2016 Year-End Wrap-Up
In 2015, I followed the lead of NanaCathy and had a structured list of goals, “15 in ’15.” I enjoyed that structure and got a lot done, but in 2016, I never made a specific list of goals. As the year went by, it certainly felt like I was accomplishing less.
I finished fewer quilts in 2016, but I put together a lot of blocks. I went on the same number of fiber field trips, and I watched the same amount of online quilt class videos.
There were two big differences — one was that I finally worked with chemical dyes instead of natural dyes, and the other was that I did not do any weaving at all!
There were good reasons I couldn’t get around to crafts much this year — we did a one-month project of replacing our deck, then we had a tree fall on the house, and then for two months, we had a fourth of our house torn up, as we totally redid the laundry area and bathroom.
As I have said before, my husband’s parents built this house themselves, and it was meant to be a weekend place with lots of visitors. So when we moved in full-time, we needed to make some changes. We had put off fixing up the bathroom and laundry area for seven years because 1) we knew it would be a big job, and 2) we just couldn’t decide on the best arrangement. The house was built second-story first, on big piers. The internal walls are not load-bearing, so they could be moved around, but plumbing and electric were in place and we didn’t really want to move them.
Here is the floor plan as it has been since we moved in. Initially there were two small bedrooms, a two-part bathroom, and a hallway. We used one bedroom as a closet and laundry area.
The red squares show the supporting piers, that cause each room to have little bump-outs in the corners. I did not draw the doors in the diagram, but you can see they would have contributed to a loss of usable space.
While we hemmed and hawed over possible plans, we made do with random “temporary” shelving units. For seven years.
My father-in-law really loved paneling. This wall had three different kinds!
Originally, I thought I would put pantry shelves all along that plain blue wall. But I love looking at it so much, that I have just re-used the old shelves, and tucked them in a little niche.
The best part of the whole re-do is that now I know exactly how much space is available to use. Since we live about 16 miles from a store, I usually go just once a month and get enough food to last a while. Also I keep natural dye materials in the freezer, and I put up pears and jellies, so I keep more things on hand than most people do. But we decided that if we can’t fit everything in the storage areas we have now, we will get rid of things until we can.
Now that I will be so organized, I should have lots more time for textile crafts in 2017!