Painting with Grandma

We have been vacationing over the last 3 weeks (Hilton Head, Pittsburgh, Chicago and even Tennessee…thanks to showing around our guest) and I have not been able to keep up with all of our adventures. I don’t know whether I should right about what happened last week or what we did today…there’s just too much to share!

Last week, we spent 3 days visiting our family in Pittsburgh. Husband’s Grandpa just celebrated his 84th birthday and I have not visited the family in Pennsylvania since before we lived in Albania. We were way overdue for a visit. This side of the family is a blast and a hoot. Grandpa Mike, my Father-in-law and Husband are exact replicas of each other. Grandma is a talented artist with a house so full of her artwork it is bursting at the seams. Then there’s Aunts, Uncles, cousins, second cousins, friends of the family and many pets at every corner.

Since Grandma is an artist we spend lots of time admiring not only her art, but art around the city…mostly her art though. During this trip we spent an entire day scouring the stacks of painting around her house and picking out our favorites. Husband is a fan of the abstract pieces and I prefer the realistic ones. With both our choices we are going to have a house full of unique artwork.

What we decided to take home.
What we decided to take home.
These two pieces were done during her visit to Albania while we were living there!
These two pieces were done during her visit to Albania while we were living there!
This one of her painting in one of the galleries we visited.
This one of her painting in one of the galleries we visited.
Her painted cards for sale at the gallery.
Her painted cards for sale at the gallery.

We also spent one evening getting an art lesson from Grandma in the backyard. It was 60 degrees (way too chilly for July), so we built a fire, roasted marshmallows and learned to paint with candles.

Roasting marshmallows with Grandpa.
Roasting marshmallows with Grandpa.
Grandma Kathleen teaching us what to do.
Grandma Kathleen teaching us what to do.

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The ash from the flames made the coolest designs. If I had the time I would have added some water color (like Grandma) to make an even better picture. Maybe one day… either way it turned out pretty cool.

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I’m looking forward to having Grandma Kathleen teach baby to paint and create art in a couple of years!

Cheers!

Project Dream House

I have decided to start a new series on the blog titled “Project Dream House” to track and share the story of our new home and how it will transform over the next few years…or ten years. (I was going to call it “Positively Panicked and Painting”, but it was too much alliteration for my liking.) We are in love with our house, but it’s far from perfect. The previous owner thought painting every wall brown, orange or red was a good idea, and decorated with wicker furniture and leopard print. Needless to say, this house needs some serious cosmetic help.

Since I have to design and decorate from a million miles away (give or take a few), Husband and I are constantly emailing photos and Pinterest ideas to each other. We are starting with the exterior. Nothing has been done yet, but I want to share our ideas.

This is our house now…

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And, here it is in the snow, because snow is pretty, and I wanted to share this photo.

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We have lots of space, beautiful trees and four wonderful decks that I cannot wait to relax on with a glass of wine. However, it needs a new look and a fresh paint job. I want to brighten it up a bit. I think some white trim might do the trick…

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A brightly colored door would be nice too.  I love the pop of color against the gray house!

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Or maybe an all white house, a colored trim and bright door?

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I am going back and forth between a few different color schemes.

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I think our favorite is a gray or bluish/gray body, white trim and a bright door, of course.

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SO excited to get this project going! Suggestions, anyone?

Cheers!

P.S. If anyone happens to love painting in their spare time, Husband could really use a hand. He will provide lunch…and beer.