Getting the sea legs back
A goal of mine lately is to paint more. When I was in school I painted so often, but now it takes serious will power to get going on a new painting. My dear friend Emily ( of the amazing Emily Steffen photography) wrote a blog about “chosing to cheat”. She said it much more eloquently , but basically there are always things to be done that seem more urgent like clean the house, do laundry, etc, but sometime you just have to “cheat” and put the chores last and just make something. I have a really hard time doing that. Conveniently, a co-worker asked me to paint her sisters dog as a Christmas gift, and I used it as the perfect excuse to put painting back into the making rotation. Here are some in progress pictures…
And the final product
Speaking of dogs, we had some visitors at the bungalow this weekend….
My parents were away for the night celebrating their 30th anniversary ( can you believe it?) so we had “the lads” as my dad calls them. They were a ton of fun, and we spoiled them rotten by letting them hang out on my white couch, and sleep in our bed. However our feline friend was less than thrilled. She is still angry at us I think. I wish I had a picture of the stink eye she gave us all weekend.
In bungalow news, my dear sweet hubster found the deal of the century on freecycle. Bear in mind, I had just given him a hard time about accumulating one too storage shelves in need of TLC. But not only did he redeem himself but knocked one out of the park with this gem.
Yes, that is an authentic craftsman style built in cabinet ( that had been ripped out) that someone was GIVING AWAY. For FREE!! Can you believe it? When we bought our house we loved that it was both old and had been updated mechanically, but were a little bummed that some of the built-ins that craftsmen bungalows are known for had most likely been removed somewhere along the line. I’ve seen similar salvaged pieces going for hundred of dollars , easy.
I’ve got a couple more items in the pipeline that I’m excited to share soon. I’m going to try and update this more often so I can focus on one or two things at a time. Just a hint, There are some sewing/stitching project in the works!