Sunday, January 31, 2010
Not knowing if the storm was coming our way, we went on an adventure. Living in a new home, we're always on the look out for affordable additions. We headed to Second Chance Inc., a place that recycles home pieces like architectural elements, bathtubs and tiles. We found 2 great side tables (for $10 total!), a framed botanical print and lots of inspiration.
Friday, January 29, 2010
A pick me up mid week. Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers. I've tried to grow with no luck. I love the layered balls of color, ready to pop.
I love how this one was able to stand out from an already scrumptious bouquet.
We were hoping the snowstorm would hit us but I think it is venturing more south. Oh well. Glad to have the spring indoors as the temps over around 17 degrees today.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Gary was sick - on couch (almost) entire weekend. Although we were sad about that, the kids and I kept busy, trying to stay away so he could rest.
Found a lamp combo. at Target (2 desk lamps and 1 floor lamp for $29.99!) I jazzed up the shade with vintage green trim.
Perfect moment: kids playing (happily) in basement while I sewed and watched I Captured the Castle. I read this book per Alicia's (Posie Gets Cozy) recommendation a bit ago and now, the movie is available instantly on netflix. PERFECTion. I made a few pillows with stashed Pop Garden by Heather Bailey. This room, our living/sitting room is starting to feel more like us.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We did a lot of playing this past Monday. Having the extra day at home we were able to squeeze in a bit more play.
Oliver's buddy Samson gave him this cool making recycled paper kit. o=heart.
We played lots of Uno. I forgot how much I love this game. Looks like Viv likes it too. Not as much as Ollie, but in a pick-up-sticks kind of way.
Oh. I can't forget that we squeezed in some digging for dinosaurs too. Yes, goggles and all.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today is one of those days when you want it to last forever. Had croissants from Trader Joes - we pretended they were from France because they tasted SO good. I've been taking notes from The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. I love their vintage style adapted to our real days. I am looking forward to some flea market excursions come spring. I want to bring their energy to the East coast. I just need to find it. In the meantime, I am jotting down items to look for - Tv trays, paint-by-number sets, creamers with lids, wooden blocks. I have a tendency to 'freeze' and get overwhelmed when at a flea market or antique store. I'm getting ready mentally.
The gardening catalogs are coming and I am thinking ahead. I've been noting where the sun hits (the most) during the day. I am hoping for a raised bed big enough for some veggies - asparagus, potatoes. I can't wait. Gayla Trail from You Grow Girl is coming out with another book - Grow Great Grub.
G is at work. The kids and I have had a lazy morning (still in pjs). One the agenda: making paper via kit, knitting, blog learning and garden daydreaming and planning.
The Ravens loss brought on the tears in O. As I write, he is trying to teach V (age 2) how to tackle and she's rolling with it. Perhaps this is my time to intervene.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Weekend Reading: Came across Crafty Blog School: Blogging Photos from Flickr via Feeling Stitchy (what a cheery banner!) And hello, Crafty Blog School - although it is from '07, I'm thinking valuable. baby steps...
Spring was peeking in from many places. At AC Moore, they had a gardening book I've read and LOVED on Clearance for $5 - The Way We Garden Now by Katherine Whiteside. I'm drawn to this book for the do-able projects but the illustrations by Peter Gergely are just beautiful. I'm a big fan of watercolor and pen drawings. The fresh illustrations remind me of Sujean Rim, illustrator for Daily Candy. On days when we see more gloom than sun, these illustrations make me so happy. After a week of grumbles on not-so-happy news, I'm finding myself getting lost in these images, enjoying winter while looking forward to spring and escaping.
Take a peek.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I know it is mid-January but I've been doing lots of thinking about my relationship with me and my blog. I paused to reflect and am now to finally ready to write. I want this forum to be a place for me to learn about myself - especially my creative side. I will try to stay positive but sometimes a girl needs to vent.
I want to write for me. Sounds a bit selfish but not intended. The Internet is a very good thing and I find myself losing hours, perhaps days peeking around at other crafty and creative blogs. It's one thing to get inspired; it's another to get overwhelmed and lose confidence in my ability. I've been hanging out in the later and that just isn't fun. I want to find a creative community 'out there' for support. I need to remind myself of the inspirational things surrounding me. everywhere. walking from the parking lot, waiting at the grocery check out, at the doctor's office, the gaping hole reminding me my baby lost his first tooth.
I get it. It can be difficult raising 2 kids (under 6), keeping our house a home, working inside and outside this home while pursuing creative endeavors and standing, with energy of course. But I also know I need more and try to figure out this balance-thang. So, new start. I want to embrace my every days and capture words and images that will motivate me to find my creative authentic self. I'm writing for me and if I find some friends along the way, even better. SO, rather than wait for the perfect moment when all is quiet and I am in mode, i think now is better than ever. I'm excited. Writing it down makes it more real.