Wednesday, April 25, 2012

swivel chairs

My mom finished wallpapering the sunroom while we were out of town. Apparently 20 soccer games wasn't enough to keep her busy. Now I really want to complete the project. One, because my husband is sure that it will take me about 10 years to do so, and two because with the family room being remodeled we have two chairs in the house to sit in. Zoikes. So today I went to NFM, one of my least favorite places (Sorry Kelly). It's just so big. They have lots of great stuff, but lots of schlock that you have to wade through to get to the good stuff.

Anyway, I found swivel chairs that I really like for the sunroom. I want swivel chairs so you can watch tv or turn around and listen to someone playing the piano, or join in on a convo in the living room or if you're a 9 or 11 year-old boy you can spin around as fast as you can. Wait a minute, scratch that last reason.

This is the one I really like:

And these are the fabric samples I brought home:

Here's a little refresher of the colors I have going on in this room:

Right now I'm leaning towards the small animal print, but I wouldn't mind bringing in some color. I could do that with pillows though, so I'm thinking I should stay neutral. And I have to deal with my husband, who unfortunately has an opinion and more unfortunately occasionally it's a good one. :)

I also need two new chairs for the living room, so I'm thinking maybe the tan with the blue as accent pillows. I have to work with these brown paisley chairs.

It would truly be amazing if I made a decision on all four chairs at once! Although I don't know what style I want for the living room...

Here's a peek at the family room. I know it still looks like a disaster, but trust me the ceiling looks so much better!

I am painting the walls and the woodwork (my contractor's painter is doing the ceiling and all of the built-ins). I'm really hoping they finish soon, so I can get this room done before my kids are out of school!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

back at it

I am back from New Orleans! What a trip. It's such a great city and we had a wonderful time. Many areas the city seem to still be recovering from Katrina, which was sad to see. Lots of empty buildings... But hey, when you can get a "go cup" and walk around with a drink all day, it all starts to look better. New Orleans is almost 300 years old, and being in the French Quarter makes you feel like you are in another country. I just love some areas of it. And the food! I love, love, love, Creole cooking. I'm inspired to try to make a few things myself.

Speaking of cooking I thought I'd share the drawings I gave the cabinet designer today. She liked them and asked me to scan and email them to her. Hey, maybe I have a future in kitchen design! Ha.

I'm really looking forward to what the designer comes up with! And happy that this project is starting.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

off to N.O.

David and I are headed to New Orleans tomorrow morning. I'm so excited. I love New Orleans. I've only been twice, and am so happy to be going back. I can already see myself sitting at the Cafe du Monde...

My saint of a mom is staying the kids. She'll be taking them to lots of soccer games. Unfortunately Charlie has a tournament this weekend, which adds up to a lot of games when you include a regular season game and a practice... And this girl has a couple of her own. They'll survive, I'm sure. I stocked up on wine and chocolate, just in case!

Have you heard about Birchbox? It's so cool. If you love make-up and hair products, you should sign up here.

Next week I have to really get serious about our kitchen remodel. I have someone coming to measure for cabinets on Monday. One thing I'm still uncertain about is counter-tops. I really want butcher block somewhere.

I found this kitchen on pinterest:

It comes from the blog High Street Market and click here to read her great post. This is exactly what I want! As a matter of fact those cabinets are pretty much what I want too.

How was that for a random blog post?

Have a great week! I'll be back with hopefully lots of happy beignet stories...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

house updates

I'm still haven't completed Ella's room, but I did clean it today. Why I let it get so bad, is beyond me. She is such a pack rat!!! The boys' rooms I finished right away, but I've let several things in Ella's room slide. I don't have much to do, and maybe that's the problem. I do love the new bedspread I recently found at Marshall's, it's the perfect shade of green and I love the pattern. Now if I can just finish the touch-up painting, hang some art, and finish her bed skirt, I'll be there. She also needs a rug and I'm thinking about maybe doing something fun with carpet tiles from Flor. I'm also thinking about using Flor for the sunroom. I love this one.

Ella's room isn't the only room that isn't finished. The sunroom/living project continues on and on... And we're in complete remodel-mode in our family room in the basement.

I designed this room pretty much myself, so A) it's exciting to see it come together and B) I really hope I got it right! The picture above shows the built-ins. The one on the left, and the small one will have doors. The other one will be open. My contractor is making a concrete bar height counter-top that will join both tall cabinets.

This built-in shown above, is for the tv. All of the shelves will be open. I really love it! It will be painted black.

And here is a photo of the ceiling. It was really funky, and will still be a little bit, but at least there won't be a million different heights!

And that's it for now! I haven't shared any house stuff on my new blog yet, and was wondering if I should or not. But I enjoy having a record of everything that we're doing so I thought why not?! I will probably be adding some posts from my previous blog, just so I have everything in one place.

Monday, April 9, 2012

a case of the Mondays

Feeling a little so-so today, I chose painting over washing the windows in my living room. After finally getting them stained this weekend, I really want to get them clean so we can finally hang window coverings. But my heart won out. Just a benefit of being a stay-at-home-mom I guess. The windows will wait, my need to paint today wasn't going to.

And I think the rest of my day will be much better for it.

Friday, April 6, 2012


                 Have a wonderful weekend and if you celebrate: Happy Easter or Happy Passover!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

being truly useful

                           "It is truly useful since it is beautiful." The Little Prince, Chapter XIV

The business class I am taking, Hello Soul Hello Business, is still going strong. I'm happy to report that I've kept up with the class and am still as excited about it as I was when it first began. I've learned so much and feel like I am making progress. Yesterday I had one of those moments though, when I felt like just giving up. Felt like what's the point, am I ever going to get there? And even beyond that, what is the point of my art anyway? I let the gremlins of fear, self-doubt and self-worth get in.

Then I was reminded about some advice Flora gave us in her amazing painting class: do the work. Get off the computer and do the work. Success doesn't come easy and no one who makes it ever is an overnight success. It takes lots and lots of painting.

I'm really trying to focus on the business part of it as well as the creating, because deep down even though it scares the hell out of me, I do want to have a successful business. I want to be a thriving artist instead of a starving one (not my original saying). But part of me just wants to paint and paint and paint. And then just see what happens. Its a push and pull. I so often feel like I've put the cart in front of the horse. That I haven't done the work and the business end of things should come later.

What is my point in all of these ramblings? I'm not sure. I just know that the computer needs to be open less and the paints need to be open more. And I need to continue to push myself in the direction of taking this hobby that occasionally makes a few bucks, into something bigger. Stay away gremlins. You're not welcome here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

opening weekend

Although we've been out to the cabin several times already this spring, this past weekend was our first official weekend and the first that we've spent the night. The weather was spectacular. We had a great time: no melt-downs (kids or parents), lots of sand time on our new beach, kayaking, vollyball, and we all watched another Kansas win.
My mom has been telling me for years that parenting would get easier and although a certain someone had several time-outs in the beginning, this weekend I finally felt it. We still have our challenges and I know someday when I have a house full of teenagers I will long for the days of toddlers and preschoolers, but for now we are in a great stage. It feels good.
This guy had a little surgery on his ears last week, so no water for him. He handled it really well, although at this moment it was kind of tough because everyone was in the water. Not me, but I probably didn't to clarify that, did I? I brought him out a bowl of ice cream and that seemed to make it a little better. Charlie, who can be really hard on him, said, "It's just not real swimming without Sammy T." And today when Sam was getting ready for school he told me how cool it was that they were able to have so much fun at the cabin even without their iPod touches. Amazing.
And I declared this painting done. This was one of the two I did for my class. I call it, "The Kayak." Clever, eh? It needs to be a little higher, but that's where the nail was so that is where I put it. It will probably take me a year or two to fix it... I love the color it brings to this room at the cabin.