Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baby Martin Cometh!

Kara and Dave are nearly due to have their new addition! Due date is November 23rd, but she may come early... then again, she may come late! Who knows. All I know is, new baby equals cute crocheted stuff.

So I made this mobile I found in the Crochet Today magazine:


me too.

She Will Sail the Seven Seas

My little sister Brooke made the decision this year to go into the Navy. She worked her butt off getting in shape with a trainer all summer. She had to have her running, situps, and pushups down in particular. It was really inspiring to the rest of us. Mom was doing situps, Dad was practicing his pushups, and I was doing... well, more than usual! One day I decided to do situps with my feet anchored to see how many I could do and then I couldn't cough, laugh, sneeze, or breathe for like a week. hehe
Anyway. Her departure date to head off to boot camp was in September, so for her birthday, we threw a big fat Navy inspired surprise going away birthday party. Mom and I had a blast preparing for it. Everyone else followed suit, and the house was macked out with red, white, and blue pinwheels and banners. The deck was transformed into the deck of a ship with a giant American flag hanging off the back, streamers everywhere. And of course, we had a seafood feast of Maryland blue crabs and a shrimp boil made by Bryan.
My father in law made her a banner made up entirely of semafore flags that spelled out "HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY BROOKE", each flag drawn by hand and the letter was identified on the back. He must have spent hours, we were all very moved. He also brought his sailor cap and Naval yearbook to put on display at the party.
My mother made her a shadow box of Navy inspired treasures. Oddly, Bryan had redone their kitchen last year and inside the wall was the wooden Navy sign on the lower left side. How ironic. It was perfect in the shadow box.
Mom and I made an American flag cake made entirely of cupcakes topped with either raspberries or blueberries for the colors. It looked rad and tasted amazing!
Her coworkers at the animal hospital all came to the party and signed this lifejacket for her. One of the doctors, Dr. Schwartz, made her this oar and lifejacket. So amazingly thoughtful. They are awesome folks.
Since then, she has completed boot camp and graduated with flying colors on November 6th. Off to Florida to begin her new work on a ship there. It sucks not having her here, but the amount of pride I feel, and I know my family feels over her strength and accomplishments is an unbelievable feeling.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

2010! In the immortal words of Bret Michaels "Whatsa Goin' On?"

Oh boy, I sure have dropped the ball. It's totally whack how life goes through these spurts and flashes by. At least I can say that I have been busy... with all kinds of things. Not a lot of crafting unfortunately, but that is as it always is. By the second half of winter I start to get accustomed to the winter insanity, and then when there is a hint of spring, I'm like a rabbit ready to wake up from slumber and jump around all over the place. Then the plants start to grow and need attention, and that's where my remaining energy tends to wind up. You know, the remaining energy I have left after working full time, working out, interacting with my loved one, dinner, and various hobbies or socializing. Once it starts to heat up, it's not very pleasant to go out there and toil and toil in the garden, and that's when I get back to crafting again. Perhaps this year, I need a big brimmed hat. Sexy!

So this morning, I woke up to a totally gorgeous day, a breeze blowing in the window and the oscillating fan adding to the mix. All the animals were sleeping and making their little paws squeeze and release with happiness. I was able to get up and get ready and leave for work without disturbing Bryan which was nice since he's been working so hard. As I went to get in my car, I found my irises starting to bloom and took some pics. So I've decided to just post some pics from my iPhone to give a small run-through of this year. It's not everything, just a few pics I happen to have here at work. So in no particular order:

The irises blooming

I turned 34!

Spring really showed up after all that snow.

Scout helped me garden

Erin, my oldest friend, moved back to DC.

Jack got a booboo.

but it didn't stop him from maneuvering the peanut butter jar.

Scout loved Jack up.

Baby Jonathan was born to my friends Lauren and Jonathan!

haha I love this pic of Bryan. So silly.

So obviously, the blog is under construction yet again. I have some ideas that I just need to find time to implement. Not to mention, some unreal gifts from my mother for my birthday that need to be posted too.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Glitter Glitter everywhere...

Well, Christmas is over and the house is all clean now. So I can finally share some of the things I made this year. But check out this photo of Jack in front of the tree. The things he does for me, I swear. What a great dog.

Ok ok, so onto the glitter I have promised with my title.

I had a lot of fun this Christmas with my glitter variety pack I love to mention. Martha had a glitter painting project featured this season that I decided to try. I started with Dad and Kathy's dog Grover and honestly, I thought it might turn out lame. But holy smokes... it was awesome! Check it out:

When the light hits it just right, it's really groovy.. or GROVIE if you will. Heehee.

I bought wall boxes, just unfinished open back wooden boxes from ACMoore for the base. Then used Martha's glitter-painting tool to print my photos and glued them to the box front. Then I filled in each colored area with glue, one color at a time and in small areas to be sure the glue didn't dry. Then just cover with glitter as you go, tap it off onto a scrap paper and put the extra that falls off back in the bottle! It looks like it took forever, but it wasn't horrible and was really fun.

So naturally I had to do one of their other dog, Ivy too.

Then I showed off to Mom, and she went nuts. So I got my hands on a picture of her dogs, Kate and Chili and did one of them.

So the pet kick started to get really fun as you can imagine, so I made these ornaments for my coworker Sandra of her dogs, Sugar and Jackson.

I just cut them out freehand, and cut the circles with my pinking shears. Tacky glue and some paint for the eyes, add a hook and voila! I made a set of 3 for my friend Kara and mailed them before taking a photo, CURSES! Hopefully she'll see this and send me a photo of them for me to post. (hint hint Kara).

I have to share this gift I got from my sister. She got it at Otakon, an anime and gaming convention she loves to go to every year. It's only about 2 inches tall and hand crafted by one of the artisans who sells things there. I have to find out who and make sure to credit them with this incredible creation. The character is the prince from Katamari who's job is to roll up anything that will stick to his ball which grows exponentially during the timed game. The ball is called the katamari and you can see it's inside the jar. Amazing!

Mom's shelves. I'm always so jealous.

I have dreamt of a white Christmas for what seems like my whole life, but this year I really got my wish! Several days before Christmas we were hit with over 18 inches of snow, breaking a record in the DC area. Jack had a field day, and the town was so quiet.

One of my favorite things to do during snow is worry about the birds. They are so fat and cute and trusting. Which is why I have to police my three cats like crazy too because I invite these guys up close to the house with birdseed and breadcrumbs.

This is one of my favorite visitors, and not just because he is called a "Titmouse".

Look how cute this guy is, during the fiercely falling snow, he found a little canopy of snow in the branches of the azaleas to keep his head dry.

It was a nice relaxed Christmas holiday after a crazy year. We are trying to get settled into the new year, but it's cold as heck! At least we have our new fireplace, the full set of Sopranos on DVD, some great recipes and our cats and dog to keep us warm.

Happy New Year!