Taking the Old and Refreshing (One-Year Challenge*)
It’s amazing what a little paint can do!
This house hadn’t really changed in over 40 years; same curtains, ugly brick decor, yellow accent wall, carpets, and furniture arrangement. Being a creative type of person, I always rearrange, change, and improve the environment around me. Just ask my husband how many times the furniture has been moved or new pieces of art decor has changed walls. I guess I haven’t changed since I’ve been on a journey to improve this old house and make it fresh. Paint does wonders and a little bit of deconstruction.
For some reason I’ve never been attracted to bright colors and this yellow was constantly screaming at me to change it. So one day I just painted it.
This is only the beginning. I had to paint the ugly brick in several parts of the room.
There was pink mortar between the bricks. It didn’t show up as well in the picture below.
A little bit of effort and vision can go a long way to make things like new. What project will you take on? Be bold, look around to see things as they could be, with a bit of imagination and labor – the possibilities are endless.
Now I’m half way done, on to the other side of the room.
Painting tip: to get that precision straight line of paint between the ceiling and the wall – use masking tape on the ceiling at the edge, then paint the ceiling color paint on the wall overlapping the tape. Next paint the wall and when its dry pull the tape off for a crisp, clean edge.
*One-Year Challenge: Part of my 2016 goals were to improve as many parts of this house before the year’s end. Keep looking for more home improvements!
So we’ve come to a brand new year, with new dreams, new hope, new adventures, new purpose. What we want out of this new year is totally up to us. We may need to readjust our thinking and habits to accommodate this new way, but as with every new endevour we have to stay on course and focus on what we want.
I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded on any resolutions I’ve made for a new year, but I know that if I set goals ahead of me they generally prosper and are completed. Not to say that some individuals don’t have strong wills and discipline to tough it out – that’s not me, though generally I’ve found that the little things done every day accomplish big things in the end. Here are some pointers:
First be realistic, find do-able things that can be done in a year; or you can project for the longer term….keep it simple to actually see results.
I would start out with no more than three goals that you want to accomplish, more than that can be overwhelming if you don’t keep up. There is grace for everything that you do and prayer is a big part of success. Be kind to yourself and don’t give up. You can always add to your goals when they become a habit – remember a habit is developed when you’ve done something 21 times consecutively. Keep it simple, like drinking more water every day or deciding to pick up things around the house, putting them in their designated place, every night before you go to bed.
When success and victory come, you begin to see yourself in a new light and the purpose in your life becomes clearer. You find a piece of yourself you didn’t know was there. Your voice becomes clearer and you begin to sing a new song…your mind has become renewed to a recognizable extent.
My way of remembering is I create a board every year with all my goals and desires on it…this is what I’ve done so far.
One thing that I forgot to add to my board is “My Personal One-Year Challenge”. That is to accomplish as many things as I can to remodel and redecorate our new house. I began with the “She Shed” restoring it for a personal space (now my husband wants to share the space since the vision for it is coming to pass-ha). We have already done repairs; putting in a new door and windows, replacing the fence and repurposing the redwood boards for a screened look around the studio…outside paint is the next step.
Bright days ahead! Nike has it right, “Just Do It”. You will succeed, you will change, you will grow in depth and confidence!
I’ve suddenly got a huge burst of creative energy and onto a new project. Didn’t I just post that I was going to finish all the backlogged projects first? I am, I am. The weather finally cooled off to a lovely 85 degrees and I can actually work outside without wilting. I was itching to get started on something around “the estate” but had to settle into having to wait until fall, when the high temperatures subsided. Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 4:30 am and found my creative mojo was in full force.
My inspiration came from the internet and all the talk about “She Sheds” – the newest trends for women. After all, the “man cave” has been a topic for years, why not a special place for us gals. Since I already have the bones for a good place to start; the bath house out back used in the old days to change and shower, now just a storage shed of sorts.
It has two large windows and a little covered patio off to the side. Does it look like it needs a lot of work? Yes! Though the structure is solid and really needs just some cosmetic changes. (A little heavenly light beams falling around this space, lol)
First getting rid of the warped boards on the pergola above the patio. I had help on getting those down, but when I saw all those lovely, aged redwood strip still in great condition, I couldn’t help myself in conjuring numerous ideas to reuse those for future projects.
After I pulled a billion a few hundred nails, I had a treasure trove of resources!
Here are some of the inspiring pictures of other she sheds that some pretty creative people have done. You can even use an old travel trailer to fix up to call your little get away!
One person’s comment was this:
I have a feeling that I won’t be the only one using this space when it is all done. Stay tuned for developing new updates.
I’m feeling totally free to extend the possibilities in my life, and to step out of my own boxed-in comfort zone. The best way to begin a journey like this is to find like-minded people and interests, and then learn from them. I’ve been taking classes at my local scrapbooking store for new techniques and found one of my favorite bloggers offering a workshop to make a faith art journal. Summer’s long, hot days give me the perfect opportunity and time to create: the afternoons – when it’s too hot (recently 111 degrees outside) and I can be cool and work to my heart’s desire inside.
The following is from the online workshop by Erin Leigh and Melissa from Pink Paper Peppermints*: Journaling by Heart: A free summer workshop for art journaling your faith. First lesson was to create a cover for a homemade journal. The steps are easy and this is what developed for my cover.
Follow Erin and Melissa on Facebook at Faith Art Journaling and on their websites at: www.artbyerinleigh.com and www.pinkpaperpeppermints.com You can join the fun of weekly lessons and gain experience and confidence in your own creations.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Right now there are so many things I need to know for myself in this season that I am experiencing, and the only way to find answers is to come to Him…boldly! I encourage you to access the Lord’s availability with the confidence that we have in our Heavenly Father and what Jesus paid for, to find the mercy and grace when we need answers in our lives. When we come into His presence we change.
Here are the first two steps that went into the process of creating my cover:
First step is to cut out two pieces of light-weight cardboard like from cereal boxes to the measurements of the desired size of your journal. Tape the pieces together with masking tape. Then you use gesso to cover the entire front of the cover (see below). I use an old credit card to spread the gesso so that I get a smoother texture to the surface rather than using a brush. Let dry. Paint with acrylics to your heart’s desire. If you want more detail directions go to the Facebook page Faith Art Journaling and follow the links.
I may have been pretty silent lately, but never still. I work on up coming projects almost everyday. I am trying new styles, new materials, and new media. This is officially National Scrap-booking Month and to stay current in all things paper, I enrolled my daughter and myself in a one day class that lasted 12 hours. We could only make one day though it was an entire 3-day weekend. It was so much fun and we learned a lot about tools, methods, and got inspired to do more.
I am not a scrap-booking person per se, and would rather do projects in mixed media, so that is why the project we did had more form than framing pictures for an album. Everybody’s box was so unique and full of different styles. It took hours to make with all the cutting and gluing and papering. I can’t wait to use it on my dresser for a caddy to throw my stuff in and actually look organized.
My box was more rustic and funky, while my daughter’s creation was more sophisticated and modern.
Here is a sneak peek of up coming projects in the works – waiting to be finished.
I encourage you to find your groove and be creative! I know when I am creating something I am so happy!