my yellow teacup

my yellow teacup

Friday, July 19, 2019

things i never thought i would do



i spent the morning outside today, after a week of it being way too humid to spend time out there. which has put me in a very good mood. it was still warm but a nice breeze was blowing keeping me cool.
the sun was warm on my bare feet and all was good with the world.
i think building Virginia's tiny house has something to do with my happiness too. because since i've started it i'm feeling very accomplished, like i've really done something important. i suppose it is important to me since i've wanted to build a dollhouse  forever and was just too scared to try. and i've found i can do it and it doesn't have to be perfect. i only have to please myself.
I've started the kitchen, finding inspiration on pinterest and a little drawing i made of my last kitchen. i made a pattern and washi taped it together to make sure the size was right. then i cut the pieces out of the back of my watercolor block, which is some good sturdy cardboard and glued it all together with tacky glue. next I cut popsicle sticks and glued them together for the countertop. i traced the sink hole onto the counter and cut it out with a box cutter (just like they do on hgtv lol) and put my sink in. which is an empty jelly packet. next i will be putting the drawers and cabinets on and painting it all. i'm either going to stain the countertop or paint it, i haven't decided yet. virginia loves it though.
the painting was done from a class my daughter is taking. i had to try it too and it turned out better than I expected. classes make you try things you may never have thought of doing before, like a dragon. I made the boy look like my grandson which made it even more fun. I did it using watercolor paper, tombow markers, prisma color pencils and gesso.
i'm on season 3 of outlander, but I have only watched a couple of episodes so far. I've got to get back to it soon.
drinking: way too much sweet tea
eating: everything i shouldn't
needing: serious self discipline
loving: Virginia's tiny house
hating: the tv nightly news


Friday, July 5, 2019

tiny house plans

hello again
this has been a really nice fourth of july week. i have been off work for four days in a row! not that i really mind going to work, my job is fun! but staying home is my favorite, and i've done a lot of it. i've spent long mornings outside reading and writing in my journals. listening to the birds and waiting for the sun to come over the trees.
i finished my journal painting at the first of the week, then moved onto building a tiny house for virginia. i want a doll house but not a huge heavy thing that i have to find a place for, so i had an idea to make one that was portable, foldable and light, easy to put away when needed. i'm always saving stuff that i might be able to use so i went through my stuff and decided on the cardboard backs of my drawing tablets. then i found my duck tape. i cut my longest piece of cardboard in half, one piece for the back wall and the other for the floor. then measured and cut out two side walls and duck taped them on each end. i was thrilled when it all folded up so nicely! and the floor tucks in perfectly! i had picked up some pretty papers last week for the floor covering and wallpaper so i tried it out and loved it. hopefully by next week i will have it all installed and a kitchen put together. then i have plans to build a fireplace, couch and kitchen table. I have always wanted to make a dollhouse and i am finally getting the courage to try no DO it.
okay I've made it into the second season of Outlander. and it was rough and it was confusing. claire was all of a sudden back to the future with frank, and after all that happened with that awful randall i couldn't stand to look at him. which isn't fair but it's the truth. the story of claire and jamie goes on. i had to start watching just one episode a day cause its a little overwhelming to me.
thinking: about how to put the tiny kitchen together
enjoying: this last day at home
hoping: to get my to do list checked off today
needing: to get back to walking
loving: all the ideas running through my head

Friday, June 28, 2019

now it's summer


hello again
it's summer now and it feels like it! the mornings have been fairly cool and foggy. the days hot and humid. i tend to spend my mornings outside, then stay in til the sun starts to go down. i can't take the heat anymore. my favorite seasons are spring and fall.
i have almost finished the first season of Outlander. it's so good!though i have to cover my eyes during the bloody parts. i wanted  claire to make it to the stone so bad, because even though i love jamie i want her out of that violent place. i wonder if she ever gets to go back? sigh... it's so good.
oh and i wish Jamie had just killed captain randall... now i'm getting violent.
as you can see i've been working on my dollhouse stuff. i made a tiny mr.darcy from pipecleaners. so cute. so far virginia has a tiny bed complete with tiny linens. I haven't yet finished her tiny crocheted blanket and i still wanna make a tiny quilt. i went to hobby lobby this week and found a little metal tub for a tiny bathtub and picked out her flooring and wallpaper. i've drawn up plans to build a light weight foldable tiny house. wednesdays are gonna be my dollhouse day. my thanks to ann @ ann wood handmade for getting me motivated and sharing patterns and her #missthistlesociety on Instagram. it's so fun to see what everyone creates!
trying: to start watching my portion sizes and walk 5 days a week.
hoping: that over time I will get skinny lol.
wishing: that I can still eat cookie dough blasts.
cursing: sonic for creating them.
needing: self control.