Not Enough Time

My dad was a general contractor. I grew up around piles of lumber, saws, drills, paint, and various other kinds of tools. Dad always talked to me as if I were an adult. He taught me how to use tools safely, and how to take care of them. He told me I could do anything, and he made me believe it.  I think that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn to D.I.Y. / repurposing projects.  I see the potential in certain items, and believe (whether it’s true or not) that I can make something special out of them.

In truth, my dad gave me more confidence in this area of my life than my talents warrant.  Many of my projects turn out not-so-good, but that’s okay. I count it a learning experience. He taught me that too.

One of the great things about living where we do now, is that there are so many D.I.Y. resources available for me.  One of the best ways to spend a day is to wander through a flea market, estate sale, or antique fair!  My mind whirls with all of the possibilities!

There comes a point though, where I know I need more time, or fewer ideas.  I’m there now.

My craft room overflows with projects. There is a collection of “treasures” on one of our porches. There is even a headboard stashed away in my closet (it’s going to make a great hall-tree!).

So no more buying for me, until I get a few pieces converted from “junk” to “treasures.”

2aOne end of my craft room

1aOne area behind our house… Yes, it’s hidden from view!

4Another area behind the house… It’s hidden from view too.  😉

My first project among “Projects”….turning this vintage door into a Barn Door for the bathroom next to my office.  I’ve been thinking all week about how to paint it, and I think I finally have settled on what I want to do with it!   We have company now, so I can’t start on it until the 17th. That’s not good.  I might change my mind about what to do with it by then!


Have you visited my Pinterest Board lately?  I have several D.I.Y. Boards there with some very interesting projects on them!  Even if you just like to look!

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Comments (7)

  1. Judi Mott

    You are my kind of gal! Have more irons in the fire than I will live to complete…it seems scrapbooking takes over everything. Usually the only way something gets done is if I need the space, equipment or material to complete something I am doing with scrapping. Somehow, some way, it all seems to work out.

    October 8, 2016 at 10:14 am
    • Karen

      Ha-ha! Yes! Sometimes things get moved off my work bench because I need to photograph them for a kit that I am designing… and then that item finally finds a home somewhere. 😉

      October 8, 2016 at 11:23 am
  2. You have some fabulous treasures, though. When you find something like that at a flea market, etc., it’s hard to pass it up because you think you’ll never find anything like that again. I’ve passed up things, and then I keep thinking about them and wished I had gotten them. Maybe you should start a little side business of repurposing and selling items. My daughter does that in Seattle, and she’s been doing very well with it.

    October 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm
  3. FussBudget

    What a nice story about your dad. I love seeing where designers work. Fun photos of all your potential projects. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    October 9, 2016 at 1:53 am
    • Karen

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I’ll share some of the finished projects along the way!

      October 9, 2016 at 5:33 am
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