Wow! It has been a while since I have checked in! I keep asking myself why that is, especially when I did so well to update almost daily for so long. I could blame work, life...all the usual distractions that eat everyone's time. I could blame it on my role as "Mother of the Year," which I call myself around these parts -- sometimes sarcastically, other moments literally, and I remind my children of it often (see the meat pie photo above, my self-imposed title poked out with a fork).
But I think my lack of sharing boils down to several things:
1. I have run out of projects to do in my home. I am now at the point where I should just commit to selling or start making over rooms, which seems kind of frivolous, considering they are perfectly fine. Also, the things I would like to do really require starting over. They are more costly changes (in time and $$), so I hang back and wait.
2. I also have concluded that I've become a bit intimidated by the "blogging photography challenge." While I have a pretty decent camera, I haven't taken the time/conquered the fear of mastering it. Therefore, my pictures seem so poky and horrible when I upload them onto my blog. So many bloggers have seriously gorgeous, quality photos and when I consider the time and effort they go to to set up, edit, and watermark each photo, it just makes me feel that my photos fall pitifully short.
So, I have decided that for now, I will write for myself and try to meet only my personal standards (I apologize in advance!). Things are quietening down around these parts: our German exchange student has returned home (we miss him!) and my eldest son has decided what he would like to do next year (he graduates high school this year) and all applications have been sent out. We are planning a family trip and are now just down to the final, little details. I am enjoying the slower pace.
I have also finished up my work on the latest Matthew Mead publication: Flea market Finds with Matthew Mead. I am so excited for everyone to see it as it is truly beautiful and filled with so many great projects using items everyone can afford! I will share the cover with you as soon as I am allowed. It will be on newsstands in April but the expanded keepsake edition can be pre-ordered via Amazon here.
As for home projects? In or out, overdone or not (I think neither!) I am seriously entertaining the idea of a large chalkboard wall. I have a few ideas for updating the look and now need to just set to work and pick the perfect spot. I have also been slowly picking up frames for all of the fun photos and artwork I have been collecting via Etsy. Both projects sound manageable, don't they? Something that even a Mother of the Year would have time for, right?
(chalkboard photos via pinterest.com)