Sunday, June 30, 2013

That's What She Said Sunday



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It's been 100+ degrees here in west Texas! It's time for ice cream and sprinklers! Sadly, I never catch the ice cream truck! I can hear the song, but it just taunts me!

Here's hoping you can catch the ice cream truck and enjoy a treat!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

5am Moodboord



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Right now it's 5 am and Amelia is wide awake! We are watching My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (like always). I can't decide if I should have a coffee or wait and see if she wants to go back to sleep (I want to go back to sleep!).

I had lots of fun making this moodboard, it's happy and optimistic. Right now, I'm trying to keep those feelings alive, and bright colors, ice cream, mermaid hair, Amelie(favorite movie), Disney, and fun pink roller skates evoke those feelings for me. A little reminder to have fun and enjoy the little moments, and not to worry about things I can't change.

Find Your Voice: Week 1

I am really enjoying this project. I took me a while to get started, but it all started falling into place late last night. :)

Here is the cover of my SmashBook that I am using. There is a nifty pocket in the back to put my worksheets.

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Here are a few fun supplies I picked up at Target this morning that I can't wait to use!

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It took me a while to fill out the worksheets, and for a few minutes I felt kinda stressed, but I went and watched some My Little Pony and got some perspective. I'm not deep or philosophical. I'm pretty laid back and I like cute things. So my worksheet is a true reflection of me (also with the lack of sentences, just words and phrases, that's how I think). I also had to start with the last question and work my way to the first...

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Lesson One: Intro
What is storytelling to you? What stories do you want to tell?
Story telling is about the journey (good and bad), the little things, and the memories. I want to tell all the things I never want to forget. My treasures, memories, and love!

Who are you?
quirky, phase-y, colorful, kawaii, adventurous, aware, indecisive, learning focus, growing, brave

What are your storytelling goals? How do they fit in with the rest of your creative and life goals?
goals: be expressive, find myself in this new stage of life, try something new
fits in: be creative always (in everything), find happiness in the everyday, discover the spirituality within myself, be a positive role model for my daughter

What are your favorite stories? What do they have in common?
Fav stories: Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Edie, Legally Blonde, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Enchanted, Beauty and the Beast
Common: magic, humor, romance, tragedy, LIFE!, action, spontaneity

What styles do you find aesthetically pleasing? What are you drawn to visually?
faces, eyes, color, simple, cute, black and white with pops of color, vintage, kitschy, minimalist flare

Which storytellers do you admire?
Josh Ritter, Lisa Loeb, Jewel, Jenny Lewis, Ayn Rand

What is your ideal story? What are you looking to get out of the FYV workshop?
Ideal story: real, raw, magical, journey, spiritual, awakening

I know my answers may not make much sense to you, but that's ok.

If you would like to participate in the Find Your Voice workshop (IT'S FREE!!), check out the links below:

Click Here to learn more about Find Your Voice

Download lesson one here

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Unfinished Projects

This is a new feature I'm starting in the hopes that it will motivate me to finish some of the many projects that I've started.



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First up is the baby blanket I started knitting in February. I was inspired by this blanket and tutorial from The Purl Bee.

I altered my pattern a bit and decided against doing the stripes because the yarn I found was making such a pretty pattern.



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I'm using Yarn Bee First Love yarn in lovely, and US 10 circular needles.
I cast on 115.
Purl the first and last stitch of each row to make a border, and just do a regular knit stitch for the rest.
So far I am on my second skein of yarn, and I know I will need at least one more.

Today I worked on a few rows while Amelia and I watched Mulan.
I'll keep you posted on my progress. If you would like to make your own blanket and have any questions feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to answer.

What unfinished project do you need to work on? I'd love to see it! Leave a link in the comments.

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Amelia is sitting up and trying to crawl. It's so cute!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Doll Design: Kawaii Ears



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I've been coming up with new doll designs, and I obviously have a thing for animal ears. I've been working on more embroidered faces, and in the future plan to add cute sayings or some song lyrics to the bodies of the dolls. I had 'Lost At Sea' by Eisley stuck in my head while thinking up this doll. Hopefully, if my design works out, I will have a new doll for sale in my shop soon.

That's What She Said Sunday



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Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Currently



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Things have been busy around here, and every time I get a second something else comes up. I saw this over at Lariats and Lavender and decided to play along.

Reading I just finished the third book in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, and I'm trying to decide what to read next.

Wondering how to make more time fit in a day. Or how to build a time turner.

Feeling Thankful that my husband has a second interview for a better paying job.

Eating lots of cherries and ramen.

Watching besides My Little Pony or Littlest Pet Shop with Amelia, I've been sneaking in some KamiSama Kiss.

Working On finding a routine to get more done with a baby. It's tough. I need time to work out, work on illustrations for my children's book, and dolls...but none of it is happening right now. I mostly focus on keeping Amelia happy, fed, and on a quasi nap schedule.

Loving my iPad mini. It helps me get so much done with a baby sleeping on me.

Drinking mineral water or strawber-Rita's.

Playing nothing right now. But that new Animal Crossing game looks cute.

Listening To the new Paramore album when I get the chance or 90's alternative pandora.

Wearing Paramore ice cream tee and some GAP pale pink khakis.

Wanting a vehicle with A/C, Coffee, and these overalls that I will never be able to afford.

Following I haven't been reading too many blogs lately, mostly books or manga.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

30 Before 31



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I'm always making goals and long lists, but I have a hard time sticking to any of it. But I do enjoy making the list and trying. Here are my 30 Before 31 goals (yes I'm 30 OMG!):

1. Make a cheesecake from scratch.
2. Take a sewing class
3. Go to a yoga class. (I tried Zumba last year)
4. Finish knitting the baby blanket I started.
5. Visit Marfa or Santa Fe (or both!)
6. Go watch a movie at the Drive In
7. Plant flowers and keep them alive. (Doing pretty good so far!)
8. Make an exercise journal and find a routine that works for me. (Bye bye baby weight!)
9. Get a treadmill and run a mile a day. (It's too hot to run outside right now)
10. Clean out closet
11. Finish writing and illustrating my children's book.
12. Get screen printed items up in my etsy.
13. Finish making artwork for Amelia's room.
14. Do or sign up for a local craft fair.
15. Read 25 books. (Should manga count?!)
16. Finish my embroidery projects (tea towel and tote bag)
17. Learn to crochet a granny square
18. Sponsor on 3 different blogs to promote my blog and etsy.
19. Have a garage sale
20. Frame/display pictures
21. Finish Amelia's baby book.
22. Finish wedding scrapbook (3 years later).
23. Decorate our bedroom.
24. Go on a picnic.
25. Learn how to manually use my camera.
26. Finish painting the interior of the house.
27. Upgrade my blog and get a redesign.
28. 7 paintings
29. Make a functional and inspiring creative space.
30. Recover our old recliner.

What are your goals? I'm starting today, so you can too!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

24/52



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We've been trying new foods with Amelia. She absolutely hated peas! Not too sure on bananas, but she kept eating them and making this face. Too cute!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Blogosphere Reads



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I wish I could wake up and go to a yoga class. I'm looking for a new yoga DVD, any recommendations?

This is some amazing art, not sure if I could drink my latte if it was this cute.

This crochet tutorial is pretty rad, if only I could crochet.

Love yourself.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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DSCN0745I had a hard time picking a picture this week because there were so many cute ones! This is Amelia discovering bubbles for the first time at the birthday BBQ we were at this weekend.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Working on Dolls

My husband snuck in and started taking pictures when I was working on a new pattern a few weeks ago (clearly my hair is still dark). I'm not one of those people with a fancy studio, stages my life to look perfect, or even puts on makeup everyday. Seriously, I live in the real world, who has time for that?! So here's a peek at messy me and my 'studio'...ENJOY!

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cuttingI caught him! Then he made me laugh! We are such dorks! :)

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Do you have any pictures of your creative space or studio? I'd love to see them!

Saturday, June 1, 2013