Rainbows and Blocks


It’s been a fun few days making rainbows and blocks. I got this idea of modge-podging quotes on wooden blocks and putting them on the tables of this fun mother-daughter event. Really, it was a quote that I saw first that inspired this whole theme. Let me explain.

The quote was, “Life is tough my darling, but so are you.” It really resonated with me. I thought about all these girls getting their periods and being shocked (like I was way back when I was 14) that we have to put up with such an annoying inconvenience of menstruating every month. Really, grossness every single month?!! Who came up with this idea and why haven’t women called unfair? Over the years I learned to deal with the grossness and became an expert at it. I want these girls to not be shocked but amazed at what our bodies do. Maybe one of them will invent a new way of dealing with it. I have seen those ads on facebook… Anyway I really like the idea of taking something difficult and making it your strength and I thought that these quotes could inspire girls and their mothers to embrace their womanhood and be proud of it instead of feeling embarrassed or overwhelmed. That’s my thing really: Spin all the bad into good. Because how else are we going to get through difficult things?


So blocks. Why? Because they are cool and heavy and cheap and fun to paint and decoupage paper onto. I picked a color palette similar to the big pink wall colors and away we went! Payam cutting and sanding them of course because he is the Super Boyfriend woodworker guy.


It was fun to scour the internet for good quotes. I had to think of how people would interpret them. I don’t want anyone to be offended by me pushing my silly self-healing doctrine down their throat but I think most of these are positive messages and hopefully can’t be misunderstood.

One thing I am worried about is the girls who don’t have mothers to bring with them. They’ll be bringing aunts or an older sister or maybe a close friend or neighbor and I’m hoping that that person loves them enough (I’m pretty sure they do since they are making the effort to attend) to use these quotes as teachable moments and it’s not too hard or too sad. I think everyone will band together to help and protect those girls, I know I will. My heart goes out to those girls.


It has been brought up that mothers of boys who don’t have daughters and the fathers of daughters who don’t have mothers might be feeling left out and I am feeling pretty bad about that. I think I’m going to volunteer to throw a father-daughter dance or maybe just spread my graphic designer love in anyway the PTA needs me. I’m not sure how to help but my only real defense is that this is a subject that usually is neglected and I think it’s a cool thing that we are throwing some energy at it. I want to throw my energy at all the kids equally but sometimes you can only do what comes your way.


Next up was the rainbow vortex wall! As the week went on I came down with a cold and another wall was starting to seem more and more daunting. Should I just skip it and be happy that at least I had the giant pink wall? I seriously thought about it but my heart was set on that rainbow wall and thankfully my faithful companion, Payam, knows what makes me tick.

When Saturday finally rolled around the girls and I went to go get doughnuts (so Payam could sleep in a little bit as a reward) and then started into work.

blocks-and-rainbows-5Working together it went pretty quickly and then I spent the rest of the day painting it. Payam helped me tape.


Painting takes forever! But it was worth all that work. As you can see I referred to the color factory’s elevator doors for inspiration. I love all these colors. They kind of remind me of Kate Spade colors.  Two of them are leftover paint from the girl’s rooms and another is an oops paint I picked up at the hardware store. I got lucky on that one.


Pulling the tape is so satisfying. The girls were definitely around to help for that step.


We finished the wall in the nick of time before sunset! Then I took Sunday off and today (Monday) I touched up some of the little blip mistakes. I don’t have a final photo but don’t worry I’ll have plenty to share from the event itself that happens this Wednesday.

I can’t wait!

Summer Download


Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

You know what is NOT easy during summer? Working. Especially when you are your own boss and you make your own schedule. I am at constant odds with my boss. She says I need to work to pay the bills. I say I need to take the kids swimming because it’s hotter than dogs breath and their brains are rotting from Minecraft. We spend a lot of time at the pool but my boss keeps me up all night with fun games of anxiety. It’s two am, have you thought about your debt lately?

I swear I am getting nothing done the weeks I have kids.


But I get tons done when they are gone! Sort of. Well, mostly.

The last two weeks I have been into spray-painting backdrops for parties. It’s my new thing. I think mostly because I am so tired of trying to find a blank wall in my house to shoot photos against. I’ve created my own walls! It’s amazing what kind of creative break throughs you can have just walking down the aisles of your local hardware store.

For example, paint drop cloths are CHEAP! Ten bucks for a huge canvas. Twenty for a cloth one. A roll of brown paper is nine. You don’t have to use them to protect your floor while you paint. You can paint on them!


I made this orange Wonder Woman background out of a paper drop cloth. I’m not super excited about the fold lines but it covers a big space and it only cost me ten bucks. Instant wall. Just blur the background a bit and focus on your subjects.


The following week we had a Pampered Chef party and I decided to make my own fake Mexican restaurant. I’ve always wanted to do that. Restaurant designer is on my list of coveted careers, right next to set designer and cake decorator. I love designing businesses. Running them not so much.


Of course we had Brendaritas at my restaurant, in pink plastic glasses no less. It’s funny the things that inspire you sometimes. Now we have a zillion pink plastic glasses leftover. Maybe I’ll let the kids have a sassy pink lemonade stand with them. Wouldn’t that be cute?


Speaking of kids, we are on a mermaid kick lately. Unicorns are so early 2017. We’ve moved onto mermaids.


Have you guys seen these bubbles at the fair? They are so cool.


What is especially cool about these bubbles is that they saved my day. I was having such a bad day the day we went to the fair. It was the end of a bad week. I’d gotten no work done and every day it seemed like all I did was shuttle kids between camp and swimming. I was out of sorts. Payam almost turned the car around to take me home. But I rallied.

Mostly I was just sad that we were getting to the fair so late. Same song, different day. All I really care about is taking pictures. I thought it would be stupid with blaring music and blinky lights, gross fried food, kids begging for money for dumb games that you can’t win and if you do you end up winning you get a 99-cent stuffed toy that cost you twenty bucks. I sulked like a spoiled brat.

But then we got there and the sun was setting right behind these bubbles. We were the only ones there and the kids got to go free because it was kid free Thursday or something crazy. The light was golden and the kids were having so much fun splashing around pretending to be hamsters. My bad mood dissolved with every picture I took. Click, click, click. I was so happy! It’s funny the things that cheer me up.


And then the rest of the “stupid blinky lights” and blaring music, smelly fried food and cheap toys seemed so much cooler. I may have even eaten a bacon wrapped hot dog and let Bug go home with a stuffed donut that ripped at it’s seam before we even left the fair.

So yeah. Happy Summer. Good luck with working!