Ok I really am still here!!! It has been forever and a day since I have written a post. Although I am not promising amazing, fabulous, or killer ideas or pictures on this post, I will tell you what to look forward to....in a little bit. But for now let me tell you all what I have been up to the past what 2 months.
Well it all started back in September tying up loose ends with clients that had stuff in the works, one by the way was the most amazing window treatment with custom rods made to my specifications and oh my oh my how they turned out super scrumptious. This same client got a daybed makeover, new cushions for her kitchen chairs and new decorative place mats. I have started 4 new designs for bedding. In the works with 2 girls rooms and bathrooms that will be mind blowing. I have had a few more design appointments that heaven forbid if I make it to start designing what they need.
Somewhere in the middle of this my son wanted to be Jonny Depp's version of the Mad Hatter and he wanted it bad. Well I would have you know that it was said to be the most popular costume this year, but why on earth could I not find one? So in my search I found one from the Disney store that wasn't even that great and was being sold for a mere $150.00 ....for a costume, for a seven year old, for one night out of the year.... YEAH RIGHT!!! So in my hard searching I came across how to make your own mad hatter costume... what had I gotten myself into? I found myself brainstorming, knowing I already had most of the stuff it required, "I think I could actually pull this thing off!" I tried to reassure myself. Only adding to the mound of a list of things to do, making a mad hatter costume for my son made the list. Luckily I had a costume for my daughter that I had made for my son when he was three, but trying to convince my daughter that it was what she was going to be for Halloween... was another story. It was a crow costume complete with big yellow cleaning gloves for feet. "I don't want to be a bird," she said "I want to be a witch!" But with a tight budget this year I had to convince her that she wanted to be the darn crow!! I can't really say that I blame her, after all every little girl wants to be a witch or fairy or princess and she was one of them. I knew that once she tried it on she would have no problem being the crow... sure enough I got it on her and she started fluttering around the room shouting "I can fly, I can fly...I love this crow!!!" Ha! Success at last! And I must say she looked mighty cute with her sparkly black tights and her hair done all crazy with feathers sticking out. She even left a trail of black feathers where ever she went. I love Halloween!!! I even found time to decorate and decorate early none the less. How that happened I am still not sure, but it was fun. So we wrapped up Halloween with 2 trunk or treats, one class party and a night of trick or treating. Wheeww!!! So the very next week involved family pictures, volunteering in my son's class, and an 11 year anniversary. Which really played out like this: the week was starting off good, volunteering went well then low and behold when the family pictures came up and it was our anniversary, I found myself taking care of a sick child. Oh what fun!!! So our anniversary consisted of canceling pictures and sitting on the couch in the morning with our sick child between us and I slapped my hubby on the shoulder and said, "by the way, Happy Anniversary" I know, sad but true!! What can I say!!!
So somewhere in the last month I had to rescue my sister in law from throwing herself her own baby shower, which for all of us mothers out there know that it is absolute suicide!! She has already had an extremely difficult pregnancy and I just couldn't watch her stress about putting on a baby shower for herself. So I will be hosting it for her next weekend. Well almost immediately I am looking at my house going, "Oh dear." Now mind you I am in a rental and looking at my construction grade white flat paint with all of the dear little marks, fingerprints, toe prints, wall art(which the artist being my daughter, who is three, and not a professional) and smudges of my children and if you look at the wall wrong a smudge will appear and I found myself saying "Oh DEAR." Only next to find myself looking at my terribly trampled, stains resurfacing everywhere carpet finding myself saying, "OH DEAR!" Then looking at half way done projects, a mess of an office/playroom (which I will admit was my side, I wouldn't dare say Sean's side was a mess, it really is always clean...darn him, why can't my desk look that neat and tidy? Sometimes I put a paper or two on his desk just to throw him all out of sorts, I know... what we wives do for entertainment right!!) Anyways I'm getting off the subject... so I am looking at this office or should I say MY SIDE and then that led me to my kitchen niche, you know that awkward space that is always left above the kitchen cabinets, yeah scccaaarrryyy!!! I had stuff up there that was literally tossed up there when we moved in over a year and a half ago and it was just left there, like it was magically going to look beautiful. I can't believe here I am a designer and I am confessing all of this, but anyways as I was looking at all of this and even more that I dare not say I found myself saying " OH DEAR I AM IN DEEP DOO DOO!" No wonder I had not done a bit of entertaining in this house, my house was clearly lacking in the attention department. I am always sooo busy making other people's homes and things look wonderful that I had seriously neglected mine. "Oh Dear!" So what did I do? I clearly sat down and made a plan of what was just a must to do before this Baby Shower. To my surprise... or not, my list was quite long and my husband was starting to get "that look" (you know, the one where he see flashing before his eyes what his miserable life will look like over the next few weeks as I complete my list. But my poor husband is a Saint because he simply complies because he knows it will make me happy.) So I have been hard at work to somewhat pull my house ship shape before the party day. One of the projects being to do something above my kitchen cabinets. Hard at work and almost done when I stepped across my flat top stove and put my bare foot right through it. I had no idea it was hollow under the tempered glass. It was a sheer miracle but I did not get even one scratch. So believe it or not it is cheaper to get a new stove then to replace just the glass part of the stove....just my luck!! What was I to do with a broken stove top when I have some hefty cooking coming up for the holidays? Luckily it is all being taken care of. $$$$
Oh dear, I really did not mean to ramble so much, I really shouldn't continue, but I must!
We finally made it to our family photos and can I just tell you, I looked at the proofs today and they left me speechless and I almost started balling as I saw the most gorgeous children flash before my eyes, but I sucked it up because my kids were sitting on my lap looking at them with me and I wanted to save them from the mere panic of their mother smothering them with a big wet sloppy kiss and a mushy hug as I was crying because they really took my breath away the way she captured them, I could just hear them saying "Maauhmm" which is another way (a child's way) of saying "gee mom get it together" followed by inner thoughts of "what the hec is wrong with her?" Anyways she is aaaahhhhmazzzzing!! Super Talented and a natural at photography!!
So somewhere in the middle of all of this ( notice how I keep saying "somewhere in the middle of all of this" it is because my life meshes together at some point and I can't really remember when it happened all I know it that it happened) Anyways as I was saying... somewhere in the middle of all of this my computer crashes, I find out that it crashed sooo hard that nothing was retrievable... isn't that nice. So everything I had saved for my business...gone, pictures.....gone, all my favorite websites and websites for my business...gone, gone, gone. Sometimes life really throws you a curve ball but for me it is ten at a time.
Well there really is more but for the fact of saving you all from the sheer boredom... Holy freak I can't believe how much I have written or what time it is. So I will simply conclude by telling you all that this is what's to come:
Pictures of all of the above!!! So exciting, isn't it?
Yes I will be taking you inside my "rental" home to show you what can be done to turn it around. All my little projects, although I am super disappointed to not have before pictures now...due to the computer crash, but I guess you will just have to imaging the before. I will also try to have pictures of all of my latest design projects for clients.
Ok I am super tiered and must go to bed, it is past my bedtime! Ha!