A Few Things

This was a busy weekend….

1. Finished the mural in the big kids room. (well almost… the mermaid needs an eye, and we still need to paint a sandy sea bed under the treasure chest. But the scary part is done. The kids are thrilled. I am relieved.)

2. My first born grew up a little bit more this weekend. She is ten years old. She got invited to a piano concert. She dressed up. She went somewhere without me. She looked so beautiful. She took the camera. She took two pictures. They both look like this.

At least I got something. It was a little bittersweet when she left. Her smile split her face in two and she looked so sweet in her dress with her hair done up in a bow. My baby is growing up. The last ten years went by WAY too fast!

3. Knitting-wise: Celandine is coming along. There are 16 medalions  and I have completed 6. They are beautiful. They are awesome. They are knit on size 000. They take a long time to make and are really tricky. They cannot be made while children are awake. I cast on Labyrinth and am enjoying it. (This is sweater number four in the Year of the Sweater Project) The yarn, Louisa Harding Grace, is a 50% silk/50% merino and is so heavenly. I hope it turns out well. It is good knitting when the house is in chaos (meaning, all waking hours), as it is all St. st. with a few inc or dec every few rows. I also am making a bowl of fruit for the daughter of my knitting buddy who is turning two next month. And, of course, Christmas presents are continuosly on the needles. Busy, busy, busy.

4. Selling stuff on Etsy, even if it is only $5 worth, is so fulfilling! I am a stay at home mom and make zero money. So, when I earn a couple of bucks (for doing some fun hobby), I am thrilled. I am even getting a bit of Christmas shopping done here and there when it adds up. Gotta love Etsy!

5. My sister, her husband, and her son stopped by yesterday and spent a couple of hours here visiting. I love it. I can never get enough of them. They are some of my favorite people. It is really awesome when ones sister also happens to be ones best friend.

So, now it is Monday, which is really our family Sunday because of Marc’s work schedule.  I will finish my weekend off today with more knitting, spending time with my kiddos and (hopefully) getting the yard cleaned up and the garden weeded! Have a Happy Week! 🙂

Under the Sea

The kids got their bedrooms at last and we are in decorating mode, now. The big kids room (Abby and Noah) is to be an under the sea theme. We started with a blue paint on walls and ceiling that makes even the air feel blue. Now I am working on the murals. Here is what I have so far:

I have three things to say about this project:

1. In preparing for this mural, I have looked at more pictures of mermaids, shipwrecks, treasure chests, sharks, and fish than I ever wanted to.

2. Finding an example of a modest mermaid online (or anywhere else) is impossible. I finally had to just create one in my head. (She is in my sons room, for heavens’ sake!) I decided to put a tank top on her that kind of blends into her tail. Also, notice the angle. Yes, that is covering her chest on purpose… On that same note, if you cherish the innocence and purity of your children, do not conduct internet searches of “mermaid art” while they are in the house. Personally, I include my husband in that warning…. Yikes!

3. I am stuck. I am not an artist, and this has all been a very long process in which I have burned through pencils and erasers at an alarming rate. All that remains to be done before we bust out the paint is the mermaids hands and eyes. I am terrified that after getting her so right on, I will give her Mickey Mouse hands and ruin the whole thing! I also have to put treasure in the chest, but that is more an issue of deciding what treasure…. hmmm. I think the kids want bubbles and fish scattered around too, but we will see. Less is more, right?