The thing about being an adult human being is that sometimes being an adult human being sucks.
I mean, sure there are plenty of perks to being an adult. You make money, make your own decisions, decide what kind of life you want to live, follow ambitions, yadda yadda yadda. It's great. It's awesome being in control of your own life. Except the thing about being an adult human being is that you really still don't have control of your own life.
This ol' blog has gotten kind of neglected over the last two weeks because there's been some real life stuff going on. No life and death, end of the world stuff, but still things that have left me feeling deflated emotionally and creatively.
I'm back now, and here to share a suuuuper thrifty project that I started last Friday. Unfortunately, this was done at the peak of my creative deflation and it was a huge failure that I have spent this weekend trying to rectify. It was a good lesson. Sometimes the best thing to do really is just giving yourself a break.
When Mr. B and I first moved into our house, my mother and father-in-law bought us these great bookshelves from Ikea. After I put them together, I felt like they really looked better without the back boards nailed on, so I put them into the basement thinking they could be used for something eventually.
Fast forward to last weekend. I am stressed and I am at home, alone, taking a day off work. For most people, this is probably a great way to unwind. For me, it's a sure-fire way to find myself knee deep in some ridiculous project that will leave me more exhausted than when I started. By 10am that Friday I had already had the epiphany that the bookshelf backs were thick and sturdy enough to be used as makeshift canvases. Because I had been searching for a way to bring more color into my family room, I decided to make it one gigantic canvas. I used gorilla tape to keep the four pieces together while I painted.
I was working with a really glossy surface, so I rummaged through the basement some more and found the primer I used for the kitchen cabinets. Oh, this is getting so good. Three thin coats and drying time later, I had one gigantic canvas laid out before me!
The problem wasn't my make-shift canvas, as you might expect, but the painting itself. (I happened to be in a Michael's that weekend, and saw similar size canvas for $50 so I do believe I dun good) It turns out that during a time where you are both emotionally and creatively drained, it is not a good time to create something. Organize something? Sure. Clean something? Right on! DON'T paint something. Just, like, take a nap or whatever.
I'll give myself some credit though. I finished the thing. I just knew I could never hang that thing and not apologize and over explain myself when guests walked into the room. So I decided to completely repaint it.
I'm still working on it. A sunburst is not the easiest thing for something with hands as shaky as me to paint. (You don't drink as much coffee as I do and not have shaky hands) I'm a lot happier with it though, and I think it's going to be pretty cool when I'm done.
It's been a long while since I did any drawing, etc. In fact, when I was sifting through drawings on my laptop, I noticed that the last folder I have is from 2013. I do have a lot of interests, and one tends to capture most of my attention for a long period of time before I once again become fascinated with another. I'm currently working on a dress that is just not cooperating (i.e. is not turning out how I have envisioned), and therefore I've naturally just diverted my attention to other things. Creating art, I guess.
In the last few days I've had a serious creative streak and have put together quite a few prints and photo mats. I thought maybe I'd share a couple of them on here with you!
I've toyed around with the idea of opening an Etsy, BigCartel, or Instagram store in the past. I'm starting to again, after making all of these. Especially with all of the other ideas floating around in my head.