Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Rant... Must Vent!

I dropped Esther off at school this morning and when I got home, parked in front of our house, and noticed something was different.


We didn't have much on the porch, just our pumpkins and some odds and ends. But our next door neighbor had his pumpkins and ALL his decorations stolen. We've already sent out emails to the rest of the block and my neighbor called the police, but there's not much we can do now.
I haven't heard from any of our other neighbors yet this morning, but it's early yet.

Theft and robbery and break-ins have always been an issue in our neighborhood, but it's gotten worse in the last few months. In fact, it's gotten to the point where we know all our regular patrol officers by name, because we see them so often.

I shouldn't get that upset about the pumpkins--they're going to rot and get composted anyway, but these jerks were up on my porch. I'm just lucky our few decorations are on the inside of the house. Happy stinkin' Halloween. Esther's going to be so bummed when she gets home and finds "her" pumpkin gone. She picked them all out at the pumpkin patch, but one pumpkin was her "special" one.

GRRRRRR. Now I have to go to work and be pissed off all day.
Sorry to vent--I do feel a little better, though...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And the Winnah is...

Congratulations Kris! Since I don't have your contact information, please email me and we'll do some collaborating on your prize!

Thanks to everyone who helped me out--you guys made this whole choosing thing fun and a little exciting!
The winning pieces by popular vote are: 1, 5, 6, and 11. If these prints do well, then I'll do a batch of the runners-up: 4, 8, 9, and 10.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Prints for my Etsy Shop!

I'm in a bit of a quandary--I want to start selling prints of some of my ACEO's in my Etsy shop, but I'll have to start with only four images. I've narrowed it down to these; can you please pick your four favorites? I'll sweeten the deal: out of the replies I receive I'll draw a name and the winner gets an original ACEO watercolor painting! You guys have a week!












Thanks so much! I'll draw a winner on October 29th!

Monday, October 20, 2008


How much does my husband rock?! I've wanted one of these for so long, I can't even begin to tell you... And it's RED!!!!

*dancing in the kitchen* *dance* *dance*

It's Your Anniversaraaaaayyy!

Seven years ago today we got hitched in Mokelumne Hill, California. As Ricky would say: "Dude, we're so OLLLLLD." It doesn't seem like it was that long ago.

Here's one of my favorite photos from that day:

Don't we look like some late 90's indie rock band's album cover? I don't even know who took this photo--we didn't have a photographer. We just handed out disposable cameras and let our arty friends and family members go nuts.

It was a good day. We had about thirty good friends and family members there; it was a sunny, gorgeous day. I couldn't have hoped for a better wedding. I do remember giggling madly through most of the ceremony, out of sheer nervousness. I laugh at the most inappropriate times.
So yep, been married seven years, and WE'VE NEVER HAD A FIGHT. Hahahahahahaha! If you believe that, you'll believe anything.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Opening at the Kayo!

It opens Friday!

I'm so excited about the show. This is my first show at the Kayo Gallery, and I can't wait to see photos! It's too bad I can't be there in person.
Wish me luck! I need to make back the exorbitant amount UPS charged to ship my pieces out there :)

For more info, here's the website:

clicky for piccies

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jewelry Makings... Making Jewelry?

So I was on a huge button-buying-and-selling binge a couple of years ago and amassed this rather large collection of buttons. They're all in jars and old tins and stashed up in my studio, where every so often I see them and sigh heavily, wondering what on earth to do with them all. I really only kept the ones I especially liked for one reason or another, or the ones in sets of three or more that I can use for sewing projects.

And now I'm mildly obsessed with jewelry making. I tend to get mildly obsessed with things fairly easily, so I'm not alarmed. Not yet.

One of the best parts about collecting buttons was getting a huge box or bag or jar of them and getting to dig through them, finding all sorts of things that end up in people's button jars--broken necklaces, beads, jewelry findings, rhinestones, sewing items, hairpins, etc, etc. I found all KINDS of neat stuff. And when I'd find them I'd set them aside in a small jar for future projects. And now I think I want to start using them.

But I was sorting through the buttons yesterday and I'd really like to use these carved mother of pearl ones in some sort of jewelry. I'm still thinking about it. The ones set in metal I could solder rings or connectors on and use them that way--the others I'd probably have to sew on. Hmmm. I really don't want to do "traditional" button jewelry with masses of buttons all tied and fastened together--
Can you tell I'm still pondering all of this?

And here's some fun things I've found that I'm going to start making necklaces with. Probably just one large item to a necklace, with some small beads or stones and chain. I have a ton of beads from my high school days when I was mildly obsessed with beads. (Do you see a pattern here?)

All kinds of neat stuff: buckles, beads, buttons, old earrings, stones, etc.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Carving and Halloween Lights

After we got our 58 pounds of pumpkins home, we got right down to carving them. Well, two of them. Most of them are too small to be good jack-o-lanterns. Esther helped pull out the guts and save the seeds for roasting. So good!

This one's mine.

Ricky's pumpkin with some smaller pals.

And then tonight, all lit up.

I love Halloween!

Pumpkin Patch!

This morning we drove down to the Johnson farm pumpkin patch. We'd never been there before and it was fun. There's lots of critters to look at and fun stuff for the kids to climb on and play in. And they have a pumpkin cannon, which is pretty rockin'. The pumpkins fly so far so fast, you barely see them. And we took a hayride out to the fields to pick the "perfect pumpkin" (Esther's words). We wound up with a wheelbarrow full.

Pumpkin cannon--a must have for all households.

Pig races! Our pig won, by the way--he's the little black one in the middle.

Her hair's the same color as the corn stalks!

Esther found her perfect little pumpkin.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Some Favorite ACEO's From the Last Month

Here's a selection of some of my latest favorite pieces from my Etsy shop--these are all sold, so I guess all y'all get to do is look. These are all pen and ink and watercolor and in an ACEO format, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

It's curious what some folks like; which colors and patterns and such... I myself am notoriously picky.