Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Unfortunately, many of the cute out of the way boutiques seem to be
closing! There are fewer and fewer each time I visit. There was one
little paper shop I found that I wished I could pack up in a little
box, though. I was going through some pictures from our trip and came
across this one of some little paper flowers that I fell in love with
at that shop. I took the picture thinking, "these are so cute...and
they would be so easy to make myself!" And now I am doubly frustrated
that I did not pay the $2.75 for at least one to use as a template.
What are the stems made out of? How are they connected? What materials
were used in the center? Arg. I'll never find the time to scour
Lincoln Park or Old Town to find something similar. Everyone thinks
I'm crafty like a fox, but really I'm just a hopeless copy cat.
Friday, November 28, 2008
magnificent. The trees and the mountains were stunning. On our way up
I was so excited because this was a "once in a lifetime opportunity,"
but it wasn't - because I'll be back. My kids will have to see this
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Rodeo drive, we met up with Brittany at Pinkberry in Westwood. I've
been looking forward to Pinkberry for at least a year...and I was not
disappointed. I would definitely have it brought in if I was in jail.
Highly recommend it. While we were there, Jane Lynch walked in and met
someone for breakfast. Not the flashiest celeb siting, but we'll take
it. Hard to see, but she's right behind Josh.
On an unrelated note, I still love California.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We're slowly replacing our hand-me-down and college furniture with our own "grown-up" pieces. Here are some pics of our latest! Forgive the lighting - I was too lazy to get out the camera.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I was racing to the gym, motivated to run only by the fact that I was going to watch The Office. I was already annoyed with myself that I was going to miss the first five minutes of the show, when in the span of the normally 7-8 minute drive there were TWO emergency vehicles, as well as a freight train. COME ON.
Three miles later I stepped off of the treadmill not only disappointed (AGAIN) with Michael and Co., but also reminded that I am once again one year older. Why does it matter when you enter your age into those little machines anyways? Do you burn calories at a different rate if you're in a certain age bracket?
Yes, it's true. Yesterday was my birthday. And while I had a mildly difficult and depressing workout tonight, yesterday was an absolutely fabulous day (as all birthdays should be).
Following a pedicure with my sister at Nail Envy, I came home to my husband cooking a steak dinner. It should be noted that the words "husband cooking" have never shown up in the same sentence in the duration of our marriage, other than eggs, toast and macaroni and cheese. He'll try to play it down if you ask him about it, but it truly was a fantastic meal. (The effort alone would have scored big points, but the meal really was delicious and very well thought out!)
(Note the Sparkling Grape Juice on the table...hmm...I'm pretty sure it was from Valentine's Day over a year ago...)
The kicker was the chocolate covered strawberries, bananas and oranges he HAND MADE for dessert. Does this man know me well or what??
You think that my night could have ended at this point on an all-time high, but check out my face in the picture below as I unwrapped my gift...
Wow. Didn't ask for it. Didn't expect it. I will reiterate, does this man know me well or what??
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Some shots of spring:
(Note the lava rocks in the background. Yeah...those definitely need to go...)
There are several more that still have yet to bloom...I'm excited to see what other colors will pop up!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The other day I was at Target buying everything from sandwich baggies to a down comforter, and I decided to take a gamble and buy organic milk. The past few years my hubby has been the sole milk-guzzler, but since he's stopped having cereal in the mornings for breakfast, our milk consumption has drastically decreased.
You would think in this day in age where every time I go to buy milk or gas I might as well be buying myself a new pair of designer jeans that I would probably be excited to choose the cheapest milk in the smallest qty. possible (due to the 3 week old milk I found in the fridge before I went to the store) - but my curiosity won out and I went organic.
Within a week of buying the milk, every person who entered our house (without fail), somehow opened the fridge and ALL of them commented on the milk. Are you kidding me? It's not like we're growing our own vegetables or have our own cow...And since when is milk a topic of conversation? (My breastfeeding friends excepted)
The worst part is that they all asked questions I didn't know the answer to!
"What is it with everyone your age drinking organic milk?"
Um...I didn't know we did...it's my first time...really...
"So what is better about organic milk? What makes it organic? How do you seriously keep a cow from eating grass that you don't know had some kind of chemical on it? What if..."
Um...it's better for you? (I should interject here that this was a series of questions offered by our friend Stan. I cut his list of questions much shorter than it actually was.)
"Does organic milk taste different?"
(Well, the answer to that one is NO...)
Considering none of my posts have actually reflected my work, I thought I'd give a few glimpses at some of the projects I've been working on...
This is a logo I worked on recently for a local dentist. Unfortunately, client privilege won out and the final logo looks nothing like this one, but this is the one he originally chose:
A brochure for Renovator Ministries:
I've been doing a lot of miscellaneous work...I'm loving the variety and the unique challenges each project brings...hope to post more soon!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I was reading through the spring issue of "T" magazine (the new New York Times Style Magazine), and came across an interesting article about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. In the article, she states,
"I don't consider myself an artist. I am pursuing art in order to correct the disability which began in my childhood."
The rest of the article went on to talk about her mental illness (or lack thereof, according to some)...but it was the first part of her quote that stood out to me.
How often have I been in a museum and wondered how a certain piece of art was considered "worthy" of display...or wondered, "What IS art?"
Following the quote from Kusama, the author of the article asked, "Is great art the conscious effort of brilliant minds, or is it an outpouring of freakish individuality?"
YES! I love that question. So often it feels funny to introduce myself as an artist...like I have to do something to earn that title or something. Where is the blend between "really knowing what I'm doing," and simply expressing myself? Why are some people's expressions considered better than others? Sometimes I think it is judged by the amount of "brilliance" or education or technique behind their work, sometimes I think it can be judged by the importance of what they are expressing.
The longer I do design, the more I realize how subjective art is...how interesting to think about every "artist's" pursuit of art...is it simply something that we can relate to or identify with that makes it aesthetically appropriate or "good" to us?
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Earlier this week I was looking through my husband's pictures from his trip to California. Part of his trip included a visit to a friend who had a life-sized chess board. As I was looking at the pictures of the chess game, I thought they looked a little more artsy than the pictures he tends to take. When I asked him about it, he at first claimed that our friend Adam must have took them, but when he saw them, he said, "Oh, that's just showing checkmate." I was even more thrilled to think that he is subconsciously expressing his artsy side.
All that to say, chess is becoming one of my favorite games...
Monday, March 3, 2008
However, I looked out of the window and saw this amazing sunset. The picture hardly does the colors justice. Amazing how the most brilliant shades of purple, pink and orange could close a day absent of almost any color...