Floating with purpose
One was my brick quilt, which you can glimpse in this post here and the other was my extremely troublesome crochet blanket, which I most recently talked about here. I can't tell you how relieved I am to get these two done and dusted. Not that I wasn't still enjoying them but having the weight of their 'outstandingness' lifted from my shoulders feels good. I'll give you the low down on both of these next week, once I've gathered my thoughts. Or rather, got some decent shots of them.
In the meantime though, having explained why I'm 'floating' let us talk about the 'purpose' part of the post title. Normally, when a new year begins, I get a huge wave of 'let's get things done' feeling come over me. This year though, it didn't arrive on time leaving me feeling all lacklustre. The good news is that the fired up feeling did arrive, albeit a few weeks late, and it arrived just about the time I saw this picture on Pinterest.
Now, my craft room isn't anything like a gorgeous as that photo and isn't going to be any time soon. But I did see something that I could do and even better, it would be very quick and easy. You see, I've got that very desk, the one in the photo, in my craft room too. They have gold-leafed theirs, which is all very dandy I'm sure, but the second I saw it I knew how I wanted to adapt that idea for my own desk.
Do you remember when I prettified my little laundry cupboard? If you were around last summer you might do. The thing that elevated that cupboard from mundane and ordinary to superstar cupboard status (in my mind at least) was the fact that I used some vintage wallpapers to decorate the inside. It still makes me smile to see it every time I open the door.
So much do I love these papers and the effect that patchworking them together gives that I thought I'd use the same idea again here and enjoy those papers in a more exposed setting.
So, here's the desk before...
Plain and simple certainly, but not very exciting.
And here it is afterwards...
Doesn't it just make your heart sing? Well, it does mine at any rate. Glorious.
I got the wallpaper pieces from Little Teawagon at Etsy again. You probably know Jane's blog, Teawagon Tales, there's plenty of inspiration of the vintage kind to be found there.
A little paper and paste, an afternoon spent mixing, matching and gluing and I have a whole fresh look to my desk. I love the transformation and I love the new motivation to keep my desk clean and clear.
Oh, and just a little bit of 'any other business' while we're here...
Since I showed pictures of the crochet Christmas tree skirt I whipped up to cover one of my tree stands, I've been surprised (and so flattered - you lovely lot) how many people have been asking about a pattern for it, even at this time of year. So I thought I'd let anyone who is interested know that I do indeed have plans to release a proper pattern. Yay!
My idea was to bring it out later this year, closer to the festive season as that seemed appropriate, and also after I've had a chance to get something a little more formal worked up and written out. I was thinking say late October, early November, to give you chance to get one made for the big day. What do you think?