Stuck in a Rut~

I have come to the realization that I have been blogging for almost 6 months. It has been a HUGE learning curve, learning how to link up, take decent photos (still trying to master that one), writing, editing, etc. I know that many of my fellow bloggers have discussed about all they have learned and have given me many pointers along the way. 


I have been away for a bit enjoying the surf and sand with my oldest soon-to-be 16 year old daughter. Coming back to reality and life, I feel stuck in a rut regarding where to take my blog and what projects to take on around the house. Spring is almost here, the birds are chirping, the tulips are almost in bloom and my time will be spent outside sprucing things up after a somewhat grey winter. 

What to do first? 

I guess that is why I like blogging about my adventures in decorating the house, it keeps me going knowing that I have my wonderful followers and readers who pop in once in a while to see what I am up too. I can't leave you disappointed!

Here is what I want to accomplish (if I don't procrastinate - because that is what I am REALLY good at)

To-Do List:

*Upholstered headboards for both girls' bedrooms

I really love this one from design*sponge - they have a great tutorial

*Make a desk for the oldest's bedroom (this is where I am procrastinating, I can't afford what I really want)
Love this one from west elm *sigh* no west elm in western Canada

*Re-paint my son's room (don't like the current colour) I am feeling inspired by one of my favourite blogs, Isabella & Max Rooms. Janell the uber-talented designer is re-designing her son Max's room.

*Sew some more throw pillows for the family room, living room and master bedroom (I have a collection of down pillow inserts from Ikea taking up room in my bedroom closet)
Image from Ikea

*Create a family memo/bulletin board/chalkboard station in the kitchen - not quite sure where I am going to go with that. I really like this from Martha Stewart

*Create an art gallery with all the artwork I have laying around the house

*Spruce the master bed with a new linens perhaps or a punch of colour - I am tired of the brown throw pillows, maybe making a pillow with this Chiang fabric? I am seeing this pop up everywhere.

Image from Sweet Nothings

*I need to finish my niece's baby quilt before she isn't a baby anymore;), I am making it with various Amy Butler fabrics such as this:

Now I just need to focus on one thing at a time and not get distracted. I can relate with Alissa from 33 Shades of Green where she explained that "she feels restless without at least one project on the go."


  1. Barbara, welcome back. All of these projects look amazing. I'm so glad you mentioned procrastinating, as I am definitely a professional. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your ideas and am very glad you decided to blog. I am currently stuck in a rut as well, as to where to go with my home. I just need to start and hope I'll like the end result.
    Take care,

  2. Looks like you have some great projects in mind! I've always got my mind scattered all over the place and I don't get things done- I like your idea of concentrating on one project at a time!

  3. I can relate! I like having many different projects. That way if I get bored, I can hop over to something else! Congrats on your six month anniversary! Lisa

  4. That 'restless' feeling is the worst! I felt like I was in a rut too. The first week home from vacation is hard, don't you think? I'm sure you'll be back at it soon enough and I can't wait to see your projects! Love your inspiration photos - the upholstered headboards are lovely.

  5. We're so much alike, Barb... lots of ideas and projects on the go! And we're alike with distractions and... yes, I admit it, procrastinating... that gets in the way!! I'll cheer you on! And I'll be back from time to time to see how you're doing - and to see your successes! Go Barb!! :-)
    Victoria @ DesignTies


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