And while we’re on the theme of imperfection, I thought I would give you a little house tour. I did not clean up in advance, and the photography is far from ideal. I love this house. As with my personal life this place has come a long way, but is still a work in progress.
Here is the dining room in 2011:
And in 2012:
The camping table, and first roommate are gone. The deceptively comfortable white chair is now in the room of Roomie #2. Yes, that is a tequila bottle covered fake plant in the corner. It does not belong to me, if there were any questions. Let’s play ‘I Spy that Project’:
In the living room, let’s spy:
- Brand new fake fire place/gas heater.
- The other half of the Christmas candle project.
- The desk turned cabinet. While the construction of the desk is solid, I still am not crazy about the color combination. Furthermore, one of the re-purposed handles fell off today, so I may be back to the drawing board on this one. At the very least, I won’t be sad to part with it if I move away from Winnemucca.
- Dr. Suess lamp. Half way through its transformation from your yawn inducing college kid lamp to a more interesting and austere light fixture.
- Part of a crocheted rug. Here’s a hint: it won’t end up as a table cloth.
- A blank wall, desperate for some Sarah-Do: February art action.
I have probably put the most effort into this room, and it is the closest to “finished” as I have right now. There are now cabinet doors (and drawers!) installed. We also ditched the avocado refrigerator in favor of a more sightly, and most importantly, functional appliance. You will also see:
- The hand built kitchen table and chairs that started my DIY frenzy.
- Microwave stand that I painted red. I also painted/decoupaged some old oatmeal and spagetti sauce jars to create cheap yet decorative storage containers for my beans, nuts, and other bulk items.
- Wine bottle art! I am not sure if I ever blogged this particular installment in which I glued buttons and handmade flowers onto the wine bottles.
- A Quagmire Halloween costume. Unfortunately, not mine.
Here is another view of the kitchen. For your viewing pleasure:
- Barnyard bench, designed to contain our recycling.
- One moderately contained craft supply corner.
- A pumpkin shell turned bowl.
- Safety gear. Don’t forget to wear your earplugs and safety glasses!
My bedroom used to be part of the wrap around porch.
- 2 lamps, halfway completed.
- Hand made wall art, never blogged.
- My first curtain sewing attempt, crafted from thrifted sheets. All in all, a success. At the time, I did not know the golden rule of curtain hanging: high and wide. Learn from my mistakes, gang.
- A mirror, in need of a home on a wall and possibly a home made frame.
- 1 slightly tacky throw pillow, that might get a make-over one day.
And last, but not least, is me! 90% of my weekends are spent looking like this:
All this to say, I am not perfect nor am I the perfect crafter. It may look like a half-baked disaster around here most of the time, but I enjoy it, and I hope you do to.Before my projects make it onto the blog they usually sit around incomplete while I wait for the final flourish of inspiration to hit me. Art is messy, but in the mess I find a peace and quiet joy in my life here. And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.