One thing I've learned about myself over the years is that, if I don't have some kind of fun, creative project going on, I feel like I'm suffocating inside. The ability to create and think outside the box, to make something beautiful, just feels so good.
The end of last year I found myself in the middle of a creative project that was just plain fun. An apartment opened up on our property, and we decided to turn it into really nice guest housing that we could profit fun. It was already quite beautiful. A little paint on the walls to lighten it up and some tasteful decor to complement was all it needed to create a comfortable place for guests to stay.
I sewed the shower curtains, the window curtain, bed pillow covers, and new covers for the chairs. I also got to work plotting and planning artwork that I (or someone else) could make without breaking the bank. My favorite piece is the kudu head. While I wish I could take credit for that one, the only thing I did was put the boards together and communicate what I wanted on it. My talented friend, Phoebe, did the beautiful part. She also painted the 3 piece scene of Cape Town above the bed.
I painted an old bunkbed ladder and hung Masai blankets from my recent travels to Kenya. I also took a branch I dried out and screwed that into the wall for FREE art! While the walls still need more (a map, for one, because I sure do love maps), I'm so happy with the way this space turned out. I'll be sharing more later this week about the simple and inexpensive art projects I did to create eye candy for these walls.
In the meantime, do check out our listing on Airbnb and visit the article I wrote on making travel affordable at Petit Elefant. Not only has this project been incredibly fun, but we've met some great people traveling through on their way to Kruger and it has provided income for others and Ten Thousand Homes. Win, win!
Please feel free to come stay with us when you're in South Africa and please pin, tweet, and promote our listing to your little heart's delight! That's my shameless plug!