Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forward

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A few more pushes and a coupla shoves and we'll have ourselves a complete Roman room. Then I promise to bring you the whole space with details and sources. I really had to chuckle a little at the oohs and aahhs and waahhs about painting over the handpainted wall. I would be lying if I told you doing this hurts me. It doesn't. I love a clean slate. The hard work buried underneath has never called out to me. Ever. Its not forgotten, just done and its purpose served. I could no sooner live with the same handpainted wall than I could keep sewing with the same fabrics. These things are special to me, but never sacred. They are just that. Things. The little, rambunctious blurs of happy that live amongst these things that I create, however, they are all the inspiration and all the joy. And if these loves can delight in the things I make then I am amused. Not fulfilled, just amused. We delight in one another and so move forward.

lots of love from the partially finished and quite contemplative Room of Roman.
xoxoxoAnnaMaria

39 comments:

  1. Beautifully said. I love the new Room of Roman, it is so masculine in an entirely new way. Can't wait to see more.

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  2. Forward motion--if we could always remember to exert our energies to it, we would be so much further along the way. Thank you for the great reminder.

    Love that ripple afghan, by the way!

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  3. "Not fulfilled, just amused. We delight in one another and so move forward."

    Were you a writer in a past life?

    I adore your blog... it amuses my (ex-English teacher turned full time mama) soul.

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  4. Oh, my. Can't wait 'til the next time I come to share that lovely room with him!
    Mama

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  5. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Well said. It's all in the letting go. And that new room IS the perfect place to play ball! Roman is quite clearly amused. Glad you're having fun together. Love Hannah

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  6. You know you got it right...Thank you for sharing. The new room looks fab!

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  7. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Hey, the hand painted wall is still there, it's just underneath something new, now.

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  8. I get you. You're the creative mountain (whirlwind?) I aspire to.

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  9. oh yes, very beautifully said indeed!

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  10. i love it! that room looks so happy and cozy. :)

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  11. Talented, creative AND philisophical. Can't wait to see the whole room. I know it will be wonderful.

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  12. I'm sure if the wall were in my home, I'd feel the same way. I'd imagine most readers are like me and always liked it when a glimpse of that wall popped up (hoping to get enough of a view of it to replicate! :P)- that being said, I love the zig zag on Roman's wall too!! :)

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  13. "And if these loves can delight in the things I make then I am amused. Not fulfilled, just amused. We delight in one another and so move forward."
    I need to paint this on my wall!
    Thank you!

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  14. The feel of the new Room of Roman is really lovely. So calm and modern and still cozy. Your words inspire and ring true. Thank you.

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  15. Leslie- well, when you put it that way- I guess I should show a picture of the wall in its enitirety sometime.... I guess I forget that as a possibility -that folks might want a closer look or a how-to - duh. :) However the girls are begging for something similar in their new room this fall....sooo...maybe a fun stop animation of the process might be in order :P thanks for your sweet note.
    xoAnna

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  16. So well said. Your distinction between sacred and special is beautifully put. Love the room already. :)

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  17. Oh man! From someone (me) who's natural inclination is to hold on to ev.e.ry.thing (it's such a drag!), your post is so helpful. Thanks!!

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  18. I think it's easier for you to cover up old art because you are such a neverending wellspring of great art! For most of us, the original would be a once in a lifetime, fantastical achievement, and so we would be devastated to lose it.

    YOU just keep getting better and better ;)

    At least you take a lot of pictures!

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  19. Lucky boy! Looks like an awesome room.

    I know what you mean about nothing being so precious. I'm dying to do some upgrades here. Not afraid to change things up, but not so excited about the work involved!

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  20. Красота !
    В твой блог всегда иду как на прздник !
    Катя из Сибири

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  21. Awesome! Very well said, and I think a pretty healthy attitude, one that I should stive for more, methinks.
    Loving the Roman room very much, and for some silly reason it touches me that you have a ripple crochet blanket at the foot of the bed, just as I have a ripple crochet blanket at the foot of my daughter's bed.

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  22. Juliana Horner12:27 AM

    this is so adorable :) can't believe that was my room wahhhhhh!!!!!

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  23. I Love the colors you chose for little Roman's room! The zig zag is especially sweet; nice detail.

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