I decided to try my hand at creating a painting today. I spotted a lovely carving of a tree on Etsy but when I finally broke down to purchase the art, it was gone. I had a canvas I saved from ending in the trash this past week and figured it would be perfect. My first plan backfired, I planned to create a scene with grass and a blue sky, but the acrylic paint I had was too dark, As soon as I saw it on the canvas I knew it was wrong. I pulled out some latex paint and covered the entire canvas, this felt better. Then I began sketching. My original plan for the tree was to paint it brown with black highlights, that was until I realized I had a navy blue sharpie that came with the trash collected.
I’m not fond of my vanity in the bathroom it just screams hotel. While I can’t rip it out and redo the entire bathroom I decided to distract visitors from it by turning the walls into a sort of gallery. It will take some time to complete it the way I picture it but I’m off to a good start.
As you can see I painted the sides with black paint to match the frame on my owl print and bird picture. Black seemed the natural choice after I painted the light fixtures black.
Enough of my amateur art, It’s time for Friday Faves.
Welcome New Readers
This week several new people have visited the blog, it’s good to meet you, welcome, and one blogger.
- Jackie is an avid reader and enjoys the simpler things such as needlework. But I found this post on the history of pigeons to be most interesting. I learned quite a bit, and found that we are kindred spirits when it comes to the animals who live around us.
Delicious Foods, or Not
- While I eat a vegetarian diet, I come across recipes from time to time I just have to modify to try. That was the case when I saw this pasta recipe from Daniela. My daughter-in-law stopped over tonight briefly and with this recipe still on my mind we made a deal. She would prepare this, with the necessary changes, for Saturday’s lunch at our yard sale if I would keep my granddaughter overnight Friday so she could pack up the vehicle of all the things we saved and I stored at her house. Works for me!!
- This is a post I have saved until it had a good spot to include it in the Friday Faves. Here in the US we eat a lot of prepackaged meals, takeout/fast food, and often way too much food. But do you ever wonder if people in other countries eat like you do? Take a look at this and see how your diet compares.
- Argentum Vulgaris, decided he had to gross me out first thing Monday morning with this story on lab-grown hamburgers. So you think you want to lighten your footprint, would you eat meat grown in a lab?
Do It Yourself and Upcycling
- I have a special treat for you. I have mentioned many times how much I love Stacy’s greenhouse. Everyone who sees it wants it, starting with me. This week Stacy shares the tutorial on how they built this lovely greenhouse. Other than the rooting material, paint and some screws all materials were recycled as in found used! If you have a lovely greenhouse or build one please share with me so I can be even more jealous.
- If you haven’t figured it out by no I am a big diy-er. Things are so much cheaper when you do them yourself. I love this bathroom which has been transformed by converting a dresser to a vanity and now a special wall treatment. Ashley reminds me a bit of myself. I will try anything to get the look I want especially if it’s cheaper than the way it’s supposed to be done. You saw my sharpie art above, but have you thought of trying to use a sharpie on your wall with a stencil, Ashley did.
- Fellow Blogger Kate sent me this link, thanks Kate. Don’t know what to do with those plastic milk jugs, turn them into useful items.
- What is better than repurposing an item into something useful? Need a headboard but only have a couple of cabinet doors? Yes, it can work, is easy enough for a child (at least one who knows how to use a couple of tools), and is gorgeous.
- What can you make from pallets? How about a child’s toy box and porch benches. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a toy box and the secret to taking a pallet apart.
- If you don’t know by now I often get inspiration from Ikea on how to make a small space work in a world where everything seems over-sized and wouldn’t easily fit in my apartment. While I like the inspiration, I don’t want my home to look like an Ikea catalog. I found this post on the impression a trip to Ikea left on Jackie quite humorous.
- Courtney looks at the differences in her life from the big house to a smaller home in this post on How to Master the Art of Slowing Down.
- I wrote several months ago about how I believe we look for homes as an adult that remind us of our childhood home. If you got used to a small home you would be more comfortable in a small home as an adult. Lyle looks back on his childhood with his mother living in sometimes only one room. It is also a story of love for a mother, see for yourself here.
- As someone who suffered from anorexia for many years, I find the fixation on our image by the media to be unhealthy. I was pleased to read this post on accepting ourselves as we are from Andrea.
- Not all of us had the picture perfect childhood, some of us lived quite different lives from what you might expect. Marlene took her childhood in stride, it was just the way it was. But her sister felt something quite different. This is a wonderful post on how guilt can burden you well into your adult life.
- A life lived without learning a few lessons along the way is a pretty bland life, in my opinion. Lena for her 31st birthday made a list of 31 Life Lessons she has learned. I can’t pick a favorite from her list they are all important and will lead to a happier life.
- Can you accept that your retirement might be drastically different from that of your parents? Kate looks at the numbers to see what retirement might actually be like for her.
- I used to say I knew my limits when it came to creativity. Yes, I could paint a wall without taping off, but create something, never. As you can tell I have moved outside my comfort zones to try things that I have always wanted to try but told myself I would suck at. I wish I had read this post by Sayantan Sen on You are Already an Artist.
- While it seems more people sit indoors in front of a TV or computer screen than go outdoors to spend time in nature around here, there is one place that refers to nature as the country’s unofficial religion. I was so impressed with the differences between my country and this one. A place where children are outdoors 6 hours every morning, regardless of the weather, where mothers are paid to stay home with their young children. While things may not be perfect there yet, they are well on their way to embracing what is important. You can read the entire article here on what a British family learned while living in Germany.
The earth has music for those who listen.~~ George Santayana