Progress, Angst, and Events

I mentioned a while ago that we are attempting to improve the curb appeal of our house. The next step is new steps (ha!). Last week the front of our house looked like this :

A 4 year old's fantasy come to life!

Now it looks like this:

Progress! It has regularly been in the 90s this week, so I've been providing our "working guys" (as Jaxon calls them) with lots of popsicles!

A few weeks ago, I visited Cincinnati to see a concert with a friend. On the way back home I stopped at the outlets and got a great deal on this lamp -- with no shade. I spent about a week waiting for the perfect funky-fabulous-but-not-overpriced lampshade to find me. It didn't happen. So I headed to town armed with a coupon for JoAnn and came home with an adhesive lampshade. I pulled a few fabrics from my stash and let Jaxon make the final decision. He chose the octupus print by Heather Ross.

I just happened to have orange ball trim in the closet. The lamp was the finishing touch to this little corner of my sewing room. The dresser is a craigslist find painted orange (the last few pulls are somewhere in the garage). I'm quite pleased...

...but not about THIS news, and apropos that Jaxon chose Ms. Ross's fabric...You may remember back in January when I babbled on about Heather Ross teaching a fabric design course. When I called about the class it had already filled. I got on the waiting list, but with only 18 spots in the class, and me being 9th on the list, I hadn't given it any more thought (or saved my pennies).

Fast forward to two weeks before the class starts, and I get an email telling me a spot has opened up. Oh, I can't tell you the emotional roller coaster I am on! The dreamer: Fabric design as a career is a dream, and to learn from the master, WOWZERS! The practicalist: Airfare and hotel two weeks before an event?!? MUCH too expensive. So I'm torn. Had I been anticipating the trip, and planned ahead for travel, I'd be packed and ready to go...but I have had a good distraction:

...this not-so-little guy turned 4 yesterday. It's hard to believe! Today was his party, and we are all recovering from sugar shock!

-- Post From My iPad


Thimbleanna said...

Jaxon is such a little cutie! Sorry about the class -- isn't that the way it always happens?

Love the lampshade -- it's perfect. I can hardly bear to think about those outlets since the Williams Sonoma store closed -- I used to love to go over there just for that one store. BooHoo.

Very interesting to watch the steps take place -- I would have never thought they'd be so deep!

marcy harriell | oonaballoona said...

oh, happy birthday jaxon! may you continue to come up with even wittier comments as a 4 year old.

(and as for mom's wishes... your eye for color and design--as evidenced by your snazzy orange sewing corner--is doing terrifically on it's own... but maybe priceline? lastminute.com? i hope you get there!)

John said...

Aaaaahhhh!! So have you definitely decided not to go? I'm taking the class, so I'm really hoping you can find cheap airfare and make it work!

Jackie's Stitches said...

I can sew why you're torn. I'm hoping that an airfare that is doable for you opens up!

The lampshade sounds like a project that was meant to be. It looks really cute.

Your new steps look like a major undertaking but we can see by looking at the "bones" that they're going to be wonderful!

Rebekah said...

Those steps are going to look fantastic! I love the different sizes and angles.

Love what you did to the lampshade!

I hope it can work out for you to take the class. It sounds like a great experience.

~Michelle~ said...

Fun lamp! And I hope you decide to go to the class...I'm really curious to see what you would come up with in terms of fabric design! :)

Danielle said...

Hi Beth! A while back you entered a contest to win a pair of earrings on my blog, and I just wanted to let you know that they are yours if you would like them!! Please email me at emmapillsbury (at) gmail (dot) com so I can arrange to get them to you! Thanks! :)

Dee said...

Many, many happy returns of the day to Jaxon!

Go girl! Go! This is a once in a lifetime thing! Go!

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