Nearly every year for Christmas, I ask for "Tacky Lawn Ornaments." One year, I was lucky enough to get Pink Flamingos from my mother. Yeah Mom!! These aren't the new ones you find in stores today, these are from the original factory with the "Don Featherstone" signature on them. They are awesome.
Over the many many years... sun, weather, moves, dogs, kids... they weren't looking so good anymore. Faded, scuffed, missing-bent-rusted legs... time for a makeover.
I picked up a can of spray paint that's meant for plastic and two lengths of 1/2" re-bar in 24" lengths. I had to drill a new larger hole for the re-bar (easy peasy). For a grand total of about $6 and 15 minutes of work, I now have super awesome aqua flamingos greeting guests coming up to the front door.
I'm not sure what the neighbors think, but hey, I don't really care. They make me giggle every time I see them.
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Mini Shadow Boxes: 6x6 and extra deep COMING SOON! They're almost ready for the acrylic fronts, foam core back, and hardware. They'll be listed in the shop this weekend! They're so darn cute. I want a make a zillion of them (which means someone (or you) need to order them).
The only problem... I'm not sure what to put in them to photograph these cuties. Hmmm....
I used to think selfies were obnoxious... but then I realized it was just the fish-lips and cleavage that annoyed me (seems to be a prerequisite of the teen/young adult selfie). Today, I took one of my first selfies... ever. I have snapped a random one or two before... to show off a new hair cut or a new scarf, but not the "here's-a-picture-of-me-hanging-out-for-no-reason" kinda photo.
And you know, I think I liked it. So I did it again.
There was also something unusual about today. I didn't get up and put on my "painty" pants and an old shirt to do housework and start on projects in the workshop or yard. I took a shower. I put on REAL clothes. I applied a tiny bit of make-up. I haven't done this in about 6 years.
Every day, I wear things that embarrass my children and I just don't care. I'm at home. I'm working hard. I just need to be functional.
Here's the thing. My oldest is 6 now. She's started to ask me things like, "Mom, don't you want to wear something nice?" and "Why don't you wear your nice clothes?" and recently, someone pointed out that children learn how to take care of themselves and present themselves from their parents. SO TRUE. I must do better. I need to show that I care for myself so that my children will care for themselves.
I've avoided photos of myself because I don't like what I see. I've aged. I have gray temples and wrinkles around my eyes. My hair is a mess. I'm usually covered in grime and sawdust and paint. I could stand to lose 20 or 30 lbs (ok, maybe 40). For the sake of my children, I need to learn to love what I see and try to make it better. I need to take care of myself. I need to take that picture... for better or for worse... that's me.
Follow along on Instagram. For better or worse (hopefully better)... a selfie a day is coming your way... for the next 100 days.
Our "new to us" house has a decent sized patio out back. It's the only flat spot on the property and just big enough to fit the kids' 12' round pool. The problem? It's not a pretty space. There was a sad brown privacy fence (keeping the space private from who knows since it's already really private back there) with ivy stencils on it... and overgrown bushes.
Thankfully, I own a shovel, a rake, and a paint brush, and I'm not afraid to use them.
The bushes are gone! The fence is now blue!! I relocated random pavers from other parts of the yard (yes, we have ample random pavers all over the place). I scrubbed down the turquoise bench I made a few years ago (unpainted version available here) and it still looks pretty darn good, even after being outside for a few years.
Now, to add some flower pots and the pool. I'm thinking mint or lavender... herbs are beautiful and help keep the bugs away. What would you plant?
PS - I do not recommend painting projects with a 3 year old and 4 year old. Although it turned out fabulous, it was not smooth sailing.
Mother's Day... I've been on the receiving end of Mother's Day gifts for 5 years now. When children are young, like mine, the thought put in to Mother's Day is usually left in the hands of the husband or father figure...
My first Mother's Day, as a new mom... I think my husband actually forgot about it.
My second Mother's Day... he was deployed.
My third Mother's Day... he bought me a steam mop. Yup. He bought me a mop. And it wasn't a joke either - he seriously thought that would be a great gift. Not cool. But I got back at him and bought him a carpet cleaner for Father's Day (which is not a great gift, but it was something I actually wanted).
My fourth Mother's Day... He bought me a non-stick pan. He had destroyed my old non-stick pan and bought me a new one. He eventually destroyed the new one too (yes, high heat for long periods of time will do that to a non-stick pan).
My fifth Mother's Day... We have 3 kids by now and life is weird enough, so I took matters in to my own hands. I said, absolutely no gifts. All I want is to spend the day together. I want a NICE picnic at a park of my choosing and we WILL have a lovely day.
We are now approaching my sixth Mother's Day... and the gears are turning. It WILL be my day and no, no mops, or pans, or cleaning/cooking related items will be handed over to the "mom." I will pick something nice for us to do for the afternoon... but... what if I took it a step further? What if I give them a gift? In the past, I was so thoughtfully given such practical gifts. What I did the same? Something that "I" really wanted for the family?
What if I bought us coasters for Mother's Day? Ah.... a Mother's Day gift that a mom would truly want. Coasters. And I'd get to make them all use coasters... well, for at least one day, right?
Mothers of the world: Take back Mother's Day. MAKE IT YOUR DAY. Make them use coasters.
No photos here - I'm a mess and no one wants to see that. Apparently, I am severely allergic to Walnut Tree pollen. And I mean pretty darn severe... and so is my youngest. I really can't see. We both have allergic conjunctivitis. So take all the normal pollen allergy stuff (like aching face, itching & aching teeth, amazingly stuffed up) and add icky-painful-red-oozing eyes that render us basically blind. Not fun.
So... Mother's Day is on hold until we can see a doctor. Nothing over the counter or home-remedy-related is working, and trust me, we've tried everything.
I don't want to sound sexist and somehow imply that women and mother's should cook or be the ones in the kitchen... even Julia said "Every woman should own a blowtorch." And, yes, I have one, and yes, I have used it in the kitchen. Let's not draw lines about cooking and kitchen as being the domain of a man or woman.
I love to cook and I'm pretty darn good cook. My baking is coming along nicely... but, eh, I'm not in to sweet things and I can only ever get bread dough right if I do in the stupid machine. My husband does cook and he's not too bad. My Grandfather is an amazing chef. Wow. Richard, you rock the kitchen.
If your Mom loves to cook and play around in the kitchen, these are for her (or for anyone who loves to cook). If Julia Child inspires her... If she's often glued to the Food Network... if she loves browsing through those fancy kitchen catalogs... these are for her.
And, yes, I am going to do a shameless plug for my Wall Box Shelves - great for kitchen organization, storage, or even an indoor herb garden.
I missed yesterday's post. Sue me (kidding, please don't). I am sick. The darling oldest child brought home something from Kindergarten and shared it with me... and my husband, and now with the younger two kiddos. We're all in different stages of ick. It's just a severe head cold with a mild fever for a day or two... mixed with horrible pollen this time of year. We're a house full of yuck right about now.
But, Moms can't get sick. Nope, we don't get sick days. There's no one to call-in to. It's "suck-it-up-buttercup" time.
Here are some beautiful things for Mom. Things that might truly help Mom. Things we secretly really really want and need (and yes, reusable flannel tissues/hankies are the BEST for sore noses).
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A work in progress