When I wrote the title I realized it could be taken one of two ways: end of winter BLAHs (as in, that yucky feeling you have when you just can’t wait for Spring and it feels like winter is never going away) or END of winter blahs (as in, I’m not going to let myself feel like this any more and this is the end of it). I’m hoping it’s the latter but seeing as we just got 10 cm of snow, it’s hard to tell.
One of my favourite places + one of my favourite song lyrics
Boredom is a dangerous emotional state for me. My job as a research scientist can be really dry at times; repeating the same protocols over and over, spending hours watching a machine count cells, staring at spreadsheets of numbers, etc. However, I have found that I have the patience and stamina for the more monotonous parts of my job when I am being creatively stimulated outside of work hours. When I was spending every evening and weekend planning our wedding, I was also a lot more productive and engaged at work. This also means that the less I have to do, the less I want to do. So when I start to feel uninspired or unstimulated I need to find something to put my energy into, otherwise I start a downward spiral into sweatpants and binge watching Netflix.
Suits marathon, anyone?
This self-realization led me to start this blog near the end of last year. I made a list of things to accomplish in January/February; topics I could blog about and projects to try. But now I’m getting restless again. Sometimes it’s nice to have a breather and look back on the things that you wanted to accomplish and did, but I’m past that point now. The weather is still not cooperating for the stuff that I need to do outdoors, like painting my dresser and helping a friend with a pallet project. So to keep me from getting into a bad mental space, I’m making myself a new list:
> paint an old wood stool with my Chalk Paint sample pot. The stool I am going to paint currently holds a basket of mitts, hats, and other winter paraphernalia… can’t wait to hide it in the back of the closet. Or maybe I’ll set fire to it and move to Florida instead.
Provence is such a pretty shade of aqua blue.
> sew an adjustable roman blind with one of my friends… she needs a blind, I need a project. Win-win! Plus I’ll get to practice some of the hand stitching techniques that I’ve learned/want to learn.
I’m going to miter the hell out of those corners!
> fix my favourite sweater that I have literally worn holes through at the elbows with some sweet grandpa elbow patches
Torn between leather, suede and corduroy.
> make a badass wall feature by combining two great tutorials I’ve found: a photo linen mat and a distressed wood frame.
Have I mentioned that I love textiles?
So much pretty.
Ok! Now that I’m all motivated and everything, guess I’ll go outside and shovel all this snow! Hahaha. Not.