Relearning to love where you live.

Patio project inspiration - burlap and pallet wood

Can you handle two deep thinking posts in a row? I usually like to save these for Mondays for some reason. But.. ah well. Lots to say this week I guess!

But may I just say how incredibly grateful I am that you received my last post’s ‘joyful’ news so well? Totally beside myself! I rather expected crickets. You thrilled me once again! Thank-you for throwing all that virtual love my way. I am positively beaming!

Disclaimer: this post was written last week. I’d like to think I may have written it a little more upbeat today but this is where my heart was at the time. So here we go!

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Ok! So I’d like to confess something.

I lost my DIY mojo. It’s been lost for quite some time. Have you noticed?

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I’m not even sure where it went. Perhaps it was because I just made myself too busy with everything going on.

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I still struggle with balance in a big way. Attempting to morph a dayjob into a blogging career while feeling guilty for not writing your ebooks while still trying to be a good mom tests you in more ways than you’ll ever know.

Plus, when your blog grows, so do your administrative duties.

Patio project inspiration - burlap and pallet wood

More online time = less creating time.

More creating time = less online time.

What’s a blogger to do?

Patio project inspiration - burlap and pallet wood

Well, this blogger’s head hurt because she couldn’t get online one day (glitchy wireless), so she wandered to the sunlit patio, sat on a pallet sofa with no cushion (got moldy over winter – forgot to bring it inside. oops!) and decided this was no way to spend summer. So she pulled a few ideas together to maybe make the patio truly her.

I’m so grateful to have this amazing home and all that it does for us. I’m thankful EVERY day for it. It takes good care of us. It really is the perfect size, has an amazing backyard, and it would be the perfect place to retire in. I really never HAVE to move again.

But it still needs funky junking up in a big way. I need to morph it out of the land of typical suburbia and make every square inch feel like me before I can truly claim to want to be here forever. And I have a long way to go.

Some days I want to forgetaboutit and look at cottages with a little barn, a slightly bigger piece of yard with a little creek out back in the country. Then other times I think I’m here because I’m suppose to be here.

Can I morph typical doors into must haves everyone will want to try? Make the window trim look heritage? Add charm to the walls with some additional woodwork in an effort to remove a sea of drywall? Myself?! Without a whole lotta cost involved?

What’s before me is really a DIYer’s dream. A perfectly sound home where toilets are not about to come crashing through the floor. Everything is safe and sound. All that’s left is to figure out how to continue to make it me.

It’s a process. Do you spend your money and efforts where you are, in an effort to be in love with it, or do you give up the fight and save up your funds for the next place, which has you continuing to not love where you currently are?

I don’t really have the answer to that. But one thing I do know for sure is, if I continue tinkering on smaller projects, I may be able to learn enough to handle bigger things. But I won’t EVER learn the bigger things if I don’t tinker on the smaller things. And if I ever move again, I will need to know the bigger things unless I cheat and hire out help for every. little. thing. $ouch$

Of course! I’m still in learning mode. I need to learn more before ever contemplating on moving! Got it. Why not learn on a house that is patient and kind to me? That doesn’t have it’s hand out, screaming “Tackle this floor or you shall never flush a toilet again!”

No heckling. No taunting. Just silence. Waiting for my DIY mojo to return.

Patio project inspiration - burlap and pallet wood

So, I hereby vow to start one indoor project AND one outdoor project! (indoor yet to be determined)

The outdoor project: my patio.

Pallet chair to the right is now complete HERE

Pallet sofa on the left is HERE

Full patio reveal is HERE (updated July 15 2013)

I need to create a new low cost cushion from scratch, and build another seating area.

A coffee table is needed.

Flowering flowers, where are you? More more to come!

Cool lighting… yes! I love to read out there on a warm summer evening. I need lights.

That floor… it’s so vinyl. Whatever can I do to make it cooler? I need to dream something up.

Railings… you are safe and sound but maybe a little too much. Where’s your edge?

Roof – I have ideas for you too but that involves a real builder and DIY materials. And money.

Who knows… if I tinker just enough, maybe I won’t desire to pine for something else. Hmm…

Do you love where you live?

What would it take?

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  1. Donna, just made new cushions for my 15 year old patio set and used the outdoor window panels from Lowes. Around $12 a yard and it is water and weather proof.
    Not quite sunbrella, but should last a few moons. My 22 year old son told me they look better than store bought!:)

  2. I LOVE where I live but I get so frustrated that I don’t have the money to do the improvements I want to do. In my mind I see everything it could be…but then I don’t have the resources to create it. But there are so many things I can do that don’t cost any money at all…just time. Which means I should get off the computer and do them!

  3. love> love> love your ideas! When I tell my husband about them he thinks I’m crazy! My reply to him is ALWAYS THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! Keep junking!!!!

  4. We bought our home based on all the practicals like floorplan and amount of rooms for the money. My husband works from home so we needed a room to accomodate him. I’m not crazy about the bones of the house. It has challenging low ceilings and concrete floors, but I’m trying to do the best with what I have. It hadn’t been touched for forty years so EVERYTHING I do will add value. It’s not my dream home but it’s come a long way.
    Don’t stress about your mojo. Everyone goes through this. You are hugely inspiring to me and a great many others.

  5. DIY mojo…mine has come up missing too! Somewhere between Pinterest, extended winter weather and our second wettest April in history mine took a wrong turn at Albuquerque I think.

  6. Is is bad of me to like listening to you have the same questions I have. I like my home BUT I wish it was more open. Not going to happen now, been here 21 years. You inspire me to do what I can like work in the yard, paint, change things up. Change is good. Thanks for being real….

  7. Wow, again, you hit home w/ me! Can’t wait to see your projects. I have NO Mojo left for the house we are in (we have been planning a demo and a new modest home to follow in its place for so many years I can’t count). I just try to work on areas I do have control over, i.e., flower and herb gardens. Thanks for always inspiring.. and you are right – must keep honing those skills! I will try! Here’s to renewed MoJo!

  8. Dear Donna ~ I have been learning to love where I live for many years now, but more especially now that my husband has passed away. This is our little haven. There are projects left undone that we were working on together, and I will do my best to complete, and dear BIL has volunteered to help too.

    We can waste too much time in our lives wishing and wanting instead of being content where we are and with what we have.

    We’ve ben DIYer’s and junkers for over 43 years. I’m not going to quit now.

    As humans and creative ones at that, we do lose our mojo occasionally, that’s when we need to relax and not try so hard to do all and be all, just be.

    You have a wonderful home and the story behind it is priceless. You have wonderful views, a great neighborhood, you have made a house a home and continue to do so. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are a dear woman with oooodles of talent and you are an inspiration and blessing to many.

    I look forward to seeing what you do with your porch. It will look wonderful I know.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  9. Donna,
    I was truly moved by your post yesterday. Praise the Lord!
    As for losing your DIY mojo, sometimes we all need to take a break. When I need to think about creating something and come up blank, I go to the swing in my front yard and just swing. Looking up into the trees, listening to the birds and the sounds of the outdoors environment helps to free my thoughts.
    I come up with all sorts of ideas and the only problem left is I don’t want to get out of the swing! My husband made it for me as a Christmas gift a couple years ago and I love it always!
    And you can always walk backward to get those creative juices flowing again.
    Embrace each day and I know you will get your mojo back.

  10. I just made all new cushions for my deck furniture. I dug through my stash and used what I had. A drop cloth for the seats and gingham for the swing. I love it and can live with it for another season. Great post:) I always enjoy your writings.

  11. I love where I live – it’s a “project”. When we were house hunting 2 years ago, I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be happy in a house that was “done”. I need to have projects in a home to make it feel more like my own. It’s a never ending, expensive list that included a new roof, new counter tops (to be done) and some new flooring (still on the list). But little by little, it’s becoming “mine”/”ours”. I’m learning along the way too – which is hard sometimes at 57, but loving every minute of it. You’re creativity and knowledge has inspired me so many times – ie: my pallet composter – would never have thought to use pallets that way without your inspiration. Cant’ wait to see what you do with the patio.

  12. I love your blog, and all your wonderful ideas. I’m sorry that you have lost two pets in such a short time. That is really hard. But hang in there. And your mojo will return. Enjoy the down time until then. Thanks for sharing. You are precious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’ve been in a bit of a “project slump” myself…and my husband and I were just having the “stay or go” talk too. Hmmm…now you’ve got me thinking…like usual ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what you are up to there…and I WILL hop out my lull here too!! Here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Donna, Sometimes creativity comes with motivation, at least mine does. Start with something small, maybe making a card for someone you love to say Thanks. Sometimes I need to make something that I know I am not going to blog about, and it comes from the heart. It will return, don’t force it!

  15. We all seem to have our moments of down time don’t we? I know I seem to be in a slump when it comes to blogging…on the verge of a major life change decision, one that I feel is needed, yet difficult to give up something that I poured my heart and soul into. Hrmph.

    As far as making your house your own, I say GO FOR IT! I’ve done that here in our home, and I love every little corner of it. Well, ok, admittedly there are a few corners that could use some boosting. I have posted a few pictures of vignettes here and there, but am working on a series of posts showing our home (most corners that is). ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have fun with your projects – you can do it!!!

    And sit back with a cup of coffee and your favorite treat at least once a day and take a moment for yourself. Maybe read a favorite blog or two. That’s what I’m doing now…thanks for being my relaxing entertainment! Have a great day!

  16. Hi Donna,
    Oh yes, I lose my mojo often, I design patterns for rug hooking/wool applique and sometimes I just can’t come up with anything new and it is frustrating. But as for do I love where I live…oh yes! I love our home in MN because I designed it, we were the contractors and we hired a great carpenter…but it’s in MN land of too cold and too many mosquitoes so we want to retire elsewhere (wish I could take our home with us). We just bought a house in AZ 4 months ago and I am here redoing the entire house while the husband is back in MN working, this will be my project for 3-4 more winters, I’m attempting to do this on a flea market budget. I may not love this home right now but I love it’s location and it’s possibilities. Our third ‘home’ is (or will be) in northern Wyoming. So far I have designed the ‘bunkhouse’ which will eventually become my studio and hired the best carpenter to build it (I love how it turned out) I will be out there this summer finishing the inside. In a few more years, after we sell MN, we will build a real home in WY while staying in the bunkhouse. I can see that entire house in my head, I know what it will look like inside and out and I will love it. Can I seriously keep up with all of this….that remains to be seen!
    Now I’m off to read more of your blog….

    • Donna, I’m a reader…not usually a comment writer..sorry!! Congratulations on your baptism..it brought tears of joy to my eyes. 6 months ago I couldn’t even tell you what a blog was, or how to find one for that matter. Your blog was one of my first and favorites!! I even share it with my husband sometimes. My problem is somewhat different, but still learning to love where I live. We are an Army family and move every few years..my list of homes is long…we were blessed to be able to buy our own home 5 years ago, but as always duty called and we had to leave it. We still own it and dream of returning to it after retirement. So…my love of home in my heart is hundreds of miles away and I have to live in other homes and learn to love them. Maybe..just maybe God plants our feet right where we need to be. I always, always plant something to leave behind for others. You are truly blessed with a talent, just take a deep breath, be still….and it will happen, your mojo will return. Wishing you lots of sunshine and flowers.
      At His feet,
      Shannon

  17. I Love your blog!!! I am in the same kind of funk lately, today id my Daddy’s birthday and he is celebrating in heaven. But I miss him so much, he way the master of DIY! Anything I wanted to do he could tell me how. Now I just sit and think up thing I want to do and end up crying because I can’t get the help to do the things I dream up.

    I am so excited about your Baptism, it is the greatest decision one can make and you should be proud! Thanks for sharing it, you may never know who else you will inspire.

    Keep dreaming and sharing, I love it!

    • Happy Birthday, Carol’s Dad! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry you are hurting… I totally get it. I’ve lost both parents so I know the feelings well.

      As for a mentor, I vote to find a friend that knows their stuff. What a nice way to connect with them on occasion! I’ve long had to bypass going to a default family member for help. It’s become about relationships outside my own family. That was tricky for me but I have some of the coolest friends these days because of it!

  18. 1) It’s always good when we can relate to the writer!
    2) I feel your pain about investing in your current home or not. We have a 1390 sq ft home in an okayish neighborhood. I can’t see it doing well in the coming years as city neighborhood progress but we can’t move now so we just try to keep the cost factors way down when working on a project.
    3) So very sorry about your kitty cat. It’s so very difficult to say goodbye to such a beloved part of the family.
    Blessings

  19. Great blog today. We are having a home built and I plan to take that blank canvas and make it our own. We are coming off the road from RVing fulltime for the last two years. That means we’ve got to find furniture to put in the new house since we gave almost all of our stuff away. I had already planned to visit antique shops, garage sales, Habitat for Humanity, etc. and do a lot of DIY. So, I’ll join you in creating a home that has our signature. I’m looking forward to your ideas. Great job! Kudos to you.

  20. I think some people move because they like the “doing” part more than the “done” part. It is the project that satisfies and once everything is done in a house, it’s time to move to a house that needs some “doing”. If that makes any sense. I love how you touch upon our constant struggle with contentment. I hear you on that. Holly

    • I so agree! I had previously moved into a brand new home, and redecorated it twice before we moved. I couldn’t bear to do it a 3rd time. ๐Ÿ™‚ The enticement of new for a creative type is thrilling! But it can also be VERY expensive…

      Most recently at a church service I was in, the Pastor hit on change. His words… “Some strive to move. Some switch partners in a relationship. Some just desire some kind of change. But ultimately, He is enough.”

      That hit home for me and told me to smarten up and keep hacking away at the gift I already have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. After high school(over 35 years ago) I said that I would NEVER move back to my hometown! Well, not only did I move back (after my father’s passing), but I am renting the same house floor plan that I grew up in. It’s been difficult moving from a 2500 sq. foot home with only 1,150. Getting all my junk to fit is another story. Then there is the problem with being a renter and unable to make physical changes to the house. I’m always looking for non-permanent; vintage style changes to make; with my walls bursting at the seems…….

    • Oh my goodness… me too! I now live 10 min from where I grew up all my life! Never did I dream I’d be in this neck of the woods again!

      Ahhh, yes, renting can be tricky. You don’t want to spend a boatload of money on something that isn’t yours. What I’ve done in the past is propose to my landlord the changes that would enhance their place in exchange for a reduction in rent. It’s worth a shot!

      I too wish to make some vintage changes here and there. Thanks for the kick in the right direction!

  22. The BEST advice I EVER heard……”Stop ‘shoulding’ on yourself”!! EYE OPENER!!

    Take it a day at a time. We heard it so often it sounds cliche but is truly such sound advice! Stay in the moment. Just attend to the task at hand otherwise you drain all the energy out of what you are trying to do.

    With the kids? Be 100% with the kids. Blogging? Give 100% to blogging. Creating? Give 100% to creating. Stop pulling from 12 different areas of your brain at a time! THAT’S how it gets tired and unimaginative!

    Continue to be grateful and ENJOY your moments!

  23. Hello Donna, Yes, we love where we live and it does take alot of determination and focusing on one step at a time, we can never work on one project at a time. We often work seperately on our own projects and if one of us needs an extra hand then we help each other out. Looking at all the jobs to be done list is too overwhelming.In the end it all will be worth it!
    When people ask when do I think we will be done, I tell them when pigs fly! ๐Ÿ˜€ We are very proud of our accomplishments and enjoy making our house a home of our dreams,it does’nt matter where you live, you will always be improving and creating, thats who you are! You can do it!

  24. From each home I’ve lived in (6 in the last 15 years) I have learned what I loved and what I hated in a home. I’m squirreling away all these tidbits to design into my dream home, even though I may never get to build. For now, we’re in a rental (sigh) and the the challenge is to DIY things that I can take with me, and not get too frustrated by the things I cannot change. Even in this rental, there are things I love (fireplace in the bedroom, deck up on the hill with a mountain view) and things that annoy me to no end (yucky carpet, no storage, dated bathrooms). Your home is unique, and it is part of your testimony. It is like the monuments God told the Israelites to build to remind themselves of what God had done for them. Your house (and story) inspire the rest of us!

  25. Absolutely make lists! I see you’re off to a good start. I have lists for at work, personal, one labeled ‘3 Days’ which means if I have 3 days in a row (usually have3 to settle for 2) and one Garden stuff. Plus many others.
    I find just the action of making the list puts the project in the brain pan and it’s getting worked on there while I do other things. All of a sudden I’m doing it and I know just what I need.
    Also, there’s lots to be said for making some green; if those ‘big’ projects turn out to be so big you need help, it’s nice to know you can afford it. Along the way it’s easy to get so caught up in the making that you forget who you really are; that’s a trap.
    Being grateful every day is so huge I think. That just builds and it makes you happy.
    Sorry about Teddy. I loved your photos of that sweet kitty. I have one too, my little pal always there. They are so precious and with us too short a time.
    Hugs!

  26. Donna, I believe that things happen for a reason and when it’s a bad situation it’s because life is trying to teach us something….I believe we land where we land for a reason, God may have a plan….life has a plan, we all have a purpose:) You my junky friend are where you’re supposed to be…there and online….we just gotta prioritize which isn’t easy right? I have 2 wishes, 1 is to be as much of a funky junker as you are (not easy with physical challenges) and 2nd is, I wanna be a cute little bird in a tree in your yard so I can watch the projects you create outside, yet still be able to peek inside to see the indoor projects you make….then fly to my house, morph back into my girly self (being filled with mojo) and create something Ms Donna has done! ๐Ÿ™‚ You made me smile and think today, thank you! hugs, Jules:)

  27. Donna, totally right where you are! I come home from the full time job and one year out from retirement am wondering how in the world do I speed this up. I want to do things that are fun and work on the house. No work! I really like my house…there are many great things about it but I need a smaller ONE story home to spend retirement in not this big hunking thing. But real estate market being what it is….well, …probably not going to happen anytime real soon. Plus I would have to clean my JUNK up! Ugh. At least you did a bit on the porch. Paint the vinyl something cool.

  28. I can really relate to the house problem. My Hubby and I live in a beautiful home that we share with my elderly parents, whom we care for.
    Though most of the decorating is up to me, my mother is strongly opinionated and sometimes a disagreement o cures. I appreciate that she needs to feel comfortable here also, but her style just isn’t mine. Most of the time I just feel discouraged. Our home is beautiful but not really as I would like it. I should not complain… at least we didn’t live along the Jersey Shore.

  29. Hi Donna! My latest project is an update to the kitchen. I’m going back to one of the first posts I read of yours, your kitchen remodel. I could blog(if I wasn’t so afraid) about how “This all started with a new garbage disposal”! I love to read your blog and recently you’ve shared some very personal happenings. Congratulations on your Baptism! I love how the Holy Spirit moved you to just get up from your seat an get it done! The loss of your little Teddy. That picture of her on the back of your chair will be something I always remember. Thank you for this days post, I need to be content with all the Lord has given me!

    Your friend,

    June

  30. I absolutely LOVE where I live. I am a city girl, born and raised. My husband has always wanted to live in the country. Our dream together has always been to renovate an old farmhouse to live in. We love antiques and history. Early in the spring of 2006, my in-laws were over for a visit and mentioned that a cousin of my mother-in-law was selling the old homeplace (my mother-in-laws grandparents owned) to a commercial developer. They were going to tear the old house down. My husband and I looked at each other, and said ” we would like to look at it; check it out before Richard sells it”. Well, that was the beginning of a journey. We went over and looked at it. It had great bones, but was in a nightmare shape. It hadn’t been lived in for 2.5 years, and wasn’t taken care of for several years before that. We decided to go for it. My mother-in-law had actually grown up in Piedmont (small community) and now owned 80 of the acres. They deeded us 5 acres (we’ll eventually inherit the remainder of 40 acres) to put the house. We found a house mover (which was extremely difficult, since the house is 2-story). We actually did all the demo on the property where it had sat for over 100 years. Our son’s (who passed away on July 4, 2005) best friends (my boys) came and helped up tear everything out to the studs– plaster, lath, a LOT of dirt and trash, and get it ready to move. We finally got the house moved in November, 2007 and started renovation. We used all the original doors and trim. We only had to reproduce a few headers above the windows (due to rot). All of the original wood floors were in place (we only had to patch one place + the 2 holes where we took out gas heaters). We found glass doors, which now go into the front room (our library). The 2 rooms that are now our kitchen and dining room were the original claim shanty from the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. My husband’s great-grandparents bought it in early 1890, moved it up their property to get it away from the creek (Grandma was afraid it would flood!), and built a 2-story addition.
    I won’t go on about it all, it would take PAGES!! But, long story short, I love living out here! It is so peaceful!!! We expanded the 2 side porches to a large wrap-around porch (another dream!) and love to sit out there (when the wind isn’t blowing 40 miles per hour, which it often does!). Our sunsets are beautiful.
    What would it take? A whole, whole lot. We lived in our house in the city for 31.5 years. We NEVER intended to move; we had completely redone our house and yard. It was beautifully landscaped (by my husband and I) and had redone all the wood floors in the house ourselves on our hands and knees. Our son was a very talented trim carpenter (built million dollar homes, which ours was not!) and he built custom cabinets in our kitchen when we re-did it. It took a dream for us to move. (By the way, when we were ready for trim work in the farmhouse, his crew came and built it.) So it took a dream for us to leave all that and move to the prairie.
    I will be SO. . . glad when I can get more color in my flower beds. I do get tired of just seeing pasture continually coming up!! Also, we (eventually) going to build a patio behind the house out of the rocks that were the original foundation of the house. That’s what we build the walk beside the house out of.
    Sorry for such a long post. We just LOVE to share our home with others.

    You’ll get your DIY mojo back. It will come, when you least expect it!

    Terry

  31. In September we moved out of the big, beautiful Victorian house in a quaint small town recently voted Coolest Small Town in America. We raised our children in that house. Our daughter was born in that house. We homeschooled our children for twenty years in that house. Scraped by on one very modest income in that house. And when we moved out, lots and lots of potential buyers walked through it and said it needed too much work. Yes, I know. We were busy making a life and we didn’t have the money to take the old beauty to her full potential. At least, not physically. But if those walls could talk, would they have stories to tell! Craft days with my kids and their cousins and their Fresh Air sister. Loved ones who have long since gone to their rewards walked and laughed and slept in that house. We had arguments and Christmases there. Sometimes on the same day! My daughter’s bridal shower. My son’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Hundreds of home group get-togethers, Bible studies, parties. Heartbreak galore. Glorious reconciliation. Humbling deliverance. God has been so good to us. Yes, the old house needs a lot of work, and it is hard to hear someone say “It has so much potential” of the home you have loved for a qurter century. But we made a good life there. And I still think it’s the prettiest house in town.

    My husband and I, now in out fifties, bought a smaller home a few miles away with three acres, a big, creek-fed pond, woods, and a downstairs half-bath, praise God! (All five of us shared one upstairs bath. People have done this for decades and lived to tell the tale.) This place needs work, and she is looking FAR better than she did when we bought her, but we are busy making a homestead here. Tearing out the popcorn ceiling and repainting the hideous tile in the upstairs bath are going to have to wait. We have fruit trees to plant, washlines to install, and chickens to feed.

    You dear young ladies, it is okay to just breathe and let your house sit, just the way it is, for a bit. Just enjoy your life and the people you love. You’ll get your groove back.

  32. I am learning to love where I live. I would love an upstairs and/or another bedroom. Preferably an upstairs that I could put extra guests after all I have 6 grown children and 7 grandchildren. When they all come to visit it is so crowded in my small three bedroom house. But we did put in a lawn a couple of years ago and I am busy planting and tearing out what we don’t love. I also am putting in baseboards all around the house (can you believe the builder didn’t put in baseboards?) Gradually changing the house to have what is me, and hopefully one day we can afford to build up. Now to redo the deck or tear it out, that is the question.

  33. I am not sure if I love where I live, but I would love to live where YOU do. You did amazing things to make this house a home for you and your boy. Your DIY spirit is showing in every little detail. Every relation ( even one with the house) need time. Wouldn’t you miss it if you were to move? Hope it make sense, and you get what I mean:) In regards to your blog- I think I spend more then three days “no stop” when I first saw your blog, reading every single post you wrote, and to this day I am going back to your past posts reading them over and over again. How amazing you are? You doing things I have never seen before. You are true inspiration. I am sure your DIY Mojo will be back sooner than you think. Just take a deep breath, and a little break…
    xoxo

  34. can I say this.Do not be so hard on yourself,your expectations of yourself…whether as a mother(that is no!!1)I lost that for a long time because of career and know what I lost. Where yo live is beautiful and the way you show the natural beauty of the land,I envy….and the blog you have created is a delight…your to do list is fun and will be fun to see…but your writing to make us think of what we have is the best….

  35. Hi Donna,
    Firstly I would like to thank you for your lovely blog, and all the great projects and ideas. I have only a few blogs that I follow, but you are one of them.
    The mojo thing, I know how you feel, I started a hobby class making furniture and ended up staying for four years, my house is heaving with all the things I made. But then life got in the way and I hadn’t done anything for a few years and it has been really hard and slow to get back into it. My confidence had a taken a dive, so I have been just pottering away slowly and making a few small, simple things. Also I had been used to using huge industrial machinery and had nothing at home, so that has been so much fun buying new power tools and equipment, dare I say it, better than shoes and handbags !
    My head is about two years ahead of me with all these things I want to do, but I just keep saying to myself to finish one thing at a time, since it is autumn here in New Zealand I try and have nice days in my garage working on projects and then yucky days are inside planning and doing work plans for the next project.
    There never seems time for housework, so not such a bad thing at all !
    Regards
    Michelle

  36. As one who’s lost her mojo to another, if either of us finds it, let’s agree to share the secret, K? Would a part time VA be really expensive? I have no idea, certainly no need for one for my tiny blog. Do you sew? There are some awesome indoor outdoor fabrics out there and with sales and coupons, they’re actually affordable. I’ve gotten deals on ebay. Just some thoughts. Rebecca of “you’re talking too much” stenciled a rug on her cement patio. Beautiful. As for my house, list is toooo long lol.
    Janet

  37. I understand. A while back I experienced a series of events that tested me, and I lost all types of mojo. My ultimate faith in myself said “Just give it as much time as you need.” I had no idea that it would be FOUR YEARS, BUT… I now have mojo back. I don’t mean to scare you with the 4 years part, that was kinda extreme, not typical.
    Oh, and I love my little house. It has a great spirit. Physical things can be changed, but a house with a good spirit is a real gift.

  38. I can so relate with this post… you had me at the title!! for the last 5 months we have been back and forth to Oklahoma trying to move back… We moved away almost 10 years ago for a job in Seattle. Made it to TX 3 years ago, after my husband’s father had his 3rd stroke. So, not too far. But once you have it in your head you want to move you are ready!! God has closed as many doors as we thought he opened!! The funny part is my home has been in staging mode- boxed up and a blank slate… very hard to blog like that!! But we just found out that we aren’t moving the very day you wrote this post!! I skipped over it so sad just at the title… but today I am putting things back up and I do love where I live!! It’s just not as close to home as we’d like… so today I thought I am going to go read Donna’s post.. thank you!! I have lots of things I still want to do to this house and I am going to love every minute!! Hope you have a blessed day!! ~Lori

  39. Sometimes I can get a little depressed looking around where I live too (especially now that I am a ‘country’ girl transported to a city). There are so many projects that both need done ($!) and that I want done (DIY), but then I remind myself of how very far the place has come in 3 short yrs. When I moved into my boyfriend’s condo, with a tiny backyard, it was very much a ‘bachelor pad’…with minimal, mis-matching furniture, no pictures at all, and just plain yucky. While I still haven’t accomplished a fraction of the list yet (keeping in mind that I work 50+hrs/week and it is solely with my own effort and money, not his), it now looks like a home!
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    Thanks for providing us all with so many cool, creative (and low-cost!) ways to personalize our ‘pads’!! Keep up the fantastic work!

  40. well, you could look t this as a recuperative time?? one really cannot go at top seed 24/7 or we would flame out without much left

  41. I know this comment is a bit late, but I can’t help thinking of the old poster I saw one time that said “Bloom where you are planted”.