Saturday, April 10, 2010

INSOMNIA=PROGRESS... PROGRESS=HAPPINESS.

Hello. I suffer from insomnia. Did you know that? Well, if not, now ya do. I have it bad. I have always had it to some extent but after having children its gotten about 100 times worse. I've been put on medications for it... I've talked with therapists about it (YES I've seen a therapist:) and I simply cannot find a solution for it. Instead, I busy myself with PROJECTS to take my mind off the fact that sleep is once again eluding me. It's a vicious cycle. I hate insomnia, but I love the feeling of completing projects... or making progress at least. Anywho... take a dive into my insomniac brain, will you? ;)

Recently, I've become a tad (okay more than a tad) obsessed with crocheting. You should see our bedroom- its like a giant yarn ball threw up. I tried (and epically failed) at keeping my yarn nice and organized. This little girl named MAEVE came along and decided to play with it- therefore I now have giant piles of random yarn strewn all along the side of the bed and stuffed in "Jo-Ann's" bags. Still though, I crochet. Every night, I crochet, crochet, crochet. Until my fingers are tired and my eyes are heavy. The result? A LOT of leg warmers, a few hats and one & a half blankets. If you're a friend of mine, have a daughter (or two:) don't be shocked when I throw leg warmers your way. Because really, how many pairs can I manage to squeeze on Maeve???

Speaking of Maeve and leg warmers... take a look at these darling pics :)







Oh- and don't think Henry has been left out of my crocheting madness! Check out these pics of him & his blankie :)




Onto project #2. THE CHAIR. The stinkin' $5.00 GOODWILL chair. Why in the WORLD has it taken me nearly THREE WEEKS to complete this project???? A few reasons. One, I'm a perfectionist- meaning, every time I *think* I am done with painting it, I look back at it and think it needs another coat. TWO, I refuse to bring it into the bedroom (that's where it will go) until I have the absolute *perrrrrfect* fabric for it. Did I also mention I am pretty indecisive??? Yet another quality of mine that popped up as soon as I had children... anywho, every time I go the fabric store I am too overwhelmed by all the beautiful fabric (kind of like how Target overwhelms me with all of their...awesomeness???) that I end up leaving with more- yup you guessed it, YARN! :) HAHA... VICIOUS cycle I tell you, VICIOUS! WELL... I am happy to tell you the chair is like 90 percent completed. I HAVE chosen a fabric (is it perfect??? Um...no, but it's going to have to do because I would actually, believe it or not, like to ROCK in my ROCKING chair while I can still ROCK! :) Now I say 90% because I still have to sew one cushion. The bottom cushion is done (I think) and I'm planning on starting the upper cushion tonight. The chair itself- meaning the painting, distressing, etc. in MY OPINION, looks pretty sweet. I literally beat that thing with a chain to give it JUST the right look. I was also very pleased to find out that the 5 dollar good will chair could withstand such a beating. I am not yet ready to reveal THE WHOLE CHAIR (yes, I'm pathetic...) but here's a peek at it.



Lastly, I've been reading. READING A LOT. I am on the tail end of "The Last Song" (and absolutely loving every word of it). I have "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult & "Not Without Hope" by Nick Schuyler waiting in the wings.

So there ya have it- my insomnia induced projects.

Oh yeah- one more thing... leave a comment (remember how that 100 blog reader/private list thingy is umm...at its limit?) I need to weed out who is reading & who is not! As awful as that sounds... I'm just not wanting the blog to be public- who knows why- just don't. SO, yeah just give me a shout out.... but WAIT- there is something FAB in it for you- simply leave an "I'm reading" comment (so I know not to delete ya!) and I will do a random number generated drawing for one of my insomnia pair of leg warmers! :) I'm sure you're wondering "well I am a momma of all boys" or "I really don't like your dang leg warmers." Or, "I don't even have kids you crazy thing!" Well- let me know you're reading anyway & if you win, give them to a fashionable fashionista that you know and love. Sounds great huh? :) So comment please!


PS- I will leave this open for a couple of days, giving adequate time to let me know you're alive & reading :)

26 comments:

Jessy Schoch said...

Love the leg warmers!! I become obsessed with crocheting when Liv was a baby, so much so I gave myself a little carpel tunnel :(

The chair is looks great!! I know what you mean about it being perfect I bought a desk from good will, and painted it, and painted it, and then touched it up again and again :) Can't wait to see the whole thing!!

And um please don't delete me :)

Lyndsay said...

I'm a reader! I just picture what it'll be like with my lil one when she gets to Maeve's age! It's so much fun reading about her (and Henry too) I also enjoy reading about all your deals you get! makes me want to become a better shopper :) ps- good job on the leg warmers, they are so cute!

Nicole said...

I still read, although it frustrates me I can't add you to Google Reader and get your blog updates!!!

Ashley said...

Nicole- is it because my blog is private??? I am serrrriously considering making it public- but I kind of like being able to talk about periods, boobs and all that other gross stuff without worrying about like... my BROTHER finding it or something?!?! Ya know? Ughhh... I don't know- I am so torn. But at the moment... I think I'll just keep it private... the "Reader List" is HUGE but I only get a handful of comments per post so I'm thinking lots of people just don't read anymore & therefore I could delete them (gosh that sounds mean) to make room for more? :) haha... AHHH! I will probably just end up going public eventually...

Angie B said...

I READ IT :) i check all the time to see if u updated :)

Dani said...

I'm a reader! I love the pics and fantastic stories :-)

Marathon Mom said...

I'm a reader -- but you knew that cause I comment a lot. :)

Becky said...

i still read! and LOVE the leg warmers! :)

Sarah Ely said...

Those leg warmers are the cutest things...I have to get a pair for Tessa, if you have time ill send you the money to make her a pair! I know how the insomnia goes, I spend my time reading blogs! Like yours!

Sarah said...

I read your blog all the time!! I wish I could be as consistant as you are with my blog...I just forget to write all the time!! I would LOVE leg warmers....:)

Jessica said...

New reader here, yay! :) I just love the leg warmers. They are adorable!! And I can't wait to see the chair! I am an insomniac too, or at least I used to be. My saving grace has been Melatonin. A Godsend for me, I tell ya!

I have an issue with the private blogs not showing up in the Blogger reader too. Actually, only this and one other one I read are private, but anyway.. I had the author of the other one I read try to go in and fix the feed settings, but she wasn't very computer savvy so she never figured it out. LMK if you find something that works!

The Williams said...

The leg warmers are awesome. I wish I had a few pair of those when Caitlin used to dance with your mom. They would have been so cute.
In regard to Nicoles comment, I think you are right. I can't add you to my reader list and get updates because you are private. My blog is private too, so I understand completely how you feel. Anyway, I read, so please dont delete me!

Alissa & Josh said...

I'm still a reader...and Nora would look so cute in one of those leg warmers. Does Maeve wear them in the summer too??

Russ and Karen Gaston said...

Hey Ash-I read (your blog a lot more than I post on mine). Love your updates and look forward to them. Please keep me on! :)

P.S. Gorgeous leg warmers. Is there anything you can't do???? :) I wish I had half of your talents. :)

Sadie said...

I'm still a reader, every morning with my coffee. I can't wait to see how your chair turns out, I love to paint furniture, too.

Leslie Collins said...

You are one talented chic! :)

Love the leg warmers. :)

Angela said...

I read and I know tina does too

Maria said...

I love reading your blog! I especially love the posts about all of your deals! I love me a good deal, but you are for sure the Queen at finding them :)

deverna2004 said...

i for sure read!! :) love the legwarmers!!

Jessica Perry said...

Count me in!!!

jennifer said...

Ashley, I'm reading House Rules right now and it is not a before-bed read. I cannot sleep afterwards! Just thought I'd pass that along. Oh, and btw, I'm a reader. :)

DemlowT said...

I'm a faithful reader :)

Amber said...

I'm reading!! I love the leg warmers... but no kids:( yet! I love reading about your adorable children and seeing the pictures... it makes me excited to have my own kids someday!! Hope all is well with you and your family.

Becky said...

I'm a reader, and I think you're doing a great job on your projects. I like to see all the pictures of the kids. My insomnia is better now, but I know what you mean. How do you get through the next day when you haven't slept the night before?

john & kristin. said...

I'm not sure if I'm having a girl yet, but I think they are adorable! I am a knitter, but I want to learn to crochet so I can make cute stuff like this...great idea!!!

pammysue said...

Hey lady, I read. Great projects! I am currently working on on e too! Johnny's Bday invites and decorations! Anyways, warmers look great and chair too! Love your pics!