Monthly Archives: February 2015
When we decided to start a family we had no idea what to expect but we knew we wanted (and needed) our lives to grow and change- we needed life to be turned upside down. Since Lucy’s arrival, the experience of becoming parents has been one of the most profound and powerful adventures for both of us. And when we set out to create a new life in Oregon, to simplify and to “leave it all behind” (so that we could provide a better life for our little family), we had no idea the twists and turns that this journey would present along the way. At times we have struggled with the transition, we have experienced growing pains in our marriage and we have been overwhelmed by being first time parents. We got what we wished for- our lives have been turned upside down in the most uncomfortable yet FABULOUS of ways. Now as we settle into this new chapter, we have started to redefine ourselves as individuals, as partners and as parents.
Friday is Lucy’s birthday and we have been very reflective around here about all that has happened in our first year with her and we decided we wanted to kick off her birth week by doing something special to celebrate our journey becoming a family. We also wanted kick off a brand new chapter together by doing something unique that would represent the kind of theme we want to set for our family as we move forward…ADVENTURE!
So yesterday we packed up the car and drove 2 hours for a hike that is known for being unique, challenging and incredibly breathtaking. The Oneonta Gorge hike is not accessible by trail, the creek IS the trail! We scrambled and hiked over a log jam, walked through the icy cold creek, below towering mossy walls of rock and made our way to the waterfall. I’ve been lots of places but this may be one of the most magical and inspiring places I have ever been.
It was here that we celebrated Lucy and our first year as parents and made a promise to each other that we will move forward as a family with joy and wonder filled days, we will look for magic, beauty and inspiration in the world around us and we will continue to always seek out adventure.
Since we were packing Lucy we couldn’t make it through the last few yards together (through a deep pool) so we had to take turns and go separately to the falls. Andy took the hardcore way….
I took the not so hardcore way!
My husband and I have been trying to keep busy with the hope of distracting ourselves from the impatience, excitement and restlessness that we both seem to be experiencing in these last days before the baby arrives. This weekend we occupied ourselves with two of our favorite past times- eating and roaming around our favorite spots taking pictures together.
All kinds of new art (and just off the press) fine art prints are getting prepped and photographed for the new shop today!
An easy way to create unique and colorful Easter eggs is using watercolors. Keep in mind this is not a permanent color option like dye but it is clean, fun and you can achieve all kinds really cools effects.
I started with eggs that had been hard boiled and a set of Crayola watercolors.
I painted a wash of color all over the surface of the egg
and while the paint was still wet I added shapes (leaves) and let the color drip a little.
I pulled out my watercolor pencils. If you haven’t used watercolor pencils (or water soluble pencils)- they are pretty darn cool. They are like a colored pencil but after you draw on the surface, you can run a wet paint brush over them the color is dispersed and it turns into more of a watercolor wash. I also like drawing with them on a surface that is wet.
I used my watercolor pencils to draw on the wet surface. When you draw on a wet surface it almost feels like the pencil is melting. The result is a rich and soft line that is great for details.
I added some scribbles and messy writing throughout the surface
and let dry.
I created all kinds of eggs in different colors with a variety of patterns and simple designs.
It is crunch time over here and we spent the weekend packing, loading our moving van, prepping the house for our renter- painting, painting and more painting-I am officially sick of painting! Everything is now out of the house except for a mattress on the floor and all of Lucy’s gear. We are tired and overworked, we have nearly killed each other numerous times! Taking care of everything (only the two of us, while juggling a baby) was the most challenging task we have yet to conquer but somehow we did it!