Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quiet and Wonderful

It's been quiet around here. But sometimes quiet is good. Quiet often gives me time to think about it all. I have been getting up early these past few mornings and have sat on the front path with the cats. It is so quiet out front in the morning, not a soul around and all you can hear are the birds saying good day. Jonah and Jesse love to sit by my side; they love the company - orange cats make the best buddies. Tonight I will have the evening to myself - and I plan to get that binding finished on that quilt I am working on. I think I will require a pot of tea and a good movie (maybe watch Twilight again, heh).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Love Language

Dear Jane,
Today starts the second full day after your surgery. So far you seem to be doing well, although it cannot be comfortable being shaved and having drainage tubes poking out of your stitched up side. I can't believe you didn't tell me right away when the fence cut a four inch hole across your side. Give a girl a heart attack!

I know you think we are torturing you when we give you medicine three times a day, but it is for your own good. I can deal with seeing you in temporary discomfort, but I really don't like seeing you sit there and stare at the wall for a half hour after we give you your pain medicine. It is hard to feel like I can comfort you because you can't speak, and it pains me to wonder what kind of pain you are in. But you are still purring when I rub your head, which means you are doing ok.

You have finally figured out how to sleep with your dreaded cone. The first night was rough, mostly due to you bumping it on my face like every half hour. We call you 'cone head,' which makes us laugh, but it really isn't that funny. Walking is another story. You are still marching when you walk and think there is someone behind you. Also I saw you finally figure out how to eat with it on. Only two more weeks and then we can take it off.

What really makes my mind spin is that you are the same lovey dovey lady bug Jane as you always are, giving me kisses and nuzzling in my arms. I thought you would be angry and want to be alone all the time, but I was wrong. I can barely get out of bed in the morning because you are so glued to my chest. When I have to go out and I stop to say goodbye, you are clingy and try to attach yourself to me, purring and chatting all the while.

Yes, Jane, you are truly a mysterious creature, full of love. There is no way that the money we paid for your surgery was any more important than your life. You are my sweet baby Jane and I will do my best to care for you so that you can be well again. You are very special indeed, and I love you so much I could cry.

Love,
The Mama

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Day of Celebration

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Three years and counting... happy anniversary love. We have big plans tonight. Some dinner, champagne of course. Cheers to you and I my dear.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Weekend Away

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A lovely weekend in San Luis Obispo. It was so warm and that dry heat felt so good in my lungs. Thank you Cole for hosting us, it was wonderful to visit! See you this summer brother...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday

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Today is Monday.
Green shirt black shorts.
I can hear the neighbors music.
It sounds really good.
The first living being I saw when I woke up this morning was Mary Jane.
The first thought I had when I woke up was how much I loved the smell of my bed.
I have a cup of cold mango tea in my hand.
Today is really hot.
I have a sunburn on my neck; it is covered in sticky aloe.
I have a hunch that I will like this week.
Yes, it is nice to be home.
xo

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunshiney Day

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Easter! It was a beautiful day. We started our morning with a sunrise service at the flower fields near us - dude, getting there at 5:45am was rough, especially after having gone to the wedding the night before. But when the sun rises and you find yourself in such a beautiful place singing to such a wonderful God, you get right past all the early morning grumbling.

We spent the rest of Easter over at Billy's parents house, which was the most Easter fun I can remember having in a long time. Ok you are going to think we are totally lame but we had an Easter egg hunt. Yeah, I know, there wasn't a little kid in sight - just us big kids. Deanna was complaining that we never had an egg hunt for her when she was little, so we filled about 100 eggs with candy and the parents hid them around and then we went crazy. It was hilarious for lack of better words, and surprisingly competitive. And I made a huge Easter basket for us at home. Can you see my huge grin? Yeah! No, I'm not too old and chocolate is my vice. Heh. Cheers for Easter!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Shipley Wedding

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We came, we cheered, we ate, we laughed. Congratulations to our friends Reid and Jannee. It was a wonderful evening, xo

Friday, April 10, 2009

Tutorial - Paper Circles

Paper Circles. I guess I could have come up with a better name for what they are - paper moons, pleated medallions, but alas, they are paper circles. I have had a couple requests for me to show how I make these bad girls, the process is so simple, so stay with me. Oh boy! You could even follow along! (excuse my sarcasm, it's Friday and I am feeling feisty!) You may remember my recent use of these here, in this lovely Easter garland I made. Ok! Lets go.

First, pick your paper. I used 12x12 scrapbook paper in this example. 12 inches is the perfect length for these smaller circles. I am using a slide cutter here, which is one of the best tools for crafting that I have ever purchased. For this example I am going to measure a width of 1 inch for my slice - keeping in mind that the circle will be twice that when we are finished. I often trim one of my long edges with a scallop. You can use scissors or a slide cutter of sorts for this.
Ok, so now we are going to start the accordion fold. Start at one end and fold making sure that your folds line up and are smooth. I spy a helper in our midst.
It is easy to get sloppy when doing the accordion fold - especially when using heavy scrapbook paper like I am here. Go slow!
The distractions! Isn't she the cutest? Back to work...
So now we have our accordioned strip which looks nice and neat. Awesome.
Now with a hot glue gun we are going to tack the two ends together. It will make the last couple steps a bit easier if you tack the ends with the side of paper you like showing on the outside.
So now we have our tacked ends which makes this wonky circle. I have been trying to find a use for that word in context all week. Hooray! Ok, now set the piece on a flat surface and gather the center together. This is tricky because it just wants to spring open.
Carefully tilt the edges out while holding it with enough pressure so that it doesn't spring open.
Drop some hot glue right in the center - enough for all the little folds to bond to.
After you have dropped the glue, carefully push the center down and give it a good few seconds to bond. Hot glue dries super fast on paper so it really won't take more than a few seconds.
Neato! You are all done! Now you can find a million uses for these when crafting. Fun times, my friends.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Prelude to Easter and Some Retro Charm

This week is flying by quicker than I anticipated, it is already Wednesday and I feel like it was just Sunday. The weather was warm and dry this last weekend which was a wonderful break from the clouds and the chill. Easter is almost upon us, which I totally can't believe is already here! I have to go candy shopping - it wouldn't be Easter without a basket loaded with chocolate. Yes, I still make an Easter basket because I am lame and I have not outgrown it yet. When sunday rolls around I will share with you the story of the caramel egg. Gripping, I know.

I had so many Easter crafts on the to do list that I never had time for which totally bums me out. Between the baby shower and the quilt and work there was no way I could get them done. So sad... maybe next year. On the contrary I do find cheer in the events we have planned for Saturday. My sister is coming over Saturday and the three of us are going to dye eggs. Then we will have to figure out how we are going to eat them all...
So the quilt! Let me get to that. I have had this quilt in the works for a couple months now and seeing as how I have a deadline delivery date of this coming Saturday I have had to really get a move on. Last night I got about half of it done - by the light of the moon, the sound of rain on the roof and the wonderfully charming company of Le Divorce. I used a palette of blues and greens, all from Amy Butler's current Daisy Chain line, which I absolutely love. It's so retro, dont you think? The quilt is a wedding gift for a couple of dear friends that are getting married on Saturday. See their initials? That part is embroidery for the bottom corner of the quilt. C'est un projet amusant, no? I will be sure and post some pictures when it is done.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ode to The Pumpkins

I was twelve in 1995 when The Smashing Pumpkins released Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness. My brother had the set and we played it over and over in his room. It was so much more than my 7th grade brain could handle but I loved every second of it. I remember at the time watching the Tonight, Tonight music video on MTV and thinking it was the coolest thing I ever saw, and I have to say that I think it is still my all time favorite music video. I would also like to include that The Smashing Pumpkins is probably at the very top of my list of favorite bands of all time. The song and video was rad then and it is completely rad now.

If you have never watched the video or would care to admit that it has been some time since you have, I would highly recommend you take a few minutes out of your day to watch it. I heard it on the radio this morning on my way to work and I have to admit playing it at an ungodly high volume and screaming the words at the top of my lungs. The Pumpkins rock. The End.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Nest of a Lion

One strange Friday evening...

Girl: Wow! Your hair!

Me: I know, its huge when I put it up - there is just so much of it.

Girl: Yeah there is!

Me: Heavy too.

Girl: Maybe it's time for a chop. You should chop it all off.

Me: What?! Chop it off?

Girl: Yeah, just chop it all off. It's like a lion's nest!

Me: A lion's nest?!

Girl: Yeah! A lion's nest! Its like the color of a lion. Matches your cat eyes. You have features that are very cat like.

Me: A lion's nest. Huh. But what is a lion's nest anyway??

Girl: You know - - - like a lion's nest!

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Would anyone care to shed some insight on what exactly a lion's nest entails? My explanation is this: lay off the crack pipe, girlfriend.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Good Morning, Morning

Fresh squeezed oranges and grapefruits... makes a wonderfully refreshing morning elixir. Happy Thursday! I am really pining for the weekend. I am totally over this week - it has been too long. Do you have any weekend plans? Xo

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Paper Vases

One of the decorations that I used outside the front door for the party Sunday were these beautiful hanging paper cone vases. Believe it or not these particular cones were from our wedding three years ago (thanks Mom, I guess sometimes all the stuff you save is for a reason after all!). These would look awesome for anyones party decor and they are seriously a snap to make. Let me explain...

Take a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper and start curling the bottom end to create a point. This makes more sense when you actually try it than it does me explaining it. Basically you hold the point with one hand and have your fingers twisting the paper on the inside to create a good point. Tack down a couple spots and you are ready for a little plastic party cup or florist cup which you can then load with a piece of florists foam. Then the flowers! You can pour water into the cup you've inserted inside the cone because the water will just stay absorbed within the florists foam.
I had mine hanging from shepherd's hooks with ribbons out along the path to the front door. A lovely and inexpensive decoration which can be reused over and over if you store the cones somewhere safe after you are done. So cute!