Saturday, February 23, 2008


The last few days have been crazy. My mom had her 6 1/2 hour surgery and it went better than expected...Yea! We had another softball game tonight and lost 17 to 0...*sniff*. Just making it through and looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning. Goodnight. Sandman here I come...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fabric stamping

I am on the hunt for a good brand of non-toxic fabric paint or ink to use for stamping on t-shirts. Here is my trial run of what I could find in my local craft and fabric stores.

Exhibit A:
Fabric paint stamped

Exhibit B:
Textile medium added to acrylic paint stamped

Exhibit C:
Screen printing paint stamped

Exhibit D:
Screen printing paint ghetto screen printed using a cardboard letter stencil

I am also looking into fabric ink stamp pads. I ordered 2 Versacraft pads last night. If anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate them. I am also going to purchase a brayer today and try the stamps with the paint again. I'm hoping the brayer will even out the look of the paint.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Macroday: Produce

My produce, producing


Right now it is BEAUTIFUL outside. I'm sitting in the back yard listening to the woodpeckers sqwak because of the hawk in the huge oak tree next door. The sun is shinning and it's a mild 70-ish degrees. I love winters in Florida. In appreciation of this gorgeous day I thought I'd post on gardening (which is also what my latest issue of Martha Stewart is dedicated to this month). Earlier in the year I tried planting vegetables.. That went well until a frost we had over the winter break that killed almost all warm weather loving plants in the yard. The veggies never came back, but I recently noticed that many of the shrubs have started sprouting teeny tiny little leaves on what I though was now only a dead stick. Exciting! Here is a slide show.

BubbleShare: Share photos - Green Toys

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

illustration friday: blanket

Rough sketch

"What do you think it is?", asked Kevin.
"I don't know", shrugged Andy.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Today was our first softball game. The girls did very well (especially for some of them having never played before). We won 12 to 5 and are half way to last year's record of 2 wins :o) So much fun!

Another exciting thing is that some of my upcycled tile necklaces are going to be featured in one of etsy's gift guides tomorrow. There's a link to my etsy store on the right if you want to check them out.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


I've been hearing this term more and more and have found that it means something that would normally be thrown away, but has now been re-used with a better than before purpose. Here are two items which I have upcycled.

#1 Upcycled one inch tiles into a necklace

I found boxes of unique unused one inch tiles at my grandma's and made some necklaces out of them by fixing a silver finding to the top and threading the tile charm onto ribbon.

#2 Upcycled magazines into funky functional baskets

I used a few pages of one of Jon's old ESPN magazines (because they are nice and big). You start by making the base. It's the most time consuming part, but don't get discouraged because if you stop too early your basket won't be big enough to fit anything in. Fold each page into a 1 inch strip (the skinnier the strip the more you will need, but it will produce a different look). Then begin wrapping the strips onto themselves while adding glue. Once you have a good base, repeat the process, but place each strip a 1/2 inch or so above the one it is being glued to. Continue until you reach your desired height. (Got this idea from A Little Hut)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Photo Friday: Misty

This picture was taken while hiking the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

Macro Challenge: Bottle

Can you find all of the bottles (and cans) in the picture? Hint: there are 6 (click on photo to view it larger)