the diamond that started it all

the diamond that started it all


welcome to my mission is to give you a glimps of my life as a mother, wife, decorator, painter, and active woman. my inspiration comes from traveling, my education, and my family and friends. i have to admit upfront, however, that my "education" does not include a background in english, so please be patient with my grammar and spelling. i am, however, happy to share on this blog what i learn in my daily life from painting and decorating. here you will also find a real account of my struggles, my experiences, and my many reasons to rejoice. april, or the month of the diamond, is when my first and only daughter, mollie, was born. she is the reason i am a joyful mother, wife, and person today. i appreciate your time, and thank you in advance for your advice. perhaps one day you will be reading from my website but for now this homemade blog will do:-)
love, laura

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dear Springtime,

you are very inspiring.  you make me do strange things.  like plant a vegetable garden in my backyard.  should be interesting to see if anything grows, considering i didn't take into detailed account the spacing of the seeds.

after reading this great article detailing how to plant everything in texas i might have done a few things differently. 

when life gives you eggs, make an egg tree. my thoughtful mother saved these hand painted wooden eggs from when we were growing up, and let me use them to make my own homemade egg tree.  kinna funny that  it only symolizes sweet childhood memories, not the reason for the easter holiday at all. every mother has their own way of doing things differently from their mother--no offense to mine, she did a wonderful job if i am trying to mimic her easter egg tree! well, one of my goals as an individual mom is to emphasize the special meanings behind the symbols of religious holidays (along with teaching about god's creation on a daily basis).  did you know that in christian times, the egg was a symbol of new life just as a chick might hatch from the egg? 

we know about the egg, but what about the rabbit?  the hare was was associated with the pagan celebration of the goddess Eostre, from whom the word Easter is derived. Eostre was associated with fertility, so was connected to both hares and eggs as symbols.

there will always be some sort of symbol around a holiday and i think it is important not to be confused or confuse little ones.  my hope is that my children will understand and question all things that god has created.  when do you draw the line at letting them believe in a fairytale and showing them the true meaning?  for example, the easter traditions of the easter bunny and easter eggs do not have any real ties to the christian celebration of easter, but rather these easter traditions, that are practiced today, are evolved from pagan symbols.  if there is some significance that i can relay from praying/researching (ie. the egg symbolizing new life), then it is good.  if it is a false representation of the holiday, ie. santa clause, and i cannot come up with any reasonable relation to christ, then i disagree. 

reminder: must discuss with husband tonight.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

new addition!

NO, not that kind...
guess what i finally have though?  a new camera.  i know all of you are very relieved to give up squintting and turning your computer screen or your head to understand my postings.  this thing is amazing...for the first 24 hours of it's adopted life it did not leave my neck.  i snuggled with it in bed, put a shower cap on it for a shower, and annoyingly captured every moment of mollie's existence.  i am thrilled for two main reasons: mollie's first birthday is coming up, and of course better photos for art.  but the very best part--it was free! 

here are some interesting examples of what my new addition can do:

Monday, March 1, 2010

soothing nursery

while i realize this is a tad delayed, i thought i would post a few pics of my most favoritest room in our house just before mollie turns ONE.  that reason being, it has calming abilities and it sleeps my most precious angel. 

personally, i see a nursery as being a neutral room.  even before i found out her gender, i envisioned something that could carry over from the rest of the house, as opposed to being the typical pink or blue.  while those are certainly cute rooms too, i saw the colors and textures as more organic and raw from nature.  soothing for the baby as well as myself.  i am pleased to say that my idea transpired into reality.  thinking back when i would nurse 10 times a day in that room, i never really wanted to leave.  and now when naptime or bedtime arrives, i feel mollie's calmness as we enter into her little haven.

crewel fabric for bumper, blanket, and pillow--leftovers from kitchen curtains in MV, thanks mom!

i chose the jenny lend crib because that's what i had and i thought it was the most simplistic(plus it shows off the pretty bedding better than the bulkier ones)

i am very thankful that the glider is so comfortable and sturdy.  it was made by the same girl that did the bedding.  i chose the brown mattlesse pipped in sage because it would be durable and comfortable.  and it is.
the changing table is great.  magic moon-think it closed recently.  the black and white photos above (which are crooked b/c mollie likes to play with them while her diaper is being changed) are one of each of my parents-mollie and billy, tommy's parents-brenda and jim, and of course mollie's parents:-).  we were all around 3 or 4 yrs old.

kathlyn painted the toy chest.  mollie loves it!

these vintage nursery rhymes were a gift.  a very creative, thoughtful and adored gift!