Monday, July 10, 2017

Complex Creativity

Summer should be spent in a comfy chair, on a deck by cool running water with some nice cold lemonade close at hand.

Not the case here by any means as we clock up the miles scouring the highways and byways and then returning to tackle the near and far corners of our current yard.

First up, the Rooster has fallen in love with 5 acres of meadow in a wee town.  Just houses, 2 churches (graveyards), a community hall and a post office in some one's porch.  But it is looking most promising!  The site is a lush wildflower meadow and the trees/bush are on the perimeter.  It has what us flatlanders call a hill!  lol  See those round bales on it!  That would be a good place for a house.  Which leads me to my first creative endeavour that doesn't involve any of my messy supplies.

As a young fiancee, my Rooster promised me a new house!  It just hasn't been something I have held him to but he can't help mentioning that it may take 50 years but...  We'll see.  Way too many options but I do know what we like and how we actually do life.  So from 3 plans to a few tweaks on the favourite and then will be the tally!

Since the actual house plan went fairly smoothly I began to think about the outside.  I did take a landscape course way back when.  I have managed to save the best resources and went to hunt them from the depths of the book closet!  Oh, FUN!!!   This will give us lots of things to talk about during those cold winter months.   The trick will be to contain our enthusiasm to match our energy and resources!

My very favourite book is Outside the Not so Big House.  I am putting all kinds of sticky notes on the page edges!  I do like the 'not so big' concept.  The Rooster is particularly interested in the maintenance aspect!  lol

While our house is sold we will maintain the yard until we have our own place secured.  So we have been making sure all the grass is cut and trimmed.  Sadly the young trees that were to protect the big barn roof didn't survive the winter/spring turn over, except one (?),  but everything else is lush and almost too bountiful.

Remember the blue coop?  That was from that landscape course brainstorming!  And it is off in a far corner!  :/

I am still thoroughly enjoying the 40+ style club.  This month is colour and we are encouraged to get creative with our neutrals and our colour combinations.  I am a cool winter, and a low to medium contrast.  I do have an odd pull to warm colours and since colour can be complicated I wondered if this gal, ColorBreeze,  might have something to add.  She bases her concept on Albert Munsell's colour tree which totally resonates with me as I like his colours.

 Wouldn't this make a great colouring page for the grand kiddies!

Another fascinating fashion tool is beauty bundles!  Since I adore making up vignettes, this totally captivates me.  Who knew one could make an whole outfit around choosing a few items from a beauty bundle.  Pick your favourite neutral and get creative!  I don't have a lot of red so scooped up some beads to make some creative accessories!

At the bridal shower we attended over the weekend  they had props for taking fun photos.  The girls picked their favourite beauty bundles!

And of course their mother is planning for next year's home school curriculum and wants a staff meeting with the art department!  moi!   Jolina (5) just had a birthday and wanted art supplies.  While I drove her home she was busy opening things and trying them out!  She has been my keenest art student and her official school start is this fall so I need to come up with lots of creative projects.

And one last photo to remind us all to stop and smell the roses even when summer is at its busiest and most creative!  pst!  Those are lilies and smell heavenly!  The white roses are way at the end and the very last ones beat the lilies hands down for fragrance!   :)


Createology said...

My my my you do have a variety of very interesting subjects to keep you occupied. Building a home is a process we spent five years designing and completed right through the County "wet-stamping" our plans. Then costs sky-rocketed and we bailed. Now of course hubs talks about it again and I must put the STOP in his thinking. He would NEVER put up with workmanship and delays by others. So here we are still waiting for our buyer to come along. Love your color bundle choices for outfits. Happy 5th Birthday to Jolina. I remember when she was born and she is growing up so quickly. Love her artsy enthusiasm! Best of luck with your property finds my friend. Summer Bliss and Smelling the Flowers...<3

Margaret said...

Goodness. BUILD a house? With all that entails? (I've been told it involves watching the contractors every second...) You are a braver woman than I!

Beth said...

It looks like you guys have your hands full. Very exciting. I'll bet if you started immediately you could get the house built before snow flies.

Jo Vandermey said...

Some amazing projects in your future! I do agree with Margaret about watching the contractors. We were trusting and not very well versed 18 years ago. Building was not in our area of knowledge. But all in all things have turned out well and we still love our house.
We went with a smaller house print than maybe was our need at the time. But I sure am glad I don't have to clean a bigger house. We just need to edit the one we have!

Frances Arnold said...

So you are designing a house, a wardrobe and a curriculum all at one are a superwoman!!!

UplayOnline said...

I'll bet if you started immediately you could get the house built before snow flies.


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