There are times in life when everything chugs merrily along, perfectly according to plan and schedule. I have found that in my life, those times are precious few and far between. The last several years have actually been filled with one unplanned event or circumstance after another, some good, some not so good, some downright terrible.
I suppose that is the nature of life and fighting it is futile...or so I have learned, deeply entrenched here in middle age. Like the sign in my kitchen so eloquently says, "It Is What It Is" ~ I may not like it, but now that I am...ahem...older and supposedly wiser, I don't really fight it anymore. I do what I can do and let the rest go, until I can get to it.
That's just the way it has to be if I would like to remain semi-sane.
Thus we have The Project Pile.
That is my endearing name for all the pretty little projects, I would love to focus on, if only I had the time. Here are a few on the list.
If you have been following along for a while, this chair may look familiar to you.
It had an unsightly rip in the seat and I was able to repair it with a partial slipcover. It worked like a dream. For a while. I wasn't counting on a new tear in the arm and now I am stumped. I am all about the super easy, quick fix. Nothing short of reupholstering the entire chair (not gonna happen) or making a slipcover for it (also, not gonna happen) comes to my mind.
I have no brilliant brainstorm for this one. I am totally stumped. If anyone out there has a creative fix for this mess, I would love the suggestion. I don't want to toss it and really want to find a way to bring it new life and cover up that nasty hole.
My next lady in waiting is this half finished scrap fabric valance. The idea came to me when I replaced the fabric on my glass cabinets. I really liked the fabric, had enough left to piece together for a curtain and got to work.
It was a problem from the get go. I started without a plan ~ as I very often do ~ and I ran into design difficulties almost immediately.
I was originally working with two fabrics and then decided to add a third to create more interest and a rod pocket. Of course, in classic Kim fashion, I had already stitched the majority of things up, so I had to rip and add. I also had to sew small pieces together. That's ok though, I want a scrappy look and when the fabric is shirred, you'll never see the seams.
However, this project is not cut and dry. I cannot whip this one up with my coat on, in between carpooling. So, it sits. And it waits. In the project pile.
Lastly, I have this lovely chair that I pulled out of the trash years ago. Funny story actually. I'll save it for another day, but let's just say it involves the garbagemen, a bush and a lot of running. Oh boy.
I really want to cover it with this checked fabric, but again, it requires lots of sewing. It will be a time consuming task for someone who has never done this kind of work before. Not a quickie project. Not at all. Did I mention that there is trim and zippers involved. Um, yeah.
So this is where I am. I am in need of a few large blocks of time to really think my way through these suckers. In the meantime, the fabric sits in a pile on the torn kitchen chair, taunting me.
From the project pile.
Oh well. It is what it is, right?
Do you have a project pile?
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