Sometimes I just give up trying to tame the mess. I fill my bags up at the market but leave almost everything out on the counter and table so I can get back to my work right away. I’ve already found too many excuses to stay out just a little bit longer in the sun today! And even despite the clutter, when I am home, it doesn’t seem like I am missing out on such a beautiful day, the way the warm spring sun pours in through a window spalancata*.
And no one seems to mind – not the boys and especially not lazy Lou.
So I just tell myself the clutter is intentional, to make the place look quaint!
In the second picture you may have noticed my lovely new sewing table (!!!), which I bought Sunday at the antique market for 50 euros. It needs a little work (hence the yard of fabric thrown over top) but it was exactly what I was looking for: the right price and the right size and it even has a little drawer in front for my scissors and seam ripper. I put it in the corner of the kitchen that gets the best light. And one of these days I might get around to making a decent cover for my machine. But for now a piece of white linen thrown over top will have to do.
* In Italy you can say “wide open” in a single word.