Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tagged by Jen

Six interesting things about myself....hmmmmm I'm not sure what others would call interesting but, here it goes:

1. Years ago I worked at various Park Service locations along the Mall in Washington DC. I worked up at the 490 ft level of the Washington Monument, inside the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. I wasn't a Park Ranger, I worked in the historical bookstores.

2. I love to read and to stay up waaay too late reading. Not unusual for me to only get a few hours sleep, just so I can finish a good book. I just finished "Elves of Cintra" by Terry Brooks.

3. I am a SciFi geek. I love the TV show "Stargate SG1". I also thoroughly enjoy "Army of Darkness" and other Bruce Campbell movies. His books are worth reading. I laughed so hard at "Make Love* * the bruce campbell way"

4. When I was a kid, I used to read books about survival. You know, how to make shelter, desalinate water, start a fire etc... But the first time I went camping was in college. We were in the Ozarks during spring break and I was totally freaked out the whole first night. Can you say "Blair Witch Project"? Except I was imagining toothless hillbillies with axes. Very embarrassing!

5. I love chocolate and PB, chocolate and mint, and....ok chocolate! Yummy!

6. I am a horrid speller! My 9yr old spells better than I do. My grammar and punctuation needs work too! If it wasn't for spell check I would have spelled grammar wrong!!!! When I see a misspelled word, I know it is wrong. I just don't always know how to fix it.

I decided not to tag anyone else, but if you want to see who Jen tagged.......go here :-D

Artapalooza pt 2

Hello, I'm a bit late posting this. I put off planning my son's birthday party for weeks. So now I'm in a rush to get everything done for Saturday. So far so good.

Well last Saturday was a beautiful day! Perfect weather to be outside. I saw some people who purchased from me last year, and I met some new people. Again, I had a good experience there. Better turn out than last year, but a different crowd. I see a lot of potential for ARTapalooza. The only problem I saw was the date. Last year the fair was a week earlier. This year unfortunately, it was the same day as the Iowa/ Iowa State Game. Hawkeyes lost, sorry Iowa fans :-( ~~~~~ Congrats ISU :-D

I'm not a football fan. I know, I know, not the thing to admit when living in Wisconsin. If a WI team is planning, I want them to win. Loyalty to my home state always! Like Saturday when the Badgers play the Hawkeyes.
Bucky Badger rules!!!
My Dad was a huge Badger fan and we had to have every game on. Even if he dozed off, forget about turning the TV channel. He'd wake up immediately. "Hey, I was watching that!"
funny the things I remember about my Dad.....

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Saturday I'll be in Cedar Falls, IA for ARTapalooza on Main, a fun street fair. Last year it was my first art fair ever and my second blog post! It was such a good experience as a new artist, I couldn't wait to go back this year. The organizers even put a photo from my booth last year on this years poster! Cool!

Have good weekend all!

More Art Journal

Last time I posted pics of my journal, the right side just had a base coat of paint.
What a long legged birdie! I like the chunky stemmed flowers too.

Most of these designs are now 1inch magnets and pocket mirrors.
I love the little tree in the top left cute!

The right side is yet to be finished. It is 3 small brown paper bags,
slightly overlapped to form a single page with pockets.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.
I never have a plan until I start.

Friday, September 07, 2007

First Week of School

Well it's official, both my kiddies are in school. First week is almost done. I miss having them around. My girl is getting so big! Fourth grade...WoW! The first month is always tough, review time. She usually doesn't need any review, so she sits bored! Hopefully 4th will be different. She needs to be challenged. She's 9 and for the last year has been teaching herself to read some Egyptian hieroglyphs and shes a wiz at ancient Egyptian mythology. I know she'll be OK, but still...

My little guy had his first day of Kindergarten. I thought I'd be bawling as I left the school. I didn't. I think it was because we're so used to the school, preschool was in the same building last year. This seemed no different. My hubby has the week off, so I wasn't alone. Family was coming that night, so I went right to work finishing a few things in my studio.

It was odd though, around 11:30 am I stopped, came upstairs and just wandered around for a few minutes. Not sure why, until I realized..... that is what time the bus would drop off my little guy after preschool! All afternoon my anxiety grew, something wasn't right. I ended up going to the school early to wait for the bell. I just needed to know his day went well. He ran out into the hallway and jumped into my arms smiling! I had nothing to worry about. The next few days I've been distracted by visiting relatives. Next week is the real test, when I will be alone all day!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

New in my shop

Hello all! I just added Dia de los Muertos Shrine Kits to my Etsy shop.
Easy to make and a great way to honor a loved one. I'm adding additional kits over the next week. Each has a different color combo for the background papers.

Kits are 18.00$ and it includes US shipping!

I made this shrine using my kit. It is in remembrance Spud, my ferret who died 8 yrs ago. I miss him. He was a great little guy. Until now I just had a photo on my fridge. This shrine is so much better.