Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WIP Wednesday: How I'm Spending My Fringe Hours

Recently, I shared my surprise in finding a lot of value in a book whose ideas already felt a part of my personality. Feel free to check out my full, wordy version of this discovery (and what it taught me), but the cliff notes version is this: I need to be intentional.

Despite my zeal for creative outlets and space in my days to process and rest, I wasn't using the spare moments I'm gifted for the things that actually light me up. SO, I decided to take inventory of all the things I've been working on, and how my discovered fringe hours are helping me complete them. Plus: It's kind of fun to see this stuff, right? ;)

So here's what I've got in the works.


Winter Afghan

Winter Afghan

I know, Winter? What? That's how long this has been a work in progress. In January, I decided that I wanted a blanket for my living room that would act as a transition between the times when I have my Christmas quilt and my colorful spring and summer afghan out (and yes, I need something for the fall, eventually, too.) My mom had given me about seven skeins of each of these blue and grey colors, and I thought they'd make for a perfect winter blanket - with a white border. Granny squares are my favorite crochet method, so I decided to make granny stripes. I was working on this in the school pick up line until having it across my lap made me too warm, so progress has slowed. It's a great way to relax in the evening, though when I don't feel like reading or thinking too much.




Books

This is kind of a scattered reading month for me - I've been pretty focused and dedicated, but after finishing The Desire Map (affiliate - stay tuned for a full review soon!), I really need to take in some lighter, quicker, fun reads (not that 1984 is any of those things.) So I'm sort of rotating between these three whenever I feel the most in the mood for each of them.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
52 Ways To Live a Kick-Ass Life by Andrea Owen
1984 by George Orwell

Also on request from the library right now:
The Life Giving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
One With You by Sylvia Day


The Disney Movie List

If you caught my post on this last week - we've been slooooowly chugging along. We started watching these together as a family, but I'm not sure how long we can keep that up if I ever want to get through this list! The first animated films that Disney released were short little movies from the 1930's called The Silly Symphonies (how cool that they are on Netflix!) and the kids loved them. They are old school cartoons with humor that can still be appreciated, and their catchy songs have become a part of the kids' song library. Next up on our list is the original 1940's Fantasia!



House Love List

I know I keep mentioning The Desire Map (I truly cannot wait to share my experience!), but once again, it affected another area of my life. I have been falling out of love with my house for the last 3-ish years - becoming more and more desperate to move as our family (and its stuff) expands. This might sound sort of hokey and ridiculous, but I realized two things in my personal development recently. One - according to the law of attraction, my emotional dislike of this house is harnessing negativity. That made me think, hmm....I wonder why our fence came down, furnace broke, AC needed replacing, brand new professional carpet cleaner already stopped working, dishwasher kept leaking, etc etc. Isn't it just giving me what I've been expecting from it?

And two, after discovering my core desired feelings, I realized that there's already so much of those feelings HERE, in this house, and it just needs a little development and discovery. I used to spend so much of my time updating and decorating things in this house, and I just.....stopped. I didn't want it anymore, so I stopped acting like it meant anything to me. Well that has changed pretty dramatically in recent weeks.

Matt and I sat down and crafted a list of all the home improvement ways we can love on where we are, right now, and have been steadily crossing things off. The biggest things we're tackling right now are a spruce up of our bedroom and front entryways (details coming soon.) The next big projects will be tile flooring for our main bathroom and mudroom, and some professional landscaping outside. We're also looking at replacing a bathtub, and I'm working on an art gallery in the living room.

I've been collecting pieces from my favorite artists (a few of them I know up close and personally!) and I am so excited to put all of my love for their art in our most lived-in room of the house. I am SO energized by that project!

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What are you spending your fringe hours on these days?

PS - you can keep up with my WIP projects in real-time by checking the hashtag #rychdiy on Instagram!

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