messy and loving it

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I started a 365 project this year.  I love looking into my big, beautiful kitchen sink.  I decided to take a picture of it one morning , and half kidding, told my husband I was going to do it everyday for a year.  He double dog dared me.  I am a sucker for double dog dares.  At first, I really loved the project.  Around February, I started getting bored.  March came and I started getting comments about my little sink project.  One day someone said, “I just don’t get it. When will you stop doing it?”  Something in me clicked.  I decided right there and then that I would finish my project.  Because art stirs emotion… even if that emotion is frustration and confusion.

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For me, however, my project isn’t at all confusing.  I know exactly why it is meaningful for me and it brings me joy.  Especially the really messy sinks.  They bring me the biggest joy.  They remind me that life is made of messes.   Messiness is what is left after play and work.  Messiness is what happens while making art.  And messiness is  necessary for authentic love.

A mess like this used to make me feel like I wasn’t good enough. I would live to clean.  I remember making dinner, cleaning all the dishes, then sitting down to eat.  A big pile of dirty dishes some how said I was a lazy good for nothing.  Now I know to look for the fruit of the mess.  Now I look at a big pile of dirty dishes and it reminds me of the wonderful meal I created.  I see love.  I see art.

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I am posting my sink project on instagram.  If you want to find some art in the middle of a messy kitchen, please join me.  I am using the hashtag #yearofthesink.


  1. 2murthas · June 10, 2014

    Not for a moment have I wished you’d stop. I’ll be sad when you get to 365 days. I’ve enjoyed every one so far. Thanks for writing this Stacie!

    • Staci Lee · June 10, 2014

      Thank you, sweet friend! xx

  2. judysr · June 10, 2014

    Have to smile, seeing the white plates with green trim; our church has had a set of that, or very similar, china for many years. A classic design!

  3. ajbbents · June 10, 2014

    It’s pretty much my favorite 365 ever.

    • Staci Lee · June 11, 2014

      You made my day! Thank you!

  4. tumbleweedineden · June 11, 2014

    who the heck asked you when you’d stop? can i punch em?

    • Staci Lee · June 17, 2014

      HAHA! xx

  5. soonie2 · June 11, 2014

    I so love your beautiful messes!! As they say, “Art is life”!

    • Staci Lee · June 17, 2014

      Yes! That is what I am learning.

  6. Faithsk · June 12, 2014

    I follow you on Instgram and LOVE your sink shots. don’t stop! seriously wonderful meaningful stuff there. excellent 365 project.

    • Staci Lee · June 22, 2014

      Thank you! I won’t!

  7. nutmeg69 · June 15, 2014

    I love your project and I love your words here. One of my favorite things about you is that you accept messy and love right on through it. LOVE YOU.

    • Staci Lee · June 17, 2014

      Thank you, friend. Love you back.

  8. Robin · August 13, 2014

    I just found your sink 365 on IG and I love it. So so much! I’ve done several 365s (including one for this year and a self portrait one) and this makes me want to do a sink one now! (I won’t though because 3 365s at once sounds crazy.) Anyways, don’t stop!

    • Staci Lee · August 13, 2014

      Thank you! I will try and find you!

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