Okay... So, I never intended to take an eleven-day break from blogging... The first few days I was just burnt out from a hard schedule that seemed to go 24/7... Then I had no internet.
I was off this week and it was "vacation." I put that word in quotation marks because it's supposed to mean "relaxation" -- and the past two weekends and week haven been anything but...
I'll catch up on posts I couldn't do later this week, so you'll get a chance to see trick-or-treating Moscow-style and some other fun stuff we did. For the most part, however, we were stuck at home because Natalia is quite sick with bronchitis.
Katya hasn't been 100%, either... But she did get together quite a bit with good friends for playdates, a sleepover, and two trips to the theater . (They saw "Helen Keller" and it was AMAZING).
When I haven't been busy cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and spending every possible moment with my kids, I've been busy trying to finish the murals I had planned for the girls' room when I had the Madeline murals painted over this summer.
It has been VERY time-consuming, much more so than I had envisioned... The Madeline murals had been so easy because Bemelman's style is so primitive. These new murals are much more realistic and complicated...
The new theme of their room is "fairies" and I wanted to create a sunny, happy place whe
re they would want to be during the L-O-N-G, DARK winter here.
I've only completed one wall out of three, but it's going well! See for yourselves!
This is how each wall starts out: I do faint pencil sketches and then fill them in.
Here are some close-ups of the mural I've completed. Once I finish the other two walls, I'll probably redo the fairies' faces. I couldn't get a fine enough paint brush to do them the way I had envisioned. The store I used to buy all my art supplies from -- 4th floor at the central Dyetsky Mir -- closed for renovations and I haven't had the time to search for another shop. (It's not that easy to find what you need here; you can't just open the yellow pages and look up "Michaels" for craft supplies).
Alas, now I have internet... But I also have to get up before dawn in the morning to get to work... (And I'll probably be up often throughout the night to care for Natalia...) So that's all for now.