Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Since my studio door has been closed more than open, I'll be taking a few days off to spend with a very patient and supportive immediate family. Have a great week and I'll be back here sometime after the 4th.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
"Happiness is..." is available as a print in my etsy shop. Hope you're having sunny days too.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Check out Robin's shop and tell me she doesn't have an eye for rich and unique color combinations. I'm ready to purchase a yoga mat and carry it to my pretend yoga class, just so I can buy this bag for it.
We're especially loving the flower headbands. They tie in the back so one size really does fit all.
Finding a headband that stays put and fits plus "is comfy/doesn't itch/bother my head/looks stylish and cool" is truly a challenge so these were pretty exciting finds.
Robin is also sponsoring a fundraiser. All proceeds from her wrist cuffs go to educating impoverished girls in India. She's been featured on the msnbc news feed here.
Just in case you needed another excuse to shop.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
and keep in touch with where food really comes from...the beginnings, the inbetweens and the delicious endings.
Nora stayed close while Cara wandered the field in search of the very best berries (but we won't go into my sweet picker perfectionist : ) While I was busy filling our strawberry bin, Nora took my camera to snap a few of her own strawberry photos. Here's what I saw her carefully arranging and photographing when I turned around...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
While I was mainly focused on Surtex, I did have a sliver of time to catch some New York sights. Sights mainly geared to places where I could pick up surprises for my well-behaving...ahem...kids back at home with their Dad.
This impostor had to suffice for the real thing. I'm sure I'll be back some day to properly see New York. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on what develops. I do believe that the first step to pursuing anything you might want to do is learning everything possible about it. Education brings comfort. Maybe not enough to ride in a NYC taxi without several seat belts strapped around yourself, but enough to hail the next ride with confidence.
Friday, May 14, 2010
2, that which equips; supplies; gear.
After finding a way to relate, I illustrated my type of equipment as seen above.
That's what I love about Illustration Friday. A common word is able to produce a wide range of inspiration and images.
And yes, if you're wondering, I do think heavy construction equipment would be happier with more color and of course glitter. Just my thoughts.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms and may the force be with you.
Monday, May 3, 2010
It took about 30 minutes to transform my find including the ribbon replacement and a good polish. A project that was finished up just in time for our guests over the past weekend. Suitcases are now within arms reach at this hotel. And we don't even charge extra.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
While wandering the second sale of the morning, I spied a box under the table in the "craft/sewing section." (ALWAYS LOOK UNDER THE TABLE. This is where the really good stuff hides...trust me.) I didn't need to spend much time weeding through to know I had struck gold. I added a few other things to the box and then asked the nice lady if she could give me a price for the whole lot. She looked through my stash and consulted with her coworker. Then she turned back to me, smiled and said, "How's $2.50?" I told her that was more than fair. So are you curious as to what's in that box?! Here's a sampling...
Yards of fabric...
Hundreds of buttons...
A rainbow of rick rack, seam binding, bias trim, elastic (most unopened)...
Never underestimate a rummage sale as a source for materials. And you'll probably get a better deal if you collect a box of stuff and ask for a price on the entire lot. Have fun and let me know what treasures you find!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
1) NORA = Clean Nora's Room (check)
2) M = Pick up disc at client's office for Mommy's design work (check)
3) L = Library (check)
4) BB= Clean both bathrooms
5) L = Lunch (check)
6) N = Nap
Somehow we spent too much time at the "L" and got behind with things. Friday priorities. I'm sure going to miss my little helper when she checks into kindergarten next year.
Now back to our last to-do's...
Friday, April 9, 2010
Speaking of things that fly, do you remember these? Our family went out to dinner at a place that creatively served up kid's meals on Frisbees. I'm in shock that my kids had not recently handled or played with this classic toy, but now they're hooked. We're all having a great time rediscovering the Frisbee and loving a restaurant with a worthwhile take home toy.
Thanks again Dale (you rock.) And thanks to the The Rusty Bucket for thinking outside the basket, box, plate or anything else that doesn't fly so well outside.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I very sheepishly discovered my mistake when I went to submit (whoops!) Regardless, I'm happy with the illustration and the inspiration that came from reading an inspirational prompt incorrectly.
I probably could have skipped the true confession paragraph above and played off "dip" with this painting...(not me, ahem, but: the flowers were dipped in rain drops giving them the strength to bloom even brighter) However, that wouldn't be keeping it real, now would it? And I would never lie to you. Just a self reminder to stop and smell the flowers/slow down especially when reading e-mail. : )
Prints of "Showers often bring flowers" are now available for sale over in my etsy shop.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I've also been on a major decluttering kick...I'm pretty sure there's something in the air that demands it. Six stuffed garbage bags and five very large pieces of brightly colored plastic (several with wheels) are outta here. What a feeling that is.
And we couldn't wait one second longer to decorate our eggs that happen to fit right in with the vibrant landscape. We're so happy to have our spring back. I'll be returning soon with cookies to properly celebrate.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The long interval between entries over here can only mean one thing. Actually, it can mean many things, but in this case it's a combination of me sneaking out of town for a few days and then coming back and becoming completely overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with looming deadlines, kid activities and the general keeping-of-the-house in some sort of liveable state. I'm doing everything possible to keep up including working further into the night than I like (all the way through American Idol, the evening news and then some.)
Which brings me to my point today at the risk of sounding cheesy...I think you are amazing. I really do. Whether it's being able to see over the top of your inbox, taking a walk, making dinner or updating one of the blogs I love to read: I am WOWed. No matter what you have going on behind the curtain, you look pretty great from where I'm sitting. And just in case you ever thought for one second that it might be, It's not all fancy cupcakes and sparkley glitter over here. I'm one step away from the 'pile of laundry' blog post. Now back to more of that looming work I'm talking about, that I really can't talk about, but hope I can talk about soon.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Nora: "Hey Mom, did you now that Barbie in a Mermaid Tale is being released on DVD this week?"
Mom: "Really. Isn't that interesting."
Nora: "Yeah. It's in stores now. I sure hope someone gets that movie for me for my birthday."
Mom: "Nora. Nora. Nora."
Nora (shrugging shoulders): "Well, I'm just saying."
When Nora saw her cake for the first time she called it, "AMAZING" and "the BEST birthday cake ever." Pretty high praise. Although catching her staring in awe at the cake was even better. I knew she meant every word. Nora didn't see the imperfections that I did. She thought the cake was perfect and so it was.
In the end, lucky Nora did get her movie (after all those not-so-subtle-hints) and she got to eat her favorite cake too. Another perfectly happy birthday.