Friday, March 21, 2014

Miles to Go

My parents, Danielle, Will and I just returned from a 4,500 mile car trip.  12 states in 5 days.  We saw the beautiful deserts of Arizona and New Mexico; the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay; the red rocks of Utah and the Rockies in Colorado; the plains of Kansas and the familiar hills and valleys of Missouri and Iowa.

I am *stupid* happy to be home.  Though I have miles to go on my projects, it is so good to see them all again.  Say hello, with me, will you?

Hello view from my desk;

Hello crooked pictures and candles and small boy who is happy to be home (he circled the house about three times and gave me about four hugs);

Piano and plates and green chair: Hello to you, too!

 Well, you old dump chair, there you are, just waiting patiently.  (What?  No Upholstery Fairy?)

 I missed you blue buffet.

God bless everyone and Keurig, too.

I did not miss washing dishes, but I did miss you, Yellow Sink.


Hello paper bag portrait and my favorite blue bird from my favorite girl.

 Hello chairs and chalkboard and plant that lives on despite my neglect.

 Hello fridge full of masterpieces and cupboard that doesn't shut.

Hello shelves to be trimmed and tractors and trucks.

 Oh map, how I've missed you.  And Basket! Goodness, we stuff you full!
 

Spotted art, hamper and green stool: We're Home!

 Little Boy's Room,


 Little Girl's Room, they're ba-a-a-ck!




Green Chair, you're going to get the cold shoulder, I may need to stand for a while.

 Hello bedroom...

Hello drapes that puddle not-so-romantically.

 Hello furniture I've been too scared to paint.  (Goodbye tiny fear.)

 Hello Home.

Safe journeys to you and yours.  
'Til we meet again,
Take Care! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cuddle Up

Craigslist has been good to me lately.  I found six original finish bentwood chairs a few weeks ago. ("Found in an old Wisconsin barn!") They might be more of a project than I'd like - some disassembling, sanding and glueing will have to happen before they get painted.

This weekend I found a bright blue full/twin bunk bed close by and got it in the house before all the rain started today. (I even managed to get Will's room repainted before putting it in!) I finally feel like I'm making headway!

Then I spotted this:  (I really need to stop looking!)
I am so distracted by this "Davenport"!  Which is nuts because it's brown - almost the same color as the sofa we have now that I just slip-covered (not a project I want to repeat!)...I replaced the cushions on this sofa, and we've been using it for the last three years.  It's held up well, but we're getting closer to an "upholstery emergency".

$150 for a full-size sofa!  Reupholstering the one I have now will cost me as much, and I am so tempted to change things up in the living room.   Can you picture a fringe at the bottom?
I just love the wood trim (crazy, I know!).  I'd try to lightly sand the trim and paint or stain it darker ...or lighter.  Maybe it's the rainy weather that makes that delicious nubby fabric look cozy.  It would be the perfect spot to snuggle up and peruse Craigslist for another project!

Cheers!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fake Foul


Okay, confession time.  Antlers remind me of fingernails.  There. Now you know.  And wish you didn't.

The older I get, the more creeped out I am by any kind of taxidermy.  Too many childhood visits to the butcher where your brothers dared you to stand under the huge (long-haired!) bull's head (who-can-stand-there-longest-style)?  Possibly.  Does that mean I'm vegetarian?  Heck no.  There is still a place in my life for meat.  And I still go to that butcher - Best sausage around!  (Though writing that sentence made me a little sick just now.)
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While I can appreciate "animal" in home design,  I have a lot of questions that I really don't want the answers to:  Swiffer or vaccuum?  Which attachment?  At some point those hairs/feathers, start shedding, and they go where?

 
I have a friend who thinks donkeys are funny (I think they're just a@#$%. :)  But, I get it now, because lately I really do find that ducks, and geese, kind of adorable.
That goose is hilarious.  If it's not shedding stuff, that is.

Lately, I've been setting aside a lot of time to daydream about the following spaces.  Which has me really pumped to hunt down the perfect the non-shedding, dust-collecting version of one of theses fine, funny, foul.   
D&S
D*S                
     
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Are you Team Taxidermy or Team Decoy?  Team Donkey or Team Goose?
Love to You!





Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pamela Griffith's Botanical Art with Soul


Meeting people is one of my most favorite things to do.   I love being part of a group and listening to and learning from other people.  I'm especially drawn to people who are natural teachers.

You know that person in a crowd who is gutsy enough to "break the ice"?  The one who, with one well-placed story, question or observation can get the whole group talking and having a great time?   On my trip to Taliesin, I met the loveliest lady who has just that ability. 


Pamela Griffith is a beautifully talented Australian artist, who works in nearly every possible medium and through her sense of place and appreciation of the Australian landscape "brings art to everyone."  

Pamela has designed for the Kleenex brand of Kimberly Clark; designed commemorative toile fabrics for the Australian Bicentennial and the Beatification of Mary MacKillop; and, if youhappen to be in New South Wales, she designed the waratah flower logo on your driver's license. (I had to google waratah, too.  Here it is!)


In her printmaking studio, Pamela also creates etchings and prints that celebrate the fascinating Australian landscape.  There are so many beautiful paintings and etchings to browse through on her site, but if you're lucky enough to be heading to (or in!) Australia, you can check out Pamela's exhibition in person:


If you go, tell Pamela, "Hello from Wisconsin!"  :)

Here are some more of my favorite etchings I couldn't resist sharing with you!  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cheers to 40 Years!

Today is the day!
Happy New Year to Me!
Celebrate with me!...


Live the moment...
...Put on your party pants and just dance...
...Smile big, just because!

After all, the sky is the limit!  Or is it?  As one great explorer once said:  "To Infinity and Beyond!"  :)

And my favorite quote from one Mr. Thoreau:  

Do you know what you are? 
You are a marvel. 
You are unique. 
In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. 
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. 
You have the capacity for anything.
– Henry David Thoreau 


You have the capacity for any.thing. (!)

Ah, to be new again! Hooray for today!

 Love to You!