Monday, September 21, 2009

A little blog updating

Last Friday I begged Rebecca to let her kids sleep over.

details of the wings and tree

My 7 year old had just received $5 and it was burning a hole in his pocket. Before the cousins came over, we ran to Michaels. What else do you do with money in your pocket? Craft stores are always the best choice….right? We picked up some Halloween ornaments for the kids to decorate.

The little red house

While the kids were painting away, I pulled out a long canvas and started painting too. Rebecca, Katrina, Erika and I have been talking about adding a header and button for a long time. With so many of us, it is harder to come to a consensus. We had a good idea of what we wanted about a month ago. With 5 kidlets at the house crafting, I HAD to craft with them, right?

Houses together

I just wanted to point out a few things that are meaningful to us about our header. The houses are made of fabric from our amazing grandmother! I originally thought the whole thing would be matchy matchy. And there was never a plan for the houses. But when I glanced over at my craft shelf and saw the material, I knew I had to use it. And I knew we needed houses. (I’m kind of obsessed with houses lately.) I have boxes and boxes of started quilts from grandma. The four houses are for each of us that participate on the blog. I kind of think of blog hopping as visiting with friends. I like to think that our houses are welcoming you to visit with us for a bit. And the tree is always life, and it shows the roots and wings. But really in my head as I was making this, the houses are more the roots and wings;) That is where the magic all happens. Just thinking about the little houses makes me warm and fuzzy. It is in our homes that we are building the traditions with our families. It is in our homes and with our families that is most important, to me at least.

Details of the houses

Part of what has taken so long to make this was I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. I had it in my head a specific way. When the cousins were all making things together, I decided I would paint more than I had originally planned.

It is a mixed media canvas with paper, fabric, paint and a sharpie pen. Oh and how I struggled not to put much to it. I am a more is more kind of girl.

Anyway, that is how our little header and button came to be. Katrina asked that I did some close ups so she could get a better feeling of it as it really is.

And one last thing, I think the red house is me. Just for the record.

  • Rebecca said the blue house is her, the pink one is me and then I can’t remember which one was Katrina and which one was Erika.
  • Katrina said she was the red house because it was a little further than the other three. She lives in Tucson while Erika, Rebecca and I live west of Phoenix.

So we may have to duke it out to determine who gets to live where…but the red one is me;)



Katrina here:

You guys are too funny with who wants to live where! I just want to live near great family and friends. I want to be able to visit and be close at heart. Though maybe I live the the crooked house with the red roof. ;)

Either way I LOVE it!!!


southerninspiration said...

Adorable!!! I love houses, too! And your idea is spectacular. How cool that y'all can do this together!


Beth said...

Looks great! (love the story behind it all, too.)

erika said...

Mom says the red one is Katrina's, so I guess she wins that one ;) I would like the blue shiny one next to the red one...that's my favorite. Or I'll take the other blue one.

Great job! It looks fantastic!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

I love it--the story and the canvas. Great idea!

Shawnalee said...

Wow, I just love it. How do you do something like that. I always see your ideas for inspiration, but I just I need to play around. Thanks for the uplifting ideas.

Beansieleigh said...

Well, you girls can duke it out! (0; But I think, your new header looks very sweet, and from what you say, it's perfectly fitting! From here, ALL four houses are absolutely ADORABLE! ~tina

Timmarie said...

LOVE IT, Anj. You are one amazing crafty gal.

Crafty Mom said...

Super cute! I love how thoughtful and symbolic it is. I also think of blog hopping like visiting friends :)