Monday, February 24, 2014

Week In Review

I haven't been on here for a few days, as we've been busy working on projects around the house, so this post is just a collection of photos and anecdotes  from the past week that I thought I would share with y'all.

Early last week, I sent The Husband out for some half off V-Day chocolate. I wanted a box. It is just, you know, what you are supposed to do.  Bad idea when you are trying to eat better, I know, but I am what I am.

This is what he came home with-

I swear, that man WANTS to keep me fat. And I am fat right now. The fattest that I have ever been in my entire adult life, aside from the times that I have been pregnant. But that's a discussion for a totally different day....*sigh*

I am doing the smoothie thing, almost every day. It helps curb the need to eat all the time, because I can just nurse a tall glass of pulverized fruit for a few hours. Plus, they are real pretty. This peach/pineapple/coconut/carrot combo was lit from within. I'm trying to find a wall in my house where I can paint that color on, like, right NOW.

Speaking of paint, the colors of our playroom had been bothering me for awhile. I knew that I wanted to repaint, which was sort of a daunting thought for The Husband, as it is a weird room, and we spent a lot of money on paint the first time around since we didn't prime the walls before we put a yellow over a red.

I know, I know. Don't even say it.

At any rate, I had been bouncing ideas around for several months. I wasn't sure what colors I wanted, but I knew how I wanted the room to feel. I had gone with historical colors through most of the rest of the house, but the yellow and brown(Mark Twain house inspired) I had chosen for the playroom just did not feel at all, well, playful. Plus, the light in that room isn't the best, so the colors became not only too formal, but sort of dingy and dirty. And that's bad for me, mentally. I'm not sure if it is the OCD part of my brain, or one of the other various acronym issues I have, but something up there cannot function at 100% if my surroundings are "oppressive". And color is a major part of that. Everything revolves around color(and food), for me. When I close my eyes and think about a person or a place or a food, I don't see their features or character traits or scents, I just see color. The Husband is brown and green. The Kid is brown. Babycakes is blue.

That's why I cannot really draw a person from memory. FACT. Random fact.

ANYWHO, I finally settled on a palette inspired by "Adventure Time", a show that The Kid and I both LOVE. I wanted it to be bright and fun, but not cartoony. So, I went with a deep brown(to represent the earth and underworld of OOO) cool blues(to represent the sky, Finn's clothes, Ice King and his kingdom), and green(Finn's backpack).

We've got a lot of work to do in this room(and um, the whole house!), as both windows, the ceiling fan and the door are scheduled for replacement, the ocher trim needs paint, and the ceiling needs a do-over, but the new colors are already making it much easier for me to tolerate the room until warmer weather arrives and these changes can be made.

It is kinda hard to tell from the photo, but there are actually two shades of blue in addition to the pistachio pudding green, and a fudge brownie hue. The girl at the hardware store loved the paint swatches and was excited to mix them. I figure she probably spends the day mixing up a lot of classic neutral colors, so these must have been fun.

We'll be finishing up the paint over the next few days, then picking out windows and shutters for the windows someday in the near future. I like the idea of indoor shutters, so I don't have to deal with blinds or curtains. Oddly enough, these were the only two windows in the house that were not fairly new. We put replacement on the back burner since we were not really using the room, but now that the baby is older, the kids are playing together more, and I need a room where I can work while still keeping an eye on them, we are ready to start using it.

I've also begun the search for the perfect exterior paint colors. I've got a few in mind, but I need to decide if I am ready to have the brightest house on the block. Or the street. Or the North side of town...

My guess is, yes.

In other news, I've got a new series of embroideries in the works. The Husband calls them "Meanderings". They are abstract little embroidered "journeys" that I take while meditating. I'm excited to be bringing these new pieces to my shop this Spring, as they'll offer a unique alternative to traditional embroidery for those who appreciate "old school", but want something a little more modern for their home. They also complement my button embroideries quite nicely, I do believe.

Here's a sneaky peeky of the piece that I am currently working on-

As you guys know, I've been making a point of doing some sketching, this year. When The Kid sees me sketching, she wants to collab. Every single time.

As much as I love her, there are some things that I just want to and for myself, darn it.

So, I always try to offer compromises.

This is one of them-

Speaking of The Kid, she has decided that she has a new home.

This is her new home.

Don't ask. I wish I knew.

At one point, this past week, I was standing in my front doorway, the baby screaming, the house a certified disaster area, frustrated to the point of mental explosion with my life's inability to oblige my selfish desires and dreams, when this happened-

And, she totally knows what that says.

Suddenly, all my "failures" seemed irrelevant. There is always time to organize, clean and pick up stuff. And there will most likely always be time to chase personal dreams.

My four year old will only be four for so many days.

And on that note, this small collection of her things is a reminder that I am doing something right.

We've got a lot of things on our plate for this week, and I'm excited to see where it all takes us.

I've got some new work to share with you, and hopefully new listings in my etsy shop!

I hope you all have a fantastic week. And if you're in the Midwest like me, stay warm!

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