The blog is being posted a little later than usual today, due to a visit from our adoption social worker early on and then a bit of a mad buzz following her suggestions. I am about to get very busy, very quickly. A little outside viewing of the to do list does wonders for the prioritization skills! I shall be on a set of steps, with paint brush and paint roller in hand, turning my husband’s old bedroom into a suitable gender neutral baby’s room in the next few weeks. Oh… and I might just paint the dining room as well. Before the 15th December. Yes, you read that right. Two rooms. 3 weeks. Just as well #NaBloWriMo ends this week!!
So, according to the writing schedule, I am supposed to be writing about swimmers ear. I have to be honest. I am not very excited about this topic at all. In fact, I can hardly raise the enthusiasm to go and attempt to research Swimmers Ear. Therefore executive decision is that I shall write about something else instead.
One result of the revised priority of the to do list, is that I need to learn a new skill. I have never made a pair of curtains. This seems to be a skills which is necessary for me to learn living in this house. There are a lot of windows, and although there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the curtains as they are at the moment, they are about 30 years old. They could do with an update all around really. So, I am going to teach myself (and get some solid advice from people who have made them before) to make curtains.
How do you go about learning a new skill? Well, for me there are two major things. Attitude of mind, and research.
The attitude is really key. If you approach something new as scary, or difficult, then it is likely that you will find it so. But if you approach it as something fun, exciting, interesting and amazing, then that is what you will find. I prefer the latter to the former. I also add, in my inner commentary usually, though I do sometimes give myself a good talking to, “If someone else can do this, then so can I”. I officially set myself a challenge and then go and meet it.
Then there is research. I love the internet, and I adore Google. If you have time to waste, then can I suggest Pinterest is a great place to go and bum around? Goodness it has lots of ideas on practically everything you can think of and a few that you had never considered. I have lots of ideas of curtains to make, but I will confess there aren’t many how to guides. Here is where Youtube is AWESOME. Lots of videos which might help on there, and if that fails then there is always my library of crafting books. I bet there is something about window treatments in those books! In fact, I know there is. Somewhere.
So, in the next few weeks, I am going to be a very busy little bee indeed. Please forgive me if I don’t post here on time… but I will continue to try for three times in a week once #NaBloPoMo is over!