On Family, Small Changes, and New Art (the BEST kind)

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Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio at Sunset

Well, hello there internet world! Remember me? Probably not? That’s ok. It’s only been a few months…make that 5…since I’ve written. But I’m still here, still alive and kicking, and I thought I’d pop in to share a few small changes I’ve been working on.

But first, where I’ve been. Here in Tennessee, our kids summer break is only 2 months long. Just to give you an idea of what our summer was like, we travelled 6 weeks of that 2 months. It was the craziest summer of our lives, but we had a blast. We went to Virginia, Delaware, Ohio, North Carolina and a few places in between. Once August came around, I was actually ready for my kids’ to go back to school just so we could get back to some semblance of a schedule.

I say all that not to apologize, but to explain. I’ve finally decided that I have to be ok with blogging when I can get to it, and not beat myself up when I can’t. This is actually my last year home with my baby girl, and my number one priority is enjoying this time with her because I can’t get it back. I’ve decided that, as much as I love blogging and would love to grow my little blog and make it better, family has to come first. I’ll squeeze time in whenever I can to keep up with blogging, this hobby that I love and brings me to life. So that means sometimes I’ll blog once a week, and sometimes you’ll hear from me once a month…and that’s ok. I hope you’ll stick with me, and follow our little journey, and I’d love to hear from you along the way.

All right, now that I’ve given you an unwarranted mini state of the blog address, back to the house. You may remember last year that I took an old closet door from my parents and gave it a makeover; if not, you can read about it here.

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At the time, I used it as an air plant display. I won’t mention what has since happened to those air plants, but I needed to find something else to put on display here. Let’s just say, those air plants are probably in a better place now.

At the end of last year, my then second grader came home with a portrait of our family that he painted in art class, and I flipped over it. I draw and paint portraits myself, but I couldn’t possibly have captured our family as well as he did. It is officially my favorite piece of art ever (and it’s a good thing my other kids don’t read my blog yet!).

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I knew right away that it needed a prominent display somewhere in our house. So, along with a few other changes, like these light bulbs that I love from IKEA, I made a few tweaks to our little corner. And here it is:

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They’re just small changes, but they spice things up a bit and bring me joy…especially that family portrait. In fact, just taking pictures of my house makes me relove it. In real life, it gets old and familiar and cluttered and dusty, but when I see it through the lens of my camera, it’s like I get a fresh perspective, and I’m reminded why I’ve put these things I love on display in the first place. It’s not about the things themselves, but about the memories they hold, and the joy and excitement of creating.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I feel that I should show you the set up for hanging them…it ain’t pretty. They’re hanging from little plastic hooks my husband jerry-rigged to the ceiling. The sockets are also from IKEA, and I’m not crazy about them.

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Eventually, I’d like do something creative with the cords; I’ve been really inspired by people using cords themselves in unique ways, instead of trying to hide them away and cover them up, as we are all in the constant struggle to do with our everyday electronics and gadgets. Here are a few great examples:

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  • From Pinterest (can’t find the original)

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Apartment Therapy

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Apartment Therapy

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Until that moment of inspiration hits me, though, the current setup will have to work.

So that’s all for now. You’ll hear from me again sooner than five months again, I promise. Thanks for following along, and I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you think…share some creative ideas for cords that you find…tell me how your summer went…I want to hear it all!

Rachel

 

 

2 thoughts on “On Family, Small Changes, and New Art (the BEST kind)

  1. Glad to see your post today. I was just thinking yesterday that I had not gotten a post in ages. I started reading your blog about the time you were working on your sons’ Star Wars bedroom. Take all the time you need with your family. Family is everything. Your readers will understand. Take Care

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  2. So great to read an update! I agree that family comes first ~ you can blog whenever you find the time. Special moments with your children are most important! I love the way you painted the door. I love black & white ~ 🙂 Your son is very talented! The painting is wonderful and it does deserve a place of honor. I’m sorry that I have no clue about what to do with cords but I really like the bulbs and the ambiance they offer.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Pat

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