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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

finishing what I start

It's been a while since I've shared a 'get real' kind of post. Life has been so full and I was grateful for a weekend to relax a bit, get some things done around the house, and dream up some projects. That's what made me think I should let you in on a secret...

I am terrible at finishing projects I start. I am great at coming up with projects. My list of projects is never-ending. And there are times that I'm sure my husband thinks his project list will never end thanks to my ideas. Even before Pinterest came along, I had bookmarked blog posts of DIYs I wanted to do and clipped recipes from magazines I planned to cook or bake. Heck, I had a folder of wedding inspiration years before I even my my husband!

I just had four days off from work and I had plans to do all kinds of things. I made a list in my head...ideas came and went. Last week, a friend asked me if I wanted to get together to do something crafty on Saturday, so we setup a time and thought of ideas for what to make. We had a plan. I brought along my fabric stash, a pile of shoe box lids and some other craft necessities and she pulled out hers. We came up with our vision and each went to work on creating some new wall art thanks to the pin shown below.
via BeachBright's Home Ideas
I picked out the boxes and fabrics, decided which fabric would go with which box top. But I didn't have enough time to start assembling them because I had to go on to the next thing. So, I packed up and brought everything home. The next day, I pulled out the box tops and fabric pieces and decided I should spray paint the box tops white, so I wouldn't have to add a layer of interfacing under each fabric.

While the tops were drying, I got pulled into a project with the mister. We went to Home Depot to pick up a few things for the garden, including a forsythia bush. It was a  beautiful day and I was craving time outside, so it didn't really seem like an excuse to put off finishing the project ((below is the project in its unfinished state)).
Why didn't the project get done on the fourth and final day of my extended weekend? I wish I had a good reason other than our over-flowing hamper, dinner that needed to be prepared and errands to be ran. By the time I finished my tasks, I just wanted to sit for a bit and catch up on blog reading I had missed. I'm telling you this because I had planned to share the completed collage of fabric covered shoe boxes, but instead I have to be honest and say maybe next week. The pile of fabric needs to be ironed and I need to have the patience for gluing it. In the meantime, here are some pics of our newly planted forsythia and pruned azalea bush.

P.S. Have you entered the Pen & Paints Giveaway yet?


  1. Don't feel too bad! I do the same thing!! Especially with my summer vacation - you'd think that GOBS of free time would be enough to finish a project but somehow time is whittled away!

  2. Hahah I'm the same way! Can't wait to see your finished products though! The fabrics are way cute!

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one :) Yes, I'm loving the fabrics!

  3. oh, so nice to know I'm not the only one! I always have the best intentions! It just always seems like time is never on my side!

  4. I am notorious for not finishing projects! It's ok, eventually it will get done!

  5. I'm right there with ya! I have a never ending list of to-do's, and tons of unfinished projects. I try not to worry cuz at least I know I'll never be bored!

  6. oh my gosh. welcome to my world. i have so many ideas in my head and random things i want to try but i don't even start them because i know I may not finish.

  7. I'm terrible at finishing projects as well. Love to start them but if it isn't super easy it may never see completion. Your forsynthia is beautiful. Ours has given me so much joy over the years as it blooms first thing every spring.


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