I've been thinking a lot about permanence lately. Which things endure, which things fade. The power of change. The nature of still. Nothing lasts for ever. This too will pass. And yet, that's not really true is it? I'll always be their mother. That's something. It may not be profound, it probably wont mean much to anyone else. Somethings never change. The tides roll in and roll out. The world turns. The sun shines, and sets. People live, love, and die. There is loss and gain. There is balance and imbalance. There is unendurable pain, and there is extreme ecstasy. There's always more to learn. There's always something best to forget. Growth. And I will always be their mother.
I've never written a WIP post before. (Full disclosure: after years of reading blogs it was only recently that I found out that WIP stood for work in progress. I always assumed it was a knitting or crocheting term.) I started working on these color tiles after being inspired here, here, here, and here I knew that I really really wanted to make a set for my family. They are so pretty!
I started with some paint stirring sticks. I used the larger kind used for stirring buckets. I had my mother in law chop them up for me with her table saw. She's excellent that way!
I sanded the edges to give the wood a softer feel.
For our color box I want Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, and Pink. Seven shades of each color. I went through the paint department at home depot and found colors that were a cohesive group. I took two sets of each paint chip. I used wide paint chip strips (Behr brand) and chopped off the names and numbers, leaving enough width to cover the wood. One set I'll leave together, and they will eventually become the control strip for checking work.
The other set I chopped into size.
I used watered down wood glue and a paint brush to adhere the paint chip to the wood.
I have a few strips almost done, and I am really excited by the results.
So between this project, and reading yet another book series... Um... what was that I was just saying yesterday about having SO MUCH to do? riiiiight. I'll get on that.
We had such a lovely trip to San Diego. Each day was a gift. Soon I'll be taking my babies to the mountains. When we return we will have our official start to our school year. There are so many wonderful things happening, so many moments to treasure, so many things to get ready... I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do with this space. In the next few weeks I may be silent, I may add some of the fourteen hundred vacation photos, I may keep up blogging. I just don't know. I do know that by mid September I should be back into a normal rhythm. That sounds about right.
Ava loves beautiful mobiles. It really shouldn't surprise me that she would set about making one for herself, and direct her little brother to follow suit. With only their imaginations and ingenuity to guide them, a little help from their father to hang them... et voila... Mobiles!