Friday, November 28, 2008

Drinks for two

Hot liquid cheer only seemed fitting. Here's to toasting everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

I made it to the day after Thanksgiving to put my tree up, even if just barely and even if all the presents were all ready wrapped. My dad gave Ben these blue LED lights yesterday to add to our tree this year. Boy are the luminous (what a nice big word). Notice under my tree the happy little tree skirt. The skirt turned out smaller than I was expecting but it appears to be the perfect size given the tree and space we have in this apartment.

To the left notice the Christmas stockings I made last year. Two of the fabrics in the Christmas tree skirt are left overs from that project which makes them tie together nicely. Ben thinks the wrapping paper I picked this year isn't festive enough but I think it looks pretty together and the one paper pattern almost mimics the green ornament in the front. You can also see one of the beaded star ornaments I made hanging on the tree.

I'm not sure if I have blogged about "Over the Rainbow" before but it is a really awesome fabric store located in Camano Island, Washington. The lady who runs the store has a farm and has cute pictures of her brood on her website as well under "Life on the Farm." She usually has a pretty up to date stock of many of the new designer fabrics coming out a prices that are hard to find else where with speedy and reasonably priced shipping. I'm personally hoping that Santa helps a gift certificate from her store to find its way under the Christmas tree for me.

One more turkey lives

Thanksgiving was spent at my parents house this year, and since most of us are vegetarians there was no turkey. However, there was a delicious gluten roast made by grandma and plenty of other food to contribute to every body's waste line.

Here are the lovely smiles of my cousin Stephanie, who will be flying back to Indonesia to spend time with family for Christmas, and my little big sister, Kristina aka bobby farkle. (don't ask don't know.)

My grandparents live on the other side of the mountains in Goldendale, Washington so we don't get to see them very often. My sister is showing off her globe trotting picture from her trip to Europe a few years ago and her September trip to Scotland. After show n' tell we played this cool new game that my sister gave to my grandma called Bananagrams.

This is my dad and the honorary Thanksgiving bird Sidney, who is a Timneh Africa Grey. The bird was making all kinds of sounds during dinner including some very convincing meowing.

My husband is demonstrating in this picture the best way to digest a Thanksgiving dinner.

Monday, November 17, 2008

37 Days till Christmas

I love Christmas and Christmas related activities. When my sister came to visit me the other week we made a trip to the bead store to pick out some beads for making Christmas ornaments. These are the only two I've finished thus far. We got the idea from Martha Stewart's Holiday Crafts issue.

Once my head ache subsided and I finished dancing with excitement that Lila Tueller is going to make me a purse out of her new line of Soiree fabric, that isn't even in stores yet, I worked on these cool key chains. The fabrics I used on these key chains are from Joel Dewberry's Ginseng line in the Jasmine color way.

Bagheera may no longer be a kitten but I don't think she's ever going to stop being cute or nosey.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I wuv my husband!

As part of my morning ritual I made my trip through blog land to see if any of my favorite designers had a new blog post to read. I was excited to see that Lila Tueller had a new blog. Reading a new post is always exciting in itself but she had a contest going. I love attempting to win something. Her contest was guessing what island was the inspiration for one of her future lines of fabric. Two of the pictures contained aerial view of a town. Knowing that my husband is super smart when it comes to geography.., I showed him the pictures and asked him if he recognized where it was from. When he was taking architecture classes he had a guest speaker that he had remembered showing similar pictures, and seemed to remember that one specific island in Greece was known for having blue domed buildings. So he was able to google blue domes and figure out which island it was so that I could comment the correct answer first. If you could move your curs er over the image and find out the name name of the island that way I never noticed or could figure out after the fact how one was able to get that to occur. But YEA!!!! GO BEN!!!

She's going to have a new contest now so if you would like to be part of it check out her site.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lazy Days

Kristina, my sister, came to visit this weekend and we decided to paint holiday designs on glass. At my local store I came across this cool paint, Vitrea 160 by pebeo, that can be painted on glass and then cooked on in the oven and made dish washer safe. The same company also sells paint that can be used to paint on ceramic items. Ours still have to be cooked but so far we are both pleased with how our projects have turned out. My sister painted the plate and I painted the glass.

Here is the one who was being lazy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cracking the whip on the elves

When I had decided I wanted to purchase new pencils I had considered oil pencils but had never used them before. My mom sent over a set of hers for me to try. From my previous post you will note I decided not to go with oil pencils but I wanted something special to send my mom her pencils back in. A special something to inspire her to actually use them since she is an excellent artist when she takes the time to be. Hence a pretty pink pencil roll that fits 24 pencils. I used two fat quarters (Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry) and a strip of duck cloth.

This is what the pencil roll looks like when its all rolled up. For the most part I was very pleased with the results and that I was able to complete the project in one evening.

I've made additional progress on my Christmas tree skirt. I now need to quilt it, bind the edges and cut the hole in the center.