Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fun with fungus

Card sets are now available! Phew! I'm planning a big post office trip tomorrow so if you pick up a set today I'll send them tomorrow! I'm quite pleased with them and I hope others will be also! Lookie, lookie:

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Icky days and wishlists

I had a blech of a day yesterday so I amused myself with a birthday wish list. This is more of reminder to myself of things that have caught my eye recently and things I would like to own but of course how could I refuse if one arrived on my doorstep? Yesterday put me way way way behind on many things so I must be off and pretend to be productive! Aack! Lookie what I got from a coloriffic swap, isn't it beyooteefull? It came all the way from Greece and was made for me by nikkistyl.The inspiration shot is on the left and the art piece is on the right. She made me three different prints. I LURVE them!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Howl

Yesterday I strolled down our walkway, out the gate, down the steps to the sidewalk. The car was parked just a smidge to my right and I stepped out into the street and right in front of a coyote. A large coyote. A large coyote that had to cross two very busy streets to get to mine where he or she continued on in a purposeful way towards Hollywood Blvd.

It made me very sad to see this. Who are we to build, build, build such large and ugly homes on top of hills that become compromised so that said ugly homes slide down those hills pushing mud, debris and apparently coyotes out of the way?

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Week in Review: Janaury 21-28

I know I thought last week was busy but this week was even busier and with inclement weather. Phew! I was busy all week long and in pretty much a razzled, frazzled state. My brain was fine if not forgetful and yesterday was super productive if not a little bit sucky. The suckiness of the day was relieved by a phone chat with my much loved Bunny. Thanks m'dear! sooo good to hear yer voice! The good parts are all about the mail, the craftiness and the Valentines! Yay! I'm sorry I didn't get back to my sister. I was in THE ZONE of my wee production line and needed to finish. I totally owe you a phone call, Sis, hopefully tomorrow after my dentist appointment. Today is deadline day and school...I'm gonna finish my tea and be off!

P.S.
Can you believe it is not even 9am and I've already been out of the house for a 90 minute Yoga session? I love my workout buddy. *MWAH!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Squeezing in at the last second...

I spent the weekend printing up Valentine Cards for the shop. Flat and folded cards will be available on Tuesday and I promise I will ship all orders out on February 1st so you should have enough time to get some fungus out to your sweetie(s). I printed them in pink, red, brown and two shades of green. Wheee! I'm still not sure how I'm going to sell them...how many in a set, what colors, etc. Any suggestions? Here's a sneak:

Friday, January 25, 2008

Photobooth Friday: Fits & Giggles

photobooth friday: the giggles
This is the best kind of remembering. It was only a month or so ago but the day was filled with all kinds of ooey goodness. We walked, we talked, we boothed, we wore fake mustaches, we posed in forbidden sculptures, we were patrons of the arts and we made some healthy choices. We also laughed. A bunch. To new friends! *mwah*

More boothiness and fun here and here.

And they're gone...

Poof! Like magic...how's about a happy picture instead? I'm still missing oodles of scissors but the scissor fairy dropped by early yesterday morning and fixed me up. I love me some fairy goodness! Thank you my friend! I'm off now to sew, stitch, create, wrap & package all sorts of stuff. Oh wait...I am so behind on photobooth friday...hmm...check back later today for a strip!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Question for ya...for me...

I was wonderin' do the Snap Shots linky-dink thingies irritate or annoy you? On the one hand, I like being able to preview a possible link but on the other hand they're ALL OVER the place! What do ya think? Should I get rid of them? Let me know...thanks!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scissors...sisters!

In our tiny little casa sits a small set of metal drawers. There are thirty-three drawers in all and the middle drawer in the second row is the scissors drawer.

I have more than fourteen pairs of scissors. Fourteen pairs! You might think what in tarnation does a lobster-girl need with fourteen pairs of scissors but I'll tell ya something. I can perform magic tricks with them. I can make them disappear.

Our tiny casa, which is crammed to the gills with my "collections" has less than five-hundred feet of floorspace. There are four tiny rooms all together and one closet. There are not many places to put things and when you need to find something you can take less than ten steps to any part of the house. TINY. Yet, I manage to lose scissors on a weekly basis. Needles too. Last week I found a missing needle...it was in my foot. OUCH! The scissors on the other hand are better at hiding. Methinks they steal away in the middle of the night for their very own game of sardines. It seems that when I find one pair, I usually find the others all clustered about and mocking me with their orange plastic handles. Just so you don.t think I'm a prejudiced scissors owner, I do have pairs with yellow, red, green and pink handles. Not only do I have a multitude of scissors with colored handles, there are scissors that perform extra tasks. This is where different colors come in handy or, in a pinch, a Sharpie. There is the extra fancy expensive, authentic pair of Fiskars that are to be used on fabric ONLY. By sight I can tell these are the scissors due to the matte quality of the orange plastic handles and the word FABRIC written in Sharpie in the side, lest I forget. The mister makes it a point to keep these sharpened when he sharpens our knives. Next we have the yellow handles scissors which are for TIN, as I'm sure we all cut up a lot of tin don't we? Actually, I go through phases of cutting metal and cheapie scissors work for this. I also use them to cut foil & aluminum. We have the red handles for paper and craft work and the pink handle Pinking Shears for snazzing things up. Then there are the rainbow colored scissors with all the different edges. Scallops, ridges and whatnot. Those are for collage making and postcard decorating. I also have a bunch of small glittery green handled scissors that I use for kids art parties, classes and such. Sometimes they make an appearance in scrumdilly-do as they are most photogenic. Somewhere in the scissors drawer sits a small pair of razor sharp greys that I am supposed to keep with my traveling work to snip thread in an instant. Somehow I manage to forget about these, so I toss in a pair of the imposter orange handles. These are actually the scissors I use most since there are three pairs and the fabric scissors must be off for a smoke break or a game of pinball or something. So many scissors, so little floorspace and so many hiding spaces.

Because I am a master at cramming, the scissor drawer also holds my paper punches, a small hole punch (the regular sized duo I had broke during a workshop I was teaching, darn those paper bags!) two exacto type knives, a rotary cutter and a ruler. Now, when you come to my house you can make yourself feel even more at home. The juice glasses are in the bottom kitchen cabinet, monkeys, bees or roosters are there for you to choose from. Don't bother with the cookie jar, it is full of plastic bags, the cookies or baked goods are usually in a tupperware on the red counter. The bathroom is through the bedroom and the scissors are in the middle drawer in the second row.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Week in Review: January 14-20

Wowee! Was I busy last week! There was crafting and deadlines and visits and fun. I stitched, I cleaned, I hit the Y with my buddy and I got my heart a pumping. I went to two doctors appointments and walked out of one of them (I waited over an hour). I watched my netflix movies and cooked up a huge pot o' yummy soup. Okay, the soup wasn't exactly yummy until the mister did his magic but it is what we ate all week long! We didn't make our trip to Death Valley as the mister was feeling ill for most of the week but we did thieve some dead leaves from the park, have a picnic and ride a carousel. We enjoyed a japanese noodle dinner with a wee birthday boy, had breakfast with a good friend and snacked on dessert from a neighbor. The end of the week was filled with a mini road trip and some garden prep work. Phew! Did I say busy, or what?

This week is school prep, shop prep, baking, cooking and hopefully a little visiting. I just got back from my yoga class and my arms are so, so, so sore! For now, it is time for some garden citrus and some menu planning. Happy Week Three of 2008!

Friday, January 18, 2008

veggie cat

The witch-baby digs broccoli like no one else. Isn't she a cutie pie?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy Hat Day!

Today is hat day! Are you wearing a hat? I am...at least I was...HAPPY HAT DAY!

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Week in Review: January 7-13

This has been a crazy busy week! There was a bit of crafting, a bit of sewing, a visit with a friend, a visit or two the the YMCA, with work stuff, school stuff and life stuff shuffled in amongst the rest.I am one tired lobster-girl!

We (okay, the husbandman) did some work on the car to make it all healthy like so that it doesn't fail us on our mini road trip coming up. I squeezed in a couple of trips to the YMCA (thank you workout buddy!), a walk around the 'hood, a visit to the library, a long walk around the Rose Bowl and a bit of housework amongst crafting, sewing, working and cooking. I made real meals this week and...I baked last night. Brownies, from a mix but I doctored them up to a level of extra tastiness that even wowed myself!

This week is more school stuff, work stuff, craft stuff and swap stuff! I hope I can manage to take more pictures this week! Happy Week two of 2008!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happy Friday

I wake up in the middle of the night with ideas on what to blog about and then I fall back to sleep only to wake up with my mind blank. Good going, jek. Hey, lookie, I got some new fabric!
fat quarter splurge
This morning I was up before the sunrise, why you may ask? Well my friends, I have taken a step forward and tried out a yoga class. Lucky for me I have a yoga buddy in Jenny and I'm sure she'll say the same thing about this class. It kicked our arses! The instructor is awesome. Even though we were newbies, not only to the class but to yoga, she was super swell, taking a moment here and there to assist us in our versions of downward dog and happy baby. Everyone else moved as one, so hopefully Jenny and I will not be deterred and become pros just like them. I'm mostly banking on my muscle memory. Seven hours later I'm just now starting to feel a superior kind of ache in my stomach, chest, arms, wrists, fingers...at least my legs feel somewhat normal.

So here's to new years, new plans, new goals and new and improved crafty gals. Now, go hop on over to Junie None Designs to read all about me, me, me. I'm a featured shop gal and it makes me feel all lurved and gooey inside. She's got other fun crafty stuff listed too, so grab yourself a cuppa and take a looksie!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Week in Review: December 31-January 6

I don;t know how I managed to forget to post yesterday and I woke up early this morning with a rant about sleeping on my ears but I'll spare you the details! The first week of 2008 was not much different than th normal days of 2007. There was laziness, cooking, baking and visiting. Let's hope the year keeps up at a not too busy pace! Well, I must head off for a trek around the Rose Bowl. Happy January!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Thursday, January 03, 2008

A wee bit o back patting...

and possibly some eye-rolling from those that think I am over the top. I have to admit, even with the knowledge of possible eye rolling, I am still quite proud of myself.
I did NOT by the cherries! See, I love cherries, lurve them actually. They are, after apples and watermelon and ahem, strawberries, they are my favorite fruit. Okay, maybe my second favorite seasonal fruit, no wait, third, I lurve tangerines more. See, our sunny California supermarkets are selling cherries from Chile and they are cheap. They are also quite pretty and not mushy and my fingers itched, itched, itched to grab a couple of pounds to enjoy but I am trying to enjoy the fruits in season locally and so I thought about it and realized my inner fruit clock didn't want cherries. It is too dark and chilly out and cherries must be consumed out in the garden on a summer eve when the sun is still slowly creeping it's way across the sky. They must be consumed when my feet are covered in mulch because I was careless with my flip flops and who knows where I kicked them off last. They must be consumed while sitting on a creaky, swingy porch swing next to the mister as he gently plays his ukulele. They must be consumed while we a-go-gos are groggy from summer naps and slightly stinking of too much sunscreen. That is how cherries MUST be consumed. So I didn't buy them. Instead, I came home and picked a smiling, happy bowlful of satsumas from the garden. These satsumas will be consumed while I sit on the sofa wrapped up in a blanket, watching old movies from the library.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Year in Review: 2007

It was a busy, productive, successful, fun and nifty kind of year. I craft, craft, crafted away, made new friends and rediscovered old ones. We a-go-gos did a tiny bit o' travel and exploring and I entered my newest stage of learning and am on my way to finishing up my degree! Go me! I hoe you all had a most nifty 2007 and I can't wait to see what 2008 has in store for us!

Proper crafty blogging coming soon!