Last summer I enjoyed one of my most favorite family reunions ever. While there, several of us painted ceramic pieces for fun. The idea of painting a chevron pattern on my plate turned out to be a little more time-consuming than I thought. I simply ran out of time and wasn’t able to have them put it in the kiln, which is, of course, the final step in finishing a ceramic piece like this.
No problem, I thought. I’ll just take care of that when we get home. Well … nearly a year later and guess what? That unfinished piece just got moved from place to place around our home – but for some reason I never got it dropped off at our local pottery painting place. Don’t ask me why. I honestly have no idea. It was just one of those things that was (literally) put to the side.
Well, friends. I finally got sick enough of seeing that unfinished plate laying around. I finally took care of it. I stopped procrastinating. The piece is done!
PS – My mom always taught me to sign & date anything that you create. My grandma did this with every quilt or sewn item she made. My mom did this with everything she ever cross-stitched. And so I do it, too.
So this whole plate thing got me thinking.
The plate isn’t the only unfinished project around our house – trust me. There are plenty of areas that have been back-burner projects. And so as we’re in this time of transition between the end of a school year and the next couple of months with the kids back at home with me full time, I’m thinking about family projects I want to tackle and how I can enlist their help.
Just for fun – I’m sharing with you just some of those unfinished projects around the house.
Unfinished No. 1 – bathroom closet
We have this little orange bathroom near our family room and garage – and naturally, it’s the most used bathroom in the house for everyone who’s coming and going … including lots and lots of friends who frequent our house on a nearly daily basis.
There is a closet in this little bathroom that has become a catch-all for everything. Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, makeup, hair styling stuff for the kids (convenient to do their hair right there before we have to walk out the door) … even socks during the school year and bathing suits during the summer.
That’s fine that we can use the closet for so many things, but this space has been a project that I’ve been meaning to really give some attention to for … oh, about eight years now. It’s not terribly disorganized, but I do want to give it some attention and make the space a little more appealing since we’re in & out of this closet every single day.
Unfinished No. 2 – creative decor piece
I came across this cool piece like five years ago. I don’t even know what to call it. I just knew I had to have it because I knew I was going to do something really cool with it … whatever that “cool” idea might be. Aaaaand here we are. Five years later and no cool idea has been implemented, but I sure do have a nice, soft layer of dust that has accumulated on top!
Unfinished No. 3 – blank wall
This is a little nook area between our master bathroom and master closet. It’s the perfect area for a cool display of some kind. We used to have that square painted dark brown and then we were tired of that, so a couple months ago we busted out the neutral paint color that’s on the surrounding walls and we got to work.
And then we ran out of paint. And then we got busy again. And there the wall sits. Empty. Only one layer of paint (it needs at least two if not three coats). Dark brown edges around the square. Apparently it hasn’t bothered me enough?
Unfinished No. 4 – travel art
Ever since a trip to Brugges, Belgium, in 2003, David and I try to purchase original art from a local street artist whenever we’re visiting other countries. After accumulating a few pieces, I envisioned that this would become a very sentimental collection that could go somewhere in our home.
But the vision hasn’t quite solidified in my mind I suppose. Do all of the frames match? Or not? How do I display these with “room for growth” as we continue to add a piece here and there over the years? Will I display these in a way that will do the art justice? And so you see … the little stack of art remains on a shelf in our bedroom today.
Unfinished No. 5 – scrapbooks
You knew I was going to mention this, right? I just want to be sure no one thinks I’m actually “caught up” (if there is such a thing … because really, there isn’t when it comes to scrapbooking). I have a stash of stuff for each kid and these piles grow and grow through the school year. I’m definitely craving a Project Life® catch-up session right about now.
Unfinished No. 6 – laundry
Okay, let’s be honest. The laundry is one never-ending project that we can always count on to be unfinished. Ha! And you know what? That’s okay too. How blessed we are to have clothes to wash and machines that help us get them clean so conveniently.
So … what next? What about all these unfinished projects – and all the ones not shown here?
The plate? I finally got it done. Not entirely sure if I’ll keep it for our family or give it as a gift, but it’s a completed project so yay for that. The bathroom closet? I’m feeling motivated to give that little space a makeover this summer. Wish me luck. I sense some before & after pictures coming. : )
The creative decor piece? This is one of the things that I’m going to just let go of. Not all unfinished projects need to actually get finished – know what I mean? It’s okay to let some things go if they’re not of utmost importance. And this piece can certainly be enjoyed by someone else I’m sure. I will find a friend who could use this. And I’ll even dust it first. ; )
That blank wall in our bedroom? Yeah. That just needs to get done. I really am feeling creatively dry for ideas at the moment, but we at least need to finish the paint work. The travel art? I don’t know … what do you guys think? Should each be in its own type of frame? Or should I try to frame them all similarly for a more cohesive look as they’re grouped together on a wall?
The scrapbooks? Oh you know I’m itching to get to that. I’m a “do it in chunks” kind of girl lately. So I’ve become really okay with just taking pictures and collecting memorabilia and such and then sitting down just a few times a year to really knock out dozens of layouts at a time. I usually do this when I’m really feeling motivated.
What about you? What unfinished projects might you have sitting around your house that come to mind right now? Are you going to let it go? Are you going to finish it this week? Or put a plan in place to knock it out in the next few months? Whatever your ambitions, I wish you the best! Unfinished projects have the potential to weigh us down if we let them – and who has time for that?