Moose Season

Every year right before a big snow, these guys find their way into the neighborhood.  Many properties are steep but my backyard isn’t, so they really like hanging out here. They showed up at 10am this morning and as of 5pm are wandering around and eating after a long nap. I love watching them. I can’t help it, I take way too many photos.  🙂

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Pinterest Buddy

A girlfriend of mine recently share her Pinterest success story. To be honest, I almost like this more than my jewelry box.

Sorry – photo is a little blurry. Using the board and hooks for tools from Home Depot and some paint, this wall board is the perfect way to organize accessories and make them easy to locate.

What do you think?

Oldentimes

Look around here in the past. This used to be such a thrilling time of the year. I was moving around years ago on Halloweens, starting to write books for NaNoWriMo. Seeing people I know now taking on the challenge to write a novel in a month makes me nostalgic!

Things are still thrilling, just in a different way.

I gave up my goals again and again in favor of new opportunities.

I also kept them on the back burner.

As much as I try to bring my books to life, I scare myself. I second guess things. I give up on editing.

I’m sitting now with a perfect couple of chapters, written, rewritten, and crafted to the best of my ability.

I’m happy blogging, freelancing, and continuing to sit and wonder if I can lift a book into a reality of published work. And I still believe it can happen.

I spend time waiting for everything to fall into place. Besides relationships I need to work to improve, my life has never been better.  I’ve met wonderful new friends, and I am continuing to enjoy the perks of Ski Utah. My family and I have been able to spend more time together than ever. I quit drinking, and started two-a-day workouts to prepare for the ultimate ski season. The snow is starting to fly.

I’m so blessed!

Open Letter To My House

House,

First off, let me say happy two year anniversary. Time with you has really flown by. I really hope you like your gift, that new water heater and furnace looks really nice.

Ya know, to be honest, the last two years have been a little nuts. You got new fireplaces, new doors, new windows, new trim. I painted literally 100% of you. You have some nice new things going on. You aren’t as drafty as you used to be. You have all new toilets, new tiling, gorgeous art, and a really nice owner that does so much for you, inside and out.

It would be really great if you took a little break. Stop having issues. That stunt you tried to pull with the garbage disposal, stuff like that is not going to fly. You have drained the bank account enough. So just chill out a bit, ok?

No more water pipes bursting. No one likes a house that is so needy and desperate for attention.

I’ve loved you as much as possible even though you are taking some of my best years and requiring a lot of work and attention. Time to love me back.

More Arts And Crafts

Every little thing I work on has been kind of fun and funny, but I love what it does for the house.

I’m all for making things pretty.

Latest projects:

I painted some small pictures with colors from the house for the guest bathroom. Stencils blow.

I also made us a custom headboard. Showing people where you sleep is creepy. Oh well. The picture might not look like much, but that is plywood with 2″ thick foam ($) and then batting and then fabric. I decided against the insane criss cross pattern I initially wanted and went more simple with my decorative design. The master bedroom is starting to look pimped out!

If you have ever wanted to try this, google “Custom Headboard” and go nuts. It’s idiot proof- I did it!

Sew Crafty

I’ve finally been getting to do some house projects that don’t “have to be done” but that are to make the place look nice.

I had four pillows – two blue and brown, two green striped, that made no sense. But they did cost money. And so no buying new pillows when I had working pillows.

I went to the store, bought all the necessary equipment, read the internet 100 times, and in two days, sewed ALL BY MYSELF some new pillow covers. And they rule.

They tie the whole entire room together, and the whole entire room is complete.

The pillows came out SEW well that now I’m looking for other sh*t to craft. Like, anything. I want to SEW and stitch and measure and create! Watch out, or I’m gonna start making everyone quilts.

And no one likes homemade quilts.