Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Time Flies When You Have Ombre Nails (or something like that)

Ever since school has been back in session, it's been so hard to manage my time.  I'm pretty sure it's because I haven't been able to thoroughly complete my errands in the last two months. All summer, any time I pulled into a store parking lot, my son's shoulders would slump and within minutes it would start:

Son: "Mom, I'm getting tired."
Me: "It's 10 in the morning."
Son: "How much longer?"
Me: "We've been here 5 minutes."
Son: "It feels like an hour."
Me: "I'm almost done.  I just need to look at one more thing"
Son: "You said that an hour ago."
Me: "If you would stop complaining I would have been done by now."
Son: "What's for lunch? I'm hungry."

Then I would leave the store, annoyed and forgetting half of what I had originally come in to get. My daughter on the other hand would spend every shopping trip admiring and directing my attention each bit and bauble in the store.

Daughter: "Mommy, these nail polishes are sooo cute!"
Me: "Yes they are."
Daughter: "I don't think I have this exact shade of aqua."
Me: "No, but I'm pretty sure you have every other shade of aqua."
Daughter: "Mommy, look at this shirt!  It's so adorable!"
Me: "Yes, it's cute, but we are not looking for clothes right now."
Daughter: "Mommy, don't I need Post-Its for school? Because, these are SO COOL!"
Me: "I'm not sure, honey.  Let's wait for the supply list to come in."
Daughter: "OK...I was just saying that they are cool...and I really like them...and they are probably on the list...and they are only $2"
Me: (sighing in my head) "OK, put them in the cart. But hurry, we've got to go."
Daughter: "What's for lunch?  I'm hungry?"

Then I would rush to the check out lane forgetting 3/4 of what I had originally come in to get.

So I guess it's no surprise that with the kiddos back in class, I will walk into Target at 9 a.m. and walk out at noon.  No joke.  It's not that I wander aimlessly, either.  Without my little time keepers with tired feet and growling tummies the hours fly by--that is on the rare occasion that my shopping trip isn't interrupted by a phone call....but that is a blog for a different day.

So, all of this is just to tell you that I meant to share this photo with you yesterday, but it just wasn't possible without staying up past midnight again.  But now that you know a little about my daughter's nail polish obsession, it ties right in to this post.

Here's a photo of my daughter's Ombre Nails.

Since she has almost every shade of her favorite colors, I decided to paint each of her nails a different shade from light to dark starting at the thumb. So easy, and too cute!

Thank goodness she isn't a nail biter like me!  She's my perfect little hand model!

Are you into the nail polish trends?  Tell me in the comments!


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to School...Back to Work!

It's here...back to school time.  I'd been dreading this since June, but I knew it was inevitable.  In the blink of an eye we were back to 6 a.m. wake-up calls, packing lunches, car lines and homework.

This year, my son (now 13 and in 8th grade) decided to take a "break" from the school band.  Break=quit, I know.  I don't try to block the sun with one finger, like my mom would say. In his defense, he never aspired to be a concert trumpeter (he wants to be a robotics engineer), and there were some technology classes he wanted to take before leaving middle school.  As a plus, he no longer has to carry a 20 lb trumpet case around the school, which I believe is at least partly to blame for his recent referral to a radiologist for a scoliosis survey.

My daughter (now 10 and in 5th grade) has been excited about going back to school and seeing her friends again. More excited, I think, about the possibility of an entirely uninterrupted school year.  In 3rd grade she broke her leg during spring break.  Because she was in a full cast and would need assistance using the restroom, the school recommended home bound instruction. She was taught at home for 5 weeks.   Last year, as you may recall, we moved back to Florida three months into the school year.

That move, in fact, is what pulled the emergency breaks here at AquaSeventy6...good segue, right?  (And, yes, it's "segue", not "segway" like the scooter.  Trust me, I Googled it.)

AquaSeventy6, the blog and the shop have been suffering since my move.  I pop in every few weeks to apologize and promise to do better, only to get wrapped up in life and end up apologizing all over again. But, my friends, this time it's different, and that's a promise. I finally have all of my sewing supplies under one roof again.  The kids are back to school and I am no longer commuting across town.  That said, there are going to be some changes going on as well.

I am first and foremost a writer.  I'm neither Fitzgerald nor Hemingway, but I do think in monologue, and have since I was a kid. I plan on adding more anecdotal and family related posts in the future, which may or may not include anything crafty. (Anyone else get all Grandma's-Crocheted-Santa-Potholder when you hear the word "crafty"?  Trust me, I avoid it as much as possible.  I prefer "handmade" or "DIY" myself.)

As far as my shop, I do plan to reopen it at some point.  I don't like to list special order items, I prefer only to list what I have on hand so my clients can get their goodies ASAP.  This means I have to get on the ball and make inventory.  I love inventory because I have so many bits and pieces of amazing, often discontinued fabrics that I can use to make some truly unique pieces. But inventory takes time, so the shop reopening time frame is currently TBA.

I also plan to get back to featuring my furniture revamps.  These may be items in my own home, or possibly something for a friend or client.  I've been painting and updating vintage furniture for several years now.  Just this summer I've redone 4 or 5 pieces of my own furniture...I just haven't gotten around to photographing any of it! :(  Revamping furniture was my first DIY passion prior to sewing, and sadly I let it fall to the wayside.

Finally, I will continue to toss in some fashion and style related posts here and there. Wow!  I guess I actually AM excited that the kids are back to school, because I truly have missed this!

I will be back soon with a new post, but for now I am hitting the sack!!  It's almost 1 a.m., y'all! 

PS....what do you think of my new blog design?