Sunday, August 26, 2012


Live Simple.

Simple,  I believe that has been the motto of my life.

See that cute little street in the picture?
That's our street and that is our simple little yellow house.

I painted this picture back in 2001.
Since then, so much has changed and so much has stayed the same.
I didn't learn how to paint any better..
but I did learn how to garden. : )

It has been sitting in the attic for the past 5 years.
I recently remembered that it was up there and brought it down to cover the whole thing in chalk board paint.
I wanted to make a large Autumn "todo" list on it.

If you look on the bottom of it you can see that someone (probably me) spilled blue paint on the canvas.

Once I took the canvas out of the frame..
I just couldn't bring myself to paint over it.

Many times we have pondered whether or not it was time to sell the yellow house and move out of the city.

But, Like this painting,
the little yellow house is not perfect.
Our street is not perfect,
but it's home.

A home that holds love, memories, hopes and dreams.

23 years ago,
Paul and I had our first date here,
  our parents and my grandma spent lots of time here with us,
our baby girls were born and raised here,
We've laughed and cried within these walls,
and my heart will always be here!

So, instead of painting over the whole thing,
I taped off the top half and only painted the bottom half.

While that was drying I gave the frame a pretty white makeover.

I am so glad that I didn't do something impulsive and paint over it.

Look how beautiful it is now!

I hope that your hearts are home
and that you all are having a great last week of August.

I've got a ton of projects that I am working on
~ I will be back later this week to share some...
Right now though.. 
 this sweet little yellow house has been ransacked ~  by me!

Until we meet again!

Linking up with Elaine for another Simple Sunday


Barbara F. said...

Beautiful painting, beautiful sentiment, beautiful post. Can't wait to see what you've been up to! xo

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You have a lot of talent and I would not have been able to paint over it either,it's lovely and the message fits it perfectly!

Theresa said...

Oh how beautiful! A new addition to a gorgeous painting! I love it and I am thankful that you thought better of painting over it:) Have a blessed week, HUGS!

Mica said...

I am soooo glad you didn't paint over that sweetness. It to me, is very lovely and you made it look even sweeter with the chalkboard bottom and the white is so tootin cute. I love it. Thank God you saved this darling memory. I love your home too...sounds like you have had some wonderful moments in that little yellow house. Blessings to you and your week ahead. Mica @ The Child's Paper

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

This is such a sweet post and I am glad you saved the painting. It is so pretty now and I love the sentiment. Enjoy your week :-)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh I love what you've done with the painting. So glad you didn't paint over it!


Debbie said...

I love, love, love what you did with it! You did a great job in painting the little yellow house so many years ago. :0)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

It is wonderful and your story is wonderful. Life isn't perfect but it is what you make of it. The picture came out just beautiful.

Sarah B said...

Your painting is so sweet! I think you were right not to paint over it, but I love the blackboard addition to the bottom. Nice memories :)

It's me said...

Like your painting darling !! isn't simple it is what you make of

Fiona said...

Your painting is great Leslie
and so too is your lovely post.

Simple and happy.....

Have a good week and I hope you catch up on all your projects.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love what you've done with the painting! It really turned out cute-enjoy:@)
PS-I agree that simple is best too!

Mamaw Bee said...

I love it. You are very talented.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I can't believe you almost painted over it....I love it and what it means to you....I love what you ended up doing with it deserves to be out of the attic! Have a wonderful week!

Lilly said...

That picture looks beautiful!! I think you're really good at painting, and I love your motto!

Melinda said...

I am so glad that you didn't paint over it. The change is great and the houses are so cute.
It looks great hanging in your little yellow house.

M :)

Madelief said...

Hi Leslie,

Your not only a talented jewellery maker but painter too! The painting of your street looks lovely. I can imagine you enjoy living there. It looks like a very peaceful street.

Happy week!

Madelief x

Karen said...

Hi Leslie,
It's been great catching up with your blog. Loved the post about Paul's birthday -- how much fun that was for all of you! The painting on this post is wonderful -- such a great idea making half of it into a chalkboard. I love seeing your ideas.

How blessed you were to have such a great relationship with your father-in-law. It must have meant so much to both of you.

Katharine said...

Oh it turned out so beautiful! I'm glad you didn't paint over it. We love your yellow house, and are so glad we came to see it!
Have a great day!

Pam said...

It is very pretty, and I too, am glad you didn't paint over it. We used to live in a little yellow house in Louisville, it was always bright and sunny looking by all the gray and white houses, just like yours! You are a very good painter!!!

bj said...

That is a lovely painting and I am thrilled you didn't paint over it. it is so cute....

SweetPepperRose said...

Sweet up cycle! I love anything with houses on it :)

Gloria said...

Hi Leslie,

I think you did a wonderful remake on your painting! I think it has improved with age, love the chalkboard at the bottom you added. I am glad you didn't paint over the whole image. What a great memory for your family to KEEP! :)
I loved your words here today. Your thoughts typed here were very touching and comforting to me.

For some reason, I am not sure why?? Your blog doesn't show up on my list of blogs I read. Even though I linked up to follow you. So, I miss some of these posts. I don't know exactly how to remedy the problem, to have your blog actually LIST on my blog?? But anyway, when you comment over on my blog it reminds me I need to check into why it's doing that! Thank you for your prayers for my mom, and also for all of your comments. I DO appreciate them! :)

Happy Thursday to you!

Melanie said...

I absolutely love what you did to it!!!!! It looks fabulous. :)
And great job on painting it in the first place - it's a heck of a lot better than I could do, that's for sure.

Brandi said...

You gave the picture such a beautiful makeover. I love the chalkboard. Now it serves two purposes, artwork and a message board.

Maple Lane said...

That is a darling painting, Leslie. I love the addition of the chalkboard across the bottom. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. I hope to enjoy some shopping for Autumn accessories!

Ana said...

Oh Leslie,
I am so glad you didn't paint over it. It is such a beautiful painting and with so much sentimentality. Love the addition of the chalkboard paint and white frame. And it looks absolutely perfect in its new home. Love it! A great weekend to you my sweet friend.

Hugs and Kisses,

Anne said...

This is so beautiful...yes, so glad you didn't paint over it. I have found that in recent years, (when at one time I would have painted over something I did years ago) I am more accepting of things I did in the past...:)
So nice to have found you ~ I'm now following!

Ms. Redo said...

Love the transformation you made in the awesome picture - so glad you didn't paint over it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment about my Mama's Pyrex bowl. Hugs ~ Mary

Laurel Stephens said...

This is one of the most meaningful blog projects I've seen, and your thoughts about your home are so touching. Thanks so much for sharing this.