By now, I'm sure you've all heard of the Craft Hope shop on etsy. In a Herculean effort, the crafting community got together to donate and purchase products, all in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. As of January 31, 2010, over $29,000 have been raised by the kindness of regular people like you, and, I'm happy to say, like me! Here are the two dolls that came out of my donation:
I may not have much, but I have time and a modicum of talent and I'm always happy to do what I can. I'm overjoyed that the same can be said of so many others!
More shots of Fiona and Bernice can be seen on flickr.
I'm stuck in the house today. We're being walloped by yet another winter storm and it's been snowing steadily since yesterday morning. If my car wasn't in it, I couldn't tell you where my driveway is and my front walk has been missing since yesterday. Brian worked through lunch so he could come home early and the bakery is closed today, so I made myself lunch.
Guys, I cooked! On the stove and everything. And I didn't even burn the house down! I think I've said it before, but Brian does all the cooking around here. I'm terrible at it and don't really like doing it. But I know how to make one thing really well, so that's what I had for lunch. Eggs in the Hole. The funny thing is, I learned how to make it in 7th grade Home Economics class. And now, looking back, I wonder if I might have been a better cook if they taught us more than how to make Eggs in the Hole and soft pretzels. Because I make a pretty mean soft pretzel too. Apparently, culinary skills are all learned in 7th and 8th grade. Parents, you've been warned.
Ok... I kind of went off on a tangent there, and I really have no good segue for what I intended this post to be about. Which is my dining room. So, pretend that I transitioned beautifully into this new topic and take at good look at this before picture.
This is my dining room Christmas 2008 (which we celebrated in January of 2009). Not so bad, as such things go, but horribly outdated and just not me at all. Shortly after this, I decided that now was the time to redecorate. So, we took down the chair rail and tore down all the wall paper.
The wall to the right had some serious damage and needed a lot of plaster work, which Brian said that he would do, since I don't know the first thing about plaster work. I filled the nail holes on the other walls from the molding.
Flickr tells me that I took this picture January 11, 2009. Now, I know my husband, and I had no illusions that the plaster work would be done quickly. I wasn't even really shooting for timely. But I didn't think it would be November before I was priming, but it totally was. And that's only because I badgered him for 11 months and we would be having Christmas at our house and if he didn't get that plaster finished he wasn't invited. So, around Thanksgiving, I started priming. Finally.
I actually liked this color quite a bit. I could see it in a teenage boys room, or a contemporary office space. It's such a nice steely blue gray. But even though we liked this, and even though I could see the 2 more coats of paint in my future, not to mention the two coats for the ceiling, and even though I was sore from priming, I went on, because I had a vision.
And I must say, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I got everything done just in time for Christmas 2009, which was my goal when I started the project. I wish it could have happened slightly less under the wire, but such is life. I find myself making excuses to use the dining room now, just because it's so pretty. Sometimes, I'll just lay on the couch in the living room and look at it. Though, from that vantage point, you are able to see both the freshly painted dining room and the freshly painted foyer and it just makes me woefully aware that I need to paint the living room too. Which also needs plaster patched... Here we go again!