Friday, May 31, 2013

Pop and Flair!

Our house is still far from "finished".  We're in a holding pattern while we have a few fun summer adventures and then we'll get back to our regularly scheduled fixing up.  So I've been trying to be methodical about what I want in my home.  What things make me happy.  It's not what I have.  Though I'm working on it.  I have a billion pins on my pinterest boards all with somewhat conflicting tones.  Some say "I wish I were grown up and elegant" while the ones I really love are bright and flashy and bring a POP of color. I want to be more towards the POP side.  That's who I feel I really am.  Not the Pottery Barn or Anthropologie knockoff.  I more of IKEA meets 8 year old meets old stuff painted hot pink.  It probably hearkens back to a day in high school when I had this "brilliant" idea of spray painting this HUGE and HEAVY mirror frame florescent green.  I think my mom is still scarred from it.  While it didn't really turn out the way I WANTED it to look (probably because I didn't even take the time to get nice even coats- just taped and sprayed), it met a need. I needed different and I needed loud and bright not boring tan.  I guess I'm finally coming to terms with being loud and bright.  Kind of.  At least loud.  Here are some of the things I would LOVE to see smiling at me in my home:

12x36 - See You Later Alligator...Painting
Hakuna Matata doormat. The Lion King. Custom door mat. Possitive message
Another Etsy Shop
(Original site has relocated: but if you want to find it go ahead: HERE)
Because let's be honest- this is SO ME! You can find it on Amazon.
(doesn't link to this picture but you can probably find it in a few days of searching the site.) I'm thinking maybe I made a mistake with a dark blue door. But it's staying for now.  

THIS is just Brilliant.  Both smart and brightly hued. 

And then.....

We have painted furniture....


And cute fabric on the inside to boot! Here's the LINK.
Brown to lime green?! THIS is what the mirror was supposed to look like...
Old and Dated to new and chic.  Though I'm not good at the "antiquing" where you sand bits of the paint back off... 
This is too much purple/pink for me (did I just say that?) but I love the BOLDNESS of the paint. 
Black and Blue. (This is the link from the picture watermark- the site it links to on pinterest is broken.)
Crib rails: I don't think our crib will be passed on or down. I think we will repurpose. 

And then there are chairs:
Here and the site is in Catalan.  I'm globally inspired. 
Here. Now Spanish. 
Here. Again- broadminded design I guess.

Last one for today:
I think it's the pink and yellow that get me. 

And here I'm working with neutral tones. Or at least that's what I have.  What do you think about all these?

I think my hubby is wishing he had sunglasses. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ah! Ah! LOUD!

For the family reunion this year it looks like we'll be taking our monkeys to see the kids at the zoo. In honor of that (and to give us all a project-summer vacation anyone?) we're making animal shirts using mostly stuff we have on hand. (i say mostly because i had to buy freezer paper and i didn't have black paint already, but I'm sure they will come in handy door future projects as well). Ian used to say the peacocks said "ah! Ah! LOUD!" He requested a peacock tie dye shirt 3 years ago. I've spruced it up for Chollie Tortise this year. More projects to come.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

To do, to do, to do.

To do list for Thursday May 2nd 2013 goes a little something like this:

-hang laundry
-do a few more loads (if the sock situation has not remedied by just doing whites)
-make rice krispy treats
-fix baby tux 
-sip soda
-feed munchkins
-enjoy that tomorrow is roadtrip day

Thank goodness I took some Excedrin this morning to ward off the headache. I feel much better now. 
Hope we have no meltdowns this afternoon. 
I'd be farther down my list but I stopped to visit some friends who were passing through town on their way to a new adventure.  So glad I did.  I love good friends.  

May today be productive and tomorrow be fun. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ninja Socks.

I know that time will eventually tick itself down and Friday will in fact be here.  But it feels that time is stuck to the side of the jar.  Killin' me Smalls. 

Our house has exploded.  The walls are still here but the inside needs a good purging to get better.  We got all of our stuff out of storage the other day.  A swift reminder that we (by which I point the finger mostly at myself) have yet again over indulged and have WAY TOO MUCH stuff.  Things.  Time.  Energy. Space. Money. Wasted.  And now all of that stuff is clogging my brain and spirit and it just NEEDS TO GO. Which it will (Cue yard sale next weekend). But for the next two weeks we will be wallowing through the mire of bad choices and over spending.  So getting ready for an quick overnight trip to SLC is putting me on shutdown.  I can't find socks.  Heaven knows I have washed and dried and even folded (some) socks.  Lots of them. ("Some" referring to the number folded, "Lots" being the sheer quantity of socks washed and dried by this person.  Just to clear that up.)  But they are hiding.  Somewhere.  And this tired Mama who stupidly took allergy meds this morning to keep from sneezing 5 bajillion times a day is now regretting THAT choice because I can't find the socks.  The wee one wants to snuggle to sleep but he wants to do it on my face.  He gets that from me.  I have to toss and turn 50 times or so before I'm perfect and can sleep ala Sid.  Knowing where he gets it doesn't help the face that we both need a nap.  So instead we'll go for a short drive. (Don't worry Mom, I said SHORT drive.  And the worst of the allergy med side effect drowsiness is over.  Which means my nose is tickley now too.)  Look at some elk.  And maybe the socks will have come out of hiding.  

Dear Family,
Please be ready to go when Friday spontaneously shows up.

Dear Friday,
The gas pedal is the long skinny one.  Or so I've heard.  Drive safely but get here ASAP. 
A Mom looking forward to a roadtrip

Dear Missing Socks,
Joke is over. You win.  
We'll all embrace SANDALS