Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Aaaand, done!

Took a couple months (mostly while watching hockey games- go Coyotes....) and about 5,500 seed beads. It measures about 7.5" across. Yay!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2 things I've been working on...

1) Beady #5 (almost done!)
2) GIFs

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

My kids love this smoothie, which is great because it's easy to make and packed with good stuff (assuming you're not allergic to peanuts or dairy, I guess) for busy little ones who don't love to sit still and eat.

I have a VitaMix that holds about 64 ounces, so my recipe is scaled to use the whole canister. Use a kitchen scale. If you don't have one, I highly recommend the EatSmart precision pro digital scale. It's $20 well spent.

6-7 Bananas (about 25-30 oz)
25 oz Half and half (same number of ounces as however much banana you have)
5 oz Peanut butter (almond butter works well, too)
1 T Vanilla (0.5 oz)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Add all ingredients to the canister of a blender and...(wait for it...)...Blend!

Pour into 6-oz Mason jars, attach lids, and freeze! Makes about 10 or 11 smoothies, which can be thawed in a microwave in about a minute. Easy!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

*Yawn! Stretch!* 6 years later...

5 things from 2/5/18

1. The amaryllis I got for Christmas has exploded into bloom. It's like a never-ending crimson firework.

2. When I read well-known stories to Marty and JD sometimes I like to mess with the words, like, for example, the beginning of most Curious George stories: “This is Pokemon. He was a good little watermelon and always very jumpy.” They laugh and tell me to stop.

3. Tonight while Marty and I were saying goodnight to each other:
Me: Goodnight.
Marty: Goodnight.
Me: Sleep tight.
Marty: Sleep tight.
Me: Sweet dreams.
Marty: Sweet dreams.
Me: See you in the morning.
Marty: See you in the morning.
Me: I love you.
Marty: I love you.
Me: Purple elephant.
Marty: You’re funny, Mom.
I was just checking to make sure he was listening.

4. Today was a busy day and it went fast. I did four loads of laundry, vacuumed downstairs, made bread, did dishes, made chicken soup. Marty and JD loved the soup, Marty raved about how delicious the broth was. They always surprise me- I'll make something for dinner that I'm pretty sure they won't love, but then they end up devouring it.

5. It seems like all conversations with my boys inevitably wind up on the subject of poop, bums, or death. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Some leather books for etsy- I am very proud of them, and they've been selling! Woohoo :)

The last one is a planner, with a different calendar drawing for each month every 20 pages or so (the rest of the pages are blank). The stitching along the spine spells out "MMXII" (2012 in Roman numerals, ya know?).
Don't expect much from this blog in the coming months. :) I mean- :( I'm working on developing a plan for a blog that chronicles only my art adventures and that is more "professional" in general. In the works also is a website, which may or may not even involve a blog section.

Monday, October 3, 2011


The poems that I printed last year for the CGU conference "Religions in Conversation" are now available for purchase through my etsy site! Aren't you excited?? Yay! They're $20 each, or $120 for the set (collect them all!); this is seriously a good deal.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

interesting artworks

I discovered artist Jim Kazanjian last week and am in awe of his "photographs". I love their dream-like quality, their mysteriousness, their impossibility and their realness (after all, they are photographs...right?). This is where I found his work: http://www.23sandy.com/kazanjian/catalog_kazanjian.html. Here's his website: http://www.kazanjian.net/ (the red magnifying glass takes you to his bio). The top image here is my favorite (Untitled "Chateau")- I'd love to live in a hand-made, cobbled-together castle over a waterfall. :) The other two are "Untitled (Outpost)" and "Untitled (Backyard)".