Saturday, December 24, 2011

They're Here!!!

 After nearly a month of suspense, my business cards finally arrived yesterday! 
They were worth the wait.  
We had a bit of confusion with the company we ordered from, Pixxlz, but they kindly amended the mistake, paid for our shipping and gave us credit for printing pictures with them in the future.  
We were treated kindly, fairly, and personally, which my mom and I so appreciated.  
I recommend using the company in the future: they are personal, accommodating, affordable and eco-friendly, which was the reason I selected them in the first place! 
Not to mention the final product was flawless!
I couldn't wait to slide them in my beautiful card case made specially by my love. 
It was the perfect early Christmas present. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holly Cupcakes

 My talented friend Amy made yummy chocolate cupcakes and topped them off with holly berries!  She made the leaves by mixing two different kinds of green gel icing, and used a simple red coloring for the berries.  
It's a really nice effect.

Mini-Midnight Wrapping Tutorial

I met up with Mer for a silly zumba work out and a midnight present wrapping tutorial with Ms. BJ---enhanced by Publix's surprisingly delicious spinach artichoke dip.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The World's Smallest Post Service Kit

Artist Lea Redmond is the creator of The World's Smallest Post Service Kit.  Each kit comes with all the miniature goodies you would need to send tiny packages and letters to your friends and family.

Snow Globe Finale

 I finished my snow globe!  
Inside I used a small skater figurine, wine cork, old christmas lightbulbs, red buttons, clear and silver glitter.  
I also finished it off with my favorite stripy fisherman's yarn.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rough Diamond

I've never much liked the look of diamonds...but these rough cut beauties are really special.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa on a Harley and Dogs in Sweaters

I got an unexpected project this evening: Mom needed Christmas cards, and although my laziness prevented me from doing an extended search of our basement for them (five minutes tops), it did not prevent me from enthusiastically offering to whip up two handmade holiday cards for her instead.  
This one is for a teacher who loves dogs.
It's my favorite.  
Look at his little sweater!
This one is for a teacher who loves motorcycles. 

The Brave Little Toaster

Cam pointed out this brave little toaster stenciled street art on the sidewalk this weekend.  
It's funny how things crop up after you've talked about them.
We had just had a discussion about how The Brave Little Toaster was one of our favorites, but also a very scary movie.  
Do you remember The Brave Little Toaster?  
Scary scenes I can remember off of the top of my head:
*something about a scary fireman clown and a shower
*the air conditioner going crazy
*curby (Kirby?) swallowing his cord at the waterfall
*getting lost in the rain storm and (maybe lampy?) short circuiting
*when they got stuck in the muck
*when they ended up in that scary pawn shop in the wilderness
*when they went into Master's house, and the modern electronics were mean and scary
*The junkyard!
That is a long list.  The Brave Little Toaster definitely ranks high on my list of surprisingly disturbing children's movies, a few spots behind E.T.  
However, I liked The Brave Little Toaster, I did NOT like E.T.

Snow Globe Fun

For my little's birthday, I had her over for a day of crafting.  
She made a dozen or so bobby pins and I worked on my slow globe.  
It's a little bitty one made from a spice jar.   
It's not finished yet, I used superglue, which I would not recommend unless you really wanted to make sure your figurines were stuck forever--because forever takes a while to dry.
If you try it yourself, just use a glue gun.
Baby oil instead of water is a nice idea as well because it makes your doo-dads and glitter float more slowly and gracefully, but I'm being a cheap-o and adding water tomorrow.  

Garland in the Shop

I finally photographed and added my garland to the shop.
Check it out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

First Etsy Sale: Penguins

First, I'd like to apologize for my conspicuous (I wish) absence from the blogosphere.  
My mac power cord broke, I was preparing for finals, life was a madhouse.  
But my lovely friend Christine lent me her cord and I have an absolute panoply of posts to share with all of you.
Yesterday I mailed out my first ever etsy order!
It was a special order: she requested the color orange and penguins for her niece.  
I hope little Bella loves her notebooks.
Since it was my first order, in the Christmas spirit I threw in an extra octopus notebook.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bubbles and Glass

I love these bubble-like glass orb necklaces.  
They are so unusual and lovely--like a piece of fantasy injected into your every day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What do you like to munch?

What's your favorite recipe?
I need your help!
This requires a special font and illustration.
I am working on a collaborative project and 
need your most especially favorite recipe.  
I hate flipping through cookbooks hunting down a recipe I've never tried.  I'd much rather use your tried-and-true favorites.  
Please send me your favorite recipe!

Stamp Time

I have been up to my eyeballs in marketing materials these past two nights.  
If I want to sell my work and have people actually remember who made it, I need to have some sort of information attached! 
So here is my design for my stamp.  
I like the wobbly letters.

Monday, November 28, 2011

How You Love

An undefended strength is a double weakness
 I’ve got a week of class to go and then a week of finals...and as I look back on this semester...I am humbled.  I see so many failures.  I see so many miracles and countless ebbs of grace that I most certainly did not deserve.  I see the word LOVE painted across these months...making my heart heavy.  
A quality that always seemed to bubble over, a well never drying...the commandment with which I never struggled--I look back and see so much broken, misused and misapplied love.  I see selfishness...I see sloth. 
God is digging deeper, peeling back my pride-gilded good deeds and “love” and revealing their tainted roots.  I am broken again and again, and do not seek him, then fall to his feet and beg for forgiveness and then like an unfaithful lover...fling myself back into the night.  
I write this joyfully.  For I see God moving in my the midst of these shards, and shattered bits...things have grown.  I have truly struggled this semester.  I’ve hurt people--something I’ve never wanted--but have done.  I’ve blindly bumped, battered and bruised those around many have I unintentionally crumpled and torn? What wasteful words have spilt and stained?  I always prided myself in being positive, in filling others up, in building and adding to them, in bestowing encouragement and sprinkling sunshine and rainbows.  
I still do.  But my undefended strength became a double weakness.  Bravery can breed stupidity, tact warps into untruthfulness.  My great love was twisted and used to hurt those around me.  Cam has been reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and he told me of a concept illustrated that I believe in whole heartedly: that of virtues turning into vices, and vices that can be redeemed into virtues.  
John 13:34-35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Nested Ornaments

I spent the second half of my Saturday listening to Christmas music and decorating the small tree to our front room.  
After Mom snagged it on sale a few Christmases ago, it has become my responsibility to decorate that tree.  
While I artistically arranged the different ornaments I'd selected for a photoshoot, Cam systematically tweaked and replaced each light on every strand. 
It was a lovely evening spent close to family, warm and cozy--we have so few nights in which we're all together for a meal.  

Bumble Bee Business Cards

 I have finally picked a design that I feel truly reflects my work.  
Check it out and let me know what you think!
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