Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Creative Juice Transfusion

Seasons Greetings peepsies. I am finally feeling ready to get going on some projects. My creative juices have finally started flowing again.

I attribute that mainly to a little thing I call Pinterest...perhaps you are acquainted with her. Whenever I am in a creative slump, or just need a little jump start, that's where I go to be inspired.

I have added five new projects to the to-do list just because of this one picture I found.

Did you happen to notice that the bed is made from old shipping pallets. Why, oh why, does other people's junk make me so week in the knees?

I placed a couple of phone calls today and have secured myself a little stash of wood pallets. I am so excited, I don't even know where to begin. Here are few ideas of what I might start with first.

Perhaps a simple project like a coffee table to ease me back into things?

Or maybe a simple, little wall shelf.

Or maybe I should just go all out and give one of my walls a much needed makeover.

I really love these pallet wood art pieces. Land horse, or seahorse...can't decided which I love more.

Oh, I bet you're getting pallet envy now, aren't ya?

Wait, there's more.

What about using pallet wood for flooring.

Looks good, but I wouldn't recommend trying to roller skate on it.

I found another cool, pallet bed. I'm thinking one of these might be fun as a daybed in the kiddies' playroom.

These headboards are pretty awesome too.

Whatever I decide to do, you'll be the first to know. I can't tell ya how excited I am to go pick up my junk. It's just like waking up on Christmas morning.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Catch Up

I have been such a slacker. I can't believe that both Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone since my last post.

There is a lot to catch up on.

Not too long ago, I received news that a close friend of mine from high school had passed away from breast cancer. It came as quite a shock and was very sad news, as she was only 35 years old. Every time I think about the holiday's, I think of her cute family and I get a lump in my throat. My heart aches for her husband and four, sweet kiddos as they prepare to experience Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year without her. I take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and that she is still watching over her family in spirit and that they will all be together again someday.

Just before Thanksgiving, my sweet grandma passed away. She was 102 years old and lived a wonderful, long life. But somehow her passing still came as a surprise. I think I had begun to believe that she was invincible and would live forever. Needless to say, the Thanksgiving holiday was a bittersweet one for my family and I. Her passing brought together almost all of my immediate family and most of my extended family members. Grandma was always planning parties and get together's...and this past Thanksgiving was her final hoorah I suppose. While I will miss my grandmother daily, again, I know she's in a better place; catching up with her sweetie pie who has been waiting for her for 43 years. I can't think of a sweeter reunion.

Consequently, these recent events have caused me to really think about what's important in my life. And for me that is my family...although throw pillows are at a close second. I made the choice to put my personal interests on hold for awhile as I focused on just being with my family, creating memories that didn't involve a paint brush or power tool. I am finally feeling ready and motivated to get back to the ole blog. It feels good to write again. It's like cheap therapy. I'm just sorry that you all have to be on the receiving end of it.

All that said, I hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween and a gut-bustin' Thanksgiving. I'll be back really, I will.