Tuesday, May 24, 2011

i needed some pretty today...

It has been a loooong couple of weeks. I have been MIA from blogland so I have a lot of reading and catching up to do. The last two weeks have been a blur...we are trying to transition my mother-in-law to an 'assisted living' facility.

Wow. What an eye opener that is.

Who knew getting older was so much work!

In between forms, phone calls, visits, buying her all new things for her new little apartment...I have been feverishly painting about 9,712 new pieces for my booth at the flea market next weekend. So this morning I decided to spend a few moments getting lost in Pinterest. I love Pinterest. Whoever came up with this idea...I would like to tell you...I think you are pure genius!! Oh, and thank you for saving my hard drive. It was 90% full before I found you.

These photos really have nothing to do with this post. Other than I wanted to check in to say Hi to all of you...and share all the 'pretty' I am finding.

I am noticing a theme here though...all the photos I am drawn to today seem send the message "relaxation"...I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something.

I am heading back to the land of Pinterest for a few minutes. I want to squeeze in a a few more pretty photos until I am switching over to catching up on your blogs. Then its off to my warehouse to finish a piece a client is picking up today, a metting and lunch for my mother-in-law at her new digs, then back to my warehouse to paint furniture into the wee-hours.

Anyone wanna come help me? I play really good music...and tonight there just may be margaritas in the blender to help up get through the night! And did I mention my warehouse sits right on the river? I can open up the back side...at night it is so pretty! The breeze last night was incredible! Come on, didn't THAT make you all want to come help me? It could be a big blogger painting party!

Oh, and since this post has no real theme, and my subject matter is jumping all over the place...I have to ask...do you Pinterest??

Happy Day to you all!


  1. I'm over at Pinterest, here:


    and just started following yours! :)

    Hope your MIL is getting comfortable in her new surroundings.

  2. HI Mary-

    I have been living with the same issues you have - having to deal with aging parents- not only my own, but my mother in law too. It is stressful.
    I adore Pinterest and agree with you that the person who came up with it is a genius for all us visual types. Wish I lived near you and could hang out and drink margaritas and paint. The breeze blowing in sound divine!!! Hope you get everything painted.
    My best- Diane

  3. Hellooooo Mary...
    I too just discovered pinterest this past weekend!!! OMG!*!*! Just FaB Inspiration...
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  4. What pretty photos! I'd like to just jump into a few of them and stay there.

    I keep forgetting about Pinterest, so thanks for the reminder.

    I'll be thinking of you as you settle your MIL in assisted living. That has to be difficult.

  5. Love your photos... and I think you know I love pinterest too! Dare I say I may like it better than blogging? I would love to come over and work in your warehouse, with margaritas, of course!

  6. Oh yes I love Pinterest!! Great photos and love the ice cream one!

    Your warehouse sounds lovely...wish I could come help, but I'm thinking a ticket from Cali would be pricey...

  7. Sorry to hear about your mother in law...it is hard to be "sandwiched" between having kids and taking care of parents--I totally relate!
    The pictures are beautiful. I Pinterest too, but want to figure it out more this summer. It is on my to-do list! LOVE the finally pic...the barn with the painted ice cream sign. Adorable!

  8. Mary,

    If I were closer, I'd be there to help in a NY minute. We moved my mother in with us a while ago. She is not well enough to care for herself and not yet ready for assisted living. It is a hard transition. So much to know and do. How do these sweet older folks with no one to assist them do it on their own? I love looking at everyone's pinterest but have yet to establish my own -- I have enough addictions as it is! :)

    Your Friend,

  9. oh I think pinterest is the new love and blogging has taken a back seat to it, lol
    I hope life settles down a bit for you and good luck with your show!!

  10. We've been doing the same thing with my in-laws, too. MY heart goes out to you, I know how difficult this transition can be.

    I just recently discovered pinterest too! Dontcha love it?

    Have a great week!

  11. I wish you all the best in getting your mother in law settled...it must be difficult.

    I am hearing great things about Pinterest and need to check it out. And since we live close...I may take you up on your offer for magaritas!


  12. Pinterest...let's see...a fantastic way to while away a couple of hours...pin some great images to my boards...get total visual overload...discover stuff that I didn't know existed...Robx
    p.s. I will check out your boards.

  13. i love all the photos. i have ventured in to pinterest yet...don't you have to be invited to join? i don't know. confusing to me, but seems to be a land of goodness :)

  14. I'm just getting started and I LURV it. http://pinterest.com/abarefootday/

    Hope the transition goes well for you!

  15. My heart goes out to you and your family. That is such a hard transition to make.

    Great images. I have peeked at pinterest, but have not really delved into it yet.

    ~ Tracy

  16. Keeping you in my thoughts as you go through this transition.
    I need to take some time and go on Pinterest, your picks are lovely!

  17. as a matter of fact, i just pinned the cute little "shed" pic you posted before i even read that some of your post was about pinterest...LOL! I have a Pinterest link on my blog and i could PIN all day if time allowed. i wish you the best in transitioning your mother to her new home. it is so interesting to me that we need the most help when we are babies and elders...full circle life thing maybe???
    so have you got a dresser for me? i am so hoping i can get to Kane this weekend! if not, could i ever come to your warehouse to check things out and make a purchase? i am in the northwest suburbs of chicago. BTW, i used to paint and distress furniture for a living once upon a time, so i could always help a sista out! ;)

  18. Oh, I have just become absolutely obsessed with pinterest! Seriously, whoever thought that thing up is a genius.

  19. What an awesome loving daughter in law you are!
    That is so sweet of you.
    I have no idea what pinterst is... I keep hearing about it , but don't know exactly what it is. I am off to check it out right now.
    A little PRETTY sure does make things better !!
    Have a PRETTY day!

  20. I've just been through moving my mom in with my sister. We were fortunate her home sold quickly. It's not easy aging, and since my mom's stroke life has been very difficult. I've just come from the hospital after being there with mom for 7 hrs., she wasn't well at all today - it's rough.

    On a happy note, I was delighted to see all your beautiful photos, they were very uplifting!

    I enjoyed my visit today.


  21. Your images are so relaxing!! Loved them all!
    Hope she enjoys her new living quarters!! That is always a hard transition.
    Sure! I will come help! Just point me in the right direction and I will be there. I could use the sound of water and a nice night breeze!! Sigh!

  22. I ADORE Pintrest! It is the most amazing thing EVER! Always so inspiring for sure!

    This is my first visit to your blog, and I am IN LOVE FOREVER with it! So many lovely things!

    Happy Painting :)

  23. I actually just discovered your blog through a link on Pinterest! (That beautiful painted "Eat Ice Cream" sign.) Love that site almost too much....

  24. i would love to come and paint with you! i would love to see photos of your ware house too :) sounds wonderful!! susan

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