HALF A TREE…to MATCH MY BRAIN

Life is BUSY. For everyone. Everyone has their own version of not enough hours in the day…no matter what your days consist of…there just is never enough time.

A few years ago…at a rather low point, when my MOM died, I sort of stumbled back into painting. It filled a space…and then some and it gave me purpose. I am self-taught , I do what I do because it makes me happy. Color makes me happy. Painting makes me very happy. Pet portraits kind of found me…and they have made me happy. Connecting to people, talking about their pets, many who have died…it makes me feel better. It makes me feel good. Painting has gotten me through losing my Dad, and Maura and Poppi. It has been my lifeboat.

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I saw this tree at the beach, trimmed back to make room for the telephone poles…. I wanted to paint it…freeze it…remember how it made me smile…

I need to back away from my blog for a bit…not forever, but to recharge my battery. Paint, and live and be a Mom. Be a wife. A sister. A Friend. Be ME. Maybe even cook. It is not that the actual blogging part takes an extraordinary amount of time…but it is that I begin to live to blog and I am much too old for that. I want to be a bit more in my real life…live to find joy and create things that make people happy or annoyed…and then come back with refreshed ideas…gleaned from LIFE not pinterest and perfectly decorated rooms. I want to dig my hands back into my messes and not all the while wonder which part to photograph.

I promise that I will be back…maybe I will even put the barn door on my bathroom! Now, that will be a day worth reporting about.

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Spring has Sprung and I am going to go take Charlie for a walk.

Leslie

‘REFLECTION” – YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOMEARAMA SHOW HOUSE

The YOUNG HOUSE LOVE

HOMEARAMA Showhouse is really coming together…and both yesterday and today…my paintings have been featured on their BLOG….

My paintings and color choices fit their aesthetic perfectly and it is exciting to see this painting…one of my all time favorites…featured in the

MASTER BEDROOM

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..The Master Bedroom is painted Benjamin Moore – Stonington Gray…so beautiful!

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YOUNG HOUSE LOVE SHOWHOUSE “REFLECTION” IN THE MASTER BEDROOM

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CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW GOOD IT LOOKS! AND I AM CRAZY ABOUT THAT PINE CONE HILL BEDDING…

HECK I AM CRAZY ABOUT THE WHOLE HOUSE!!!

Do yourself a favor and visit their blog and see how amazing it looks…and come back tomorrow to see MORE SHOWHOUSE AND more!!!

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – Mc BEACH HOUSE BOOKSHELF

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CHARLIE LOVES THE BEACH

The Beach was the absolute BEST SPRING BREAK the Doctor or anyone for that matter could have ordered…everything was perfect…the BEAUTIFUL sunny beach days…and even the rainy cold days were perfect…because we were together and  away from our crazy life. Charlie of course joined us and got stronger everyday.

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MC BEACH

FOR FUN one day…I decided to RE -STYLE…one of the beach house bookshelves that I had stared at from my comfy spot on the HUGE sofa….

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beach house great room…was GREAT! the walls were painted a very very pale blue…pretty…

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bookshelves before…certainly not horrible…but lets have some fun!

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BOOKSHELVES AFTER – JUST A LITTLE MOVING AROUND IS FUN!

ALSO…FOR FUN… we swapped out the store bought photos in the frames with ones from my Country Living magazine…

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…..then we explored possible background colors with the BENJAMIN MOORE COLOR colors that might look nice behind the shelf…WE stayed with BLUES …continuing the BEACH HOUSE vibe….

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TRANQUIL BLUE

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TRANQUIL BLUE

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AMERICANA

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AMERICANA

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MISTRAL

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MISTRAL

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AQUARIUM

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AQUARIUM

and …MY PERSONAL FAVORITES…OXFORD GRAY AND CALYPSO BLUE….

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OXFORD GRAY

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CALYPSO BLUE

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CALYPSO BLUE

FAVORITES? DID YOU LIKE IT BETTER BEFORE? OF AFTER?

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BEFORE AND AFTER BEACHH HOUSE BOOKSHELVES

I guess you can take the girl away from painting and decorating …but you can’t painting and decorating away from the girl!!! Hope you had a great week….!

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Exciting stuff this week….I just got a notice from AMAZON that DECORATE FEARLESSLY has been released and my copy is on it’s way!!! so very exciting!!!

and …MORE BEACH PICS TOMORROW!

Leslie

2014 SPRING SUMMER READING LIST

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SUMMER READING 2013  2014

I noticed that this photo on Pinterest has been getting a lot of action…as everyone gears up for SUMMER and dreams of relaxing with a good book…..ahhh SUMMER…..I LOVE reading, but like many things I adore and swear I will do more of…, the habit of reading has fallen to the wayside…LAST summer I MADE a concerted effort to get back on the reading wagon. I  chose a number of John Green books because Phoebe WAS also reading them which GAVE us an opportunity to share what we have liked…not liked…read together….

Phoebe is a HUGE John Green fan from his History Study Guides, (I cannot say enough about how helpful these are..and FUN!!!) Phoebe had already read “LOOKING FOR ALASKA” and loved it…so without further ado…

The following books I successfully finished last summer….my favorite was FAULT IN OUR STARS…though I lost a lot of water weight in tears with that one……ALL are great SUMMER or anytime READS!!!!

SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY MAYBE – BY LAUREN GRAHAM

I am and was a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan, and so when I heard that Lauren Graham had written a debut novel, I ordered it right away! I am about half way through and I LOVE IT. (FINISHED IT..LOVED IT) It is bringing back so many memories of my NYC days, pounding the pavement, auditions, directors, friends, agents, answering services…all of it…the story and relationships are wonderfully written…I highly recommend! (maybe a further TV series?)

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The remaining books on my list I have not cracked yet, so I will give you a brief, AMAZON>COM synopsis…please chime in if you have read any of these, but no spoilers please!!!!

LOOKING FOR ALASKA – BY JOHN GREEN

“Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter’s adolescence has been one long nonevent – no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps,” he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school’s rich preppies. Chip’s best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love.” amazon.com

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LOOKING FOR ALASKA

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – BY JOHN GREEN

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!
The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

PAPER TOWNS – BY JOHN GREEN

“Quentin Jacobsen, 17, has been in love with his next-door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, for his entire life. A leader at their Central Florida high school, she has carefully cultivated her badass image. Quentin is one of the smart kids. His parents are therapists and he is, above all things, “goddamned well adjusted.” He takes a rare risk when Margo appears at his window in the middle of the night.” amazon.com

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PAPER TOWNS

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES – BY JOHN GREEN

“When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines” AMAZON.COM

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AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES

and ….BOOKS FROM LAST YEARS LIST WHICH I STILL AM EXCITED TO READ!!! 

NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED THE WEATHER – BY ANNE-MARIE CASEY

“When Lucy Lovett’s husband loses his job, she is forced to give up her posh life in London and move their family to a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where her husband has managed to secure a lowly position. Lucy finds herself living in the center of cool and hip. Across from their apartment is a trendy bar called PDT—whenever Lucy passes by, she thinks, Please Don’t Tell anyone I’m a middle-aged woman.
 
Homesick and resentful at first, Lucy soon embarks on the love affair of her life—no, not with her husband (though they’re both immensely relieved to discover they do love each other for richer or poorer), but with New York City and the three women who befriend her.” amazon.com

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NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED THE WEATHER

THE SILVER STAR – BY JEANETTE WALLS

“It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.” amazon.com 

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THE SILVER STAR

THE ENGAGEMENTS – BY J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN

“Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years—forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love—the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding—beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings—and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.” amazon.com

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THE ENGAGEMENTS

THERE IS ONE MORE I HAVE ADDED, at the suggestion of my cousin ….

THE INTERESTINGS…

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“In that self-obsessed, hyperaware, and mordantly ironic way of privileged teens, Ethan, Jonah, Cathy, Ash, and her brother Goodman dub themselves “The Interestings” when they reconvene at their trendy creative-arts summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains. Jules, née Julie, Jacobson is both flattered and flabbergasted to be admitted into their little enclave, where she uses her sardonic wit to compensate for a lack of beauty, money, or social graces. To her surprise, golden-girl Ash adopts her as her best friend, while the dorky but brilliant Ethan becomes mired in unrequited love. After a tragedy affects two of their members in very different ways, the remaining group slogs their way into adulthood, embarking upon careers and relationships with varying degrees of success and satisfaction. Despite being rooted in a wealth of pop-cultural references, from Nixon’s resignation to the Moonies to Wall Street scandals and even the aftermath of 9/11, Wolitzer’s clique of narcissistic friends turns out to be not so interesting after all. –Carol Haggas –” FROM AMAZON.COM

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So there you have my spring/summer reading list. I was happy to read even a few of these wonderful novels last summer and hope I can meet my goal of ALL of them by the time my niece NINA starts  my ALMA MATER – FSU (YAY NINA!!!!GO NOLES ) AND Tate AND Nina’s sister, my niece Haley begin their  senior years of High School, gulp – how did that get here so fast? ..

…In LIFE and IN BOOKS ….I feel like I am embarking on a voyage…through time and space…into all of these lives and experiences…I cannot wait to get back to my books!!!

LOVE THIS READING NOOK!!!!

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SOUTHERN LIVING UNDER THE STAIRS READING NOOK

Do You have a summer reading list? PLEASE SHARE..LETS START A LIST!!!!

Perhaps we should keep a running list on this blog of our favorite books, books that we can read and our kids can read too…and books that are just for US…like the “Shades of Gray” series….

Happy Reading!!!!

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SUMMER READING 2013 2014!!!!


Leslie

PASTELS – THE ART IN NATURE AND THE NATURE IN ART

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BENJMAIN MOORE PASTELS: BASHFUL BLUE, PINK PEONY, FROSTY MINT, AMBIANCE, LIGHT GREEN, GEBERA DAISY, BLUE SEAFOAM, FROSTY LILAC, WINDMILL WINGS

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MATTY MATT CREATIVES

 

NEVER AM I MORE INSPIRED TO PAINT THAN SPRING. NEW LIFE AND NEW COLORS…IN ALL DIRECTIONS…MY PASTEL LANDSCAPE IS ART PERSONIFIED AND NATURE AND ART ARE AS ONE…HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE PASTELS…IN ART…AND NATURE…

BREATHING LIFE INTO MY WINTER WEARY SOUL…

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AMBIANCE

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HOPSCOTCH AND GRACE

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BASHFUL BLUE

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BLUE FLOWERS CYNTHIA SELAHBLUE FAN POP

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MALLORY PAGE “EVER WONDER”

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BLUE SEAFOAM

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NAUTICAL COASTS

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SCOTT UPTON summer rhapsody 2013

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FROSTY LILAC

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STYLE ME PRETTY

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CHRISTINA BAKER

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FROSTY MINT

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FLICKR

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TEIL DUNCAN – THE ENGLISH ROOM BLOG

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GEBERA DAISY

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PEACH

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orange & pink paint circles…UNFORTUNATELY WENT TO A DEAD LINK..WOULD LOVE TO CREDIT THIS ARTIST!

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LIGHT GREEN

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SARAH RAVEN

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JOSHUA AVERY WEBSTER

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PINK PEONY

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MICHELLE ARMAS – END OF END

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WINDMILL WINGS

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PRETTY SERENDIPITIES

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FELICITY NAYLOR – “SWANAGE”

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DUCK BEACH 2013.

IT IS ALL RIGHT THERE FOR THE TAKING…when I open my eyes I see…

the ART…in NATURE…and the NATURE in ART….XO

Leslie

“PINTING” GRETAS BEDROOM – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRETA!

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GRETA!

My Best friend Trish’s youngest daughter, Greta,  who turns 9 today, was struggling with the family’s upcoming move.They were just moving across town, but Greta had known no other home and the impending change was causing undue stress for Mom and Daughter.  We were visiting and I sat Greta down, and did what my MOM used to do when we were planning a move…I got her excited about HER NEW ROOM. Talking about colors…And I introduced Greta to something that was not available to me….

PINTEREST

I set up a BOARD “GRETA’s BEDROOM”, gave her a two minute tutorial and my laptop to use and Greta started….

“PINTING” (Rhymes with minting)…

…as she called it. The next thing I know, she had “pinted” over 175 pins…and when I took a look…well let’s just say…my heart about burst with love for this amazing little girl and what her perfect Bedroom might contain…

Lets take a look at a sampling from Greta’s Pinterest board, shall we?

…she starts out with the usual, beds, practical and lots of room for friends to sleepover…

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PB TEEN

…some creative storage…

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…her new bedroom actually has a little nook for her bed and THIS is an genius solution…

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Tales of a retro modern housewife

…and here is another built in nook…

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BUILT IN NOOK STYLE CARROT

AND THEN SHE RAN WITH IT!

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every little girl should have a pink tree….she actually loved this tree so much she “pinted” it twice…

…or a pink PIT….LOTS OF ROOM FOR FRIENDS THERE!

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MIDCENTURIA

…now THIS is calling my name!

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…and a GIGANTIC HAMMOCK! Imagine the summer naps you can grab there!

…I guess she was picturing a whole house to go with that Hammock…

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…or perhaps a more RUSTIC abode….

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what kids does not want a waterfall!

this works for me…

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pinterest

…lets bring the fun indoors shall we?

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the meta picture…I will have to make more visits to Trish’s for sure!

…I  love this next one…

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a magic forest in Shanghi

..A GIRLS GOTTA EAT!

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…and back to practical matters…

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scrubs island

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…elephant bathing…yep

….THIS BED IS ADORABLE!

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COMBINING HER LOVE FOR ANIMALS AND BEING COZY…

…AND THIS BED IS AMAZING!

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une-deux senses

…over water..or under water!

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underwater room!

AND ONE FINAL PIN…THOUGH I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THE HUNDRED OR SO MORE…THIS ONE SHE ALSO PINNED TWICE…AND I CAN SEE WHY!

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UNUSUAL LIFE

…..like I said…Greta pinned over 175 NEW BEDROOM INSPIRATION pins HERE …and may WE ALL take a lesson from her “PINTING”..somestimes …maybe all the time…we can dream and

DREAM BIG

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…who knows were it can take you!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRETA!

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PINTEREST

 

 

Leslie

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE SHOWHOUSE

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“PRINCESS TRUTHFUL”

I AM SUPER EXCITED TO TELL YOU MY EXCITING SECRET/NEWS!!!

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A while back, my buddies John and Sherry from Young House Love asked me if I would like to contribute some ART to their Upcoming Showhouse…

I thought about it for about a half a second and said…

HELL YEAH!!!

I am so thrilled for you to see the pieces I have contributed…MOST of them are brand new never before seen pieces…and you will have to stay tuned to see them!!! ALL will be on sale…more on that later.

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What a spectacular room!!! any girl would love this fun room…you will have to check out more on the Showhouse on YHL!!!!

For MORE INFORMATION of my Paintings and CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS

go here

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Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – SEA SALT LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER

The Living Room paint job is finished!

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I LOVED the BEFORE and I LOVE the AFTER !!! What do YOU think?

PAINT COLOR: SHERWIN WILLIAMS “SEA SALT” IN BENJAMIN MOORE REGAL PEARL

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SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT

TRIM – BENJAMIN MOORE CHANTILLY LACE

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CHANTILLY LACE

 

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Just wanted a change…and BOY the change is amazing…the room feels bigger, taller, and yet…cozier..if that makes any sense at all…

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this photo from “Blooming Hearts for Home” pretty much sums up why I LOVE this color so much!

I repainted the interior of the pink cabinet…from BM Springtime Bloom…

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SEA SALT LIVING ROOM – PINK CABINET IS BENJAMIN MOORE PARADISE PINK

….to a slightly warmer and softer BM Paradise Pink!

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PARADISE PINK

…and LOVE the results!

…the deciding factor with Sea Salt WAS how it changes color with the light and with the surrounding colors…FROM GRAY to BLUR/GRAY…to BLUE/GRAY/GREEN……AND BACK TO GRAY ….I love it.

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NEW PAINTING – “PRUDENCE”

…I made one MINOR mistake while painting the room. I taped off ALL of the trim, including the picture Moulding and the 3 windows and the pocket doors and the entrance door…literally the taping alone took 1.5 hours…I painted ALL the trim. halfway through I ran out of paint and switched to a new can. It was only when I Had finished and was closing the can did I realize that I had switched from “Chantilly Lace”  to “Mountain Peak White”… I started to rectify my mistake…except I could not tell where the paint was different…so …I let it go! But the doors and surrounding trim are all CHANTILLY LACE.

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THE BIG WHITE DOORS ARE SO LOVELY

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the kids have claimed the chevron sofa…as theirs!

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SEA SALT LIVING ROOM

I am in LOVE with the SEA SALT!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Leslie

A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

LAST YEAR ON THIS DAY

WE CELEBRATED 3 BIRTHDAYS IN OUR FAMILY…

FORD, (my brother) POPPI (my father in law), MAURA (my sister in law)

This year…two of those Birthdays, Poppi’s and Maura’s,  will be celebrated in Heaven AND on Earth.

As much as I love to write and always have, I am at a loss for words for how this day feels.

Imagine looking across the beach…at the end of the day…when the sunset is at it’s absolute most beautiful..the kind of colors that make you reach for your camera but that you can truly never capture. You can stick your toes in the water and feel the excitement of the surf, and the life it brings…but the sunset eludes…it leaves before you have time to grab your camera and you are left to remember how it made you feel…and how it made you feel…. was like you are perfect…

….because it is perfect. and beautiful. and precious.

I Wish FORD…..

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FORD MY BRO

and MAURA….

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MAURA AND ELLIE AUGUST 2013

and POPPI…

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LENNY DEVITO AKA “POPPI”

all HAPPY BIRTHDAY today…and THANK them for bringing such life to their days..

all THREE possess the ability to push past that last mile…bring life to any party…or should I say…bring the PARTY to life..and all THREE…wherever they are..are ALWAYS…

ALWAYS IN MY HEART.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I LOVE YOU. XO

Leslie

SPRING BREAK

TWO OF MY FAVORITE WORDS

SPRING…BREAK!

I cannot remember a more welcome Spring Break than this one…though I suppose we are always pretty beat up by this time every year. This winter in particular was rough…so much loss topped off by Charlie’s accident…well, all I can say is I hear the beach calling.

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SPRING BREAK 2013 THIS ENDED UP BEING OUR CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTO LAST YEAR!!!

 THIS  YEAR MIMI  (MY MOTHER IN LAW) IS COMING WITH US, SHE ARRIVED YESTERDAY…WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE HER TO OURSELVES FOR W HOLE WEEK..LOTS OF MIMI’S MEATBALLS!!!!

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SPRING BREAK 2013 —I CANNOT WAIT TO GET BACK

We do not usually have great weather this time of year…but that is not why we go and not what we need as much as the peace, the freedom from our unrelenting schedules and deadlines and projects. All of us together for each meal for a whole week in itself is a treat! NO soccer Games or MathTests and Work…we leave them at home.

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BEACH 2013 – CHARLIE IS GOING  OF COURSE…AND THE SUN AND SAND WILL DO HIM GOOD

We take our messy selves and move into a big beach house for a week and pretend this is our life. Charlie of course is coming with us…the Vet said the sand is actually good therapy as it is hard to walk in, help build back the muscles that have gotten so weak.

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Who knows what I will be inspired to write about at the beach, but I will write…EVERYDAY…I took a bunch of photos yesterday of the living room and will share those in the Monday Makeover.

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LAST YEAR PHOEBE BROUGHT HER FRIEND ERICA…THEY HAD SO MUCH FUN. 

I am also going to be introducing cards next week, made from my paintings (like the one in yesterday’s post) that I am going to be selling through my blog and on etsy. Exciting stuff!!!

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THE BOYS – SPRING BREAK 2013

BUT NOW…LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!! HAPPY SPRING BREAK!

I WILL BE BACK TOMORROW TO HONOR SO VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS.XO

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