Wednesday, September 30, 2009

still getting settled

It is taking me a while to get settled into a new house and a new city. I am loving every minute of it! But it has taken me away from the blog for a little longer than expected so i wanted to let you know that I haven't disappeared...i just can't focus on crafty and artsy stuff when my house looks like a tornado hit it. So a little longer and then I'll have lots of things to share!

Check out our newly painted door...

I know painting a door isn't really high on the priority list right after moving but I was so excited about it that I just couldn't wait.

I'll be back soon with lots of fun stuff!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

moving on

We are right in the midst of moving from the coast of Alabama to Orlando. And since I am really on a decluttering kick (i want to get rid of everything) Spencer and I have been having so much fun going through every single item that we have in our house. Check out some of these really funny things that we uncovered....

...before there was Gameboy I had portable PAC MAN!!!

You know you had this's ok. I won't hold it against you.

I had every book in the series. My favorites were the vacation specials...they were extra thick!

Reece has found his own special spot in the middle of the moving madness.

And at night...when I was too tired to pack anymore, I painted a special little zebra for my friend Jana who had sweet Drew 16 days ago....

I wont have access to the internet for a while during the actual relocation process so Ill see you back here in a few days....I am SO excited to get moved and settled in to our little house on the brick road. I can finally start selling my art online!!

See you in 500 miles!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

i love you

I've been feeling the love big time lately. I made this for my sweet Spencer.

note: I realized after I created this illustration that the concept is similar to the poster that says "I love you more than blogs and coffee". I wasn't thinking of that when I was designing this so I hope it doesn't appear copied.

Monday, September 7, 2009

change is the best

I think I am going through a time of quiet reflection right now. I am feeling the ebbs and flows of life intensely and I love it. It really is so good to be alive.

I am learning so much right now and I want to share it all with the world but for some reason I feel the need to just let it sit in my head for a while. There is so much change happening right now and, honestly, I love it when I am in that type of place in life. Although it feels very uncomfortable and scary, I have finally recognized that these exact moments are the ones that are filled with faith and trust, hope and longing, excitement and fear - the best parts of life. These are the really good times.

I realize now that nothing makes me feel more alive than stepping out in faith when I have no idea where I will land. As comfy as "knowing" feels, its no where near the life I want to live.

So here are a few photos from my week.

I am LOVING freehand embroidery! And yes, I spelled it wrong. How is it possible that I spelled my most favorite word in the whole world wrong? I don't get it.

Very simple gift wrap made out of materials I had on hand. Happy Birthday, Sharee!

I love my cats, obvious I know. I am one of those crazy cat ladies who doesn't have "real" kids.

My hair has been the same since I was 18 years old....I am 32. It is SO time for a change. The trick is to find someone who actually knows how to cut curly hair....not easy at all.

I have been pretty slow posting lately, but after the move (we are moving to Orlando in 2 weeks) I assure you that I will be around more often. I can't wait to share about all the plans that are in process!!

One more thing....

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

rehersal dinner invites

A very dear friend of mine, Carolyn, is getting married next month. She is doing pretty much everything for her wedding herself and has put in a ton of time and creativity to make sure every detail of the event is perfecto. Check out her amazing wedding blog for step-by-step details of all her crafty projects so far.

I was lucky enough to get to help her with her rehearsal dinner invites. The event is going to be at a beautiful historic apple barn in the mountains of North Carolina. She wanted to set the tone with the invites and she already had an idea of what she wanted.....

By the way, somehow this girl pulled this design together in Microsoft WORD. What??!!

Carolyn was also open to new ideas so I sent her a couple of completely random designs that were stewing around in my head....

In the end she settled on the doily theme and I printed them on Kraft paper to give them a bit of a rustic, earthy feel.

She ended up printing a banner design (using WORD and clipart - what??!!) on vellum envelopes and punched out circle confetti to make each invite special. Check out her blog for step-by-step DIY details on this and many more really cool wedding projects.