Sunday, May 29, 2011

Matteo's Memorial Day weekend chores

the weekend is here and I have so many chores to do...
first I need to oversee the sewing of a slipcover...
 this vantage point works very well...
 and I think my mom needs a break so 
I will just plunk myself on the cushion 
so she will have to take a breather...
 and now I need to do some chair testing...
hmmm it passes my inspection
 so it can move to its new home...
 in the living room.
and next on the agenda is helping Nick proofread
his 15 page paper.
It is for "rat lab", his nick name for "animal lab" - 
ahh I've trained him well.
and it's his last ever psychology paper
as he graduates in two weeks...
it even smells like rats...
 kinda mad he didn't share any of those tasty rat morsels with me...
so I guess I will let him tell me just how sorry he is
with a tummy rub...
ahh his hands have left over rat scent on them I hope!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

a Sunday blessing - have a banana...

 I am blessed to work at a school that celebrates the little things...
each wednesday lattes are delivered to our desks
and once a month a little sweet is included.
this week we got the sweetest little cookies with this beautiful quote
and since the TA next to me can't eat this,
she had her quote attached a little differently -
isn't this a hoot?
how clever...
I will never look at banana skins the same again.
And only if I would remember this quote daily...
each day is what we make of it
and our attitude towards it
(and sometimes I tumble into it 
jinxed from the start),
so this week I am taking a do-over 
and plan to make each day the best day of the year!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

West Seattle tidepools

field trip,
sea creatures,
happy kids...
did I mention there was sun?
no words necessary
until I come to this guy...
see that quite large snail next to him?
well it fell from the sky right in front of us.
then we realized it had been dropped by said bird
as he was smart enough to use this technique to gain access 
to its interior...
smart bird, lucky snail as he gave up with us standing there.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

destination - ABC Home store NYC

be still my beating heart...
 a little bit of heaven...
 and my favorite color...
 and I oh so want these for storage in my studio -
pretty please with sugar on top...
 and it just kept going...
I thought I had died and gone to heaven,
 but no it was the abc home store...
7 floors of pure bliss.
here's the view looking down the stairs at the coffee bar -
clear glass counter with strings of light embedded into it.
and who came up with the idea of covering an eames chair
with fabric and even needlepoint on the headrest?
pure genius.
and if you are lucky enough to discover the basement
you will find a whole Conran shop 
neatly tucked in there...
and going back up you just may spot this elevator wall...
and these indian wood stamps...
and these gorgeous trays...
and a little bit of serenity on an upper floor...
and you can crash here
 if your brain just can't wrap itself around 
all this wonder of wonders.
i promise i will post more from the trip soon.

Friday, May 13, 2011

how does your garden grow?

how does your garden grow?
hopefully not with moles devouring your harvest...
but the kids thought this part was a hoot
so we do what makes them happy.
I have been intrigued with the idea of painting a garden scene
that looks like a cross section
of sky and earth...
with a furry creature residing it its depths.
first we stenciled a design that resembled dirt,
added some splatter,
and then planted some root vegetables,
gave them some stenciled green leaves,
added tunnels,
and a happy gardener
who hopefully befriends his furry companion...
and the following verse...
You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
the streams of God are filled with water 
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows
and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers
and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
Psalm 65: 9-11
I have not even thought about the garden or yard
to be truthful.
I am definitely a fair weather gardener
and our weather has been depressing to say the least... sigh
So I would like to know what the weather is like 
where you live and
what is the favorite thing out in your garden right now???