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. :)


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