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Painted Pebbles

I’m up to my elbows in paint again…..we are still trying to sell our house….and find a place to put the craft supplies I stuffed into our travel trailer.

You see, in two and a half weeks we start holidays…..yup, house up for sale, , camping holidays and the need for immediate storage decisions… is a never ending adventure around here!

So while I’m waiting for the paint on the kitchen cupboard doors to dry….i decided to paint them last night for the open house Saturday morning ????????, I treated myself to a little Pinterest.

And this is what caught my eye….for two reasons really.

A few years ago we were camping in said trailer and I had brought out some paints to paint some summer hats. I also grabbed some rocks at some point and fooled around painting them, including a few ladybugs on the flat, round ones..

At the time there were three little kids camped next to us with their mom, in a rickety tent trailer….so I tucked some of the stones under their permit post….I think I heard the commotion when they found them…who knew….

Then two years ago, after my open heart surgery, I was in line at the post office, feeling pretty crummy and the clerk asked me how I was doing. At that point she knew me from my regular Etsy shipments. As I was standing in line waiting for my turn, the woman behind me introduced herself and put something in my hand.

It was a gorgeously painted rock, well between a rock and a pebble by my understanding, painted in my favorite color, red, as well as some intricate design.

She told me she painted little things and carried them with her and when she met someone who needed a boost or some hope she shared them.

Yes, for a split second I thought she was a bit short of a loaf, but I know how passionate I am about my craft and when one finds a new home I only hope it brings the same satisfaction, joy, pleasure…whatever you call it…to the new owner.

Of course you can bet my ladybugs were pretty primitive, hopefully easily distinguishable, and maybe even easily reproduced by those children….but this amazing pin on my fave bulletin board is so much more inspiring and, well, amazing!

Have a peak here….

Bet you will soon find yourself looking for that perfect stone the next time you are out for a walk….:)



Better Late Than Never? Where did the time go?

Geesh, I knew it was a while since my last post but wow, two months?

I lay awake at night lining up ideas and photos for this blog, vowing to get in this trend with both feet, or hands, and stick to it. Honestly.

However, about the time I lined all this up, my partner and I did something crazy, throwing all sense to the wind.

We put our house up for sale AFTER we found my or our, I’d like to think, dream house. Please don’t try this at home, trust me it should only be done by professionals!

To be fair we live in a neighborhood that sees homes sell in two or three weeks….until of course we put ours on the market.

Neither of us are gamblers, play the stock market or even buy lottery tickets….all of which I now think would be less stressful than selling a house. We are both in our late 40s-very early 50s and have had to start our lives over about 15 years ago, blending our families 10 years ago.

We aren’t looking to buy bigger, more elaborate or fancier digs, just a house we don’t have to rebuild, rezone or finish off. Been there and done that!

In fact, our home was not in the greatest state when we decided to move…we knew it and thought it would sell, after all we had all the stuff ready to put down or up so surely someone could appreciate all the effort in gathering the supplies….:)

Let’s just say that the day after we put an offer on the house we fell in love with was the day we learned just what we had in us, and how hard we can work when that carrot is dangled close enough. Both of us have health issues that sometimes seem to dominate our world, whether true or perceived, so things are put off, dreams are downplayed….we get lazy.

Bringing the living room into the 21st century with new laminate flooring.

But in less than six weeks we have transformed this house into what it should have been two years ago….it’s just what we always thought it could be. In fact, I will even let people inside past the front door now.

So why move?

Larger property, lower taxes, better layout and hey, this dream house has a porch/veranda, something I’ve always wanted in a house. I grew up in Toronto in my grandparent’s house that had one and I loved it. I’m a front yard person, perhaps a little nosey but I prefer to call it very social, and I love people watching.

But it all may end up being a stressful, somewhat costly, dry run. Our house is still for sale, price reduced and it’s been about two months that it’s been officially for sale. Our offer on the dream home ends this month.

At this point we play back and forth on whether to try and renegotiate, or to leave the dream go and look for a new one while keeping the rather large, white, for sale sign on our lawn for all to see that yes, we’ve still not sold our home.

Or do we relish in the fact that the home is just beautiful, provides us shelter and a space of our own that two many don’t enjoy, as well as memories, good or bad.

For some reason the impending deadline is becoming a welcoming idea….it might be that unbiased opinion we need.

Let’s Try This Again….

This isn’t my first foray into the blogging world, but hopefully it will be the effort that pleases me the most.

You see I started a blog a year ago, admiring all the fabulous DIY, craft, family life based blogs, and other themed insights but being a person with a serious eclectic style,  I just couldn’t limit my blogs, stories or retellings to just one category….

I love photography, I love my kids (not in that order, seriously) and as a new empty nester and a  stay at home mom for just 10 years, I’m still sorting things out….mainly what my new role will be now. So how do you decide to limit yourself to simply writing about what your magic crochet hook makes each week….I can’t.

So this blog will not be a “look what I made”, or “did you know that this will help get rid of those pesky ants”, or a lament of my health issues and all the things I can no longer do (bet you are thanking me for that.)

This blog will be a place for me to show off my favorite photos, with a bit of insight into the frame and why I shared it on that day…..then again it could be something else….. I am the poster Mom for eclectic behaviour!

Oh, and I will try not to sell you anything….as you can see I have an Etsy shop, but I create and write because it calms the voices and because I somehow have to justify the umpteen Rubbermaid containers I have of yarn and craft supplies. Of course, if you are interested, the link will be there for your clicking!

So here we go…..