Thank you for the great suggestions for the ikea fabric. I'm thinking of using it to cover a canvas or corkboard, not to attach things, but just to display the fabric. Yep, upholstering the walls!
Every semester, my advanced students listen to a lecture on perfectionism as part of their listening class. We take a little survey beforehand to see who in the class is a perfectionist, and I always score somewhere in the middle. But for some reason, this time, parts of the lecture caught my attention. "Perfectionists constantly strain to reach unattainable goals." Is this me?
I mean, my blog title references my need to have things 'just like so'. However, my day-to-day habits don't really seem like those of a perfectionist. I let the housework go (a lot), I procrastinate at work, I'm pretty flexible with my students. But I'm constantly frustrated with the results.
At home, I'm reading The Wabi Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty. I do appreciate imperfect beauty, and this book is making me realize that wabi sabi is not only about aesthetics, but also about attitude. I want to let go, and be OK with it. Everybody's house gets messy when it's busy, right?
Alright, there's a basket of laundry waiting to be folded. Or maybe I should just let it go...