Archive for October, 2009

designer painted pumpkins.

This one I did.
shabby-chic pumpkin

An appropriately-themed pumpkin by Marc.
pumpkin by marc

Lily’s pink glitter pumpkin.
pink-glitter pumpkin

This one is mine…
pumpkin - pink&black

And this one too.
spotted pumpkin

These are two of the tags I made.
wicked - pumpkin


trick or treat

My Mom and the girls.
mom and the girls

My mother-in-law and the girls. Lily was Dorothy, in case you couldn’t figure it out from the blue shirt and pink jumper. She did have red glitter shoes, at least! She was her own version of Dorothy. And Gwen was a very adorable pirate.
mom and the girls

Not sure who these two dreadful characters are…
two silly moms

~trick or treat~

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new goodies
I bought some new goodies from AC Moore (and I finally got an AC Moore rewards card – I might as well put my shopping to good use!):

First, some beautiful 12″x12″ paper by Basic Grey, called Porcelain.

porcelain paper by basic grey

Isn’t that so pretty? I immediately thought it would be great for springtime birthday cards.

Some gold-glitter alphabet stickers by K&Company.

k&company gold glitter alphabet

Cute but with a vintage-look Halloween rubber stamps by Hampton Art.

hampton art - halloween stamps

And the newest Somerset Memories.

somerset memories - autumn 2009

a rainy day kind of girl
The other morning, as I was driving to work, I remarked to myself what a perfect, lovely autumn morning it was. It was raining a bit, a little chilly, and the wind was blowing the leaves around. The leaves are still changing colors, so they were red and yellow and half-green. Rain makes the colors of nature more vibrant and rich, and I loved the contrast of the dark tree trunks against the bright leaves. Pretty!

~singing in the rain~

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time. time. time.
Time. Lately I have felt, more than ever, this crushing sense of time. I wake up in the morning and immediately feel pressure and stress, thinking about all the things I need to do just to get out the door in the morning, not to mention all the things I have to/need to/and dare I say want to, accomplish that day. I’ve turned into quite a good little clock-watcher – I find myself constantly looking at the clock, which drives me crazy and does nothing to alleviate the pressure I feel.

What time is it? How much time do I have? How much time is left?

I wonder what it would be like to get rid of all the clocks, and live the day according to my own pace.

Between taking care of Lily and Julian (who both need attention although in very different ways), working, taking care of the house, and shopping, I can barely squeeze in time to do the things I want to do for myself. And then it makes me feel selfish for even saying that!

time - digital art

I know I have too much to do, but I honestly don’t know what to cut out. I don’t think that I’m doing anything that isn’t necessary. But something isn’t right. When I’m in tears in the morning because of the stress, then all I can say is this is not working, and I need to either cut things out, or accept the fact that I want to do all this stuff and have a better attitude about it. I’ll let you know how that turns out!

but on the other hand
But somehow (and I’m not really sure how) I always do manage to find time for my creativity. Probably because if I didn’t I would be utterly miserable and crazy.

Here is a necklace I made to submit to Stampington’s new publication, Jewelry Affaire

ruby red pendant

They are looking for elegant jewelry that is simple for a beginner to make. I have another necklace I am working on, and an idea for one more. Plus I have a few things made already that I am sending as well. I figure if I send a bunch of stuff, there’s got to be something they’ll like!

bad mommy
My sweet little daughter had her first visit to the dentist a few days ago – and she already has a cavity! I feel like I must be the worst mother in the world – how can my three-year old have a cavity already? We brush her teeth twice a day, although sometimes it can be rather a challenge to do it well. I just pray that when we go back to get it fixed, everything goes smoothly.


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a pumpkin adventure

Last autumn in Somerset Life was an article by Carla Buchanan about her designer pumpkins – pumpkins that she had painted in a “way cool, shabby-chic” fashion, to borrow her words. I made a note in my calendar book for September 2009 – “consider designer painted pumpkins as in Somerset Life”. That way I would be sure to remember.

Miss Buchanan’s pretty painted pumpkin.
Painted pumpkin by Carla Buchanan

So dutifully last weekend I purchased two small pumpkins (from Wegman’s, alas, not a local pumpkin patch. But I figure they’re good enough). I haven’t painted them yet. I’m a little nervous, since I’ve never done anything like that before. I’m afraid I’ll mess them up! Plus I need to get some paints.

And I need to get more pumpkins, too, because my husband and son want to paint some as well.

So my pumpkin adventure has begun!

and a birthday card
Here’s a little birthday card I pretty much threw together for my mom. I think it turned out cute, n’est-ce pas?

Birthday Card, 2009

Birthday card, 2009

~sweet dreams~

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digital art galore
I picked up my first copy of Somerset Digital Studio (at AC Moore, using my 40% off coupon, of course – those magazines are expensive!).

Somerset Digital Studio - Autumn 2009

So far I have merely paged through, but I am completely in awe of the artwork in this magazine. It is beautiful, amazing, and stunning.

With every page I turned two thoughts kept popping into my head:
1. wow!
2. how’d she do that?!

I really want to learn more about digital art, but it’s daunting trying to learn Photoshop on my own. Plus I have my usual time issues. But this magazine is filled with inspiration and enough how-to’s to get me on my way.

Neat stuff!

happy birthday
Last weekend we went to a birthday party for the son of a friend of ours (he turned three). It was at a local park; it was a bit chilly outside, and cloudy, but luckily it was not too bad.

Here are a few pictures:

Lily enjoying the chocolate birthday cake.
Lily eating cake at Dakota's party

Lily at the playground.
Lily on the swing.

Lily, asleep on the way home. (She took a long nap too – yay!)
Lily, asleep on the way home.


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