I've been having a few late nights lately. Most of you who know me will know I'm a bit of a nana and need a good night's sleep. But when the new Your Home & Garden comes out each month I spend at least a week's worth of nights scouring the pages for ideas I can use in my "not so pretty but completely practical" rental house.
I must say alot of my ideas are still stuck in that idea stage due to a severe lack of funds. Some days I wish I had an unlimited supply of cash - don't we all? But then life would get pretty boring. I mean there would be no need to take Elijah op-shopping or to garage sales. I would never step foot in a $2 shop or an emporium - those places are like Disneyland for kids (and adults) with all their treasures!
My issue with these shops is that before I enter I know exactly what I need, but as I step foot into one of these treasure troves, well my mind wanders. I lose all sense of time and eventually leave the store with an armful of "necessities" but not actually what I went in for!
So how do I solve this huge (not really) dilema? I need to form a new habit - writing lists! Not just writing them but actually using them - working through and actioning off items as they are completed.
I recently cleaned out the art box and my sewing stash (which was all over the place) and I don't know why we ended up with multiple sets of crayons, coloured pencils and felt tips. And I had just bought Elijah all new Crayola felt tips, extendable crayons and classic crayons for his birthday! Needless to say I packaged it all up and listed it on Trade Me. It has now been sent off to someone in Christchurch.
Elijah is the most fantastic artist. I'm allowed to say that because I'm his Mum! Here is his artwork from his first two weeks at Oratia Kindergarten. My plan is to cover the wall with his art then once a month take a photo as a record. I will then use his artwork as wrapping paper or give it to whoever it was intended for.