Scarlett …

Scarlett has a themed room – ‘The Sound of Music.’ I had posted several picture on instagram and then ask for someone to guess what damask and edelweiss had in common. All the guesses were right – smarty pants{es}!

Before anyone even ask – yes, the damask was hard as {beep} … the pattern was tedious, time consuming and a huge challenge.

But it it was so freakin’ worth it! I loved how it turn out! And I’m already commissioned to do them again. But be warned, you will probably see the exact pattern because I’m determined to master it before I move on. {Don’t hate me.}

But I have to say the roses mean the most to me on this one. I have won one “art” award my whole life. Just one. And it was a drawing of a single rose that I did in high school. I’ll post a picture of it one day soon. The few times I come across it, I laughed at the cheeZZZiness of it. But I loved that drawing. Unfortunately, I can’t draw worth anything now. I think my hand has become one with my paint brush! But this is the first time in my 9 years of painting, I was asked to paint roses … actually she requested rose buds. I got carried away. It happens.

The Edelweiss is a “fuzzy” flower. I tried hard to fuzz mine with the brush strokes. Tried is the key word. Have you ever seen Edelweiss?

Now, you have.

I’m proud with how it all came together!!!! If you stare at the damask, you will get stuck in a mesmerized trance. Trust me on this … don’t stare.

Doll House building 101 …

When I was kid, I was enthralled with doll houses. The miniature world has always been so fascinating to me. Everything about it was and is so captivating. My aunt had a doll house. It was a beautiful house that was constructed and decorated by her. I could stare at it for hours. When I was in the 5th grade, I got one for Christmas. My mom had secretly started building it and it was hidden in the attic … till I found it. She had the intentions of building it and then we would decorate and paint it together. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, that just never panned out.

Fast forward to October of 2013 … Emme said one day that she wanted Santa to bring her ‘one of those doll houses from Hobby Lobby.’ Of course she picked out the most expensive one. And my heart skipped a beat! She even wanted it ‘flat in a box’ so we could build it together!

Guess what Santa brought that girl!? But it wasn’t that expensive one. Santa didn’t have those blue prints at his workshop.

This past Saturday, we started the fun. I figured we would plan 2 hours each Saturday to work on this sweet little gigantic project!

The box was no easy feat. It was in there for keeps!

Lonnie won. Look at Emme’s hands flipping the lid!

First thing I did was put those shingles in a big bag. The bag they were in was busted and we were chasing shingles already.

This is Emme patiently waiting for the paint to come out!!

Once we figured it was all there, we pulled out the front, the 2 sides and the pitched piece above. I had actually started searching for house ideas for this house on Pinterest. She even has her own board! There were tons of ideas of this exact house. I wasn’t thrilled with this type of trim that hangs from it and had every intention of omitting it. I’m thankful that I did find a house that had left it off and it looks so much better. This is a house that will be played with – it is not a decoration. And I just want it to be her creation and not delicate in anyway. The original trim screams “BREAK ME!

And what about her creation? Yes, that was her color choice. At first I thought, mercy, she can’t be for real?! But clearly, she was stuck on this color!

Deep Amethyst – a porter color. Lonnie thought we should prime first. I figured working with a 5 year old doesn’t warrant priming!

The house did suck up the paint. And I almost used an entire Home Depot sample. But it was totally worth it!

I will admit, it was hard to just let Emme paint. The poor bristles on her brush were going in every direction. Paint was running down her brush because she would dip it to the bottom of the paint pot. I would have to go behind her and smooth out all the globs of paint. And she would then get mad at me because I didn’t leave the globs of paint! Geez. But we got it done. She lasted about an hour and a half, which is really good!

Hopefully I’ll be back with the next steps!

The Plan …

Aha! Bet you guys thought I was gone again … for a few months! But you were wrong! I’ve been trying to get my stuff together and figure out how I’m going to work on this blog amidst the other stuff that is happening in life. Yesterday was cray cray so I really couldn’t hope on here. I took Sweet Bud to the vet for just a check up {and that joker weighs 112 lbs!} He has to have minor surgery in a few weeks to remove a growth of sorts from his foot. I’ll keep you guys updated. Then, I had a crown seated today and another tooth beside it repaired. My mouth is crazy numb, but while sitting in the chair, I had plenty of time to think of what I was going to do.

I know I want to pick back up where I left off with the “clean/real food” eating. AND I definitely want to go back to where we were at in my autism posts {especially after I just read an article that Jenny McCarthy’s son never had autism.} AND I’ve had several request {no joke} on a post of hair pictures – new ones! My hairdresser, Rena’, loves that so many of you follow my hair! hah! AND of course, art. Because you know, this is the small words blog and small words is art. The rest are just freebies.

I have had so many people ask about when I’m accepting orders again. The only answer I can give is when I’m done with my current list. Below, at the bottom of this page, you will see what number I am on. I’m positive I have less than 17. But I’m trying to figure out exactly how many I have! I am currently talking to 14 people about their orders. That is right, I’m working on 14 orders/designs right now. AND you will all be happy to know, I think I got to the bottom of the inbox. There are currently 23 emails in there. Seventeen of them I have no idea what folder to put them in, but they have been addressed and the rest are current orders waiting on my response! Not too shabby! If I missed one from you, I apologize. I for realz have not seen it. Or it {quite possibly} got deleted! But that is an accident! I promise!

This year, 2014, will hopefully hold great changes. Expect to see some things happenin’ soon – I hope big things. I hate to be vague, but the minute I spill the beans, ….. it will fall apart. I am also in the process of updating my website – it will soon be visible on IPhones, IPads, etc. Clearly, I was just a little out-dated. Ugh {so embarrassing.}

And as we all know, I hate a post without pictures. I thought this one was fitting. Mainly because it is of my kids – As you can see, they act like me – This blog is a part of me – This picture of my kids belongs on my blog in today’s post. Did you see how I just worked that full circle? What can I say, I’m good. {ha!}

{Emme 5, Lawson 7, Carson 7 & Hudson 8}