There are multiple sets of photos on my computer taken over the years with the plan to post Before & Afters. I’m moving to a house in a week and there won’t be many Afters for these. As I like to say, some problems resolve themselves if you wait long enough.
Before pictures on the left, After pictures on the right.
The ponytail plant didn’t make it so I bought a spiky $1.50 plant on a whim. It thrived even through a summer so I bought another when it appeared on the left-for-dead clearance shelf. The bit of white showing through between the plants is a seashell from my childhood. I had a shell collection as a kid and it’s the last one I’ve kept.
On a less successful note, the sweet little ivy plant is not growing well in the planter and it hasn’t exactly died either. Yet?
This is the longest break I’ve taken from my blog. I lost my domain name in the meantime through failure to renew on time, so I have to wait a few months to see if the squatter company renews it for themselves or if I can take it back. Let this be a lesson.
So let’s get started. I have a smattering of pictures over spring and summer and then I started taking them again in September until “I take care of them soon”. Funny thing, this shirt is in the sink right now getting dyed black. I put it in the water and said to myself, “I probably have a Before picture somewhere, right?” And bam, there it is in the first picture I need to post tonight. Let that also be a lesson: take a step and the universe will support you, I guess? Expect to see this shirt in an After picture in several weeks.
What I Wore to Work Today: April 16, 2013
Shirt: Goodwill, $1Thursday
Pants: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
I had a drawer full of t-shirts that I didn’t wear and I’m trying to pare my possessions to items I either actually use or are deeply meaningful to me. I decided to refashion them into the size and fit of my every-weekend-plus-then-some Goodwill t-shirt. While I discovered after the first one that the Michigan State shirt is stretchier than the other materials and I couldn’t quite figure out how much extra to cut in order to approximate the same amount of movement, I like them quite a bit.
I celebrated my sewing triumph with a run while wearing one. As I mentioned a long time ago, I’m doing a half-marathon in January and in theory have been “in training” since last winter, which didn’t mean much beyond going for a run every few months. Suddenly January is just around the corner and I’m still barely squeezing past two miles. I registered today, paid my money, and marked the “plan to walk/run” box with an estimated finish time of 3:25. There’s a 4 hour cutoff, so if I can keep up an 18-minute-mile pace for 13.1 miles I’m totally gonna do this thing. Right now my tentative plan is to run 2, walk .25, repeat. I’ll find out how it goes when I add another mile to my route on Thursday (before the hours of Thanksgiving eating) and then another this weekend.
Am I wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pajama pants in the last pictures? Yes. My mom gave them to me several years ago because they were soft and even though I haven’t seen the show or the movie and I just turned 29 without any small children in my life, I enjoy wearing my SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas. They’re quite comfortable.
No before picture of the CrossFit shirt, I had already messed with it previously and just improved my work. I wore it to the gym today and one of the owners said, “Hey, cool, nice hacked version of our shirt! I like what you’ve done, you look badass!”
I turned a too-big-for-me pair of green Old Navy shorts from Goodwill into shorts that are about the right size and reasonable enough to wear although nothing special. The rise is a little high and the fit isn’t perfect; when I took them in public for a test run it was fine, they’re serviceable and I like the color.
I have decided to share the Before pictures I just took of my sewing room, with the theory being that I will post After pictures within a couple months. It’s gotten so bad that while working on the zigzag baby quilt, I’m really only using my sewing room when I’m sitting at the sewing machine itself. Everything else — cutting, pressing, arranging, pinning, etc. — I’ve been doing in the spare room next door. I have acknowledged the depths of the problem, I have motivation from within to change. The process begins today.
If anybody would like to share Before pictures of their own sewing room or other space clearly in need of some attention, I’ll link to you. Maybe it’s as small as a junk drawer or as large as a three-car garage, I know you have your own disaster area. Let’s organize them before the end of the year. We can call it the Great Space Clean-up of 2009. Who’s in?
Some things to note:
- The first picture shows part of my current zigzag baby quilt.
- There are over half a dozen unpacked boxes sitting around. We moved into the house 11 months ago.
- The dresser is still wrapped in the plastic the movers used to hold in all the drawers. Again, we moved into the house 11 months ago.
- Does the crumpled paper bag of gift wrapping supplies really need to be in my sewing room? And could the supplies maybe be kept together by something other than a crumpled paper grocery bag?
- The closet doors are open because there’s too much stuff in the way to close them.
- The bottom two pictures show quite a few clear plastic bins and drawers. In theory, these can be used to hold things other than slightly smaller clear plastic bins.
- The window had blinds at one point. They fell on me one day around Christmas when I pulled on the string to open them. They have been leaning against the window ever since.
- I regularly vacuum the patch of open floor space, especially before laying any fabric on it. The patch keeps getting smaller. I pretend not to notice.