Making do has taken on a life of its own. It's now called repurposing. And southern women are masters at it. We're born to create. Give her flour and sugar and we'll give you a cake. Give her outgrown clothes, she'll give you a quilt. Give her bits of yarn, she'll knit you a sweather. Give her a love, she'll give you a baby! Give her a house, she'll make it a home.
She can look at anything and find another use for it. Old pots are tomato planters, a rolling pin becomes a towel rack, And when it comes to decorating, she's the one who sets the tone that will bring comfort to her family and a welcome hand to her guests. I found this old window and had in mind to tint its panes and set up the accent colors in my newly purchased 1930 original Sears Craftsman cottage. A trip to a salvage barn brought this find. Which became the perfect coat/purse/scarf rack at the entrance of my home.
I'm looking for the perfect kitchen island. who knows what drawerless desk, abandoned door, broken buffet will be rescued and transformed for another life. Stay tuned. and Putter on!
gerund or present participle: puttering
occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.
move or go in a casual, unhurried way
Otherwise known as "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get", to quote Lewis Carroll. Puttering is doing something which could be done conventionally in half the time it takes to do it unconventionally, or, creatively. Creative takes time and thought, sometimes research -- because you thought you saw something similar somewhere. Was it a magazine? Pinterest? Facebook?
Puttering costs more, because you are always missing at least one thing you need to complete the task.
Puttering is messy. Always messy. But my Mama used to say if you're not making a mess you're not doing anything.