It has been a crazy and busy vacation week for me. Our offices at Prima were closed this week, so I got a, sort of, unexpected vacation. I’m so glad I did because not only was it much appreciated, but it was much needed!
Things with my crazy boy have not improved in the least. We went to court ordered mediation right before Christmas (the ex and I). Then, we went to our first counseling session (all three of us). Because I’m waiting for the outcome of the mediation and my court date is coming up, I don’t want to share too much publicly. Let’s just say that this was probably the hardest week of my life!
As a consequence, a good one, I spent a lot of time painting and crafting. I’ve been trying to forget about my troubles, at least temporarily, and have been losing myself in lots of Pinterest posts, painting, cooking and, of course, scrapping. Here’s a little sampling of what I’ve accomplished:
I am NOT a home decorator. I lived in my last place for over 10 years and I don’t think I ever really put anything on the walls. We’ve lived in our apartment now for 8 months and I am just now getting around to putting stuff on the walls. LOL! My husband loves my work, and he loves to see me “prettying” the house up for us. Too bad I’m a really, really, REALLY BAD decorator! My mom is so great at it. She would spend months looking for the perfect knick knack thing to decorate the house with. I just do not have the patience for it. But for a great man like my hubby, I’ll make an effort.
So, what do we have here… a collection of wedding photos highlighted by a very cool quote I saw on Pinterest. The 12×12 layout in the top left corner is one you have already seen before. I’ve had it laying around for months waiting to be framed and hung. LOL! I think it made its way around every flat surface in our apartment! The frame has been painted for about 2 months and was just waiting for me to sand it for a little distressing look. It took me all of five minutes to sand and hang it, but it seemed like such a big deal to get done. Ha!
(Please forgive the poor photo quality. I always seem to decide to take photos of my work for my blog at the darkest hour of the day!)
This is a 4×6 photo of all of my husband’s side of the family and my oldest son on our wedding day. The frame is just a $1 frame from Michaels that I’ve had for, oh… about 4 years waiting for me to do something with it. The paper covering the frame is from Prima Printery, some leftovers I had from the class I designed. The flowers are a mish mash of stuff I have in this giant drawer of loose flowers I’ve managed to collect over the years.
This is the centerpiece of the “collage.” Yeah, I know it has nothing to do with love or marriage or home or heart. However, when I saw this quote on Pinterest, I KNEW I had to paint it for myself. I need this reminder every single day. What better place to hang it but right over the TV in the main room of my home! I most definitely need to be reading this multiple times in a day!!
Not much to say here. Another 4×6 photo from my wedding. Another $1 Michaels frame that has been sitting around in the craft piles forever. More Printery leftovers… more flowers. I do have to add, though, that I really felt like this needed a little bit of charcoal help. The cream paper against the cream wall that I can’t paint was a little much, so I ran a charcoal piece around the edges and smudged it with my fingers for the shadowy effect. I’m really happy with it.
And this will fill the hole. I just finished painting the frame a really cool Patina color and am waiting for it to dry before I frame this and hang it. This is my oldest son and me at my wedding reception. My husband took this picture and it is my absolute favorite picture of the two of us! It’s just perfect. The emotion of love that I feel when I look at this image almost makes me cry. I am so very lucky to have such a wonderful kid!
Lastly, I FINALLY finished this painting. I have known what I wanted to do with this for a very long time, but I just lost the passion to finish it. I finished the background months ago and the canvas has just been sitting by my desk waiting for me to finish. I decided it was time to just get it done. I think it was so hard because it’s such a “Mother” image. With me struggling so much with the youngest, I just didn’t have it in me to finish it. Anyway, it kind of still feels like it’s missing something, so I may be revisiting it at some point. But, for now, it’s hanging in my hallway. My husband absolutely loves this painting. I’m very conflicted about it. I chose to leave it for now…
Believe it or not, I think that’s about it. I did work on my blanket quite a bit and it’s almost finished. I cooked… A LOT. It felt really good to spend some time in the kitchen making yummies for my honey. I have another smaller painting in the works, but it’s another one that is hard for me to finish, so it’s sitting by my desk half finished.
Oh, and I discovered today that I did not take one picture the entire month of December! Can you believe that? I didn’t take anything… not that I had a lot to take pictures of, but still. With my birthday and Christmas in the same month, you would think I would have SOMETHING! Ha! I’m thinking of trying for that 365 photos – a photo a day for the whole year thing. We’ll see. Yeah, I know I’d better decide soon. But, I hate feeling like I HAVE to do it because of a project, you know. Then again, I probably need some projects and structure in my creative life!!