City Slickin’

Doug has been on vacation this past week.  We haven’t had any majorly ambitious plans.  Just catching up on some stuff around the house & trying to get out of doors when we can.  It’s been beautiful weather.  On Monday we drove up to the REI in Denver (it’s much bigger than the one in the Springs) to shop. 

Johnny didn’t last too long once we got there, so we wound up heading outside to make some new friends…


And enjoying some views of the city.

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We are having a lazy week – hope you are enjoying yours!


Woot Woot!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Fall used to always be my favorite time of year.  But since I’ve lived out West, I think Spring is quickly moving to that top spot.  After many months of cold, frigid weather, those first days of warmth feel so good.  Providing some balance to my cold natured self.

I can see even more time outside in our near future.


I hope you are getting to spend time out of doors this week, soaking up the warmth.  Maybe even falling asleep in a swing.



Spring is in the air.  The weather is warm.   And the yard work has begun (and we have a LOT of it)!


Our goal this year is to finally landscape the backyard.  We’ve been clearing everything out & making way for new.

While Doug & I worked, Johnny did a lot of this:






Giving Dad his opinions on what to do next:


It was a nice, calm weekend.  Which was good, after spending Friday at the hospital with Johnny.  This curious little bug decided to try & stick the jack of a pair of earbuds into an outlet & then “listen”.  He got really lucky… Only a minor electrical burn on his ear.  Needless to say, mama has done a safety check to make sure all of the outlet covers are present!  The ER doc said Johnny made Benjamin Franklin look like a wimp with his kite & a key.  And prescribed us getting him an ipod so he has somewhere to stick the earbuds.  =)


Hope your weekend was nice and you got to enjoy this warm weather!


Ready to see my new collage wall in the Dining Room?  As a reminder, here is the before:


And the afters:


All of the art was done by me & Johnny – blogged about HERE, HERE and HERE.

So much work & effort, but I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  I also got a great idea last night of what to do with the wall to the right of the french doors… stay tuned!

I’ve been playing human body pillow this morning to one snot-covered little boy.  This is day 5 of trying to comfort a wicked cranky little boy.  Wish me luck.  Smile 

Happy Friday!

A Love Affair with Pinterest

I love Pinterest.  Seriously love.  I know there are a lot of people who think it is a pointless time-suck.  However, I think it is incredibly useful.  If you don’t know what Pinterest is (a.k.a. your current residence is under a rock) – it’s basically a site that allows you to book mark websites & pictures that you find interesting or that you want to use for future reference.  For example, I have a board for activities to do with Johnny, things I want to sew or make, organizational ideas, etc.  I’ve done so many of these things… it really is a great source for inspiration.  You can find my boards HERE on Pinterest. 

Anyhoo, here is a project I recently did that I wanted to share with you.  These were my inspiration pictures, found on Pinterest:



The idea from the first picture is to use your toddler’s scribble art & cut it into shapes. Then mod podge (glue) the shapes onto a canvas. I have about a bajillion of these drawings that Johnny has done, so I thought it would be perfect. However, I wasn’t crazy about the shapes on the first canvas – I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it.



Then I found this picture – scrapbook paper cut it into leaves and mod podged to the canvas. 

So I combined the two.

First, I painted my canvas…. wait for it…. purple.  Shocker, I know. 


Then I cut eleventy billion leaves out of Johnny’s scribbles.


I tried different leaf placements – literally, I repositioned the entire thing 12 times.  Finally, I just bit the bullet & glued those suckers down. 


I’m pretty in love with it.


AND as a bonus… =) Here are two of Johnny’s paintings that I blogged about HERE that I framed last night:


Happy Hump Day!

TA LA!!!

In this post HERE I mentioned how our house was a really blank slate.  And that I had something awesome planned for this wall:


That big, blank space was just beckoning to be filled.  I knew I wanted to put a desk there.  Since we remodeled the kitchen & added the bar, it has become a resting place for all sorts of things.  My daily planner, iPad, camera, notebooks… all of the things I use on a daily basis.  This made for a big, clutter-y eye sore in my pretty, new kitchen. 


Also, because I often want to be around Doug & Johnny on the main level while online, my laptop lived on the dining room table. Just *begging* to have a Johhny drink thrown at it or finger paint slung in its direction.  Not to mention the cord makes a perfect tripping hazard for toddler races around the dining room.


A desk seemed like a logical solution to contain the clutter & get my laptop far away from a messy toddler.  I searched around online & found an ebony-colored desk from Ikea that I really liked.  It wasn’t super expensive – around $150 for the desk & some baskets.  Then Doug reminded me we had a desk & hutch in the attic – one from his bachelor days.  It was painted two different colors & needed some love, but it was free and seemed perfect for the space.  I didn’t get a very good before picture, but the hutch was cherry & the desk had been painted a matte black. Here it is all sanded & primed & ready for paint (and yes, I know my garage is junky right now – it’s on the organize-my-whole-house list):  


I picked this vibrant eggplant color.  (The pictures from the garage make it look a little brighter than it really is.)  After the first coat of paint, I realized I would need to wood putty some previous holes that had been drilled to anchor the hutch when it was in a different configuration.  I learned a lot this go round of how to re-finish furniture.  Next time will go much more quickly & smoothly – especially in Spring when we have warmer days!  This project took months because it was winter & it didn’t get warm enough for me to paint for weeks at a time.  Talk about delayed gratification!


More coats of paint:


And a few layers of poly later… it was ready to be brought inside!


Are you ready to see it?? All finished & decorated??


TA LA!! That’s what Piper (my niece) says for “Ta da!”. It’s pretty darn cute. (Just imagine me with my arms flung out wide)

Slots for my notebooks, iPad, and outgoing paperwork folder.  And a Buddha I found at a second hand shop years ago.


A drawer for my camera & cables.  A tea pot Doug gave me, and a pottery piece that my friend’s dad made (I believe it’s Raku using horse hair to create the pattern).


A tall vase with Eucalyptus & wheat – stolen from another area of my house.  The shorter, turquoise vase is by glass artist, Berton Schrack – I got in Portland several years ago, and is one of my favorite pieces ever!


The art hanging right above my laptop, is one that my mama & daddy gave me years ago.  It’s really hard to get a good picture – the glass is really reflect-y. It’s a great mixed media piece they got at a gallery in Asheville, I believe.  Lots of texture & dimension.

“Dance as though no one is watching. Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear.”  Sage advice, indeed.


I made the two pieces hanging above after we brought the desk inside.  It only took about an hour & I used what I had on hand – total cost = $0!  Just old frames, mod podge & some scrap book paper.  Maybe I will do a post on those sometime soon.



The perfect little nook to write, blog, and work on my art journal.


And I’m still close to the action of our main level.


And best of all – my bar area is clutter free!!


One more time…








I’m so glad I went with purple paint.  It would have been easy to stick with the same dark furniture we have throughout the house.  This adds the perfect pop of color & I smile every time I pass.

Hoop Dreams

My kid has skills when it comes to basketball. 

We went to the park this weekend & Johnny got some views of the big hoops.


He ran almost the entire way.

One day…


That goal won’t look so big.


And he won’t need dad to help get it in the basket.


Until then…


he’ll keep learning the ropes.



And have dad there to carry him back home when he gets tired.


And ma there to make him lunch, and carry him to bed when he falls asleep on the floor.


Until then.  <3