Sunday, November 30, 2008

our first thanksgiving attempt


don't they look so loving? those are my bros.

Thanksgiving was a success.


the turkey turned out excellent after all of my fears. we had way too much food to even fit on the buffet table. everyone seemed to get along well, although brandon's parents had to leave early to go visit his grandma in the hospital, and grandpa in the nursing home. yikes. we had 11 people shoved into our tiny house, so it was kind of crowded, but it worked. and that ol' phenomenon of everyone wanting to be in the kitchen still applied, even though our kitchen is the size of a large closet. i couldn't believe how many people kept trying to get in there all at once.


if you look carefully in this picture, you'll find a clue to what game we were all playing:


can you tell what it was?

we also got a lot done on the kitchen. here is a before shot of the ceiling:


and after:



hooray! it's so much better! and it's not even done all the way, yet. i still have to paint the ceiling again, and there are still some rather large holes in the walls, but man. i can't believe the difference. remember?


that's the same wall you see in the picture above, where you can see the coffee maker. wow.

helping us on the kitchen was the majority of our christmas presents from my parents. they bought most of the stuff they put up, like the ceiling and the lights. it's slowly and surely getting done!

my parents think our house has a curse on it, though, b/c everything takes way longer to accomplish than my dad figured necessary. i mean, i would think being in construction for over 26 years would give him the ability to judge how long something will take to do, but he always underestimates. but it's because something always turns out to be a puzzle, and we have to run to the hardware store 4 times, and something is weird inside the walls, or the faucet is clogged so it won't turn on, etc. this time the lights they bought wouldn't go in right, so he had to go buy more, but had to go to 3 different stores to find a kind that would work. and then i had to leave early in the day yesterday to go do a show in Crawfordsville, IN, while everyone continued to work. the show turned out to be a maaaajor bust (at least for me), but i got to get to know my new friend jenny elkins since we rode together and had a booth next to each other. she is awesome, even though she thought i thought she was crazy.

today i plan to kind of take it easy, perhaps clean my art room so i can actually work in it. it became a storage area for all the crap in the rest of the house when i was cleaning for the holiday. ugh.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Life is chucking a bunch of lemons at us lately. I'm going to have to make an awful lot of lemonade. Good thing we are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner next week.

11-20-08 (lemons)

things could definitely be worse, of course.

good things:

*the wallpaper is finally all down in the kitchen. painting has begun, and will soon be OVER!

*tonight is good tv, and probably i'll make popcorn.

*thanksgiving is soon, and lots of good food will be making its way to my house.

that's all i can think of for right now.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I've been tagged by Angie's Crafts!

here are the rules:
Put a link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog
Share 7 random facts about yourself on your blog
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blogs
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Ok, let's see ...

1) I never liked chili until my future husband made it for me when we had just barely started dating. i never liked it because the only kind i'd ever had was filled to the brim with horrible nasty kidney beans. YUCK. i hate kidney beans!! and my mom would make me eat them, even though they are so horrible and nasty. HORRIBLE. so. the future husband and i went to the store together to purchase the items needed to make chili (he was really excited to make it, although i was quite hesitant, as you have already guessed), and while at the store i discovered the miracle that is "chili, with no beans." woah!(i really enjoy beans that have been mashed into a paste ... but beans that are whole ... forget it)

2) When I was probably 11 or 12 or so, my friend's parents split up, or had split up; in any case, my friend informed me that the reason they weren't together was because her dad "had cheated." when i went home from school, i told my mom about what had happened. "huh ... i wonder what he cheated at ..." i asked. the only conceivable thing i could think that involved cheating was board games. i guess i thought her mom took monopoly really really seriously.

3) more about food. chips and salsa is my most favorite food in the entire world. probably everyone already knows this about me. but maybe you don't already know it ... i should inform you. i frequently eat them every day of the week, for a snack, for a meal, whatever. sometimes at united we would get Qdoba for a special treat, which meant we'd have lots and lots of chips and salsa leftovers in the fridge the next day. i'd sit around from 8am on wondering when "it's too early for chips and salsa" would no longer apply to a normal person. i'd usually give in around 10:30.

4)i have psychic dreams sometimes. i realize that sounds stupid. but really, it happens every now and then, and it is always creepy. i usually don't know they are psychic until after the event i dreamed of happened in real life. i've dreamed of an unexpected death in the family, an unexpected pregnancy in the family, and frequently i will dream of someone i haven't seen or talked to in years and they will suddenly contact me the next day. i just hope the dreams i have of going back to high school and failing math class and forgetting my locker combination don't come true.

5) i grew up catholic, and did the whole catholic school thing all the way until 12th grade. although i'm no longer considered "practicing," i still have this strong identification with the church ... not necessarily with all of their beliefs and practices (lots of things i don't agree with that led me to leave), but i have always loved the ritual, and just being in an old church with the music and the incense makes me feel good. i also love religious art and iconography (byzantine and baroque in particular).

6) earlier today i was painting kitchen cabinets, and i accidentally dipped my paintbrush into my coffee cup. hooray!

7) oh my gosh this is too hard. um ... i like coffee, tea, wine, and sparkling water. one of those is false. which is it?

i don't want to tag. if you would like to participate, please do so! i will not force you.

here is a new commission i just finished. yay!

henry and zoe, web

the end.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I just wanted to let you know that I'll have a little set up at the Big Car gallery tonight (short notice, I know) with my prints and cards and such. Come on out and see me, plus witness the unveiling of the Indianapolis chapter of the Craft Mafia, a group me and some others are just getting started.

Hooray for First Friday!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


for children's theraplay.

well, i voted this morning. now it is like waiting for santa to get here. i can't wait until tonight to see what happens.

lately i've gotten a small influx of projects, which is always welcome. especially since i did not get the library job ... i can't imagine that anyone could really have been a better candidate and/or more excited than i was to work at the library, but i guess that is their loss!

good things:

fleece blankets
chocolate chips and walnuts saving a rather bland recipe for scones
walking through crunchy leaves
it being warm enough to not wear a jacket
either a squirrel or a raccoon who kept trying to steal my cat-o-lantern ... i would find it and it's top halfway down the walk ... so cute!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I got invited to do an interview at who hub. it's not very exclusive or anything, but there it is. go see!

i just finished my very first stroll through digital coloring for a *real* illustration:

christmas barn finished small

close up:

finished thumb 1

(you should be able to click the image and see a couple of progress shots)
i've done some practice with digital coloring, and a lot of my greeting cards are created digitally, but this is the first time i colored in a graphite drawing, and i created it based totally on the faith that i could do it. luckily it worked out, b/c i just finished this morning, and it is due today!

the weather has been gorgeous lately! it figures b/c we finally broke down and put up all the storm windows, and took down the screen doors. it's supposed to be a high of 71 today! it would be a good day for airing out the house, especially since last night our house got filled up with smoke from someone burning leaves. yuck!