Upcycled Whale

Recycled Whale
You saw this one coming, right? A whale made from a cycling jersey? A Tour De France “King of the Mountain” jersey?  Peter’s request, naturally.
Not much time to write today, but truth be told and without going into detail, I’ve been feeling a bit blue. Rare for me, but it happens to the best of us. I just wanted to take a moment to again, say thank you for stopping by here, connecting with me here in this space. It is a bright spot of my day.
As Emma’s recent self-portrait did-
Emma and Gracie
I do love that she loves Gracie the cat so much.

  • Karen

    March 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    that is SO precious! PRECIOUS I tell you – I LOVE that stinkin whale!

  • Lauren

    March 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    you are lovely. 😀 I love the toys, then again, I make toys so any stories and pictures of toys make me happy! I love visiting. 😀

  • Deanna

    March 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Blessings to you today. Thanks for the sharing.

  • Banana

    March 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    The whale is so cute. And, a lovely self-portrait too. It is wonderful that you have shared your passions with your kids!

  • Susan

    March 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re feeling blue these days. If I lived in Seattle, I’d have you over for cake and tea. 🙂
    Just keep repeating…this too shall pass. It always does…eventually. Hopefully, for you, it will be sooner rather than later.
    Bon courage!
    PS LOVE the whale!! It certainly put a smile on my face.

  • jessica

    March 16, 2009 at 12:43 am

    there must be something in the air. the blue will go away, i promise. just squeeze your sweet kiddos and your lovely man extra tight. you will feel better soon. i know you will.

  • Lewidoo

    March 16, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Love the whale and the self-portrait. They’re both really cute!

  • jen j-m

    March 16, 2009 at 2:41 am

    that self portrait is a framer for sure! i love it.
    sorry you’re feeling blue. i feel you.

  • caroline

    March 16, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Oh dear. I’m sorry you’re feeling low. I think this has been my lowest winter on record.
    That self portrait is DARLING! Frame it, fast!
    My boy was reading over my shoulder and says, “She cut up a Tour de France jersey!?! HA!

  • Bernadette

    March 16, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Reading your blog is a bright spot of my day. So sorry you’re feeling blue.

  • Mama Urchin

    March 16, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Oh goodness, that whale. I love your whales and I think you know we’re into cycling over here too. What an adorable-y cute combo. Now Peter has something to clutch while he shouts at the tv during the Alpe d’Huez. Oh wait, maybe that’s only at my house. Actually, there is no Alpe d’Huez stage this year but I know you know what I mean.

  • Courtney

    March 16, 2009 at 5:45 am

    feel better, Blair. Thinking of you:)

  • erica

    March 16, 2009 at 7:16 am

    The whale made me smile, and the self portrait is so good that my eyes lit up and I was cooing over it before I realized it. Both very good things to make one smile. I’m glad you’re finding things to help you remember that each day has its joys, even in a blue period. Peace to you.

  • Nicole

    March 16, 2009 at 7:25 am

    It must be the time of year for feeling blue…
    I love that whale. Sweet! And what a beautiful self portrait…. wall worthy!!!

  • lucy

    March 16, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Hope you’ll are feeling better now Blair.

  • mom

    March 16, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I really love Emma’s pic. of herself.

  • craftydabbler

    March 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I’m sorry you are feeling a bit blue. It is always good to share when that feeling is there. Take care.

  • The Antidote

    March 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

    You have a very talented artist there!
    Hope a bit of spring cheers you up x o x

  • neece

    March 16, 2009 at 9:43 am

    spring is on its way….things always turn around…and you’ll feel better soon:) ( i wish i could squeeze one of my flowers into this comment box for you) xo

  • Toni

    March 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I do so love Emma’s self portrait. What a keeper. So sorry to hear you’re a bit down, with all the goodness that surrounds you I’m sure it won’t last long, xox.

  • Jeannie

    March 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    The whale is wonderful! I am sorry you are feeling blue. I think if Spring would ever spring here in the NW, we’d all be happy! I’m in Ea.Wa. and the crocus are out, so sunny days must be ahead. Hope your week gets better day by day and thank you for sharing your creative live. Cheers.

  • Maribeth

    March 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I hope you find something comforting to get you through your blue period (didn’t Picasso have one of these?!) Your daughter’s drawing is wonderful – so pure and unself-conscious.

  • Willo

    March 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    That whale makes me smile.

  • Kendall Micayla

    March 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I love it! sooo cuuuttteee!

  • Eren

    March 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Hang in there friend…Spring, and sandals, and cute skirts are on their way.

  • erin

    March 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    that whale is adorable. and no, i didn’t see it coming.
    you are not alone. i’ve been so blue. so so so blue. call if you feel like chatting.

  • Carrie

    March 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Way to find the joy no matter what. Awesome pictures, both of them. I love the cat (kid too!) and the whale is perfection!

  • Mindy Sue Bell

    March 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    love love LOVE your blog! hopefully your blues are just a weather induced funk- I know I feel it…
    it always makes me feel better to get a box of macaroons and amandine from la panier…

  • bj

    March 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “That whale makes me smile.”
    me, too, and I find that dropping by an seeing your newest creations is a bright spot on my day.
    A question, for those others of us who live in Seattle — you create artwork with your daughter, but do you have favorites among the classes and workshops available around here?
    My daughter tried to collaborate with me last weekend on producing an American flag on canvas (a derivation of a project done at school, by which she was underwhelmed). I am not trained, neither in art or design, or in teaching my daughter, and we did not get very far. I’d like her to have others to create with (I was bummed that I couldn’t convince her to do the art card exchange, but she is busy).

  • Kelly O.

    March 17, 2009 at 11:45 am

    spring is around the corner! I hope anyway 🙂 We still have snow!
    I love reading your blog and appreciate how “real” you are and the candid moments.
    You’re an inspiration.

  • katie

    March 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    You are a treasure. Even when you are blue you give us something to smile about. Thank you. Sunny skies are on the way.

  • Denise

    March 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    it’s the weather. i live in the seattle area too and wrote similar sentiments on my blog yesterday. This too shall pass. hopefully.

  • Beth G.

    March 17, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Extra cute whale so fun!

  • AmyR

    March 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’m glad your sharing generated such heart felt responses. Sharing your talents AND your bad days, you are a generous woman and we’re all better for it. thank you

  • Kristin

    March 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Oh wow, he is such a cute Whale. I love polka dots so this was instant affection.

  • Jennifer

    March 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I love that whale! It brought a smile to my face…Sorry to hear that you are feeling blue. I blame the weather as it seems the Seattle “winter” will never leave us behind. But the flowers are starting to bloom nonetheless…

  • mrspilkington

    March 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

    sending tea, sympathy, and a hug. hope hugging that fanriffic whale helps a little too. take care.

  • Liisa

    March 18, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I think you would feel so much better if you posted a whale tutorial : )
    Seriously, take care of yourself!
    Sending warm thoughts.

  • Christy in OH

    March 18, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I love the whale; and the self portrait your daughter did. My children are doing the self portraits too-so sweet one wants to frame them!

  • janice

    March 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

    thank YOU for organizing the kids ATC swap my daughter throughly enjoyed it.. we got all our ATCS!! thanks Janice

  • mari

    March 18, 2009 at 11:09 am

    i wish i could do a self portrait as wonderful as emma’s or a whale like peter’s. i’m sorry you’re blue, if it comforts you, i (i bet we all do) stop by your blog to see your bright spark of creativity and family. hope our visits help you feel better.

  • Dime Store Thrift

    March 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I hope today is better, it can get to all of us sometimes, you are not alone. BIG HUGS!
    And I am loving that whale.

  • martha

    March 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    oh no. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling blue.
    I hope spring can blow that right away.
    I absolutely love that picture of emma and gracie. love.
    sending good thoughts your way.

  • amisha

    March 19, 2009 at 5:21 am

    i really wish that i could pop over with a basket of cookies and an in-person hug.

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