Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I am so excited about my new toy... a Bamboo Fun Tablet.
I can't wait to learn how to use it. And... it came with Corel Painter Essentials 3, Photoshop Elements 5.0 ( a nice upgrade from my 3.0) and Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0. FUN! FUN! FUN!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
So, I am up to my neck in this insane spring cleaning/life overhaul, but I HAD to take a minute to make a little SOMETHING! I used some charming images from the most endearing vintage baby book to make this banner. I loved working with these colors... aged pastels, I suppose.
My sis and I nearly worked ourselves to death yesterday. We are always having to move something that weighs more than we do.
And I'm wondering why I have so many shoes... and still want more?? I only have 2 feet. The math is so screwed up... Oh, well...
It is a dreary day, but still springtime, so I will not despair. I am off to McKinney to do my one day a month shift at the shop. I am soooo over-worked ;)...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
My favorite thrift store was full of treasures today. I found a great vintage wedding cake topper that is embellished with millinery flowers. The large mercury glass vase (?) has a wonderful pinkish tint. The "half-fast" cook plate is perfect for me. I LOVE the yellow swan planter!! It is so swanky! I also found a fabulous pagoda (a vintage aquarium piece), a sprig of silvey stuff, a box of adorable vintage cards, a compote bowl thing-y (or as I like to call it... a pimp cup... perfect for a nice sized afternoon cocktail), a couple of beaded votive holders and a crystal salt shaker (no top, but who cares).
Then... I strolled over to the jewelry case...
Not to mention these two funky old jewelry boxes!!!
I'm off to a meeting this morning and oh, it seems I might have to pass one of favorite thrift stores. Hmmmm... well I do need to look for trinkets for my nests... Perhaps just a quick dash in to scope out the baubles...
Hope your day is filled with blossoms and birdsong!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
It is a glorious spring day here in north Texas... but tomorrow it is supposed to be cold and rainy. UGH!
Ah, well... no worries. There will be plenty of chocolate and Peeps, so we will survive!
Best wishes to all for a lovely Easter!
Friday, March 21, 2008
TGIF!! It is a gorgeous spring day here in suburbia! The Glitter Girls have dashed off to Virgin Gorda to play in The Baths. What fun! I imagine they will be glittering seashells and making seaweed costumes before the day is done.
Me? Oh, how sweet of you to ask. I must finish my Easter bunny duties. As the kids get older their Easter baskets become more difficult and expensive to fill... but I am choosing to look at it as an opportunity to be creative. So, I am off to finish that task and enjoy this lovely day.
Those Glitter Girls had better take me on their next field trip!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Laurie and I are taking our youngest boys to see Horton Hears a Who. We are going to the matinee, so in theory I will still be able to get a few things done today.
Hope your day is sunny, too!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I have had a decidedly unproductive day. I did work on a few nest assemblages, but the gloom left me rather uninspired. My friend Laurie called to tell me her bedroom is flooded. She must have a leak in her ceiling. How dreadful!
So, here I am with my mantra... rain, rain, go away... hoping for sunny skies in the morning.
Monday, March 17, 2008
My sis and I FINISHED reorganizing my kitchen today in our on-going quest to free ourselves (well, me so far... her place is next) of all of the extra crap that conspires to make life a chore. I am feeling very zen-like... happier and freer with each sack-o-stuff that we haul away. I racked up at Half Price Books today, selling them a TON of books and videos. I LOVE my books and it was hard to part with so many of them, but it felt empowering to let a lot of them go. Now I am down to a mere million or so.
Tomorrow we conquer the hall closet and head around the bend to the master bedroom. My house feels lighter and lighter all the time!
I am so glad that spring is almost here!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
It is a lovely Saturday. I took a little while this morning to make some sweet scalloped ovals from images in a vintage baby book. They turned out nicely. The illustrations are so adorable... babies, butterflies, fairies, roses, birds and sweet lettering. If you are interested that are available in my shop...
Now I am off to clean out my laundry room. You are all welcome to come over and help!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Okay, okay... I won't really beat her, but she is going to help me with some re-organization in my most unloved room... the kitchen! I really wanted to build this house without a kitchen, because in my opinion it simply raises expectations. I got no support on that idea, so I, alas, do have a kitchen... a poorly appointed one, neglected and not cherished. But in my quest to have a better attitude toward those things I do not care for (cooking), I am cleaning, rearranging and generally trying to make my kitchen more endearing. My sis is the Queen of Organization, so she is a great help, not to mention we have a lot of fun and frivolity when we are together.
And we may indeed make a run to the Junque Jewelry Emporium after our chores. After all, a girl need a bangle or bauble after a hard day of scooting Tupperware and tidying the dishtowels.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Aren't these sweet birds? You can find them in my shop...
I'm off to cook DH's birthday feast. I am even making smelly old Brussel sprouts! ICK! I got him a cake that looks like a yelow ladybug. Yes, it's random, but so cute!!
I enjoyed making a few collage/assemblage pieces yesterday. They are listed in my shop now. http://seadreamstudio.net/
It is a chilly, very foggy morning here in north Texas. I took Will to the bus stop in the dark (due to the time change) and it was so foggy it was almost scary!
Today is DH's birthday so I must concoct a special feast for him tonight. This is the start of our birthday season for our family. It seems they are all sort of clumped together and we will be celebrating one every few weeks for the next several months. Let the festivities ensue!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
That thought (and a worktable covered in glitter and flowers) is making this blah Monday a bit more tolerable.
Well, I'm off to attend to real life... laundry, dinner...
Hope you have a lovely evening.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I've added some vintage items to my shop http://seadreamstudio.net/ today... including this sweet Napco March angel figurine. There are also some adorable vintage egg cups.
It has been a lovely day. I made a few more bird assemblages. Glitter and feathers were flying, the sun was shining and all was well.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Ah, it feels great to carve out an afternoon to get back in the studio and create! As you can see, I am in a spring-ish mood! It is very cold here today, but the snow is gone and the sun is shining brightly. I am up to my elbows in birds, glitter, millinery flowers, rhinestones, eggs, nests... well, all my favorite things to work with!
Hope you are having a beautiful, creative weekend, too!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
The world can be a very magical place at times... like when a new blogger friend sends you a most marvelous gift! JoAnna from An Altered FairyTale http://analteredfairytale.blogspot.com/ is an amazingly talented artist. Her creations are full of whimsy and beauty. She pays such attention to detail that her pieces are truly works of depth and meaning. Out of the blue she sent me this absolutely gorgeous piece. It is so ME! I adore every little thing about it! It will have an honored place in my Mermaid WonderLand... not only because it is so incredibly fabulous, but also because it is a reminder that friends are one of life's most precious treasures!!!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
While I was out I had to drop lunch money off for Will, so I took another thousand snow photos. There is a huge farm adjacent to the school and it is so beautiful. These pretty birds were kind enough to not fly away until after I snapped their picture.
Well, well... what have we here? SNOW! Geeze! It will all be gone soon as the temps are predicted to be in the 50s today. The roads are totally clear, so no day off school. Poor kids! Poor teachers with all those distracted pupils!
But, it is so pretty. I spotted this cardinal as I was driving Will to the bus stop.
Well, off to vote.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Good grief! What is this?? It is March! I live in the suburbs of Dallas, TEXAS! Snow does not make a mermaid so happy! DH has the palms winterized, so they'll be fine. My tiki bar looks so shivery!! Poor thing! We have not had any snow all winter and now this. Too funny!! Better late than never. Lots of trees are already budded here. Crazy Texas weather!
Thank God tomorrow it we be 50 degrees so I can go vote! It is Super Tuesday! Gotta' go Ba-Rock the vote!!