Monday, January 26, 2009

Grateful Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Here are some things I'm thinking about today:
1. The delicious yet unhealthy donuts I had this morning. My husband shared his gift card with me by bringing my donuts for today's breakfast. He also brought me a white hot chocolate from Dunkin's as well! He's so sweet to share his little prize with me.
2. The delicious stuffed mushrooms and chili that await me in the fridge. Chris slaved and cooked all day yesterday and made my favorites! I'm so lucky. (hmm. lots of food I'm thinking about, huh?)
3. A pretty little collar for a cutie!

Collar up close
Maren and her collar

Friday, January 23, 2009


DresserI'm trying a snazzy new layout here on my blog. I am currently brainstorming a new header graphic as fit the new space. Bear with me while I work out the kinks!
This photo is a sneak-peek of a dresser remake I completed where I took a regular Ikea white dresser and dressed up the fronts with seagrass wallpaper. I'm pleased with the results and it was inexpensive to boot!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Clothing love

I was perusing my favorite store (Anthropologie) for home decorating items when I took a peek at some of the clothing. SWOON! If I wasn't pregnant right now I'd be seriously considering snapping up these items for spring/summer!
I love this whole outfit. *sigh*
I love this bobbin necklace: the colors and textures are so lovely! It comes in 2 colorways and I prefer the "blue" one myself. I may grab this one since I CAN wear it!
I'm IN LOVE with this red dress. It's much better in person. The fabric has a sheen to it. All that graphic detailing on the bottom...of cranes and wildlife done in an Asian EMBROIDERED. The whole bit. It is so lovely in person!
This polka-dot shirt dress has the cut I love with the vintage-style flair to give it personality.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Andrew Wyeth

I was so sad to hear that my favorite artist, Andrew Wyeth, passed away last Thursday night. He's an American icon who has lived an incredibly interesting artist's life. Since I grew up in Maine, he was a staple subject of study in all our art classes and our trips to the Farnsworth Museum to see some of his work in person was always a special treat. Much of his work was in tempera paint, not incredibly commonly used anymore. His sense of detail, lighting, and mood never fail to move me. I really recommend this biography: A Secret Life, Andrew Wyeth, by Richard Meryman. It's a favorite biography of mine and is filled with personal stories from the very private artist himself (along with his family) from his childhood on up. His work ethic was unbelievable! I highly recommend the book. My deepest sympathies go out to his family in this sad time. He is an inspiration to me...he embodied the idea of "just do it" and the concept of getting out there and doing what you love all the time and in the best way you can.

His famous painting "Christina's World" shown here. (1948, tempera on gesso'd board) Museum of Modern Art, The iconic image of his polio-stricken neighbor portrayed outside her house in Maine. The vast sense of space magnifies the fact that her broken body must claw it's way all the way back with her hands. Such a vast sense of lonliness and struggle.
2 paintings from the Helga series...a secret 14 year study of this model. The artist hid the fact he was painting her from everyone, including his wife for 15 years. It was quite the media circus when the news got out! Countless amazing paintings emerged from that time. It was fascinating to read about the whole thing in his biography I mentioned above. Very dramatic!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Grateful Monday

Hi Friends!
It's been so long since I've done a grateful Monday post. I've been sick for the last week with the worst cold I've ever had...and I still have it. It's now become a nice sinus infection and bronchitis. No fun when you are pregnant and can't take the trusty medications that usually do the trick! I've barely slept for a week now, but I guess I might as well chalk that up to practice for baby. Although, being more sick than I've ever been WHILE not sleeping has been a bit of a bear.
But, I'm stir-crazy now and ready for this to be over with! That being said, today are some grateful thoughts:

1. A prescription for pregnancy-safe antibiotics!
2. An amazing husband who has taken care of me, the house, and everything in between!!!
3. Tasty beef stew made by my husband...a great chef!
4. A newly clean desk surface to do my work on
5. Hot chocolate: how I love you! Especially with a gigantic glob of Marshmallow Fluff.
6. A newly painted nursery with new hardwood floors
7. Did I mention my amazing husband?

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hello friends!
I wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy New Year! I know it's a few days late, but we've been away enjoying the holidays and now I'm back in reality! 2008 was quite a roller-coaster year of emotions and events...I must admit I spent a lot of time within myself. That being said, I'm happy that 2009 is here and with it comes a fresh beginning and new plans! While much of the blog world is writing about their goals and resolutions, I find that I have decided to forgo them. In a way, I suppose. With a baby coming in a few short months, I find myself consumed with preparations and plans for this huge life change. My goal is to "have no goals." I need to be free and open to the fact that soon my time will not be just mine anymore and I want to enjoy every moment as it comes to me. I know that holding myself to plans and resolutions of accomplishments I wanted to achieve will only lead me to frustration down the road. I want to feel successful this year. I want to be "in the moment." I want to move through each day with no expectations. This, in itself, is enough of a resolution, and a hard one for me (a constant planner). This is hopefully a year of change and magic...I will be still and let everything unfold around me as it will!
What sort of New Year's thoughts are you thinking?