Monday, April 10, 2017
It was a bad idea when I downsized my sewing patterns. Studying my flattering fit suggestions, I can think of 3 patterns right off the top of my wooden head that I should have kept. The fabric store I visited in the city was not friendly/helpful last time so after last week's excursion I am thinking was my final visit. They turned the pattern cabinets to face the sales counter and they find the patterns for you when they aren't busy! :/ Anyway, I have been calling around and the patterns I want are gonna be easiest to get online. No wonder brick and mortar stores go out of business. One fabric store didn't even carry patterns! ???
To console myself I stopped at a brick and mortar quilt shop who encouraged and supported my rant. Therefore...
My excuse was I need a new purse (red) so this would be easier than explaining the leather purchase! Some story, huh? They also had a vest pattern but it was similar to the one I actually kept. I am so frugal. snort! The Sari yarn will be for bracelets which I really want to be part of my personal style.
I did also get a fit bit! The Rooster is checking it at the end of my day and I have joined, after some excruciating back and forth messaging, a group from my style club who are dressing for style while they literally downsize!
I have 3 months worth of super vitamins to get me perky and I shall alternate healthy citrus/vegetable juice/smoothies and glasses of water for this experimental marathon.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
This morning I went out to hang up the bedding on the line. Ah, a robin! Of course, they like to nest in that old potting shed and sit in the trees! I can put away the bird book. phew!
the vivienne files
It also explains my monochromatic flower beds!
This should directly impact my creative art journey. Knowing what I know I'll be able to eliminate a lot of impulse spending and add some great art!
Friday, March 31, 2017
this capsule wardrobe inspired by Art! It features Khaki and a bit more colour. I like!
this one this morning. YES!!! I'd down play the denim and bump up the grey and khaki as my neutrals. With the light white/cream, I'll use pink and green and add an aqua. But this is definitely coming together for me.
I don't intend to turn this into a fashion blog but as my story unfolds, I need to embrace who I am. My face is actually quite red as I take selfies of myself and then actually share them. But it has helped me become comfortable in my own (pink) and aging skin. And my skin reveals that I've had a few bumps and bruises, a few crisises, a few kids and spent some time out in the sun! I am not photogenic and avoid having my picture taken. But here is the thing- if I/you can forget about the camera lens and just let go of any intentions of looking a certain way and are just ourselves, (ie. HAPPY) and feeling good about ourselves, then we'll become more photogenic. This is true! Ask me how I know!!! ;^)
The grand kiddies are coming today so I need to get some art stuff out. I may include pink! Every time I do Art 101 with the grand kiddies we begin by singing, "If you're happy and you know, clap your hands, if... 3X, then your ART is gonna show it! " Absolutely true!
If I decorate my home to reflect the Rooster and me. If I wear clothes that make me feel like ME. If I use the fabric I have subconsciously collected. If I make art that makes me smile. If I relax when someone takes my picture. If I am authentic. Then I can concentrate on smelling the roses, which of course, will be pink!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
An incredibly busy time. I have been styling the house for sale. I gave away the kids bunk beds to the grand kiddo for his room makeover and I'm pleased they fit well in his space. I 'edited' a lot of the grand kiddies toys and old clothes from the closet and have reclaimed that closet for my newly burgeoning wardrobe. I am storing all the darks- blacks, browns and jackets in there.
In amongst the busyness I returned a couple of things I'd ordered online from theBay and as I was strolling around...
I got the basement all spiffed up by Thursday. phew The showing was for Friday morning. Then my company for the weekend arrived in the afternoon. The guest room was definitely ready! We didn't spend a lot of time laying around though.
|Josh luvs to drive the 'for real' train!|
|Eliana tried hard to master the 'digger'!|
|Jolina dared the colour mixing slide.|
|and of course we made art!|
So that is a peek into the window of my world. But my windows will definitely be changing as we have sold our farm and the paperwork is beginning. Now to find that new window to look out!
Monday, March 20, 2017
The new 'me' is going for light-hearted and, casually contemporary. I'm losing the dark look and embracing the light. It certainly makes shopping an whole lot easier which makes me very lightheaded. lol
Through one of the members I also discovered a blog- The Vivienne Files. I spent Sunday evening going through the 'Starting From Scratch' tab. Here are two examples of a personal colour wheel. This totally appeals to me. I'm just about ready to commit to my basic neutrals and my accent colours. I was almost going to say navy and grey (no more black) when I realized I have very little navy but I have LOTS of green so it may be green and grey. Aqua (teal) is one colour and I'm thinking pink (cranberry) for the other. The 'other' light will be white/ecru/cream- depending. I did think of two capsules- one for summer and one for winter but remembered KISs just in time. LOL But those kahaki sections can still work when I go grey taupe and green based taupe so I can have those for summer. Then think of all the combos with lights to darks and prints that pull together two colours. I hate clothes shopping so this would focus me on MY colours. A jean skirt is a must, almost considered a neutral and I'd keep my black pencil skirt and LBD (little black dress).
Spring is my favourite season even though it can be quite cool and muddy here. But the idea of fresh air, pussy willows and green grass just make me happy! I am happy to put away all the stuff that has managed to accumulate from the previous seasons, spring clean and start all over again with lots of white and minimal clutter.
I'll be accessorizing things that best show off the charm of this old character lady. ha! you thought I meant me. I meant this old house! We have a showing for a prospective buyer this week and a contender for our own purchase/consideration. So I have not been making much art but I have been busy! Spring is shaping up to be very exciting and summer is looking to be busy! Bring on the daffies!
Monday, March 6, 2017
I seemed to have hit a wall with the journal updates and so I just cleared the
Not a lot crossed off my list but a good start. That's a wrap!
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The March challenge is Spring and my thrift shop jacket is apparently on trend for colours and will work for the 15% errands and the 15% Dress up section.
It has been a real eye opener and ego let-downer to lay out a lovely ensemble on the bed, dress, and then confront the full length mirror, take a selfie and analyze! What I saw on the bed and in my mind's eye is not what the camera reveals nor what, ' the people that you meet, when you're walking down the street...' see! vbsigh So it will be onwards and upwards from the low point of crying in the closet! I think I want people to see 'light-hearted, relaxed and rural' as I approach. Seriously I have learned a whole shopping bag full of useful tips and information. Why don't they teach us this stuff in school? You know, home ec???
I will now be marching in light as opposed to dark clothes! I'll share my spring capsule next week which will highlight the Pantone colour pale dogwood! I do have lots of 'greenery' and my closet is full of stripes which is also on trend! :}
My game scores have improved with our young house guest. My dear hubby has absolutely no luck in games and when asked if he 'really' wanted to play he said yes. His goal is not to win but to be under 500 points in a low score wins game. lol My challenge has been to keep my mind on what I'm doing as talking, dealing, sorting and gathering is a bit like rubbing ones tummy, patting ones head and ... you know!
I have managed to keep up with the grand kiddies and Art 101. We finished art landscapes and are doing Architecture. Cityscape's are all about lines and shapes with foreground, midground and background. Their journal/planners are up to date but sadly mine are a mass of loose papers and not enough penciled data! :[
...And Then We Set It On Fire... which is featuring Clara Nartey for March. The challenge is to stitch for 31 days. On our sewing machines. I am IN!!!
I had also signed up for a class on improvisational hand stitching for my evenings but I haven't got past gathering my supplies. My presence has been required at the gaming table. I may have to carve some time out of the housecleaning slot! 8-}
And I, myself, will be drawing a big deep breath of fresh air and flinging myself into March's challenges.