Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

From my house to yours

and beware what lies creeping in the shadows!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Website and a little Fall

(aztec lily flower from flickr)
After several years (ouch) I finally have a website for my jewelry line, Aztec Lily.
Now, believe me, it's nothing extravagant, just a simple place-keeper for the site I'd like it to be. Since I'm determined to know how to do this myself, it's taking some time, even with all the tools that help me out and promise I don't have to know html and all that other "hard" stuff. So, for now, it's very basic and you'll have to excuse me.--oh, and for some reason when you type the address in the search bar the link says "under construction", but if you click on it, the website will show up.

In other news, I think I'm finally warming up to the idea of this fall thing, even though I still haven't removed these...

...front door...

...back door...yes, the bright colors do look a little out of place, seasonally speaking, especially with the little pumpkin I have displayed near my front door. To make it all worse, I've had the goodies on hand to create my fall door masterpieces for over two months now! Ugh! And to think I felt SO proud of myself when I bought the stuff way before (I thought) I needed it. Typical me!
But I have added some fall-ish touches to my blog in the form of some changed font colors and my new banner, courtesy of Scrapblog, the only digital designing I've yet to try out. (But seriously, you have to try it out too, it's so easy!) Anyway, I hope you like.

Monday, October 27, 2008

School Photo

Can it really be that Isa is old enough to have her first school picture?

Yes and here's the proof...her kindergarten school photo! Wow, how time has flown by.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Loose ends

Even as I work my way through one to-do list, I'm making another one!

Oh, but it does feel good to cross each thing out! Something that's not on the list (but definitely something I've been wanting to do) is that I finally finished up my first scrapbook page that wasn't a class sample. In over a year! Well, kinda.

One part of it was a sample for an alcohol ink technique class I taught and I wanted to show how you could take the sample home and apply it to an entire scrapbook page.

See here. So anyway, after I finished that up I started digging into my stash of pages that are finished but need to go in albums,

see here, and ones that are completed class samples but still have no pictures

see here, some of which are at least a year old,

see here. With all these little loose ends I feel like I need to tie up so they will quit nagging at the back of my mind, it's hard to relax and enjoy time to be creative on new stuff, which is all I really wanna do.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eye Candy

There are tons of gorgeous hydrangeas growing in the nooks and crannies of Stagecoach road just begging to be tucked into a boquet in my little kitchen. I just love that I can add touches from my own flower garden too. So what if it's most often a flower that I've accidentally weeded!

When all the world is gray and gloomy you create your own light, that is, Fire and Light...

yes, that's right, the annual seconds sale was this weekend and mom and I went to buy ourselves some little treats.

I bought a few more plates, now I have 8...

...and I bought a soap/butter dish (I'm going to use it for butter). Isn't it pretty?

My oldies, but definitely still goodies, were sitting in the dark cupboard, jealous of all the attention I was focusing on my new stuff so I took them out for their 15 seconds of fame. I have a few more scattered pieces--butterflies, candlesticks, and pieces I use in photos with my jewelry--but cummon, I didn't have all day folks!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Daddy to the rescue!!

So I get home today, ready to GET STUFF DONE (including a hamper overloaded with laundry), I chit-chat with Elena before she's off to get her hair done, put some groceries away (thanks mom!), then go to put a couple of things in my room...I reach for the handle to my closed door and It won't turn because it's LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE!!! I frantically look for SOME WAY this can't be happening, realize it so totally IS really happening, then look for SOME WAY I can get around this oh so NOT little problem...there is NO WAY to get in!! The handle doesn't have a hole through which I could stick a hairpin to trip the lock, the hinges are on the inside of the door, the framing keeps me from being able to stick a credit card in--I'm feeling very panicky right now--so I walk around to the outside to look at the window,which I already know is locked from the inside and there is NO WAY to break in but I don't know what else to do, so I look in anyway feeling totally helpless and I see what I already know, that there is NO WAY to break in. UGH!! I call everybody, I call Elena, don't know why, there is nothing she can do, maybe I just want to make her feel bad? (my rational side knows that she never would have done this on purpose, hello!) I call Jake, again, don't know why, there is nothing he can do, maybe I just want him to confirm that I'm cursed with bad luck? I call my landlord--HE'S OUT OF TOWN FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS--again, don't know why, there is nothing he can do, maybe I just want to see if this has ever happened before, and if so what did they do about it? I call mom cuz, hello, she's my mommy and I want her make it all better! Finally I call dad to make sure he's not going to forget to stop by after work like we had planned so that he could fix my carport door's deadbolt that had been sticking for months now.

I try to get some other stuff done (the hamper is IN my room, on the OTHER side of the locked door), clean up some of my potted plants--wow, it's a sunny fall day, minus the 80mph (I exaggerate, but it's really been very bad) wind we've been having lately--until I hear HIS VOICE--DADDEEEEY!--I just KNOW he's gunna be able to fix it...............and he does, in less than 5 minutes!

Now about that hamper full of laundry...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Catching Up

A weekend of Art and pretty things...

You know when you find yourself in the moment when every single thing that HAS to be done piles up on you at once? Well, that's been the circumstance of my life over the past few weeks. I've been disciplined enough to cut distractions to allow myself to just power through so that I could reach that point where I could exhale (cuz I feel like I've been holding my breath for like a month!), let my bunched up, stressed out muscles relax and just BE.

Much of my anxiety centered on the Fieldbrook Art and Wine festival that I participated in for the 3rd year in a row. I seriously love being a part of this show but I never feel prepared going into something like this. Added to the feeling of unpreparedness was the weather forecast for 100% chance of rain!

Despite a light drizzle while my dad helped me set up (I made him stop to give me a smile), and a couple light scattered showers throughout the day, the festival was a success!

My booth, it makes me smile. This day was even busier for it was also the day that Elena did Pastels on the Plaza.

This marked her 7th year in a row of participating in this event! For the past 3 years it's been a busy day for all of us--
I get up early
Elena gets up early
I go to the winery
Elena checks in at the Plaza
My dad meets me there to set up
Dad goes back home to get ready with mom
Various friends stop by my booth thoroughout the day
Mom and Dad go to the plaza to see Elena at work
Elena, Mom and Dad come to Fieldbrook towards the end of the show
I get a break to eat and go check out the other booths
They all help me take down my booth
We all go to the plaza at the end of the day to walk around and see everyone's work
I take my annual picture of Elena with her work (I think I missed one year)
We all go to Arts Alive! in Old Town Eureka
(Depending on Briana's work schedule, she may or may not be in the mix)

So now that I'm "breathing" it's time to get ready for the holidays. I need to make new jewelry to take to the Shorelines, really actually get something up on my website, maybe start an Etsy shop, teach a class at Scrapper's edge, make a sample for my next class at Scrapper's Edge, update myspace, rearrange my container garden, oh yeah, and go to work, too! (sometimes that really gets in the way)

But I'm ready and rested, as I've spent some time relaxing with my sweetie pie just fresh in from Florida (He spent 5 days away to be in his friends wedding and swears off ever flying again). So we'll see what I can come up with next!


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