365 Project – 222: The color purple (August 10, 2013)

For years Nora has asked to paint her room purple. FINALLY, almost 8 years after we painted her nursery a newborn-neutral sage green, we’re giving her an accent wall coated in Wild Violet, which is the vibrant, bold hue she chose. We told her SOMETIME before school starts we’d paint her room, and today, while she’s away at a sleepover, we’re making quick work of this task so she’ll be surprised when she comes home tomorrow!  😀
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365 Project – 204: The face-painting fairy ;) (July 22, 2012)

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I loved this fairy’s style and those wings! 🙂

The finished product 🙂

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365 Project – 135: Happy Mother’s Day! (May 12, 2012)

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This is the second part of my Mother’s Day gift which Nora gave me on Friday. (You can see part one of my gift here). I’m told there are still THREE MORE gifts that Nora has to give to me. Wow! I love that these precious gifts were made by my daughter’s sweet 6-year old hands. And, how lucky am I that this is how my daughter sees me! Tall, skinny, super long eyelashes and such a colorful fashion plate! Which is so funny because I’m petite, muscular (aka curvy), I lack in fashion sense and I have skimpy short eyelashes. I ADORE her picture of me!!! My main wish for Mother’s Day was to do something outdoorsy with my family so we are going camping and will wake up at the beach Mother’s Day morning. I want to do one of my favorite coastal hikes then we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day dinner with MY mom at our house. I also had a wish to “unplug” this weekend so I am actually posting this Friday night to be published Saturday morning and I will be off the computer for two whole days! Woot! (Although, I probably won’t be able to resist uploading some instagram pics with my iPhone. hehe)

My wish for all you mamas is that you know the world is a better place with you/us in it and that you feel appreciated and loved. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

See more of my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens

Snow painting

My crafty,blogger friend Carrie shared this blog post about painting snow. School was closed today and we were snow bound without a car but, it was gorgeous and sunny so this was an outdoor activity my daughter loved after she was tired of sledding and making snow angels.

Compared to the artroomplant blogger we just used finger paints and brushes. As you can see, Nora’s paintings were less delicate and refined, but, for us, that wasn’t the point. Just being outside, in the sun, PAINTING THE SNOW, for the heck of it, was super fun. I blasted Susan Bareille’s Little Voice on the outside speakers and we just had a good ‘ol messy time.

We used our picnic table as the palette. The paints would kind’ve freeze up when we tried to actually “stroke” the snow. Eventually, Nora started to pack down the snow which made it easier for her draw. She started doing some splatter painting to make a flower. It made for a fun experiment thinking about how the snow affected the paint and vice versa. Best part, these paints will just wash away with the rains (soon to come…ho hum.)


Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something different and easy to do on a snow day!