Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today is beautiful outside! I should really take myself out for a walk, but occasionally I'm finding some of my first trimester nauseousness making a comeback ... and it's happening today, of course. So I'm enjoying my back porch. Which was nice and peaceful until my neighbor's handyman arrived and made her dog yip like crazy. Shush!


The baby is still growing, see?

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Taken this afternoon.

Here is something I made for my friend Amanda's baby, who is due to arrive about 6 weeks before my little McNugget.

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It's just a little pillow thing I made out of scraps. I put a jingle bell inside, but it's sort of muffled. I would like to make more toys like this, but I need to figure out how to make it less muffled. Also I should make them a bit smaller. I think this one will be good for hugging, but it's not so good for jingling, really, since it might be difficult for a little guy to grab and shake. I'm hoping to be able to unveil a bunch of new little things like this to bring to shows this summer to keep my booth fresh!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Well, the Crohn's/Colitis walk was a success! The walk as a whole was able to surpass it's goal (although I can't remember how much it was ... something ridiculous sounding, like $16,000!) Here is Max, the honored hero:

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Look at that blue sky! I accidentally had my camera on a weird setting, so everything looks all super bright and weird.

After the walk we stayed for the Silverhawks baseball game. Here's their mascot.

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In case you were wondering, my faithful assistant and I picked the winner of the "Great Cat-erpillar Giveaway" yesterday. The winner is my old babysitter! She now lives in Germany.

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And here's a detail from a new drawing:

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We have not been as good at yard upkeep this year, and when I heard it was in the 60s and low humidity this morning I decided to power weed. The front walk is about to be overtaken, so I started there first. After about half hour/45 minutes, my hands were so swollen I felt like I was wearing baseball mitts! I couldn't and still currently can't get my wedding rings off, which is so weird because they're usually quite loose and drive me crazy with spinning around my finger all day. Hello, pregnancy, you bring some weird surprises!

Oh and I almost forgot! Brandon's hair has been getting very long. He likes it long; I always beg him to cut it. At some point I mentioned buying clippers to buzz it, and he said, "If you buy them, I'll let you do it."

Here he is, regretting that he agreed to this:

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And here he is after:

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He turned into a zombie! Oh no!!

(in case you didn't know ... Brandon and his friends made a movie called "Oh, No! Zombies!")

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hello!

Although at first glance July seemed to be a barren, art-free month, it's turning around quite nicely. I have no shows lined up, but just last week my portraits were featured in Etsy Finds. This is published online, but it also goes out in a mailing list to whoever subscribes. My shop saw many new pairs of eyes, and I got a few new portrait commissions, so things are looking up! Here are some portraits I've done recently, all for Father's Day gifts:

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I've been really enjoying doing these projects, and getting to know the families through their pictures and stories. Keep 'em coming, everyone!
ETA: I just realized that all three of these have little boys with their arms raised high! A coincidence? What does this tell you about my brain? I don't know.

We started a garden again this year. Got kind of a late start, but things are finally starting to come up.

Here are some cucumbers that are already about ready to eat!

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They were an accident ... we did not plant these on purpose, you see, they are growing ...

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out the side of the compost bin! How silly!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yesterday was the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. It was a pretty good day, although it was hot! I had a table inside, but the indiana mugginess still managed to seep in.

I had a few new Cat-erpillars and some original paintings, which are now listed in my etsy shop. Here's a little peek:

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Here also is a sneak peek of me:

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Still growing! 22 weeks.

I took a break of sorts from working today. I have a bunch of projects to be working on, but I feel like my lazy sundays are limited so I should take full advantage of them now. Even though it was a "break" I still did things like clean my house, which always makes me feel better about life. Now little bits of dirt dragged in from outside don't stick to my feet when I walk across the room! The laundry is done, and I'll have a fresh bed to sleep in tonight! Right now I am watching Dracula, which I am finding to be a silly movie. I guess I can't take anything seriously that stars both Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. Oh and also the guy from Robin Hood: Men in Tights (and the Princess Bride), haha. Oh Hollywood.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hello! I'm here to solicit donations for the Crohn's Colitis Walk again. This is to benefit people like my two younger brothers (who have now both surpassed me in height ... how did that happen) who suffer from Colitis. This year lil' Max (the tallest one in the picture below) is the Honored Hero for the South Bend walk!

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Help us kick some butt and reach our goal! Last year we raised the second highest amount of money, and this year we'd like to be #1 in support of Max!

If you'd like to make a donation, you can go to this site: 2010 Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis.

Also, if you are a facebook fan, I'm having a drawing coming up next week for a Cat-erpillar of your choice. If you're a fan, you're automatically entered to win ... but for every $10 you donate to the CCFA walk, you'll receive another entry into the raffle ... Help someone, and potentially get a cool cat? Awesome. To become a fan of Cordial Kitten, go here.

Thanks for listening to my commercial! I might update again later today ...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

And now for something completely different:

I will give you a recipe! Well a recipe of sorts. Really just a list of ingredients for you to pick and choose and throw into a bowl and probably have tasty results.

I give you Strawberry Raspberry Blackberry Ginger Mint Sorbet! (or SRBGM Sorbet.)

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1 package strawberries, hulled (my package was 16 oz)
1 package raspberries (my package was 6 oz)
1 package blackberries (my package was 6 oz, although I ended up throwing most of them out because they were rotten. Dang, Kroger. Dang.)
Finely chopped mint (approximately 1 tablespoon*)
Freshly grated ginger root (1 tablespoon?)
1 cup of water (I used a little more than a cup)
1 cup of sugar

1. Place all berries in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pass berry mixture through a mesh sieve to remove seeds (if you so desire ... I didn't feel like it, and it's fine. Just a bit seedy).

2. Bring water to a boil. Add mint and ginger. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.

3. Take off heat and add berry mixture. Allow to cool.

4. You can make this in an icecream maker if you have one. I do not. So I put it in the freezer and stir every hour or so. It takes 4+ hours to sufficiently freeze.

5. EAT AND ENJOY!!

*I found it to be not quite as minty as I was hoping. Probably either adding more mint would help, or maybe just simmer the water for awhile with the mint? I'm not sure. Yesterday was my first day making it, so I haven't done any experimenting yet. Also next time I make it I will probably cut back on the sugar. I based this off of a bunch of different recipes, and most of them called for 1 1/4 cup of sugar, but I still thought 1 cup was a little too sweet. But maybe I'm just weird.

Next time I'm going to try ginger peach sorbet! Can't wait!