Refresh and Re-Use

As it so happens, even though the clubhouse is done, thanks to hurricane Joaquin and all the rain it brought along with it, I have been unable to take decent pictures…sigh…I had the blog post ready en all but sans pictures it did not make sense to post it.

So, instead, I did a quick project to keep the rainy day blues away. The kids table that I had bought almost a decade back after my son was born had been staring me in the face with its little toddler pout. The baby toys are long gone along with the little toy trucks and construction kits that were the theme for the play room back then. As my daughter came along, we kept the cutesy table with its little toy trucks etc. on it since she seemed to enjoy it. But now with the kids at 8 and 10 yrs. old, their interests more along the lines of action figures, video gaming, dolls, pretend play, board games and lego, the table really was in need of growing up as well aka a makeover. I decided to do something that wouldn’t start looking childish in a few years, and would carry them through their tweenuntitled (56) untitled (57) years. And so, this is what I came up with the leftover paint. What do you think? Its settled down quite well in it’s surroundings and is commanding the room like it belongs in it.

That’s it for now. Until my next post then.

Stay creative and keep creating!

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A bit of this, a bit of that!

A lot of thoughts going on in my mind right now, the upcoming Winter storm in our area, the Downton Abbey’s latest episode, the DIY chair project that’s been staring at me, the 4th season DVD for Game of Thrones, kids, my work, etc etc….

Yes, I am perplexed with the assortment of stuff that goes on in my mind too!

As I was watching Downton, I can’t help but be mesmerized with the simplicity or rather the mundaneness of it all. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the show. For all its stiff-English-upper-lip emotions, its staff drama, the family squabbles, the ever morose Lady Edith, the rudeness of Lady Mary, the quick witted and most-entertaining Lady Violet, Mrs. Crawley’s new romance or the mystery that’s Mr. Barrow, I find it all truly fascinating. My favorite character is Lady Violet Crawley, the Countess of Grantham. Her quick witted, timely and ever so appropriate come backs and witticisms make the show what it is for me. I was ready to burst into tears and go cold turkey on the show when last season she almost died. I was rooting for her like she was my very own grandmother! Touching….So far, this season has been somewhat slow to the uptake. Last night’s episode though made Ms Bunting look like the epitome of respectfulness towards the Grantham family members. The Grey boys and their absolutely detestable monologue on Lord Grantham’s dining table targeted at their soon-to-be-stepmom, left everyone stunned for words! Oh, how I love the show! Can’t wait to see what the next episode will bring.

Along with the cold emotions of the show, we have some seriously colder weather coming our way as well. If you know Virginians, you probably know that we don’t deal with winter well. In fact, we loathe it. A mere mention of a snowflake throws the entire VA population into a crazy spree of grocery stock-piling and a demonic dash to the gas station. Yes, if you didn’t get my drift, we don’t like winter so much. We do like the sledding and all of the fun that comes along with the snow but snow by itself, doesn’t sit well with us. And oh that accompanying cold, that’s just not acceptable.

As for my DIY project, here is the picture of the chair I scored a few weeks back. Its a beautiful mid-century modern chair that I want to paint and reupholster as an accent piece for one of the rooms. I am planning on finishing it in the next few days. Will update you all with the pic as soon as I get done. Chair

Ciao for now. Next time I will write about how torturous it is to wait for Game of Thrones 4th season to be released on DVD. I might need some sinfully chocolate chocolate cake to not let this torture completely destroy my life ; )

The Smell of a brand New Year

Now that the champagne bottlese3d0a3522464280ad15fd7e5f9e2f4a4 are in the recycle bin and the heels have been put away to tend to sore feet, the time for reflection is all in the past as well! We are headlong into a brand, spanking new year. My very first resolution of the year was to make sure I blog on the first day of the year. Ya, that really did not go as planned. How do folks do it? I am in awe of bloggers who are able to find enough time during the day to put their thoughts together in a creative, awe inspiring, methodical and original way. Where do you get the content from people? Are you doing a DIY project a day? Don’t you have kids who tell you that you spend way too much time on your smart gadgets and laptops? What am I doing wrong? My other resolution that evolved out of my first failed one, is to understand this mystical fact. How?

The year is off to a great start though. We danced and sang our way into the year. Ate too much, drank too much, and laughed too much! I have to say that if we did this the entire year, I would say the year turned out great. I do have a long list of things I want to achieve this year. I am sure you will hear my rants about some or possibly all of those as the year goes along. For now, I just want to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy 2015. They don’t say Health is Wealth for nothing.

I sign off today’s post with this beautiful and well known poem of Lord Tennyson’s.

 In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]
Lord Alfred Tennyson, 18091892
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Of cookies and treats!

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Love this time of the year. The home smells heavenly with all of scrumptious, sweet, delectable, rich, and savory baking going on. The decorations make the home look so festive and jolly. I sound like quite the Martha Stewart, don’t I?! Well, I did do a whole lot of baking. Cookies mostly and kids took care of the decorations. I am sharing a picture of the awesome job they did decorating the mantle. Didn’t they do just great? Although, I have to admit, I had to hold myself back and not obsessively rearrange and add to what they did with their sweet, little hands with so much thought and planning between the two of them. So proud of my two munchkins. But when you have obsessive, compulsive need to do things your way, its hard to let go! Being a Mom though does help you turn it down a notch : )

The cookies turned out awesome and were shared with the very thankful staff at the kids school. The ones I have at home are being devoured by yours truly, more than anyone else. And this is when I don’t even like cookies that much….sigh, doesn’t look good, does it? I will definitely be making it to Santa’s naughty list if I keep at it. I do need to share the recipes with you though. Here are the links to the recipes on epicurious. I love their recipes and most of the times they are right on mark. The reviews by the site users are a great resource for recipe modifications/additions as well. Let me know if you put a twist of your own on the recipes. Happy Baking!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Jelly-Bowl-Cookies-13502

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Basic-Butter-Cookie-Dough-13504

Crafty Moms of Suburbia!

Glue-Day-072It was one of those days, when WFH seems to reap rich benefits for the public school system! Yes, I am one of those Moms who much to my Mister’s chagrin devote an inane amount of time towards my kids school. (What can I say, I work hard and smart all at the same time). Being a member of different school committees though hard work, is a lot of fun. You end up meeting other insane Moms who are on a mission to better the life of every student in the school and might I add proud to do so. Huge shout out to all the public school volunteers without whom our kids life at school would be devoid of super crafts, crazy event nights, ice cream and pizza socials, gardening and field trips. But, I digress. The reason I started writing today’s post was to tell you the secret glue sniffing society of Moms is still alive out there…I mean right here ; ) After, what were some very fruitful meetings, I and another Mom got together to do some prep work for a very important International Night coming up this week. We had tons of cutting/pasting to do and what did my partner in crime bring? Good, old, brush type applicator glue….voila, we were getting happier as we were crafting and realized that it was the Elmer’s Rubber Cement that was making us happy : ) Seriously!

After I have written this post, it seems kind of insignificant and pointless that I even started writing it! Oh well, all I can say is that it was the glue talking! Happy Crafting people…ditch those hot glue guns and get a bottle of Elmers Rubber Cement and put some Pharell Williams on your itunes. Dance like no one’s watching and craft like no one’s judging!

The wrong way around!

Yes, that’s right! I seem to be doing this the wrong way around. Typically, everyone who is a creative artist or wants to be one, starts by a blog, gets followers, opens a FB fan page, starts pinning, tweeting…you think it and they do it..but all post having a blog. And what do I do? I do it all in reverse order! So, what is prompting me to do blogging now after all these years of being content Etsying, pinning, FB’ing and tweeting? Don’t ask cause I won’t be able to tell you. The only thing I can say with confidence or faux pride, is that being a WFHM, there are times when I start hearing voices in my head and at this point instead of having a one way intense conversation with them, I decided to pen them down and start a dialogue virtually and not just mentally! Yay…..its a first step, so please don’t judge : )

I have decided that I am going to grace you all with ramblings of my creative although messy mind by penning down posts every now and then and taking you on a journey with me. Sounds exciting? Why do I visualize you shaking your head in the negative? I will pretend I did not feel that with my strong ESP powers and instead just carry on with what I was saying : )

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