Monday, September 9, 2013

Handmade Gifts

It seems like pretty much everyone I know has a birthday in the fall plus we've got a few weddings coming up so lately I've been trying to crank out a few gifts. Although, I don't like posting them around until I've given them incase in spoils the surprise.

Hopefully, I can start sewing more regularly because I think almost everyone I know is sick of ceramic gifts!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

So Long Sweet Summer

This summer has been absolute insanity to say the least. As an art instructor, the summertime is the busiest time of the year since kids are out of school and lots of parents are looking to sign their kids up for camps and classes. The relationship with our kids is a love/hate one for me. They are so intelligent and hilarious and give me so much hope and inspiration, but they can also be downright little jerks at times as well. Plus, summer camp is a strange environment because you want the kids to focus and work on their art, but it's also not school and you don't want them to be bored. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh at their antics or reprimand them to stop goofing off and get to painting. Either way, my studio has been running at 110% for the last 3 months and yesterday it finally ended with our last day of summer camp. I've spent the last 24 hours drinking wine, snuggling with piglet, and doing a whole lot of precious sleeping. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Delayed is an Understatement

At the beginning of the year, Lizette and I hosted the most recent Bee Creative Craft Swap. Unfortunately, my lovely item was shipped during the midst of my move and it wasn't until I was unpacked and settled in during the end of May (!!!) that I finally got to check out and enjoy what I had received. 

Amy made me a giraffe bag (my favorite animal!) and including lots of extra goodies like needles, a handmade pin cushion, extra thread, etc. It was such an AWESOME swap item and I'm so glad Amy and I were matched with one another!

Or check out some of the other swap items on the Bee Creative Facebook page here.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Creative Day (finally!)

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discovered my first tomato growing in the garden

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little snail friend

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I'm still not sure what this was, but it was some kind of fuzzy thing at Home Depot. I almost bought but I was trying to stay focused on getting things for the veggie garden.

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Repotted some plants and added a few additions to the little patio garden we've got going.

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Succulent boot.

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Traif was "helping" me plant

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Melting wax for a candle making endeavor. I've never done it before and I'm 99% sure I was doing it wrong, but it was still kinda fun.

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Working on Mother's Day gifts incorporating the homemade candles.

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Long forgotten personal projects.

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Traif's food dish I painted a few weeks ago. Underneath the pig chow, it looks just like him!

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Finally working on a few past due gifts.

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And, of course, a little something for myself ;-p

I'm hoping to share a tutorial or two from what I've been working on lately and I'm really excited about finally picking up my own projects again! Hopefully I'll have a few shop updates by the end of the month too. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Garden

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We're getting a REALLY late start on our planting since we live in Florida and the cooler months are so few and far between, but I decided I didn't care and last weekend my sister and I put together a garden.

We planted: strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, jalapeƱos, and green peppers.
The soil at my parents house is awful so we purchased a bunch of cheap planters and also some extra flowers because why not?

To be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing with this whole gardening thing so hopefully we will grow SOMETHING. It's more of a bonding activity with my sister so even if they all just wither up, it will still have been a fun experience with her!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A New Addition

I hope the spring time is treating everyone well! As usual, I've been busy with work, but I wanted to formally introduce some of my internet friends to my new love! Introducing, Traif!

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He's an 8 week old pot belly piglet and, in my opinion, the cutest thing on Earth! I've had him for a few weeks now. I've never been a crazy cat lady or one to just be totally obsessed with my pets, but I am officially a CRAZY PIG LADY. I just never understand that whole personality type, but from the moment I saw him, my heart melted and I knew he was my baby.

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Cutest picture ever taken. Don't deny it.

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Prepare for future posts full of piggy goodness!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Out With The Old, In With The New

Even though the swap has been over for a month, I never had a chance to post my swap item that I made for my partner Amy for our New Year's Resolutions themed swap with Bee Creative Swaps! One of Amy's goals was to learn to swim to so I made her a set of coasters based on that. Living in Florida, the idea of someone learning to swim was so exciting for me! The water is such a huge part of my life and I just love Amy's goal. 

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The "keep calm" poster theme is a bit over done, but I thought it was a cute idea that for coasters. I went back and forth with myself for a while one weather or not I should make a 5th coaster for the word "and." I decided I wanted to keep it an even number. Bad choice?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Life Lately

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Commissioned wedding cake toppers
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Craft swap item
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Denny sleeping
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Little sister time
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Baldy scaldy

I promise I haven't died! I've been Florida for just under a month now and it has been absolutely INSANE. I started a new job and by new job it's actually the job that I had before I left for Boston, but so much has changed since I was last working here. Which means 12-16 hours a day to re-familiarize myself but also to kick off new projects. I've been really loving it, but I haven't been loving the lack of time I've had to paint or sew or craft or read or do anything really for my own enjoyment. 

Next month I'm doing 2 craft shows and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things!