I confess to being a bit of slob when working and one of my vows for this year is to spend a lot less time cleaning up.
So, while I solemnly swear to put things away when I’m done with them and not drag new things out before I’m done with old things – I can’t do all that much about the mess I make when I’m making.
I’ve tried putting various things on the work table to help keep it neat – towels, inexpensive place mats, drop cloths etc. All of them worked fine up to a point but became unusable after a few rounds of Mod Podge drips and glue splots and such.
Then, while poking around at Rockler Woodworking I came across this Silicone Project Mat:
(don’t worry, this isn’t a paid commercial – no one at Rockler slipped me cash to talk about this – I just happened to buy one and think it’s tops).
Now, they aren’t exactly giving them away but the price is OK for something that will last.
It’s generously sized and the perfect solution to my problem.
But, here is the beauty part.
And rinse away the smaller ones.
It rolls up for easy storage and rolls out totally flat again the next time you use it.
I kinda want to cover every surface in my home with one.
Actually, I should probably put one under me when I eat…..
And I have another confession.
It’s still Christmas at my house.
You see I’ve vowed to NEVER have another holiday season as stressful as 2017. I had so many projects and ideas I wanted to get to but didn’t have the time. So I’m doing them now and stockpiling for December.
This will be great in two ways. I’ll be much more pleasant to know AND when I post the pictures in December you will no doubt say:
“David, the projects are great and you look YEAR younger! What’s your secret?”
And I will smile and lie and tell you it’s all about good genes, an excellent diet and staying hydrated.
Here’s small preview.
And a bunch of others that are coming along nicely.
So you see I HAD to leave my decorations up so that I would be able to photograph the projects. It has nothing to do with laziness despite what you may have heard!