The Multitasking Misdirection…

I used to think I could multitask… 

quilts airing


Projects… plans… ideas… household tasks… all floating around in my head at the same time but not willy-nilly like…

Organized in there somehow.

Easily accessed when needed. Like pulling open a file drawer and …

there it is all written neatly on a card in perfectly legible penmanship  that any grade eight teacher would be “gold starring” with pride.

That is how I remember my younger brain… ( illusion or not, I’m really not sure)

Times have changed.

I will give you an example.

Not so long ago Kent & I were working on the cobblestone project.

cobles finished under overhang


I was working away placing stones and getting loads… touching up paint and planning my blog post …ticking off to-do lists in my head…

I even had several loads of laundry going AND was thinking about an upcoming client design project.

AND… I was looking kind of cute sporting navy blue coveralls that I had bought at the hardware store and added elastic at the back so they nipped in at the waist more…

I know… very fetching, although, they would be better in pink!


To be honest, I was feeling quite… COMPETENT

Then it hit me…

I had forgotten about “THE EXPERIMENT!”

I think I made a kind of moaning noise as I got up and headed to the basement.

Perhaps a little recap is in order…

About a week before ( yes, a whole week) I had decided to try dying some pale linen in coffee.

Not a big deal right.

I let it sit for a day and it wasn’t taking the way I wanted. 

So I had a brain wave… Beets

We had used beets to dye eggs and they looked great.

They gave this pretty blushy pink cast…


so I thought it might be fun to add some to the coffee and just let it meld for awhile.

Fast forward a week…

Downstairs I went… The plastic tub was still there… the beets were still there…

There was also a smell and a bit of something growing around the top of the liquid… 

It was awful.

Now, I know it wasn’t a big deal… no one died, there wasn’t blood spilt or calls to make for backup emergency assistance.

But, I was soooo mad at myself.

After all, I didn’t have time to clean up a failed beet escapade…

I had more cobbles to lay, more laundry to do, more design concepts to plan out… 


A similar oops type situation happened while we were redoing my parents kitchen

I found myself walking around a big box store wearing two different but equally shabby looking boots…



I had attributed that little faux pas to the one week deadline… no sleep and my fixation with the “big reveal” ( I have a bit of a big reveal problem… I love them, I live for them… I plan them in my head, it’s annoying to my handsome husband so I am told.)

Anyway, My question is…

Am I alone?

Does this kind of thing happen to other people?

Would I have made these mistakes when I was younger?

Would I have beat myself up about them as much if I did?

I’m not sure…

I do know one thing though.

It’s not all bad…


The cobblestone project turned out great, my parents love their new kitchen and I am currently planning out a truly amazing cottage design that I can’t wait to share with you.

I will give you a hint…


It involves some of these outstanding fabrics from Windsor Smith for Kravet…

photo copy 2

Here is a peek at the stunning dining chairs…

The frame is a painted Navy finish and the backs… well, lets just save that for the big reveal shall we!!!

The net-net is,

I have decided to not be so hard on myself… I have a lot going on in this little brain of mine… and you know what?

It usually works out just fine!


Oh, I almost forgot! ( Not surprising after that story is it!) 
I am over the moon excited… Have you ever met someone and just known that you would work amazingly well together and have so much fun?!? 
Well, I felt that way with the fabu Karianne from Thistlewood Farms and I am tickled pink to be helping her with the design of her Gatehouse!!
It is going to be fantastic and I am warning you now… there will be eye candy aplenty in this project! 

Have an amazing day filled with successful multitasking!!







  1. Cynthia!!!! I don’t even know where to begin you had me laughing. I must say that the two different boots is my favorite. I went to work one day with one black and one blue heel on and just a couple weeks ago I went to work in my slippers. I think I need to cut back on my multi-tasking…LOL


  2. I think we all get distracted… it’s ok! Fun post!

  3. I just love you. This is too funny and I can SO relate. Well, I haven’t done stinky eggs yet but if I put something in the oven I immediately set the timer on my iPhone that is always in my hand or pocket because, for real. I will forget something 5 minutes later. Just this AM I put an English muffin in the toaster oven and came back an hour later and it was stone cold. So no, you can’t be too hard on yourself.

    She said.

    {Hello Pot, meet Kettle!} 😉

    I have done the mix matched shoe thing too. It was an identical pair – one brown and one black. I was in my late 20s so… We’ll just blame it on our creative brains. lol

  4. Cynthia, I loved this! I mean, I’m sad about the stench and whatever was growing in your basement, but I totally get this. I do the same thing. Hilarious! Can’t wait to see the transformation of the gate house!

  5. Did it smell worse than week-old laundry left in the machine after washing?
    Those boots, now, they make me worry…….
    Overall, I’d say that if you can keep on ‘making pretty’ then you are okay, just getting older.
    I have a friend who tells me I have ‘too much on my plate.’ He speaks from experience. So, gal, just write notes to yourself. Old envelopes work well. Just keep them out on the counter by the phone so you check them often.
    Or retire.
    Or just keep making pretty.
    I guess i know which one you will choose. Will you come and build a porch for me? When you find time….LOL

  6. Well, I laughed out loud – especially at the shoe shot.
    But what did the fabric look like? Did the natural dye take or are the memories too painful to use it for anything more than dropcloth? Hey, nothing wrong with extra dropcloth when you are crafty. When life gives you lemons, get the vodka and party on!

    • Hi Barbara,
      The fabric is most definitely not usable… but It may have been highly effective for the development of penicillin!

  7. You are hilarious! I’ve had so many of those episodes that I don’t even give it a second thought anymore! On with the next! What is really neat is the two-shoed-pic..I love it – it’s like the time I put one contact lens in and put the 2nd one in….not realizing I’d put them in the same eye, thinking I’d dropped it into the sink and then trying to focus and thinking…oh no…now something is wrong with the one in my eye! Just carry on….lol!

    • Hi Susan,
      I am so glad to hear I am not alone :).
      I loved your contact story… adorable!
      Thanks for popping over!

  8. You are so cute…I can just see the science experiment growing in the basement. Matter of fact I can almost smell it. Yikes, that couldn’t have been fun to clean up! I used to pride myself on multi-tasking. It seemed such a grown-up skill and, well, talented. Now I feel satisfied if I can keep my brain focused completely on ONE TASK from start to finish, instead of becoming distracted by whatever fleeting thought arises and moving on before I’m done. I’ve come to appreciate being able to focus in this busy life with constant interruptions. Your cobblestones make me envious. 😉

    • I hear you Sherry!
      I do tend to get distracted more by shiny things… perhaps I should design a room with silver and lots of glittery things and just go in there to zone out for awhile each day…

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