Today, Monday, April 7,
Out my Window: Today was slightly warm, still cool especially with the wind and it sprinkled a little but nothing substantial by any means. I love the smell of rain in the air and seeing ours and all the pear trees blossoming!
Feeling – Exhausted and accomplished after a long “Laundry day”. Mondays are my day I pretend like I’m superwoman and do all our clothing laundry and sometimes even some towels or sheets. I also do catch up work on the computer for bills and budgeting and emails, etc. It makes for a long day but I’m so glad I can enjoy the rest of week without the burden of laundry hanging over me.
Joys: Family confessions followed by a game of tag on the church playground, snuggling under a cozy blanket with my daughter while watching a movie (Inkheart) together with just her and my husband, enjoying a dinner out with my husband and his parents and brother (I don’t remember the last time we’ve gone to dinner with them and no kids since before we had kids!), time for some painting and creativity, writing, blogging, reading alone and with kids, Holding 4 year old’s hand while walking on the walking track together, watching and hearing the kids giggle and squeal when I or daddy tickles them, my baby taking my hand to show me something he’s excited about it, his new-found vocabulary – “mama, dadda, doggie (sounds like doddie), up, cup, stop (or just “p) dat, hi, bye.” All said in the cutest most adorable sweetest baby voice ever of course, and lastly, watching my 4-year-old run around the backyard pretending to be Superman.
What was that? A bird? A plane? No! It’s…Superman!
This was where he came to change back to “Clark Kent” and keep an eye out for the bad guys.
They were “hunting” bad guys together.
Around the House: It’s been a little bit since I’ve done any house decorating. I have such a hard time making decisions and hate nailing holes in the wall and then changing my mind. So I just don’t do anything for a loooonnnng time. But it had been too long so I decided it was time to cover some of our bare walls.
My artist aunt Cristi had a few paintings for sale when we all were together in Mexico so I brought a couple home with me. I happened to go to Michael’s last week and scored major with their buy one frame get the other FREE! I was overjoyed. The only problem was I came out with a lot more than I planned on going in for. But I definitely saved more in the long run since I would have spent double later. Here is one I got for our bedroom of one of her paintings –
It connected that empty space between the mirror/dresser area and the door. I like looking at it from my nursing chair and bed.
The other aunt Crisit artwork was a unicorn ‘stamp’ that I got for my daughter and will eventually hang in her room –
I also worked with my daughter to create some door hanging picture display boards. She wanted to display pictures of our family on her door but I didn’t really want her taping pictures all over it so I came up with these:
I just pasted some pretty scrapbook paper onto some poster board, glued on the ribbons and clips and voila! Instant picture board door hanger. It was fun working on something together with her without being interrupted too much by “the boys”.
This weekend we worked on the guest bathroom that I painted last year. I was very hesitant to mark up my beautiful painted walls but I couldn’t leave them bare forever. I put my “Grace” art deco on the wall by the sink instead of just sitting in the corner getting knocked over by little hands all the time. –
“Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve, Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”
Then I found this nice frame to match with the browns of the oil-rubbed bronze sink and light fixtures. –
I have a plan for what I’ll put in there. For now, the rocks look pretty. I’ll be like my friend, Mary, and just leave the store-display picture in there for months. Oh well, at least the frames are up now.
I also found this pretty picture frame with the bird theme – perfect for what I envisioned for a little “bird garden” bathroom.
I should definitely keep the dress-making iron form in there just to make people wonder what it is.
Next, I really love the “distressed cottage” look but wasn’t sure if I could mix and match with the other darker frame. I found the one here and put it on the opposite wall and like how it turned out. It’s kind of funny, my husband doesn’t share my love for “distressed cottage”, it makes him think of haunted houses. I’m sure it’s the same thinking of not understanding why one would pay lots of money for tattered jeans.
I think the frame I found isn’t too “haunted” looking though, right?
Again, I don’t mind the picture in it but I’ll probably put my own in there…eventually. I might try and paint something like this that I saw at an art display –
I’m not sure I could pull it off as well but I have no idea who painted this or how to contact the artist so I’ll have to give it my own go.
To add to the bird theme, I transferred a few of my bird stuff I’d been keeping upstairs and brought them down here instead. Here’s the bird house I painted for my daughter’s first bedroom when she was about 2. I’m still trying to decide if I like it here. Maybe it’s a little strange knowing there’s a bird perched over the toilet?
And I finally put up the pretty bird cage my family got for my birthday a few years ago! Along with another artwork of Cristi’s that had also once been in my daughter’s “garden” room. –
My daughter helped put the birds on the cage. She was so proud.
Lastly, to even out my “buy one get one free” deal I bought this lovely leaf hook. I wasn’t sure what to do with it.
Thankfully, my husband is a genius.
Now I’ll always be able to brush my hair right before he comes home through the door next to where this hangs. 😉
I’ll update when and if I ever add my own photos to those frames. For now, I consider it a great success that I bought the frames and hung them on the wall in less than week’s time!
Crafting – Yes!! Speaking of doing my own painting – guess what I did last weekend? I painted! By myself! I received some water color colored pencils for a birthday not long ago and haven’t given much time to use them so after bedtime one evening I got them out and played around to see how they work. I like how they give the look of both colored pencil and a little watercolor but I think I prefer the regular water color paints still.
I must have been daydreaming of Spring!
I also painted this for my sister’s confirmation while the two little guys came up with their own painted finger creations:
It’s my favorite Holy Spirit prayer. O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.
It was so wonderful and exhilarating and energizing painting and creating again! I’m going to try to give more time to rekindling my love for art – somehow in between naps and evenings. I might sign up for a painting class sometime too.
A “mess” that brings me joy knowing I gave time to paint and create with my kids and myself!
I also had some fun making a simple display for our parish Respect Life Group my friend Monica asked for help with. I thought and thought and looked for an idea and finally decided to look for something that would tie in the “from conception to natural death” aspect of Respect Life and came up with this –
The image isn’t mine, I only added the banner text. I was so excited when I found that picture – it conveys the message perfectly!
Well I think that’ll be enough “Crafting” and “Around the House” updates to make up for my lack of those in the past and for many to come!
Enjoy your weeks everyone!