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AnticipatingUgh, this is something I need to work on. I just wrapped up a few projects and so now I’m in a slump of “what to do now?” Not that I don’t have anything to do, I have plenty more projects going, but I’m needing a BIG thing to look forward to and excited about.


Buying  Some lovely fabrics from a trip my mom and sister and I took to Linda Z’s in Arlington Heights and Stitchworks in Evanston.

Knit sock

Creating I knit a SOCK! Just one sock, lol. I remember first attempting to knit a sock back in probably 2002-2003 and got to that heel turn and couldn’t figure it out. I have tried several times since then and just never pushed through. Finally, with the help of my sister, I got it done. Pictured above, Matt modeling the sock I knit. Now onto a whole pair.
Eating My mom, sister and I are doing Seattle Sutton over Lent, and I’m so thankful to them for gifting it to me because it is incredibly expensive. I’ve always said my whole life that I just wish I could get a Jetson’s type pill meal so I could just pop in my full and balanced nutrients, and move on, and not have to worry about food. This is by far the closest I’ve come to that.
Feeling Relieved that I’ve gotten a few big deadlines wrapped up, for work-work and for my personal work.
Listening to true crime podcasts. Someone Knows Something,  Atlanta Monster, Family Ghosts, Dirty John, Cold Case Files the podcast, The Vanished Podcast,
Loving Our humidifier. Matt’s parents handed us down their old one a year ago and I swear that this thing has transformed me from starting to HATE winter, back to loving it again. It’s all about avoiding the dry air! I think I probably drop a couple gallons of water into the air every single day in our home. Before, I was trying to use a baby’s room mister, but still getting bloody noses and my hands and fingers were so dry they would crack and peel. 
Missing  The 80s and 90s. I had a very vivid dream a while ago where my mom and I were able to go to a mall that was the 80s. We didn’t go back in time, but somehow found ourselves transported to this time. The fashions! The prices! Even though we were in an 80s mall where you wouldn’t have a shopping cart, I had one and was stuffing my cart full of stuff because I was so excited to be able to bring all this stuff that was straight from the 80s, back to current day. The dream really stuck with me and for weeks I couldn’t stop thinking of things from the 80s and 90s that I missed and wished that I could go back to get a glimpse of again. One thing in particular that I think of all the time anyway is the store chain Arcadia, that I finally found out was probably only in our area as a test market because it was part of Carson Pirie (Scott) which is a Chicago based business. Arcadia was the most amazing stationery/gift shop store. It was my favorite store at malls and I remember dreaming as early as 5th or 6th grade that some day I’d be able to design my own paper products because of it. What I would do, just to see pictures of those stores again, and the products. I remember lines of paper products, one that really stuck out to me and I had a bunch of, was a white matte on white gloss stripe motif. Spiral bound notebooks, folder, pencils, papers, etc.
Procrastinating – Sending in my latest Art-o-mat series. It’s complete (I’m embarrassed to admit, 5 years in the making), I have photographed each piece. and now need to package them all up. I also ordered blocks for my next series which I’ll begin, once I have the last series sent off.
Reading – I’ve been so busy I haven’t been reading at all, but I need to get back to some books I was enjoying, but put down when my schedule got crazy.
Seeing  We went to the movies for the first time in almost a year and saw the new Star Wars movie.
Watching  It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts so I’m just gonna list a bunch of things we’ve watched and loved. At Home With Amy Sedaris, Love, Lady Dynamite, The Good Place, Last Man on Earth, Broad City, Difficult People, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Alias Grace. Oh, and always watching whatever true crime docs I can, wherever I can. 
Wanting –A whole wardrobe that reflects my pinterest fashion board, Oh, and anything else in my regular wishlist, lol. 

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I’m Back, Baby!

It’s been silent over here on ye old blog for far too long.

Some time in February we had crazy winds which caused day long power outages all over the county. We only suffered from weird brown outs, where somethings turned off (like the oven and humidifier), somethings stayed on (like the TV), somethings dimmed (like the lights), and somethings just DIED FOREVER (like my computer). Honestly, I’d been complaining about my ancient computer (10+ years old) for quite a while, but Matt kept assuring me “It’s fine”. Well, it wasn’t, and I was quite annoyed. Note, I was annoyed and not hysterical because I had fortunately backed up my computer not too long beforehand. He tried to resurrect my computer with no luck. I looked around for a thrifty alternative; even the cheapest computer I could find has to be better than a 10+ year old monster, right? Fortunately, Matt’s mom heard about my plight and had been wanting to get a new computer and offered us her old one. Apparently, her old one is better than what I would have purchased brand new (faster and larger) and so now I’m back in business. High Five!

I feel like I have a mile long to-do list of things I wanted to get done on my computer. I have a list of new paper products that I want to make, I need to print more of my nephew’s stationery that I designed for him for Christmas, and I want to blog about a bobajillion things. I have recovered or redownloaded any of the design and photo editing programs I use. I’m in limbo with anything I want to scan because my scanner apparently is no longer supported on Window 10. womp, womp.

Winter 2015-16 chalkboard calendar

Anyway, Here I am, breaking the ice after a long time. I thought I would share my seasonal chalkboard calendar, as I need to erase it and start it all over for Spring. SPRING!

and while I’m here, let’s do a “Currently” post, so here it goes-

Right Now I’m…

AnticipatingMy best friend’s wedding next month. I’m nervous and stressed just thinking about it, and it’s not even my wedding.
Buying Food Should Taste Good, sweet potato tortilla chips (ok, I didn’t buy them, my sister did)
Creating  Oh, my gosh! I’m working on so many projects, it’s great! Most recently I’ve been inspired by the artwork of Xochi Solis, and playing around with a new line of envelopes for a potential stationery set. The envelopes aren’t like her work, but listening to the Art for Your Ears podcast with her, and looking at her work lit a fire, and the idea just popped into my head.
Eating HEALTHFULLY! I know one thing and that is eating unhealthily (overeating, processed, and take out foods) leaves with you even less energy to prepare meals and eat well, and I was caught in a bad downward spiral. This year my sister gifted me one of the best gifts ever – She paid for my mom, my sister and herself to do a 5 week run of Seattle Sutton. It is not cheap, folks. But now that we’ve been eating better and have learned quite a few lessons, we are taking our newfound energy and momentum and continuing with it. And I’m so happy, and so grateful. Thank you, thank you, Chris!
Feeling  Lighter, happier, more energetic and inspired! I always walk (fitbitting with 10k steps daily now for 2.5+ years) but lately, I’m incorporating more actual workouts and it feels great.
Listening Podcasts! Podcasts! Podcasts! I’ve been talking forever about sharing a post where I list my favorite podcasts, and I promise, Courtney, I haven’t forgotten.
Loving Walking. I was going to say “The warmer weather so I can go out walking” but in reality, this winter, I really never stopped going for walks outside. When I was young I would go and stay with my grandma and she went for walks every day. I remember feeling like it was a chore and her having to persuade me sometimes, but instead of it being this “workout” she made it more of a whole experience; getting fresh air, listening to and trying to spot birds, observing all parts of nature, collecting cool rocks and leaves, etc. Later, I always wished that someday I would do that as well, that I would go for daily walks, and now I am so happy to realize that vision is finally true!
Missing My scanner (see above, dead computer)
Procrastinating – This category is giving me serious guilt. I have a bunch of things I need to do and haven’t. The kind of guilt that stressed me out of deep sleep this morning. Did I take care of any of those things today? No, of course not #failure. OK, wait, before I’m too hard on myself, I have also been really productive and crossing lots of things off my to-do list.
Reading – Um, this is causing me guilt too! I have a pile of books on my bedside table, some overdue books even. Let’s not talk about the backlog of magazines I subscribe to and have been carrying around with me, but never reading. 
Seeing  The grass starting to turn green and grow. Normally this might be exciting to me, but the trees are all still absolutely naked and yet, I think we are going to have to mow soon. Gah!
Watching We are watching the last season of Community with our “movie group”, which originally aired on yahoo. We’ve watched all seasons up to this. SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE, Whoop Whoop! Did you ever watch this show? If not, I highly recommend starting from the beginning. Also, we watched the Good Dinosaur the other day, meh.
Wanting – I recently started a wishlist on pinterest and I’m trying to remember to put things there, rather than just spending thoughtlessly, or forgetting what it was that I really wanted.

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Drury Lane -The Game's Afoot, such an  impressive set, so beautiful

Anticipating My birthday later this month, of course!
Buying  I just went to Renegade Chicago on Saturday, so there will be a loot post on that shortly
Creating   oh gosh, so many things. I have so so so many projects I’m working on and finally feeling some drive to actually work on things
Eating  Well, maybe more like what I’m not eating. I got a cold or flu last week and didn’t eat at all one day, so I took it as a chance to reboot and eliminate sweets from my diet.
Feeling  I’m still getting over the sickness I had last week and have been coughing and sniffling. Hopefully it goes away quickly and isn’t one of those that sticks around for weeks.
Listening  Lots of spotify. Want to test out an album or artist, entirely? Spotify is your answer. So, spotify is reminding me that last week I listened to a lot of Ryan Adams (I pre ordered his new album months ago and it should arrive this week), Molly Ringwald – did you know that Molly Ringwald has an album out (I don’t think it was really for me),  and Pickin’ On Series – do you know about Pickin’ On Series? I’m not sure what their back story is, I’ve looked briefly online to find out what “the deal is without any luck. I first discovered them years ago when searching itunes for a cool cover of a Shins songs. It’s a cover band that blue-grasses” up all sorts of artists’ music, from artists like Taylor Swift and Disney songs, to Kings of Leon and Mumford & Songs, as well as Motley Crue and Aerosmith. Some of the music is just instrumental and while others have vocals. I’m guessing Pickin’ On Series it is a huge collection of different artists brought into the studio, not just one band. Their library has probably thousands and thousands of songs in their catalog.
Loving  My work schedule. Now that evenings are getting shorter, getting off at 3 is going to be the BEST THING EVER.
Missing  My dad, of course. It hits me here and there when things pop up that I would have asked him advice on. Lately, as the talk of fall approaches, I’ve been thinking about last winter when he picked me up from work a lot and we would drive around for a bit and just talk and see new things, or even just sitting in my driveway talking.
Procrastinating – Posting to this blog! I have a mile long list of posts I want to publish, but have just been procrastinating so long that now I feel overwhelmed about where to begin. This post is an attempt to break the ice.
Reading – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, recommended by Courtney. We went camping a couple of weeks ago and I brought the book with me and pictured so much time reading it but really I only had time to read a page or two. Then I recently renewed my library card and borrowed, Share Your Work! by Austin Kleon, and  2014 Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Manual, both of which I feel are actually worthy of purchasing, and finally, I’ve been slowly going through the Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (of The Jealous Curator) and only reading as I try to do each artist’s creative unblock project.
Seeing  This summer we have gone to the theater twice, once to see Arsenic and Old Lace at the local Stage Coach Theatre, which was a play my mom directed at the middle school, and then most recently we saw The Game’s Afoot at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace (set pictured at the top). The Drury Lane show was very impressive, the actors were excellently cast and the set was just short of breathtaking, with slowly falling snow outside of the windows. A side note: I secretly wished to act when I was younger. I even got the nerve up to try out for a play in high school but was SO TERRIFIED I couldn’t do anything other than just read the lines, I don’t think I even looked up from the paper while I was reading, and you can probably guess, but I did not receive a part. Then when I worked for the newspaper we always ran articles about the Stage Coach Theatre, and then of course with my mom directing plays every year and helping out with those, I thought “someday I’m going to try out and be in a play at the Stage Coach.” Every time I’d see an article I’d think “maybe next time I’ll actually try out”. In reality, and fast forward to today, this was my first time even attending a show at that theater and going there I revisited that old dream and had to laugh because that sounds like an absolute nightmare to me now.
Watching  The thing most worth mentioning is probably Les Revenants (The Returned). Both my mom and I happened upon it on netflix much earlier this year, watched it and LOVED it so much, that we recommended it to our movie night group. So we ended up watching it AGAIN with everyone else and they enjoyed it too. I can’t wait until the second season comes out.
Wanting – a whole week where I could just lock myself in my studio and work on all my projects and I don’t have any outside commitments to go anywhere or do anything else.

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The tree is a hit! Happy Halloween!
A promised picture of our Halloween tree lit up at night. It looked so cool!

Anticipating: A busy holiday season
Buying – Supplies online for making calendars
Creating –  Lots and lots of my gold and silver holiday garlands
Eating – Candy and more candy. I’m so sick of it, and yet I keep eating it.
Feeling – Anxiety, for no particular reason. I’m waking up in the mornings feeling like I forgot that I have huge exam or final that day but I have no finals or exams. I just wish I could sleep without unneccesary stress waking me up.
Listening – I’ve been stuck listening to my Harry Belefonte, Jump The Line station on Spotify. I want it to play mostly old quirky songs, but sometimes it gets stuck just playing pop 50s which also OK.
Loving – My clean studio!
Missing – Riding my bike to work everyday. Near the end of the season I was ready to be done riding every day, but just 2 weeks later and I’m already missing it.
Procrastinating – Orders that need to be mailed.
Reading – Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (only about 10 pages from the end) and wondering what I’m going to read while walking on my treadmill after this is done.
Seeing – The colors change on the trees, I’m excited to share a mini project I’ve had in the works regarding this.
Watching – Walking Dead, current season. We’re also watching old episodes of “My First Home” on Netflix.
Wanting – ♫ VACATION, all I ever wanted

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Edit: Just finished Damned only to find that it is actually a 2 parter. Guess I’ll be reading Doomed next.

Right now I’m…

Bike ride to work
Buying – boba pearls online to make my own boba drinks, oh yeah!
Creating – An award ribbon, kinda like this
Eating – BLT with Morningstar bacon
Listening –
The JV Club podcast  (specifically #16 Melanie Lynskey)
Loving – life. Things are the calmest they’ve been all year and I’m enjoying it.
Reading – Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough
Seeing – Piles of clutter, and disorganized mess. Things have been very neglected.
Watching – Resurrection Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip
Wanting – I’m wanting for nothing. I have my cat back and life is soooo good.

right now I’m…

Buying – vintage pillow cases from Salvation Army and Goodwill
Creating – laundry detergent with Dacia
Eating – rainbow cupcakes from easter. (My mom made these using box cake batter mixed with different flavors of jello and they taste AhhhMazing!)
Listening – to PRX on XM radio, it’s a talk radio show filled with podcasts and shows like the Moth and Story Corps.
Loving – this spring, riding my bike to work, flowers blooming everywhere
Reading – the Hunger Games Trilogy
Seeing – our cat lying on a pillow like it’s his personal throne (this is very unusual because he usually only lays next to things and never on top of them.
Watching – Game of Thrones season two aaaand My Cat From Hell, lol
Wanting – a loooong vacation from work where I could garden and soak in the sun, lay in bed and read and work in my studio around the clock.

Currently 3.16.11

I got off of work a little bit early. It’s soooo nice outside, but I really had my heart set on using this little bit of extra time to go into my studio and get my Art on. So before I head up there and crack open the windows for some fresh, spring air, I have to pop in here and let you in on some of my currents.


artwork by Cathy McMurray

I’m enjoying the blog of Cathy McMurray, Habit of Art. I found it through Etsy, she is the current featured seller. Her work, blog and words are amazing.

Indiana Dunes, IN
picture from Venus and Furs on Flickr

I’m also daydreaming about going to our secret beach at the Indiana Dunes and getting sand in between my toes. I don’t know if I can wait until summer. A spring trip (next month) might be necessary.

I’m enjoying playing with my new iphone app “Picture Show” which I found through A Beautiful Mess.
Original ceramic head
            Before                                                           After
work in progress

Okay, off to the studio. Shall I work on mailart, or paintings, resin jewelry, or make little books, or, or, or? I shall see when I get there.