I am a procrastinator. I know it. And I am not ashamed to admit it. No, it’s not my best quality and I certainly don’t recommend it if you can help it, but at this point in my life there is no denying it. I need a deadline. A concrete day and time that something needs to be done or else it will never get done. This is what caused me to pull so many all-nighters in high school and college, finishing up papers and projects.  This is why I have so many projects at home that I have started and never finished (or ideas in my head about things I would like to do that never even get started). This is why I started crocheting a blanket for my friend’s baby one week before her shower and only, finally, finished it a week after the baby was born. This is also why I will go a whole week (or longer) without writing a post for my blog or end up putting up my “Foto Friday” picture at 11:59pm on Friday! I have a problem…maybe there’s a Procrastinators Anonymous group I can join somewhere.


See?! I am CAPABLE of finishing a project!


My problem came into focus for me recently because of my move. While packing and unpacking boxes and trying to make room for all my stuff in my new apartment, I re-found all kinds of projects that I had set aside at one point with every intention of finishing them one day. So, I have become re-inspired and I have a plan to help me get some of these projects done! I have made a list of things that I NEED to get done before the end of this summer. Knowing myself full well, I am setting a date for the end of summer to mean September 1, 2012 @ 11:59pm. I am also sharing my list with you, my devoted readers, so that I will have to answer to you in the end if I don’t get them done. So, here it goes…

Just a few of my summer projects

My Summer Projects:

1)      My Eddie & Jean Scrapbook – I started this scrapbook while Eddie and I were dating, hoping to chronicle our time of courtship. I think after almost 4 years of marriage it is time to finish!

2)      Get prints of our Wedding Photos – This kind of goes along with the first project. I think it is finally time to get some prints of our wedding photos and fill those wedding picture frames that have been lying empty in the closet all this time.

3)      Make Bedroom Curtains-To be fair, this is a new project for my new apartment, but if I don’t include it on this list I will end up with old sheets hanging on my windows until it’s time to move again! This includes little curtains for the kitchen hutch we turned into bedroom furniture.

4)      Chair Cushions-We bought a second-hand dining room table and chairs when we moved into our first apartment and I remember thinking back then that I should make some chair cushions to cover the scratches and ugly marks on the seats. Clearly this never happened, but now I am using the chairs, without the table, in various places throughout the new place. They need cushions!

5)      Guitar Pick Earrings-I know this sounds totally random, but I have had a box of guitar picks for many years now (I am afraid to do the math to find out exactly how long) and I have never put them to use. I hardly play the guitar and when I do I don’t use a pick. At one point I tried to give them away! I saw someone a while back with these really cute earrings made out of guitar picks and I thought, “I can totally do that!” And I will.

6)      Jar Candles for Outside-I’ve been saving glass jars for months now without a specific project in mind but with the thought that someday I would be really glad I saved all of them! I almost threw them all out with the move but something told me to hold onto them. Now, I’m glad I did because I saw a project online for making outdoor candles using glass jars! Plus, we have a mosquito problem in our new backyard and we plan on spending a lot of time grilling and chilling back there this summer. So, I plan to make them citronella candle jars!

7)      T-Shirt Quilt-Eddie has a GAZILLION t-shirts and some of those t-shirts he doesn’t even wear anymore; he just saves them for sentimental value! I have a few also, but the question has always been, “What do we do with all these t-shirts?!” Then I saw this project for a quilt made with old t-shirts and I got excited. Finally, a fun and useful way to hold onto all these memories. But in order to get rid of the garbage bag full of t-shirts under my bed, I have to START and COMPLETE this cool project.

Alright, there it is, in writing. I’m committing to getting these things done before this summer is over. Mom, I’m clearly counting on your help with some of these! So, what about all of you? What will you commit to getting done this summer?