Friday, December 29, 2006
so did anybody get (or give) anything really great? here were my top 11 (since 10 is never enough) favorite gifts that i received:
*1. a really soft white bath robe *2. a blanket that i secretly loved for a long time- my mom saw it and KNEW that i would love it, so she got it for us- it has trees on it! little green trees! i will show you later... *3. a waffle iron. so so great. *4. neil young cd's *5. an iPod shuffle, which i havent opened yet because i want to get a nano instead- the wait is KILLING me though! *6. fondue! *7. domino magazine- the current issue is REALLY GOOD! or at least i think it is! *8. camera memory card (who can have too many of these? i always need more!) *9. a burt's bee's starter kit!!! so so soooo wonderful. *10. really awesome white cozy mittens *11- a block of colby cheese and some real maple syrup from my grandpa's "woman friend"- dont laugh! i'm from wisconsin! this was an awesome gift :)
what are you doing for new years eve? this is my first new years eve that i will actually get to go out- i missed the cut off date by just a few weeks last year! my birthday is january 27, just a little too late for bar hopping on new years. but now i'm 21 so it will be good. AND our friends brian and lindsay are coming from michigan, and lindsay turns 21 on december 29 (woah, thats today!) so i KNOW she'll want to go out. i am thinking about making spaghetti for everybody so we all have a full stomach to soak up all that beer (and champagne- my favorite!)
this morning i decided to get up at 4:30 and do the dishes. sounds crazy- but joe had to get up for work anyway, and i always see him off to work, so why not? after he left i listened to some neil young and ate some candy. now i am blogging. it's 5:38- i should go back to bed now.
take care, i will be making my blog rounds today and tomorrow, i miss you guys- everyone has been on break forever it seems!
(oh yeah- this is me eating a waffle made with our new waffle iron. topped with strawberries and fresh maple syrup and a side of bacon. drinking coffee and bailey's)
Sunday, December 17, 2006
a cone tree that i made (2 more coming!)
scissors ornament that i made for our tree.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
blogger! stop spacing my paragraphs out like that! and start spacing them when i WANT spaces! uuuuugh.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
how is everybody doing? i hope none of you are too stressed from the holidays coming up. i am happy to say that this christmas season has been much less stressful than last christmas. last year i think i just had way too much going on, this year i'm a little more carefree. right now i am thinking that sending christmas cards might not happen, and i am okay with that. i would like to send them, but if it doesnt happen, it doesnt happen.
i have a few new things that i have made over the past couple of days. 2 journals and a couple of moleskines. tomorrow is a day of paper cutting, folding and creasing, followed by packaging lots of orders and a walk to the post office. oooh yeah, and grocery shopping (since i have put it off for over a week!) yikes- tonight i had a piece of toast with jam for dinner- that's literally all that is left! so i HAVE to go shopping tomorrow, yuck. i might go to this boutique called polly annas if i find time because i have a gift card. oh dang it i have to make a custom journal for somebody too. there is a lot to do, but i have a few days off from my restaurant job so if i dont finish tomorrow, no big deal. i am actually thankful that i have so much to do- i know so many people who are so bored with life because they dont have anything to pass time besides housework and watching television. those of you who know me know about my animosity towards watching television on a regular basis. anyway...
coptic bound journal, illustrated with black india ink. "plants"....okay, so i have had a lot of "plants" journals, i know.
everything above is in my etsy shop right now. i am trying to keep it stocked for the holiday season, although it's almost over.
okay i'm tired. good night, friends.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
okay, more later. have a good one!
Friday, December 01, 2006
i dont really like snow all that much. i had to dig my car out of the apartment parking lot with a snow scraper since i dont have a shovel. hmph.
at least the pine trees look nice.
5 things that i'm loving today:
this beautiful photo of a farm
this pine box
yes, those are my current swoons. it was hard to narrow my list down- joe says that i want everything. not true. i just want everything that's cute and that i dont have to go to the store to get.
have a great friday night!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
2. sip tea and listen to holiday songs.
3. drive to the ritzy neighborhoods and look at the lights on the houses.
4. bake cookies.
5. go out for flavored coffee and muffins.
6. watch a christmas movie like rudolph or frosty.
7. bundle up and go to lake geneva. or a little town like it.
8. make and eat these cookies. (this recipe looks awesome!)
9. make nutcracker sweets (these things ae so so sooo good- another favorite from when i was a child)
10. make decorations.
11. put up the tree!
12. wrap presents
13. write out our holiday cards
14. drink hot chocolate while looking at a big book (i have a huge m.c. escher book that i love)
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
this is the inside, it opens up and turns into a bar. joe made it and helped me paint it black.
i illustrated it with india ink and painted the red and grey part. this is the view from the front:
so that's that. it was a fun project, a nice break from the journals and stationery stuff. but now i'm ready for journals and stationery again. the holidays are right around the corner, can you believe it?? i'm really excited because the first holiday season that i get to share the things that i make with others. etsy is finally being a little bit more user friendly, i'm hoping that it holds out till christmas. etsy v2 is a great thing and the staff is working extremely hard to keep everything running smoothly, but wow are there ever a lot of bugs! i'm sure everything will be good to go soon, though.
this is my newest card:
i released it sometime last week and sold a few yesterday. i was having/am having a sale yesterday and today in honor of thanksgiving and black friday and i am thrilled because i am using the few dollars that i made to go shopping today. yes friends, i am going out in public on this crazy day. i mean, its 4 a.m. right now, the stores open in an hour and i am awake, so why not catch some killer deals? last year i did some christmas shopping on this day. this year i think i am just going to try to buy myself a couple of things. i really need new clothes, but pier 1 is calling my name too. i am going to try very hard to avoid it, though!
okay, that's all for today. for now i am going to go finish a journal to post on etsy sometime today. are you doing any holiday shopping on etsy this year? i sure am! i am buying about 90% of everyone's gifts from etsy and other handmade places. cannot wait!
take care everyone! and if you go out today, be careful!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Here's how it works:
Waking Up: The Knitters - Someone Like You (NOT a rod stewart cover! gag)
First Day At School: Zeke - Mountain Man (yikes)
Falling in Love: Johnny Cash - Dont Take Your Guns to Town. (oh man, that's hilarious.)
Life's Okay: Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (this is perfect, if only I was Johnny!)
Mental Breakdown: Super Suckers - Captain
Driving: Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (I feel like Im in prison when I drive! I hate driving!)
Flashback: Feist - Mushaboom.
Getting Back Together: Elvis Costello - My Mood Swings
Birth of a Child: Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (yeah, we're not having kids for sure now!)
Final Battle: Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
the other day i bought a new box of stash chai tea, my favorite. well, the thing is- it tastes and smells different...like theres too much cinnamon or something. now, dont get me wrong, i love cinnamon. but i dont like when something tastes different than usual. i was hoping that it was just that particular tea bag, but it was not. kind of a bummer! i want the chai tea that makes my lips curl when i whiff it, not make my nose tingle.
im listening to the only radio station that i listen to on a regular basis (my car doesnt have a cd player so what else will i listen to on my way to work? all my old mix tapes are biting the dust, they've been played too many times.) ANNNYWAY, so yeah sometimes i listen to the radio at home too, and right now im listening to a station called 97.1 FM, the drive, and uugh they are playing a lot of crap tonight. its an older rock n roll/rock/etc station. they play a lot of CCR, eric clapton, bob seger, CSNY, simon and garfunkel, stuff like that. but tonight is terrible! ack, im about to climb over the mountain of stuff in the middle of the room just to get to my stereo and put a cd in. (im not hip enough yet- no ipod for me *cough*maybe for christmas*cough* (are you reading this, moonshine?) haha, i call my husband my "moonshine" because he makes me drunk with love.
alright, i have to go work on my etsy shop a little more. i've been updating it a ton over the past few days.
take care friends!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
i got a lot of great feedback on the first birch journal, so i decided that i should offer another one, since that one sold. i was in a journal mood tonight, so i cut a bunch of paper and designed a cover and then i bound this:
Monday, November 06, 2006
here they are side by side
cheese cutting boards:
thats all for tonight, friends! have a good day!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
i'm going to update my blog tomorrow because i want to show you some cool things that i have found online. stockings, cheese cutting board, etc...all really great stuff.
today i am going to organize my "office" as i call it. this is a HUGE project, especially because i dont have anywhere to put anything. i found a great shelving unit at lowes and i was really excited that i would be able to buy it after the show but hey, looks like thats not happening. joe says i can use some of the money in our joint account but i dont feel right doing that- this is something for ME, not for US. although, haha, i suppose it could be for US since he's the one who wants my office organized!!! haha, i do too, but i just dont want to do it.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
ive been working on journals (as you may know) and i cant wait to show them to you! with this new batch ive been kind of drifting towards my older ideas...the ones i had before i started with the whole journal thing. you see, i used to have a huge love for monsters. so lately ive been working little creatures into my designs here and there, and i must say that im excited about this. i kind of left them high and dry for a while, focusing more on nature. and while i still love nature more than anything because its so true and here and now, im finding that i need something that isnt so serious. the world that we live in is so serious that sometimes i just need an escape. my escape is crafting, as is most of yours, but ive noticed that sometimes my crafting just isnt exactly what i want it to be- there seemed to be a very small thing missing from it, something that i usually didnt notice. but now that my creatures are back, i think that i found the missing part. im thinking about even taking this all one step further. i know that a lot of people like to keep a journal, but i also realize that the world is a busy place and some people just dont have the time for one. i want to reach out to more people, and im thinking about turning my creatures into illustrations. (im currently thinking to myself: illustrations...okay, so i guess the whole screen printing set up and printmaking classes may be put on hiatus...again.) anyway, we'll see how it goes. i have a bunch of little drawings of robots and creatures hanging around that i never really DO anything with, and i think its the right time to introduce them (note to self: dont forget about all the holiday cards you are supposed to make this year, erin.)
anyway, im really thirsty and i think that was why i decided to get up in the first place. oh, and because i wanted to tell you guys about the new creatures.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
i need TONS of stuff to sell at art vs. craft in milwaukee. but im still going to list most of the things i make on etsy because its been SO long since ive been able to offer new journals on there!
here are a couple new things for the time being:
so today looks like a beautiful fall day. i want to go outside! maybe i will tell joe that we should throw the football around for a while today.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
as of today, i am taking a blog break! tomorrow is the rehersal and then sunday is THE day.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
new pocketbooks! slowly being listed on my etsy site.and my newest thing- illustrations!