Remember when I wrote about that elementary school near my office that puts a “lifeskill of the week” on the marquis? This week’s is resourcefulness, which I love. If there were royalty of resourcefulness, my mother would be queen. I can’t tell you how many times she explained the difference between a “want” and a “need” to us, or said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In other words, use your creativity to fix your problem.
My most recent use of my mama’s advice was this weekend when I looked at those green curtains I once sewed and realized how poorly they fit the windows. The design — with Velcro tabs on the back so they could be raised — was good, but the sewing wasn’t. Enter one generous Home Depot gift card, six or so hours of drilling, sewing and then cleaning up after myself and voila!
A new place to show off one of my mom’s quilts. She made this for me when I left to study at NAU. The pillow cases came later from a sewing swap. Kate in Australia knew just what to make!
A little bit of muslin and another easy curtain was whipped up. This is perfect because I can now sew at this desk with perfect natural light.
I also managed to finally put together another wish — a potting table. I’ve seen these in so many magazines, but never had all the components handy to put a useful to work.
I spent the better part of the long weekend cleaning, organizing and hauling stuff to Goodwill. My home is now in order and the whole thing cost $11 — three new potted succulents.
Not only are these pretty, but they don’t need a lot of water and are kinda tricky to kill. Thank heavens because if you can believe it, I’m pretty sure our winter has already flown by.