I’m blogging today over at SWWS about my little 28-day challenge. You can read about my failure or success right here!
The beach is a good idea anytime in my book. Even when it’s sweater weather, the feel of the salt air on my skin is refreshing. My parents rented another cabin to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. Although it wasn’t as rowdy as my Dad’s 60th, it was still a great time…with all the fixin’s! It was the perfect way to say hello to the month of March!
When friends are in town it makes me see my city with fresh eyes. And Houston has been quite hospitable… especially to two New Englanders! We had a wonderful week of eating way too much, seeing the sights, and catching up on some much-needed face to face time. And now here we are on the steps of the last week in February. Twenty Fourteen — you sure are interesting so far!
My weekend was so full of color, crafts, friends, food, laughter, sunshine, and a big ‘ol clean house that I just didn’t want it to end!
P.S. That’s some DIY wrapping paper up there in the top right. From a failed painting to the perfect packaging!
I’m blogging over at SWWS today about my writing challenge progress and a fun new app. Go check it out!
Apparently eating is my Olympic event! This weekend was fast and furious. I’ve been working on Fridays, and I tell ya, that is for the birds! (But just a few more weekends — thankfully!) This past Saturday though was one of the first in a long time that we slept in as late as we wanted (or that my bladder could stand it) and then decided to make waffles (pecan waffles for the hubs). I hate the feeling of living out this 80s song, but there is something special about Saturdays. The world moves a little slower. The neighbors are a little nicer. There is no pressure and it feels great. It’s also full of project potential. This weekend’s tasks: laundry, purging the filing cabinet, finishing another ikea hack, and regrouting the shower. (Each of which is mostly done.)
Sunday brought an unexpected surprise of a friend calling on us for a quick breakfast & chat over coffee. We felt like “real” city folk as we walked through the damp, foggy morning to a neighborhood eatery and had a leisurely stroll home.
It’s going to be a big week for my day job this week, so I’m not totally looking forward to it; but, that does mean that I’m coming up on next weekend when I’ll have a visitor! Can’t wait!
I have weird dreams on a regular basis. Wait. I have CRAZY dreams on a regular basis. (I’ve talked about that before.) Well Sunday night was no exception. This time I was walking naked through the grocery story while talking on my cell phone. And I hated that I didn’t have clothes on, but I thought everyone should just have to deal with it. Then upon leaving said store I was driving home and was pulled over by a police officer. I was trying to negotiate getting out of a ticket for flashing my brights at someone who had theirs on. I was also hoping he wouldn’t notice me being sans clothing. I don’t really remember too much after that, I think I woke up. But I do remember that at some point – prior to going to the store — I was standing outside on a deck and there were bugs falling like leaves in the fall. And these bugs I noticed were white spiders. I remember thinking in my dream how peculiar it seemed.
Yesterday morning, after I wrote my 3(+) pages, I went to my handy dream interpretation guide to look up the meaning of spiders (no particular color — because who dreams of colored spiders) and I found this:
To dream of a spider represents feeling trapped or hopeless. A negative situation that feels inevitable or impossible to escape. Beliefs about things that you think are permanent or will never go away.
Alternatively, spiders may reflect irrational beliefs. Powerful insecurities that prevent you from doing what you want in life. Irrational fears that prevent you from enjoying yourself, or powerful desires for things you don’t believe you can ever have.
Positively, a spider may represent a positive area of your life that is intricate and patient. Inevitable success based on skill. This would usually be represented by blue or white spiders.
Folks I am working hard these days… and this feels like a good omen that it’s going to pay off!
P.S. The police officer bit has to do with discipline (hello Morning Pages challenge!).
P.P.S. It took everything in me to be able to search for a picture of a white spider. Me & bugs (of any kind) aren’t exactly what you would call a good combination.
This is more of a weekend reflection rather than scene. It was kind of a funky weekend. I’m feeling the need to chop off all my hair so that’s usually a flag that something else is going on. I’m needing to feel in control of something. So instead of running headfirst into some scissors, I gave this little space a facelift. It was long overdue and I’m happy with how it’s turning out. As always, a work in progress…
Also this weekend was a little weird because I intentionally didn’t take any photos other than the one below because the light was just so nice. I’m trying this whole “be present” thing. The weekend was indeed full…of the prosaic and the peculiar. We made it out to the Saturday Farmer’s market and ate the most deliciously fresh breakfast tacos as well as spent some time at the studio. I organized two months of neglected paperwork (i.e. unopened junkmail and a bag full of receipts!) and caught up on Downton Abbey. (My official opinion of the season so far — meh. But I’ll probably keep watching.) And we had a few unexpected conversations and interesting “serendipitous” moments. I’m always trying to be aware of those little signs in life that point of down one path or the other, but usually it takes a freight train and a bull horn until I get it.
I am officially on Day 3 of my personal challenge and so far so good. I even wrote first thing on Sunday morning which meant writing at 5:30 in the morning. I absolutely LOVE that when I was talking to the hubs about not being sure if I should try to write before we did our early Sunday morning thing or just wait until we came home at 9 and he said, “…I know, there sure is a lot that happens [on Sundays] before 1st thing in the morning!” Touche.
But it’s been like the well was bursting at the seams and already since I’ve uncapped it, the words are pouring out. The first day alone I wrote six pages and if I had all the time in the world I don’t know when I might stop. But day-jobs are calling and I must answer…
I had the vision for these chairs before I even knew I could find the base so
cheap *ahem* affordable. First of all — chairs are not cheap people! Seriously, a good dining chair is at least $100 and more like $150+ if you want something well designed. And I have been in the market for multiple chairs for the studio. Thank goodness for Ikea is all I have to say. Once again, they completely delivered! This fabulous little number is only $39 and completely versatile, and not too bad on the tush either.
The hack is super simple. It involved a jar of mod podge (& sponge applicator), pictures from magazines or printed at home from the interwebs, some scissors or an X-acto knife, and a little sandpaper to finish the edges. I figured out my layout and then started gluing it all together. Once dry I trimmed the edges with the knife and the put 9,000 layers of mod podge on top. To finish I sanded down any rough edges and reapplied more mod podge. It was all very decoupage-my-college-dorm-furniture-a-la-1996… and still just as fun! I think I might just have to decoupage a few more things…
**I feel that I must make a disclaimer that I was only comfortable using images from the internet because I knew these chairs were for my own personal use. I would not advocate using someone else’s proprietary work for any resale.
P.S. Here is another simple Ikea Hack we did 2 years ago.
It was such a long and wonderful weekend. We packed in so much — and so much good food! Let’s see… I cleaned my whole house, actually slept in on Saturday, enjoyed a jazz concert (& dinner!), read an entire book, spent a few hours at the studio, watched a Parks & Rec marathon (well just a 1/2 marathon | uh, hilarious by-the-way), and celebrated with my parents on their 41st anniversary! January is finally off to a good start — I just can’t believe we end the week in February!
So I feel like FINALLY my new year has begun! My weekend workshop was a success and I’m so happy to be done with the physical remodel. I’m excited to post pictures here later this week. And because it feels like a fresh start, I’m setting new priorities and goals. I’m still navigating some changes to my weekly routine, but I’m looking forward to being in this space again. Happy 2014…again!
I’m working like a mad woman over at the studio this week. I have my first workshop in the new space this Saturday! So my hopes of blogging more regularly in this space are pretty much nil this week! But I have high hopes come Monday… always on a Monday…
You can check out a sneak peak of the studio here.
What a way to start the year — freezing with a smile on my face! I had not been back to the Mitten since Jan 2012 and that year, we had no snow until our last day and mostly balmy weather. Well, this trip couldn’t have been more different. It was the perfect weather for cross-country skiing, eating P-I-E, drinking hot tea, playing cards, and opening presents. A great way to start the year indeed!
This does not bode well for new resolutions. It’s the first week in January and I’m already behind! It doesn’t help that we spent two full days trying to escape the snowy, icy tundra that was the state of Michigan. But according to Mrs. Glass-Half-Full (*she’s only a teeny-tiny portion of my alter-ego not eaten by Mrs. What-The-Hell-Happened-Half-Empty) it means that I got to start the year with a bit of an adventure. I think getting stuck in Minnesota on a record cold night counts.
I have so many thoughts — about this space, my other space, goals, hopes, attempts, and a new word for the year. All of course to be shared in the days, weeks, and months ahead. If I can get it together. I can’t believe that this little space turned 6 years old on Jan 1 and that I’m still at it (as embarrassing as it may be).
Here’s to another fresh start (albeit a late one)!
Wishing everyone the very best…
beautiful photo here
This pretty much sums it up…
Parties attended, studio floor (almost) painted, laundry ignored (again), lunch with friends eaten, errands run…. Still going…
For the last several weeks I have had one app open almost nonstop on my phone and/or computer: Songza! Goodbye Pandora, I have faithfully listened to you for at least 5 years, but your mixes don’t hold a candle to the concierge service on Songza. (Oh yeah.. and no ads!)
What I love the most about Songza is that you get to choose music by mood (or genre, or activity, or decade, or record store clerk!). And with stations with titles like: Lush Electronic Yoga, 3am Airport, Sadcore Hibernation, Ride Around Shining, & High Heel Power Walk how could I not be intrigued.
Some stations in heavy rotation these days are: Indie Roots Rock, Solo Jazz Guitar, In the Euro Hotel Lounge, Singer-Songwriter Christmas, & Shredding The Slopes (for demo in the studio!). I have already discovered new music that will become a permanent part of my collection. Go download it right now!
Wow, what a week. My dad is finally home and on the mend. I think the entire family could use a good long sleep now. Also, the hubs and I have been working hard every night at the studio (save last night though when we cut loose and partied with this guy). There have also been some adjustments to our work schedules as well and we’re going to have to find a new rhythm. Oh yeah… and the holidays are here. I really wish that I could just cuddle up under a blanket (it’s freezing here!) and catch up on blogs, magazines, and movies. But there is work to be done, parties to be planned, gifts to be purchased, and life to be lived. And I’m looking forward to every bit of it!
In the mean time though, here are a few things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks:
My next book purchase. I’m so excited to read it (thank you best-therapist-in-the-world).
Speaking of books, this one looks interesting too.
Even our government is lazy with passwords.
I can feel a little less guilty shopping with these 7 companies.
And I probably shouldn’t be supporting these 90 companies.
I will fully support art though.
I found this article very interesting about a young New Zealand artist being compared to Nirvana.
[original photo here]
It’s December 2 and I’m already behind! I unexpectedly went MIA from this space last week/weekend. We opted for something new this year. Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, we headed over to Alabama for the annual Poarch Creek Indian Pow Wow. I’ve got a lot more to say (and show!) about that whole experience. Short of the long: I loved it!
Upon returning home Friday evening, we (read: the hubs) immediately headed over to the studio to get it prepped for paint. On Saturday we spent an unfortunate amount of time in that little box prepping, and prepping, and prepping… then painting, and repainting, and still more painting. It’s always something with remodels. This time, it was not only the four random bolts sticking up 2 inches out of my concrete floor, but that the paint (just the primer) kept sliding off the walls. It’s quite the site to see, paint literally not stick to the walls. We realized (not soon enough) that it was because of a lack of circulation. So a fourth trip to Target later, a fan is now circulating air and the walls are dry(ing). During our trials and tribulations we received a call that my Dad had to be taken to the hospital.
Needless to say Sunday was not spent in the studio, but rather sitting by his bedside in ICU catching up on some much needed magazine time and listening to machines beep while he tried to rest. He’s semi-stable now and we are just doing a lot of waiting. Waiting on tests. Waiting on doctors. Just waiting. Pretty coincidental since we began our “Advent” waiting the same day. This time of year is always so weird for me. What a paradox we walk in every day.
I hope to post lots more photos of the Pow Wow this week…but we’ll see how things go.
Life is definitely a series of setting priorities, and mine have kept me a bit scatterbrained lately. I hate making last minute decisions, but the weather dictated our actions this weekend. We purchased a new armoire several weeks ago but have not been able to make the 180 mile (round) trip to collect it. This weekend was our window of opportunity: my parents were free (this = a big ‘ol truck to use + free labor) and there was maybe going to be a break in the weather on Saturday. We spent the better part of the night on Friday working in my studio and although one would think that scraping walls and spackling would not be that messy, it can quickly get out of control…especially when you discover black (seemingly) toxic material on the floor that needs to be chipped away.
My plan was to have my crazy box painted (well, really just primed) before we head out of town for Turkey Day, but that is NOT happening. Mostly because the best part of the weekend was spent hanging out with friends for a LONG afternoon/evening visit on Sunday. There was delicious food, great conversation, cold air, a hot tub and there may or may not have been some pre-Thanksgiving holiday music! I can’t believe that I never took my phone out of my bag (to snap a photo). I’m so glad we lingered as it was totally worth not going back to the dirty box that is the studio. It’ll still be there next weekend! And I’m excited to make a little more progress.