Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ha!! I sewed!!

And not only did I sew, I actually completed said item as well. I can't remember the last thing that I made that I finished. It's been that long.

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's about time

I get a kick looking at how people find this blog. There are an abundance of stuck up people in the world apparently. And how being stuck up effects their life is a topic worth of the google. 34% of my blog hits have come from searching about stuck up people. I'm sure that will go up even more now! And the people that I wrote about - still stuck up. I'm starting to think that there really is no hope for a cure.

And ma'am - I'm sorry your son in Finland has a shoe fetish. Kian has outgrown his - well, at least his desire to eat them. He still likes to put on shoes that are too big, though that makes sense as they're easier for an 18 month old to do that by himself.

And I'm obviously not the only one with baby frogs in the house. Though since we've gotten rid of the garden pond, that's resolved itself. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night and squishing the little buggers on the way to the bathroom. It's really sad actually, besides just disgusting. Though if frogs eat ants, I may want them back - as there seems to be a family of ants that has made residence in my house somewhere. I've got the right kind of yummy "food" for them now, just need to crawl up into the 200++ degree attic to serve it to them. Any volunteers?

I also have to suggest - buy a pettiskirt. Yes, I made one. Did I mention it took 7 hours?? I think I did. I never want to even think about gathering that much fabric again. If you're thinking about making a pettiskirt, please have your brain examined, and then cart yourself to Etsy, or join one of the many co-ops that wait 4 months for the fru fru-ey contraptions, and save $10ish bucks. You'll thank me later - I promise.

I know that there was some other search term/topic that brought people here in the past (besides people actually searching for me - awww) that I wanted to address, but I can't think of it now. I'll blame the tiny rice sized thing sucking my brains away on that.

Hopefully, I'll never see a google search for "stuck up son with shoe fetish wants pettiskirt made with baby frogs" leading here. THAT would be creepy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What you've been waiting for!

Well, not really, unless you read the blog this morning, and have been waiting on pins and needles since then (unlikely).

I decided to make a new blog, dedicated to my weekly posts. Go here and read :)

Hopefully the blogging bug will bite again, and I'll update here more frequently as well. I kind of miss writing more than a sentence or two at a time!

Facebook has killed my blog

OK, poor excuse, I know! But since getting addicted, er... involved with facebook, the things I would write here end up in little tidbits over there. Not as much detail, but still takes away the need to blog.

I'm going to try a bit harder to at least get a post a week.

Why a post a week? You'll figure it out soon ;)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My final portfolio

The digital part anyways. I've learned not to procrastinate. It's not worth it in the long run! Nothing like freaking out at 2am the morning your project is due because your printer is begging for more ink! And walmart doesn't sell it. And nothing else opens before your 8am class.

But it's done. I wasn't thrilled with the quality of some of the prints - they turned out a bit dark. But obviously not enough ink to reprint either. Besides, I needed a little bit of sleep - it was hard enough waking up 3.5 hours after I went to bed!

Photography Final


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Decisions decisions, and school is almost DONE!

I'm down to the last week, and I couldn't be happier! I'm very much looking forward to a more relaxed summer (school wise at least!).

I'm finishing up my photography final, and can't decide which 10 pictures to use, and if I should do black and white or color (and all 10 have to be the same). Some I adore in black and white, and some I adore in color.

I had a hard time shooting these. Eric and I drove 280 miles to get them. I had planned on using some I had taken earlier in the semester until I found out that it wouldn't be allowed, so I drug Eric out of work (he didn't complain!) Friday to go drive around all day.

We also took the kids out for a drive/hike today, and saw some amazing places! But my camera battery was dead. I about cried! It wasn't when I put it in the bag, so a button must have been pressed or something to completely drain it. Some of the places were an hour away, and with the project due Wednesday morning, I'm not going to be able to get back out there to shoot some more for it. But I'm definitely going again! And the kids were great. Even after some tummy issues this morning, they didn't complain about the long drive, and enjoyed the hike!

So, here they are. Want to help me to decide which are the 10 best? And color or black and white??

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Went to Dad's house. Food was good, ate way too much of course, and brought a ton home. At least I don't have to cook tomorrow!! Kian was way too cute with his eggs. He's been playing with some the other kids have had the last few days, and he thought it was very cool to have his own.

I'm a sewing failure though! After completely rearranging bedrooms and my sewing space, I ran out of time and motivation. No one got even one handmade item for Easter. No clothes, no toys, nothing. But it's ok. I think they liked the abundance of candy more anyways :)

Click here to see the pics!

Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm going to write a book.

OK, so write may be a strong word. But it's going to be a book.

One of my assignments in my photography course was to emulate another photographer. We had to find their work in a book, shoot similarly (style or subject) and share with the class. I searched and searched, and nothing was screaming out to me. I had one book set aside, but it was a last resort. After 2 hours of searching in the library, I went to go pick it back up and this caught my eye. I was hooked.

It spoke to me. Inspired me to do something I feel strongly about. And I absolutely loved it.

Trying the same thing in this area of Florida was a little difficult. Industry has never been huge here, and the revival of small historic downtowns is well underway - and thrilling to me. There are also a TON of new, crowded, cookie cutter subdivisions. And it makes me sad that houses like this are left to rot because no one wants them and their problems. Or their history. Or character. Things you can't find in a new house.



I want to preserve the old buildings and houses indefinitely. Unfortunately, unless some foreign king or such that is someone related to me (or finds this blog and is moved beyond words, lol) and finances such an endeavor, it will have to be on film (or in this case, digitally), and then to paper.



I didn't know I wanted to create a book, until the title started popping up in my head. At the most inappropriate times as well. And so the idea was born. It's changed a bit as I've driven around scouting out old, decrepit buildings, but the idea is still the same.

Discarded Florida

It has a certain draw to it, doesn't it?


Monday, March 16, 2009

Sometimes things just make you go hmmm...

There are so many interesting creations out there, that there are blogs dedicated to them. And now I know why.

Who in their right mind would wear something like this - let alone PAY for it?? And good Lord, what was she thinking when she made it? Magic Dress.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Why aren't things ever as easy as you thought they would be?

I figured this semester was going to a breeze. Photo class that will mostly be a repeat of last semester's, but going into a bit more detail. Online Spanish class. That's it. Easy - right?

Oh heck no!

Photo class - 5 rolls of film need to be shot per week. Yes, you read that right, per WEEK!. How the heck am I supposed to fill 5 rolls of film up without just shooting nonsense? The cheap side of me is protesting LOUDLY.

And my Spanish class. How hard could it be? I aced French in high school - and Spanish is a bit similar, right? Wrong. Add to the fact I've discovered I am NOT an auditory learner, and my teacher assigned a ton of work the very first week. It isn't going to be near as easy as I thought, and I'm very grateful that this is the only other class I'm taking.

So much for looking forward to a relaxing semester!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And so it starts again

The craziness. And this time we're adding to it. School started this week. Chrissy went back yesterday, I did today. And Eric is now taking 3 classes online as well! I'm hoping our schedules will work to leave us enough down time. Last semester was a bit hectic. So far so good though! I even got to spend a little time in the studio playing with Aislinn.

You can see the rest of them in my flickr acct!


We didn't get as much done as we wanted while on break, but that seems to be the case most of the time. Never enough hours in the day! We've got a couple home improvement type things to finish up, as well as a couple that are in the plans for the next few months. We'll see how it goes!