Painting Pets.

Hey hey everyone!

So, we have been busy lately painting a lot of really cool pets.  I have had the privilege of meeting some really cool people and I LOVE it!

A few months ago, I was approached by a friend who has asked if I would consider teaching a Paint your Pet type class.  It’s kind of funny, I had never considered it.  Ironic, given how much my life revolves around pets of some sort.  Honestly, I think I was scared of failure.  The fear of letting people down.  One of the primary goals in teaching classes was that people would be able to relax, socialize and truly enjoy what they created.  Pets seemed scary.

But I said, sure….let’s give it a whirl.  I had a ton of response!  Apparently, people really love their pets.  WHO KNEW?!?!?!

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For the pet classes, I did manage to get my new easels made.  I was actually pretty impressed with these little guys.  1.  I made them from scrap materials pretty much. 2.  They actually seem to work pretty well!

In this class, I had a couple of newbies and I can not lie….I was super nervous for them, because I didn’t want to let them down! But as they started to work and I started to see their paintings come together, I got really excited for each of them.  As they worked through each of the individual challenges of their pets, I could see their excitement grow. By the end of the class, I can not express how happy I was with them!

By the end, I think everyone was thrilled!  I even have some who want to come back to paint the rest of their 4-leggeds!  “B” in particular has 6 more to go because she is a saint who works with rescues!

Thank you for your dedication my friend.

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Also, if you happened to notice the abnormally high amount of injuries in this group…for the record…. they were all injured BEFORE they came to my class.  I had NOTHING to do with it!

For the second group, they broke ALL the rules.  Just had to put that out there.  I have never had a group of such intense workers.  We had a blast.  It was also the first group who actually asked if I had tunes to listen to….which melted my heart.  I am a music junkie!

This group also had some newbies….a few who were probably more qualified than myself to teach this class!  To see each of them work, it was truly cool.  The best part, regardless of each of their previous experience, they each made their own progress in their work.  It’s all about challenging yourself sometimes, weather you are a veteran at something, or a new kid on the block, push your boundaries!

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So, after the marathon painting session, I can honestly say that I think everyone left feeling accomplished with what they had created.  I had one…and maybe two…who might try to work on theirs a little more outside of class.  I was promised pics of completed works!  Which was another first, but it was great to see their dedication to their creations.

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Check out the photo bomb job from Beau.  He’s the best!

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Here was another first.  They aren’t spoiled or anything.

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I have noticed a couple of things about teaching these classes.  People tend to be very nervous to put that first mark on a nice clean canvas.  I think that idea applies to life in general.  Some of the greatest journeys have to start with a step and it can be terrifying.  Who wants to make the wrong line, take the wrong steps or ruin what they think is a perfect canvas?  But at the end of the day….putting that first mark on, taking that first step…can lead to something truly beautiful and amazing.  Take pride in the journey.  Love to results of process.  It’s just all little decisions that come together to make something wonderful.

Wow.

That was deep.

On that note…the hallway debacle is up next!  Ohhhhh, what a debacle it was…still is…lol!

Peace out peeps!

 

Resolutions.

So, shocker….I have something to say on this topic.  I know…right???

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I hate resolutions.  In fact, I never make them.  Every year, I toss around the idea, but never follow through.  What is the point?

Now, I have friends who are religious about their resolutions and I have nothing but admiration and respect for them.  In fact, anyone who can be that dedicated to something.

But, for me, resolutions should not be a once a year even.  Reflection and resolutions should occur throughout the year, even daily.  Because, in my humble experience, things happen from minute to minute that can change your outlook on your life.  Why do you need one holiday to make something happen?  You shouldn’t!

Apparently, I’m not alone either.  One quick Google search proved that there are plenty of people out there, for various reasons, who don’t believe in making resolutions.

So, here’s to a glorious New Year’s!  Do what you want and what is best for you at this time in your life!  That could change next week and you should be ready to adapt accordingly.  Life if about change.  Give and take.  Being about to bend and flex.  Here’s to YOU!!!

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Stay safe out there tonight!

Peace out peeps.

One Year. Damn.

Hey everyone!

So, this week, I celebrated the 1 year anniversary of living in the house.  Trust me, my Facebook newsfeed has been blowing up daily.

I can remember all of those feelings of that naive girl from a year ago.

So much enthusiasm.  So much fear.  So much cluelessness.

That isn’t even a word, but you know what I mean.

I was leaving a home that I LOVED and tackling this beast of a century home.  Some thought I was crazy (some still do).  Some couldn’t imagine what would possess me (I still wonder myself).  Some thought it was the coolest thing EVER (Momma D…that’s you!).

But regardless, one year later, I am still here.  Standing.  Even better…so is the house!

So, I would like to dedicate this post to the journey.  Some before and after pics.  A quick recap.  Because frankly, reminding myself of the progress is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going!

Obviously, one of the biggest changes to the house was the entrance from the driveway.

It’s really hard to get a good feel…but oh the changes!  The entrance way, the gutters are gone, the tree is gone!  Still needs a lot done, but definitely working on shining the old beauty up!

The pumpkin is about the only thing that is the same.  Of course, that cute chick is still around too!

For some reason, as I think back, I don’t feel like I really shared a lot of the work that was done in the back.  Maybe one snow day, I’ll catch up on this project!

So, for everyone has been watching and reading along the year…thanks.  You may not realize it, but the support is wonderful!

Here’s to one more year!  I hope to post more and I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do!

 

 

Sunday Mornings

Morning everyone!

I am sitting here this morning working on canning beans from my garden.  I am praying and hoping that my first experience will a pressure canner is nothing but wonderful!  lol!

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But it allows me a moment to be “present”.  I just finished paying bills and I am sitting here with the door open and the fragrance of cow is wafting around.  Mr. T. would love it right now!!  I get to take a moment and enjoy the progress of this summer.

I mean, just the success of the beans alone, it’s pretty remarkable!

I shouldn’t call it a success until I am done canning them, huh?

Anyway.  The beans are a result of my first big girl garden.

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I pretty stinking proud of it.  Bonus, it’s actually producing vegetables.

I feel so confident, I am starting a herb garden by the house today.

I know.  It’s awesome.

So, in the spirit of being present….and reminiscing all at the same time…it’s hard to believe how much has occurred in 8 months.  The house is coming along. The deck/patio area are almost done in the back.  The storm cellar is just waiting for a drain and a new door (once completed, I will give the full recap of that project!)  We are redesigning the entrance steps on Wednesday.  School starts in 14 short days, so I am in the big push to wrap up the major projects for the summer.

Another perk…I am starting love living out in the open and looking forward to more adventures daily.

Next up….I think I am going to be a Chicken Complex so I can have chickens next spring.

Anyway, it’s just a great, quiet morning. It’s actually a nice temperature…which is glorious without AC in the house.  It’s just nice.  Peaceful.  Whole.  Wonderful.

So, I hope you are having just as wonderful of a morning.  It’s a great way to start the day!

I am seriously starting to wonder about this pressure canning.   It is  definitely an exercise in patience.

Peace out peeps.

 

Too Little. Too Late

Morning everyone…

This post is a bit of a PSA.

As we are all fully aware, we are given a very limited piece of time to enjoy this world (when you compare it to the timeline of all existence).  It’s so easy to slip into a groove.  To get busy.  To cut corners.  To take advantage.  To just try and survive.

This week, I had a personal event that occurred that really made me realize how much some things are not worth it.  Every day should be spent happy.  I mean, I am not talking drunk at a party, laughing your pants off happy (that would be really hard on your liver).  But I am talking about the kind of happy that when you go to bed at night you can review the day and think…”Yep, not too shabby.”

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Happiness seems so elusive at times.  But I believe it’s because we strive for things that are predetermined by the world around us.

Thank you Pinterest.

But in reality…Your happiness can only be determined by YOU!  I think there are few steps to help you get to it, which I pretty much have to remind myself of on a daily basis.

Set REALISTIC goals.

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Bringing some of my teaching wisdom in here!

Sounds easy, huh?  It’s not.  We all want MORE.  It’s monster living inside us that is fed constantly from a sensory overload of EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE we go.  So, step back. Reassess your goals and make sure you are setting yourself up for success.

This is not new crap, we know it.  We just forget it, because the machine of life can take over.

Don’t be the “Too little, too late” person.

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Whatever you do…don’t become the  “Too little, too late” person.  When we cut those corners, cheat time or people, we become THAT person.  The person who will regret those choices.

So, take the time to…

Love those in your life.

Show them they are important.

Tell them before it’s too late.

Make yourself a priority.

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Really, I have to say this??  But yes, I do.  Be you!  Speak up for yourself.  As a woman, I feel like we make a LOT of concessions for the betterment of those around us.  But, it is ok to take a stand for ourselves.  So, be ok and PROUD of the fact that you have a voice.

With that being said, don’t be an ass…lol!

Find the silver lining.

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Even on the worst days, there are silver linings.  You just need to pause.  Sometimes finding that one thing that can make you smile is all it takes to push through.  So, look for it.

So, it’s Friday.  Enjoy it.  Take a moment for yourself.  Make someone feel the value they are to you.  Breath in every moment…because it’s just a blip on your timeline.

Peace out peeps.

 

 

Legacy Smegacy

Morning everyone…

I have been thinking a lot about this legacy stuff lately.  It really has been hitting home with me about what kind of legacy I would like to create.  Recently I have decided that I must be leaving  the crazy lady legacy.

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I have some new neighbors that I met this past weekend.  It made me laugh that one of them immediately labeled me as a city girl with a little bit of country it in me.  So, it got me thinking….if I had to label myself, how exactly would I label myself?

 

Let me start  by stating that I hate labels.  In fact, I pride myself on breaking labels and normally look for ways to break the expectations that labels conjure up.  But, if there was one label I had to adopt…it would definitely be the “crazy” label.  It gives you a lot of room to be you.

I am so proud to be who I have become.  Not to sound egotistical.  But it’s true…To be hard working.  To be a friend.  To own my quirks.  To be ok in my not-so-perfect skin. It’s such an amazing feeling to be at peace with who you really are.

So, own it.  Be you.  Start today.

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Be strong.  Be soft.  Binge watch TV.  Take a nap in a hammock.  Listen.  Feel unconditional love.  Eat Swenson’s.  Feel the sun.  Bake cookies.  Learn new things.  Listen to music.  Snuggle in blankets.  Hug a 4-legged furry friend. Enjoy a beverage.  Be smart.  Go shopping.  Get dirty.  Pamper yourself.  Work hard.  Help someone.  Drive fast.  Love the smallest moments. Stay away from drama.  Be a friend. Forgive. Stay the course (thanks Samantha for reminding me of this one) Own it. Own being you.

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Most importantly, I follow this goal daily.

To go to bed at night knowing that I did the best I could with what I have.  I tried.  I tried really hard.  I might not be perfect.  I might make a ton of mistakes.   But somewhere in the course of the day, I did one or two things that were good.  Great even.  All in the effort to know that when my head hits that pillow, I can get my sleep knowing that tomorrow is another chance to do even better.

And just remember….You might not be everyone’s cup of tea…and that’s 100% ok.

 

Class tomorrow!!  MADE PREP MODE is going on!  Pics to come!

Peace out peeps!

 

happy friday.

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to take a second and check in on everyone (the two of you, plus my momma who read this!).  I don’t know about you, but it had been another INSANE, fun week in the life of Lyndsey (maybe that should be my book title?)

So, Petunia/Petie the Skunk update.

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You know it he/she is….ANNOYING!!!

Attempts just this week to remove my squatter include:

  1. Setting a trap with yummy wet cat food = NOTHING
  2. BLARING music and full blast to annoy the critter all night long = NOTHING
  3. Allowing my dog to BARK and DIG at the floor relentlessly = NOTHING
  4. Ammonia filled rags near and around the area = NOTHING

So, this weekend.  I’m upping my game.  Full warfare combat is on.  This means that I will have to go to the basement and investigate ways to get light and the ammonia rags into the TINY crawl space.  Best options at this moment are balloons filled with little amounts of ammonia and a work light.  I am also going to try mothballs.

Good news, I think I have even talked myself out of trapping Petunia/Petie.  The last thing I want is to have to deal with a pissed off skunk.

In other news (notice I didn’t say “good” news), I went on a date.  That was comical.

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He ended up having a “past”.  Not like one of the other guys I went out with a few years ago with… who ended up being a registered sex offender.  This guy had ONLY embezzled almost $500,000 from a small company.  You know it’s not good for you when one Google search of your name produces top results which include “FBI”. Too think, his biggest concern was whether or not I was gonna be a good kisser.

Ummmm…dude, your priorities are SLIGHTLY skewed.

But, MOST exciting for the week….

This weekend is the Wreath Making Class!!!!!

I have been really busy prepping this week and as usual have purchased WAY too many supplies…but supplies are like food, you can never have too much!

But, I’m really excited to have a class again! Check back to see how it goes…and thanks in advance to those who are coming out!

Remember…

You get to control your happiness.  Don’t take that responsibility lightly.

Peace out Peeps.

 

 

 

 

Day 100

And….drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!

I didn’t win the lottery…Just wanted to put all of your worries to rest my friends.

Because I like to reflect, a lot, on pretty much everything, this post is going to be full of rambling insights.

Since I didn’t win the lottery, I’m back to scraping together pennies and nickels (working towards dimes and quarters! lol!) for projects at the house.  More reading.  More pinning. More questions.  More conversations.  More ideas.

Rinse and repeat.

I get frustrated.  Really frustrated.  I wish I had more time…and funds…for the house.  But I keep telling myself to be patient, it will come together.   Eventually.  After 100 days of building my relationship with my old beauty (I think I should name her!), I am sad I haven’t done more.  But I realize that I really have gotten a lot done in a fairly short period (let me mention that as I compiled this list, I was even impressed as I remembered more and more things!)

I have painted the kitchen.

I cleaned out the attic!!

Held two wonderful events with friends and family getting a chance to meet the old beauty.

Just lived in it.

I built a great cabinet thingy out of recycled cabinets from the house.

Learned that snow comes in around the upstairs weird exterior door.

I realized that I REALLY hate the basement.  But I think it’s because I can’t wait to fix the storm cellar entrance and just clean the basement out.  It’s just gross.

I put shelves in the kitchen cabinets.

That the outlet in the dinning room might be haunted…but just the outlet!

Most of all, I have learned to be more patient.  To love everything more.

Even the hinges.

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Ironically when I read her post, I realized that that’s it.  The first day I went through the house, I fell in LOVE with every tiny, minute detail that had survived the last 158 years.  It is those little details that keep reminding me it will be ok.  It will take time and I will be exhausted and broke for the rest of my existence, but it will be ok.

One of my favorite details is this light…I use it DAILY.  I might just keep it after the renovations!!IMG_20150908_172804593

So, next up.  I have Monday off of work.  The list is already extensive of things I would LOVE to get done.  But there will be a reno project of some sort being done!  Photos to come.

Until then…should I name the house???  Nickname it?  Something funny?  I mean, I know people name cars…why not houses?  Any suggestions?

 

 

 

What would YOU do????

So, big news in the world…

Have you heard about the lottery?  It’s up to an insane $675 million I guess!  Maybe more by now, that was the number I read hours ago.

Confession time.

I have a serious obsession with the lottery when it gets this high.  HOW CAN YOU NOT!?!?!?!?

It’s just so fun to dream, imagine, envision the life you could create for yourself and those around you! I was watching the news the other day and they were saying that you had better chances of having identical sextuplets.

Well, here’s my argument.

Someone always does win.  ALWAYS.  And if you don’t buy a ticket or two, the odds are WAY worse of not winning (math was NEVER a strong point with me!).

Plus, it’s a little cheap thrill in life.

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Unlike this poor guy!

So, what would you do?  Where would you move?  Who would you help? Jump on board the dream boat and just have fun dreaming of the possibilities.  Our regular session with reality will start again as soon as someone…lucky bastard…wins!

But, while I was shopping for my next dream house (no worries, I would still finish restoring this one to it’s glory days!) I stumbled upon this fitting article!

How to Buy a House you Can’t Afford

Thanks Circa Old Houses for the great read and help!  If you have never taken a moment to check out their site, it’s wonderful.  Splendid layout.  Broad selection of historic homes and eye candy for days for those of you who love drooling over those old gems as much as I do!

 

Do it.

Ok, let’s do this!

5 Things that make you happy!  All 5 should be something you will experience in the next 24 hours (or the past 24)!  They can be little…like having the time to actually tweeze your eyebrows…I’m just saying!

So, here are mine!  Depending on if anyone actually participates, there might be a prize involved.  But for the internet being endless, it seems rather lonely at this point!

  1. I didn’t have to pay in our weekly weight loss challenge, and it was the week of Thanksgiving.  That is practically miracle worthy!
  2. I got to see something that looked like sunshine today!
  3. I ate chocolate today….and frankly, it was delicious…and well worth it!
  4. I started my Christmas shopping…and almost finished it (in about two hours mind you).
  5. I got to have a conversation with a friend and as a result, got to see her smile for being happy about something!

Ok, go ahead…be brave…add your 5 in the comments.  If I knew how to call out other bloggers, I would.  That might be my next mission!

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