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DREAM is my word for 2013

Do you remember when I first mentioned my word for 2013? It was in this post: Thinking Deep Thoughts Today.

When I saw the mug, with the word DREAM on it, I just had to order it from (love them – no affiliate link). My hope is that drinking my morning quota of strong java, from a cup labelled DREAM and laced with scripture, will prompt me to focus on my DREAMS (God given DREAMS that is).

I do have another post in the works about my word, but I just had to share about the mug.

Do you have a focus word for this year? What adventure is God taking you on right now?

In The Kitchen

House and Home

I am so excited that the prompt for the Inspiration Workshop this week is Kitchens.

Over the past few weeks my husband and I have been discussing all the changes that we want to make to our kitchen, so this fits in perfectly. We rent, so unfortunately most of our changes are decorative and organizational.

If I could redo my kitchen completely, it would be transformed into a country farm house kitchen (attached to the farm house) out in the middle of no where with a back door that opened onto a large grassy play area for the kids. For now, that is only in my dreams.

Since I have to be realistic and work with a non existent budget, I have surfed the net for ideas. I found quite a few on Pinterest. You are on Pinterest, right? If you want an invite send me a note with your email address. I have several of my ideas for my kitchen makeover stored on their own board.

I have purchased a few things from Etsy including a set of two of these lovely potholders from Judy Whitney Creations


And two sets of these lovely crocheted wash clothes from Mahogany Sage.

Wash Clothes

So, can you guess what colors I have chosen for my kitchen?

My inspiration for the kitchen redo came from a duvet cover and pillow case set that my friend Jenn gave me. It is white with a blue floral print. I was trying to figure out how to use it and I got totally inspired to make a set of curtains for my kitchen out of it. Then came the ideas for totally rearranging the kitchen (lots of heavy work for hubby) and all the fun decorative projects.

Don’t worry, I will share more (eventually), but for now, I would love to hear about your kitchen. What do you love or hate about it? What is working and what is not?

I am linking up with Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop.

Gussy Sews

Letting The Creative Side Out

I am an artist, but I am trapped. Can anyone relate to that feeling?

Before the twins were born (2.5 years ago) I regularly painted abstract watercolor paintings. I painted one small painting in the hospital while I was waiting to have the twins and I have not painted since. I have not had time.

Honestly, the first six months were spent getting the hang of nursing. Life went into survival mode. You know that place right? You get the dishes done. You keep on top of the laundry. You make sure the family gets meals three times a day. You get a shower as often as you can, but not nearly often enough. You can forget about the hot bubble baths because as soon as you run the water someone wakes up to nurse. Just when they are getting back to sleep someone else wakes up to nurse. There are two of them, remember?

The last 2.5 years has been spent being creative on-line. I learned how to do digital graphic design which has kept me happy, mostly. It was a lot simpler to open up Inkscape and create a fun gameboard or a web design than it was to pull out the paints. Pulling out the paints meant also pulling out the paper and get everything all set up.

What I really, really, really want to do is paint again.

So, guess what?

I have made a date with paint and my hubby is okay with that, honest. We talked about it this afternoon. And yesterday. And the day before.

I really need to paint.

The twins are sleeping long enough in one stretch for me to complete some smallish paintings. A large one takes about 6 hours in a row, which I don’t have yet. Soon. I really hope. I really need to let this creative side out again. It is a way to connect with my emotions, a way to connect with my Creator, and a way to express this deep inner side of myself.

I thought I would share with you a few of my past paintings just to give you some idea what I am longing for again.

Do you have a creative side that is just waiting to escape?

What are you going to do about it?

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