Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I have these big rolls of paper: one is white
butcher block for the kids to draw on or
for under painty projects. The other is kraft/
mailing wrap, which Eric bought me on a date
at an office supply store (so romantic! Really!).
And here's the little hanging system I devised out
of dowels and wire so they can stay accessible
and out of the way at the same time!
In the closet of creativity, of course.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Eric and I spent yesterday painting the storage closet,
which used to be a grayish seafoam green color
that was there when we bought the house 11 years
ago. The above picture just doesn't adequately
capture the depressing capacity of this hue.
We repainted it into a very pale tan called ginger root,
which reflects light so much better -- it is, after all, a
closet. And having moved all the storage items elsewhere,
we're in the process of moving in art supplies, craft bins,
and sewing stuff. It will be the sewing & crafting nook.
How exciting! Also, as you can see in this photo, there's
a shelf where things-which-must-be-plugged-in can remain
plugged in, and the power strip can just be flipped on or off.
Below this shelf is a 6-foot long table, so everything's
easily accessible. I just can't wait to use it!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
For some reason, the idea of handmade dishcloths has
come up a lot lately. I think it started in a discussion I had
with a friend about how each person seems to have different
kitchen-cleaning tools and preferences. There's the sponge,
the dishcloth, the scrubby sponge, the plastic mesh scrubby, etc.
I like to use scrubby sponges (yellow sponge w/ green scrub)
for washing dishes and use dishcloths for wiping down counters.
As I was getting ready to knit up some dishcloths but couldn't
find my knitting needles, another friend told me she had just
learned to crochet them. So I tried that instead.
Turns out you can crochet them about any which
way you want as long as you use COTTON yarn.
It's way more absorbent than acrylic. And also much
harder to find. But it has a nice, natural feel to it.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
It's been raining around here A LOT lately,
and we're loving it. The girls immediately
popped out of bed this morning when they
heard it was raining. And this is what Ashton
came out in: her hooded coat with a cardigan
underneath, a long-sleeve double-layer shirt,
two pairs of pants, and her shoes & socks.
The clincher was the iridescent Spidey
sunglasses -- "to keep the rain out of my eyes."
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Although my daughter is on a monthly allergy shot regimen,
this year has been so crazy with all of our sicknesses that when
we went in yesterday it had been a full two months since her last shot.
My apologies for the Teesha Moore facial feature rip-off here --
I'm still playing with her fun drawing lesson as I work out
my own figure drawing style. Also, Ashton was NOT excited
to be represented with short hair. But I have... THE POWER!!!!
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha (evil villanous laughter echoes on as I fly
away in a chartreuse cape with markers of destruction in hand).
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I "presented" my Philosophy of Training Children at Moms' Group
yesterday. Figuring out my philosophy turned out to be
an incredible challenge, so most of my creative energies
have gone that direction for the past few days. I'm glad, though, to
have these ideas down. Now I can see if I actually live them out!!
By the way, here's the story on the See's Candies:
My dad gave me a box of See's for Valentine's Day, as is his annual
tradition (isn't that ADORABLE!?). I had my eye on one particular
candy that I was going to save for last -- the marshmallow caramel.
My husband, however, accidentally chowed it down.
So the See's candy in the drawing is the box of *just*
chocolate-covered caramels and marshmallow caramels that he
bought for me as a super-duper replacement. Thanks, Schmookie!