I drink coffee every morning. I don’t drink a lot at once, and I don’t make it that strong, so I rarely ever feel a noticeable energy boost from it anymore. Which is the only explanation I can come up with for why I thought it was a good idea to finish off the pot last night at 8 PM.
Yeah, I was up until 3. I tried all the meditation tricks and mind games I could think of (including lots of focusing on “whiteness”), but nada. I got up and read for awhile, I drank some milk, I went to the bathroom 3500 times. Still nada. In fact, I’m not sure how I finally did fall asleep, because my last memory was of lying there wide awake, sooo mad at myself and at that stupid cup of coffee…then, it was morning.
And it was even on a day I’d gone to yoga! I should have been totally calm and prepped for sleep.
Oh well—(very obvious) lesson learned.
Speaking of yoga, last night’s class was, once again, awesome. I did much better with the balance and plank work this time (although the instructor definitely looked right at me and smiled when she said, “Butts even lower!”), but the meditation stuff didn’t go nearly as well. (I mean, clearly.) Since I knew what was coming this time, it was a lot harder to focus.
But then, that’s the whole point—meditation is not meant to be easy. You’re not supposed to just check out, despite how it may look. The idea, per my instructor, is to “keep your mind active while your body rests.” The more you think about the ten things you’re going to do when you get home, the worse it goes for you.
In other news, I actually successfully completed a Pinterest project! If you know me, you should now be thinking, “I don’t even KNOW you.”
And you don’t. This is a new, craftier me. Nothing like that other chick.
So without further ado (sorry, that was already a LOT of ado…), my new sign:
I’d original become interested in this idea after seeing this wood sign tutorial on Pinterest, but then when my first project (happily—for you—unpictured) was a total bust, I decided to give this one a try instead.
The wood is an address plaque I got at Goodwill for $1.99. It’s this beautiful, amazing-smelling cedar that I felt kind of bad covering up.
Shot of the back
Both projects taught me a lot, and I’d like to keep practicing, because I had a surprisingly awesome time making this. I couldn’t wait for it to dry between steps so I could keep working on it.
Plus, the great thing about this shabby chic look that’s so popular right now is that it CELEBRATES FLAWS. Imperfection (aka my specialty) is the GOAL.
Of course, the trick is making it look imperfect without making it look like you were trying to make it look imperfect. Yeah, I don’t think I’ve completely mastered that yet.
Here’s another shot of the sign, pre-lettering and finishing:
I liked the look at this stage better than the final product, because the sheen of the lacquer finishing spray kind of took away from the shabby reclaimed wood look. Grr.
See what I mean? Maybe I’ll have to skip the lacquer next time, or find something less glossy-looking. Any ideas?
And here it is in its new home:
It’s not really that dark…windowless bathrooms just don’t have the best natural lighting.
Have you tackled any Pinterest projects lately?