Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Cozy Home

Fall is finally here.  You know how I know?  It smells like fall.  The air is crisp and cold.  It's absolutely delightful.

The sun is setting early and I have to actually turn on lights.  It's a bit of a bummer because I do miss the sun. But I must admit that I love the cosy feeling of my home at night.

This star started as a Christmas decoration.  I hung it in my front window with plans to take it down after the holidays.  It never came down.  I fell in love with the glow and warmth. 

For the past year, I've been collecting frames and art for the hallway.  This wasn't a project that I wanted to start small and slowly build.  I wanted everything before I hung anything.  After a lot of sweat and (if I'm honest) a little swearing, I had managed to get enough nails into the wall to hang everything.  Thats the wall I share with my neighbor... I think it's made of steel.

My calendar from 1canoe2 has been my favorite piece of art in the living room. Esther got it for me last Christmas and I've been smitten ever since.  It's more a piece of art than a calendar.  It will definitely be up past the new year.  I'm not gonna lie, this calendar has made me super excited for November.  That's my favorite design and I cannot wait to see it on my wall.

This is Charlie's spot.  It's where she always ends up when I'm moving around the first floor.  When she sits in that exact spot, she can see me no matter what room I'm in.  It's her fave carpet spot.

I hate ceiling lights.  I feel like I'm under a spotlight.  It's weird and I don't like it.  I have two lights on my side table and they are the only lights I use in the dining room.  Those two lights along with 2 candles are the perfect atmosphere for dinner.

Random fact about me - I eat dinner at the table every night and I light the candles every night.  Eating dinner while sitting on the couch is the worst.  It's too messy.  So I eat dinner at the table every night and I light the candles every night.  It's just what I do.

Esther got me this lucite G for my birthday.  I'm just a little bit obsessed with it. 

The light under the microwave is always on the low setting in the evenings.  Maybe I'm weird (well, we all know I'm weird) but I've found that I don't turn a lot of lights on at night.  This light under the microwave is pretty much all I need.  Plus, with only a low light on, I can't see how dirty my kitchen is.

As usual, photo time ended with a play session.  This dog is obsessed with this cone.  It's been her favorite toy since she was little.  It's amazing that after 6 years it's still her favorite toy.  That reminds me, I'm out of cones, I need to order more soon. 

I hope you have a wonderful October full of apples and sweaters and bon fires. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day with the Fam

It's incredible how much fun it can be to spend an afternoon with two little people under the age of 5. They make everything interesting and fun and today was no exception.

This weekend, they got their first pet.  He's a beta fish named Rainbow and he is very much loved.

Can we just talk about the fact that Hannah's hair is long enough to go into a pony tail?  Can we also just say that it's the cutest pony tail ever in the history of the whole world?  We are all just a little bit obsessed with it.

"Hi, Rainbow. Hi, Rainbow. He's swimming! Eat food, Rainbow."

Lunch time is always exciting.

After lunch came naps for the kids and Charlie while Char and I enjoyed some movie time.  "I said pointy feet not pointy words. Point words are mouse turds."

Cameron and I did a little sewing together. I was working on something while we watched the movie and when Cam was done with quiet time he wanted to help.  He chose the colors and did the design completely on his own - I assisted with needle safety and threading.

Hannah wasn't allowed to touch anything in my little kit except for the thread... that she then piled on our little project.  She also gave it all to Char at least 3 times.

Charlie has learned to live with the craziness that happens when we are with the kiddoes.  She doesn't love it, but she's learned to live with it.

A little longboarding in the house? Why not!

Hannah is holding the puppets that Cameron made.  She's also in a full out daze.  I had to wave my hand in front of her face to get her to wake up :)

The puppet shows were amazing.  Everyone got a turn.

It's pretty comfy back there.

Char got a turn and Hannah decided to assist her.  While Char was putting on a show, Hannah was putting all the other puppets on top of Char.

Cam said, "Aunt Esther, you sit on the chair and I'll sit on your lap." Getting bossed into cuddling might be the best thing ever.

I've officially given up on asking Han to say "cheese".  It never works.  This time I asked her to say "hi" to Charlie.  It worked like a charm and I got the biggest smile out of her!

Esther's puppet show was excellent.

This last photo ended up being one of my favorites.  How cute are his little feet?  I love the teamwork.

What a fun day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Blue Rug and My Pup

My craft room has amazing light in the evenings.  With the addition of some sheers, the light has gotten even better.  So, of course, I started snapping photos of my favorite pup.  I took this one of her on her chair and quickly realized how awesome her light hair looks against the blue rug...

So I kindly asked her to sit on the rug and she immediately complied with the sweetest disposition.

Ha. Right. I had to bribe her with a treat.

Being the incredibly impatient border terrier that she is, we went through 6 small treats in 5 minutes.

Thats the longest our little photo sessions can be because I don't like to spoil her dinner.  And the only way to keep her in one spot is to feed her.

But do you see what I mean?  Doesn't she look great in blue?  I love the color of her hair with the richness of the blue rug.

Plus, I've been wanting a photo of her to frame - but I wanted something with a lot of color and contrast.

See this look?  This is the "the jig is up, give me the treat" look.  It means our little photo session is over.  I think this last photo is the one I'll frame.  I love my photo sessions with this girl... even when they are super speedy.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yello Paper Co. & and coupon

Say hello to my newest adventure - Yello Paper Co.  I've been looking for another hobby and I think I've found just the thing.

In case you're wondering - the name comes from my standard telephone greeting when a family member calls.  I almost always answer with "yello!".  We all seem to have our own unique greeting and that is mine.

For now, it's a small shop.  And by "small" I mean there's just one item.

I'm selling custom change of address cards.  I want each item in my shop to be truly unique and something that I am passionate about.  What makes these cards unique is the custom illustration. I'll draw a custom illustration of your home to add to your cards and really make your announcement stand out.  Then I have the cards printed and send out a finished product.

I've experimented with several different layouts and types of homes -

So far, I've had just one order and I'm hoping for many more.  It was so fun to create a custom illustration and send off a finished product.  That first order helped me smooth out the process and helped me to feel really comfortable with the whole Etsy process.  It's all very fun!

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