Monday, March 4, 2013

House Projects

Okay okay, now that I've made a bit of real progress, I'll share the photos of the house projects I've been working on. 

The main thing holding me back were my hideous couches- brown puke color and hefty - so no matter how many improvements I tried to make my house still felt blah! Recently I was able to find some great big blankets at Target that were the colors I was hoping for, so i threw them over the puke couches et voila! Just like that: instantly I could enjoy the other colors and decorations I was working on!

So first off is the ceremonial bow and arrow set: gathered the sticks from the woods, carved them up, painted and added feathers, the bow has a leather string. It was a lot of fun but also admittedly a lot of work. 
They're hanging above our dining table. On the table is a collection of glass bottles, my favorite one being the milk jug stacked measuring cups from Anthropology that Kara gifted to me for Christmas. Yep, she's the world's best gift giver.  

 Detail of the arrows. 

 Detail of the bow and leather string. 


 Here's a detail of the amazing blankets I found at Target that saved my house from ugliness. There's a subtle Chevron pattern on the orange one, and a subtle chain pattern on the white one. It's the best I can do until I have thousands of extra sa$h money flow just lying around waiting to be spent on couches. 

 So this whole wall here is a combo of like 10 projects. The world map is painted on a large piece of burlap and hung with wooden dowel. Then there's the three pots I painted, the Asian buddah head (originally from an old temple somewheres in Asia, it's from Dad's greenhouse days of carrying antiques remember?) a gong re-purposed  etc...

I'm so happy with the map because it turned the place from a massive blank cold wall to a cozy corner with great texture. 

Detail of the dowel painted and sewn on... this part was a doozy! It took forever and each and every individual hole in the burlap had to be sewn or it would sag. 

Detail of the painted map. 

The golden crocodile, took this idea from a blog where she also painted a croc gold. I was super lucky to find this dude on clearance for $1. He started out as a green plastic toy before he was metaled up!

The gong and pot I painted, leaves I totally stole from city parks in the dark of night - yes true - as with the moss I also poached from a city park stone wall and glued onto balls to make moss balls. 

I found this in a book called "Ancient Art of Kazakhstan and the Silk Road."

Detail of the pieces. 
 

A look at the other wall. The garland cost about $1 total. It's puff balls sewn onto thick colored string. 

The corner I'm currently working on, this picture wall isn't finished, it needs a few more pieces until it's complete (all of which I'm currently working on) and it'll be in the general shape of a triangle on it's side to fill in the triangular empty space here next to the TV. 

Here's the unfinished view: all the picture frames I've painted and also many of them I made from scratch. 

 Details of the pieces: these two are Phil's great grandparents coming off the boat to Canada. 

This is the pencil drawing I just finished framed and in it's new home. 

A random striped piece whipped together real quick, and a cute picture of Susan at age 3.

A post card over 100 years old of a building at Princeton. 

Two more old postcards, over 100 years old, I had to get these because they're hilarious. The top one reads "I hope Mary filled the tub / And Mary did."

The cute pic of little Susan!!!

These two are originals from the James Beard cookbook called the fireside cookbook. I am obsessed, I could hang every picture in that book... and I might.... they're all so amazing. 

This is a picture of Pierre (Phil's dad) water-skiing. 

 
Handsome handsome guy!!!


This is my fave of the old postcards I found, of course it's because it's in French and was sent from Paris over 100 years ago, and they put a little bit of color in the photo. 
 

 Detail of the garland. 

Where I stash much of my stuff along with unfinished pieces.

My new tiny collection of animal figurines :) They make me heppy.



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chloe's Birthday and I Got a Teddybear

Dec 28th is Chloe's birthday, so we made sure to make it a special day as to not be eclipsed by the Christmas fiascoes. After a day of playing, it was time for the best part: Birthday Ice Cream. Chloe doesn't like cake (she's not a normal child in many ways, all of which are good ways too) so ice cream was the request. I think a child savoring a good cone is one of my favorite things to watch. 
 Harper Face Lynn

Ezra my sweet Puppy 

Ms. Teya Drama as usual 

 Eden Schmeden 

 Ew, nast... but whatever makes a our kids dreams come true, so be it. 
 All together now.
 The Honorable Birthday Chloe
Eden is so Boss right now of the hangout. 
 Teya's been trying this new attitude on for size lately. I do not approve, however I can tell it's forced as I also know--because she tells me frequently--she wishes she were 16 and all that goes with it. NOOOOOOooooo.....

Want to know what I got for Christmas? A real life Teddy Bear. One that talks and walks and is scared of the snow.
 "You're putting in this poofy-stuff again? That means you're forcing me out in that neige stuff now right?"

 "Why oh why...?!!. I think I can... I think I can.. I think I can...."
 Edens smile! "I have no motivation for smiling at the moment. This is the best you're getting."
 "Just enjoy my sad cute Teddy face instead."


"okay, okay. Since my lips and cheeks are about all I can move right now anyway, here's a tiny one for ya. Cheese!"

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Taking a Break from the Snow

This is how we do winter Cali/Hawaii style. Snow is fun, all good, pretty and such blah blah blah... but this sun loving family needed a break. Fortunately Flagstaff has the rockin-est activity center for families that has pool, slides, rockwall, gym, track, etc for 5 bones. Best part is it wasn't even crowded.

I was the creeper with the camera snapping pics of everyone, the other people in the pool weren't too sure about being captured in a strangers photos wearing their less-than-flattering-maillots-de-bains.









 Conspiring.












 





 Swimming lessons.


 Rachel testing out the big slides to see if it's a good idea for the kids. The result: it was dark and scary and not so much for the little ones. Thanks to the brave and mighty Rachel.


 "I guess I'm supposed to touch this thing as if it's fun or something. I'll do as you say."

 Eden's so cold and tired. The thrill is fading fast...

 Harper shows these fountains who's boss.


 Nanny dutifully keeping track and count of every human being. I think the water was too cold for her liking?!
 She fell asleep two seconds later and napped the entire second hour of swim. Easy escape.


Check out that young creeper photo bombing Summer's special moment!