craft horizon

I would say most of the people I know have a secret list of crafts they want to spend an uninterrupted long weekend working on.  On rainy days like today, I dream about locking myself in our yellow guestroom with the most recent episodes of Fringe, or maybe the entire run of Smallville, and just making small brightly colored things.  Here are the ideas I’ve got running around in my head:

pom pom branches

Maybe in pink. Like cherry blossoms!

throw pillows, with animals on them

bear throw pillow

Embroidered with something la Kolb, or maybe Charley Harper

still working on that Blanket Fort.  I’m thinking something like the Rising Sun, just with a lot of bright, not-too-clashy patterns.  Something from Waverly would be PERF for the center.

Found some brightly colored inspiration over at Casapinka!

I keep promising myself a day like the one described as soon as I finish the next assignment – and then the next one.  And then there’s birthdays, Lenten movie nights, game nights, sleepovers – no complaints though.  For SOME reason, I used to think Howard and I didn’t have much of a social schedule after moving to Melrose – we just sat around all day, eating muffins and going to the church thrift store.  But no!  Little did I know, our lives are full of friends and family to do things and, hopefully, eat muffins with.

Come to Melrose for a Good Sleep

If you couldn’t tell from the last post, Howard and I love having friends visit and stay with us.  We have a guest room with a straight up bed; not a couch and sleeping bag combo, which is the level of hospitality most people in our age/income brackets are at and which is perfectly fine, but a straight up bed.  Clean towels, clean sheets – with the exception of Marissa, our most frequent guest, we also clean the house before each visit (we don’t generally clean it otherwise.  Also, how else to show off the wainscoting?).

And that’s just the guest room!  We also stock the liquor cabinet and purchase snacks we think you might enjoy!  We cook meals, and choose  music according to what we perceive are your tastes based on the outfit you’re wearing when you walk in the door (with a tasteful ignorance of travel rumpling)!  We will show you tv shows we think you’ll think are funny, pictures of the cat you might find adorable, and even the CAT HIMSELF!

Things available to you in “fancy-pants” Melrose: all of the above, + muffins the size of a baby’s head, a starry sky, a pond with birds, the best church thrift store you’ve seen in a while, the local greasy spoon, a nighttime quiet away from streetcars and late-night parties that allows you to sleep as deeply as you do in your parents’ home after a day of fresh air; basically, the kind of small-town experience many of our friends who live in urban areas or are extremely busy don’t often get to enjoy.   And we live on this street:

Doesn’t look exactly like this anymore, but close enough.