oh my... summer is almost here... i am so ready for it.
i love summer... but most of all... i love change. i am ready for the change of a care free schedule. i am ready for the change of being out of doors more than in. i'm more than ready... i'm crazy excited... almost on the verge of jumping up and down when i think about it.
a few things i'm loving right now...
the way the jasmine i planted is climbing the front porch above (i must plant some by the back porch this year). it will bloom soon and the smell will be heavenly.
that the purple clematis i planted has finally found it's way up on to the front porch below.
the fact that this tree is covered with apples this year (last year it was almost bare... we were very worried about it).
how fast the grass has been growing right now. it takes about two weeks to look like a jungle... i love it when it's like this. however, i do not like the way the blackberries are also growing like a jungle and popping up everywhere.
the remodel that is getting just a little closer to finished every week. you can see evidence below that the painting is about half finished.
a new counting "game" for the little ones inspired by this book and this post by amanda at sweet potato claire.
geninne zlatkis's desktop calendar this month... i will be sad to see this one go.
a late mother's day treat... eislee made me the little nest at school (it actually has four eggs in it)... love.
my new book... the nesting place... which i am really enjoying. instead of being a "decorating" book full of projects... it is more full of stories and encouragement. she says "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" and "done is better than perfect". this book is really speaking to my heart right now. i was feeling stressed about our remodel and the ways that i thought it should have turned out and the way it is... and of course many other things in this old, mismatched farm house... and i love the way this author encourages you to not only except but embrace those things and to not let perfection get in the way. i can't tell you how many times i put something off until i have time to do it "perfectly" and so many things just sit undone... but "done is better than perfect" isn't it?
my newest stamp... from the book making an impression by geninne zlatkis. i was inspired by her book to make these butterflies for the wall. in the book she stamps this one on watercolor paper and paints them and pastes them in "specimen boxes"... very cute... but i thought "why not put them on the wall instead?" so, that is exactly what we did.
i am in love with the way that they turned out. i think we need to make about a hundred more and paste them all over the house.