Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I've had a little note on the sidebar of my blog announcing that I am taking a bloggy break and have been on "vacation." That's stretching it a bit. This has been my itinerary for the last seven weeks:

A week in Virginia.
Two (plus) weeks of flood clean-up in Colorado.
Long weekend in Missouri.
Weekend in Utah.
A much needed weekend home.
A week in Tennessee.

We just arrived home last night from Tennessee. With the little time I've had between trips, I've been busy painting our rec room downstairs. This is a room mostly dedicated to the grandkids and their toys. Adults hang out there too while the little ones play, but it's purpose is a play place for kids. I've painted the ceilings white, one accent wall white, and the other three walls are painted "Parachute Silk" by Behr. I love this taupey neutral color. 

Painting the accent wall will take a little time. I found this amazing stencil (Royal Design Studio) via Pinterest and quickly ordered it. I loved the herringbone shuffle design and the color palate they used on the white background...

This wall, however, will take time because I'm going to trace the stencil and tape every one of those lines to get a crisp edge. Stenciling on textured walls is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but that particular patterns is meant to be precise, so I've decided to take my time and do it right. I imagine it will take me a couple of weeks to finish.

Over a month ago I had planned to start Christmas presents early, but so far I haven't stitched a thing. Plans are in the making, however, and I should be able to get a few projects done while painted walls are drying! I'll post some of those ideas as they become available. 

I love Fall. There's a peacefulness and serenity that comes with this season. I'm trying to soak in and enjoy those feelings. Wishing you have a wonderful, autumn day.

{a glimpse of the color in our backyard ::: northern red oak}