Hokey Dinah. Who even says that anymore? Well, me, apparently. And my two-year-old son. Because whenever I open up a particularly gruesome diaper of his he exclaims, “Hokey Dinah!”, because I guess I’ve said that on those occasions. Wow, starting out with digression. Bad sign. Run away, peeps, this could get all rabbit-traily.
So I’ll try to hit the main point now: Hokey dinah - life is suddenly feeling crazy busy. And I have had no time to update my own blog, or read blogs, or do any of that fun stuff. In fact, I haven’t even been scrolling through the pretty stuff on my Tumblr dashboard. Boo.
I’m not sure what happened exactly. Summer was so pretty low key (well, “I just had a baby” low key). And fall snuck up on us with gorgeous weather and a whole bunch of commitments on the schedule. Plus my beautiful baby girl is growing up and needing a bit more from me. And my son’s been on this new sibling/terrible twos/battle for independence thing that is requiring a lot of me. And… I don’t know what else. All that to say: “Sorry, Dudes, the blog’s been neglected, and probably will be many more times to come.” I do feel bad. But not that bad, cuz let’s face it, I do this for free.
And in the midst of it all I’m really needing to assess what my priorities are. My main purpose is clear right now - to serve and bless my family; to build my marriage and raise my children for God’s glory. But what should I do beyond that? Because there are a lot of things I want to do. Some things I’m obligated to do. Some things I wish I’d never volunteered to do. And a bunch of other things, too. But what has God planned for me to do? I don’t have any answers right now - it’s hard to think through such deep life questions on such little sleep and personal time. But I do know the blogging’s taking a slide, and that’s OK for now.
I have managed to chip away at a few things around the home on the good days:
Remember my DIY lamp? It looked cool in pink, but wasn’t working in my space. So I repainted it in Krylon’s brushed nickel finish (which is actually a much warmer metal tone than nickel, I think), and used a lampshade I’d recovered in blue linen a while ago. I’m quite smitten with how it looks.
I finally got around to painting our dining room sideboard. I tried to sell this thing online a long time ago, but the “buyer” never showed up (seriously, people.) So I opted to keep it, paint it, and now I just need to add new hardware. I don’t love the piece, but it’s solid, and a good size for the space. And now it’s not a garish honey colour, so that’s nice.
I picked up this pretty white platter at Value Village. And I love it. It reminds me of ironstone, though I don’t know if it actually is. I try very hard to not purchase things that are for our future farmhouse, but this is one of those things.
And I picked up another Louis chair! Back when I recovered the first one I purchased enough fabric for two in hopes that I’d find a second one. So I’m looking forward to redoing this one to match, and creating the double welt cord for both.
I have some other projects in process, and some others on the to-do lis, but I’ll share them when I’m done.
And the most important projects? A whole lotta’ this pretty thing:
And a whole buncha’ this handsome one:
And those are the projects that make my home the most beautiful.