Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ticking minutes...


I am here to share a quick little chair update/makeover but I had every intention of blogging on a completely different topic for the past five days.  Life got in the way (in a good way) and I ended up with about a dozen topics and half-written posts inside my brain but no time to stop and put them together.  I sat down and laid out my calendar for the next two and a half weeks until school is finished and realized that I have "patches of time" here and there for the next few weeks, and it's gonna be wild.  I have said "yes" and accidentally over-committed myself all over the place.  I never mean to do that, but with these two very active kiddos and the knowledge that this time is so short, I don't want to miss out on anything.  If I can be there, I want to be there even if it means a jam-packed month.  I know that I'm meant to savor this moment in time because some day (all too soon) my house will be really quiet and I'll be wondering what to do with the rest of my life.  I am desperate to make these ticking minutes count. 

I was listening to a man talk about marriage and child rearing the other day.  He said that often the years between about the 10 year anniversaries and the 25 year anniversaries are your memory making years.  He was encouraging us in that "category" to say "yes," let yourself drop into bed exhausted at night, do, go, and be in those moments.  He said you will take more vacations, take more pictures, and make more memories with kiddos in these years than any others.  I absolutely loved that.  And I do want to savor these moments, no matter how fast they pass!! 
That said... it's also important to me to squeeze in a bit of time for sharpening creativity.  Sometimes that means doing a quick afternoon project just for me.  The mama.  :) The truth is, that I have been desperately in need of a desk chair.  When both of my hoodlums got desks last summer, we forgot about also getting them chairs and gave them each folding chairs.  Which somehow got broken.  Both of them.  I'm pretty sure they were used as non-chairs way too many times.  Regardless, after some household chair shuffling, I ended up with no chair.
 
I kept waiting because I knew exactly the style of chair I wanted for my office/studio space.  I kept looking and looking until one day all my waiting paid off and I found it!  I dragged it's ugly-ish (okay it wasn't so bad) self home and treated it to a chic little makeover.  Now I love it to pieces.
 
I used paint that I had on hand in a random color that I mixed from three half empty cans, and an old shower curtain that I got from Target several years ago when our house was always on the market.  (I'm pretty sure they still carry it.  Waste not, want not.)  I may never part with it.  (However, I may paint and recover it 482 more times throughout the years.  And I reserve the right to move it 658 other places in my home.)











I have no DIY.  I can only tell you that I primed it, painted it and then used a staple gun to attach the fabric, making it relatively smooth... and then I used hot glue to attach shower curtain fabric to the old piping, (which I had ripped off before putting on the new fabric) then hot glued that on, to cover all the staples.  It was complicated.  And I burned myself many times. (And yes, that's where my chalkboard went. I'm always moving things.) 



I thought you'd appreciate a "real life" photo too.  This table gets used for many things, baby.  (I mean.. now that I have my own chair to sit in again.) 

Now I'm off to piece out the upcoming week.  It's going to be busy but I think my perspective on savoring those fleeting moments with my kiddos is good.  It took the stress of a "crazy week" right off my plate and helped me look at it as a very "full week."  What stage of life are you in?  And do you have any encouragement for those doing life in a stage you've already passed through?  I love hearing your thoughts!




32 comments:

  1. Hi Sasha,
    You are not only Lemonade Makin Mama - but you are a Smart Mama to spend this time with your kiddos and manage your time so it doesn't manage you. I think most mamas have moments as their children are growing that they overcommit and need to reevaluate their time or perish.

    I thing the chair makeover is perfect and is a huge improvement from what i remember from an earlier picture at your sewing machine.

    Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired

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  2. You did an amazing job on the chair. Love it. Did you buy the chair at the store or was it a thrift find.

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    1. hey girl. i thrifted it from a consignment. soooo fun!

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  3. Beautiful job! You never cease to amaze me, God bless you & yours Sasha:-)

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  4. Your comment about the memory-making years are in between years 10 and 25 really rings true. My hubby and I just celebrated our 11th anniversary and our three children are 4,7 and 8. We are JUST finding that they, 9 times out of 10, can handle any situation we can throw at them. Because of that we are doing more things, seeing more things and living in the moment instead of planning diaper change and nap times. The baby-making years were very exciting and I'll cherish those times forever. But now we are REALLY enjoying these "maintenance" years. The family is made and done, but the adventures are just beginning.

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  5. LOVE the chair and your 'office' area. What kind of sewing machine do you have? I need a good portable one.

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    1. I've got my grandma's old Bernina. It's an amazing machine... apparently very spendy. :)

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  6. Gorgeous make over girl. Love your bag too. I used to have one like that. Wondering what I did with it.

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  7. I am loving that sassy fabric you used on the chair redo. It looks riht at home in your mini studio area. You have no idea how much that chalkboard and bucket with the yellow flowers make me smile. Glad to see it making an appearance on the blog again. :)

    Love when you share your heart. You hit it right on the nail about the time flying with the hoodlums.
    My daughter is in her second year of college and my son will start his freshman year in the fall. So, we are fast approaching the empty nest stage. All I have ever known was being a mom. The kids have been at my side for many years. It's going to feel weird not having either one of them at home.
    We homeschooled our kids and I would never trade that time in for anything. We also are a very tight knit family. We love family car trips, vacations and family fun night. Don't get me wrong, I know we need to let them fly. We have layed the foundation and now we need to let them fly...which also has been hard for me to do. When you are mom and have been in charge of what they do and where they go for so long, it's hard to change roles. It comes with time.
    Enjoy the hard times and the good times with your hoodlums. Use the one on one time for teachable moments and quality conversations. Love on them and enjoy all the baseball games and the dance recitals because you will blink and it will all be over way too soon.
    Hugs to you! Have a great week!

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  8. HOW DO YOU DOOOOOOO IIIIIIIT???!!!
    I don't mean to yell, but...you are pretty amazing. I'm wondering if I can use hot glue and staples to recover our sofa...
    ;)

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  9. LOVE . . .

    . . . your chair.

    . . . your cute purse.

    . . . your photos.

    . . . your style.

    . . . and YOU.


    Hugs!

    :) :) :)

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  10. Sasha, I just spent the weekend with my girl at her dance recital. Most of the time I was watching her - teary eyed and in awe of the beautiful young lady she is becoming. Yes, I too know that this time goes quickly. I am in the same stage of life as you and I wish I could stop time. We just have to stay present and have fun with our kiddos. Your home is amazing. I love everything about it. I wish you would come and help me decorate my home. I love to move stuff around too. The chair is fabulous - just like you. Be blessed, Susan

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  11. You're right to savor each moment. Too soon they'll be gone. I'm watching my boy grow up (and past me) right before my eyes. Aren't we blessed to be here to experience it-the good, the bad and the ugly. A good friend of mine lost her mom when she was only 9 and I can't imagine how hard that must have been. Enjoy, Momma!

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  12. Love this perspective - and this is where I'm at right now! In fact, our 15th anniversary is in 3 days. My boys are 10 & 8 and the time is going so fast! I want to right there in the middle of where they are - soaking up every minute! :-)

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  13. It turned out great, Sasha!
    I absolutely LOVE that fabric print.

    My shower curtain is on my summer project list...gotta get something in there that I love....this post reminded me that I have some navy and white ticking fabric that I used for panels YEARS ago in Seth's room. I think I might still have it...maybe IT could be my new shower curtain??

    You and I both know that I'll have to just get rid of that shower curtain that I have up now...OR maybe I could make it into really big pillows for Lydia's floor? She has all those colors in her room?? I'm having all sorts of ideas while commenting here this morning. :)

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    1. use that ticking!!! that would be fabulous!!

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  14. What I'm trying to remind myself of as we are here, there, and everywhere during baseball season, and end of school season is "this is just a season" and "in 15 years I'll miss this". I just try to enjoy the day and what it brings even with all its busyness. My mantra for months now has been "this is just a season".

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    1. I am saying the SAME thing... just a season. :)

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  15. Love your chair! It looks so cute in your little studio space. :) My oldest is only 7 and my youngest is a little bun-in-the-oven so I can't really relate to your busyness yet. I do find us making more and more memories as the kids get older and we are able to do more and play more games together! Have a happy busy week!

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  16. Your chair is perfect! Glad you waited. Now...as the Mom who just watched her oldest baby accept his high school diploma, I can tell you that savoring the moments....especially in the years now... is key to everything. You are bound to overextend yourself as the kids get involved in more things and that is okay, but continue to sit down and figure out how to find pockets of time to soak your kids up. It truly does pass quickly. Sniffle...sniffle.... :-) Looking back at the time with my son, I know I could have done better...but hindsight is 20/20...I have no major regrets and he is a great young man. You are doing a terrific job, Sasha!

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  17. Love your chair makeover!! I just love the grey and yellow color scheme. :) I am an empty nester before grandchildren so this is probably the quietest and least committed season of my life and I have to admit after all the years of running, doing, and going with my two children I am loving this season!! But all the time I spent with my children was so worth it! I will never regret it. So, over commit, go and do while their young but be sure to leave plenty of time and energy for your husband too!! ;)

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    1. that is really nice to hear... I keep thinking I'm going to wallow in the quiet... nice to think that it may be a blessed break. :)

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  18. This statement is the most profound thing I've come across while mothering my kiddos: WHEN RAISING CHILDREN, THE DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT. That could not be more true.

    I look back at the toddler days, when I was exhausted from mothering, thinking the days would never end, the pulling on my legs while I was fixing dinner was going to send me over the edge, I would never get a full night's sleep, etc; then, boom....my son is graduating from high school.
    I'm so thankful that I caught wind of this statement while still in the midst of the physical-need part of parenting. We're now in the midst of emotional-need parenting (we're physically exhausted when the children are young. We're mentally exhausted as they get older).

    My encouragement echoes the comments in your post.
    Be present.
    Pray for and with your children.
    Don't overextend yourself so much that you miss out on your own kids. (I learned say no to chaperoning field trips. I would follow the bus, pay my own admission fee to wherever they were going, and be free to spend my time with my child instead of being responsible for a group of 5 - 8 kids. I was open to having any other kids with us, but I didn't have the obligation of tending to them -- sounds a little selfish, but sometimes you have to be selfish when it comes to protecting your time with your kids).
    Be in tune to what they like and learn to like it, too. (you may not be a baseball fan, but if your son plays, learn to love it and enjoy conversations with him about it).
    Go with the flow/Be flexible. Dinners may not be able to be had around the table every night. Big deal; pack some fruit and sandwiches and spread out a blanket at the soccer field and make that your table for the night.
    Mee their friends and open your home to them. Our house was the place to hang out (still is). Have board games, movies, snacks, etc available at all times. I would rather have a house full of kids watching a movie then have them hanging out at the mall, etc. We are always prepared and available for our kids and their friends.
    Have fun and laugh with your children. Life is short, let's be happy while we're in it!
    Enjoy your children.
    My oldest is a sophmore in college and my youngest is a freshman in high school. I don't claim to have all the answers, but just offer some suggestions from experience.

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  19. Oh yes - savor every moment. I have been where you are with the crazy schedules of two very active kids. There were times that they both had ball games on the same night in different towns. My husband I very often would have to "divide and conquer"...he going one way and me the other. It is so important to be there for your kids. Our children are now grown - in fact our son leaves for Marine boot camp in a month - I cherish the memories of those crazy teenage years and wouldn't change a thing!

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  20. Amazing chair, Sasha. Everything you make is lovely. You have such a gift; don't forget it. It's so hard to keep time set aside to be creative. But I so think it is important. It all reflects Him, too, as our Creator. I'll be chugging right along with you. When I'm praying for strength cause I'm tired, I'll ask The Lord to give you some, too. Love ya!

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  21. Love the chair, of course. My oldest is finishing elementary school Friday. She will be in junior high school (6th grade where we are) next year, and it's KEEELING me! I am teary-eyed all.of.the.time. I told God this morning I just can't get over how fast time goes by. My only hope is that our children understand how much we love them, but more importantly how much God loves them and desires a relationship with them. <3

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  22. That's a very classy chair you've made yourself. It looks so cute with your desk and the lovely things on it. I like your yellow and grey notebook. I would definitely say make the most of these years, don't sit around, get out there and do stuff... because all too soon your once teeny children are all grown up and doing their own thing and life becomes a bit different. It's still happy. Just different and you find you have more time to spend hours reading other people's blogs, look at the zillions of photos you took and you actually keep on top of laundry and cleaning. But you know what, my lovely all-grown-up daughter Lauren told me recently that she was so glad I was home all the time and that we did lots of things and went lots of places. Now that makes you a very happy mummy when you hear something like that! Enjoy your week :)

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    1. i love hearing you say "mum" and "mummy." (We are going to England in two years for a 20th celebration and I just told Adrain and I wanted to meet you! LOL)

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  23. It's very chic! Your so talented I say there is nothing you can't do nothing! And I see that pencil holder very cute :}

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