Do you ever start a project that you think will take a few days... and well, you know the rest. Looking back on these pictures, I don't know why I thought I could do this in a week. Ha, I live in such a delusional world. And this folks, is why my house is not decorated for Christmas yet!
Once I get into a project, it kind of takes over... it takes over my thoughts, my every spare minute, my waking up and my dreams... is anyone else like that?
Sometimes I just have to back away because it becomes such a focus. Please tell me, I am not the only one like this...
So, this is my attic... messy and full of stuff from
6 children, they don't want me to throw it away but they haven't taken it either. Mostly boxes of old toys and pictures and memorabilia and junk... not the good kind. A few years ago I got a dumpster and purged believe it or not and I still have this mess.
For years now, I have wanted to do something with the little space at the top of the stairs. It is all plastered because it is where one would have entered the turret that was removed from the house in the 1950's. The turret had windows all around it and another floor with an iron spiral staircase going up to it.
I met the guy who
remodeled stripped the house, he stopped by and gave me the press clippings. He told me the roof leaked and he scrapped the copper roof for 40 bucks... my husband had to hold me back, I was going for his throat.
After I closed the shop, my routine has been nil. At the shop I had alone time, I would have my prayer time and bible study in the morning, depending on the day. Now I have a beautiful 3 year old bobbing all around in the morning and I love it but I needed a place to just be alone... with God.
I have my studio, but that is a distraction... to say the least.
So, a little prayer nook was in order and what better place to be alone with God than at the far top of the house...
Suddenly, I got a clear vision of how the nook should look. So I got out the paint cans, white and cream for me, please...
I scraped, patched, nailed, sanded and insulated.
Then I got on ebay and found just the right... Bible.
This one was from 1857 and only half of it was there but enough to paper the ceiling of my prayer nook. I was going to be covered and wrapped in the Word.
The pages were of large
heavy paper and square on the edges so I could fit them together easily... and just the right coloring, a beautiful aged cream with brown. I used wall paper paste on the wall and then applied the pages. I was going to stagger them, it would have been faster. But they were to pretty and I wanted it to be readable.
To be continued...
Sorry, but I am putting the final touches on the room and then I will post. I wanted it dressed a little for Christmas with fresh greens...
I will post the final reveal at the beginning of the week.
Wishing you all a little solitude in your life this Christmas season.