It's time for a break...

I guess it's been, what...? 4 years? I'm not sure I realized that until just now.
Ha. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

Well, I guess I've gotta just come out with it.
Because it's been on my mind for quite some time...pushing at me...and weighing me down.
Months, in fact. And, I'm sure those devoted (if you're out there) maybe knew that somehow.

It's time for a break.

Let me explain...
When I started here, I was devoted. focused. excited.
And as much as I don't want to admit it.  right now, I'm not.

When I had Ross and Gram, I was devoted. focused. excited.
And as much as I don't want to admit it.  right now, I'm not.

My time of trying to truly and whole-heartedly focus here...then there...then here...then there...
isn't working the way I had planned.

I can see that right now I'm just not at my best here and there.
I've got to choose...and to be blunt...
I'll always choose there.

I love it here. Please don't get me wrong.
But, I know I can come back to- here...

Surely you can understand, I'll never have Gram's silly, baby car noise stage again...or Ross's dramatic princess stage again...

The point is, I don't want to look back at this time...this time that is, as we all know, gone in a flash, and regret what (I know in my heart) I should have been doing.
And, right now. there's no doubt.  I would.

I told you it's been on my mind for months now...right down in the pit of my stomach...where I've been ignoring it.
And of course, God knew all along.
(You'd think I'd learn. Because this isn't the first time I've been stubborn.)
But, when our computer suddenly crashed last week and destroyed everything...all my precious memories... I finally woke up.

It's time for a break.
Some time to regroup. to focus on the important stuff. and come back strong.

I wish I could tell you how long, but I really don't know. When it feels right again, I guess.

But because He also gave me this desire...to do this to begin with...I know I'll still be at it...changin' and fixin' and redoin' for a long time to come...and I'll need a small outlet somewhere...
so here I am, and here I'll stay...
until the next post...

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Oh, Christmas Tree.

We made some serious progress after the feast yesterday...

After 2 tree stands and 4 sappy hands, our tree is officially up.
We'll look back and laugh one day.

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bits about us: and the Christmas catalog

These two.

Out of curiosity, I put this out the other day...wondering what might happen.

And of course, it didn't take long before there was more marker than paper showing...

Between the two of them, that is.

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The $10 Curtain

I gotta tell you, I really had no idea how this was going to turn out... but now that it's all said and done, I love it.
Like, really love it.

But because, I wasn't all too sure about what in the world they would look like, I bought the curtains from IKEA.

This picture actually shows 4 panels (since 2 panels come in a pack), but I only used 2 panels for this project. Each package costs $10...that's $5 a panel. 
(Note: they are pretty stiff right out of the package, so I decided to wash them first. There's no doubt that loosened them up.)

The paint I used was new to me. It's a mulit-surface metallic paint, and it cost somewhere between 5-7 bucks from whatever craft store.

I didn't have a triangle stamp, so I made my own out of a foam sheet...by gluing several cut out triangles on top of one another.

Then I just stamped the curtain panels one at a time.
I knew there'd be no way to line every triangle up perfectly throughout the panel, so I intentionally stamped them randomly...as to make sure it didn't look like a perfect pattern.

Based on the size of Ross's room, I realized one panel per window was enough, so I tied them back with a piece of jute and a Command hook.

Crazy, they've only been up for 2 days now... but for some reason they feel as though they've always been there... like maybe her room is complete.

Could that mean it's time for the very first room tour in our new house...???

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bits about us: at the table

Now, let me just preface by saying, Ross was (and still is) an eater. Of course she's skeptical, and vegetables are the last thing on her list, but she'll eat...

Gram, however...takes it up a few notches.

That little saying, "He'll eat you out a house and home!" I just brushed off.
Surely they mean when they're in high school...maybe middle school...

Way wrong.

This particular bowl of ice cream was only after a granola bar, 2 snack cups of teddy grahams, 1 snack cup of goldfish, a squeezie, an entire english muffin, half of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a good portion of hummus and several cups of milk...

I'm really not sure what we're getting into here,
but, I sure hope we're making more money by the time he's in high school...
Wait. Scratch that...middle school.

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Christmas? Already?


But, for the record, I did get the curtains done.
Although, as you all know, things happen. And, putting up curtain rods are a lot easier said than done sometimes. So, that'll have to wait for now.

In the meantime, I've started with Christmas... a bit early this year, I know. It was my rotting pumpkins that made me do it. Besides, it's kinda nice alotting a little extra time to get it all done... and actually enjoy it for a while.

Anyhow, I could stand to enjoy Christmas a little longer...

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Flea Find

This was one of those purchases that I didn't actually need... 
and quite honestly had no idea where it would go...
but goodness, it sure was pretty.

I thought it could be fun for Christmas this year...

but, being that it's kelly green, it might find a perfect permanent spot too...

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