And yes, I totally get what you're saying. I think you've put it into words so well.
For me, it's also about learning something and doing something that most people don't do anymore, things my grandmother did. I feel in some weird small way like I'm keeping some traditions alive by learning how to do them, like quilting, crocheting, even canning and preserves.
I would hope NO ONE would ever suggest this is a waste of time... compared to what? Another hour of sitcom tv, lol? Most people, when they see something I've made, say the opposite: wow, I wish I was as productive in my spare time! People who don't craft, sew, etc. seem to be enchanted by even small projects.
I think this all taps into something deeper too, some need for things that are real, authentic and meaningful. There is a special kind of feeling in knowing that you, or your child, or a loved one, is sleeping under a blanket that you made, especially if you made it with all handstitching :lol: I think for many crafters, we see this endless array of "sameness" at the stores and malls and we itch to make something real and new for our own little world.
Thanks all! I wasn't sure if I should even post it, as there wasn't any major overhaul in terms of paint, re-flooring, etc. ... just a couple new pieces and some rearranging and changing curtains, etc.
Someday we're going to sand and re-finish the hardwood flooring (which is currently painted like a tan/green colour...
The short version of this is that we moved into our first house at the end of May. It's a 1940s farmhouse/character house which is right up our alley style-wise.
Because of the era, it is not an open floor plan, the rooms are all separated by walls with single doors in them. Though we've debated opening up the wall between the living room and the dining room, for now it has to stay the way it is. Because of that, the dining room had never really gotten set up properly (I didn't have a hutch or cabinet for all my dining room goodies) and it had turned into the crap catch-all room. There were unpacked boxes, bags of toilet paper, stacks of towels. You couldn't even see the dining room.
So, I caved - $600 at Ikea for a big hutch and a hanging chandelier. Everything else was already in my house. I like to do projects on the cheap, but I really couldn't tackle this room without having somewhere to put the china, crystal etc. that my family and inlaws have been slowly handing down to me, lol...
So, here's a before (and actually, this is a tidy before picture) and two after pictures. Curtains on the window changed, everything tidied, table actually usable.
Behind that light brown curtain in the third picture is a closet which had no door on it (I actually reorganized it too, and turned into somethign that is actually useful!) We do have more chairs, they are just in use in the kitchen, so we have to get more chairs for the kitchen and move those ones back in to the dining room to go with the matching table.
I know you've got this all sorted out now, but I just wanted to say I one of my first projects was long shorts that were cut out similarly to this, and I was SO confused at first about why one set was wider than the other... I also wasn't thinking in "3-D" and my mom had to explain it to me. I found the instructions confusing when I had it switched around in my brain, but once I got it, the instructions made perfect sense.
So, just wanted to say: you are not alone in being confused at this, lol!
Yep, I think that might have been the problem ... too much, and probably too "large" of a grind. We made it through one bar before my husband finally confessed it was actually hurting him, and I chucked the rest out. In retrospect, I probably could have melted it down, and filtered some out maybe... hmm..
Oh well, lesson learned!! I loved the smell of it, so I'll try another round with way less grinds added to it!!
Thanks for the suggestions and answers!! Sorry for the post hijack...
Possibly a total newbie question, but ... since I see there's coffee grounds in there, I'm gonna ask while I have the opportunity, lol!
I took a beginner soap making class a few months back, and a couple weeks later did a few batches at home with a friend. We were just goofing around trying different combinations and it occurred to us to try a coffee .... but, we put in the fresh ground coffee. As it turned out, the whole batch was basically wasted because the coffee was so hard and scratchy.
So, I'm wondering... you used coffee grounds that had been used already to brew a pot, right? Did you have to dry them first, or put them straight in?? Thx!