Before: Dining room as we first saw it.
BEFORE: taken a few months ago, before the new table and mirror were added.
Another “before” — yes, this room has been through so many transformations. I`m still learning what works.
One last “before” to tickle your fancy. If you have one of those.
[Finally after: Dining room now]
I am going to tell you something I do to combat stress, and then you will officially think I am weird, eccentric, need a life. Whatever.
Sometimes when I feel like I am just OVERWHELMED with all I have to do in life (today) — then yup, that is when I fart around–sew or take pictures, or paint. Now what an unproductive way to relieve stress, but that`s when I get my best creative work done.
This morning I thought I might die. I felt like I could turn in circles and just be dizzy. What part of this stupid To Do list do I even work on?
(Please pity me now– because I`m sure I`m the ONLY women who feels busy.)
I am host on Sunday. I was gone all day yesterday. The girl`s room hasn`t been really cleaned in pry a month (they get new bedding etc., but…), laundry was piling up, the girl`s wrote ALL over my slipcover with crayon, I haven`t weeded outside in, well… my garden has grown a life of it`s own… the girls pulled Dora yogurts out of the fridge all morning long. Drove me nuts– they thought they were toys because they had Dora on them and just wanted to keep opening them and take 1 bite, because it was fun? I don`t know.
Where did I start?
Duh. I stayed in denial mode…
…and sat down and sewed the very over-priced fabric I bought yesterday into a curtain for the dining room window.
Well, that was fun, and so I decided to go ahead and CLEAN the dining room since that room was actually a beacon of sanity in my life right then. Beacon of light brought on yes, by the new curtains.
Most of the clutter (toys) got pushed into the living room, but it worked okay.
Well, then this is where it gets weird.
I was wanting a little beauty in my life (I could have gotten that by applying a little make- up but nooo…)
So I set the table for fun.
I thought that way when G got home from work it would make his day.
Here is a cheesy sign I made for him:
-Whatever`s on sale?
-Whatever we order when you take me out to dinner.
It might have been a hit but G had about 5 min to gab a grilled cheese when he got home for supper, because he was between a hair cutting appt. and back to school for PTA.
Yeah, he never even saw it.
Miss Salt has a crush on Mr. Pepper.
Vintage postcards are so pretty to me right now. I love the stamps, the delicate handwriting, the fun fronts (they even had a sort`ve good sense of humor back then), and the stiff things they wrote to each other.
The other day I painted this mirror–
I know, YAWN, what else is new?
Another thing I am a bit “crazy in a sane way” for, is old silver.
Note to sisters: now you know what to get me for birthday.
(Half a year away)
Curtains look a bit elderly here. I think they are nice in real, although they were a bit of a toss up for me… The fact that it was originally $29.99 a yard didnt help…
(Never fear! I had a coupon!)
This is the white mirror above the mantel BEFORE. Just taped it down and then taped catalog pages all over it. Then sprayed `er down.
A date night somewhere in time…
To bad we won`t be home the next two nights… It`s still sitting there.
Don`t miss the World Market napkins. very chic-y.
I can say that because I didn`t make them, so it`s not vain.
Maybe G and I will call each-other Julia and Javier when we sit here. Sorry, I was trying to think of cool foreign names and all I could think of was Eat, Pray, Love and how much I want to see it.
Here is an example of the message on the back of this postcard dated 1910.
All written in the beautiful-est of handwriting:
To: Moses C. Yoder
“Birthday Greeting from David D. Yoder
So many things to say.
1. Wow, if it was my birthday I`d most def just want a “birthday greeting”. Yup, that would be enough for me.
2. And it`s weird that his name is David and he also lives in Davidsville. Either he is living in a self absorbed dreamland or he is very influential in… well, Davidsville…
3. What man has calligraphy handwriting like this?
4. Hey, that`s cool! When you`re not sure what else to write to that hard-to-hard-to-show-affection-to-someone, just TELL THEM WHAT COUNTY YOU ARE FROM. I mean, you already gave them your city and state, but yeah, give `em your county info too. They should feel MU-CH better. And special on their birthday.
If this is your grandpa, it`s really nothing personal.
Can`t think of one thing to say about this picture.
I had this old memo board that i was going to give to one of my sisters.
Will somebody pour the drinks already?
I kind of “re-like” it now, so I will probably go ahead and keep it.
It`s permanent home now.
Yes, this is the trashed living room that got the shaft as I doodled in the dining room.
Don`t miss the ironing board in the middle of the room, where I tried to iron a big stack of shirts for G today. Fail! Got one successfully ironed as of tonight.
A picture of Elle-Love just because I can. And am.
And there`s Laila-Stinker in her natural habitat.
And here are just a couple pictures from the fun day out with my mom and sisters last week.
My oldest, my mother, my new niece, me.
Joy and Gracie. Sorry about the sun there, Gracie.
How darling is Sydney? Very?
Joy bells and new mommy Julana.
Yes, if I looked as good as her right after having a baby, maybe I`d have another one by now. She looks A-wesome.
Good night everyone.
If you come here at all, I humbly thank you.