come along with me…

Hello.  My name is Holly Abston.  I’m a mom, artist, nerd, and a million other things (just like you) and I’ve been up to something!

Badly in need of a brow waxing.

Latey, I’ve been thinking…  I LOVE reading beautiful art and home blogs and magazines.  And I dream of attending the beautiful art events that I see advertised on an almost daily basis.  I drool over the fabulous European antiques that some blogs have in abundance. Those blogs and magazines are depicting a life that I hope to some day achieve, but right now I don’t have the means to have!  I don’t often go to art events because, well, because we need groceries.  I don’t pick up $10,000 chandeliers while antiquing in Paris (but one can dream!).  I don’t have a huge and fabulous art studio.  But I do have a wonderful life.  I play with my limited art supplies with my girlfriends  (or teach the occasional class), I pick up $60 chandeliers at the home improvement store and embellish them, I go antiquing at flea markets (that live up to the name FLEA market),  I do my art at my kitchen table with my toddler climbing on my lap.

I love the magazines and blogs, I love to hear about the beautiful art events and antiquing excursions (and wish I could attend them!) but sometimes reading about all that stuff can almost be discouraging!  I love to see people who have remodeled their kitchen using only their $2,000 tax refund, artists and photographers who may not be published, but still have a beautiful perspective and something fresh to say.  I want to read how people corral their art supplies and hide them in the kitchen hutch because they don’t have a dedicated room for a studio.  It would be refreshing to see artists sharing ideas, inspiration, tutorials, etc.  I know others feel the same because I often read the comments and see people say things like “Well, maybe someday.” or “When the kids are bigger” or “In my next house”.  I say NO!  Don’t wait until your life is somehow better, or your paycheck is bigger, or your kids have flown the nest.  There is no reason why we can’t find beauty, joy, and FUN in the life we have right now.

I was lamenting the lack of these kind of stories on blogs and in magazines to some friends on facebook recently. Well, that little post on facebook got a pretty big response.  So I thought, well heck… if no one else is going to do it, WHY DON’T I DO IT?  So that’s what I’m doing! Let’s celebrate all of us who  juggle our real life responsibilities, but want to enjoy our homes, families, children, and art NOW, not when we are somehow richer, or better, or more of whatever we think we should be!

Squeeze The Lemons is a place for coupon clippers, carpool captains, and every day ordinary folks who may not be able to afford the best of everything, but we make the best of what we have! I’ll be featuring  fantastic artists, beautiful homes from regular folks who tell you how they get the look of luxury on a thrift-store budget, and funny anecdotes and observations from this middle-class(y) mom (plus a few other fun things!). Come along with me!  Let’s squeeze those lemons and make our own lemonade!

Oh, and a big, huge THANK YOU and shout out to my awesome husband who built this site for me!

31 Responses to come along with me…

  1. vivian says:

    Im so glad youre doing this and you are the perfect funny girl to be the hostess ! I’m one of those girls drooling over everyone elses worlds, but living large on my little budget controlled life! With my kids all grown and mostly out of the coop, its a little easier now. (Ive taken over a tiny bedroom for crafting, but up til 2 years ago I was a kitchen table crafter! And I worked that way for 24 years! every now and then I have to revert to my kitchen table again when my craft room gets trashed and the craft room table gets buried!
    I’m really looking forward to seeing what you will post about and if I get any great ideas I’ll pass them on to you.
    You go girl!

  2. shelley says:

    So glad Squeeze the Lemons is a reality!!! It is going to be so fun seeing everything you have in store for the everyday gal!!! Love you!!!

  3. Wanda Clark says:

    Holly…..great idea….I love it and can’t wait to see what you’ll share. 🙂

  4. Alice Norris says:

    Lemons: Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Poverty due to all of that.
    Lemonade: Creativity, Resourcefulness, Emotions that demand expression AND presentation

    I started painting as a sort of therapy (a garage hobby mostly, as the cat becomes too intrigued for me to leave a flat surface unattended for any length of time). Abstract painting allows me to express myself without hurting anyone’s feelings, or when I do not want to put words to what I may be feeling. I’m working through writing my life story, but it is a painful work that is taking me a very long time. Sometimes I need to take a break from writing to splatter some paint around. Sometimes I wish I had a helicopter, several gallons of paint, and a canvas about the size of a football field. My emotions are HUGE!

    I am currently learning how to knit, crochet, macrame, etc., as a sort of play therapy and meditation. My crafty items may wind up on Etsy, or be kept, since I’m just playing with all these new toys to figure out if I become attached to any of them. I would like to latch hook an abstract rug to go in front of my sofa for the luxury of my tender footsies (although I have no latch hook equipment yet). Who knows what direction I’ll head off in next.

  5. I’m on board! (As I type on a keyboard whilst my 2 yr old is cradled in my arms…..) YES this sounds awesome, and it’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one that uses “Paris antiquing money” for groceries. LOL Can’t wait to see what happens here. 😉 xx

  6. karin says:

    I love this Holly! That is my life…..can’t wait to see what’s to come…..:0) Karin

  7. Alice Adair says:

    Holly! This is wonderful! (And of course absolutely artistically delightful.) I can’t wait to enjoy all the zesty refreshing life that’s going to be found in the lemonade! Thanks for setting out on this adventure and inviting all of us to join you. Can’t wait!

  8. Heather says:

    I have a lemon tree full of lemons (really!) but slowly I am finding things to do with them. I am excited to watch the lemonade stand unfold and I am here to contribute however you need 🙂 Yay!!

  9. Tracy says:

    I too have been slightly discouraged about the beautiful homes from blogs that seem impossible to achieve. leave it to you to come with this great new adventure! Can’t wait to climb the lemon tree with you.


    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Tracy! I just want somewhere that will inspire the 99% of us who can’t do/have that stuff that we can still have a beautiful home, make great art, have a great life, etc. I think this is going to be really fun!

  10. You’re AMAZING Holly! What a perfectly brilliant idea for a site! I wish you much luck with it as I KNOW it’s going to be a fun place to visit on my blogroll! xoxo!

    • Holly says:

      Thank you so much, Molly! I’m really excited about it. My mind is overflowing with fun ideas, now to just get them out of my head and onto the blog! haha

  11. Bravo Holly Bravo!!!… truly an inspiration to us all… I know that it’s going to be a refreshing glass of ice filled lemonade for all to enJOY… here’s to the beginning of a wonderful place for all to gather, learn & explore… Bravo again & many blessings too, Marlene ;O) xo

    • Holly says:

      Thank you so much, Marlene! I am so excited and hope it’s something we all sort of do together. Lots of fun stuff coming next week.

  12. SONIA A says:

    YAY!! I am very happy you have decided to do this blog. I feel the same as you do. Maybe someday I will have that fantasy scrap/art room. For now, my kitchen table will have to do 🙂 Luv ya Holly….xo

  13. Kimla says:

    Sounds like the coolest idea, Holly! And yes, I can relate. My art retreat days are in my rear view window, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still learn and grow in my own humble abode. It’s easy for us moms to get lost in the comparison game. I recently abandoned facebook because I never did it and it only mocked me with other people’s fabulous lives. Delete. All this “fabulousness” makes me feel like crap sometimes. Can’t wait to see what’s coming. Congrats.

    • Holly says:

      That’s exactly the way I feel sometimes, Kimla! The uber-fabulous people and places can wear you down, because it feels unattainable. But fabulousness IS attainable for us! I have so much coming, lots of artists’ stories, fun before & afters, homes done on a budget, good stuff! Thank you for your sweet comment!

  14. LOVE this Holly!!!! Hooray!! Count me in! Love the idea! 🙂

    xo Jenny

  15. Michelle says:

    Hi Holly! Such a fabulous idea!! All my art supplies are covering my entire dining table at this moment. And most of my decor and furniture is from the thrift store, Craigslist, or discount stores…so I guess I’ll fit in perfectly here! It can get kind of hard to see so many blogs where people take vacations in France and go all over the country or world to art retreats. It is simultaneously inspiring and deflating. I really wish I could go to all the wonderful art events I see in Blogland! I’m exited about this blog! Thanks for starting it!
    Michelle xoxo

    • Holly says:

      Your comment made my day, Michelle! The whole purpose of this blog is to be an encouragement for all of us regular folks. I’m so happy you are here!

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