Friday, December 22, 2006

Eyes All Aglow!

Eyes All Aglow
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
I have been doing a lot of digital scrapbooking! My dad bought photoshop for me and I was absolutely thrilled! That along with my digital camera will certainly have me using my creativity to document Camden's every move. I'm super excited! Here is just a snippet of something that I made tonight - Not sure what I'm planning on doing with it yet...... but it's here! :)

Peek A Boo Santa

Peek A Boo Santa, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Summertime Scrapbook Page

Summertime Scrapbook Page, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

"Hot Fun In The Summertime"
This scrapbook page was made with regular materials and marks the first time Camden went swimming! July 2006-- I finally had time to scrapbook it while I was home with Camden this week since he was sick :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Red light district II

Red light district II
Originally uploaded by Enno de Kroon.
Another set of very cool egg carton paintings. The coolest thing about these are the depth that it provides to the pictures. Also, if you look at Enno de Kroon's other egg box photos, you will see the different angles of the paintings and the different looks that even one painting can have. I'm certainly not talented enough to paint on egg boxes. I think I'll stick with letting the egg boxes hold my paint, a sort of homemade paint palette. :)))))

Spanish beauty (left angle)

Spanish beauty (left angle), originally uploaded by Enno de Kroon.

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

WHICH BRINGS ME to YOU by Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond

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 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

Mommy's Helper

Mommy's Helper, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This scrapbook page came out very good! I can't wait to get it printed! :)

Picasso Quote

Picasso, originally uploaded by karenhdy.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Card Collage

Card Collage, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

The interior collage of a Thank You card that I created for someone special as a surprise. :)

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

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

Fall Trees

Fall Trees 1, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Harmony in Autumn

Harmony in Autumn, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I took this picture of Autumn in Tallahassee. I loved the quote so I added it in. Another member of the Creative Mom group took photos of the autumn trees outside her house so it inspired me to do the same.

Saturday, December 02, 2006


ATC1Butterfly, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

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!


ATC2Caterpillar, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This is the second Artist Trading Card in a series of two, it will be sent with ATC#1 to a member of the Creative Mom group as part of the Artist Trading Card exchange.


ATC3Create, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This is my Artist Trading Card #3. This one and "Inspire" (number 4) will go to one person. #'s 1 and 2 will go to someone else. This is all part of the ATC exchange in the Creative Mom Group.


ATC4Inspire, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This is my number four Artist Trading Card that will be sent to a member of the Creative Mom circle. We're doing an exchange. I'm excited! :0)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Gilmore Girls Episode: "Knit, People, Knit!"

Tonights Gilmore Girls Episode was titled "Knit, People, Knit!" ...Lorelai was knitting for the knit-a-thon! I thought that was so awesome. It reminds the world that KNITTING IS NOT JUST FOR OLD LADIES! Hahaha! Her creation was a beautiful blue variation of color. She commented about her slippery needles-- that she kept dropping stitches because of them. THEN, the knit-a-thon knitters met a Luke's diner. Way cool. I wish I could have went. There were people everywhere knitting in Luke's diner!!! :)))) UNTIL, Luke declared his diner a "knit free zone" and demanded that his customers "stop knitting or get out". Well then! I think he was just mad, because seconds before his blow up and rant about knitting, he saw Lorelai with Christopher.........ugh. I probably would have yelled, too. He didn't mean to take it out on the knitters... He is just hurt. Deep down he knows he'd love to have a woman (Lorelai!) to knit for him. I think he would look great if he replaced the backwards baseball cap with a knitted beanie. :) Later, the knitting moved to the Stars Hollow "green" -- middle of the town near the gazebo where the knitathon was to take place. There, they had a big festival where everyone was knitting to raise money to save the bridge... a very cool idea. Everyone sported their fine handknitted wear... Taylor in his matching azure sweater, scarf and hat, Kirk in his maroon hat, scarf and gloves, and everyone in so many colorful and beautiful knitted garments. Then... to add to my hatred for Christopher, he ended the knitathon by donating the money that they were looking to earn, thus ending the knitathon. Lorelai was mad... she said "where is the love of knitting just for knittings sake"... awesome quote... I loved how she tried to explain to Christopher that the point was to "save the bridge with knitting". She got onto him for flashing his money around. It took away from the small town charm. Other cool things at the knitathon included a "hand massage" booth, two gigantic balls of yarn, and two gigantic knitting needles which marked the entrance to the "knitathon". (I LOVED Lorelai's baby blue knitted scarf by the way!)

Christmas Card Creation

I have created three Christmas Cards.. and I now have decided that I need to create a fourth... a variation of one, Amy's recommendation. I created them digitally but plan to use them as a photo insert into our cards. This project needs to be wrapped up QUICKLY! :) I plan to get them printed soon... cards need to go out ASAP after December 1st.


Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
I just loved the creation of this scrapbook page... so even though it is on Camden's website I had to put it here, too. The contrast of the black and white picture with the two colored pictures and the colorful scrapbooking scheme just really sets it off. I look forward to getting this one printed... soon. I've been scrapbooking so much lately I have had little time for sketching or much else. I'm still working on different levels of creativity. :)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Little Lovable Lion

Little Lovable Lion
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Another digital scrapbook page.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Mermaid Collage

Mermaid Collage
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
My mermaid collage -- in my moleskine. This was done as a tribute to my love for the novel The Mermaid Chair.

CMP Postcard Prompt

CMP Postcard Prompt
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
I created this postcard as one of the prompts from the Creative Mom Podcast. The prompt was to create a series of postcards, but with my busy schedule I only produced one. Instead of sending it, I ended up gluing it into my moleskine... as my first page. To remind me to be a creative mom... and to remind me of my main focus... my son.

Camden's Bath Time

Camden's Bath Time
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Another digital Scrapbook page... you can find more at Camden's Website:

Laundry Haiku

Laundry Haiku
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
You can find more of my digital scrapbook pages on my son's website:

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

Moleskine Bug Drawings

Moleskine Bug Drawings
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
I've had a lot of fun drawing in my moleskine journal. I decided I'm not a great artist, so had to check out "how to draw books" ... can you guess that I checked out "how to draw 50 bugs"? haha! I loved the quote pictured here and just really wanted to do some sort of illustration. I couldn't add color... I didn't want to mess it up... I need to try though! :) It is scary at first -- trying new things in the moleskine -- because it's so final! :) I'm loving it though.

African Violet 1

African Violet 1
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Our best african violet... a closer look.

Row of African Violets

Row of African Violets
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
My mother-in-law is really in to African Violets. She brought us one... (the biggest one pictured here)... and since, I've obtained two more. The one on the far left is a project in progress... I have tried to cross germinate and grow a new one. We'll see if it works. These violets are in self-watering pots in my kitchen window. It makes me happy to look at them. The large one is white and lavendar. The small one on the far right is deep violet. the other two have not yet bloomed, although there are sprouts on one. I can't wait to see what color it is!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Baby Ducks

Baby Ducks
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
We spent the evening at Lake Ella on Saturday. I really wanted to sketch the baby ducks with their mama. It was so nice to sit and observe nature, and get away from the busy schedule that usually consumes us. I was not able to sketch the ducks, even though I packed my moleskine and pen. I spent most of the time entertaining Camden with my mom while the rest of the family played frisbee. I did see a girl sketching, and I peeked over her shoulder to see what it was. Maybe one day this week, I'll take Camden and my moleskine to Lake Ella and I'll have time to sketch. That would be nice.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Yarn Harlot

I'm currently reading Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter . It is great so far. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has great voice and her talk about knitting is real and funny. Creative Mom recommended this book for new and old knitters alike. I really enjoyed her chapters on projects that overwhelmed her. I have not experienced this in knitting yet but in other aspects... such as the quilt that I made for Joe's pop a few years back. I look forward to reading more titles by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She also has a great blog: Yarn Harlot . This woman is cool. Knit one and Purl two (thumbs up!)

Baby Feet

Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Someday i'll jump through mud puddles
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

Sketchy Dreams

I have been sketching. Amy at Creative Mom Podcast talks about it a lot on her show. It really has made me feel a need to sketch. Yet, I'm terrible at sketching. My sketchbook looks like a two year old drew the pictures. Really. So why do I love it so much? I'm not sure yet.

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

100 Things About Jessica!

1. I am a wife.
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.

Kitchen Remodeling

Over the summer, I decided I was going to remodel my kitchen. I hated the yellow and white striped wallpaper. I wanted a change. (Also, I wanted to get rid of the tatouage fairy decals that I put on when I was pregnant. Note to all readers: NEVER allow a pregant lady to make decorating decisions! Don't get me wrong, the fairy decals are "cute"... but I think "cute" is not the look that you want in a kitchen.) At any rate, this project began. It was off to a great start in the "IDEA" stages... but once I realized what I big task taking wallpaper down actually was, I quickly found things to occupy my time so I wouldn't have to "work on the kitchen". I stopped taking the baby to daycare... I spent time reorganizing every part of my house, but I would not step foot in the kitchen. My husband kept telling me "I told you so"... "I told you it was a big task"... but I did not listen, he knows nothing and I know everything..... yeah right!

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. :)


Welcome to my new creative page... "An Ocean of Creativity"... :)