Monday, April 30, 2012

Anthro-Inspired Abstract Painting

A few weeks ago I fell in love with this painting from Anthropologie.  I knew that I could paint my own with a similar color scheme.  

Here is my version.  It's definitely not the same but I really love the colors.

A couple things.  I re-used this 18x24 canvas.  This is the third time I painted on it.  I learned from Little Blue Boo that you can paint over any canvas (even old thrift store paintings) with white ghesso and you are good to go.  I wish I had a canvas that was 60x40 like the original painting.  I am sure it is even more stunning in person.

Now that I see them next to each other mine hardly compares...however I am really enjoying how bright and cheery it is.  Plus it only took one night to complete.  And it was basically free.  WIN!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Magical Plant

This afternoon we stumbled upon a magical plant.  The kind of plant that just begs to be shaken like a wand or blown at so that all of its little seeds can fly away.

It was love at first shake, and then we were off.  Off to find as many as we could in our little yard.

As soon as one was spotted we picked it ever so carefully as to keep the little fluffy seed ball intact.  Once picked, Sullivan would shake the stem vigorously.  If the last of the seeds just wouldn't let go, he would blow them.  

He practically ran from each plant.  Eager and excited to get to the next one.  Most times he let me pick them for him.

I love the way those little seeds danced in the wind.  They floated like little ballerinas and often landed on our clothes and in our hair.

I feel like often the very simplest things in life get tucked away or passed by.  Not intentionally, its most likely because we all have our routine and lists that help guide our day and keep us on track.  Often when there is a busy day I tend to forget where my day went.  Its like those days speed by and when my head hits the pillow I wonder if I took the time to really impact my little one, even if in the smallest of ways.  

I find my self much more at peace when I can actually look back at the day and remember a few extraordinary moments that were experienced.  Today it was the magical plant and with the help of arty he flipped his first pancake(very carefully & completely protected).

I am loving every second of this boy.  


Friday, April 27, 2012

One fish, two fish...

This morning I was determined to make something fun and new for Sully.  I took scissors to fabric scraps and free-handed these two fish.  Are they perfect? No. Do we love them? YES!  
I fashioned a hook out of a stray bangle bracelet that could be easily bent, without being sharp or dangerous.

A stick from the yard tied with some twine and waaalaa this is what I came up with.

He had fun with them and that's all that matters to me.

I'm off to make some more fish!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Just Pictures. Brushing

Farm Day

 Yesterday we met up with a group of mom's and their kiddos at the university's farm for a tour.  Oh yes, the college here has it's very own farm.

We had to wait about a half hour for our tour to start and there was one of those huge para-shoots stretched out on the grass with kids gripping the edges, making small plastic balls bounce.  Sully was immediately drawn to it.  I spent most of the thirty minutes trying to keep him off the para-shoot.  He just wanted those balls.

Once our group was called he was captivated by the animals.

He had no fear and eagerly slipped his hands through the fence to pet each animal.  He called this baby cow a "dot" which is his word for dog, and most animals.

He tried to squeeze the water out but decided that putting rocks and hay in the bucket of water would be more fun.

Evidence: Gathering the rocks.

About to drop them in.

He spent about five minutes "marching" on a peice of plywood.  I think he likes the way his feet sound when they stomp the ground.

He just instinctively knew how to feed the goat.  He had peices of greener grass and held it out to be gobbled up by this mama goat.

He rocked my world at the farm.  When we left, we were both covered in dust but extremely happy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Biscotti, Seahorses, & Hammers

I made this almond biscotti today and totally nailed it-rocked it-hit a home run.  You get the picture.  It was a little bit of heaven in my mouth.

Dipped in dark chocolate and then dipped in hot coffee.  YES!

Barefoot boy fishing for sea horses.

Love his crossed ankles.

He's been carrying this hammer around with him ever since he saw me use the hammer to hang something on the wall last week.  That hammer has been in the bath, been in his crib, gone to the park and into several stores.  He loves it.  Its kind of like a lovey.

Silly faces.  I just want to smooch those lips!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Just a quick note

We had a great weekend and now we're heading out the door for a nice long walk.  I'll be back later with a little bit of what we've been up to, and of course more pictures.