Sunday, July 27, 2008

Finally...A swap

Finally, a swap!!!! I was starting to have swap withdrawals! I haven't had the time for one anyway but this one came just in time for me. What's even better about this one is that there will be guest artists and more. Isn't it crazy that I am already thinking about Halloween and what I can make. My boys are already discussing costumes. I hate to rush time but you know it will be here before we know it!I am also super excited about Sadie Lou's new venture..."Lolli Shops". I filled out my application and it was accepted and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!!!!

Today has been a very strange day. It's been raining since about 10 this morning and dark that it feels like 8 at night. The thunder hasn't stopped for hours...a great day to stay in. In fact I promised myself that I was going to get alot of work done this weekend and for the most part I am happy to say that I have! I made this little journal the other night and am just in love with it!

I started to fool around with some filters, etc and made it look like this. One of my goals when all the kiddies go back to school is to learn more about photography and photoshop. I am ashamed to say that my husband a photographer and I've never taken advantage of him to teach me...I was never really interested. All I ever took pictures of were the kids. Now I am realizing how much fun it is!

Some more fun things I got to listing in the shop today.
Right now I want to take full of advantage of this dreary storm, curl up on the couch with my boys and watch a movie! Enjoy what's left of your weekend!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Shop update

I am finally getting my shop updated. But I just have to ask... how do you ladies do it? I thought that with the summer coming I was going to have all kinds of time to do what I love...creating and getting all the ideas that are swimming in my head out. I thought that when school was ending that this was going to be great...while the boys are outside playing, I can get to work on all the ideas and things that I have been wanting to do all year long. What was I thinking???!!! Sounded alot easier in my head! I haven't had time for any kind of creativity. I am amazed at how much some of you get done! Between posting, creating, selling items on Etsy and it seems that in blogland everyone is pretty family oriented. For the most part, I think I am organized and stay on top of things around the house. I try to spend some time during the day doing at least something together with the kids. I believe in making dinner and eating together almost every night of the week. How do I squeeze in anything else? Not to mention all the other things in between. So what I want to know is how you other girls manage your time? Especially those of you with small children. Do you pick a certain day or time of the day that you do your errands, housework, art work, etc. etc.? I am curious and would love some advice because, I have to admit, it felt great to get knee deep in papers, glue, ribbons, and millinery today!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer is flying by already!

Wow! Am I actually sitting down trying to post? It seems that since the 4th of July we have been going non-stop! If I even had the time to sit down at my computer it wouldn't matter anyway because we have been having tons of some really annoying software problems. But that's boring! On to other things!
July is a super, super busy month for us! My husbands birthday, our 11th wedding anniversary and my biggest little guy turned nine on Tuesday...nine...I can't believe that I have a nine-year-old!
For our anniversary there is only one place we always go and that is Manhattan! Actually Brooklyn first to a great Thai restaurant called "Sea".

If you love Thai food and live in NY...GO!!!!! Great atmosphere and was used in a "Sex in the City" episode!

After dinner drove into the city and went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When my husband and I worked in the city BC (before children), we used to go to the rooftop garden on Friday nights. The views of Manhattan and Central Park are breathtaking. Plus, there is always a sculpture exhibit from the Department of Modern Art. Even better....Martini bar!

Our last stop is always to Cafe Lalo for desert...a great little European Cafe!

About 15 years ago a friend of ours brought us here and we never leave the city without stopping for desert. If you've ever seen "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it's where they filmed the scene that they met for the first time. The trees that line the sidewalk on the outside are completely covered in little yellow neat!!!!

We also went into the city last week with the boys. We've been wanting to do this with them for a while now and the last time we were in, just missed it. If you are ever visiting Manhattan and want to do something really fun try going on The Beast!
A 30 minute speed boat ride to downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Be prepared to get a little wet but such a blast!!!!
After The Beast we went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (yes, twice in one week) where they had this exhibit...

Lots of fun! We got to see actual superhero costumes from the actual movies. Including Ironman, Superman, Wonder Woman and much more. After that the boys wanted to see some Knights and swords and typical boy things. I, on the other hand, went to the European Decorative Arts collection where I love to look at the furniture. Especially anything belonging to Marie Antoinette!
Now for some blogging news!I received this one from my friend Jenny at Fated Follies Studios. It is called the Arte y Pico award. It's is Spanish and I'm not exactly sure what it means, but I believe its about recognizing your 5 most favorite and inspiring crafty blogs. I want to acknowledge some old and new favorites.

1. Sarah~Vintage Lily....I love Sarah....Such a sweetheart and somehow she reminds me alot of myself!

2. Suzanne~Pink Roses...I love that Suzanne posts just about everyday and as a mother, love her stories about her relationships with her teenage children!

And some recently discovered blogs that I am lovin'...

3. Alice~Romantic Thoughts...Her blog is so "romantic" and soothing and besides, she is a fellow New Yorker!

4. Crystal~Vintage by Crystal...You just have to see her blog for yourself to see how talented she is!

5. Andrea~Vintage Paper Bella...Andrea's loves Shabby Chic so how can you not love her pretty blog!!??

Okay you have to forward the award onto 5 more and so on and so on....

Phew...This post has taken me forever to finish. As I am writing my computer keeps shutting down. So frustrating! But the kiddos are up and so is my time!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

more mini notebooks

Just added some of these new little journals to my shop. I can't tell you how much I love making these...the possibilities are just endless. This time I've tucked a few surprises here and there. But right I have some hungry boys waiting for me to make them some dinner...Let me know what you think!