Life..the Ups, the Downs and the Art

Life..the Ups, the Downs and the Art

I trust you all had an enjoyable weekend.
Mine was a long one…in a good way…Canada Day meant Monday was a no workzies one.
Though, we have a running joke right now around these parts that everyday is Friday here in the Dovey household.
Why you might ask?
Well…the shitty news that I hinted at last week is that my husband just got laid off…literally after getting a raise only weeks ago.
Total bummer.
He’s a telecom sales dude and basically 3 out of the 4 sales managers got packaged.
Massive lard.
Thankfully, he got paid a lot and now has time to look for an even better job…that’s what my positive brain is telling me anyway…along with the silver lining ‘it’s summer and he gets to spend some great time with the kids’.
Unfortunately, I also have the pessimistic/angy/wallowing in self pity voice that’s focussing on all the poop part….like how I have to now delay my exterior plans…how I have to watch spending like a hawk…how I can’t have my new black windows…etc. etc.
I know it will all work out in the end but for now, it just sort of feels like a large pile of shit…especially since I also have my Lola sadness to deal with.
When it rains it pours as it were.
Thankfully, there’s a lot of other great stuff going on and I know this…
"Life is like photography - you use the negatives to develop!"
…and this…
…to be true.
So…I’m attempting to take this all in stride and focus on the good…lucky for me, there’s a lot of that going around.
For one, this new painting train I’m on is making me satisfied in such a supercalafragalistic way….
I’ve started experimenting with different things and was literally jumping up and down when this little number….
…proved to be a big hit…sold within minutes…happy happy happy.
I’m going to start a whole series of these so stay tuned…lots of pink, black and gold graphic goodness coming soon.
Also, some fluorescent pretty is in the works…
…as is some softer drippy stuff…

So hope you like it all.

And speaking of enjoyment, this weekend experiment was fun…

In case you can’t tell, that’s a water blob right there…hubster and I made it and well, it was fun with a capital F.

Basically, you take plastic sheeting that one would use to insulate walls, cut it into two giant squares, tape on all sides with duct tape and fill with hose water.

Trust me when I tell you, it provides hours and hours of kid fun…the kind that allows you to sit on deck chairs with other adults drinking cocktails while your kids stay entertained…good stuff.

One hint though…if you’re going to try this at home, make sure you put the blob on level ground…we almost had a massive disaster just moments after taking that first shot…poor S got swept away as the blog rolled down the slope in the front yard and sent my little red head catapulting into the hedge…not cool…lesson learned…flat ground is a MUST with this project.

What else can I tell you?

I guess this post is already sort of long so….quickly….the fam jam and I went to our town’s Canada Day celebrations…t’was fun but waaaay to farking hot.

Some pics…

How much do I adore that my 6 year old tagged her own artwork with her initials?

That would be a alot.

And speaking of adore, the quality dog time I spent with my Lola bear this weekend was topzies on my happiness list.

When her and I were single gals, we lived in the city right across from the largest park we have in Toronto…I’d walk her there everyday off leash and she’d romp in the streams, play with other pups and just run her brains out…the place is basically the equivalent of doggy park utopia…I’ve felt guilty for years that this little piece of dog heaven was kind of ripped away from her in exchange for 3 kids, way less fun leash walks, and the suburbs…so, since I know her days aren’t many, we’re going to make it a plan to drive downtown at least a few times a week and revisit the place where my pooch and I became the best of friends.

To see her back there yesterday made my heart swell up in a pretty massive way…although she wasn’t darting ahead and rolling around with other pups, I know she loved every second of it…just look at her face…

…and look at mine…that my friends is true love right there.

And PS, my 6 year old captured it with my phone….happiness.

So, I guess that’s all I’ve got for now.

But before I go, just two bits of wisdom…

1. The crap in life certainly makes the good stuff shine so much brighter…at the end of the day…

Good design makes me happy

…how’s that for cheese?

2. When life gives you lemons/your husband gets laid off, be happy that the extra time means he can make home-made lemonade….

Sorry for the novella but hooray you for making it all the way through.


  • Sarah Gunn
    Posted at 06:55h, 03 July Reply

    Love your positive attitude, my friend. Good things happen to good people and you have a ton of great things happening in the midst of the total crapola. PS: that painting is insane. Can’t wait to see more like it! xoxo

  • Julia {Pawleys Island Posh}
    Posted at 07:08h, 03 July Reply

    I’m sending brave thoughts your way. I know from experience how devastating this can be. Keep that positive attitude no matter how much you want to crawl under the couch. You will be so proud of the people you become when you’ve made it to the other side. Lots of love and prayers your way! And that painting? AMAZEBALLS, of course!

  • Lauren@BaylorSays...
    Posted at 07:08h, 03 July Reply

    Crazy for your paintings and beautiful outlook on life! What is better than your beautiful (insanely so) children, fabulous pup, and loads of minutes laid out in front of you to enjoy them all? (I bet your husband is secretly thrilled to have this time with y’all) Hope your family has such a lovey dovey summer and best wishes for your hub’s career shift. XOXO

  • Rachel {little bits of lovely}
    Posted at 07:29h, 03 July Reply

    Oh Christine, that completely sucks, I am so sorry to hear about your hubby. I have utmost respect for how strong you are being and looking on the bright side. I have every faith that things will work out for you guys.

    On a brighter note, I LOVE, LOVE the first painting you showed – no wonder this sold out so quickly – its insane!!! Do another please?

  • Alex {Things That Sparkle}
    Posted at 07:40h, 03 July Reply

    Christine, I’m so sorry to hear about the job, but even more impressed with your positive attitude. How special is this time for your entire family to spend together? And what a good momma you are for taking Lola to her favorite places. Such a sweet thing to do. And well, your paintings? They are INSANE! Nothing more to be sad on that, just insane!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 07:48h, 03 July Reply

    wow, a lot going on and such a great attitude, my friend. You are an inspiration. Sorry about the hubs job-youre right, it may bring new opportunities and special times with family. You know it WILL all work out, and I thank you for giving us unabridged versions of life. You kids are beautiful, and so are you.

  • Debby Steele
    Posted at 08:14h, 03 July Reply

    Sorry to hear hubby got laid off. Stay positive because the negativity and worry does always try to creep in. My soon to be ex lost his job and continues to spiral out of control. Christine, you wouldn’t believe the mess he has left us in and what his addiction has exposed us to. I just wake up everyday and thank God that we have a house for today, food for today, and that I trust he has something good in store for us after this very long dark tunnel.

    Lola looks happy. Our dogs are like our children. So glad she got to visit the park with the family.

    I think I could use some fun on that slip and slide!!! xoxo

  • Designwali
    Posted at 08:21h, 03 July Reply

    no question about it…this blows. Scream into a pillow. Take a deep breath and keep going. The rest of us will send you all the positive karma your way. πŸ™‚

  • Eye See Pretty
    Posted at 08:24h, 03 July Reply

    Oh Christine, sorry to hear about hubby’s job… been there and so not fun. But, clichéd as it sounds, these things often happen for the best and you end up finding something so much better!

    Think of it this way, now that all the crappy stuff is out of the way, you can make room for so many more positive things!!

    You definitely have the right attitude my friend. Hugs…


  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 08:24h, 03 July Reply

    you are so good- finding all the positives. i know it’s hard…. when it rains it pours and it always happens like that, but then when you get that break in the storm, it is the most beautiful moment. you can look back and go, i can’t believe all that just happened when i am standing here in this moment, this beauty, there is no way i went through all that. at least that is how i feel about it…. i am hoping the break in your storm comes soon.

  • Amanda Hill
    Posted at 08:27h, 03 July Reply

    It’s going to turn out alright…even better. Sorry to spoil the ending but your just to cool not to know! Biggest hugs and kisses!

  • Beth of designPOST Interiors
    Posted at 08:28h, 03 July Reply

    What do they say…always darkest before the dawn?! It always proves to be true and I am sure in a couple of months time you will all look back and be happy for the experience. And I am sure you will be rolling around in the dough your paintings are going to make πŸ™‚ Try to enjoy this little adventure!

  • Lara {simply irresistible}
    Posted at 08:31h, 03 July Reply

    So sorry to hear that times arent the best right now but you have such a positive outlook (everyone should take a little bit of that away from this post).

    I hope that things start to get better and that until then, you can hang on to some of those little pieces of joy.

    Thinking happy thoughts for you and your family.

  • mrs. V
    Posted at 09:24h, 03 July Reply

    Totally understand what you are feeling. My hubster got laid off a month ago from his software sales job after 12 successful yrs with the company-on the very same day he found out he did not get a job with a new company for which he was very much hoping. And I don’t work. Triple arsetastic. Sadness, anger, vulnerability, guilt. All those things at once. I get ya girl.

    But the art is WONDERFUL. The pooch is here NOW. And so is your man. These things have a way of working out. But when you are in the thick of it, it is hard to see that light. So keep that chin up as you already are.

  • alison g.
    Posted at 09:26h, 03 July Reply

    You’re right as rain: better things to come. Enjoy the time he’s home.

  • modishetcetera
    Posted at 09:29h, 03 July Reply

    I like reading your long posts, they’re always insightful and you have the prettiest picture! So keep them coming, haha!

    I’m sorry that your husband got laid off and that some of your plans are postponed, but you have the right mindset for these type of situations. Little hiccups like these just mean that things will out better than expected when the time comes.

  • Alexa
    Posted at 09:31h, 03 July Reply

    Oh I hope he finds another good job soon. I like your positive thinking, I’m sure it will all work out!

  • Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    Posted at 09:37h, 03 July Reply

    My husband and I both got laid off within days of each other a few months back. We are looking at it as quality summer family time too. (Thank god for severance) On to better things! Sending positive thoughts to you and your family!! The new painting is killer btw.

  • Hollis
    Posted at 10:21h, 03 July Reply

    I am sending happy thoughts and wishes your way.
    L-O-V-I-N-G your new pieces can’t wait to purchase.
    I hope you have a creative day.

  • Kerry
    Posted at 10:34h, 03 July Reply

    I’m so glad you are able to keep a rosy outlook with all of the negative stuff in the way. Everything will work out for the best, and like you said, at least for now you can spend some time together as a family this summer!

    Thinking of you xo (and LOVE that painting that sold in minutes… I clearly missed it before but I can see why it was snatched up so quickly!)

  • Dianne
    Posted at 10:48h, 03 July Reply

    This too will pass Christine. Life is hard a lot of the time. Sending you many positive vibes from the USA. Expect an email one day soon(Hopefully next week) answering the art questions. Many hugs!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 10:59h, 03 July Reply

    Christine!! I know EXACTLY what you are going through! If you remember my husband got laid off in February after working for the same company for 21 years and we moved internationally and provinces 4 times! My hubby was up there in the company, we were expecting a job transfer, and it was a REAL shock when he got his walking papers. He got a great severance, almost 2 years but still it make me nervous….Vancouver is hardly the hub of high paying jobs. We were hoping to buy a house this fall and now that is on hold…still stuck renting – major suckage.

    But even though he is driving me insane at home, it is a special time in our lives, he is home spending time with the kids, we don’t have to work anything around a work schedule and just up and go for a mini trip, etc.

    So I am sending you a major squeezy hug as I know what your family is going through far too well. Yes, you need to look at the bright side and hold your head high! Something good will come of this.


  • Vanessa@decor happy
    Posted at 11:54h, 03 July Reply

    Sorry to hear about the hubster’s job but it will all work out (for much better)in the end. Love all of your photos and your new painting is amazing!

  • la la Lovely
    Posted at 12:04h, 03 July Reply

    I’m sorry. Life can be sucky. I think that is the hardest part about being an adult… there is just no way around it. I so appreciate your candidness though. It’s refreshing. I’m going through a bit of crap time right now too and trying to keep my head above water. One day at a time, right πŸ˜‰ You’ve got the right idea about trying to stay positive. I have my moments of letting things get to me and then try to move on! Here is too a better and much brighter days to come!
    And btw…I’m adoring your art work. Helloooooo…miss multi-talent. I’m so inspired!
    xo . trina

  • Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy
    Posted at 13:04h, 03 July Reply

    Even though its hard your cheeriness has made my crummy week a bit brighter too! I was laid off last year and while i didn’t have a family to support it was hard as well. I did get the whole summer at home to travel and spend time with my family and I’m grateful for that. Plus I love my job now even more than the last! Keep your chin up!

  • How2home
    Posted at 13:30h, 03 July Reply

    You are such a positive person! love it! Can’t wait to see more of your paintings the color combination is just so feminine and chic. Looks like you had a great weekend with your family! That’s always fun πŸ™‚

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    Posted at 14:20h, 03 July Reply

    Sorry to hear about all the crummy things happening Christine. But I KNOW better/happier/brighter things are on the horizon for you and your family. You’re doing all the right things…enjoying the time with Lola and your hubs. As someone who has also been laid off, I knowit is a scary place but also a remarkably freeing one too. Better days are ahead! xo

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  • The Now
    Posted at 14:51h, 03 July Reply

    I’m so sorry about your husband’s job! My brother was just laid off and it BLOWS!! But…like you, we need to stay positive!!! And your pup looks so cute and happy πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Keira
    Posted at 15:53h, 03 July Reply

    So sorry to hear about your bad news. Lola is gorgeous! Sounds like you were in our neck of the woods! It is dog heaven in the off leash area.

  • Kim@Chattafabulous
    Posted at 18:48h, 03 July Reply

    I don’t think anyone’s job is safe anymore. My husband is working out of state and coming home every 4 weeks for a 10-day vacay. It’s certainly not ideal but we’re so thankful he’s getting paid a great salary. PS Your family is just beautiful!

    Posted at 19:20h, 03 July Reply

    I know this is easy for me to say, but when it has been time to move on (my choice or not) the next thing that has come along is so much more rewarding than the last. Your hubs will find the right fit for him and your family. You have great perspective, even if you don’t always think you do. Lastly, when life gives you lemons (and all that other b.s. we get told when the chips are down) make lemonade and add vodka!!!!!!

  • Hazel Schreiner
    Posted at 19:25h, 03 July Reply

    Such terrible news, but it does look like the kids are having so much fun… and I am sure there will be loads more fun install for them with Dad around. Great to see you have such a fabulous perspective about it all. That is the most important thing!!

    πŸ™‚ Hazel


  • Kecia
    Posted at 19:51h, 03 July Reply

    Lola looks SO happy! πŸ™‚

    When it rains it pours. Hang in there. You’re in so many people’s thoughts.


  • victoria | vmac+cheese
    Posted at 21:05h, 03 July Reply

    Finally finally finally catching up on blog reading and HOLY SCHNIKIES your art work is gorgeous!!!

  • Irene
    Posted at 21:24h, 03 July Reply

    Hang in there! Your attitude is SO positive and so many love and support you! You’re BEYOND talented in SO many ways! Keep venting to us! We’re your cheerleaders! Your sweet daughter is a DOLLLLLL!!! And FABBY painting!!

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 11:45h, 05 July Reply

    Um, let’s focus on the lovelies first, shall we??? I can’t even believe that you ever said for a second that painting wasn’t your thing, ’cause GIRL, IT’S YOUR THING. (c: And cuteness overload with the kiddos…every time I see those big ol’ blue eyes, I just melt, they are darling! Now the crapstorm. WTF??? That is crappier than crappy about the hubbs and his job…but I have to admit that I’m a wee bit jealous that you all get to spend some quality family time during the crapiness…that is a *definite* silver lining. And let me just tell you, I’m *NOT* a silver lining huntress…I’m more of a freak-out-about-worst-case-scenario-huntress usually, but I’m pretty sure that you can do anything you put your mind to (as evidenced by your kickin’ blog and new business venture) and that I’m positive you’re married to the same kind of dude. While it stinks to high heaven right now, I’m sure it won’t for long. Loves and hugs to ya, girly!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 21:00h, 08 July Reply

    I’m getting around to blogs so late since I was gone last week. Thankfully we’ve already spoken about this but I still feel the need to show you some love here. Lay offs blow big. And I bet tonight feels a little funny with Monday morning sneaking up. But it’ll all turn out even better than expected. It just happens that way for some reason. There’s a bigger plan. Love you.

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