On Task

Armed with good intentions and resolutions, I accomplished some, not all, of what I planned for the first week of the new year:

Washed some filthy, but interesting vintage windows that I’ve been storing for years, on the one warm sunny day we’ve had.

Afterward I played a bit, utilizing the new decorative elements on a blank studio wall over the company filing cabinets. The lateral file systems were a big help in gaining control in the studio’s office area. One unit houses my sketches and ideas, while another, the not so fun, but necessary business items. Fitting & functional.

Then I had to clean up the paper blob that typically accumulates on top of them both! Oh my, still working on that, end of the year items, etc.

I found the wire/rod dress form in a shop on the way home from Spring Quilt Market last May. The sparkly J-O-Y letters, Wendy Addison – Tinsel Trading Co., were purchased a few weeks earlier at the ME Home Companion workshop event. The dress form, art pieces are from my “Tiny Tailors” fabric line. It’s nice to see them all in their proper places at last.

I managed to get the Christmas decorations put away,

…do a little sketching on a new line using some of my old art,


and tried to eat healthy for the last three days in a row!

So, not a bad start, I suppose. This also seems a good time to declare the rest of my ongoing organizing goals for 2011 and checking off some from 2010. During the studio clean up attempts over the past year, it became necessary to extend the regrouping to all areas of my life, eeks, as I’ve stated a few times already. It seems the farther I get into this, the more projects and stuff I (re) discover. Fun, but at times it still overwhelms.

Dealing with all of the accumulated debris while the under lying prioritizing of what’s important to do with one’s time vs what needs to go, is a challenge. Seeing some results helped me this week however, to stay on (practical) task. Overall, I’m encouraged to keep going and hopefully you are to.

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14 thoughts on “On Task

  1. Looking over your photos, it seems you live in a “White House”!!
    Nice going, btw; I think when you accomplish something you have been wanting to do for awhile, it can spur you on to do more!
    Good luck and happy new year!!!

    1. Hi Elly – I think you are right. And I have been waiting a long time, to tackle some of these areas. It’s true too, all of the rooms have maintained their safe off white walls for years and years. The one exception is my husbands home office. I became brave long enough to have painted it a deep, but neutral taupe. I have many colorful accessories throughout however, just haven’t posted them, yet. 😉 Thank you Elly.

  2. Wow, that is a shockingly cool work space. Mine looks like I a bomb went off in there. And no time to clean and straighten at this point. You are very impressive!

    1. Oh no Sharyn, on the contrary, the bomb went off in mine too and I’ve been working in the rubble ever since. Until I declared war on the messy space. You’ll be shocked when I get around to showing the before and afters. Still working on it but I’m getting there, but like you said, when there’s time. Thank you.

  3. Looking good. I’m so glad you got the wire dress form. It looks so cute. The perfect compliment to your decor. Nice job!

  4. My studio is looking like Sharyn’s – like a bomb went off.

    You have been very productive. I’m going to spend a few days cleaning and straightening when I get back from Atlanta (that is unless you want to come do it for me 🙂 !! It is warmer here!

  5. The war on mess is encouraging to me!!!! I wish I weren’t such a procrastinator! I do admire the efforts of the fortunate ones that can buckle down to the difficult tasks!!

    1. Hi Norma – You made my day, encouraged by the war on mess! It’s been a constant in my life, work place especially, for some time. Talk about procrastinator, ask anyone, it’s my middle name! Hahaha. Just start with one tiny corner (or difficult task) that you have been wanting and meaning to tackle. Declare war Norma, you can do it.

  6. Old windows are so wonderful to decorate with. Yours are beautiful. I love to paint the window panes sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Norma – I’ve never painted the panes but a friend of mine has done some really cute holiday windows. Her sister has put matted art in the panes which are really attractive also. That would be a good project that I would like to try it sometime.

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