I Bought a Book and a Mannequin

Hello friends!
I’m currently smack in the middle of my less-than-Pinterest-worthy couch watching the last 2 runs of women’s luge.
{i know nothing about luging but the olympics bring out the mediocre sports fan in me}
While watching a sport I know nothing about I am actively planning our big trip to Disney World next week, which I am giddy excited about.

Although I have nothing riviting to say {do i ever?} I did want to tell you about 2 purchases I am CRAZY excited about.
The first is that I finally bit the bullet and bought a dress form.
A really nice, straight off the screen of Project Runway dress form.

roxy dress form
{ok it’s actually straight off of my amazon wishlist but it looks identical to the forms used on project runway}
She’s not here yet, she also has not been given a Christian name, but hopefully when my Disney hangover lifts I can share both.
I realize that a dress form is not a need, not in the way that I need Jesus, my family and caffeine, but oh how I’ve wanted one for years and we finally, finally, had the cash to buy one.
I am so excited to speed up my sewing by using her to make initial fitting adjustments and to drape on.

The other purchase I made was a book.
{not shocking considering we’re about to pack out another 750lbs of books back to hawaii}
The book is entitled Home Comforts: The Arts and Science of Keeping House.

Home Comforts
It’s about keeping a home, something I am terrible at.
I realize that a ton of the info in this book (which is larger than some of my accounting texts from college) is totally ingrained and second nature to some.
Which is awesome!
I’m not in that Type-A/Suzy Homemaker/Home Economics Major camp.
I wish I was…but I’m not.
I’m a crazy creative, project driven, chaos thriving, clutter-tolerant, haphazard homemaker who is prone to choosing my kindle over my laundry…daily.
I actually feel like I have a lot going for me though; I’m a good cook, I love to entertain, and I love all the things involved in the making portion of homemaking.
But keeping a home, that’s where I fall flat on my face.

So I will study it.
I figure now is the best time to start this project since I’m about to embark on 2-3 months in a hotel without my home, and then I will be blessed to start fresh, in a new home, hopefully with new habits to establish.

“Seen from the outside, housework can look like a Sisyphean task that gives you no sense of reward or completion. Yet housekeeping actually offers more opportunities for savoring achievement than almost any other work I can think of. Each of its regular routines brings satisfaction when completed. These routines echo the rhythm of life, and the housekeeping rhythm is the rhythm of the body. You get satisfaction not only from the sense of order, cleanliness, freshness, peace and plenty restored, but from the knowledge that you yourself and those you care about are going to enjoy these benefits.” ~Cheryl Mendelson,
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House 

Doesn’t that sound marvelous?!?
I think it does.