Groopdealz asked to feature the dolls! They will be on sale all weekend so if you have been waiting for a good sale, this is your chance! For those who already have the outfits offered, you can trade for some that you may not have and also extend your Outfit of the Month membership. Happy Weekend!
The twins just had a birthday...four years old now. I will spare you the "I can't believe they have grown up so fast" commentary...because it has gone fast but, it has been slow too.
I have been thinking a lot about what my life has been these last four years. It's easy to sit here in my quiet studio and reflect when all of my kidlets are in bed and it is calm. It's easy to feel that overflowing feeling in my heart and savor their beauty and love and remember all of the little joy filled moments we have had today. I can feel my breath being taken away just at the thought of how beyond blessed I feel when I really think about this life of mine.
But, frankly, all of the moments haven't been joyful. Sometimes they are downright HARD, frustrating and exhausting.
Most of the time on this blog, all you see is the uncluttered, light filled parts of our life over here. I do this on purpose because I want it to be an inspiring, beautiful place for you to visit. We all have clutter in our lives...(and that clutter/mess piles up very quickly over here!). There is beauty in the clutter, I know I'll miss picking up coloring books and doll house accessories someday. But it is nice to have places to go that are clean, pretty and clutter free.
It was hard to talk to complete strangers about something that means so much to me and then to have them reject me and my message. It was hard for a very athletically challenged girl like me to ride a bike everywhere, everyday in a skirt no less! I wish I would have documented the struggles...mostly so that I could see how I had the courage to overcome them and how I grew stronger and stronger as I kept getting back up and trying again.
I just finished re-reading one of the best, most honest commentaries on mothering that I've ever laid eyes on. Have you read the article "Don't Carpe Diem" by Glennon Melton? I have had so many other moms recommend it. I only read half of it until finally one day after having it recommended again thought, "Sheesh, what is all the fuss about?!" and read the whole thing. Now I know what the fuss was about...it's like Glennon went into my jumbled up mind/heart and articulated perfectly, exactly how I feel about motherhood.
In the article Glennon talks about two kinds of time: Chronos and Kairos. For clarity, I'm going to just quote an excerpt here (but you'll be so glad you read the whole article...it is so good):
"There are two different types of time. Chronos time is what we live in. It's regular time, it's one minute at a time, it's staring down the clock till bedtime time, it's ten excruciating minutes in the Target line time, it's four screaming minutes in time out time, it's two hours till daddy gets home time. Chronos is the hard, slow passing time we parents often live in.
Welcome to my sanctuary...
Laurel loves it too. She's my little buddy in here most of the time.
Pens and pencils make me giddy.
I love the view and the natural light. I'll show you how to make this table in a second...
When I was unpacking I found a folder full of "just for fun" sketches I had done...brought back some nice memories. The bottom two pictures (the raccoon and the snail) were pre-drawings for a some murals I did years ago.
So, do you want to know how to make a nice, big work table and not spend a lot of time or money doing it? I'd bet that you can figure out what I did just by looking at them...but I'll tell you the steps anyway.
Items purchased for one table:
Two cabinets from Lowes ($30 each)
One 28x80 inch interior hollow slab door unpainted ($28) also from Lowes
One bottle of Linseed oil (or any oil for wood finishing)
Bag of small "L brackets" (I didn't end up needing these but I put heavy things in my cabinets and on my table top so it wasn't going anywhere)
Step one: Build your cabinets
Step two: Place the cabinets where you'd like them in the room and put your slab door on top. Make sure they are centered under your new table top.
Step Three: Fill them with heavy things like books (or beloved Martha Stewart mags that may or may not have moved with you seven times now), also great for printer paper storage!
Oil your table tops. We had a wood counter top island in our previous house and I adored it. So easy to take care of and it felt so warm and beautiful. I feel like I have that counter top back but for literally 1/8th of the price. I used linseed oil but a mineral oil would have worked great too. It just sucked up the oil and gave me a nice natural finish. If you get a mark and want to remove it, just sand it away and re-oil!
The closet still needs some work but this is what I've done so far:
Having this much space just for supplies is a dream. The End.
Love having all of my fabric where I can see it...very inspiring!
Laurel loves cutting "Arn" and decorating her favorite little dog a dear friend (Hi Lori!) made for her when she was a tiny baby. I love that we can all create together in here..plenty of light and space.
I'll show you my computer desk area soon and keep you updated as I actually put things on the walls (why is that so intimidating?!)
If you have any questions about the table just ask. 'Til next time!
Passion: 1. A powerful emotion such as love, joy, hatred or anger.
a. Ardent love
b. Boundless Enthusiasm
What is my passion?
What is art in my eyes?
Everything that is beautiful and that is creative.
My family is art, my home is art, my paper dolls are art, my love for Jeff is art, the perfection of imperfection...that is art.
The picture I have in my head of our family rushing into church late, all dressed in our best with hair still wet and a hole in Norah's tights. Jeff carrying the shoe and sock-less baby in one hand and two overstuffed diaper/activity bags in the other. Me guiding the girls through the doors shushing them and smiling with pride at the same time...this to me is art.
I really love this quote I found a while ago:
This year my goal is to blog my passion more regularly. I am not a writer (as I'm sure you have noticed!) but, I can still in my imperfect way share the art that I love with you.
So this year, I hope you will find some perfection in my imperfections and that we can get to know one another a little bit better. Please always know that your comments are welcomed and that I really do enjoy hearing from you.
Share your art with me will you?
I can't wait!
This poor blog has been neglected lately but I have big plans for updating more regularly this year. I thought I'd start by giving you a quick update:
Update No. 1: We are here in Idaho!
We are here and loving it. SO much still to unpack and do but we are making progress and living here is a delight even with half of our stuff still in boxes. The neighborhood is quiet and the neighbors seem friendly. I'm looking forward to getting to know them all better...maybe when it's a bit warmer outside.
Update No. 2: Jordan and Ruthie came for a visit!
My brother's family came about a week after we got here for a quick visit. It was so fun to see familiar faces.
Watch out, these kids are on a mission. Destination: PARK!
Growing up with four brothers wasn't always easy...but they made up for it with the women they chose to marry! I seriously have the best sisters-in-law. It was so nice to catch up and hang out with Ruthie.
The only picture I snapped of my brother Jordan. The biggest teddy bear you will ever meet. I miss him already. That's Rebeca born just after Norah.
Update No. 3:
Gathered round our Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
I knew making nightgowns this year was not happening so I looked and looked online for classic nightgowns...what a disappointment! If I didn't want Dora, Barbie or Disney Princesses on their gowns, I was out of luck (unless I wanted to pay $40 or more). I posted my woes on Facebook and my good friend Sara responded asking if she could make gowns for the girls! I sent her fabric, notions, etc. and they arrived at our doorstep from Minnesota a few days before Christmas. She did a beautiful job don't you think?
Everything is ready...Ollie got a little peak. :)
Jeff started this tradition. He tells the Christmas story in toddler terms with our Nativity Set. I love this tradition.
Ollie had plenty of helpers!
The big gift, a play kitchen. I made the aprons a while ago...as you can see Norah is thrilled to be wearing hers for this picture. :)
There's the update. Hope your December was full and happy too. I'll be seeing you again soon...promise! :)