Saturday, March 29, 2008

An update on the house. . .




Our One Line Movie Review: August Rush

"Like Mr. Holland's Frumpus, but lamer." - Hubby

"August Rush: bringing false hope to orphaned children everywhere. Ridiculous." - Me

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A little still-life from a March morning . . .

The beautiful flowers Hubby gave me for our anniversary against a snowy background. That's right, I said snowy. March 27 and its snowy. Sigh. But back to happier thoughts, the flowers are a bouquet of pink star lilies, white tulips and a delicate calico hydrangea which I happened to have in my wedding bouquet. Lovely, huh? From a local florist called Roots.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter, A Cool Story, and Our Anniversary








Here are a few photos of our Easter. . . Lucy in her Easter dress, our nephews and our Easter Egg Hunt. Clever feet photo with candy all over the ground courtesy of Katherine Wallin of Wallin Photography. Oh, and Lucy in her bunny ears with her favorite snuggly bunny (both by Bunnies by the Bay, the softest and cutest baby stuff you can imagine).

Ok, cool story. . . after the Easter Egg hunt, our nephews were still kind of in seek-and-find mode so they were going on a treasure hunt around the courtyard of our complex. They found all sorts of "treasures" like a screw driver, petrified gum, a stick that looked like a gun, a lug nut that looked like a bullet, some cool rocks, colorful plastic bits, etc.

To make it a little more exciting and to keep them going for awhile I told them there was a real treasure around here somewhere, that the other night when hubby and I came home from who-knows-where, a neighbor we'd never met, poked his head up over the fence and asked if anyone had found an engagement ring. Well, this perked my interest, of course, and I tried to get more out of him. He said (and I wish I could remember his exact words) that someone had thrown a ring and it hit this huge RV that's parked back there and then bounced into the darkness. I offered appropriate sympathy ("oh man, that sucks!") and told him we'd keep our eyes open. We walked away and thought, that poor guy is never going to see that ring again!

Well, within ten minutes of telling that story to the nephews, Sam our oldest nephew came running over with his hand clenched in his pocket with another one of his treasures, but this time it was for real! He'd found the ring! I gave him a big hug and said he'd just made someone very happy I was sure! We set off immediately on foot to go around the block to the neighbor's house with the adjoining backyard and huge RV. We knocked on the door but the guy wasn't there. So we left him a big note on the fence he'd peeked over saying, "We found it!" and our Condo Number. On the way back Sam found a wad of money (ones). . . I swear if we'd have kept walking he would be rich by the time we were done, this is one lucky kid.

I would have loved for Sam to be the one to give it to the guy, but it didn't work out that way. Sam had to go home and the neighbor didn't see the note until this evening. But when the doorbell rang, I knew who it was. I opened the door and he was standing there with a big smile on his face and an orange note in his hand, tape still on it. He said, "You guys are the only ones I told about this. I'd been looking for that ring for three hours when I told you and I felt so dumb, I'd just kind of given up." I told him about our nephews and their treasure hunt and he said, "Well, its an Easter miracle. Tell them thank you. This really made my Easter so much better."

P.S. AND it's our anniversary. Happy Anniversary, babe! We think this will be the only one in our lives that will fall on Easter. AND It's our seventh. How cosmic. They say if you can make it through 7 years, you can make it through anything. . . I'm up for at least another seven, what about you, Sweetie?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Greenday

I snapped this little self-portrait of me and Lucy showing off our St. Patty's day greens this morning and moments later she spit up half her bottle. Being the caring mother I am, I diverted the eruption of spewed milk away from my new birthday trench and her hand-knit sweater. . . I know, I know, its only "stuff" and I shouldn't be so concerned with worldly stuff. . . but its green stuff, darn-it, and we are going to wear this beautiful green stuff all day, if it kills me!

Friday, March 14, 2008

demolition derby




So, like I said, we bought a house. A beautiful, little old bungalow with loads of charm and space and room to grow. But it also has room to improve, so we're knocking down some walls to open things up and updating kitchen and bathroom and, well, practically gutting it. Hubby's been hard at work all week doing demo. . . and being incredibly rugged and masculine. Give the man a sledge hammer and a crow bar and he can bring the house down. . . bet you never knew a guy who even irons his clothes to go camping would enjoy getting this dirty.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

eagats!


I started teaching a Flash class today at one of our local colleges and because I'm such a blog nerd, I had to create a blog for the class. Some of you design and animation geeks out there might like to follow along as I link to cool sites, find tips and tricks, and post student projects there. Here's the link to eagats!

March - Inspiration Board


I know we're already 11 days into the month, but here is my inspiration board for the month. . . a small collection of things that make me happy when I look at them. I rotate stuff through every month or so, depending on my mood and whatever strikes me. No theme really, except that I like the way it looks together. Oh, and that fortune is possibly the best one I've ever received, it says, "Your talents will be recognized and rewarded." It may stay on my inspiration board all year. . . I'm putting it out there to the universe, Oprah.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Illustration Friday


So, I'm an artist and I really should draw more. So I'm going to make it a goal to do Illustration Friday with the thousands of illustrator/bloggers out there. And yes, the above illustration is about my birthday this week. . . and my obsession with cupcakes. . . and I think I need to animate it. Make it a little e-card.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Bag Tag. . .


I'm behind on three tags so I'm going to try to catch up. Tag #1, the Bag Tag. . . I was tagged by Katherine to share what's in my bag. Well, here is my latest and greatest bag, a gardening tote with all the essentials. . . a fabulous birthday gift from my parents. I can hardly wait to don the hat and the sloggers and get out in my new yard, that's right, I said new yard. We just bought a house and for the first time in a long time I'll have a yard to tinker around in! (Jamshack ladies, let's not bring up the fact that we killed the lawn and several of the bushes way back when in Provo, I'm starting fresh with this house and it will be totally different, I'm more mature now). It has rose bushes and a tulip border and an apricot tree AND an ivy hedge with a picket gate you walk through to get to the back yard, my own secret garden. I'm so excited about it and this bag will get plenty of good use. . .

And I tag A. Porter, A. Pratt, J. Geddes, Missy, Sarah, and Nicole P. . . what's in your bag? You may take a picture or just describe it and then post on your blogs!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

rockabye sweet baby james



This is a fairly modern baby quilt I made for some dear friends' new baby. . . James. I have to give props to Denyse Schmidt for the design (don't you love her?) which is based on her series of Rugby Stripes work quilts. I really enjoyed a podcast I heard a while back where she was interviewed by craftsanity and she said she was glad she's inspired quilters out there and doesn't mind if they mimic her work, it is the greatest form of flattery, right?

Anyhow, my dimensions, if you want to know, are:
  • Thick stripes (4 brown and 3 blue) 5.5" x 36"
  • Thin stripes (6 maroon and deep red) 1.5" x 36"
  • one yard of 45" wide fabric for the back
  • 1 1/4 yard of solid red for bias tape, with plenty left to bind another quilt or two
  • Final size is about 36 x 42"
P.S. I stick with Denyse's general rule of using mostly solid colors, and then prints and patterns just to add interest. If you run out of a color (or even if you don't) find a scrap in your stash that is the same value, not necessarily the same color, and sub it in. How do you know if its the same value? Hold the two fabrics next to each other and squint. . . do they have the same visual weight or kind of just disappear into each other?

Friendship Quilt for Alice


I wanted to thank you all for contributing to the Friendship Quilt we put together for Alice Edvalson. She was so thrilled to be presented with it at the Christmas party and really was touched. And I want you to know, that it has been complete and delivered to Alice where she had a quilt stand ready to display it on! It turned out beautiful and was a fun project. Thanks again for taking the time to let Alice know how grateful we are to her for her years of service as our Sugar House Ward Relief Society President and how much we love her.

The friendship quilt is a wonderful tradition that is hundreds of years old. Quilts were often made by church congregations to give to their departing pastors and their families as they were moving on to another town or parish. Luckily, Alice isn't going anywhere, but we can still thank her for a job well done.