Just Life

Sometimes Mondays.

look like progress! The top photo is my Play Room (fka “Craft Room” … I think Play sounds a lot more fun, don’t you?) and the pink markups show next steps: 1. hanging five coat racks on a very blank wall and then hanging skeins of yarn; 2. putting my stash of sweater quantities on the top two shelves of the bookcase. also, do you spy that blocked Dissent and three socks on the mats? yay!!!

The bottom two photos are my study. All that needs to be done in here (yes, I am back in here, sitting at the desk, looking out the window) is hang pictures. which likely won’t happen until next week. and maybe??! cut some holly branches to fill in the with the pinecones and to decorate the top of the hutch? I have another strand of twinkle lights. not sure, though, I have the courage to take the trimmers with me on my walk tomorrow morning. If I can summon it … here’s what awaitsThis is the biggest holly “bush” I’ve seen … and a lot of it hangs way over the fence. surely no one would mind?!

We still have a long way to go, and this little bit of progress is just the push I need right now. I hope you’re able to find a little push, too. Here’s to having the best week available!


  • Bonny

    Moving back into several rooms and blocking is good! I do love the rug in your study and your book cart, but I might need some before and after pictures to really see the difference a fresh coat of paint makes. (I’m sure it’s obvious to you and Marc!) Maybe people are nicer in the south, but I will say that I get grumpy when people trim my rose blossoms in the summer without asking. šŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    The very first thing I spotted in the first photo was the finished Dissent sweater blocking — can’t wait to see it modeled!

    I’m sure it must feel so good to put things back where they belong. I know that painting and other renovations are always worth it, but it’s such a pain to pack everything up and get it out of the way.

  • kym

    Looks good, Mary! Progress always feels so good. (As does a nicely organized and freshly neatened-up PLAY room and study.) And the first thing I noticed? The Dissent sweater! XO

  • Juliann

    Now the fun part – I love putting a room back together. How will you store your sweater quantities? In those bins or loose? I should send you a picture of our holly bush tha is probably 12 ft tall now

  • Vicki

    I spotted Dissent right away! And you’ve helped me figure out my problem… I NEED SEPARATE ROOMS!! Haha. My one little room is trying to be all.the.things! šŸ™‚

  • Carole

    Like all of the other good knitters commenting, yep, I spied Dissent immediately! I think moving back into your rooms should be fun and hopefully it won’t feel too much like work.

  • Vera

    Count me as another who noticed Dissent! Looking forward to a modeled picture!! And YAY for getting rooms and a house put back together – I’d love to see another picture of “your room” once you have the yarn hanging!! So happy to read previously that Sara is coming home!! Woo-Hoo!!!

  • Katie @ The Cozy Burrow

    What progress! It must feel exciting to put your home back together. I love that you have a craft room AND a study – that’s something to look forward to in my own life šŸ™‚

    You’ve inspired me to get a book cart. I didn’t realize that I needed one, but I think you’ve just solved a major furniture dilemma that I have. And $30 at Michaels is a lot better than hundreds of dollars from IKEA. Thank you!

  • Alexa

    You seem to be making great progress, and getting things together … Does it feel lovely and fresh? Great way to start a new year! You have such lovely places to sit :).