house of pve

Rendering of my home, by Michelle, of  A Schematic Life
Welcome to the “house of pve” – as beautifully rendered by Michelle, of Schematic Life.
She captured my home so wonderfully.  She has a way with markers and interiors as well as exteriors – drawing what she sees.  Take time to see her stunning work.

innocence


old fashioned pram found on wikepedia

My Father loves babies and children and is quick to point out how innocent they are.  Well, not for long Daddy-O.  My Dad worked hard to build a family empire and I think my Mom devoted her life to us and making things look easy-peasy.  Thanks for raising that bar folks.

Babies come into the world, all sweet and then quickly move from innocent to guilty, out to destroy and conquer.   Just roll with me people, for what you are about to see is not for the weak.  
How many of you hold the keys to the family vehicle and the domain.  When your husband walks in the door and wonders how a place can turn to trash, just repeat, “Treasures to trash baby!”  How can something so small create such havoc.  I merely reply “Grey Gardens took work to get it looking like that.”  It just does not happen overnight people!  My husband loves to take the family car on the weekend and then ask, “Why is this in here” or “You should put this here.”
In order to protect my innocence, I need not share my retort.
Have things gotten out of control?  Do you dare to car-pool or host a luncheon, even if it is in the car, sharing something tasty from McDonalds cafe.   Last week, I was the designated driver so prior to my take-off to fetch my friends for a gal’s night out, I felt the urge to do a bit of an artful overhaul.  Out came the cleaning supplies, a bucket of warm water, rags, q-tips and into overdrive with my trusty vac.  My innocent teenage sons even lent me a hand.  Do you have innocent underminers that seem to test your inner Judge Judy?  Do you clean your own car, or take it to the car wash?  

innocence


old fashioned pram found on wikepedia

My Father loves babies and children and is quick to point out how innocent they are.  Well, not for long Daddy-O.  My Dad worked hard to build a family empire and I think my Mom devoted her life to us and making things look easy-peasy.  Thanks for raising that bar folks.

Babies come into the world, all sweet and then quickly move from innocent to guilty, out to destroy and conquer.   Just roll with me people, for what you are about to see is not for the weak.  
How many of you hold the keys to the family vehicle and the domain.  When your husband walks in the door and wonders how a place can turn to trash, just repeat, “Treasures to trash baby!”  How can something so small create such havoc.  I merely reply “Grey Gardens took work to get it looking like that.”  It just does not happen overnight people!  My husband loves to take the family car on the weekend and then ask, “Why is this in here” or “You should put this here.”
In order to protect my innocence, I need not share my retort.
Have things gotten out of control?  Do you dare to car-pool or host a luncheon, even if it is in the car, sharing something tasty from McDonalds cafe.   Last week, I was the designated driver so prior to my take-off to fetch my friends for a gal’s night out, I felt the urge to do a bit of an artful overhaul.  Out came the cleaning supplies, a bucket of warm water, rags, q-tips and into overdrive with my trusty vac.  My innocent teenage sons even lent me a hand.  Do you have innocent underminers that seem to test your inner Judge Judy?  Do you clean your own car, or take it to the car wash?  

what-not

A “what-not” shelf in my bathroom is home to an a collection of fragrances and snippets of things brought home from a place and a time.  The framed “dunes” scene was bought on Summer vacation on Block Island by the artist Connie Fiedler and the little boy fountain brought back from Brussels.  I love sitting paintings on shelves and an array of  bottles.
Do you have a what-not shelf in your home and what trifles stand on display?

what-not

A “what-not” shelf in my bathroom is home to an a collection of fragrances and snippets of things brought home from a place and a time.  The framed “dunes” scene was bought on Summer vacation on Block Island by the artist Connie Fiedler and the little boy fountain brought back from Brussels.  I love sitting paintings on shelves and an array of  bottles.
Do you have a what-not shelf in your home and what trifles stand on display?

monday, monday

binder from simplify 101
Monday is the start of the week in my home.  I turn to my handy dandy binder which is kept in a spot on my counter.  My daughter loves this book, home to class lists, school permission slips, and more.  My fave are the Menu planning sheets (courtesy of heart-of-light) which help me to plan my weekly menu.  It is fun to look forward to “what we shall eat” for the week ahead.  I save recipes in a file for future ideas for the weeks ahead.  When you plan, you are better equipped to stick to a budget.  I also love stocking the pantry with staples, should the best laid menu plans fail. Shopping seasonally and stocking the pantry with staples is key.
I am especially excited since last week I was waiting for the arrival of a new fridge!
meal planning sheets, click to enlarge and print, cut in half, thanks to heart-of-light
In my quest or desire to feed my organizational lust, I happened to find this wonderful site here.  There are simply super tips to motivate one to organize.  I love the Russel and Hazel binders, notes and other aesthetically pleasing items for storage.
We could all benefit from a bowl of simplicity and a few minutes for noting some time management tips which I gleamed from simplify101;
1.  Prioritize, “eat your veggies first” – then dessert.   Do the highest priority first.
2.  Say NO, for everything you say YES to, you are saying NO to something else.
3.  Balance, strive for a balance.  It is like going to a “buffet” and eating too much of everything and walking away not feeling great.  Feel good with less, limit the choices and you will find balance.
4.  Pick & choose!  Life is all about choice.  Make a list first thing to begin your day.
5.  Order gives light and energy.  
an ordered drawer of candles and matches – image from chez larsson
Learning to plan ahead for a rainy day, or a day without power provides energy and a source of light and contentment for any day of the week.  How do you plan ahead to simplify – so you can enjoy your week?  What would you say needs the most attention today, what is on your list in order of “highest priority?” Happy Monday, Monday!

monday, monday

binder from simplify 101
Monday is the start of the week in my home.  I turn to my handy dandy binder which is kept in a spot on my counter.  My daughter loves this book, home to class lists, school permission slips, and more.  My fave are the Menu planning sheets (courtesy of heart-of-light) which help me to plan my weekly menu.  It is fun to look forward to “what we shall eat” for the week ahead.  I save recipes in a file for future ideas for the weeks ahead.  When you plan, you are better equipped to stick to a budget.  I also love stocking the pantry with staples, should the best laid menu plans fail. Shopping seasonally and stocking the pantry with staples is key.
I am especially excited since last week I was waiting for the arrival of a new fridge!
meal planning sheets, click to enlarge and print, cut in half, thanks to heart-of-light
In my quest or desire to feed my organizational lust, I happened to find this wonderful site here.  There are simply super tips to motivate one to organize.  I love the Russel and Hazel binders, notes and other aesthetically pleasing items for storage.
We could all benefit from a bowl of simplicity and a few minutes for noting some time management tips which I gleamed from simplify101;
1.  Prioritize, “eat your veggies first” – then dessert.   Do the highest priority first.
2.  Say NO, for everything you say YES to, you are saying NO to something else.
3.  Balance, strive for a balance.  It is like going to a “buffet” and eating too much of everything and walking away not feeling great.  Feel good with less, limit the choices and you will find balance.
4.  Pick & choose!  Life is all about choice.  Make a list first thing to begin your day.
5.  Order gives light and energy.  
an ordered drawer of candles and matches – image from chez larsson
Learning to plan ahead for a rainy day, or a day without power provides energy and a source of light and contentment for any day of the week.  How do you plan ahead to simplify – so you can enjoy your week?  What would you say needs the most attention today, what is on your list in order of “highest priority?” Happy Monday, Monday!

dancing with the stars

My girl loves dance class.  She loves the floor exercises.
She really likes to jump, and pretend she can even fly.
Most of all she loves to perform.  
Deep down, she loves to dance and act.
Today is her dance recital, on stage.   Dancing with the stars or “so ya think you can dance”
are shows she loves to watch and copy dance moves.  ( she just said, “no i don’t!)  OK. Right.
Anybody that knows her, knows this to be true, any opportunity to dance, perform, sing, play her flute….she jumps at it!
What do you love to do?  Do you take any dance classes?
Do you ever bust a move, and dance under the stars?

dancing with the stars

My girl loves dance class.  She loves the floor exercises.
She really likes to jump, and pretend she can even fly.
Most of all she loves to perform.  
Deep down, she loves to dance and act.
Today is her dance recital, on stage.   Dancing with the stars or “so ya think you can dance”
are shows she loves to watch and copy dance moves.  ( she just said, “no i don’t!)  OK. Right.
Anybody that knows her, knows this to be true, any opportunity to dance, perform, sing, play her flute….she jumps at it!
What do you love to do?  Do you take any dance classes?
Do you ever bust a move, and dance under the stars?

gouache

Gouache is an opaque paint that is mixed with water to achieve a vibrant and happy work of art.  Normally I work in water-color washed over a micron pen, but sometimes to achieve the saturation of color, I use gouache.  I also just like saying the work “gouache.”  One can find it available in tubes or in a cake palette.  The paper needs to be a heavier paper in order to hold the paint.  I enjoy answering any questions that you might have if you feel inspired to paint!