Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wintery Scene

So Winter is here.  My snow tires are on, and I have updated our main painting in our house.  We are dreaming of a white Christmas here.  Thought a monochromatic painting would fit nice with our white walls in our house.

Hoping everyone is staying warm.  Gotta go, hot chocolate is calling...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

In this household we do a lot of changeup.  We are visual people, and we like our surroundings to reflect what we are feeling.  We like our surroundings to set a mood and/or give dimension to our thoughts and emotions.  This week after taking down the Halloween decorations, moving into the next season, I found myself reflecting about change.  Perhaps it was perpetuated by the results of the US Presidency, or just reflection on where and how I have come to be - right here, right now.

In my professional life I witness an enormous amount of tragedy and loss.  For the most part I can look at it from the perspective of being able to shed some sort of light, or provide the direction towards it, for those who are surrounded by darkness - and not get sucked into the abyss.  It helps to strengthen my gratitude and appreciation for what I have in my life.  And I enjoy my job immensely.  I constantly marvel at how through diversity and struggle, hope still shines.  Because miracles are truly born out of difficulties and hope.  For me on this day, the simple, red poppy, represents hope.  And I thank all those before me who have given and fought so that I could be here today.

The Peanut and I decided to paint a field of poppies to commemorate all those who fought bravely.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

--Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone :)

Peanut has decided to amalgamate a whole bunch of costumes into one... Ironman, Ninja, Hawkeye, ghostbuster... She looks pretty cool!!!

As for the house, its all tricked out... and also you get to see the new floor I've laid in the spare bedroom ...

Here is the entrance way.  

A closeup of where we hang our coats and keys and everything.
On the shelf is a wire sculpture I made...

And closer up.  
I think I might keep the skeleton hand up past Halloween...

Love this countdown calendar I picked up a couple of years ago...

Living room...

This was our first 2016 Halloween art the Peanut and I did.  We were going to do a whole bunch of skeletons, however we liked the minimalist look of it (though I added a bat skeleton)...

a little friend hanging from my window...

have you noticed a theme here....

I updated my letter press tray from Christmas to possess spookier vocabulary and treasures...

 And of course had to add some creepy crawlies everywhere...

Peanut made a cute little mummy to hide in one of our many little nooks...

A rodent that hangs out in our window box...

Here is some wall art I made for the spare bedroom...

And another ghoulish Halloween art piece we did.  I LOVE these ghosts!!!!!

Wishing everyone safe Trick or Treating :)

What are you dressing up as?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week Three of Halloween

This week, the Peanut decided to give the skeletons a ROCK STAR makeover...

As you can see, most of them got a little bit of hair, even Sparky, LOL!!!

Who knows what she will do next week...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mosaic Entranceway

It has taken me awhile, but I have FINALLY finished my entranceway.  Been slowly finishing the house, currently working on the spare bedroom.  Finishing laying the floor, and building a screen to go infront of the furnace.  But almost forgot about the entranceway.  That's what happens when something stays one way too long, you forget your plans for it.  Here it is today :)

Here it is when I started, and this old plywood was looking very tired...
I had to think of a way to frame it, so I chose to use those trim pieces you can buy in which you lay between two different floor types. Here I have lain the metal pieces in which the trim will go into.

One of the hardest parts was figuring our what I wanted to do with it.  I knew I wanted neutral colours, and I knew I wanted it to have an organic feel to it..
I started out mortaring down the outside tiles first ...

Here it is After I finished tiling it... a mere 20 hours later...
But it still needs grout.

Here it is after grouting (another 5 hours later) and putting the trim all around it as well and around the door and baseboards.

I like putting unique pieces in my mosaics.  There is a clear glass coaster in the bottom right hand quadrant that actually has a beta fish etched into it :)

There are also a few lava glass pieces interspersed throughout...

An here are some closeups of some of the swirls...

I am in love with how it turned out !!!
What do you think?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Halloween Week Two

Little late posting pics of the Peanut's Skeletal Staging.  This week she chose a Superhero theme.

Picked up a cute skeletal spider... which she turned into BatSpider...

There's Hawkeye on the left and Batman on the right 
(she insisted on making him a computer as she says he is always doing stuff on his computer, lol)

And of course Sparky had to mask up too...

And your superhero lineup isn't complete without Skeletal Ironman - flying no less!!!


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