Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's a warm day!


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Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
Hi, Grandma! We love you!! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunny Sunday!

Hope everyone is out and about having fun! We've got gorgeous weather and then, possibly some rain. I'm glad as it will help all the tulips popping up in my yard.

I'm going to do a little yard work in a bit and then some more artwork. After all the paintings I did, I had some new ideas sketched out. I can hardly wait to start. I'm doing more of the ideas I've been wishing to try out...and now that the weather is warmer, it makes it easier to dry/finish my projects. I just wish I'd get more sunlight in the basement. It's very tempting to drag everything outside.

I did manage to finish up some miniature quilts, so I'll take pictures of those. I even hung them on the wall (a miracle). It's nice to have a little time to do some work.

Also, I'm getting ready for our trip to California! It's official that we are going and I can hardly wait. I have to make a reservation for the J. Paul Getty Museum and make plans w/the family to meet up. I can hardly wait.

We're watching "The Thin Blue Line" with Rowan Atkinson. It's cute but a little more risque then I remember. Jon fell asleep. Oh, well.

Anyway, I'm really glad to see my tulips peaking out of the leaves. Soon, they will have buds. They better not bloom while we're away. That would be VERY annoying.

I feel my allergies kicking in already. I'm such a weakling. It's 1000 times better than it used to be, but they are still there.

Well, I want to work on my peonies outside. We left church earlier (usually stay for coffee) but I felt funny in the tummy. Feeling better now; just need to watch the dairy. Is there a substitute for calcium, though? I'll have to research that.

Have a great day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A bit of this and that~

Well, it was confirmed...I've got an ear infection. I thought so (feeling dizzy, ear pain, grumpy, headaches, etc, etc). I'm back on antibiotics (yuck) and there is talk of ear tubes...I'm totally for this. I'd rather get an operation and reduce this problem, not have to take meds (as much) and possible get my hearing back. VERY frustrating not to hear. I miss conversations and my kids get annoyed at me because I'm always asking them to repeat. So, I'd be happy to do something that helps me be a better me. :)

Anyway, it seems we are going to go ahead with our trip to Southern California. I know I always say something like "it seems". I just get nervous because I don't want to jinx it. I'm superstitious, I guess. Sigh...

The weather has been really good lately. Hovering in the 60's, it feels like heaven! I hear it's warmer in CA and I'll probably get heat exhaustion, but that's all right.

This year seems like things are feeling so differently. I don't know why. Maybe it's having a 3rd child, having more time, the kids being in public schooling (we love it!), or what but I feel like there is more possibilities and good things happening. Isn't that funny? I know a lot of people are going through rough times, but I have been there, and I know it can be gotten through. It's a matter of taking it day by day, adding to your skills and expanding your choices with a touch of flexibility. Definitely worth it. It doesn't hurt to have some positive quotes to hold onto.

When I was younger and would ride the bus in Los Angeles, I had a little pouch. In my pouch were slips of paper with quotes that were important to me and gave me courage. I would put my hand on it and feel so much better and stronger. It's a good thing to have things like this in your hand and mind so you feel like you can face the world.

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On another note, it's a little funny today. I woke up feeling blah and icky tummy wise. When I went downstairs, the house was even messier then when I left it. I was annoyed because I feel asleep at 7:30pm and nobody picked up anything. I started complaining to Jon and he would counter with logical reasoning. This only makes me angrier and more frustrated. Basically, I ended up saying sounds like you've comforted your self with logic. I admit I was being snarky plus, I did say, I was glad I got my self flowers (the girls brought home the daffodils I ordered from school). I was trying to be a bit self pitying. lol I won't try to justify this...when you feel like this, you just want to be a baby. Anyway, I felt bad and sent him an email about saying sorry... We're silly. :)

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We've been spending more time outside. I love that we put hay all over the yard (keeps the mud down and it looks golden in the sunlight). The annoying thing is, I think this is why I've been having trouble breathing so much. I'm allergic to grass and the hay is grass. Crazy me. I will still go outside...I really don't like having allergies. Maybe I should wear a mask...this actually might help.

Well, besides doing my art illustrations, I'm wrapping up several critters for a swap. I'm going to take pics once I attach the legs and arms. I'm really having fun with these guys. Plus, the tea stain actually stayed on! I thought for sure it would melt away but it's there! Cool! Maybe I'll take my sewing outside.

Yesterday, I got so carried away with listing artwork on eBay, that I nearly missed pick up of the kids. Thankfully, Harry had just woken up (he had that bug eyed look of a just woken baby) and I ran outside in my slippers. So funny! We were on time (more, actually). I was late yesterday (or they were early) and I felt guilty. I'm usually 10 minutes early.

Life is funny and oh, so wonderful when it's Spring! Have a fabulous Friday, everyone! :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A day of sunshine

It's sunny and the air has warmed up after a touch of frost. I was outside hacking, trimming back, the lilacs and mix of plants in the hedge. I feel sort of out of breath and I hope there wasn't anything I was too allergic to out there. I tried to do some trimming before everything went crazy and bloomed on me. I'm just glad I did some work. It's probably just my head cold/ear infection.

I think I did sprain my wrist a little and that is annoying. Plus, I got pricked by several rose thorns. I hate that.

Anyway, our yard looks so nice. It's sunny and all the hay we threw everywhere makes it look golden and perfect (not muddy and brown). I'm glad we got the hay and spread it about. It really makes the yard happy. There are still dog spots I have to clean up. However, it's primarily good for the kids to play on. :)

I'm tuckered out from the sun/trimming and spraining my wrist. I can hear a little fellow waking up from his nap and I feel tired. Darn.

I'm so glad tomorrow is Thursday and then Friday. Saturday is the first day of SPRING!! :) Woo hoo!

I've got to get a few things organized...hopefully, get ready for the trip to CA and what nots. It's such a gorgeous day. Hope you enjoy it! :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Experimenting...

I have tried the "staining" with tea stuff and it's true, it doesn't work that good on synthetic materials. Oh, well. I'm going to try shoe polish next. Yes, I said shoe polish. I got it from this "beat up your handmade goods" on-line store. Well, it's not actually called that...primitive look, or something of that nature. I forgot the name...But it all goes with that old fashioned, grunge, stitchpunk look. I recently found out about stitchpunk...or I have known about it for some time but it finally has a name. It is that look of Tim Burton's "Sally" from Nightmare before Christmas and of the movie "9". Just saw the movie, btw, it was really good and kept me guessing. I hope the director/creator does more soon! :)

Anyway, I LOVE this look and want to try it out. Some of my fave artists on-line have this great vibe going on. I have to source them...they are really terrifce and the feel is so original/fresh. Plus, it's fun to do and you never know what you'll get until you try.

I did the staining thing once with walnut but didn't use hot enough water. I then baked the dolls (not a good smell, mind you). I did get an interesting look but didn't know how to progress to the next stage. So, I've been researching and a lot of artists do the staining pre-stuffing. This is what I need to remember for next time.

It's all good as it's fun and I can do it while I fed the babykins. :)Plus, I did a crock pot meal for tonight. I am SO sick of making dinner every freaking night. And now that Jon is sick, I have to do the dishes too. :( So, I was feeling a bit frazzled.

Today is a different story. I do need to get my ear checked (I think there might be an infection) and it's bothering me (dizziness). So, I'll probably do that tomorrow. blah

I hope my family is all right with the earthquake they just had in CA. Scary! I hope that is it for earthquakes for some time.

Otherwise, a nice sunny day, again! Hope you get out there and go walking. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

How'd it get so late??

It's 11:30pm...chatting with a good friend and next thing you know, an hour went by. Good grief. It's worse with my sister/mom...we can easily eat up 3 hours in one sitting.

Jon is now officially sick. Poor baby, seems to have the flu and all the unpleasantness of it all. It happened just like mine...you think you're all done with the cold/flu stuff and then, bam! It hits you as if you never had the flu before...painful.

I was so excited about him trying banana bread too. I made about 4-5 loaves (we're down to 3...the kids LOVE it). He couldn't eat one bit. :(

I feel guilty as I was feeling better and feel like all my germs attacked him. I hope he'll feel up to himself tomorrow.

The kids finished up their project on the subject they wanted to learn about for the Learning Fair at school. I'm so proud of them. They worked really hard and I have to say, the paintings they did came out really sweet. I have to take photos of it. It's entirely from recycled materials too...cardboard covered in gesso with rolled magazine pages for the frame. Really cute. :) I was a bit frustrated because Jon was upstairs throwing up and the baby was in the play pen (playing, thankfully...not crying) but it all came out well. I need to take a chill pill, I think.

Anyway, it's late and I'm sleepy and I have to do a few things still (more laundry). I'd rather curl up in bed and I will in about 10 minutes. I just let the dog out, too.

I did finally get to start a few projects I've wanted to try, so that was good. Tomorrow promises to be warmer and sunnier. Hopefully, walking weather. :)Have a good day!

Sneezy

I still have a cold. Annoying but I do think it's getting better...or else have the oven warming up the house, does make me feel better. I guess all the cold/rain/wind would make it harder to feel comfortable.

I'm baking more banana bread. I thought it would be nice for the kids to come home to after a cold day of rain outside. I finally got my rain boots delivered to today but I'm sad as they are too tight in the calf. If Jon doesn't want them, I will trim open the back and they will fit better. Maybe, I'll just do that even if Jon wants them! lol

I did more art in the studio today. Little by little, I'm getting back into my groove. It's hard with the time change and feeling sick still. I had a long lull because of the kids getting better and all that goes with this. But I'm feeling better. Plus, the TV my sis-in-law gave us has a VCR in it and I get to watch all MY favorite films...Room with a View, Woman in White, lots of classical/Victorian films which I love! :)

I still need to finish up my swap and I think it's evolving nicely. I just wish I had more energy to do all that I want. It can be daunting to have ideas run through your head and no time to do it. But as I mentioned earlier bit by bit gets the job done.

Oh,dear...I just learned my hubby got his car towed and had to pay $90 to get it back! Talk about a mean monopoly game! I hope he learned his expensive lesson. :(

Anyway, now I HAVE to get off my butt and get some art on eBay. This has motivated me to make more art and get it listed/sold. :) Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rain

It's actually raining for the first time in ages...2-3 months, according to Jon. I think it's longer for rain that is not freezing combo's. It's a good sign that Spring is nearly here and time to warm up a bit.

I feel so tired...weather change, I'm sure and getting over this cold. Nothing too major. I have a few things I want to do...list some new art on eBay and finish up some new pieces. It's all good...just have to find the time.

Since most everything is being planned out, I feel a lot less stress. Just need to focus on going through each time plan till the operation. Then, I feel better about everything.

I just wish we had a few last things under control...but I guess that's how most people feel. There's always something...and ours are very small compared to the big picture of life. Winning the lottery would be nice! lol And no, we forgot to play tonight for the big 170 million! oh, well...

We got a very nice copy of the Book of Common Prayers. Jon ordered it as I don't know half of what everyone else seems to know by heart. It's going to be nice to learn new prayers and just to have it on hand for reflection.

I'm really pleased with my scissor sharpener from Friskars. They really work well and it feels like I have new scissors! I love it.

Looks like I'm going to have to find a place to repair my guitar. It dropped (Harry bumped it and it fell) on the floor and the neck spilt. It's a bit of a bad break, I think but will have to have an estimate at least. It's too bad, I really liked that guitar (got it from my dad-in-law). In the meantime, I'll get the one Jon let me have, re stringed, too.

Did some time in the studio as well. I need to get a nice light that imitates sunlight...I love my fluorescent lighting but I need "real" lights too.

I basically worked on stuffed animals and am experimenting with these. I hope I can stain some tomorrow and see how they emerge. It will be interesting. One is for the swap I'm in.

Jon put the kids to bed early. I'm so tired, think I'll do that soon too. I wanted to finish so many things today but did what I could. Well, it's been a busy week. Did I mention I got to see "Alice in Wonderland"? It was pretty good! I enjoyed it and can't wait to get it on DVD. I would have liked a stronger story, however. It seemed a little run of the mill-ish. Otherwise, beautiful costumes/visuals. I'll leave it at that. :)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Global Warming and what to do

I was worrying about Global warming...esp. after reading this article about the low oxygen levels in the ocean. It made me feel sad for the creatures that are effected by this...and esp. if there is even a small chance it is global warming, I felt like we as humans/guardians of our planet, should do something. I'm certainly not perfect in my actions to reduce global warming (shame on me for slacking on recycling), but I can change that. I looked up on ways, we as individuals can take better care of our world. This is a link of 50 small things with big impacts for reducing global warming. Take a look, you've probably already done half of them and didn't even realize it. I'm going to try harder to make this world better for the present and for the future.

Woo hoo!

It feels like Spring today! :) I've got a lot of chores to do and I'm excited to get them done. I may even trim the dogs nails (wish me luck).

The baby is taking a nap and I can get a few things done. I love the sunshine shining and it really lifts my spirits up. It's still sweater weather but not 20's anymore. Hopefully, it stays that way. Mr. Nelson was running around the yard and Jon said he's as mad a March hare. So true!

Well, have a good day folks!

Thankful

I'm thankful the weather is starting to warm up, finally. I started to have worrying thoughts that we might be stuck in a Kurt Vonnegut novel where everyone is frozen. But, it was just a fear and spring is shaking everything up by giving us blessed warmth. I even saw the sprouts of Hyacinth poking little light green shoots out of the damp blackened earth. Beautiful. The kids were amazed and happy. Next, melt all the snow in the front and allow our tulips to pop up. I want to plant more this year (it has to be done in the fall). Last year, I was too busy to do anything.

We have a lot of exciting ideas to do. Besides going to CA to visit family, we are going to expand our garden and just make our yard, more fun and exciting. Basically, I don't want any grass...or very little of it. I want lots and lots of flowers, fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. If I can do a little of this, I will be very pleased.

This weekend went by MUCH too fast. I was saddened because it seems like the time just danced about us and it's already Monday. We did do a lot of things. I pulled out all this junk from the garage (for some reason we had a tone of empty cardboard boxes, I don't know why). Jon is impressed with my sorting ability and I'm getting a pile of things to donate to the thrift stores. I'm glad to have space in there.

The sun was beating down but it was still cold and we kept wanting to go outside. Jon now has a head cold...this is actually what I have too. So, we got it together, I guess. We also went to see the local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was really good and the kids watched the whole thing. Only 1 tantrum from Harry. Church was great. I had to teach Sunday School but it was only my 2 kiddos, so not a stresser. Still, it was kind of funny to do this by my self. Oh, well.

We did some shopping for sunglasses. We needed this as the sun reflecting off the snow, really hurts your eyes. So, this was nice. I also found a sun hat for me! I'm very pleased as it actually fits my noggin.

Otherwise, a productive outside sort of day.It's supposed to get up to the 50's for several days today...what a relief. Maybe this time next week, we'll have flowers! :)

I need to do some artwork...it's so hard to do anything when you want to go outside to either clean or just have fun. It is muddy and messy but after all that cold I'm thankful for this. :)

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
e. e. cummings

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Printing your blog

I've read about this but was wondering if anyone has ever tried that. It sounds like it would be fun to have a hard copy of past works as well as being able to see your work in your hands. Plus, for me, it would be cool to see the progress in terms of the kids and what they've done over the yrs.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has heard of this or done it. I'm looking into the options out there.

On another note, we went walking today for the first time in like 4 months as a family outside. It was really nice, a bit cold but nice. I wore sneakers and it was a lot easier to move without snow boots! :) I just ordered a pair of rain boots for my self as the kids all have their own pairs now. I can hardly wait for the rain...even if it means mud...or maybe esp. because we will have mud! I'm tired of frozen ground and crunchy snow. The rain will be a welcome to this long winter we've had.

I would like to eventually buy snow suits for everyone. I've learned that wearing two pairs of sweats doesn't do the trick and just makes people more cold/unprotected. I didn't realize that snowsuits are really handy and keep kids active in the winter. So, this will be my next purchase for next winter.

We have a play to see tonight...Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at the Hollidaysburg JHS. Should be a lot of fun! :) We've been waiting for this all week.

I finally got my self into the studio and was working on some new artworks. It seems like I've been away from doing artwork for ages but it's really only been a few days because of my cold/flu. I'm glad to finally get the energy to do things again. Plus, I have an idea about getting natural light in there. I don't know if it will work but it basically involves a funnel type thing with mirros and sticking it on a window. We shall see. We get Southern exposure from the front of our house and I would have to access it somehow from the front windows of the basement. We're talking 1.5 foot windows...very small and close to the ground. So, I don't know...might take some figuring out. Wish me luck. :)

I know the above has nothing to do with art but it's a fun thing I'm working on and want to solve.

Anyway, it's such a gorgeous day. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. :)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

jon and me


jon and me
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
on our 10 yr celebration day. :)

lovelier then diamonds


gifty for prize winner

Hope Jasmine liked it! :)

smile


smile
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie

watching the cat sneak past the dog


sneaking...sneaking...

this cracks me up...Cat: I will sneak past you. I am invisible Dog: I know you are somewhere, Cat. I will catch you and you will be mine.

At the last moment, Cat blurred by and Dog only saw said blur.

my sweet pink smile


my sweet pink smile
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie

from the last snow


from the last snow
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
yesterday morning. I took this about 6am, I think. It was gorgeous and gone by noon. :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Day 2 of feeling better...

Had a nap attack at 9am...I was really not feeling great, actually. The baby, thankfully, was ready for a nap too. So, we both snoozed...as best as one can when it's early in the day. But I did feel a lot better.

Now, just to get my energy back and start being creative, again. Little by little, I suppose. I've primarily been working with the kids...doing all sorts of messy and fun projects. Just need to get myself up to photographing them.

Today it hit 35 degrees! It was a blessing as we've been nearly always in the 20's. By Sunday it's going to be 40 degrees and I'm going to have a party! woo hoo!

day by day

Sounds like a soap opear but when you're trying to feel better, that is exactly how you approach it. I'm fortunate it's just a stomach flu (though, it was one of the worst ones in quite some time). I feel badly that my kids all went through this (Harry got diarehea and a fever)...but it seems we are slowly starting to get better. Norrie had double ear infections. Poor baby was really in pain the other night. Drops and antibiotecs are helping.

It snowed last night, or early this morning. Beautiful and white definied branches...so amazing. I ran outside (I wore my winter coat, mom) and took pics. I will have to download a few.

I feel tired from being sick, still but am getting my energy back. I can tell because I started to have a lot of ideas about art creations. It's funny how I start to feel down (I guess everyone feels like that when they are healing/feeling ill/etc) and think, it's all useless, why bother? Then, suddenly the clouds part and lightening or sushine flashes in and wow! Ideas start to flurry so quickly it takes all you can do to want to hold onto them and jot them on paper. My favorite way to inspire myself, and I know this sounds funny, is by getting ready to take a nap/go to sleep and start thinking of an artist who is great and amazing. This often leads me to imagining a sensationally creative works that I actually get jealous of. Usually, they are abstract, don't ask me why. It's the colors and feel that I get from this sort of focused brainstorming...it inspires me to no end. :)

What gets your imagination following? Do you create in color? Do you dream in ROY G BIV?

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