Craft Room Project: 1 Year Mark

The other day I had a memory pop up in my FB feed. It was from the day I had posted a photo of when I bought my counter tops for my room. From a year ago.

Never in my wildest imagination did I anticipate that a year later I’d still be working on this, that I still wouldn’t be done. I honestly figured I’d be able to probably get it done in a month or two. Maybe. Considering I’d never done anything at all like this, I had zero reference to get that estimate. Obviously I had extremely lofty goals and didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.

Lately, it has been slow going. Like, sleepy snail levels of slow. The garage, where I’ve had to move to finish the last pieces, is STILL insanely hot right now, making it miserable to work for any length of time. Between that and struggling to get up the motivation to get out into the heat and move everything around just so I can work for an hour or two only to move it all back so we can get the cars in, it has been hard to get out there and get much done. But, I’m getting there.

I hung all but the final door yesterday. That last door, the “glass” fronted one, is now glued and drying waiting on its turn to be hung. All that is left is to build the drawer fronts. I should be (as if should has actually gotten me anywhere in this whole process) done in the next week or two. At least with the bulk of the main room, which I’m using as my “done” point.

I still have a whole lot of side projects that are connected to my room, which I’m really thinking as more of a full studio rather than just a “craft room” because there are SO many things that are art-centric that I’m doing in there. I still have to design and build out the closet space, which is currently packed to almost bursting with things that still need to put away in the space and is waiting for me to finish before I can tackle that. I still have to paint the dresser that is in the room. I have a whole lot of boxes I want to build to go on some of those open shelves and in the cabinets. There are a whole host of things that need to be done in the adjoining room, but that is for much farther in the future.

None of those other things are anywhere near the top of my priority list right now. My target is to finish the main part of the room and then take a massive break. One where I can focus on doing some different creative things for a while. Or, you know, just do NOTHING for a while.

Yeah, that is sounding really nice right about now.

Anniversary Celebration – An Unexpected Turn – Last Day!

I started the Kindle ebook give away for An Unexpected Turn on the anniversary of the day I clicked publish. It ends on the day I celebrate another anniversary. 19 years and Hubby and I are still going strong.

It has been an interesting week to try and honor and celebrate both of these milestones, but I’m grateful for the chance to get to do so, even if it is low key. Today, I can say that I published a book and a year later it is still drawing interest and hitting new milestones I never even considered when I hit that publish button. Today, we are all healthy and I get to celebrate another year with an amazing human that helps to make life so much more fun and bright. I’m incredibly grateful for both of those things.

So, if you were considering it and haven’t yet, now is your last chance! As always, please feel free to share it with anyone you may think is interested.

To those of you that have already picked this up! Thank you.