Saturday Projects

A rainy Saturday is a good day to pursue projects. This includes crafting, home improvements, home maintenance, and even cooking up some nice treats or processing all those vegetables that seem to be coming in with abundance.

Of course doing all one’s projects in one Saturday is usually not possible. But, we strive to get done what we can. Currently, I am working on a new sewing project – making reusable market bags! They are coming out well and soon will be for sale in my Etsy shop. My hobby of sewing (mostly home dec and practical items like the bags, not clothes) resurfaced with the pandemic. I found that I enjoy sewing again and since there isn’t any pressure with what I make, my enjoyment is even better than before!

Reusable market bags, fully lined, and sturdy! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

I recently finished a set of three roman shades for our cabin. That was a project I did not really enjoy but got it done. I had to do quite a bit of tweaking to the pattern, so that caused some initial frustration. There is another bank of three windows I have to attack next with another set of shades in different fabric, but I expect those to go better now that I have the pattern figured out. I think I found the fabric I like, I just have to calculate what I need. (This is what math skills are for, right?!)

Roman shades at the cabin. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021.

My husband is currently cleaning out junk drawers in our laundry room and applying paste wax to our cabinets once he has cleaned the outside surfaces. It’s a job that needs to be done and what’s a better time than a rainy Saturday? He’s waiting for something to dry in the wood shop so why not use this wait time to do something useful?

He recently completed a custom black walnut king sized platform bed with six drawers and a mission style headboard and footboard. It has been finished for a while but the person who commissioned him to make it was waiting on sub-contractors to finish the trim work in their bedroom. The bed got delivered yesterday. He’s happy to have it out of his workshop.

Another project that has been underway this week was a driveway installation at our new property. It is a project in which we are only observers and commenters for the most part. It’s been exciting to see the woods opened up and access to the remnant prairie at the top become possible to reach without itching all over from the tall grasses, weeds, and wildflowers brushing our legs!

Lastly, I have a writing project with a deadline – August 15th. I need to get on that today. I have it well under control but do not want pressure at the end of next week. I hope to submit before the deadline. But, that will take some dedicated work time in my office.

It’s still drizzling out. But the sky seems to be clearing. Saturday projects will be complete, just in time for the sun to come out! Then, there’s always work in the yard! Happy weekend, folks!

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