- create a pattern line
- turn in a book proposal
- make 50 walri
- bulk up etsy to 100 listings
- attend/vendor 8 craft shows
- blog at least 1/wk, 4x if possible
- remodel bathroom
- paint kitchen floor
- purchase new couch
- have a gorgeous roommate i get to kiss a lo
- see the ocean
- learn swedish
- ride my bike
- learn to make croissants
- be a better friend
- write more letters/postcards
- start zine
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
eating: too much toast.
drinking: mulled cider.
feeling: crunched for time.
outside: cooooooooooooooold and white.
wanting: lots more mornings like today.
thinking: about decorating my tree.
enjoying: hand stitching and christmas present making.
wondering: how good I'd look in a sequined cocktail dress.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have this small obsession with seeing other creator's workspaces. So, I thought I'd start a short series on what mine looks like. The first is the table by the couch. I do most of my finishing late night under a bright overhead light while watching whatever syrupy sweet romance that makes it into my dvd player. I keep most everything in big heavy bowls that I pick up at thrift stores and yard sales.
1. This bowl holds thread, rickrack, my hot glue gun, ribbons, findings, pin backs and the like. Pretty much everything you'd ever need to embellish or finish.
2. The best typewriter, ever. Did you know that if you heat set printer ink, it will stay permanently? I use this for labels and embellishing. Five dollars at a yard sale, even better!
3. Bowl of vintage buttons for embellishing. Sometimes, I like the cards that hold them more than the buttons. I'm a design geek, what can I say?
4. A pin cushion made by the lady who taught me paper piecing. I think I will love her forever.
5. Bowl of embroidery thread.
6. Big hole punch and the DVD remote. both vitally important.
7. This is a tic tac toe board my great grampa made. you twist the bottom and it opens to two long holes that hold the marbles that you play with. It's such a neat little design and it makes me insanely happy.
8. Jar of in the shell peanuts for a healthy snack. plus breaking the shells calms the nerves.
9. Scissors. I have a million pairs of scissors.
10. Lockable picnic basket to keep finished product away from the cats.
11. Fabric idea board for laying out patchwork. ONE DOLLAR AT A YARD SALE!
12. Dissected pillows. I buy pillows because they are cheaper than a bag of polyfill! I have found the quality is just about the same as well. smart, huh?
13. I love this little round table. I found it at a thrift store for five bucks. It is the perfect height for work at the couch. and it is pretty. What else could you ask for?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
eating: paper bag popcorn.
drinking: coffee. sugar. sprinkle of cinnamon.
feeling: exhausted. too much craftiness.
outside: chilly and super sunny.
wanting: a wall to be built.
needing: a nap and a hug and someone to play with my hair.
thinking: I need a roommate.
enjoying: craft show success.
wondering: if I can sleep in in the morning.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
That was the last time I wrote anything. It seems very far away from where I'm standing at the end of October. I've had one terrible show and a mildly successful show. I have another one in two weeks time. Then, another two weeks after that.
It's exciting and scary. I went out in the middle of the night to shoot fall leaves in the dark, because my days are filled to the brim with creativity and organizing. hello, fall.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
listening: to noisy cicadas and The Sundays. because come on, the static and the silence is the best album ever.
eating: peaches. and bread and butter.
drinking: chai tea. by the gallon.
wearing: a men's blue oxford. (and have been for days. it's the perfect crafting shirt)
feeling: nervous and excited.
outside: electric. there is rain coming. there hasn't been rain for weeks.
wanting: kisses. and lots of them.
needing: more time.
thinking: about the collection.
enjoying: knowing I have tomorrow off.
wondering: how to become more organized in my creativity.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I'm on vacation this week. Doing nothing but all the fun stuff I never have time for. Like rearranging my living room and going through my fabric stash and taking as many naps as I like without feeling guilty. So, whipping up this easy crumble recipe was a perfect part of that. Here's to eating dessert for breakfast.
Easy Blueberry Crumble
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
5 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen, thawed if frozen)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp black pepper
Place all ingredients in a casserole dish and toss to coat
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
Put all ingredients into a bowl and crumble with your fingers. Allow some of the butter clumps to stay pretty large to allow for a crispy crust. Spread generously over top of the prepared blueberries and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I usually work nights at the job that pays the bills. So, I try to do most of my crafty work during the day before I go in. This usually means that I skip lunch or eat a sandwich on the way to work. But these hot and humid summer days here in Indiana take a lot out of you and I decided I needed a real sit down meal while working. I didn't want anything that took a lot of time. And I wanted something simple. So, I made a plate of my favorite things to eat and munched on them while working. Honey toast on oat bread, orange juice, colby cheese, pecans and bing cherries. It was so perfect and I couldn't help but smile the whole time I nibbled.
Also, a fun story about the pecans. I work at an inn and I always get to meet really interesting people. There was a gentleman checking out yesterday who was all the way up from Georgia visiting his brother. We got to talking and he was telling me about his pecan orchard. And he "just happened to have a few bags in the car." (a sly salesman to say the least.) I took the bait, I think it may have been his smooth Georgia accent, and he came in with a bag of the most golden pecans I've ever seen. And the price was awesome; six dollars for a pound! I love things like this. Just some older man driving around with a trunk full of pecans he labored over himself.
The moral of this long winded story is that sometimes it's good to remember to keep things simple. A boy I love tries to get me to understand this everyday. I like finding ways to incorporate it into my life. His gentle reminders are working.
here's to lunch.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I put the fox in the window at work because I thought maybe she'd be back tonight. She was. I snuck outside to watch her in the wild. It wasn't very long before she recognized my presence and stood at the edge of the wood to stare at me. We both just stood there waiting for the other one to move. Finally, she realized I was no threat to her and went about her day. I just stood there trying to memorize every color in her coat.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
So I did.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
So, here are Hank's special catnip toys. Hopefully he'll remember that I love him. He is such a sweet boy. (and yeah, I talk about my cats as though they were kids! what of it?)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I hate spending money more than I hate doing the dishes. (unless it's money on crafting supplies or thrifting, there's always money for that!) But, I'm always trying to find a way to cut corners. Have you noticed how expensive planters are? C'MON! it's made out of plaster and painted, why is it that expensive? But I love flowers and happen to work at a place that has a kitchen. So I begged and pleaded with the dishwasher boys to save the industrial sized aluminum cans for me.
I brought them home and gave them a quick coat of spraypaint...
and drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage and then filled with rocks, dirt and plants.
Man, I love summer.