With all of the snow on the ground who isn't in the Christmas spirit? I am so excited to have one of my only white Christmases ever. Even if your holiday doesn't involve snow--scroll on and get in the mood for the big day!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I love the days before and after Christmas almost more than the day itself. The hurried secret activities that populate Christmas eve are full of excitement and apprehension. The day after is like a good nap after a rich meal. There is a sense of a job well done, an excuse to rest while feeling satisfied.
So today, on this busiest of days, don't forget to take a moment and breathe in the holiday. Take a moment of quiet contemplation and prepare for the madness of the day tomorrow. Then, jump in and revel in the festivities!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
For some reason, sledding always ends up in tears for Jane.
She just came in from the third day of sledding screaming and crying in tears. Is it the holidays? Or exhaustion? Or her sisters coming home from college? I wish I knew. I want sledding minus tears!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
As I blog today I am feeling very scattered. I like to sit down with a focus in mind. Something I want to share, or something I am feeling inspired by. Today I am fighting "monkey mind" I am all over. I am wandering through travel photos and christmas photos and thinking "I really need to get the car inspected, go to Lowe's, hang my curtains, check my e-mail, Christmas shop and address my cards" . I am trying to think of all of those thoughts coming together beautifully in my brain the way the colors come together in a witching ball. As I am obsessed in a good way with these beautiful glass balls that I have hunted down across the world, I need to obesess about my to do list in a good way. Look at it, notice each thing/color for the beauty it holds and appreciate the fact that I have the ability to do/look at, it. I don't know if that makes sense. Maybe it is the impending storm, but I don't really mind! I'm off to get my car inspected and buy bread and milk on the way to Lowe's!
Why can't my children eat like this? Where did I go wrong? Should I have shaved their heads and convinced them they were monks at an early age? If I HAD sent them to live as monks they may have come back quiet, well behaved girls. Is it too late? They do look good in orange.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The holiday mood that is! How organized is this bookshelf? I also have tree envy. I will post pictures of ours soon and you will see why.
Thanks to e lisa for sharing her home on flickr!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This is a quick pic of Jim and I in Northern Virginia. It is a little colder here than in Goldsboro!
No, I wish I could take credidt for these fab snow people, but they are the work of my English alter ego, snailtrail. I am left to wonder if since snailtrail specializes in vintage camper hire if the snow couple could possibly be standing outside of an airstream? Hmmmm......
Here is a new interest I have, I love Marusica's home. I am going to tease you with this peek onto the shelves and share more later. Look in the upper left hand corner of the photo--triominos anyone?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
No - I am not out tagging by moonlight. I was asked to paint a chair and side table for the arts council MONTHS ago and of course I managed to put it of until the week I am moving.
I have been toying with ideas of what to do with this chair. It will eventually be auctioned off and placed somewhere around town (like the cow thing in NY a few years back). I had a million fabulous ideas but in the end it came down to having lots of spray paint to get rid of. The movers can't pack paint and I hate to let anything go to waste. Behold---the spray painted poppy chair!
All in all I had a good morning waiting for the movers and praying it wouldn't rain. I should have done this months ago, but it's done now and as we all know - a little procrastination never hurt anyone!
Monday, November 16, 2009
OK, Lost Star, I think you may be me, two of my favorite things in this photo and one more below confirm it. Wreck this journal is a fabulous excercise book that gets you to do things like literally take it in the shower with you or draw a picture with coffee or chewing gum. And look what is parked right next to the book. Could that be LUSH? Be still my heart!!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I have found my new winter time hangout. Along with the winter version of my oilcloth Union Jack pillows. You all know I can't resist a twinkle light or a really funky Virgin Mary and I have found everything I need here. It is interesting to compare this to the pared down version of the same room below. I like it dolled up, but the cozy toes in the version below help to bring me right into the room!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Several of you have asked when I am going to post my house on the blog. I took these pictures when we were getting ready to sell the house. I know many of you have seen them on facebook (shameless self promotion is my specialty) but for those of you who have asked, here is my lair.
Here is the feeding station. My favorite part is the small chalkboard next to the fridge where the girl's friends have all left messages over the last couple of years. I am going to take a photo of it and have it framed for the new house.
This is where we spend most of our time hanging out. Unless of course I am hiding from the kids in my bedroom. I'd be lying if I said I didn't on occasion have the need to escape the madness!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Thrift stores, rummage sales, French Bulldogs, Mid Century design & decor, minimal but modest decor, turquoise, chartreuse, souvenir mugs and glasses, old cars, old mannequins, creepy dolls and all things strange.
That's what I like.
What a great way to display quilts! I have several graphic Amish style quilts I have made over the years but never really like to see them hanging on the wall. Just a little too Country Living circa 1994 for me thank you very much! I have a lawyers bookcase similar to this one so I just might try it.
I guess I will have to replace the bottom pane of glass on mine where a very large puppy (BusterJack) slid across the floor and crashed into it. I think it will be worth ith though!