Many moons ago, we saw a movie that inspired me. In the story, a young girl’s parents were authors. On deadline, they rarely spent time with her. Until they finished. When she came home from school that day, the whole family painted a room in their house. Though I’ve always made a point to work my writing time around my son, I thought, Yes, that’s exactly how I feel when I meet a deadline. I want to do something creative that has nothing to do with words. Something I don’t have to think about that’s just fun.
Between books, I’ve painted almost every room in our house. Some twice. Right now, my bathroom needs repainted. It’s a jarringly bright seafoam shade. It went greener and brighter than I expected. In the meantime, I painted our bedroom a pale aqua color that I love. Someday, between books, I plan on repainting the bathroom to match the bedroom. Our son’s room needs repainted too. He went through this gray faze where he wanted everything gray. I soon learned that gray isn’t just gray and it’s really hard to match. Since I have matching issues, his room drives me nuts. I bought the paint months ago, somewhere between gray and taupe and much more neutral. Another between books project awaits me.
I love to sew home decor. Right now, I have fabric for a comforter for our master bedroom and for kitchen curtain toppers. I need to cut down an old comforter I made for our guestroom twenty years ago. The guestroom is now our sons room. But we recently put a day bed in our sun room, so I plan to cut the old comforter down to fit. I still love the fabric and it’s in great condition, so why not. The day bed will also need a bed ruffle and shams.
Repurposing furniture is another hobby. I recently had my husband take the no longer working heater out of an electric heater. He painted it white for me and put a shelf in where the heater used to be. I plan on inserting fabric on the doors that hold DVD’s. You guessed it, between books. Another project was an old china cabinet. We painted it white, took the glass out and replaced it with chicken wire. I badly wanted to keep it. But we sold it on Facebook because our house is crowded enough as it is.
Crafting is another thing I love. I make memory boards for friends and family. It’s fun to figure out what they like or what colors match their kitchens, and put facets of their personalities into a themed creation just for them. I try to never make two alike. Although they don’t take long to make, I usually save them for between books. The fishing lure board is one I made for a giveaway on my blog since the couple was fishing on the front of my book. Guess who doesn’t have one. Me. I have the fabric. Maybe between books.
And my very favorite thing, jigsaw puzzles. At least a thousand pieces, preferably two-thousand. I don’t allow myself to do puzzles very often. Because I get obsessed. I don’t want to do anything else but work on my puzzle. I don’t want to do trivial things like feed my family or sleep, I just want to do my puzzle. My parents bought me an awesome puzzle board several years ago. It has a rim all around the board, so the pieces don’t fall off and four drawers that pull out for extra pieces. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one. Maybe this time when I’m between books, I’ll do a puzzle. I have a large wicker coffee table in my sunroom. I’ve thought about setting out a puzzle and when my neck or eyes get tired from looking at the computer, I could spend a few minutes puzzling. There’s a coffee house near where I live that used to always have a puzzle going and I love the idea of it. But I’m afraid, it would cut into my productivity, so I better save it for between books.
That isn’t my wall getting painted, my fabric being sewed, my fireplace shelf all finished, or my puzzle getting put together. But I’m planning to do all of those things soon. As I complete each one, I’ll take a picture and do a blog on my finished projects.
What about you? What do you do between work, family, or house projects? Or even between reading books? All comments will go in a drawing for a copy of my two in one title with Jill Lynn, Counting on the Cowboy & Her Texas Cowboy. Deadline: Sept 8th.
And don’t forget about our Back to School Giveaway. Lots of books up for grabs to keep you from being between books: https://www.inspyromance.com/giveaways/2020-back-2-school/