Monday, March 17, 2014

Marked Spring

We have made it past the last birthday which marks spring in our house. It was the best orange birthday a mom could pull off. 
There is so much happening during the weeks around here that I made myself a schedule to follow. I've started a pottery class, which is much harder than it looks. So far I have made two wonky toothpick holders and a personal sized gravy boat - I must say all by accident. It's going to take a lot of practice to get a decent looking bowl or cup. 
We are also desperately trying to finish up our bedroom but there have been little unknown hurdles. The latest one being a missing headboard and footboard, that was suppose to be delivered on Friday. Also I'm having the hardest time finding the perfect dresser and storage cabinet. Our new bed is heavenly. I just can't wait until everything has a place. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Almost Past the Birthday Hurdle

We have celebrated two out of the three birthdays that happen this time of year. Aries' had a sprinkle party and invited classmates to help crack open a pinata. That was the only thing she asked for this year. A giant pinata filled with candy. 
Damien's party was more low key. Must be this new age of 11. A simple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - no balloons, no decorations - just no fuss. He had a separate sleepover party with a friend that happened to fall on a giant snow storm here. But one friend was still able to make it, we braved the snow and went out for Hibachi, played video games, and laughed way too long into the night.
One last birthday boy to go. Which in our house marks the beginning of spring. The birds are starting to chirp, the lake at the park is starting to crack, and we are starting to see more light at the end of our days. This seems to be the most dreariest of winters. Every other day there is snow, which is magical when it falls as long as you have no plans to go anywhere. I can't wait to feel that spring motivation! It's almost here ...that last birthday.. that last hurdle....the last push to spring. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Toys

Santa was very good to us this past Christmas! Damien's surprised face when he opened his gift was the best ever. It's the looks of utter disbelief. Odyn and Aries have been busy playing with their new gifts everyday. 
I got a new camera! Something that was long overdue. But like most new toys I need to learn how to use it. There are more buttons, noises, and over all functions than I'm use to. The old camera is still here, now my trusty backup, so very hard to resist picking it up because I feel so comfortable with it. I just keep telling myself soon this camera will feel that same way.
Now that the holiday season is over it's time to focus on the kids birthdays and house projects. Our plan is to start working on all the bedrooms. Right now the wallpaper is off the plaster walls and is a leaving a very cold industrial look upstairs.
This is my favorite stage, the planning part. It's the time to choose paint colors, find the perfect furniture, decide on all the details. Looking at pictures to get inspiration. Day dream of new bedding, soft area rugs, and pretty patterns. 
I'll be sure to take plenty before and afters.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Reflection

Wow what a year 2013 was. Looking back on the pictures it was a great year. Like every year it had it's challenges and rewards. This year I hope to be back here more. Make it a priority! Also take a couple of art classes, a summer vacation with the family, and just enjoy every moment more. Like many other full time working parents I've found that sometimes the days can blend together. This year I want to stop and take more time to really enjoy everyday. Hope your New Years is off to a great start!! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hey. Hello. Hi.

Leffingwell
Infront of the Fire
Angel in the snow
Wreath
Sampler
Upclose
Herbs to dry
Holiday Tradition
Lunch Time
Puzzled
Side Table
Snowing
Inside looking out
Winter lunch
I feel like there has been this long unspoken break that happened here in this spot. Thanksgiving has come and gone without a turkey or pie picture, in fact the whole month of November. It's very unlike me, which is exactly how I've been feeling lately. 
Not much on the craft work, not much about the shop, hardly any pictures being taken - except for the random photo that pops up on instagram. These months have been a juggling game with work, spending time with the family, taking care of the necessities, and sleep. Now I'm starting to carve into the days finding moments for myself. Small day trips. Working on small projects for friends and a future magazine feature (something I'm over the moon about). It's the most settled, secure, and proud of us I have felt in awhile. While a little piece of me may have gotten lost in the shuffle it's starting to return. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

October Happenings

Ship Salem Harbor
Untitled
Pumpkin USA
Antiques of Salem
Witch House Sign
Lobster Mac & Cheese
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Rainbow leaf
Tall Ship
Corny Kids
Salem
Casting a spell out to sea
Halloween Mantle
Witchy
Cider Donut
Salem Gravestones
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Salem
Salem Harbor
Among the leaves
Shadow Play
Gummy Bears
Witch House
Rose Hips
Three in a row
Corn Maze
We have really been out and about this October. Filling everyday off full of fall fun. We've taken a trip to a 6 acres corn maze, ate cider donuts, walked through old graveyards, went through an amazing path of carved pumpkins, and made magic wands in Salem. 
The leaves have put on quite a show last week, looking like they have all bursted into flames. Tired, they seem to be tumbling down, gathering around our feet to make rustling sounds in the wind. Halloween is right around the corner. We have our costumes and candy ready to hand out. 
November will be upon us shortly. I don't quite feel ready to give up fall this year. There is still so much I hope to get done before snow falls. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Without Color


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No. 36
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No. 28
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No. 25
Usually this time of year my photos are all about earthy natural fall leaves and their color. I've been noticing on my drives that more and more trees are changing into firey blossoms of color. We plan on celebrating fall properly with a trip to Salem, MA this weekend. But until then I leave you with some black and white of the children. They are losing teeth and growing inches faster than the seasons are changing.