Monday, September 8, 2014

Now Hear This! Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2

It surprises me sometimes how many people think classical music is boring. First of all, I hate the word boring. If you're bored, you have no imagination. Truth. 

I credit my Dad for instilling within us (or at least me) a love for this particular genre. He didn't put much stock in the music of the 1980's (is that proper use of an apostrophe? I never can remember but do not feel like looking it up right now.) and so for us it was hymns and church-y music or classical or John Williams movie scores. I remember checking out records like the Spielberg/Williams Collaboration from the Multnomah County library and listening with my eyes closed, reliving scenes from my favorite movies at the time. Superman, E.T. (I'm still in love with Henry Thomas) Raiders of the Lost Ark (hubba hubba Harrison Ford) and of course Star Wars. Dad was (and still is) a big fan of John Philip Sousa marches, Rachmaninoff and the patriotic standards of George M. Cohan. I appreciate these composers and I love geeking out with my dad about classical music. I've always been partial to Chopin, Fauré, and Delius, though he thinks they pale in comparison to the more robust composers. Either way, I get shivery with goosebumps when I listen to classical music. The fancy-pants term for this is frisson. The dictionary describes frisson as a sudden passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill. I share this in the hopes you'll feel the same. 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

If It Scares You...

Today I am taking the first step on a new journey, both personally and professionally. Life is short, people. Live it, be happy, do what makes you thrive, no regrets. 
Ok, sounds a wee bit drippy but it's true.
Photo by yours truly, taken at Southworth, Washington. 
Edited using pixlr express on an LG Optimus Pro and picmonkey.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things to Make and Do

Since we recently moved to a small apartment, I've really been thinking hard about what I want to do decor-wise. We can paint if we like (to a certain extent) and I shared with you what the living room looked like before we painted it white. I still haven't quite decided as of today, but my goal is to get that wall painted. WITH SOMETHING. SOON. (Do you like how I haven't really given myself a deadline? Did I also mention this blog used to be called The Lazy Crafter?) But I digress. I had almost resigned myself to a solid-ish color, but then I saw this color-blocked wall:

All I can say is I. LOVE. IT. However, I am still vacillating betwixt a glaze-y (I could find no other word that evokes the appropriate feeling) aqua and a soothing shell-pink, not to mention the fact that I have the burning need to get art on those walls, stat! But! I really want to incorporate some kind of graphic element into whatever ends up happening on that wall.

Mr. M and I went to Lowes the other day to pick up a bunch of paint sample pots in various colors and guess what? We got so into looking at other stuff and planning other projects that we forgot to pick them up. Sigh.

Of course, that got me thinking that maybe I should wallpaper? Eesh. The thought of it gives me the shivers, but in a good way. Here are a few samples of what I'm thinking of:

Circus! Wallpaper! Found here.

Everything in this woman's Flikr is GORGEOUS. Mr. M thought this wallpaper too busy. He doesn't understand. 

Say it with me, Chinoiserie. One wouldn't want to sully this paper with framed art of any kind. Hmmm. Interesting proposition... Found here.

The search continues...