Monday, November 23, 2009

Reality: Ziggity Zag

Life is kind of like a zig zag. You go up and then you go down.  Sometimes you can make the decision to ride the top of the zig zag a little longer even when life throws you a downer.  One thing I have learned is that on many occasions happiness is a choice (sometimes a hard choice).  Now hopefully I will not forget that...especially when I feel like I have been enrolled into a torture camp and everybody will not stop screaming.  I apologize in advance to my poor nerves.  Patience is a virtue, right? 



When I found the the above fabric, I knew it was mine. I thought I would make pillows or something but then family pictures came around. You know the dreaded family pictures. I told myself that since I already lacked control over the situation at hand then I was just going to have to surrender (AGAIN) & we were going to have fun no.matter.what. Well I guess I did have control over one thing and that was what we were going to wear. I pictured a zig zag skirt made of tulle & netting, I mean why not, right?...after all the mission is to have fun. Then as my friend put it, "You are channeling Cindy Lauper". Well I love Cindy Lauper and Girls Just Want to Have Fun, so we went with it. The only problem was, pictures were a little out of control. "I just need one picture to send out for Christmas cards" , I thought. When one of the coolest photographers around posted a picture from an"out take" I thought, "This IS reality & captures our family quite accurately" and I love it. Pictures were fun. Mission accomplished.  I can't wait to see the other pictures.  

Now I need to take the skirt and turn it into pillows.



Time for a few pictures that I thought matched the photography event quite nicely.  You know a tad bit C R A Z Y!











I am ready to relax with a very calm neutral setting.  Which probably means no over the top, like in the above pictures.  Well except the bathroom designed by Mary McDonald,  it certainly created a calm space that incorporated the zig zag so I'll take that one. 

May your holiday season be at the top of a zigzag:-)

28 comments:

erin said...

Love your blog! I identify with so much that you say, thank you... and the family picture is adorable! Did you make the flower belt I totally want one so cute...

Meredith said...

I love your holiday picture and I love your blog. I was having a very downer day and you helped me a lot. Thanks!!

veronking2003 said...

Wow, just came across you blog and LOVE IT! I love the skirt, wish I could pull that off!!!

sherry said...

I love the zig zag skirt! What vision you have. And the family photo turned out awesome...

Mike and Debbie said...

Michelle is a genius!! The picture came out great. Can't wait to see what else she has taken.

Ms. Bright said...

What a fabulous "capture" of your beautiful family! Love the zigs and zags-very good metaphor for life! Mary MacDonald's bath is beautiful!!

mark&megan said...

Seriously??! Your family from head to toe looks STUNNING! Something that cute should be ILLEGAL! LOVE your blog....love the posts...and love your style!

nameisgrace said...

Classic picture! So candid and real. Hope you post more, I know they are all perfect!

Dayka said...

Great choice with the skirt. My best friend does photojournalistic photography, and I love when people do things that are representative of their personality. I really love that photo without even seeing your faces. Beautiful!

Sarah said...

love that skirt! and what a darling family photo!

my sister-in-law, darin, just informed me that you and she are cousins! how did i not know that? my twins were born 10 days ago and she was telling me how her cousin successfully manages twins and triplets and i immediately knew it was you. small world.

i don't know how you do it. i am overwhelmed and exhausted. in just 10 days. good for me to see things from your perspective.

little room la said...

i love the color coordinated outfits and your skirt is just gorgeous! :D i love how it's candid your little boy is running away haha classic boy move!

Nat said...

ok um yeah that skirt rocks my world. i want to find material like that so i can make one. amazing. the picture is perfect as well. i love it! your kids are absolutely beautiful!

this blessed nest said...

the skirt, the reality family photo, and of course the family, all beautiful & just genius in your design!

happy thanksgiving my beautiful friend!

Shannon said...

I love it! Next year I will call you to style my pictures! Oh and I am so excited for your etsy store. Seriously you are so talented. I saw Kristina at a boutique and we said we are doing lunch once the crazy holidays are over, so let me know when you get a day!

Shannon and Carey said...

LOLOLOL
Oh heavens. I know how you feel in that post. The pics turned out absolutely darling. Love the zig zag. That's what life is:
A little zig here alot of zag there.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Shannon and Crew - Austin, Texas

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Your family picture is adorable! I don't even think I'm going to be able to squeeze one in. In fact folks will be lucky if they get Christmas cards this year.

Camille said...

My friend, I hope hope HOPE you use that picture for your Christmas card! I think it's awesome when people use the "real" photos that reflect their lives. It's adorable.

p.s. I want to learn how to wear my cardigans like that. I think a tutorial is in order... Whaddya say?

anaphe said...

Great picture! So cute! I love your belt...did you make it?

-Karen

Alexa Mae said...

gosh you kill me. that picture is to die for. frame it. i love it. you are so awesome. i.want.to.be.you.

Full House said...

No I did not make the belts. Thank you so much for every single one of the kind comments.

Cristin said...

OMG, we only have two kids and our holiday family photo was nuts.
LOVE the look of yours. Natural, fun, loving. The zig zag skirt is fab. Your one stylish mama.

xo,
cristin

Design Wanna-be said...

You're so cool! And I love your family picture!

Maria said...

Im obsessed with zigzag and just indulged in the westelm zigzag rug. But I absolutely love how you made it into a skirt and the fabulous way you captured your family's spirit, too funny and cute!

Aimee's Family Journal said...

Oh Christina! I love you! I am so glad you have hooked up with Sarah! You're a great match. 2 crafty girls with great style, and busy families!

laura said...

That is the best Christmas card photo. I hope you use it!

Hope you had a fab Thanksgiving weekend!

Francoise said...

Love your family picture and that skirt! Wow!

Emily A. Clark said...

What a great blog! And, it doesn't make me feel quite as crazy for blogging with my three little ones :) Glad I found this and look forward to reading more.

angela hardison said...

are you kidding me about the family photo... i love it. your outfit is amazing!

and yes i am going to leave you several comments in a row on your recent posts.