12.30.2008

pas chambre romantique

Translation: My bedroom is not pretty, nor romantic, nor anything I'd like for it to be!! I want it to be warm, inviting, rustic, charming, with a touch of "romance." I'm not even sure what romantic looks like but all those HGTV shows say it!!

So, I've always prided myself on my decorating skills. I love it when people walk into my house and tell me how wonderful it looks. The rest of the house is done, except the bedroom and I'm just creatively dried up for that. I never thought I could say that!



So this is a picture of my bedroom as it is now. I love my headboard and matching bookshelf/nightstand. I also love how luxurius and hotel like my bedspread is, along with 12 matching pillows! (thank you Chris Madden collection) I really wasn't a big fan of gold colors until this came along. Now so long as its a muted gold, I love it! Other than that the paintings can be moved either around the room or completely out of it.
This is the current layout of my bedroom. I couldn't find a tape measure without driving 5 minutes across town to my husbands shop, so the room size is a rough estimate. Basically, give or take a foot. I have an upright piano, armchair and ottoman, and dresser with tv to also consider.

This is how I'm thinking of re-arranging the room. The only problem is with the window. It faces East so the morning light can be vicious. But I also figure that with some good curtains that problem could be solved.
Please, be honest! Lots of input is necessary. I have a gift card to hobby lobby and some Christmas cash burning holes in my wallet! LOL.

12.21.2008

Swirly Twirly Sugar Cookie Forrest


Here is more sugary goodness - this time I made swirled sugar cookies! I took just a package mix of sugar cookie dough, halved it and rolled one half into a ball with some food dye in the middle. Then worked the dye into the dough. After that I used 2 sheets of wax paper to roll out the dough on a cookie sheet to make it a rectangular shape. I did the same with the non dyed dough. Then placed the red dough on top of the white. I rolled them up then used a white sprinkle on the outside for decoration and taste,then refridgerated for a couple hours.


Tip: You can take thread and wrap it around your cookie tube and pull. This should give you near perfect circles without squishing the dough! In the picture the smaller pieces in the back are still just dough, so that you can see what it looks like before and after. Happy Baking!

Visions of Sugar Plums

Okay, so maybe not "plums" persay - but definitely visions of sugar! I decided to try to make a batch of butter rum hard candy yesterday. I am normally a cinnamon candy person. My family loves cinnamon candy, especially those FireBall candies. But rather than voluntarily burning my skin, eyes, and of course mouth again this year I went for a nice, safe, butter rum. Just like the life savers (my favorite!).

I guess let me back track and explain my prior statement of burning for a moment. Last years hard candy making was a bit of a disaster on my part. I made a double batch, 2 dram hard cinnamon candy. During the process you wait until you are at 260° to add coloring, then add the flavor at 300° while removing the heat. Adding a cold oil based product into a sugar creates a lot of steam. This steam will hit you in the face if you aren't careful. I wasn't careful enough and got a face load of cinnamon steam last year and my eyes burned for a full 10 minutes before I could keep the tears out of my eyes! On top of that I had spilled part of one of the drams on my wrist and it quite literally burned my skin! And this was before it was ever hot! Then rather than grab the parchment paper like I had planned I grabbed the wax paper and wound up with a paper coating on my candy. To top it all of while breaking it up into smaller pieces a shard broke off and cut my hand, thus also burning it with the cinnamon oil.


So, bad experience with cinnamon candy? Yes! A nice, safe, butter rum was in order this year.


I died it green just for fun, because I wasn't really sure how to achieve a rum, amber color. My second batch will be red and I'll mix them together. While it was stiff and cooling I took a Christmas tree, mini cutter and pressed it over and over into the candy. It makes for random pieces of design in each bite!


Hope you've enjoyed this adventure in Candy Land!

12.17.2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies! Yes, friends they are just as amazing as they sound! If you LOVE Maraschino cherries like I do, you'll love these babies too!

I made one batch and rolled the rest in wax paper in a roll put it in a freezer bag and popped it in the freezer so that a little closer to the holidays I can slice and bake more!

Windows Vista on the new laptop is acting funny. I can be typing and it'll randomly jump to another place... so if there are weirdly misspelled words, that's why, lol.

Woo hoo Holiday baking!


Recipe:
I don't use semi-sweet chips though, I use the ghiradelli milk chocolate chips and I added the cherry stuff to the recipe which is just ridiculously simple. lol. INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 large jar Maraschino cherries
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips. Drain maraschino cherries and fold into dough. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

12.07.2008

Christmas and Photography

Well it's getting to be that time of year. Santa is checking his list and I'd be willing to bet those reindeer are in peak physical condition by now. Husband and I are trying not to feel so bah-humbuggy because somehow we got left behind in JULY and missed the rest of the year. It just doesn't even feel like it should be Christmas time yet. So we decided to put up the tree and now it does feel a bit more like Christmas. Our tree is 9ft tall and was a gift from my mother-in-law last year. She found it at the goodwill. Apparently, Target stores donate their displays. After being stored last year there is apparently a short in a 1ft section of the tree and it blinks rather than stays lit. Oh well, I'll just unwrap that section after this year and buy some new lights for it. The photo caught that section on one of its off blinks, lol! I'm so glad we actually have a ceiling this year that can handle a 9 ft tree plus a 12" star topper. More pictures later in the week, my husband bought me a wide angle lens for Christmas and it'll be here Thursday! Hooray!

Here we have a picture of an elusive creature who is normally very camera shy. Or rather just hates have his picture taken. It's my husband working very hard at his new job and grinding some metal for hand rails. He was hired to make them for a city beautification project. After he gets done with the 6 pairs for this city, our city has hired him to make several more! YAY!

12.05.2008

Chili Night

It's Chili night for a chilly night! It's 6:20pm now and already 35 degrees!

I haven't been in the mood to craft much so I decided to treat you to what was going on in the kitchen. We are still moving but my allergies due to cotton season have been awful to deal with. Between my asthma acting up and migranes or working during the day I haven't been up to much in the evenings beyond sitting on my bum or cooking. Cotton harvest is on its way to the end though so I assume things will be back to normal shortly. In the mean time enjoy the chili! :D

12.02.2008

Still Moving

So now that Thanksgiving is over, we have just about 2 weeks left to move from the old house to this new house. I'm a little bit overwhelmed by having to set up temporarily in the garage rather than my pretty little studio. Mainly because the garage is a complete disaster zone. Just need the roof on the studio to be patched, then we can paint in there, build some shelves and I'll be good to move in! If I'm not working tomorrow I'll be working on it until hubby gets home from work.

I can honestly say I haven't crafted a bit since I packed up that room. I have been working like crazy for money for a new lens though. The 15th I'll pick out my brand new (to me) 18-55mm canon lens. I'm stoked! Yay for wide angle shots! Now I won't have to worry about being at very least 4 feet away from my subject!

If you haven't ever listened to the band Muse. I seriously suggest you give them a try. Supermassive Black Hole is my favorite song right now. :)

11.27.2008

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you gobble til you wobble!

11.13.2008

The Great Move

So I believe the blog will be in a bit of a hiatus for the next few days. The husband and I are moving starting Sunday and I don't really see myself sitting down to sew between now and then (or potentially a few days after). I could be wrong - it's happened before - although you didn't hear that from me! I have a few tasty treats I'm wanting to bake so you never know. I guess this was pointless? Haha.

I have more big news! It's finally here, tomorrow I pick up my husband (7 hours from here - to say the least) after his last official day being employed by someone else. We are officially self employed Saturday morning November 15th, 2008. I will miss traveling the nation, and of course traveling Texas to see (very) remote places I've never seen before. Of course, I'll always have the memories and photographs (especially of Washington!) to cherish.

So I leave you with one of my very favorite pictures of Washington. Taken on the Wildhorse wind project on Whiskey Dick Mountain just between Ellensburg and Vantage, WA. If you look closely you can see Mt. Ranier.
















11.12.2008

Thanksgiving Menu and Recipe

So I have really only just come to the realization that Thanksgiving is a mere 2 weeks away. With that being said I have sat down this morning to figure out the menu. I'll officially have 9!

  • Turkey (obviously) - not sure yet if we are smoking it again or going to attempt frying it.
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing - Recipe for this below - provided by Good Housekeeping
  • Regular Stuffing
  • Orange Salad
  • Cranberry Sauce - Of the canned variety, call me lazy.
  • Twice baked sweet potatoes
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Cresent Rolls - again out of a can!

And the obvious obligatory desserts of Pecan and Pumpkin Pies. Probably also some fudge because my brother hates pie of any variety.

It'll be a mad scramble the week of Thanksgiving. My inlaws will be moving to Canada on Saturday and have taken their whole house. We are turning back our rent house and moving into theirs until they come back (2+ years). So we'll be going crazy trying to get moved!

Onward to the recipe. I can honestly say that I am definitely not a fan of stuffing (it's the soggy bread texture, just awful) not until this stuffing came into my life last year - its really, really good if you like spicy foods.

Like I say I'm a fairly lazy person - I love Jiffy Cornbread I made 2 boxes of it last year for this recipe

Ingredients

  • 3tbs Margarine
  • 4 Medium Carrots (cut into 1/4 dice)
  • 3 Medium Celery Stalks (" ")
  • 2 large Onions ("")
  • 2 Medium jalapeno peppers (seeded and minced) (Here I substitued fresh jalapenos for pickled - I just used about a half cup)
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen whole-kernel corn (thawed)
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth

Prepare cornbread and set aside - or make one day in advance and refridgerate.

Preheat oven to 325. In a 12 inch skillet melt 1 TBS margarine or butter over medium heat. Add carrots and celery, and cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to large bowl.

In same skillet melt remaining 2 TBS margarine or butter over medium heat; add onions and jalaepenos and cooke 10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn, chicken broth and 1/3 cup water; heat to boiling, stirring. Transfer onion mixture to bowl with vegetables. Crumble corn bread into vegetable mixture; Toss gently to mix well.

Spoon stuffing into a 13x9 glass pan; cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or until heated through.

11.07.2008

My favorite quilt

Craft show time is here. I leave tonight for the show in the morning. I've made 2 quilts, 3 pillows, 4 spoon angels, and numerous keychains and clothespin people. I wanted to quickly post (my truck is actually running in the driveway) about my favorite quilt. The one red sqare is all that was pieced and it makes it just a very simple yet stunning (In My Opinion) quilt. Hope you like!
Wish me luck!

11.04.2008

I'm back

I'm back from my trip with quite a photography post. Nothing really more to say than that so on with the pictures!

























10.29.2008

A Face Lift!

My blog has been given a face lift! I was growing quite tired of the denim look and wanted to add my favorite colors to my blog! (honestly, I have too many favorite colors) The banner was made with a digital scrapbooking kit - Lucky Star kit by Gina Cabrera

I will be away for the weekend in Stephenville with the family where I will do much crafting and take many pics to bring back and share with you all.


I was looking to leave you with a picture so this is what I found.


10.28.2008

clothespin doll



I'm still experimenting with this idea after seeing tons of them on flickr but here is my first attempt at a clothespin doll! She is indeed armless and I kind of like her that way. The hardest part is obviously the clothing. I didn't realize it would be so hard to figure out how to dress a clothespin girl!

10.26.2008

No use crying over spilled paint

I made these guys over the last few days. The snake is a dried gourd!

So long story short, Friday I spilled an entire bottle of black craft paint on my carpet and proceeded to not notice and track it through 2 rooms in my house. It took my MIL and I 2.5 hours to get the stains out. my FIL was nice enough to run to the grocery store and rent me a steam cleaner. The stains are gone aside from the initial spill spot that now looks like a dark spot in the carpet. Lesson learned: always paint on hardwood, tile, linoleum, etc...

10.23.2008

Dog nails

A non crafty post - weird I know... I thought I'd take a moment to talk about dog nail clipping. I started when my dogs were wee puppies, though I must say I was lucky because I was around only a week or two after my dogs were born and watched them grow from there. Anyway, since puppyhood when my dogs would sleep I would mess with their ears, nails, and teeth and anything else I could think of that I would need to do medically. I kid you not I tortured these puppies everyday for months when they slept (they could sleep through anything, honestly, this stuff NEVER bothered them.) So I would squeeze their nails, brush their teeth, stick fingers in their ears, etc... Now 2 years later I could literally do anything to my dogs and they just don't give a fart.

Which this back story brings me to my point... I found this product "The quick finder." A nail clipper that has a sensor that senses the quick (blood vessel) in the nail and tells you when it's safe to cut. I found a video of it on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLjO6cfIi-s

So, my dogs, who don't give a fart probably would hate this product... why you ask? Because goodness gracious that's a long process to get it to sense the quick. Seriously, I have the most laid back dogs in the world but even they wouldn't hold still long enough for this! They need to rethink this product just a little bit. Good idea in theory though.

10.15.2008

Pillow Cases

Post number 50!

I've been scrambling about still making things for the craft show. I've made a patchwork pillow today and plan to make lots more. I've decided just to sell them as "cases" because well, pillow forms are not in the budget right now (those suckers are a bit pricey!) Not really sure how much to sell them for though. This guy took me about 2 hours to complete, mainly because it's the first I've ever done in a zig zag design... I decided to play up the red and black quite a bit because of Texas Tech being so close to Amarillo (where the show will be). I've also got quite a bit of orange fabric because well, I'm a Texas football fan (#1 in BCS! OH YEA!). So we'll see how it goes. I'm going to throw together some orange and brown.. turquiose and brown too. Tell me what you think!



I'm still not the most perfect seamstress yet... I'll get there.

10.13.2008

Say Hello to my little friends



I keep taking pictures but this monkey keeps cropping up and asking me to finish her!

I'm quite fond of how the spoon angel came out. Please tell me you guys can see the angel! I've had a couple of people ask me to explain it because they can't see her. I'd love to know that someone beyond me is able to make out the angel. She does actually stand up like you see in the picture. She has another spoon that's been cut off and bent backward and attached that she stands on. I have 4 and each one is totally unique. Once I have them all standing I'll get a picture.

10.12.2008

A.D.D. web browsing

I won't lie, I spent hours upon hours on the web when I'm at home. Some people take nice long baths (love those too), some take naps, Some will curl up with a nice cup of cocoa to relax. I however, prefer the gentle hum and warm battery feeling of my laptop. No one understand what on earth I can possibly be looking up for so many hours.


I'll tell you, everything. For example, just today I was looking up recipes to take to my monthly Bunco club on Tuesday. I started at allrecipes.com - my favorite source for delicous recipes. I foun their halloween section which had a picture of some cookies that looked like thumbprint cookies. I decided to make these to share with the ladies... This lead me to an hour long search to find the cookies I was looking for - much harder than first intended... I finally found the recipe which had a link to another persons blog who I have delved into the last hour and a half.


I give to you Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake Balls:

Credit for the picture also goes to Bakerella. Don't these look scrumptious!? I'm making them tonight... as soon as dearest hubby gets home with the eggs... I'm so excited...

Oh and I'll get around to those cookies too.

10.07.2008

The Crafts Display

I wanted a fun and unique way to display my crafts at the upcoming craft show. This stand cost me $4 at Dollar Tree. 2 plates and 2 candlestick holders all glued together using E6000 glue. So cute and classy!

I'll display my little wooden dolls and Keychain flatware on this. After the craft show it'll be used to display delicious treats like cupcakes and muffins! Yum!

10.06.2008

I've been busy!

So many things are happening at once in my life. I've discovered I LOVE working with stained glass and old silver flatware. My husband is very quickly getting a new job working from our house doing welding. He's already got 2 jobs lined up and he hasn't even left his old job yet. I'm hastily getting ready for an upcoming craft show in Amarillo! Husband's grandmother is hosting it at their retirement center and its looking to be a big show. So I'm trying to scramble and get stuff going to put in the show.

First picture is of my brand new ring! I went for the 1 Corinthians 13 shot but the bible I was working with didn't have the verse on the correct side of the page. Oh well... I bought this ring to replace my "engagement" ring. That's a funny story, Trey and I never really formally got engaged... We just skipped to getting married! I did have a promise ring but it currently doesn't fit. So this ($10) ebay ring is just right! Yes! I said $10! Sterling silver, Pearl and CZ! I'm excited!
I finished my very first stained glass piece. I still need practice soldering but I'm fairly happy with the first...
Some keychains I'm putting in the show. They are made from silver flatware! So easy and so pretty!
My attempt at a fork angel. Link to the inspiration for this gal found at the website I linked to... I've figured out how to perfect her, I just need to find more serving spoons and forks.
And lastly, the promised picture of Phillie's finished quilt! Hooray!

10.02.2008

no pictures - just a note

I sent my friend an email asking if she got the quilt. She got it today, here's her reply!

OMG YES!!!!! Brad picked it up at the post office for me.. I LOVE IT EVAN!!! It is gorgeous THANK YOU SO MUCH! Brad and I are going to Anchorage next weekend and his parents are going to buy us a crib for Erica and I think that quilt would be perfect for her to cover up with. =) THANK YOU THANK YOU! I seriously love it and actually got a little teary eyed cause you spent all that time actually making it for her. That is the most thoughtful gift anyone has given to us for her and it means a lot to me. Give me your stupid number so I can call you!! LOL Thank you so much I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

This is why I craft! :)

9.27.2008

Pass It Along!

I'm going to pass along a website for some awesome handbags and a legit contest to win one. Im trying for 9am. It's a very small bag and very handsome! handbagplanet is the place to go. No scams, no spams!

9.24.2008

Too many ideas!

I've had so many new craft ideas hit me in the last few days I've had to start a notebook to write them all down! I don't want to forget any of them! One idea I had that I wanted to share is going to be a gift for my cousin's two girls. Sock Monkeys! I'm going to get colorful socks to create some very colorful non traditional sock monkeys. Since my family always opens stockings before their gifts I'm going to put a small picture of the sock monkeys "in the wild," in their stockings! I think they are still young enough to be suprised by this... =()

Ordering!

I have been searching high and low lately for crafty blogs and one I ran across recently had something on it called a "pinch purse." Now I know if I show you this picture, we'll all think back to childhood memories of coin purses.

Familiar? Well she listed on her fabulous blog ( http://thesmallobject.com/stenopad/wordpress/ ) The lovely places to buy the frames for such pinch pounches and I have ordered 4 for 10 dollars! I'm very excited to have these come in over the next week or so! The possibilities for what they can be used for are endless!!

I got mine from http://www.pursenicketypatterns.com/purse_frames.htm

9.23.2008

Shopping Around

If you've never scoped out the site http://www.ltdcommodities.com/ I really think you should. I've never seen so much stuff that I want but do NOT need in one site before. I really think it's all just china made imported junk but it sure does look pretty... Seriously, who doesn't love primitive figurines and bathroom accessories?? Or even ornate candle holders? Honestly, if you can't find at least one thing for everyone you've ever needed to buy for on that site then the person you need to buy for is truly hopeless...Check it out.


Just for a certain someone who I know that loves pigs :)



Then I found an "All edge brownie pan" --- GENIOUS! Haha, I could spend hours looking at stuff on this site!

9.16.2008

Yearbook Yourself

This was just too much fun not to share!


It's a website called Yearbookyourself.com. You upload a photo of yourself and it gives you a senior picture for every 2 years from 1950 to 2000. At least for me, not every picture "fit." As to say my head was somewhat distorted in some of the photos but here are the best!



1970




1976

1980

1982

1990

9.14.2008

So excited

I know this may sound really petty to some of you but I'm so excited to have found this website. It's http://www.replacements.com

They make replicas and carry replacements of your silveware and china! I have been searching for my silverware to add more pieces for Thanksgiving time because last year I had to borrow my mother in law's stainless. No biggie but I wanted to have more place settings that match my flatware. This site carries them and at a heck of deal. PLUS, they carry all sorts of other "fancy" forks and spoons that match as well. Like I had no idea there was such thing as an egg spoon. Who eats and egg with a spoon?? And there is a special Jelly spoon too! I'm thinking about getting the matching napkin clips too. 24 of them for 10 dollars AND they match?? YEA!

Ok so obviously I'm easily entertained.

Check out the stuff they make for my pattern!
http://www.replacements.com/webquote/CBSSWS.htm?s1=gbase&3501614

Phillies Baby Quilt

It's finally coming along. After about a month hiatus in which I really didn't go into my current sewing studio (hehe, i love that word). I have about 1/3 and almost a half of it quilted at the moment.


I can only take quilting (well, sewing really) about an hour at a time until my back starts to hurt. I need something more ergonomic I suppose. I think I must be an intense sewer. Can't you just picture me, all my muscles flexed moving fabric through my machine. Yea, I'm pretty hard core like that, hahah! Anywho, on to the pictures:



I didn't quilt in any sort of pattern. I think that is pretty obvious in these pics. I am pretty sure professional quilters would have a coronary at the site of my "unplanned" quilting. In my last couple of quilting classes that's basically what we learned is to plan ahead where you will move. Me? No! I just move it around in circles and stuff until I'm happy. The front looks great. The back looks like a 2 year old got hold of a pink marker and squiggled. Solid was not the way to go. It needed something busy. Learned something I suppose.

9.12.2008

Feeling Artsy Fartsy

So after being cooped up for almost 2 days (technically I was out yesterday night but we still stayed indoors) due to 7.5 + inches of rainfall I decided I needed to shoot something... Well, you know what I mean...



It finally stopped raining around 2pm and hasn't rained a drop since... the streets have cleared a bit and I felt safe enough taking my camera outside. Both of these were taken at 11:30pm.



So in case you didn't know, here in Texas we actually have 2 moons! Ok, so really I'd love to know how my settings were messed up that I got the shot to look like this. I played with the settings for 10 minutes and all the shots came out similar to this one. Pretty fun little shot though.

I was originally going to straighten this photo in photoshop but the more I studied it the more the crooked-ness grew on me. My tripod is missing a rubber foot making it just about a quarter inch shorter than the other legs. Combine that with the slope of the street for "drainage" (ha!) and you have a wobbly photo. I like the colors and how each street lamp puts a different glow on the photo. about a half second before the shutter released the street lamp dead center of the photo went out. I wish I could have captured it!

9.11.2008

Patchwork Pillow

Today's feature post brings us a nifty patchwork pillow. I got the idea out of a book titled, "Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts." An amazing book if you love quilting, sewing or just looking at quilt-ish creations.

Really easy pillow to throw together and I love the colors in this, although admittingly it goes with nothing in my house. LOL.



I have a baby quilt that desperately needs finishing because well, the friend has already had the baby! Congratulations to Ms. Phillie and baby Erica!

:)

9.09.2008

Notecard Set

I know what you are thinking: "2 entries in one day!?" I know. I scare me sometimes too! But I figured I crafted so why not!?

I present to you a set of 4 notecards that I printed, scored, and folded. The images are all ones that I have taken and used a faux TTV effect (through the viewfinder). I've put this set on both Etsy and eBay. We'll see how they do! ::Crossing Fingers::

I'm trying to get some stuff sold so that I have a good excuse to spend money on this FANTASTIC stained glass kit I want. Yes, I totally want to do stained glass! How fun would that be?? It's like quilting but instead of needles to poke me I now have glass!

Horse Racing

So this is probably the best photo I got from that night I went out to Retama Park. I bet small wagers and broke even most of the night. I was about 5 dollars ahead after the first race! LOL.

So the last race we stayed for I felt really confident in my decision and wagered 10 bucks between 2 horses (yea, I'm a high roller!) because one was the favorite and the other was well, my favorite conformation wise. Let's just say neither horses did crap. I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles. Anywho, only 3 others on the flickr. I'll try to find a couple more of the two hundred something I took. But literally I only had maybe 5 turn out well. Damn dusk shots. Oh well, you shoot, you learn.

9.04.2008

the pic

I didn't post yesterday because it was the husband and I's 3rd anniversary! It was very lovely!

As promised a pic of the new studio! I wish this was a before picture, but its a crappy cell phone pic because the point and shoot was out of batteries and it was just too dusty to expose my good camera. This is post hose down. I took so much junk out of this shed I really should post a pic of the trailer I have loaded down to take to the dump on friday (I just realized that was tomorrow). Anywho, I took one full wheelbarrow load out of just dust and dirt. I finally resorted to washing it down with soap and stuff after a cattle blower (like a leaf blower) would blow out all the dust!

The whole thing will eventually get painted white with a turqoise wall. I've very excited!





I'll take batteries tomorrow!!

9.02.2008

The "new to me" Studio!

So, in the hustle and bustle of my life, we are getting ready to move.... again. It never ends does it? Tomorrow marks Trey and I's 3rd anniversary and we've lived in 10+ different cities. The great thing is - is that we are only moving 2 blocks over! YAY! My mother and father in law are on an extended business trip (read: 2+ years) and we are going to be taking care of their house come November (read: Moving in). It's a lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath home with humongo shed in the backyard which will house my STUDIO (and 4 dogs)!!

Today it was raining whilst I was cleaned out the rat, junk, dust, grime, and dirt filled shed so I didn't get any pictures but tomorrow I will take some of the before pictures.

8.12.2008

What has one been up to?

A whole lot of nothing! I actually applied for a job with the city, got inteviewed, then got turned down... I then had to reformat my computer after it crashed yet again, and now I'm back. I mainly have photos, a website and a partially finished quilt to share because I just haven't made the time in the last couple of weeks to really sit down and craft. I did finish a quilt top and I'm a quarter of the way done with the quilting process, so I'll blog about that in the next couple of days.

I do have my website up and going now though http://www.evanchandler.com/
It's version 2.0. I wasn't terribly happy with the last one but I LOVE this one. Oh and I know the home button doesn't work yet... still working on it and it might change again because I lost all of its data after the reformat.

Onward to the photos! You can see all of them at flickr.

7.23.2008

Applique Quilt - AKA "The Beast"

I call this, the beast. It's been a beast to tackle. Mainly because the top is actually a king size sheet. It fits perfectly the guest bedroom mattress as a queen size bedspread (go figure).

So I'll use another sheet as the back and have a very, very inexspensive quilt for my guest bedroom. My lens will only let me zoom out so far (i'm in dire need of a shorter lens) so this is what you get until husband gets here with the Point and Shoot. I'm going to add another small applique to the upper right side because what you are looking at now is the bottom left corner.


Oh! I should mention now, I'm starting a photography business! I went out on a limb and did it! I have a website up, its very much still under construction but please check it out! http://www.evanchandler.com/

7.05.2008

Fourth of July Photos

I finally own a great camera. I got a Canon 30d for my birthday and I have been quite the photographer lately. Here are a few from last night. Happy 4th everyone! Hope it was spectacular for you!