Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy spring 2014!


November and I had such a fun day in the spring weather today! We packed some snacks and headed over to Gasworks Park. November had so much fun running up the big hill and watching people fly kites. I'm really looking forward to more nice weather!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

{flashback...Saturday?} love is a choice


"The lesson: Love is a choice. Once the lust, passion, excitement and obsession fade, you are left with sober, boring, calm, reasonable love. But most people don't understand; that's what REAL, true, honest love feels like. I know it sounds grim, but those other feelings always fade. Always. If you expect those feelings to last, you will jump from one relationship to the next without ever knowing true, hard-earned love. Once the passion fades, love becomes a choice. It's hard work to maintain, but it's up to you to keep the flame alive, to bring back the passion, remember why you fell in love and try to live every day like it's the first date. You have to grow with it, be willing to change with it. And the results are subtle; not as flashy as a new, sexy mate. What you get is a family. A partner. A life. Something to build, nurture, and be proud of. Someone who loves you unconditionally."
 
It might be weird to quote myself, but sometimes the lessons of the past are worth remembering. Over and over and over. I learned this lesson in a really hard, emotionally traumatizing place (original post here) but the lesson was strong and continues to be true. This is still the kind of love I believe in and want for myself.

Friday, April 4, 2014

An ever-changing bedroom

With the addition of new paintings, our bedroom has slowly started coming together, taking on life and color (despite being in a likely-short-term rental apartment.) I wanted to post some pictures of what is probably our completed bedroom. This is the art wall above the bed, complete with my newest animal silhouettes paintings for November (available to but here.)
Did I ever mention just how tiny our apartment is? It's basically a large studio with a huge built in closet separating the sleeping area from the rest of the spaces. We use a curtain as a door (I'll eventually take pics of the rest!) But, despite being so small, it's quite charming and I've managed our spaces well. November's crib is side-carred to my bed, which is both a space saver, and due to the fact that she still likes to sleep with mommy.
Here is the wall opposite the bed with my DIY cork board jewelry display.
And here's a closer look at my newest set of paintings:
November loves her new paintings! She has so much fun naming the animal silhouettes every morning. Hope you enjoyed the tour!