What is puttering? I like to think of it as joyfully playing house. You know, taking time to plop down with the girls for no real reason during the day. Going from room to room, to act out on all those ideas that have been festering in your head the whole long week before.
This week felt so slow compared to some of the other ones I have been having. Good times were had by all.
Here are a few pictures of nothing much (as you will see by the next 2 pictures) that I snapped this week.
You never know what you will find at Walmart!
No, this picture is not to show you how cluttered my fridge is. I found these faux push-pin MAGNETS at Walmart.
They really kinda made my day when I found them– plus I needed them badly. Plus, plus.
Here is one of the inspirations I worked on one night when G had a meeting. Painting this superugly door of ours.
I LOVE Sherwin Williams mis-tints. Fifty dollar paint cans for ONE DOLLAR? (ONE DOLLAR!! you can`t even buy a pack of gum anymore for $1) Yes, please!
I love to mix the colors myself– then end up with high-end, quality paint for cheap. Let`s just say I have a nice little stash-io in the one room in my basement.
It is SO amazing how cleaning up an area, and picking a few little flowers and putting them here and there, is just utterly transforming to an area. I am a fan.
I mean, what is more unglamorous than a plain old black eyed susan? Yet they still “speak”.
Postcards are fun for anywhere everywhere as well.
Here is another BEFORE.^
The fireplace was looking pretty bad. It was painted when we moved in with a very low grade paint (learned my lesson there.)
Just started painting.^
Again, I mixed a little paint together to get the texture color I wanted.
The wall and the mirror also got re-painted– various shades of white on white. Very fun to watch it come together. Looks so much cleaner and prettier now.
Here is Laila at Anthro last weekend.
Every part of that store is breath-tak-ing!
I wish I would have a friend there to absorb it with. Instead, I had my trusty, and very whiny, (but oh, so darling) Laila with me… The color schemes were so incredible. For anyone who likes decor/colors/design, Antho is the “Mecca”.
I saw light goldenyellow floors, aged and scratched to perfection. Lots of colorful, yet muted tones. Pale gold, the muted green my grandma had in her kitchen when I was little, rust, turquoise, lemon, navy. Botanical to the max. Herbs in colorful clay pots. Heavy industrial influence. Cameras, vintage fans, magnifying glasses, old books, big old lights like my grandpa Wenger had in his office– 30+ years ago. Heavy, aged, silver lettering. Ruffles and cardigans and blouses in cool colors like pink and pale gold.
I want to live there.
But. BACK to reality.
Another thing that happened this week was this print arrived in the mail for me. I was lucky enough to WIN it from Arielle`s (A Beautiful Journey) giveaway. I like it so much, and it fits in my playroom perfectly. Feeling quite blessed, yes.
It even had a little message with it. It`s like a I also got a free autograph. 🙂
Had some close friends over for a nice supper last night.
Did anyone else ever notice it`s so HARD to have people over and be a good host when you have little kids? I love having people over but honestly, I hardly do anymore. Last night was fun again…
I dropped this lovely little salt shaker a few days ago, and the antique lid just busted right off of it. I think it makes a sweet little bud vase now.
I came upon this story earlier this week. I thought of her for days. Prayed for the author of this blog many times. Her blog even inspired a long conversation at a coffee shop one night this week. I SO admire the way she SPEAKS OUT for the needs of what the world sees as “the least of these”. Moving story after story on her blog. Through ADOPTING, GIVING, and PRAYING we can all help heal these little kids.
(Don`t you love how her hair looks beautiful and fluffy, but mine is all sweaty looking? NOT COOL.)
ANOTHER huge highlight of my week was meeting Miss Clarita. She was traveling through the area with her little family and wondered if I`d meet her for a short meet and greet. (No, she didn`t really call it that.) I was very happy to! I will admit there was an awe factor there for me, I admire her blog immensely and find her soo inspiring. It ended up my girls and I got to meet her whole family. And her and I, sat in a gazebo and talk for what seemed like 5 min. while our girlies played together. I think we both wished for a LOT more time, but I counted it a real treat to get to meet her. She proved to be a genuine kindred spirit and I felt I could be 100% myself with her. (A must in my book.)
Here is Laila, Elle, Zoe and Olivia.
Three of them could be triplets. (If the one was big for her age.)
Galen saw this picture and said,
“It looks like 3 Lailas.”
The 2 oldest were a bit shy, but the 2 littlest were little hams (monkeys).
It was so cute, about 10 minutes after we met up, we were walking across a parking lot, and I looked over and saw Laila playfully pinch Olivia`s elbow and say,
“I like you.”
There is Miss Zoe in her famous dress. 🙂
I want to cozy up my livingroom without spending many $. I was hugely inspired at Anthro, and here are my items so far that inspire the “look” I want.
I found the prints at a thrift store for 50 cents for the both of them. (!) I want to paint 2 frames pale yellow to frame them in.
The white flower is inspiration of a pillow I want to make replicating it. Probably a linen fabric with a larger version of that white flower sewed onto the top.
The yellow drawer pulls are for…. something.
The 2 jars and the grey thread represent colors and textures I want to incorporate.
I would really like to buy an old pale yellow couch or love seat– so if you see one?
I told myself I can`t even think of joining Pinterest (however one does that) until I “tend” to my blog. Well, now I posted. It looks so fun. Only time can tell.
Anyway! That`s what I had on my mind this week…..
What`s on YOUR mind? Any topic at all.