Monthly Archives: March 2013

Daily Awesome = Sights and Sounds

How does one get so much pleasure from something so simple?  The daily awesome is not so much in the technical definition of “awesome”  of expressing awe in the remarkable or outstanding but more in the informal sense, that sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate some of the common, everyday things we take for granted.

Today it arrived – Spring.  Officially it happened over a week ago but it sure as heck didn’t feel like it until today.  The birds chirping, kids playing,  people walking and the best part – the warm sun shining on my face –  made it awesome! 

 

No Spring Crafty Therapy

I am still feeling the lingering effects of a long, long winter.  We are so spoiled aren’t we? It was warmer than usual last winter with little snow so this year we are all complaining, me right along with everyone else. I wrote about how grumpy I had become as I responded to too many tweets and Facebook statuses that were driving me crazy. I wrote about it here. I also said I felt I need to be more creative with my time and I have tried to follow my own advice.

I got a “real” camera, a digital SLR in the summer but I didn’t know how to use it very well so I’ve spent some time researching and learning about light and aperture. I purchased some flowers to push spring along – some lovely, fragrant hyacinths and puffy, sweet hydrangeas – and I took out my spray paint and decided to attempt some of those simple craft ideas I have been accumulating on Pinterest.  Take a look.

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The Inspiration

I’ve been wanting to do my version of the above for a while. It looks so shabby and warn but I love how the pop of colour really transforms the glass.

I started by cleaning a “regular” Crown Royal glass bottle and pained it with two coats of burnt umber.  Above pic is the first coat and then left it to dry overnight.

I spray painted a few light coats of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze on the glass until covered but not the lid. And yes since it’s winter early spring I have to paint in my garage and then let things dry in in the laundry room with the fan on. Such a glamorous life of a crafter.

After about an hour when the paint was dry to touch but not cured I sanded with a sanding sponge. I thought I would need to glaze over it but a great amount of the burnt umber showed through and I was able to get some great textures. I was glad the brown paint adhered to the bottle. I was worried the whole thing might sand right down to the glass.

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I added a little silver crown to match the cap – it was actually a pink plastic crown left over from when the girlies were little. I can still find unexpected objects when I open a drawer – so random. I’m pleased with how this little project worked out. We all know sometimes our adventures don’t always turn out they way we envision them.

I’ve grown quite attached to birds. I don’t want to over do it in my decor but I thought the little dude above and his friend that I bought from the dollar store screamed spring. I love the look of shabby chic ceramic birds so I bought these two “uglies” to see what I could do to release their potential cuteness and incorporate them into my home.

I used Rustoleum Gloss White this time and sprayed light coats until covered. This little guy had blue feathers (as opposed to the bird pictured above with brown) and again after an hour or more of drying time I took my sanding sponge to him to shabby him up a little.

I think he looks quite distinguished and perfectly at home perched on my faux mantle.

Here is his little buddy.

I painted this little fellow apple green. I think he looks so handsome now and will be a welcome addition in my guest bathroom. For only $2.00 ea. and with paint I already had on hand I thought, ‘not bad for a weekend’s work.’

So is it SPRING yet????

I’m Published on YMC! So Read Me.

Hey Canadians who grew up in the 80s, remember VJ Erica Ehm?

Much Music VJs (Erica far right) circa 1984

Yes that Erica Ehm from Much Music TV. She’s now just a “regular” mom, running her own on-line magazine, the YummyMummyClub.ca.  Cool!  They have regular bloggers but accept outside contributions from their members.  I submitted a letter to their magazine that I wrote to my local MPPs and Director of Education re:

We Don’t Need Locked Doors In Our Schools

They published it.  Cool!  Well, I thought it was anyway.  Check it out and leave a comment whether you agree or disagree.  A healthy dialogue is really needed.  We need to reaccess why we are so fearful as a culture in what is likely the safest time in our society’s history.

Also if you are interested you can read the response to my letter from the Direct of Education and the Minister of Education.

Time for a Rearrangement

I am feeling a bit of cabin fever.  Are you feeling it too?  A little bit restless and BORED!  Spring is so close yet still so far away. Time for a  living room mini-makeover. My living room is a bit of a conundrum.  It is sunken from hall and dining room and also has a cathedral ceiling. The 2 storey windows are lovely and usually my focal point but as I said I am feeling a bit restless so time for a change.

Faux Fireplace/Bookcase

via: blogspot

Unexpected Bookcase

via: BHG

I was inspired to create a faux fireplace from some Pinterest pics. I remembered a bookcase I distressed that was in our rec room.  It was a little long but I thought it could work as my faux fireplace setting and I set about rearranging.

My version after staging and re-staging vignettes (and it now reads Live Love Laugh – it’s a family motto, not sure what I was thinking).

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Butterfly Calligraphy PillowLindon Lumbar Pillow - PeacockVibrant Paisley Panel

I had purchased 2 pillows and some curtains (for my adjoining dining room) from Pier 1 and started moving furniture.

1. Chaise (originally on the wall with the bookcase) facing bookcase with love seat.

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2. Chaise facing bookcase with 2 chairs.

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This table behind the chaise doesn’t work but you can see the step down here. The family hated this set up and said it looks “weird” from the other side with the chaise facing the bookcase…Next!

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3. Chaise and 2 chairs facing each other was actually a good option except…

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…boo hiss the back of the table isn’t finished.

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4. So this is where I ended up.

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My little touch of Disney.

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Almost forgot to show the coordinating curtains in the dining room. Now I think the dining room is too dark. Time for more changes? Yep! Always a work in progress.

Daily Awesome = Conversation

How does one get so much pleasure from something so simple?  The daily awesome is not so much in the technical definition of “awesome”  of expressing awe in the remarkable or outstanding but more in the informal sense, that sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate some of the common, everyday things we take for granted.

I’m busy. Your busy. We’re all busy. There is never enough time it seems and most of it is by our own doing if we are really honest with ourselves. Every once in a blue moon the  Evil Genius and I get time to reconnect. Last night we had a CONVERSATION. You know that thing you do when you actually talk with someone not just at them. I think it really goes a long way in the maintenance of a marriage.  

Time to Disengage?

I’m not sure whether it’s a mid-life crisis, a lack of sun in the winter months or what but I feel exceptionally grumpy. AGAIN. I felt like this in the Fall last year and it lasted longer than the stupid and inexplicable last resort comments about hormones and “that time of the month.”  It’s here again. The grumpiness.

I had to make this

I don’t seek conflict or enjoy drama but I generally don’t back down from difficult conversations or disagreements either. I will always engage in them. Having said that I find myself so angry and frustrated a lot of the time. There is just too much negativity around me (coming from me?) and I engage in it and then give too much of myself over to it.  So I am choosing to back away. Back away from the negative influences that antagonize me.

You can’t have a conversation over Twitter or Facebook.  I think it’s time to disengage from those media forms too. Until today I hadn’t really posted a status on FB or Twitter, “liked” a message or responded in 4 days.  I was choosing not to engage – at all.  It was a challenge I set myself. It was a little tricky but by no means was it really hard. This is not some epic goodbye speech. I’m not closing these accounts or lamenting the evils of social media but I have simply made an decision and an effort to distance myself from the sites and the people where I felt the most hostility. It’s time to change the message. Time to disengage.

I need to focus more on creating positive situations for myself. My mental health is not something I take for granted.  I live with anxiety.  I have my whole life.  My fear is it will lead me to a dark path that consumed me once – DEPRESSION.  I will never go back there. EVER. If I can control the situation at all I think this is one step in what I need to do to save my perceived sanity.  So right now I’m grumpy but I have plans to change that.

Daily Awesome = Cupcakes

How does one get so much pleasure from something so simple?  The daily awesome is not so much in the technical definition of “awesome”  of expressing awe in the remarkable or outstanding but more in the informal sense, that sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate some of the common, everyday things we take for granted.

I was feeling a little dejected and low.  I came home after work and said hello to my girlies as usual.  My oldest asked me how my days was.  I said, “fine, but I have a headache.”  She then asked me if I needed a hug? Of course I accepted. 

I went upstairs to lie down.  I must have fallen asleep.  I woke up to the sound of tinkering from the kitchen.  I came downstairs and my girles said, “aww, we were going to surprise you when it was ready.”  The Evil Genius was making dinner and my girlies were making cupcakes.  I could taste the love.