Thursday, March 20, 2014

He's Alive and I'm Forgiven....

All I wanted to do was create a family tradition. 
 I'd done it for Christmas and Valentine's Day and just knew that Easter needed one too. Aside from the regular traditions that our family practices, I wanted to make something special that generations from now would be able to hold and know that their great or great great grandmother made.  Then my children could tell their children or great grandchildren their memories of how we'd decorate a tree and how special it was for them. 
OMG... do they ever have a story to tell...
Yep, it's a little basket holding an egg. Cute right?
I was going to blog how you can buy 10 little seed pots for a $1 and a bag of 16 plastic eggs for a $1 and then go home and use your scraps of paper and ribbon to create a fun little ornament...cheap, but golly...there's so much more!








 I was going to show that recycling can be fun and creative. Oh the many uses you can find for a ping pong ball. 
Then I was going to show the before and after of a plastic yellow egg that turned wonderfully blue by priming with gesso and then Tim Holtz Distress ink.  Even had a little bit of that beautiful blue bottle in the picture.
And that's when all hell broke loose...
Why are you looking at my craft room you ask? 
Funny thing, that...
Ok, see the desk with the light to the left? That's where I sit. 
 Alright, now see the large window and NEW white shade?  That's where I don't sit.  
Now, imagine me quietly minding my own business, listening to the movie Turbo on Netflix and just dabbing away with Blue Broken China Distress Ink.  It's a peaceful scene in your mind isn't it?  
A crafter's lovely afternoon filled with making memories.  

Now, imagine with a blink of the eye that entire scenario going straight down the crapper as the lid to the paint flies off and, I kid you not, 2 seconds later.. that entire surface area of window shade is SPLATTERED in blue! The carpet is blue, my clothes are blue, my sewing machine is blue, my Big Shot is blue, everything is SOOO freaking blue!

What happened next will have to remain in this family.  The words my children heard me utter would have forever blushed a sailor. The intensity of my anger and frustration had me seeing nothing but red through ALL of that endless, endless blue...
My poor children cowering in the recessed corners of our home as their mom-ster flailed her arms in a maniacal frenzy, pacing wildly with crazed wide eyes, chanting and ranting in such a foul manner her newly found distaste for anything possessing even the slightest hue of blue. 

I fear this day will forever, unfortunately, be seared in the mind's of my offspring, as the day they watched their mother go mad.  As it certainly was not one of my most proud moments. 
Four and a half hours later and a refresher course in Lamaze breathing, I was back on track.
My son brought in the Clorox Bleach cleaner and as I proceeded to drown my shades in the most obnoxious smelling chemicals, I also began relaxing.   
The relaxation may have been due to the inhalation of said chemicals, but regardless, I'm happy to report that my children no longer feared for their lives; therefore resulting in no longer feeling the need to call the local psych ward.  
Hugs were shared, apologies made, and laughter was hefty (at my expense of course) and what seemed like a never ending game of charades ensued whereby my children were oft heard quoting to each other, "Hey...guess who I am?" Which of course broke out into more uncontrollable laughter (again, at my expense).


However, side note, glass half full sort of thing...
If memories were the goal...mission accomplished!!

And here is all that is left of that very bad no good experience.  A measly few spots.

You know, Easter for me is knowing that Jesus died for my sins so that I may be forgiven and live eternal life with him in a place where hopefully caps to paint don't come flying off and people don't go running around half crazed cursing profanities at the color blue.
We're all human and we make mistakes; even in the best of our intentions, but really, our troubles are just a tiny speck of blue in a sea of white when you realize what Easter is truly all about. 
 All can be washed away and all can be forgiven.
Thanks so much for your wonderful visit. I appreciate you more than words can say :)
I'll take a picture of the tree when it's all put together.
Biggest of Hugs and Happy Crafting.....
Lisa x

He's Alive by Dolly Parton

18 comments:

Chrissy said...

Oh! Lisa..I'm not laughing...really I'm not..I always make these muffled,choking gurgling sounds..especially when I'm nearly suffocating by stifling a good hearty laugh.What a shame...but all sorted and good to have forgivness from terrified children..lol..and a fantastic, gorgeous project came out of it all..I do hope you forgive the blue as it is really a lovely colour.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Pia S said...

Maybe not a fun experience, but definitely a fun story to read!! Lots of emotion put into those gorgeous Easter eggs!

Sandy said...

Wow - loved the Dolly Parton video! Honey, after I read your post I had to go lay down and rest. My first thought when I started reading your post was - those baskets aren't cute - they are beautiful! My second thought was well honey chile' would you look at her nails. Then you started ranting and raving about blue paint and Clorox Clean Up. But I see it all ended well and you and the kids are fine. It's a good thing you did not follow my advice and make them live in the garage!!
Your baskets are gorgeous and you are one very smart and talented lady.
Sandy xx

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic project. I love the baskets and the post was such a fun read but why all the fuss - I love blue - it is my all time favourite colour and I would gladly have everything blue. I actually knew a lady who had her whole house decorated in blue.

Anita Houston said...

LOVE THIS POST!!! You had me in stitches and then you ended it with the reason we have Easter in the first place!!! Love that! These egg baskets are simply fantastic!!! PINNED!

Regina Easter said...

yes love we all make mistakes...but boy oh boy you surely are one of God's amazing ladies.........lovely project and wonderful post....hugs

Sarah said...

Well, never a dull moment at your house then!!?? What a memory indeed, for all of you I shouldn't wonder!! Fabulous baskets by the way!! xx

Reusing with Quilling said...

Ohh you kept the eggs blue then??..I thought after seeing so much of blue every where..you might just change them too :D !! What a lovely basket with pretty flowers !

Mitra Pratt said...

you have no idea how much I needed a giggle today! And although I can imagine this was quite the pain, those itty bitty speckles will make you smile at some point. I have some matching ones on my ceiling! HUGS!

Karon said...

Beautiful - and fabulous, and you just are a non-stop brilliant idea, lets do this and look what I can make, lady :-) And you could always pretend to be a Smurf :-) Joking aside, I'm glad that you were able to clean most of it off :-) Have a no-blue relaxing weekend. Hugs, Karon.

Margaret said...

Wow! Don't know whether to laugh or cry! While the story was quite entertaining and I'm sure your lovely children will focus on the comedy of the moment (that's what offspring do best!), I was so moved by your closing thoughts! It is so true that we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget about the big picture. Glad that some blue paint and a gallon of clorox brought you a moment of clarity! :)
BTW-the eggs are absolutely beautiful and the peat pot baskets are pure genius!!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

Beautiful baskets and eggs, Lisa. Love your great post. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Thanks for being real, and I'm trying not to laugh. Probably because I completely understand! Thank God for forgiveness!!

I love altering peat pots too! Yours are beautiful!

butterfly said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... but thank you for making the tears roll down my cheeks as I read this post!! All the eggs and spring baskets are brilliant - and what's a few blue spatters between friends?!
Alison xx

Asha said...

Forget yellows, greens, even chocolate. Blue in the new Easter! Now that is a tradition that will go do for generations to come. BTW, that sound you hear is not my stifled laughter... it's me chocking in a chocolate egg! Awesome project for an Awesome Occasion. Much blessings to you, my friend!
hugs, Asha

Tracy said...

LOL. You sure know how to make a memory Twang. So sorry your crafty time turned into chaos but the outcome is fabulous. Your egg cups are full of sweetness. Hugs!

Kelly Neis said...

Wow, you sure get into your work! I love that you shared this with us, hahaha I am still laughing with you! Your gorgeous Easter eggs are so worth it and a very beautiful end to the crafting day. I do adore the baskets!!
Hugs Kelly

Lisa S. said...

Glad I popped back in to catch up on this post L2! I can't express how hard I laughed because unfortunately I have had a few of those episodes. ;) My children still love me and thankfully so does Jesus. A fantastic post and the most amazing creation which will be a cherished keepsake. You made my day!!! Hugs, L1