Saturday, June 28, 2008

You mean, this is supposed to be an artsy blog?

Complete with scrapbook layouts and artwork? I almost forgot, so here's a little something for you...

--Bazzill Bling cardstock, patterned papers by Basic Grey and Creative Memories, 7Gypsies acrylic stamps and phrases, various embellishments--
This is a picture of my mom and dad in 1971--their first year of marriage. I think I'll scrap more of their pictures, they're just so fantastic! I really enjoyed adding in some vintage ephemera with the old playing card and the silverware advertisement from the 50s.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's the little things

After three years, I got new glasses! Here they are in all their sassy glory, and I couldn't be more giddy!

To celebrate (not really), Stefan and I had a great date night. TQ spent the night at Grandma's house, and we went out on the town for the best Tuesday night date that ever was: sushi at Ichi Ban on Central and Thomas, Trunk Space gallery for a brief visit, Phoenix Art Museum, a sprint into Borders at the Biltmore for a latte, and then a movie at the Esplanade. We almost felt like we were dating again...or maybe it was the balmy 110degree heat combined with the luxury of being without child for a brief moment.
Thank you, husband, I had a lovely time!

{please, for the love of God, do NOT see the Love Guru...I really, truly wanted to like it, as I have been a huge fan of Mike Meyers for many years, but it was traumatically awful. I think part of me died a little from watching it. Don't get me wrong, we laughed, but it was the sort of embarrassed laugh of "are we really here, watching this? Did he really just make fart noises for three minutes straight?" Please, take my word-- I'm still reeling from the tragedy of it all.}

Hooray for new specs!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My computer knows that I'm fat

I mean, it's not all that hard to see, even if you're an extremely near-sighted mole looking at my figure from the 50-yard line in a snow storm. I live with my abundance of flesh on a daily basis, and with the exception of the occasional "fat pants" day, I can honestly say that my self esteem is firmly intact. But, my computer has decided that just being fat isn't enough; it has decided to remind me with every web page I open. A birage of ads with the latest miracle diet regime or pill pop up at me from all sides. The left sidebar challenges me to "lose my belly fat", and attempts to disgust me by showing me a BEFORE picture of a woman's midsection that I could only dream of having. Is it wrong that I find the "before" picture much more appealing than the rock-hard, bronzed "after" picture? Just the fact that I would have to work hard just to achieve the hideous "before" pic says something, right? What, I'm not sure...maybe that Americans need to relax, perhaps take a moment to squeeze some soft, round tushy and see how much more lovely it is than the super firm abs we're supposedly meant to have.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Scrapbook goodness

It is my goal to post artwork and scrapbook layouts on this blog on a regular basis. Knowing that I have this blog out there in the universe will hopefully make me more accountable, and drive me to complete projects so I can post them. I get so much inspiration and encouragement from looking at other artists' blogs, and I really wanted to contribute to that positive energy! Soon, I will do a post on my currents faves, and maybe even do an "Artist Spotlight" every week or two.
So, without further ado, here are a few layouts that I've completed in recent months:

I like being able to scan these images, but on the other hand, I think some of the texture and detail is lost by having them in this format. Maybe I'll experiment with taking actual photos of the work and see how that turns out.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Once upon a time...

...there was a lovely woman and a kind man who fell in love and got married.

Ah... so innocent, so in love. Little did they know that in less than a year, their world would be turned upside down. Enter TQ, our little monkey, who started out like this:

And in no time at all, became this creature:

She's creative, adventurous, sensitive, magical, precocious, musical and very, very smart (I'm being completely objective, as you can see).

She amazes us every day with her imaginative spirit and intuition beyond her 3 1/2 years. She also sometimes makes me want to join the zoo, or the circus, or anywhere that will take me far, far away from our little home in the desert. But mostly, she just makes me proud.
[Please excuse the extra chins; they were having a sale--buy one, get one free-- and I just couldn't resist! You know how it is.]

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to sharing tidbits of family life, lots of art and other random insanities with you. Let the adventures begin! Right now I have to go stop a little monkey who is attempting to clean the carpet with hair conditioner...could be worse, right?