I seem to have caught a case of the winter blues. They have crept in, making the pre-preschool-out-the-door shuffle more of an ordeal than usual. They appear at the end of the witching hour, about 4:45 PM, when I'm about to blow my top if my kids don't stop running around and hollering. It doesn't help that the sun hardly shines here in the winter. But, I'm trying to be proactive. Projects make happy. A clean house makes me happy. So, this week I've: cleaned my oven + stove....
...sewn a baby quilt out of fabric scraps for a first-time-expectant friend...
(above: bathroom before we moved in)
(above: the ugly, bent metal legs and hoses I was trying to hide)
(above: after the skirt)
I got everything at thrift stores, an antique store bargain basement, and the mirror I found on Craigslist.
So I found some instructions on the world wide web to do it in Photoshop. This is the first picture I did, so it's not super-good, but it was so fun to "color" my family picture. I felt like a little girl with her new box of Crayolas, picking colors that look vintage and making it look hand-tinted.
encaustic photo here
Photoshop tinting instructions here
Usually I do one or two loads of laundry a day. Since today is a six-load-day I thought I would share some of my laundry quirks with you.
I don't sort colors when washing. "Pour it in the pot" is my motto.
When folding clothes, the bulkiest items in the pile are folded first.
Underwear is folded last.
Travis' shirts must not be folded, but laid in a pile to be put on hangers.
What about you? Do you have any unusual laundering methods? I'd love to hear them. Excuse me while I go fold the laundry mountain on my dining room table...
Happy Martin Luther King Day! I just happened to find this plate in the bargain basement of an antique store today. (No, I didn't buy it for MLK, I am going to paint over him). How uncool of me, I know. I hope to show you what I've been shopping all over town for this week. Don't get your hopes up, but check back and see what I've been doing.
I have to tell you why I took these photos (don't judge me for having sloppy joe mouth corners: I scrubbed and they wouldn't go away!) Anyways, as I was saying, I took them to show you what I looked like 5 minutes before I stepped out the door to go to a Relief Society meeting, and then after I hurried and put on my basic ready face (mascara, foundation, powder, eyebrows penciled in, eyeshadow cream, chapstick and some pomade on my hair). I always have a debate running in my head if I think women are prettier with makeup or without. Most of the time I don't wear makeup, but when I got to church or the doctor's office, it is a must. Are you an always-wearing-makeup kind of girl or do you prefer au naturale?
Morning ritual: singing a silly song (this morning it was the "Dora the Explorer" theme song) with my lips touching Miles silky cheeks. He leans in really close, tilts his head into me and holds really still while I sing quietly. That boy! He's golden.
(Except that the childcare worker lady at the gym said he was pulling all the kids hair and scratching them yesterday. Is he capable of doing such naughty things? :)
The large ballerina painting (by my talented sister Emily) used to hang in our stairwell hallway, but now graces Lucy's room. Perfect for a little ("big girl") ballerina's room.
I literally sewed all day yesterday (except to hand out snacks and do a preschool pick-up). It was such a wonderful break from the daily grind.
I changed up my bed pillows a little. I sewed the shams on the large pillows in the back out of leftover curtain fabric. Then, I bought a bolster pillow at TJ Maxx and sewed a different, ruffly cover for it.
And, it was time for a little change-up in my dining room as well. I took down the thin wire that was my curtain rod, plus the thin white curtains, and made cream linen Roman shades for the windows.
I also hung some plates on the wall (apparently I never get sick of plates hung on walls...they're everywhere...in my kitchen, my living room, now my dining room). I got two at TJ Maxx and one the bottom one I had.