We buried my aunt today. She is at peace in heaven. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This is a sweet life-size bronze near the base of the mountain. I love all the life-size bronzes that many of the ski towns have.
Meanwhile, on the home front, my husband and I spent most of today painting our 2 story entry way. I have been busy with the paint brush lately. Everything is about lightening, brightening, and freshening!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Happy first day of Spring to the people in this half of the world and have a great Fall season to those in the Southern Hemisphere!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A week or so ago, I read in the newspaper that if we're going to prune our trees, we should do it now. Then, a few days later, Lauren from Pure Style Home had some inspirational photos of cut branches. I had always wanted to do this, but our trees have always been too small. Now our cherry tree is big enough, I had my husband prune some branches off. He didn't understand what I was trying to do, so he first cut about a foot off a branch. Too short, I said. I asked him for a larger branch, and the second branch is a lot better. I put it in some water, and we'll see if those beautiful cherry blossoms will bloom! Happy last day of Winter everyone (here in the USA, that is)!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
All images via Kentwood Homes.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This picture of sunflowers was taken in a Whole Foods Market in San Diego when we were on vacation a couple of years ago. I was taken with the sea of yellow in the grocery store.
I have to admit, Whole Foods does a great job providing beautiful fresh flowers. It is very convenient. But, the thought and romance of being able to purchase flowers from a flower market while strolling the streets of a European city ....
This "Flower Market" painting is on sale now on Etsy.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This Friday, I am remembering visiting Napa Valley a few years ago this time.
It is nearing the end of Mustard Season in California's wine country - Napa Valley. This is a time of year where the mustard plant flourishes and grows and turns the landscape into a shockingly bright citrus color. It is especially beautiful when it grows in the vineyards. The Mustard Festival is underway, and one can feel the excitement and celebration in the air!
I wish I was there right now!
My version of the above picture:
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I've painted my bathroom a light grey/blue. (Click here to view) I've painted my bedroom white, from a dark earth tone. I've been sewing up a storm, using fabrics I have had for years. My husband is so happy that some of that fabric is being used, it has been taking up space in our basement storage room.
Even in my art, I have been changing. In a way I fear this change. I don't know how it will be received.
I've even tried freshening up my blog design. Unfortunately, I am not that great with HTML. I'm trying to learn it though. I spent a couple hours today testing out different formats that I can work with and tweak to make it look the way I want. I tried Maxima, Maxima Stretch, Minima, and reformatting my current format to make it wider...Then I realized that I really need more time than the 2 hours I had. So, look what I ended up with. A grey border around my blog. I switched from a brown one. Wow! Big change, huh?! Oh, boy, I wish I had more uninterrupted time! Well, change is going to have to come slowly, I guess!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
However, with the chaos of family life, I am realizing I need function a little more than form. As our family grows up, I am constantly thinking of how to make our house function for us. A couple of years ago, we switched our living and dining rooms. It worked better for us to have a large dining room to host family and other social functions. At the same time, it was better for us to have a smaller living room where we could tuck the (ugly) piano on one side of the wall where it was not very visible to people as they walk into our home. I also had an office armoire in the living room that housed my computer. That armoire moved last year into the study. It was bringing too much clutter from all my paperwork, and I was also not doing a good job at closing up the armoire after I was finished for the day.
While the living room was functional with the piano in there, I realized it could be even more functional. We do a lot of reading in that room. The sofa is so comfortable, we can nap in there too. Here is the before of the living room:
I know that having all these books in this room will take more work to keep clean, but seeing this (below) makes it worthwhile when I know this room is being used for its intended purpose.Hopefully, after I do some of my projects as planned, I may end up liking the look of the living room "library". Who knows, maybe I'll even go and paint the bookcases black to emulate this look:
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is me sometimes. My kids' sports activities are starting up again, and so the chauffeuring is heightened. Between picking kids up from school 2 times a day (I have a child in morning kindergarten, and 2 kids in all day), piano lessons, school activities, sports practices and games, I spend a lot of time in the car. As I wait for them, I daydream. I carry a notebook, and my car is filled with magazines and books.
Sometimes I feel like I dream my life away. Don't get me wrong, I love my children and am so happy for them that they have the opportunity to do all these activities. It is so exciting to see them doing all these things, most of which I never did growing up. I know that this is just the "season" of my life. I know when they are older, I will look back and wish it all back.
For now, though, while I wait for for the hour or so for each of their activities to end, I dream.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We all know now that the Pantone color for 2009 is Mimosa.
Now, this particular house wasn't this shade of yellow, but it was a cheery, warm, yellow. I normally wouldn't love an all yellow home, although the great room in my last home was yellow. This house, however, had just the right amount of crisp white mixed in with it to balance out the yellow. Let's take a look:
As you enter the home, you are greeted by a gorgeous staircase.