Ok if I were to properly title this post..... it would have to read ULTRA MESSY Worktable Wednesday.... but at least it's a pretty mess right? Well...ok that dirty paint water isn't SO pretty.... but thankfully dirty paint water can only mean one thing..... it was a super productive worktable session. Which if I am being honest hasn't really happened much this summer. New hoops up in the shop:) Thanks for visiting today and I hope you are all having a productive week as well!
These cute little wooden birds landed on my deck today....
well...ok....they first landed in my shopping cart at the craft store...looking kinda plain... and then they flew onto my desk with a few of their feathered friends.... from the minute I saw them I knew they needed some wings... and not just any wings.... woodburned wings.... #slightlyobsessedwithwoodburning and a little color never hurt anyBIRDY....
and THEN they landed on my deck.... and now they are waiting tweetly in my shop for someone to give them a new nest! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a tweet day!
a very LARGE painting. you will need.... a roll...or two....of painter's tape.... patience.....ummm...sorry...that should have been the FIRST item on the supply list.... to have a worksurface that you are willing to sacrifice for a good long while... and plenty of room to rotate the canvas several times..... over several days.....and several balls of tape....and used up bottles of paint..... and several bowls of clean water... and re-tapings..... and well....you may even need to employ a roll of your favorite washi.... and then....slowly.....painfully slowly.....you will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel canvas... ya know....on like day 3 of taping triangles between every meal.... every load of laundry.... every wiping down of the kitchen counters.... and loading/unloading of the dishwasher.... every trip to school to grab the kids from todays afterschool activity... and on and on and on.....until.... you swear you never want to see another triangle again.... which would be reasonable except for the fact that THIS PARTICULAR painting is actually going to hang in your own house...so yeah...you kind of have to make friends with the enemy.... it's a big task.... but worth it.... after a week or two of scowling at that bad boy everytime you walk by it...the hate begins to fade...and the love begins to grow:) Stay tuned for phase two.
as of 3:33 p.m. this guy is FOURTEEN! (and he still likes me taking his picture just as much as he did at 2 and a half) We love this kid more than I could ever put into words. His wit, wisdom, and wonderful spirit capitivate us more with each passing day. TO-day I am reflective.... today instead of looking down at my beautiful baby boy wrapped in blue.... I find myself just starting to have to tilt my chin up to look into those big eyes of his..... (and man does he love reminding me of this fact) BUT I am ok with this.... albeit a little bittersweet, I am slowly embracing the looking up thing.... the changes in his face....and voice.... that seemed to happen over night.... they are ok with me. All these years later I look up at him... and if I try really hard... I can see not onlythe cool dude that now stands in front of me... but the road up ahead.... and unlike that doubting first time Mom who gazed down at that adorable baby for the first time... I am now sure.... with each joke he cracks... with each story he tells... with each prank he pulls.... with each passing day.... I am more and more ok with the looking up... even if it hurts my heart a little.... because the road ahead is sunny..... and because finally fourteen years into this adventure.... I am fairly certain that we are doing just fine by this young man. I can't help but tilt my chin up with pride because I KNOW he will do great things. We love you Evan James.... (even whenespecially when you scowl at us)
waking up to burried shovels... and piles in front of our front door..... hello VERY HAPPY boy.... seeing your smile almost makes me love this. Notice I said almost. Can we just settle for likingit for the weekend?
I have to confess that when I looked out the window this morning I wasn't very happy with Mother Nature. We already had a couple of inches of snow on the deck with the promise of more to come. The kids had already had 2 snow days earlier this week! Didn't Mother Nature know about all of the "fun" and "important" things we had to do today? Didn't she know we wanted to go and do what all of the other cool-kids were doing? Mother Nature had wrecked allof our plans!
I have to confess though....it only took me a few minutes to get a grip and change course. To pull out the wrapping paper, put on the Carols, and settle into the idea of being home all weekend. To settle into the idea of enjoying the day right here at home....and to realize that sometimes plans are ruined for a reason. Sometimes the best plans are no plans at all. Ahhh...yes....a weekend filled with all of the little things...that are really the BIG things that TRULY make this season bright...sounds pretty damn good to me. Proving that....sometimes....Mother really DOESknow best.
the house was bursting with all of the wonders of winter and the hustle and bustle of everything great and magical about the holiday season...and oh my stars the gingerbread smelll...mixed with the twinkle lights...and the cups of cocoa...and the quiet of everyone finding an activity they love for a few minutes followed by chitter chatter and giggles a few moments later....devine. All of this coupled with the arrival of this years Christmas cards (fresh from the printers) in today's mail was all the reminder I needed that time and seasons are fleeting. I need only glance at the difference in last years photo and this one to know these days won't last forever. I am keenly aware of how FAST time is moving. I know that I need to embrace and cherish these serendipitous bonus days with my little people. I am not always good about slowing down and re-arranging and savoring the unexpected time but today was one for the books. One to burn to memory and recall some years down the road...with a smile.
Please excuse the photo-heavy phone pic post.... I have a dear sweet friend who asked to see some pics of our vintage decorations.... So....here goes..... love me some shiny brites.... and I sort of have a "thing" for those old paper houses from Japan..... but my true love and most collected item at flea markets and yard sales are definitely vintage bottle brush trees. LOVE them. can never have too many.... truth be told I have thought about not having the little house collection anymore...BUT....my kids are now fond of the tradition and feel it wouldn't be Christmas without them. Now who can argue with that? The bottle brush trees however, are here to stay. Gotta have shiny brites in every room of the house.
My daughter has also developed a love of shiny brites and vintage ornaments. Pretty much every piece that we find with pink on it ends up in her room. She is not really a lover of pink but opens her heart to them at Christmas time. I certainly am not a lover of pink so over the years she has kind of ended up with a pink and green and silver collection of old baubles....balanced out with some fun bright colors too.
yes pacifiers can be ornaments too....especially when you loved your paci as much as ahem...some people. Love these old paper flowers. We found a small shoebox full of them some years back at a flea market for $1.00 and I have never seen them anywhere again? We have them in silver too:) kinda looks like pepto puked on those roofs no? Oh and do you remember these old wooden ornaments that they sold for .39 cents at Woolworths? Yep....we've got quite a few of those too. How about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas collection...or 3? Link me up! Happy Friday friends.
I have heard some crazy tales of people out all night doing the whole black friday thing.... I have to confess it is not for me... but if you are out and about braving and embracing the frenzy... then I hope you are having fun!! For those of you who are shopping from the comfort of your keyboard this weekend... here's a little coupon for you. Now through Cyber Monday I am offering 20% off of everything in the shop. Just type in the code: HOLLYJOLLY at checkout! Happy shopping friends!
Every worktable/surface in our house was covered in activity today... the house was buzzing with the anticipation and preparation of a long weekend full of fun plans. It was both relaxing and exhausting all at the same time if that makes any sense? worktable wednesday in phone pics..... a little creating.... a little Thanksgiving Prep.... a little more creating.... and stirring..... and shoveling..... and swirling.... sifting and measuring..... progressing..... reading and executing..... finishing....at least for today... and turning piles..... into pretty (and hopefully palatable) pies. Yes it was a sorting... playing.... cleaning out.... online shopping.... calling... planning... organizing... baking, baking, and baking some more.... cold outside... but oh so cozy inside.... man this house smells heavenly.... grilled cheese and tomato soup kinda day.
I hope you all had a crazy-busy, exhilarating, full-hearted, memory-making, pie-baking, all around great day too! And I hope tomorrow is even better. Happy Thanksgiving Friends!!!
When the Mr. walked out onto the deck this morning he said "today's the day!" After the kids woke up I relayed the message to them "I think today's the day!" The little lady of the house ate her breakfast, put on her shoes, and was eager to run out the door to the Catalpa tree.....because..... today is indeedTHE day.
This tree brings us such joy. Over the years it has been the source of so much imaginative play and mystery for our family. For the first few years that we lived here we really knew nothing about it. After researching on our own and consulting a few local experts we learned it's name and found out that it probably shouldn't be doing as well as it is for being planted in this "zone." It is easy and relatively safe to climb and fun to hide behind. It has Giant "elephant ear" leaves which over the years have lent themselves to such things as hilarious games of Tarzan.....I'll spare you and a certain male member of the household those particular pics. It also puts on a show of amazing spring flowers which lend themselves to stringing onto lei's and braiding into crowns. It has grown with my children since the day we bought this house almost 13 years ago and we are blessed to have it in our yard. Each year we wait for it... long after the other trees in our neighborhood have changed color and shed their leaves...the Catalpa tree is still green and full.... until one day it decides to shed too. It proceeds to complete the entire process over the course of a few glorious hours. It brings with it the most amazing sound...you can actually hear it through the windows...and yet capturing it's full splendor in a video evades me? If we are UNlucky it has happened on a weekday, or during a rain or snow storm in late October or early November.... but most years....like this one...it happens on the most beautiful...albeit a bit chilly...October morning...with the sun beaming down and my baby girl dancing in her Halloween pajamas at it's roots. TODAY IS INDEED THE DAY!!! Pure, sweet, Autumnal magic! I for one plan to seize it! Afterall, it's going to be a long Winter.
Today's find is this Vintage Folding Potty Chair! Just madeover with a fresh coat of paint and a sweet little elephant friend. (I left the wood as is because it was in excellent condition) really wish I would have taken BEFORE pics....
but you will have to trust me when I say they weren't very good anyway. picture worn paint and peeling decal of a really ugly...and actually a little bit scary...kitten. anyway.. That was then and this is now. NOW= all freshened up, folded up, and ready to be shipped off to a new home:) psst....this would make a cute and unique Christmas gift.