After my father died, my mother started flipping houses, only we didn't know what to call it back then. She would buy a new house about once a year. The whole family, which consisted of me and 4 younger siblings, would participate in the complete overhaul of the new home after we moved in. As soon as it was perfect, we moved and did it again. My mother's real talent was, and still is, interior decorating.
|This is what I enjoy! And this is my sewing project for the weekend: it is an alteration for Howie's daughter who will participate in a very special wedding soon. When she sent me these cell phone pics, my initial reaction was, "Order a smaller size and come on over asap!"|
It is the Mirabelle dress from J. Crew.
It is very possible I can have this finished by the end of the day so I can get my weekly little accomplishment boost. It makes my Monday mornings much happier to have a fresh little accomplishment under my belt.
Recently, I had the good fortune to get first hand knowledge about bigger projects:
|Good old FaceBook - it's where you can get all the news!|
|Another peek at how I spent my Christmas vacation. |
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Working on a big project helped me understand why we moved so much when I was growing up. Now I understand. My mother was decorating those houses to get her own accomplishment fix. Her creative process took about a year and she expressed herself in those houses. She never decorated them with beige-beige-beige in order to sell them. Oh no, my mother put her style and her creative frugality and her heart and soul into those houses. She knew how to make ugly look beautiful, without spending a lot of money. And she got validation when the houses sold fast. People raced to snap up her homes and they were simply clean and beautifully decorated. She never upgraded anything if it could be washed, painted or slipcovered. That was her full time job and she made good money doing it.
Now that I have worked on a book, which takes more than a weekend to finish, I understand. Now I get it. I always come back to this: creativity is a great comfort. It keeps a high-strung girl occupied. I never thought of my mother as high-strung, but I do think she got a lot of satisfaction from decorating all those many houses. It was a smart move.
That's my call.
Enjoy your weekend.
What are you working on?
updated: the alteration is finished. Hemmed by machine and hand-sewn around neckline and armholes.