Thursday, July 30, 2009

Numero Uno

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The heat has broken here for the last couple days, and I am finally feeling like I am sleeping better - and that dull headache I had for a week feels like it is finally subsiding (for now). I was getting sick last week, but I beat it. I swear its the mind tricks I play on myself. Maybe that's why I get sick once every few years. Mind tricks! Billy swore I had the swine flu. I knew I didn't but you never can be too careful with that thing.

On my birthday I checked my email and there waiting for me was a notice for my very first crown sale on etsy. Nice birthday gift huh! So I emailed the lucky buyer asking which letter of the alphabet she would like to appear on the side, and she said it didn't matter. That she was a professional photographer and she was going to use the crown in a photo shoot. Well I just fell over. What a blessing! I can't wait to see what that will look like, and I will hopefully post the pictures here too. So today her crown is in the mail up to Northern California...
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Birthday Bike

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Today was an awesome day. I got a bike for my birthday! What could be better than a bike for your birthday - seriously?! My husband got one for each of us as a total surprise to me and we tested them out down by the beach for a while today. He said he was going to get me an iPod (Erika, you didn't have anything to do with that did you?:) but then he decided on bikes because "they will bring us together" and an iPod wont. I like the way you think honey! After dinner we hopped back on and rode around the neighborhood and I was all of a sudden reminiscent of Kermit and Miss Piggy singing "Couldn't We Ride" on our Schwinns. Remember them in that London park? Ahh, it is nice to have a bike again. To my friends that live nearby, thanks for sharing a happy birthday with me! 
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I <3 my bike. Want to ride with me?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby Friends

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Meet Rocky and Priscilla. Pleased to meet you both! These baby friends are the newest addition to the Woodson family. No I am not the crazy cat lady, these friends do not live with me. They were delivered by us to Billy's parents Sunday. And it was kind of a surprise:) Surprise kitties! Like delivered by the stork... except they were delivered by... us.
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I came from a family who are cat people. I married into a family who are cat people. I guess that means I have cats up the wazoo, and I do. At least a bunch of cat hair anyway. I SWEAR I will not become "that cat lady." Like "Hey you know that lady down the street?" "Who?" "You know the one with all the cats." "Oh. Her." But if I were, promise we'd still be friends?

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Sweetest Gift

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So I am like the luckiest girl - that someone would be so loving to send a little something special my way. My dear Amy sent me this gorgeous necklace that she made - just for me. For me! I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened it. It's a stunning piece, and is seriously a treasure. Amy, you are amazing! That Canadian post sure took its time, but what was inside made it all worthwile.
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For those of you that don't know Amy, she is witty, funny, caring and an all around gem, and has quickly become my friend. Funny how friends present themselves. Who would have thought two women 2,521 miles apart in two different countries would find each other and become friends. Cheers to you Amy dear <3

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Renegade Splendor!

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Check out my booty! Renegade booty that is. My spoils... my goods... my splendor!
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Bags, ribbons, purses, notebooks and stickers all found their way home with me. My money went super quick people. I really had to consider my purchases since I only allowed myself to spend what I had saved in my Renegade money jar.
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This hand screen printed owl bag was absolutely coming home. Alas, most of my goodies will be given as birthday and Christmas gifts, so I can't really say the shopping was for me. But...
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this clutch definitely had my name on it. I think the Appetite booth was my absolute favorite next to Krank Press. I could have purchased her entire line of... everything. But this handmade beauty had "Georgia! Buy Me!" printed all over. It's perfect and exactly what I was looking for without really knowing it. You know what I mean?
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Another thing I took away from Renegade was the inspiration. So many people had so much talent. As an artist it is impossible to come away from an event like this and not have a brainful of new ideas and inspirations. Now I am ready to go...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Renegades on the Loose!

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Whew. I am starting to get back to normal after the killerest weekend ever - Renegade! Erika and I drove up to LA Saturday to go to the first ever Renegade LA. It was amazing. We were there ALL day. But with 200 vendors how could you not?
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So many booths, so much handmade. We were in heaven!
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Some cutie pies - these dolls were totally cute and now I wish I had bought one. Honestly I don't know what I was thinking.
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A favorite booth of mine, Krank Press, they had some wonderful designs. Tough to choose...
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Some more cutie pie friends. Dang! I want one now!
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We tried our hand (well our helping hand anyway) at screen printing at the Swap-O-Rama. We came out with an armful of screen printed clothes... for $10.
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Wore the crowns and they were a total hit. We had people all day coming up behind us asking us to turn around so they could see what we were wearing. Erika was such a good sport! Thanks love<3 We passed out a ton of my business cards too...
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Goodbye LA. Till next years Renegade... and maybe one year coming up I will have my own booth. We <3 Renegade! Tomorrow I will be back to show you all the goodies I brought home. I know, can't wait right? Heh.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just In...

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My new business cards are hot off the press! These guys are great, I love how they turned out! What I love most about them is that they are truly ME - fonts, sketches, photos and of course the crown. They totally represent me.
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Now I will have something to hand to people when they ask about what I do, and furthermore get some sweet action going on in le olde etsy shop (don't laugh, there is still nothing on it). And hopefully we can pass out a few at renegade this weekend. I am so excited to go, 200 vendors! I have died and gone to heaven <3
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Tomatoes

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My farmer husband has started to harvest some of his tomato plants. We have a lot at home already but that isn't even a taste of what is to come. I hope we can figure out how to sell some of them! Anyway, the other night we grilled some tomatoes and they were awesome so I thought I'd share. They are reminiscent of my mom's baked tomatoes but on the grill instead. Here is what you need:

{fresh minced garlic}
{parmesan cheese} - I used the shaved kind for this
{Italian seasonings}
{fresh ground pepper}
{dash of salt}

I layered my ingredients starting with the garlic, ending with the pepper. Lay them on the grill facing up and leave them on until you feel like they are toasty and grilled to your liking. You could even drizzle with olive oil, which I will probably do next time, as well as add on some fresh basil. Mozzarella would even be amazing... Summer tomatoes are wonderful, no?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Being American

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Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) composed the Star Spangled Banner September 13th 1814, which much later became the official American national anthem. The whole thing is actually 4 paragraphs long, much longer then what we sing at ballparks, but not that many people know that. It is a beautiful piece, and I suppose you couldn't expect less from a poet.

There is a line near the end that has always stuck in my mind... "Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be out motto: 'In God we trust.'" Can you imagine a country that conquers only when their cause is completely just? And furthermore can you imagine our personal motto being "In God we trust"? This idea gives me chills and really gets me thinking. 

In grade school we would recite the pledge daily and would then practice singing American songs, like God Bless the USA and America the Beautiful. Kids aren't allowed to do that anymore. In some places in the country they don't even say the pledge. It is no wonder young generations have no clue what it means to be patriotic. Makes me think of my mom, who in her 50's became an American citizen after living as a legal resident from Canada since her early 20's. The day she swore in she was SO excited to represent America as a citizen. To be American is a true privilege for her and I know I sometimes take that for granted a lot myself. I think our forefathers were some of the bravest most noble people I can think of, so much more than most people today. Many of them were stand up men, and I truly thank them for composing a country in which I have so much freedom. I am proud to be American! Happy 4th of July everyone...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Progress...

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Happy first day of July! Last night was hot hot hot. I love July, it might be my favorite month next to October. I have made a bit of progress on a batch of crowns I have going, trying to get a big group done to put on my etsy site for the first time ever! Plus Erika agreed that we could wear them when we go to Renegade and pass out business cards to those interested, so that is another huge incentive to why I am trying to get some up asap. I ordered some business cards which I am thrilled about, I can wait to show you when they get here. They are quite... unique. But then again, why would you expect otherwise? xoxo to you.