How gorgeous is this time of year with all the blooming bushes and trees? This time of year I long for Savannah. We went there on our honeymoon in May– 7 years ago. Lovely flowering trees. And the parks and fountains and shops and the water-front town…
If you ever want to experience historic and lovely– go there.
Anywho. I made our prissier daughter get dressed, so I could take some pictures with our 2 trees. She liked her outfit so much, when she was done and it was time for playclothes– oh did she throw a fit!– I`m sure the neighbors had their phones in hand, ready to call social services at the screaming and kicking noises.
No, it`s just me trying to rassle a 2 year old out of her “perty” and losing badly.
She is CRYING~ But I still love the moment in the picture. Evil mom alert.
She kept running away, so I told her I`d give her chocolate if she just stood there.
“Chol-at”? Yes, yes. She will stand there now.
Messy hair was supposed to look “european”, turns out it looks “lazy mom”.
Run little girl, let your wisps of hair a-fly, be your guide.
Well, who do we have here? An urchin in a grey dress.
If my one girl is prissy (little one), then the other one (older one) is a dirt girl.
G texted me the other day and said,
“I just thought of the perfect birthday gift for Elle! An ant or a worm farm.”
I texted back and said,
“Oh my word: perfect.” …and then some other stuff I can`t write here.
Just kidding on that last part.
But if I were to buy Lailas dream gift it would be more princess dress-up clothes.
I LOVE the diversity. It`s crazy how I don`t teach them what to like– they look and listen and watch, and then they come out with a conclusion… I like THIS. THIS is me.
Happy Elle, sporting the family`s classic hairdo: The Lazy Mom.
Picking up worms/bugs/stones in my fern flowerbed.
I have mantel insecurity issues. I have done this mantel up probably a good 15 different ways since we moved here. And I never REALLY like it. There is this thing with placement– that I can`t get the hang of. I will have a bunch of pretty things– and then when I set them all up there, it just looks weird and lumpy. But I leave it, because I don`t really know a better way.
(If anyone ever comes across a link for tips on this– I`d LOVE to see. Or share advice for me in the comments. DON`T BE SHY– I would love it!)
Anyway. My former mantel was very dusty, ugly, tired… (no picture available) there was a large wreath over the mirror, so there wasn`t much light reflection.
I decided to try again and you know what I did? I decided when I put this mantel-scape together, to set everything up exactly opposite of the way my instinct to do it, would be. I can have this kind of “cluttery” style that drives me completely crazy.
In the end, it turned out my best one yet. Not perfect, but…
A few things I learned:
1. Create light. (By removing the wreath covering the mirror– the mirror could now reflect light. Also the candles.)
2. Create a focal point. The eye has to have a place to rest on. (In this case, the candle grouping.)
3. Give items space. (It creates a cleaner look– allowing each decor item to give interest to the viewer.)
4. Look in odd places for decor. (I brought out all my misc jars that to me, were ugly and boring. BUT when paired with candles they now became transformed because your eye now sees the light, not the jar.)
5. Real flowers and the calming color white. (Two of the most simple ways to bring beauty anywhere. Did you ever notice, every magazine shot has real flowers in it? )
6. Unique textures create depth together. (An example of some great pairing possibilities: white glass, live flowers, moss, light, something weathered with time, bark, a frame with lovely detailing, vintage leather, words that create feeling, faux fur, weathered wood, wicker, a map, colored glass, a collection-grouping. The list could go on and on.)
7. Last but NOT least… LESS IS MORE!
(I came up with 7 points! WHAT? Where did all that come from– ha.)
When G comes home from work and I have these candles lit, it REALLY makes his day.. Which makes mine.
A random picture thrown in.
My and my sister`s kids.
The photo theme was cute lunchboxes, but I think the lonely outhouse is stealing the show.
Take time to enjoy the Son-shine today!