Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unfinished Business

I'm embarrassed to say that I have a lot of unfinished business here at home. Way back on March 25th I wrote my post "Who's Afraid of Color?" where I stated I finally decided on the color for my dining room. Reflecting Pool by Sherwin Williams, it's bright and sassy, just what I like. Or is it? One of the many things I do for my day job is follow and stay informed on interior trends. Just as the doubt started to roll in on my Reflecting Pool, I was only seeing neutrals and very understated colors in many of the magazines and online resources I monitor. Maybe this is the route I should be taking? (Is this the same person who painted her dining room Habanero Pepper a few years ago?) I started to second guess my love of color. I started to even second guess my eye for color. "Heck, I'm a professional here" I told myself! So I dragged the big box of paint swatches back home and started pulling neutrals and boring understated colors. This little exercise in self doubt and self checking (kind of like Algebra, but a lot more fun) convinced me yet again that I love color, and I don't love neutrals for the major living areas in my home. I'm happy to say that on April 9th I took the plunge and bought Reflecting Pool! Now all I have to do is schedule the repair of my sagging ceiling, then prime the ceiling and the walls. My inner voice keeps yelling "tick-tock lady"!

The next unfinished business on my plate are my Pysanky. Happily, I have created two more eggs since my last post, and even before Easter! Amazing! There is one more that I really want to create and then I think I can put the materials away for a while. I found a design that I really want to try, and I want to give it to my sister, because it reminds me of her. Hopefully I can accomplish that it the next day or two. Lately I just never can tell how time will be used, enjoyed and/or just plain vanish away.

So here's to the weekend that will be here at 6 P.M. tomorrow evening, to family and fun, and to all those unfinished projects that keep our inner voices alive and well. Deep down we know those projects will be accomplished only to have new ones take their places.

What unfinished business do you have around the house?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Best Laid Plans...

Lately I have been chomping at the bit to create more Pysanky. Why? Because it would appear that I actually enjoy putting too many things on my plate and pretending that it really doesn't stress me out. With that little confession behind me....I've had the kit for at least three weeks now but still needed to buy the wide mouth jars for all the dye. I finally got those today and was dreaming all day about spending a quiet evening (cute 5 year old son in bed) creating. I even talked to my sister about it, and she rubbed it in that she's already got half a dozen complete. Amazing when you consider her schedule! So, with son in bed, I start reading the directions for the dye, "...mix powder with 1 1/4 cup boiling water, etc, etc. Let dye come to room temperature before using." WHAT?!! Even the eggs are supposed to be at room temperature before using them. Tomorrow is another day, and there's nothing left to do but leave you with pretty colors in wide mouth jars......

Friday, April 8, 2011

Nature and the "Ahhh" Factor

I don't know about the rest of you, but life is hectic and crazy and it's hard to keep balance and peace. This is especially true when there are everyday responsibilities that take up quite enough of my time without the added fact that there are so many creative things I want to do too. That's when happy little surprises like this sweet little wild flower stop me in my tracks and make me say, "Ahhhh". Recently, I was out of town for four days on business (see that post for photography) so on Friday we had a family picnic in the park. I was able to get a rare walk in, and with iPhone tuned to some music, I was treking. The wildflowers were out and beautiful in the setting sun, but I had never seen this beauty before. Hopefully one day I'll learn its name, and we can be introduced formally! :0)

Thanks to Design*Sponge for the inspiration and the gentle nudge I needed to get sketching again! We all need to stop and smell, photograph, or sketch the roses a little more often.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Creative Home

This little blog of mine has several reasons for being. Some are clearly defined, like sharing some of my photography, and fun things I encounter on business trips or around town. Others are not defined. It's kind of an ambiguous thing to just start writing for all the world to possibly see, but it does satisfy and stir up, all at the same time, my creative energy. It's really all included in my blog title, "See (the world, people, and things in a different way): Create (photography, art, interior design, from all the inspiration out there): Be Happy (because that urge to express yourself and hopefully add to the vast collection of inspiration has been satisfied)".

I had to write this post tonight, because I have realized once again that I have a very creative family. Tonight I was honored to finish reading my husband's second novel! I adore the story he told. He has a gift for creating a picture for the reader, and unfolding layers of events and personalities that leave you wanting more. It's a wonderful and amazing book.

The first novel was also very good, but this second book, this is the one that will be published. About fourteen years ago my husband was submitting his first novel to writer's contests and literary agents with the ultimate goal of being published. At the time, he had about seven chapters written on his second novel. I remember telling him then that I thought the second one was more publishable. He got so close to finally getting a literary agent who was interested in his first book, and then the ultimate in Murphy's Law happened......the man dies. My husband didn't write for at least twelve years after that happened. I kept trying to encourage him to finish his second book. I wanted to see him write again. He used to tell me that he was writing, it just wasn't his book.

Not only does he write books, he also plays guitar, writes songs, and starts a band! I'll leave that for another blog post some day. To wrap up, I live in a creative home! Even our son is showing signs...
Picture my son took of the cars he just washed with his new car wash toy. I love the perspective!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

An Ever Watchful Eye

Ever since my phone was upgraded to the iPhone 4 my photography has been reinvigorated. I have so much fun actually seeing my surroundings. It's amazing what can be seen if you just tune into your surroundings. As an example of what I mean, I had to go to Massachusetts on business last week and this is what I saw:
Door to the Tunnel Bar in Northampton, MA.

Light fixture outside of Tunnel Bar.

These Vodka bottles were right above my head in a restaurant. The bar backed up to where my booth was and they had glass seperating the booth from the bar. Most importantly though, the color and glow these bottom-lit bottles provided was just too intoxicating to ignore!




Ice or diamonds? Yes, Mass. still had a tiny bit of snow left on the ground when I was there, but the contrast and sparkle of this view made me stop and photograph it.

This was a wonderful find! There were trees that had these amazing red berries, almost like cherries, all over them! Talk about your winter color! No one could tell me the name of these trees, so if someone out there knows please leave a comment. They look very similar to the China Berry trees we have here in Texas, but these are red instead of golden.

When it comes to business trips, having such easy access to a decent camera, allows me to see and capture things I may never have had an opportunity to see. And for that, I am thankful and will continue to have an ever watchful eye.