Tag: life

Denver Art Museum

This weekend my family and I spent a few hours at the Denver Art Museum. I love visiting old favorites, and getting so much new inspiration.

I really liked the color palette in this exhibit of 1900’s Southwest Survey photos. The light blue walls, dark frames and sepia colored photos was gorgeous.

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The amazing stillness in the older wings of the museum is so tranquil and calming. I love just sitting with the old pieces. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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While I’ve Been Away!

I thought I would do a quick photo re-cap of what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve been working hard on a few new exciting projects, including a coloring book I will be publishing in the next few weeks. The release of the book will also include free printables and a new section of Zounds dedicated to the super trendy, oh so fun world of adult coloring books. Here is a sneak peek at one of the concepts I’ve created for the cover:

Cover Option 5

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We Sold the House

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to say. Or if I even wanted to say anything… We sold our house… let me re-phrase Matt sold our house. I hadn’t lived there for 6 months. It’s a very bittersweet end, on one hand I’m glad it’s gone and we both needed the money to fund new projects, new lives… but I worked so hard to make that house beautiful. So many projects done, so many projects in progress. Below is about as far as I got with the kitchen cabinets, I hung a couple more doors before I left. Sanded, stained, sealed, new veneer, handles and hinges, the interiors all painted teal and lined with cork. They looked fantastic.

Kitchen

New tub, new tile, new vanity, all the walls painted, the wall we torn out, so much cleaning, so much painting. All gone. When I first moved out, I was so upset and sad but I’ve realized over the last few months, I’ve left many rentals before and I worked hard to make them beautiful knowing I would leave. I can and will make anywhere I live just as wonderful, I just never entertained the notion that I would have to leave this house:

House Front

I think that’s been the hardest part of this transition, trying to re-imagine and redefine who you are to yourself and then presenting that to others. I’m not a happy married woman living with her husband in our beautiful home… but I hadn’t been that person for years. That was the image of myself I kept in my mind, that’s what I told people. I’m separated, I’m living with my parents again, and I’m very happy there. I’m working full-time, I go to yoga, I try to drink enough water, and get enough sleep… In short I’m taking care of myself. Endings are always sad and I will miss all the things I’m leaving behind, but I know I’m on the path to a much brighter future for the first time in a long time. I hope Matt is doing the same.

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Projects in Progress

Have you noticed that the amount of project posts have been right around 0 lately? Well that isn’t for lack of working on some, it’s more a lack of finishing any. So I thought I would do a little roundup of all the projects I’ve been working on around the house which will eventually turn into awesome posts.

You might have seen the hideous faux brick back wall of my kitchen in this post, which I have been laboring over. Here it is with the removal started.

Faux Brick Removal

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My New House… Sort of

I wanted to do a little tour of my house since I haven’t yet, even though we moved in a little over a year ago. It was built in 1956, and only had one previous owner they paid $11,000 for it in 1957. Most of these pictures are from the first time we saw it after buying (the old pictures of the house are from the owners daughter who was nice enough to bring them to closing) here is the front:

House FrontI’m not sure what year this was taken but those bushes look tiny:

Old House Front

This is what you saw walking in:

Halfwall

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Construction Zone!

Hi everyone! Sorry about my last post which contained the rather uninspiring message “test test test.” I was, as you may have guessed, testing out a new post format. I didn’t think about the fact that it would go out to my followers. Oops!

Anyway I’m in the middle of redo my blog look and organization. I’m hoping it will make it a bit easier to find specific content since I’m all over the place topic wise. Soooooo I will be underground for the next few weeks, but don’t distress when I start posting again I will be doing my first ever giveaway! My very next post will be my hundredth, and I wanted to do something special. I won’t tell you what it is yet, but you can be sure you want it. Until then I will leave you with some pretty pictures of post to come.

Handmade Recycled Leather Handbag
Split-End Repair Hair Treatment
Wire Wrapped Nail Polish Cabochon Pendant
Henna Inspired Painted Wall Design

Writer's Block & Cats

I’ve been terrible about posting here lately. Sometimes the longer I stay away the harder it is to start posting again. At times like these I find the best way to reawaken the sleeping writer is to do a very silly post. Easy to write, easy to read, and then the whole process stops feeling foreign and I can once again dazzle you with more in-depth posts! So…

When I was little, I really wanted a kitten, unfortunately my mother did not. I begged for one, I tried bargaining for one, I hatched plans to catch strays and hide them under my bed. My ideal cat would have been a white Persian, the fluffier the better, which would follow me around during the day and sleep in my bed at night. Among my cat stuffed animals, I also had two old books filled with cat pictures which I poured over for years. These are all from Walter Chandoha’s Book of Kittens and Cats:

As I got older I didn’t obsess over my desire for a cat anymore. I still liked them, I still would like have liked to own one, but I didn’t think about it very often. Once I got into high school I stopped thinking about owning a cat altogether. Until about a year ago when my husband called me from work, and told me to come down and see him. When I got there he had an adorable black and white kitty with a red bow tied around his neck. There had been an adoption event at the shelter in Madison and he brought the kitten back to his work and let him play in the warehouse until I got there. I brought him home and he is just as wonderful as I always figured a cat would be.

Life Again

So it’s been awhile since I have posted! Not that I haven’t had anything to say… I just haven’t kept up with life. I had a promising interview this week, they even called me back for a second meeting however it didn’t turn out. I am trying to remember that not getting the job just means I have another week full of painting, sewing, gluing and thrifting, because it feels more like I have another week of being a useless lump. Oh well it will happen eventually.

On a much happier note, Matt and I have had fires every couple nights. We didn’t really care about the fireplace when we moved in, it was just something the came with the place. It was very dated looking when we moved it, check out our gorgeous fireplace insert redo here (as you can see below we still don’t have handles attached).

Now however I love the fireplace, sooo cozy on snowy nights. It’s nice to have some Winter things to look forward too, it’s usually Summer that gets all the fun.

Anyway my next couple of posts are going to be catch-up ones, more thrift store buys, a couple of finished decor projects and another installment of my singer restoration attempts. What I am saying is there is tons of great stuff coming up, so tell all your friends to visit.

Stockpiling or Hoarding: A Guide to Craft Closets

My husband recently expressed a wish for a living room that doesn’t double as my project studio. Apparently it is hard to relax with all the surfaces (floor included) covered in drying painted objects, sketchbooks, thrift store merchandise and empty Dr. Pepper cans… silly boy. Subsequently I have spent the last few days attempting to organize all my project supplies into the extra room in our house. Going though it all has got me wondering: At what point does stocking supplies turn into hoarding?

For me there are three categories of items filling my project room:

Unfinished Projects like those above, a letterpress tray, empty frames, decorative plates etc. Things that I bought or had that need work or don’t yet have a place in the rest of the house.

General Supplies like spray adhesive, paint, glue, screwdrivers anything not project specific.

My third more vague category Saved Materials I Might Use For A Later Project (I couldn’t think of a more succinct way to say that) like packets of unused chopsticks, plastic pearls I took off a broken necklace, old sheet music just anything I have saved/bought that I might use for a future undetermined project.

Any of these could get out of hand, I think for now I have a good handle on it. To make sure a craft closet doesn’t turn into a junk closet: 1. Don’t buy/save too many “Saved Materials” hanging on to extra buttons is one thing, buying a bag of buttons you might be able to work into a project as some point in time is clutter. 2. Keep the amount of unfinished projects to a minimum (I’m terrible at this one). The more projects you take on the more objects are cluttering up your project space. 3. Lastly keep everything organized, having tons of fabric you can’t navigate is not only just clutter but increases the chances you will buy doubles of material you didn’t remember you had.

These are just my craft closet categories and rules, the main thing to keep in mind about creating your own project space is to make it function perfectly for you… and to keep it out of your spouses way.

Why I'm Addicted to Shopping at Thrift Stores

If you have read any of this blog it should come as no surprise that I love thrifting. I know many people who can’t get over the unorganized, weird smelling, junky nature of most second-hand shops, but I can’t get enough of it.

It’s generally so inexpensive. Where else can you walk in with 5 bucks and come out with a 12×16 inch picture frame and a pair of elephant bookends? It’s unique some of my favorite things have been picked up second-hand like: this Letterpress Tray, my Piggy Bank, and these Meters. Where else can you walk in with no plans on what to buy and walk out with two new outfits and a vase? It’s also an adventure, sometimes you find piles of things you must have and sometimes it’s nothing but ugly lamps, cat figurines and copies of the Da Vinci Code. There are items that you can only guess what their purpose could be and, there are items that are so ugly and pointless you wish to track down there manufacturer and ask why?

In short I am saying second-hand is an amazing way to shop you, if you need more proof:

I have been looking for some small metal picture frames for a while now. I want to do a line of them along the small strip of wall that’s beside my front closet, and I finally got lucky a couple of days ago:

I got these together in a bag with an ugly little fake wood one for only 2.49. Since these are all meant to be propped up instead of hung I will have to modify the backs, I think maybe just a glued on piece of looped wire would work, they are quite light. I need to get around 10 more, I’m hoping to find more silver ones, few that are round to make the line more random.

I was leaving the store when these beautiful plates caught my eye, I just couldn’t pass them up:

There are 6 all together and I bought them for just 69 cents a piece. Only one had a tag:

It identifies the plates as Contempo Teak, alcohol proof and made in Japan. I did some research but couldn’t find much. They are mid-century, teak plates with painted black edges and backs. They are also alcohol proof, but I have no idea why that is. I want to hang them up in a line possibly with the grain-lines facing different directions.

High Rock Cafe

Drawing of Me Drawing at the Hostess Stand

I found today about 30 doodles I did during winter in Wisconsin while I was a hostess at High Rock Cafe. Now to understand this I have to explain about winter in Wisconsin… it’s cold and after it snows once there is snow on the ground until spring. Then to really understand I have to explain about the city of Wisconsin Dells which is a bustling resort town in summer and a ghost town in winter. So put them together and I had a lot of time to stare out the window during my shifts last winter, and here is the result:

                          

I’m not sure why I felt compelled to draw odd abstract shapes filled with patterns, but I did for several months and all I know is they totally kill time… lots of time.

Anyway if you are ever anywhere near Wisconsin Dells definitely go to High Rock Cafe it’s yummy and if I could go back a thousands mile for a quick bite I would.

It's Nearly Fall Again

It’s nearly time for all the pretty flowers and greenery to go away for another Autumn. All the kids are going back to school, Matt is getting ready to go to school. I am looking forward to the temps. cooling down mostly because I have lots of adorable cardigans and jackets that I can’t wait to wear.

Matt and I unfortunately will not be purchasing a home this year. Our lender, who swore up and down that we would get a loan, and who wrote several pre-approval letters, pulled out at the last-minute. So we are looking to find a rental, but it’s been hard to shift focus to something temporary. The ugly, crummy, dirty duplex we saw today costs waaaaay more a month than buying a house and you have to deal with a landlord. I think we are just going to have to find an apartment complex close to downtown and resign ourselves to taking Copper for plenty of walks. Here are some nice shots of my Dad’s garden, enjoy the good weather and green plants… they are on their way out!

Bowl-A-Rama

Matt and I went bowling a couple of days ago… we played 4 games and each won 2. Just goes to show you that we are made for each other. Here are some glamour shots of the bowling alley:

If these aren’t the sweetest shoes you’ve ever seen, you’re crazy.

Rainy Days and Thursdays

Last Thursday Matt and I were doing some errands in downtown Denver, and it started to rain. Now in CO rarely does it downpour hard or for long but this was rain monsoon style.

It takes about a half hour to make it back to Aurora (where we are living now) and it took us about an hour and a half to navigate the washed out roads. Cars were stalling out left and right, accidents everywhere it’s a miracle we made it home at all.

House News

Matt and I have put an offer in on a house, it’s been accepted and we are waiting to finalize the loan! Pending any disastrous problems with the home inspection… we have a house!!!

Gorgeous right? It needs a facelift and plenty of work inside as well. It also come with a truly hideous 6 car car-port jutting out the back of the house, which I am all for knocking down. In any case I hope everything goes well and by the end of summer we are living here happily.