Saturday, October 22, 2005

Come on over!

Okay, I am trying out a free trail of the type-pad thing and this is your official invite-so you better come over! Here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Self Portrait Tuesday is back--and I am "documenting"

Okay, so blogger is being dumb and won't let me post these in order. Basically, I look in the fridge, grab a plate, use the microwave, then stand around waiting for my food to be done. I have no time to post more-but look on flickr for some more SPT goodness. To all the reders, thanks so much for your lovely comments-I am super busy this week and want to answer them all-but can I just give a group "thanks" right now and tell you how lovely you all are? Thanks!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

We Finally Got It!

Yes, it's true. I am the proud owner of a Canon PowerShot A520 with a whooping 4.0megapixels! I would first like to thank my Parents for donating some moola towards it as well as James for putting up with my exhaustive research and inability to make a decision. I would also like to thank those blog readers out there for all of their kind advice-it really helped. As you can tell from the photos above, I have not read the instruction manual, but I plan on studying and becoming much better at taking non-blurry photos.
Thanks also for all of the kind words regarding my stamps. I am very happy with my results and am thinking about making some sets of cards and maybe selling them on etsy or through my blog using paypal. What do you think? Maybe the market is flooded with cards right now-we'll see.
Anyway, about the photos above, the first is a close up of the 1930's sewing machine I use. Yeah, that's what I use. It is so beautiful, it belonged to my step grandma Millie. It can really only sew straight lines-nothing else. Someday I'll upgrade (but never get rid of it). The sweaters are some thrift store finds that I scored today. The blue and white ones are OLD Pendelton. They fit great, and I hate to say it, but vests are back. I'll just call the white one a sleeveless deep v-neck cardigan. The books were also part of my thrift store adventures. James loves the "Spys" one and wants to name a band after it. I love the colors of the Shakespere and Nursing one. I also think the 1950's cookbook has great design elements.
I will be posting more this weekend, but this was just a little update.
*By the way...I am SO far behind on the trends. James and I just got Six Feet Under on our Netflix-so good!*

Sunday, October 09, 2005

More Stamping

Here are some more handcarved stamps! Also-I am working on moving my blog to typepad. I am currently tinkering with the design and trying to make it nice before I invite you all over there!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Some Stamping...

**Thanks to everyone for your kind words and wishes! James and I enjoyed a great anniversary and have done something special for the past five days! To name the highlights...we ate the best (which is also the cheapest!) Japanese food in town, hung out with Ben and Lindee, had a scrumptious meal in the 30th story of the bank tower whilst enjoying a lovely, lovely view of the river and bridges, went thrift shopping, carved some stamps (while James serenaded me on guitar) and crowded together to eat blueberry pancakes at Fuller's. Now I know they all pretty much involve eating....but really we're good. We are now awaiting the arrival of a digital camera(really-next week)!!**
So here are some little samples of the stamps I carved. It was a lot of fun and I hope to make some recipe cards with them. I also carved a bunny and some funny babushka dolls. I need to figure out how to use them! I have a lovely three day weekend (yay for bank jobs!) and hope to craft up a storm. I have all my vintage swap stuff ready to mail, I desperatley need to get together everything for my secret pal and also need to finish my back tack bag. Boy, I need to get going!
a few sidenotes;
1.I never much cared for Nylon magazine, but this month is all about Paris-it's rad.
2. I just got Six Feet Under on Netflix-how did I not watch this sooner?
3. I am in love with Martha Stewart Mags from 2001-am I THAT out of style or do I just yearn for the quality that that mag used to deliver?

Monday, October 03, 2005

Happy Anniversary James!

Meet James. James, blog readers-blog readers-James. I tried to pick photos that show you a little about the person he was, so maybe you can understand the man he is today. Let's start with the suspenders picture. James is an old soul-he is cute in this picture, but doesn't he look kinda like a miniature man? Then there is the boca burger one; a vegetarian for almost ten years-James was vegan for most of them. Not the easiest thing when you are born and raised in cattle country. He was vegan before it was cool. He has such a big heart, that's why-oh-now I am gushing. Ok, now the microphone one. Yes, he is SCREAMING into the microphone. Didn't I tell you? He's been a member of a band in one form or another since the age of 12 and most of those bands were post-punk hardcore (=screaming). Not exactly my cup of tea, but it amazingly kept he and his friends out of drugs and into activism which is cool with me. The mummy picture-that's just here for the cute factor. The guitar picture was the begining of his "Kurt Cobain" phase. The bottom left picture is a random weird polaroid. Now look to the right and you'll notice two broken arms and some missing teeth. Poor James-he's smiles through the worst of times. In the middle is a random picture from our wedding day, isn't he cute? That was October 4, 2003. Our favors were cds with our favorite songs including some belle and sebastion, pavement, neutral milk hotel, and liz phair. The "groom's cake" was a tower of chocolate donuts with pink frosting (our colors) and my wedding dress was a 1950's cocktail dress. It was a lot of fun, and it has only gotten better. I hate to brag, but I love James so much. He is my best friend; a great listener and nice on the eyes. We take care of each other and are both so brutally honest that it works-really well. I love you James-thanks for the good times-hers's to many more!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A week in review

-Wowza! It has been more than a week since I posted and it feels even longer. So where do I begin? Okay, I got some great mail this week; including two snazzy packages from my lovely Mom which held fabric, patterns, felt, buttons, and other vintage treasure including the monogramed hankies pictured above. Thanks Mom-I love you! I also got a sweet card from Jackie, James' Grandmother and a beautiful postcard from the port2port girls. If you don't know what I am talking about, you should-they are visualbloggers and now proud owners of a letterpress and have the best eye for beautiful things. Thanks Mav! Go here to visit their blog.
I finished the armwarmers (see above) and will be sent to a friend in a faraway place as soon as I can finish the matching scarf. The yarn pictured in the same scan in destined to become the cowl from Last Minute Knitted gifts. It is so nice to knit right now, the rain has returned to Portland and it is beautiful.
-I found out this week that I won't be able to go home for Thanksgiving. I am really sad because it is also my Parent's 40th anniversary and I will be the only kid out of nine that will not be there. I won't go home until Febraury- which will be more than a year since I have been back. Mine and James' schedules are so different, it is impossible for us to go home before. It's kind of a bummer because my sister Alison had a baby a few months ago who I've yet to meet and my brother elopped with his girlfriend and moved back to Cali from DC and I haven't met her either!!!Oh well, I just had to vent a little-I should be lucky that I can go home-many people can't. I think we will have a potluck here, with some friends-heh at least everything we eat will will be vegan...
-The fabric above is an Amy Butler print I purchased for the construction of my Back-tack partners bag. Isn't it cute? I want to keep it...I can't give away anymore than that.
Tuesday is my 2nd wedding anniversary-so I will be posting soon. Any thoughts on some little surprises for James? Seriously-it is hard to shop/craft/create stuff for men sometimes.