Sunday, January 31, 2010

i had a free night this week and made this necklace that i'd had in my head for quite some time.  it felt quite good to sit down and make something, so my hope is that this week i'll have some time to work on the next project on my list, that paper wreath in my last post.  what's your latest project?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

i'm having a creative block and it's not because of lack of ideas, but because of lack of time to consider them!  i am much busier at the moment than i like to be and i haven't made a single thing since my last post.  class started back up for my master's degree and i'm either gone to class, working on homework, or at work all the time.  i'll stop complaining now... or i won't!  i will be posting less for awhile, which is probably fine for everyone but me.   and just keep in mind, that while i'd like to be making this:


or this:

i'll actually be reading this:

and this:

and this:

all of which are contributing to my genius... don't get me wrong.
have a great week!

Friday, January 8, 2010

five for friday...

part of my goals for my new little business this year was to make five, and only five, things a week for my etsy store.  i was having trouble with either overdoing it each week or underdoing it and in the process i was neglecting other important parts of my life in order to make beautiful jewels!  so, i decided i am going to work on my five things each week and hopefully that will give me a goal to work towards and a limit for when i need it.  i am hoping to build enough inventory to enter a show in the late spring.  each friday i'll be posting my five jewelry creations of the week.  be sure to vote in the poll on the right to let me know which ones you like best!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

i am sure you are all wondering how my closet cleaning project turned out.  it is awesome!  but i think having a closet that actually has a place for everything is turning me into a psycho clean freak... i'm not sure if that's possible, it's most likely short term, because i am absolutely a mess.  but for the time being i am hyper anal about my closet and it has been this clean for over a week.  here are the before and after pictures....  please don't judge me.  i bet your closet sucks too.

Monday, January 4, 2010

ah, 2 weeks off work for christmas = time to cook a meal!
i made this soup that was recommended by my brother: turkey sausage-gnocchi soup, except i used spicy chicken sausage and added these gigantic indian mustard leaves from my garden.  aren't they crazy, huge?!  i have had no idea what to do with them- the seed packet said to use them for salad, but they are kind of furry and prickly!  i can't imagine eating it raw, but it's good cooked...

i also made this salad that my friend, sarah, made for us one time and i loved it.  she used blue cheese but i didn't have any so i used goat cheese instead.  it was delicious!  it is just lettuce, a chopped up granny smith apple, sugared almonds, goat cheese, and poppy seed dressing.  love it when i'm not too tired or cranky to cook! and my husband deemed the meal a success.  yum!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

i had a great christmas in missouri. the whole family was there geared up for some holiday cheer!

i was cranking out granny squares for my jemaine blanket while we watched movies, and my new sister-in-law said she wanted to learn how to knit and crochet.  we spent quite a few hours on the couch, and she is a very determined person and a fast learner, just look at her on the left! 

i was working on a fast, big, chunky scarf, but had trouble with it curling and i have no idea how to fix it or why it did that.... susan, help?!  i have so much to learn....

how did you spend your holiday?