Friday, December 22, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I was poking around on flickr and I found these painted egg boxes, I thought they were so beautiful. I'm one that tends to think of egg carton creations as preschool projects, but this... this goes beyond a preschool project. It is beautiful. :)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I just finished reading Which Brings Me to You by Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond. It was a great novel, full of life and the quirkiness of language that I love. A little racy at times, but not too graphic. It was all talk, mostly. I had the pleasure of hearing Julianna Baggott speak at the FSU Writing Project's Annual Summit, where I taught a lesson to other teachers on writing springboards in the classroom. Julianna was lively, hilarious and quickly captured the audience with her lovely talent of crafting words. I quickly became a fan and bought two of her books off of Amazon.com that night: Girl Talk and Miss America Family. While waiting for those to arrive, I went to the public library to see if they had her newest: Which Brings Me to You... and much to my amazement, not only was it there, but it was featured on a display case of FSU writers! I was amazed, thrilled, enthused! I quickly scooped up the book before anyone else had a chance to grab it. It has (of course) taken me a long time to get through it. Not because it was not interesting, but because I read so much for my classroom that my "for pleasure" reading time has been drastically cut down to before bed and weekends only. I have been filling that time with caring for my son and little time has been left for reading! Well -- my son has been very sick so while staying home with him, I have been able to get some good reading time in! (I should be doing laundry but oh well.) I finally finished this book today and I'm recommending it to anyone who enjoys traditional letter writing and the explorations of love in a pure and raw form. Kudos to Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond for a great entertaining read!!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
My ATCs are done and are ready to be sent! I'm pretty proud of them... they were created digitally and then glued to cardstock with ribbon accents. I think they came out pretty well for my first attempt. I tried to go "simple" instead of "busy". I'm mailing them out tomorrow! :) :)
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Of course my love for butterflies had to be reflected in my first Artist Trading Card... This is the very first ATC that I have ever created. This series of four that follows is a part of the ATC exchange in the Creative Mom group. I'm sending #'s 1 and 2 to one person and #'s 3 and 4 to another. We are mailing by December 31st... I can't wait to see what I will get. This has been fun!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I really love doing these pages and they print beautifully. I will post a few of my favorites here...
I'm posting this one because I love that it incorporates a haiku. :)
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Take a stroll or run a race
Someday I'll walk across the street
Or maybe walk in space
Someday I'll scale a mountain
Or join a baseball team
Someday I'll walk a tightrope
Or explore the ocean scene
Someday these feet will do some things
That only heaven knows
But for today they're happy
Just to wiggle all their toes!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The sketchbook that I'm using is one the I picked up at Walgreens, for $3. I planned on buying a moleskine - but wanted to begin sketching right away, so I grabbed one quickly. Right now, I'm going to use the cheap sketch book, while I explore this medium. I'm not sure I want to invest in a moleskine until I am more confident.
But for now, I want to sketch. I think about sketching. My sketches aren't wonderful, but at least they are there. It is something.
Last night I dreamt of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, a Pink Moleskine sketch journal, a Micron Archival Ink Pen (0.5), and the ability to sketch.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
2. I am a mother.
3. I enjoy creative things.
4. I love reading.
5. Can't live without coffee!
6. I enjoy writing.
7. Love Diet Coke.
8. Love my blank book.
9. I'm a library regular.
10. I frequent the bookstore regularly, too!
11. Love chocolate-- and have often skipped meals so that I can eat more chocolate.
12. I can quilt and sew.
13. I'm semi-fluent in sign language.
14. My definintion of semi-fluent means I used to be fluent, and I am out of practice.
15. I love my job, teaching is what I was born to do!
16. I'm currently learning about website development.
17. Some people call me a work-a-holic, but I think I'm just passionate about what I do.
18. I always want to give 100% in everything I do.
19. I get crazy when things are out of order.
20. I am tired a lot, because I work a lot and I usually do not stop until the "job is done".
21. I think I need to lose weight since I had my son seven months ago!
22. I often take on too many projects, in my mind sometimes I can do anything.
23. I want to learn how to knit socks.
24. For now, I will probably need simple directions on how to knit socks, as I'm only familiar with the stockinette stitch!
25. I love children's books.
26. I often check out many books from the library.
27. My family laughs at me because they know I'll never read them all.
28. I think my child is the cutest baby in the world.
29. I also think he is a genius.
30. My husband loves baseball.
31. i harbor a secret interest, but pretend not to care.
32. My son's name came from a baseball park: Camden yards.
33. I like starting new creative projects.
34. I have a hard time finishing my creative projects that are time consuming.
35. Example: I have two unfinished quilt tops and have started more quilt tops because I loved the idea and LOVED the fabric.
36. I can get lost in discount or hobby stores.
37. Sometimes I buy things I do not need.
38. I might need them sometime.
39. I hate clutter.
40. This often conflicts with my love of buying things I do not need.
41. I donate and give away A LOT of things!
42. I love giving gifts.
43. I hate waiting to give gifts.
44. Van Gogh is my favorite artist.
45. I own four prints of his paintings.
46. My most favorite painting of his is Starry Night.
47. I do not own a Starry Night print.
48. I like handmade gifts.
49. I like planning for Christmas early.
50. I love holiday food.
51. My husband is seven years older than me.
52. I still get butterfiles in my stomach when he looks at me a certain way.
53. I believe in angels.
54. I collect angels.
55. I believe everyone is put on the earth for a purpose.
56. I'm still not sure what my purpose is, but I think it has something to do with the field of work that I chose.
57. So I'm pretty much on the right track to discovering my purpose.
58. I love the smell of a new book.
59. I love cold mornings with hot chocolate and mittens.
60. I just learned how to play sudoku.
61. I think I'm addicted to sudoku.
62. I get mad at people who do not understand my creativity.
63. I want to make a quilt for everyone.
64. I wish my close friends shared my creative interests.
65. When I can't sleep, i think about future projects or creative things.
66. I like all types of music.
67. I get overwhelmed very easily.
68. I miss my alone time but wouldn't trade mommyhood for the world.
69. When I had alone time in college, I longed for a husband and children.
70. I'm a very good dieter, I've done it a lot... lol.
71. Even when I was thin, I thought I needed to diet.
72. And then I had a child... and learned the true meaning of "needing to diet".
73. My husband can eat anything he wants and he still weighs the same.
74. That makes me mad.
75. I think men have life very easy.
76. I miss college.
77. I miss high school even more!
78. I never understood what "mom's day out" meant..... I always thought "what's the big deal'......
79. And then I had a child, and NOW I understand.
80. I hate it when people tell me how to parent.
81. I really enjoy The Creative Mom podcast.
82. I have been inspired by all aspects of the show.
83. I love shabby chic.
84. Home decor is one of my hobbies. I have always considered myself pretty good at it.
85. I admit, it is harder on a budget.
86. I live for my summers off.
87. I am a huge fan of the Gilmore Girls.
88. My sisters and I get together every Tuesday night for "Gilmore Girls Night".
89. We usually eat way too much and laugh even more on Tuesday nights.
90. My idea of pure bliss is: a pedicure, lotioned feet, clean hair, a moisturized face, burt's bees lip balm, coffee or hot chocolate, a cold room, a cozy blanket and a great novel.
91. I don't spend enough time on myself now that I'm a wife and mom.
92. i'm slowly trying to change this.
93. I am happier when I have had some alone time.
94. I really envy my sisters, who are both in college- especially when they complain about how "bored" they are.
95. When I was in college, I was bored a lot too.
96. If only I had the drive to do things for myself then like I do now.
97. I adore my family, though.
98. My husband and my son are the most wonderful gifts that I could have ever gotten.
99. Camden looks exactly like I did when I was a baby.
100. My husband and I still write love "email" to each other.
So today... today.... why did I decide to finally confess this today? Well.... my husband decided to work on the kitchen today. He said that Becca, a friend at work, told him that you did not have to actually take down the wallpaper... that you could just simply prime over it. What an idea. So, this morning, I got up and went to Home Depot, bought the primer and spent time mulling over the paint swatches (or swabs as my sister Leslie refers to them... haha!) There was a particular green that I wanted. Not a light green, not a dark green, but not a puke green, either. It is Starbucks green. (After all, my new kitchen theme is going to reflect my love for coffee!) However, I told the man at the paint counter that I wanted "Starbucks green"... and he gave me a look like I was crazy. (The old man probably didn't even know what Starbucks was!) I settled on a green... It is called "grape vine green". Behr paints certainly had a huge selection of greens, and I think this is the only green that was not neon, not puky, not too dark, or too light. It was just right!
My husband wanted to take before and after pictures... But my camera is not charged. It is not even anywhere to be found right now. I think I'll just take after pictures. :)