It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in our “new” house for almost four years now. We’ve changed a lot, mostly just to simplify the overall palette because I’m a fan of neutrals. Jonny and I haven’t done anything to our bedroom because it was already painted a neutral off white making it feel less urgent. I hung pictures to cover a couple of speakers on the wall, and on nails that were already in place when we moved in, though not necessarily where I would have chosen to put them. A few weeks ago, I decided that I was ready to take everything down, make repairs, and paint. Actually, it was Jonny who did all of that. My job was to agonize and obsess over the color. I am terrible at choosing paint colors and find it really stressful. I can never envision how a color will look in an entire room, even though I buy samples and move them around and do all the things you are supposed to do when choosing a color (along with the things you aren’t supposed to do like painting splotches all over the place). I ended up choosing a color called Olympic Mountains by Benjamin Moore and Jonny painted our room a couple of weeks ago. In the photo above, the new color is the darker one behind the candles. That was painted on when I was still in the painting splotches phase. I see a big difference between it and the original color, but Jonny thinks he basically painted our room the same color that it already was. True to myself, I initially hated the color and felt sick over my mistake. Jonny painted the room over the course of about a week. While I was in the hating phase, I would try not to look at the completed walls because I thought they were so ugly. Poor Jonny kept painting, wondering if I was going to want a different color.
In this lovely “after” photo complete with a litterbox, utility light, and laundry, you can kind of get an idea of the color. It’s obviously VERY different than the previous color. I really like it after all! I’m just no good with change, especially when it’s such a drastic one, so it took me a few days to adjust. We still need to paint the trim and I am planning to make some changes to the furniture. I haven’t hung anything on the walls yet because I’m not ready to mess them up and I kind of like everything being plain. I suspect it will be another year before we complete everything because that seems to be our pace these days.
My flower beds are all such a mess. I completely let everything go this summer as I always do. Next year I plan to do things differently. I don’t think I will plant vegetables in my vegetable beds, but instead plant my annual flowers there. And then I will start filling in my flower beds with perennials that will hopefully look a little bit tidier. I definitely won’t plant pumpkin vines along our front walkway. It’s been an impassible mess for the past couple of months. We are now in the process of ripping everything out and it’s already looking so much better.
We haven’t worked on many puzzles in recent months, but I loved this “kissing” puzzle. (affiliate link) The kids made fun of it, but they still worked alongside me. I think 300 piece puzzles are perfect for summertime. I’m sure we’ll get back into the bigger ones this winter.
This photo was taken right after I asked Mabel to stop pounding on the piano while I was doing a spelling lesson with Silas and Job. I have to remind her not to pound on the piano every single day during spelling.
I’ve started putting a different art postcard on display on my dresser every night before I go to bed. I didn’t make any big deal of it or even mention it, just started doing it. Mabel noticed right away. Every morning when she comes running into our bedroom she goes straight to the dresser to see the new painting. We discuss them together and I tell her the name of the artist and the name of the painting. I always feel a little better about my own attempts to title blog posts when I read titles such as, “Mother Combing Her Child’s Hair,” “Child in Sunlight,” and “Peonies in a Vase.” I have purchased books of art postcards at museums over the years but you can buy sets from Dover online as well. I’ve used this program for art appreciation in the past, but right now I’m loving the simplicity of one painting a day.
Silas is completely obsessed with fishing. I’ve been making an effort to take him and the other kids somewhere to fish at least once a week, though I have to say, I am not a fan of fishing! I am a fan of getting out of the house and taking walks with friends so everyone is happy.
I am very excited about my latest batch of playsilks! I probably say this every time, but surely these are my favorite ones yet! My goal was to get them listed in my shop about a week ago, but I wasn’t able to get everything photographed and listed until last weekend. At least they were ready for the first day of fall!
The easels I ordered from Ikea many weeks ago arrived last week and Mabel was so excited. We haven’t had an easel since before she was born and I felt like I was ready. This type of painting means lots of cleanup for me, but it’s worth it. Look at her face! I told her that she’s an artist and she was so pleased.
When I’m not up to big paintings (and big messes), we do small paintings. I buy blank notecards because they are inexpensive but a little thicker than regular paper. Young children love to make tiny paintings! Mabel has been painting stacks of them every day.
Speaking of painting, the other night I was reading Miss Rumphius to Mabel at bedtime and I was really struck by her blue bedroom. I thought to myself, “I might like a blue bedroom…” Don’t tell Jonny.