Tuesday, September 18, 2012

- In Progress

If ever I am in danger of realizing that it's been too long since I wrote something here - Jaclyn reminds me.  She acts like I have all of this super exciting stuff to write about all the time...but in reality my life of late is pretty boring.  I kept thinking I would have something to update peeps on because I kept thinking that I would start a project, and then finish it.  I mean, that's how projects are supposed to work.  But lately I've been starting something and making a huge mess to work on and then just...well...leaving it and the huge mess "in progress".

Like this sad attempt I started at making dining room chair covers.  2 weeks and this is as far as I've gotten:
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In my defense, it took a really long time to get the curve of the back of the chair right.  And I sort of lost my steam after that.  But, I firmly believe that if I could just get started again, I could power through them.  After all the first one should be the hardest.  Right?  RIGHT?

Because I plan to use all four parsons chairs at the table, that meant I needed a new desk chair.  I did manage to buy one from Ikea and put it together and place it at my desk.
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Voila!

My redecoration of the living room is also in progress.  I kind of got tired of the yellow, pink, grey, navy thing I've had going on since my last apartment, which is so last year.  So, one night a few weeks ago I decided to peruse the internets and see what kind of fabric options were out there.  And lo and behold I found this:
(From Hawthorne Threads)

It was the most amazing fabric I'd ever seen in my life.  (Slight use of hyperbole).  Or, it was definitely the most amazing fabric I'd seen in a good long time.  I absolutely loved the combo of teal/orange and the fact that I already had a lot of things it would work with in the living room.  But, it was $20/yard.  Which made me pause and really think about whether or not my life could go on without owning this fabric.

It couldn't.
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It's even better in person.  To make room for it in the living room I shifted the old material/color scheme to the dining room.  I made some pillows and found these new director's chair covers at Pier 1 for 50% off or only $7.50 each which is an amazeballs price.
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This is all I can show you of the dining room because that's where the majority of the mess has taken up residence but I actually think this is the best use of the fabric that I've come up with because it looks pretty damn awesome on that pillow.  Now, back to the new fabric...due to the spendy price tag I only ordered a yard.  But, using it as just pillow fronts allowed me to get 4 pillows out of it.  I used some leftover grey silk I had for the pillow backs.
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I love love LOVE my life with this fabric in it.  I didn't even realize how well it would work with the canvas I painted until I put the finished pillow in the chair.  I really think that this new color palette is even more me because it has green.  True story: Green is my most favorite color.  Every time I think I have a new one, I always come back to green with the realization that it's totally my jam.  Forever and always.

The new fabric brings me around to something in my life that is exciting: it's fall y'all.  Temperatures have dropped up here in the Minnie and I recently bought this at the grand opening of World Market:
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I seriously think that this is my most favorite time of the year.  I love the pumpkin in everything.  And the apples.  And sound of dry leaves being blown around by the wind.  But mostly I love that you get to start the countdown to Christmas with wonderful weather and fun holidays every month.  Plus there are a ton of decorating opportunities along the way to December.  Decorating for the holidays is one of my most favoritest things, but I haven't been able to do it for the last two years.  Last year I could have, but because I knew I had to move out at the end of December it was like, why torture myself by decorating for fall when I knew I couldn't finish off the season with Christmas due to packing.  But this year my lease isn't up until April, so it's about to get crazy festive.

Spoiler alert - it's already gotten a bit festive...
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Sparkly spiders are all the rage this year.  For me, personally.

But there is definitely more to come on that...as it is still in progress.

I think most of the in progress status on projects is directly related to how good the Song of Fire and Ice book series is.  I mean, I've only been reading like 300, and as many as 700, pages a week since I started it a month ago.  I'm currently in book 4 and book 5 is the last one published even though I think there's going to be 7 total.  It's like Harry Potter all over again where I'll be waiting waiting WAITING for a book to come out so I can devour it in my quest to know how the series continues or ends, only to be left waiting again.  And since I started this post with Jaclyn, I'll come full circle.  I was living with her and Matt when the last Harry Potter book came out.  I remember staying up all night on their futon in the office to read it because once I started, I just couldn't stop.  So, while I haven't really finished any projects I've started in the last month - I have managed to finish 3 books...and now that I've given Jaclyn her obligatory blog just before a month of silence passed, I'm off to read a few more chapters before bed.