Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Busy Bee

artwork from flapperdoodle

I ended up having a sort of last minute trip home to Florida for this weekend. My parents are going on a work trip and I'm here taking care of the kiddos. Usually when I come home, I end up working at my old job Go van Gogh while I'm here. I've actually posted about it a couple of times here and here.

Needless to say, it ends up not really ever being much of a vacation considering I'm working everyday.

Well this trip was a bit on the fly so I never got around to calling my old job. Today when I arrived I sat down to plan out what was going to be happening this weekend and I thought "okay so I have to get my siblings up, ready for school, and to their bus stop by 7am. After they are at school I have to go........... uh..... I have to...... umm..... OH MY GOD. I DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING."

I don't know if I can possibly explain what this feeling is like for some one like me. I am always doing something, trying to make something, rushing off somewhere, running late for something, behind on a million things. I now have FOUR WHOLE DAYS of relaxing, reading, and being with my brother and sister. I'm almost in shock.

Being someone who strives to be an artist and maker of inspiring goods, being so busy and stressed out all of the time is totally counterproductive. I'm hoping to use this trip as my chance to get on top of my life and really reevaluate what I'm doing. Fourteen hour work days,  never spending time with Ari, no time to create new art or jewelry pieces. Is that what I want?

I was really stressing about leaving work and taking the time out of my schedule for this trip, but maybe it's exactly what I was needed.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Movie Monday

For the sake of the pure insanity in my life lately, Movie Monday is most likely going to be a bi weekly giveaway. It's one of my favorite parts of the week, but doing it weekly hasn't exactly been happening. 

The last Movie Monday answer was...

We had no winner!

Here are this week's rules and clues

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice

etsy seller: ParadaCreations

etsy seller: keepcalmstore

etsy seller: moonandlion

etsy seller: MonaLina

etsy seller: tuktukshop

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

KidArt-Card Making

I realized recently that although my primary daily activity has been doing art and crafts with kids for the last 4 (almost 5! yikes!) years, it's somehow something I rarely document.  Doing art with children can be extremely trying and there I days that I just want to pull all of my hair out, but there are lots of different tips and tricks that you can use to keep everyone having a good time (including the adults! woo!).  I think KidArt will quite possibly be my new favorite blog segment as I love my job!

With yesterday being Valentine's Day, I helped the kids I babysit make some cards for their classroom. The idea of Valentine's was a little elusive and honesty trying to get small children to understand the idea of giving things are "special" can be tough. If you've ever had a kid hand you a piece of garbage and act like it was a big deal, you should know what I mean

Tips For Making Cards With Toddlers
1. Harness what they do best. The younger the kids, the less likely hey are to be able to create intentional designs or cut in straight lines. For their Valentines, I had the kids simply do whatever they wanted with markers and stickers on plain pieces of paper and then used those decorated pieces to form the cards afterwards. 
2. Emphasize the individual. When making a large quantity of any kind of craft, attention spans can run out. Considering we pumped out over a dozen cards, I asked the kids about each of the friends they were making cards for while they were decorating. Focusing on one card and one person at a time made the task a little more manageable. It can also work as a good lesson in friendship. 
3. Let them get messy. When doing any art project with kids, you kind of have to resign yourself to there be a huge mess by the end of it. It's okay! Sometimes freaking out about every little thing that spills on the ground is more stressful than the mess itself. Your next activity can be clean up time!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was....


No one guessed the correct answer, but I'm not surprised as it wasn't a super popular movie. Hey, I had to make it kind of tough after last week's Toy Story answer!

Here are this week's clues

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice

etsy seller: TheShirtDudes

etsy seller: PrintLand

etsy seller: GiggleSparkle

etsy seller: leptitebonbon

etsy seller: donnapool

Saturday, February 11, 2012

recent projects

 Animal print spoon rests, new mosaic sign, and little mosaic lizard hanging around at The Clayroom. Just a few recent projects I've been working on these last few weeks.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Feels Like Fall

I got dressed the other day and quickly realized I felt very AUTUMN. I was wearing black, orange, grey, and forest green! Sounds like earth tone fall colors for sure. I realized that it hasn't quite felt like winter at all this season. It's snowed all of 2 or 3 times, as opposed to last winter's onslaught of blizzards, and  a heavy coat is almost never necessary. 

The whole outfit just felt like the perfect opportunity to wear my PUMPKIN RING!

There's a few items that are really "me" that I have multiple of in my own personal jewelry collection as well as in my shop and this ring is definitely one of them. One of my best friends and I have a thing for pumpkins and the color orange in general. Maybe it's Cinderella or the fact that I just love Halloween, but there is something magical about pumpkins. 

I would dress like it's October all year if it was more acceptable in say...err...June? Summer dresses with pumpkins? No?

 I mean c'mon, look at those leaves! You can't say fall isn't sticking around an awkwardly long time! Fifty degrees everyday? Pshaw! It's fall, my dears. It may be February, but it's still fall.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Movie Monday

Well look at me! Posting a Movie Monday on a day that is actually a Monday. Woo! Sure it's late in the day on Monday, but one day at a time people.

I figured last week's movie was so well known that someone was guaranteed to get it right.

The movie was..


Our winner was...

Congrats! I will be contacting you shortly!

Here are this week's rules and clues

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice

etsy seller: signaturetshirts

etsy seller: Janine Basil

etsy seller: Aqsa

etsy seller: owlyshadowpuppets

etsy seller: inblue

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Product Review: Frito Lay

I was contacted a while ago by Frito Lay asking if I would be interested in receiving a few products in exchange for doing a review on my blog about what I received. I've been saving this post specifically for Super Bowl Sunday. I feel like the Super Bowl is almost like an American holiday. Even if you don't watch or care about football, it's sort of a traditional party day filled with yummy snacks. 

The chips arrived in a reusable bag and unlike most free green bags, it's easily one of the sturdiest and useful bags that I now own for grocery shopping. 

Onto the snacks! The chips they sent me were Hint of Lime Tostitos, Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips, and Classic Lays. 

First of all, Hint of Lime Tostitoes and Cheddar Sun Chips are not vegan. Based on that, I have to give them a big thumbs down on principal. However, they were eaten up by non vegan law school students in my apartment who, in their expert opinion, said they tasted "good." Haha, so much for that. Aside from the fact that they sent me the Cheddar kind, I do enjoy Sun Chips and I applaud their efforts to make biodegradable bags despite being thwarted by an idiotic general public. 

As for Classic Lays...oh man. They are crispy, salty, and ADDICTIVE! They are the most simple, perfect chip. Sure sometimes I want a nice kettle cooked or fancy Maui Onion or some other such thing, but nothing beats a simple Classic Lays.

Here's a few bits of info from Frito Lay about their products:
  • Many of our chips are made with three simple ingredients: potatoes or corn, oil and salt.
  • We use all-natural oils, such as corn and sunflower oils, so our chips have 0 grams trans fat.
  • Most of our chips contain less salt than you think!  A 1-oz serving of Lay’s® Classic potato chips has about the same amount of sodium as a slice of white bread.
  • We offer a Lightly Salted line of chips -- available in Lay’s® potato chips and Fritos® corn chips, which contain 50 percent less sodium than their regular counterparts.
  • All Lay’s® Classic potato chips, SunChips® multigrain snacks and Tostitos® tortilla chips are made with all natural ingredients, meaning they don’t contain any artificial flavors, artificial preservatives or MSG.
  • Many varieties of Tostitos® tortilla chips contain 8 grams of whole grain corn per serving, and SunChips ®multigrain snacks have 18 grams of whole grain and 2 grams fiber per serving.
  • Frito-Lay supports American farmers and buys the potatoes we use to make potato chips from 80+ farms across 27 states.
  • We use technologies that create renewable energy, such as solar panels and biomass boilers, in some of our manufacturing plants. 
  • Frito-Lay has the largest private, all-electric fleet of delivery trucks in the U.S.
  • All Frito-Lay manufacturing plants are taking measures to divert at least 99 percent of waste from landfills. One way we’re doing this is by reusing our shipping cartons up to six times before recycling them, helping reduce cardboard waste.

I'm always really hesitant about snack food companies labeling themselves as being healthy or environmentally forward thinking especially because it's really easy and highly unfortunate to get away with misleading labels. And apparently Frito Lay is even currently being sued over falsely labeling their products as being "all natural" while actually containing genetically modified ingredients. Personally, I think when it comes to junk food, it's all bad for you. But you know what, everyone likes to have an indulgence and dive off the deep the end now and then. I'm a big fan of everything in moderation and very little holds up to a nice salty chip. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bee Mine

I love Saint Valentine's day. I don't quite know why as I'm not a particularly lovey-dovey-gross-and-mushy kind of person. It's just always been one of my favorite holidays even when I was single. Maybe it's my love of the color red? Who can say. Here are a few of some of my favorite Valentine's Day related items! HAPPY FEBRUARY!