I started painting a loooong time ago when by boys were toddlers. I faux finished beautiful custom homes during the construction boom. I have been making and doing since I was a teenager. I stopped for a while when my kids were small because I couldn’t find time to wear a decent outfit much less paint. As their pre-teen years approached I felt my morph to the garage some since I wasn’t afraid to leave them in the house alone. I was wrong, of course, as evidenced by my coming in one day to my 12-year-old, with a can of hair spray, a straw and a lighter (making a flame thrower like the one he saw on Youtube.) I yelled at him for wasting my good hairspray and went on about my business.
Over time, my tweens became teens and I was glad to have my painting as I rose on the weekend and the man and boys slept until 2:00 p.m. I enjoyed my radio and the outside and found my company in Annie Sloan, Martha Stewart and some gal with the last name Behr. My boys used to make fun of my hobby saying that shabby chic was stupid and they hated the old furniture in the garage. They shamed me for my hoard at every turn. When people came to pick something up they’d scowl off waiting for a grilled cheese and wonder how anyone would like the things I painted. I made voodoo dolls of them and made their butts itch and shaved off an eyebrow.
Funny how the jeers stopped when we took the first vacation we had in 16 years, last year, because of my painting, my peace, the thing that sets me free.
I’m full-on in the throes of raising two high-school boys. Painting and crafting still takes me to my happy place in so many ways. I hope you have found your happy-place as well.
Here are some things I’ve done in the last few: