Saturday, September 09, 2006

works in progress mind

I could write this list in my notebook, but if I do it here, I'll actually be accountable. Or feel that way, anyway.

1. Make a toddler-size pillow and pillowcases for Iris. She has just recently started liking to rest her head on a pillow while she sleeps, and she uses this one, which we have kept in her crib since it was thrifted for her by a friend when she was a wee babe. Works for her, but with all that hand-embroidery, not so easy for me to keep clean. I'm going for something more washing-machine friendly.

2. Appliqué these secondhand plain fall shirts for her.

3. Paint her little table and chairs. I think I finally know how I want to do it.

4. Finish the dresser. Waiting for J's help on this one.

5. Start planning and making Christmas presents and an Advent calendar. I hope and intend to have another handmade Christmas this year.

6. PURGE. I am feeling overwhelmed by magazine back issues, unworn clothes, well-meaning gifts I have stored but never used, and just plain tons of stuff. It's time to go through it, room by room, and file and throw away and donate, donate, donate.

There is more, oh is there ever more. But I want the satisfaction of crossing things off, so I'll leave it at that for now.


Anonymous Ali said...

We have the same table and chairs and I've been trying to decide for 6 years how I want them painted! Look forward to seeing yours.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Ang! It's me, Julie. I too am waiting to see what you do to your kiddie Ikea table. Damien's is mostly going unused these days. Maybe because it's so colorless? And while I'm trying to mooch ideas off you (your pillowcases are so cheerful! I'd like to try that too!), what advice would you give to a couple of inexperienced interior decorators? Moving day is approaching (we're heading just outside of city limits, and gaining a few square meters & becoming home-owners...revolutionary all around), and as our new apt is in near-perfect condition, we'll no longer have any excuse for not buckling down right away and making it into Home. The horrible wallpaper we've tolerated at the place we are now can be justified by the fact that we're "just renting" but it's also provided a convenient excuse (large, loopy purple paisley. Too much competition for anything in frames) for putting up anything more in the way of decoration. To continue our "let sleeping dogs lie" home decorating non-project (or is it "there's no crying over spilled milk"?), we've never changed the yucky pastel tulip curtains left in our bedroom by the former tenant. Nor put up curtains in our living room (if our neighbors get tired of seeing us in our pajamas, they can just put up their own curtains, dammit!) I'm not even sure of what kind of advice I'm looking for. My well-meaning, usually charming but occasionally tactless sister-in-law has suggested "real" furniture. I suppose she meant we should scrap our Ikea-type table and bookshelves. But it's funny, although I know that we'll be operating on a budget, that we'll splurge some and make some compromises, I don't think that money is the real obstacle between me and the nest I want. I guess what I don't know is how to find a combination of Stuff that looks like us and that we won't be sick of after a few months. I'm hoping that owning the walls around us will inspire us to go further than we have so far... xoxo

11:06 AM  

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