Monday, June 29, 2009

A funky day with LOTS of clutter ...

Today was a funk of a day. Can't you tell? The sun was brilliantly shining ... my hydrangea was finally blooming ...
And, yet ... I felt in a fog.

By this, I mean that I just could not concentrate on any one task for more than 3 minutes. This put quite a damper on my To Do List!
My home is in a current state of chaos with crafts supplies piling on top of every surface (including the floor!) in my dining room; the floors need a good mopping; the closets need cleared out and organized; my studio is in need an overhaul; the kids rooms - gosh, where to start! ... truly ... the list goes on and on. This is what I get for wanting a busy, memory-filled summer ... (sigh) I must say - the clutter is starting to get to me!

So, listing the chores above, one would think that I accomplished at least one item, right? Nah. Instead ... I needed to paint! (*shake head*) See ... it's that creative spirit that gets in the way of all rational thinking!
My preference would have been to hole myself up in the studio ... but remember - the overhaul? What I should say is a bulldozer! I would not only have to clear a spot on my worktable, but would also have to unearth a chair!! Trust me ... I am ashamed to even share this! But certainly, I cannot be the only mom out there that struggles with the juggling act of all the hats we, mamas, wear ... am I?

So - I could not do much creatively. But still, I just needed to fulfill that desire to have a paintbrush in my grasp! So ...

I chose my front steps.

They were in a terrible state! Humph! There seems to be a pattern here ... :)

These were my steps while they were lookin' good a bit of time ago - -
I loved them. But, as you know, winters are harsh and shoes are not forgiving; so, they wear.

Here they are today after a good scrapping and the beginning stages of primer ... This part saddened my spirit just a bit ...
Yes, the painting has worn away ... but really ... what artist likes to paint over something that she created? :( I do not look forward to the day that my daughter asks for a repaint in her room - that mural took six days to create!!

Well - I now have an open canvas on which to paint ...
Hmmmm.... I'm thinking a soft mustard, twined vine of tiny flowers, aged checkerboard - maybe even polka-dots! I can't wait to get some color samples and dive in! Oh, and don't forget a welcoming quote of some sort ... any suggestions?

Yes, this day did not check off much on my To Do List ... but it did give me a lift in spirit! :)
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
- A. A. Milne
I could not agree more! :)


Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

I love your spontaneity and creativity! Can't wait to see how you paint those steps!


Anonymous said...

Oh how I love those children sitting on those steps

Tolentreasures said...

I love your steps and I understand the reluctance to paint them over. I have a cabinet right now that I had painted for my daughter about 5 years ago and now she wants it repainted for her nursery. I am having trouble putting the sander to it. Can't wait to see what you do with the steps.