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Tranquility

I’m sitting at the bar in our kitchen, typing this post, with the baby monitor on my right and a cold cup of coffee on my left.

Colin is taking his morning nap.

A few of the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping and gathering old seeds that have fallen from the dregs of our empty feeder out back. I can also hear Merlin (one of our cats) snoring. He’s asleep on the bar stool next to mine. A sense of calm filled the air as soon as Colin fell asleep. It’s a moment of peace and renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories, and overall chaos that is my life as a stay-at-home-mom. I love every bit of it, I really do.

But I also love these quiet moments.

These moments of tranquility are like little gifts when my sleep was sporadic or yesterday was particularly trying.

Today’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Cabin”. I actually sketched this cozy A-frame cabin in bed last night – and doing so brought me a little bit of tranquility when I was having trouble falling asleep last night. I drew a place that I would want to be. I’d love to be reading a book in this little cabin, preferably by a warm fireplace, with soft blankets, and coffee that’s actually hot! Oh, and there absolutely must be snow on the ground outside!

But my little house in Chapel Hill, in my messy kitchen, with my cold cuppa will do just fine for me today.

xo Cassie

PS – I hope you’ll join in on next week’s Scribble Picnic challenge – the theme is “Umbrella”.

Eight Arms

As a new mom, I find myself wishing for more time in the day while simultaneously watching the clock and counting down the seconds until Colin’s bedtime routine starts. Being both a loving caretaker and an energetic entertainer (even after you’ve been woken up 4 times overnight) for nearly 10 hours a day is exhausting stuff!

I literally said to Richard this morning: “If someone said I could have entire weekend to myself, I honestly believe I’d sleep for 48-hours straight.”

On the flip side, there are so many things that I’d love to DO.

Tidy up certain corners of the house
Catch up on laundry
Spruce up the yard
Work on Colin’s baby book (sorry Colin, according to your baby book you don’t even exist yet)
Design and print photo albums
Finally start that tried-and-true recipe collection
Read a book
Drink coffee that hasn’t been microwaved fifteen times
Plan Colin’s first birthday

I could keep going, but I won’t.

Can’t us moms just grow some extra arms?! I mean, really. How is that not a evolutionary thing? Alright, fine. That would be pretty weird.

I drew this little octopus for Michael‘s new Scribble Picnic group. Michael is a friend from the blog world! Think of Scribble Picnic as a creative co-op – a weekly challenge for us creative-types. There is a theme each week, but other than that, anything goes! Please join us! This week’s theme was “octopus”, which just got me thinking of all the things I could do with eight arms!

Any mommas out there have some tips to share for at-home productivity with a little one? I’d love to hear from you!

xo Cassie

Office Originality

Hm, the word ‘originality’ beings to look really strange when you stare at it long enough. I double and even TRIPLE-checked that I did, in fact, spell it correctly. Just one of those words, I guess.

Moving on.

I am so so so thrilled to share with you some of the “office progress” that Richard and I have been working diligently on. We did a TON of cleaning/organizing this weekend — from closets to dresser drawers — and even switching the contents of the guest room and office completely.

I loved our guest room, but we VERY rarely have guests. In fact, I’m pretty sure only three people have ever stayed over… in almost 3 years. THEREFORE, it makes sense to use that bright and sunny room for something useful to US.

We hated using our office. In all seriousness, I’m ashamed to admit that it had actually become more of a “junk room”.

Ashamed because that makes it sound like Richard and I deserve our own episode of Hoarders.

Eek.

But it’s all better now. The VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) truck just came and picked up 8 or so boxes of clothing, shoes, and random household items. Let’s be real, you know you don’t need something if you didn’t even know that it existed. IN YOUR OWN HOUSE.

So here are some shots of how of my little half of the office is coming along!

Desk

Desk

Desk

Gallery wall

I added the “gallery wall” today. Not sure if I’ll continue to add pieces, or just switch things out to keep it interesting without being overwhelming. I’m really happy with how light and airy the workspace feels, though. Very girly and far from “office-y”.

And here’s little Ellie, hanging out next to me and watching for birdies!

Ellie

What do you think? Do you have a little sanctuary in your home?

xo Cassie

Chilly Days Ahead!

The temperatures have been dropping this week and mornings are quite frosty.

Cold

I finished the Portland Headlight painting — definitely not my favorite, but since I’m just getting back into the swing of painting… I’m okay with it.

Painting

I am trying to be better about how I judge my own work and not beat myself up quite so much. I meannnnnn, it has been 4 years since I last painted.

For lunch today, I made myself a delicious tomato, mozzarella, and basil panino (yeah, Giada De Laurentiis would be proud) with a little balsamic glaze — so simple and so tasty. It’s pictured (pre-grilled) at the top of this post!

And last night, I made cookies with some of our wedding gifts! My friend Lesley bought us two Silpat baking mats and some beautiful stainless steel measuring cups. (Thank you!!)

Cookies

The cookies were my version of an impromptu “ah, we’ve been married for one month!” celebration. I used NestlĂ©’s new caramel-filled chocolate chips. And yes, they are delicious.

Hope you’re staying warm and toasty on these cold NC days!

xo Cassie

Rekindling Creativity

I painted today.

Yep. Like, for fun.

At least it’s supposed to be fun, until you do one little thing that seems to ruin the entire painting and you have to find a way to fix said error.

Anyways, I picked up some acrylic paint, new brushes, sturdy painting papers, and a new palette. Scary thing is, I haven’t painted (aside from the walls in our house) since my senior art exhibition at Meredith College back in 2011!

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For YOUR fun, here are some progress photos.

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It’s certainly not finished, but I’m hoping to complete it over the weekend.

I don’t absolutely hate it.

So far, only a minor hatred.

Either way, the ACT of painting felt good!

Eek, we’ll see how it goes.

xo Cassie

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