Thursday, September 30, 2010

vote at spoonflower!'s a follow-up to my last post. voting for "gourds" contest is up & running! (this is my first time entering a contest there & i have much to learn....) there are some really fun prints & you can vote for as many as you want!! (new contest every week :)    spoonflowercontest

Saturday, September 25, 2010

some art work...

ok here's some things i've been working on lately ...(i've actually had a bit of an obsession: i really want to design fabric! so i've really been pouring a lot into developing an idea --but i'm realizing i just can't rush this, primarily cause i don't know enough about the medium yet.) so i've rediscovered spoonflower. i already knew about it, but i didn't think of it as such a resource for learning the medium (one of the only resources for someone like me.) it's a whole new ball o'wax to translate art work into something that's graphically pleasing & repeatable. so i'm starting to take advantage of this "design-your-own-fabric" site. it's a great way to mess around with your ideas to see what works or doesn't. so here's some pieces i did inspired by the "gourds" contest next week (there's a new theme for a contest every week & anyone can go vote -fun!)                     ....& here it is in repeat:       so  i wanted to do some sweet little prints to complement the main piece, so this is bird village, which i'm really happy with how it looks in repeat- more "fabric-y".                       ...& feathers, which i love, but need to work on a little more so it's a smoother repeat .....                   .....& this is a totally different project. it's a banner i painted for the other blog -my side business with my friends.                 

Monday, September 20, 2010


i just wanted to check in & apologize for being MIA for so long... my lack of posting is due to a.) our camera is broke (we just don't have much luck with electronics grrr)  & b.) just not much to report. ....but i'll give a little update anyway. sweety girl is now a kindergartner -at home- & things are already more of a challenge than i expected. we're so bad about being in a good routine, so that doesn't help, but actually teaching this girl is not always going smoothly. she's extremely bright but just seems to have a bit of a block when it comes to letters & words. i don't know if it's stubbornness or that she just isn't getting it yet. we're persevering though. ....little man is still working on the potty training, but we'll have a good day followed by 2 or 3 frustrating ones, but i don't expect these things to happen quickly so it's ok. he has a new word though! it goes like this:  "dehr-CHTT!"  did you get that? it means "truck", of course :)  ...i want to get back in sewing mode & make sweety girl some dresses & little zipper pouches for school, among other things, but can't get into that mode yet. i have been working on some water color projects, though, that i'll post soon. ....also want to motivate myself to get out & get my fall garden planted, (which first involves tearing out the scorched overgrowth & weeds weeds weeds from the summer garden) but the weather is just starting to turn, so soon it will be cool enough to want to be out again.   ok. i'll stop there. see, i told you it wasn't exciting ;)  just wanted to give a little shout ...out there.

Monday, September 13, 2010

peek at a project

here's a little something i'm working on --i'll show the whole thing when i get to a scanner... (i've never done birds before, but i'm kinda lovin these little finches!) ...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

happy place (this qualifies)

 um... amy butler does wallpaper now. i want some. any of it. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

someone's potty training!!

i've heard boys are notoriously tough to train, so i've been expecting the worse. but here he is, a month shy of two, and he's being easy peasy. we're just being very relaxed about it & keeping it fun. the baby sign for "potty" is a tremendous help, as he's not real big on the spoken word. in fact, this boy's been a little ahead on everything but talking. he says 3 words: mama!, bye bye & dad. oh well ...i heard a rumor once that einstien didn't talk til he was five. but don't quote me on that :)