I will need to make a new one. I also have some fabric left from girls’ skirts so I can make them blouses and I would like to make them some cute pantaloons too. It’s a bit early to start on costumes but my brain is already ...

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