"Origins" Essay

  Last June, a year after the Dobbs decision, Tangled Locks Journal continued to speak out for women's abortion rights. They shared this thoughtful and informative post about the whys and whos of abortion. And they published a series of essays about abortion.  I am pleased to have my essay, " Origins " on that list. (And regretful I didn't post it here sooner.) I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my story and my words.  The choice of when and how to have a child is a fundamental right, and I will continue to fight for this truth. Only when women have complete control over our bodies will we truly be free. 

Dollhouse Rehab, Stage 3

With the dollhouse new construction finished, it was time to gut and strip down the rest. The wallpaper that we used when I was a kid has stood the test of time, and was securely attached to every wall. So I got out the sand paper and started to scrub. 

The place looked quite like a full-size house renovation, and acted like one too, with unexpected problems arising when you least expect it. I sanded and stripped as much as I could, but when I set the first coat of primer on the walls, the remaining paper puckered and swelled with the dampness. I was able to peel off most of the old paper, and finally able to put on a full coat of primer throughout the house. 

Then came time for flooring and walls. Sometimes a blank canvas can be overwhelming and after some Internet searching, it took me a trip around Lowe's looking at free flooring samples, digging through my mom's fabric stash, and buying a booklet of crafting paper to find the right style for each room.

The greenhouse was the easiest. A simple canvas-type covering for the floor and cream walls. The plants will be the main event here. 

The kitchen/dining room will be light and bright with polka dot linoleum and bright white walls. 

The two-story library has a soft, dark carpet and gold walls to create a cozy, reader-friendly atmosphere. 

The living room has a hardwood floor and amazing bird wallpaper. This room is my absolute favorite so far!

The bathroom will cheer everyone each day with pink tile and vibrant yellow walls.

And finally, the attic bedroom has teal and brown walls, with a stylish and subtle linoleum to keep the upstairs cool in these hot New York summers. 

It's inspiring how different this house looks now, and how much fun I'm having in every step of the process!


Andrea said…
I love it! The polka dot kitchen floor and bird wallpaper are my favorite!