Wednesday, December 30, 2009

change is in the air...

But then again...when isn't it around here?
I make it that way.
I am a change junkie.

My husband comes home from work and finds a new coffee table in front of the sofa about once a month. A few weeks ago we went to bed...he turned his lamp off...and about 30 seconds later says "I see I have a new nightstand." It doesn't even phase him anymore. Although he does think I should donate some of my extra time to being a case-study for a college Psychology class somewhere. He thinks I have some yet-unknown metal disorder that make a person constantly change their surroundings.

Thank goodness he so easy-going...because I need that constant change. That is one of the pit-falls of painting furniture for a living. Few things stay in the same place in my house for more than a couple weeks. But it feeds my craziness that I can do something different each and every day. Lets just say I am not a girl that can sit behind a desk in an office 8 hours a day. I have tried. Trust me on this one. Oh how I yearn to...I want to wear the cute clothes and killer shoes. It would be much better than the hoodies with paint all over them you would normally catch me in. I miss seeing people at work, the gossip, the day-to-day chat. It is just me, a radio and a paintbrush most days.

This year alone I have painted and sold over 500 pieces of furniture. Maybe doing this is what has made me a change-junkie. I am always needing to do something different...and better than the time before. Is this how extreme-sports get started? Mountain biking becomes boring after a while until you are doing it at high speeds next to a cliff? Will I soon be seen on a reality show for Extreme-Dining-Room-Set-Painting?

By now I am sure you are asking where the heck I am going with this long winded chat about let me just say there are new things going on in my life right now. Professionally, that is. Exciting things...things that are keeping me up at night. And once I do fall asleep I wake up thinking about them as soon as I open my eyes. I'm plotting and planning. I can't tell just yet, but I want to soooo badly. I am busting to let it all out. I work so hard, it is such a wonderful thing with life rewards you with opportunity you didn't even see coming.

I am definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl, but ironically, new things make me nervous.

 So, to escape all this stress of these big changes...I am making a pact to finish all the reno projects I have started during these winter months. To tie up loose ends, to vow to keep a piece of furniture in one spot for a long time. (Don't tell my husband just in case I relapse on this one.) I am going to finish my home rather than always work on other people's spaces. And I promise to take photos and post my projects as I go.

Whew, I was soooo good to let that all out. Sorry it was such a long one. That happens when I don't get much sleep.

Off to finish project #1. The hallway. How hard could that be?? Wish me luck. I am painting it the fourth color since I have lived here. Yikes!

(photo found here...)


  1. Good luck Mary, will check in to see what you're up to!

  2. Oh wow Mary...I am sure your items are beautiful...and what a great pact to make. Can't wait to see all of your lovely work! So exciting!

  3. I will here reading and watching as these amazing changes come your way...I love love love stories about how hard work pays off! I can't wait to see your home and all the beautiful changes you are making! Happy New Year Mary!

  4. i'm ready to see your home in person...still waiting for an invite to coffee...

  5. Wow you are going to be a busy girl. I have added you to my favourites so i can keep up! Can soo relate to a lot of what you've said, Mel xxx

  6. Your so cute...and sound a lot like me. I too am always re-arranging and painting. I've already painted my family room 3 times...and have only lived here 4's just such an inexpensive way to give new life to a room...or a piece of furniture.

  7. Wow, sounds like a busy time!

    You have such a cute blog here, looking forward to following.


  8. Tell Kasey I'll bring the doughnuts! You are living in my grandparents' house, after all! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2010!

    Have a blessed New Year!

    : )

    Julie M.

  9. Very exciting! All your hard work paying off! And what a great feeling to tie up loose ends. Happy New Year and all the best to come.