One day when archeologists dig up my house they are going to marvel at the amount of white dishes found in the rubble.
And wonder what I was going to do with all the pieces of reclaimed wood.
And license plates.
But when they discover my project closet? With all of its zillions of half-done projects and half-painted signs and half-painted coffee cups and half-sewn pillows and half-woven placemats.
And they are going to look at all of that half.
And their eyes will widen.
And they’ll jump for joy and call the press and book a museum date.
Because they will have officially discovered…
….the eighth wonder of the world.
Why do I do that?
Why do I start one project and BEFORE IT EVEN HAS A PRAYER OF FINISHING start another?
I think it’s because I chase rabbits everywhere. In my conversations. In my food choices. In my television watching. In my home decorating.
And in my projects.
But this week? I turned over a new project leaf. It all started when I was watching a movie about a girl who had a coffee shop that wasn’t very successful and she pulled herself up by her coffee bootstraps and rethought her life and how she was spending her minutes and bought a food truck and changed her outlook and found a new cute boyfriend and a new apron and changed her perspective.
Just between us, that whole life changing thing is amazing and great and I’m super happy for her and her food truck. But truly? What I loved? What inspired me? Was the new decor she added to the coffee shop. And in that moment, I looked up right above the very television I was watching and got inspired and went to my project closet.
AND ACTUALLY FINISHED A PROJECT.
Just in case you needed me to reenact the moment.
Here is the actual television.
And the actual sofa.
And the actual unfinished project.
I had bought the fabric to make roman shades for that window months ago. It was sitting folded up in my bedroom. I had stared at this space over and over and OVER again and thought that I needed to make that roman shade.
Until a coffee shop came along.
I took the fabric that I already had.
And the supplies that I had purchased.
And made a roman shade for that window above the television.
Here’s a close-up of the fabric.
And the shade pulled up next to the built-ins.
And the actual view of the new window with the new shade next to the old television.
I love everything about it.
The way the folds lay.
The color and pattern of the material.
The way the sunlight bounces off the fabric.
It took me about four hours to sew it and put it up.
That’s the amazing thing about projects.
Have you ever noticed that if we totaled up all the time we spent thinking about them and re-discovering them in a closet and shutting the door and then feeling guilty about leaving them unfinished? If we totaled up all that time it would be so much more time than if we ACTUALLY DID THE PROJECT.
It’s like we need to go all Nike on our projects and just do it.
Raise your hand if you have unfinished projects.
Come sit by me.
We are not going to let our projects defeat us.
Together we can do this.
Together we can finish a project.
Together we can spend less time feeling guilty and more time getting something done.
PS I want to add molding and architectural interest to the built-ins next.
Maybe I need another Hallmark movie. 🙂