I have so neglected my blog. It’s not that I don’t want to update it. Really. I miss my crafty blogging friends terribly! It’s just that I fired Mr. Diva’s secretary in early December and my life has not been the same. I’ve gone from a woman who woke up every morning living life spontaneous (sewing, shopping, lunch with friends, etc.) to a working mother with no help.
And during this time, our office landlord decided to repaint and re-carpet our offices (we have 3 separate rooms). Oh and we added 2 new phone lines (to our 4 existing lines), 2 plasma televisions, and an additional internet connection. Also we rented a 3rd office. We upgraded our photocopier to one that also scans so we can email documents when necessary. The list goes on.
Although I’ve hired a new secretary, there is way too much work for one person to do…actually, it’s enough work to keep 3 full-time support staff members constantly busy. And it doesn’t help that neither one of us were given any training on what needs to be done, where things are kept, etc. So we’re just winging it!
Oh and did I mention Mr. Diva is a CPA and it’s tax season? I think you get the picture.
The holidays were a blur. Seriously. Everything was last minute and very stressful. However, I did manage to get a few articles up on Boutique Cafe:
Boutique Cafe Holiday Homes Tour (my home tour starts at 2:58)
Speaking of the holidays, I still have my nekkid (aka beyond naked) Christmas tree sitting in the middle of my living room…not to mention, I have yet to wrap up all the Christmas decorations and put them away in the attic. I did get half of them away yesterday…woo hoo!
And to top it off, Mr. Diva™ went to Las Vegas for 5 days while I was left to fend for myself and kids in 17 inches of snow.
I shoveled three times. And what was the first thing Mr. Diva said upon his return? ‘”Why didn’t anyone take the snow off my car?” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Men!
On a creative note, Socialite Sister™ asked me to redecorate my sweet niece’s bedroom. We searched endlessly for the perfect theme for little Miss Josie’s room until we came upon Timeless Treasure’s Mod Paris aka Bon Voyage.
I purchased 8 yards of the pink heart fabric to make a Queen bed skirt.
and the coordinating prints to make pillows and such.
The main print also comes with a brown color way. Only bought a yard of it as she’s purchased a brown duvet cover and we don’t want the room to be too dark.
I bought the most awesome machine appliqué designs from Claire Atwood of Stitch On Time. Yes, I have digitizing embroidery software, but at Claire’s prices, it isn’t worth it for me to do it myself.
She even made me an appliqué of the camera graphic (6” x 10”) which I plan to cut out the centers, add photographs and frame several of them on the wall.
Josie’s bedroom walls were already a soft pink, so I picked Pink Popsicle for her ceiling to make the room POP.
And since I was being a bit adventurous, I had my BIL paint the back of her white bookcase a vibrant Rumba Orange.
Now I need to find a wire dress form like this one. I’d bought a similar one for Marielle’s room at HomeGoods for a mere $49. There’s no way I’m paying $185 for one. Guess I’d better start hunting for one in HomeGoods.
Found this 13” vintage pink vespa on Ebay. The seller still has a few more of them if you want one.
Scored a bunch of vintage tatting of eBay, too while I was at it. One can never have too much trims, KWIM?
I finally got in some sewing yesterday morning. Well, actually I started sewing at 3am, because I needed some baby boy gifts for a Bridal Shower I was attending at noon. I’d show you photos, but I forgot to take any. I made some minky blankets and burp cloths using one of Joel Dewberry’s print. They were a hit! Yeah ME!
Oh and next time I even think of using that Minky crap, smack me upside the head. I have it everywhere. I think I might even have inhaled some as I can feel it in my throat…ugh!