Monday, November 30, 2009

Button Bling

I've been looking for some cute understated baby headbands for quite a while with no real luck. I had nearly given up when I realized how incredibly easy they would be to make. A little ribbon, some elastic and maybe a button or two. Here's what I've come up with. Don't you think Gemma looks like a doll in them?


ps- I know I completely failed the whole blog-post-a-day thing... I just wasn't dedicated enough to get creative when presented with the whole no-internet-at-my-house-at-all-for-days-and-days obstacle. Sue me.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It makes me happy

that my house smells like this...

we have a winner!



I Blame Apple

So my computer has been acting lame-o and preventing me from posting. I could manually change the date/time stamp to make it look like I posted each day but I felt like that was cheating. Instead I'll just name each post for the day it was intended. Here ya go...

Saturday's Post

Just got home from my friend's birthday party. It was great fun to celebrate the super cute, super talented Pamela and it was also fun to bring home a gift myself! If you've seen her Etsy shop, you know Pam is quite the artist. She gifted Gemma with this darling hand-stamped children's silverware set.  I believe she will be selling them in her shop in the near future so you too can receive some silver goodness.
Pardon the terrible picture, I am ill equipped to photograph small product. 
Please forgive me Pam- I know your photo's will do them justice.

Friday's Post

Not that you care but since I was shamelessly open about my plan to see New Moon, I'll be equally open about my opinion of it. Not a fan. The fun of the books was the way Edward seemed like the unrealistically perfect teenage suitor. In the movies he seems more like the scrawny, hairy, unbelievably awkward teenage suitor. And don't get me started on Bella. Every scene between the two of them that was supposed to be romantic made me uncomfortable. There was something hot in the movie though- Brandon Flowers' voice. Take a listen. I apologize I could only find it in video form... maybe just close your eyes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Playing with dolls

never looked so fun.
These Blythe dolls make me want to revert back to my childhood. I guess I could always buy one "for Gemma". 


         photos found on Danielle's blog

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blast From The Past

Nearly a year ago my dear friend Emily came to visit. Back in high school we were always staging photo shoots. We decided to do another for old time's sake. The setting: our middle school- where we first met when we were assigned to be locker partners.








exploring my inner willy wonka

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another 2 a day

To hopefully make up for my lack of post yesterday...
                                               photo found here

I love this random little sentence. Some days, especially recently, I feel like creating all day long. Also, I already mentioned my desire for a photo booth but I think in addition, I'll need a reader board in my future studio. I would have such fun playing with the letters and putting up new quotes and thoughts everyday. 

Great Song Lyrics- 2nd ed.

Lyrics from an Adele song... 
doodle style on a card I made for Jeremy

Sunday, November 15, 2009

To Do List

For this week:
-Start working out again (and quit with the vanilla tootsie rolls)
-Find the perfect retro tree
                                          (photo found here)

-Cut down our real Christmas tree (I realize that both are real... I mean living. At least until we take a saw to it.)
-back up all my pictures... I'm the worst and having nightmares of my computer crashing
-Practice guitar
Me on my 14th b-day with my best gift

-Go to craft store for supplies
-Go see this movie (I know, I'm such a dork)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My New Toy

I happened upon Urban Outfitters' incredible sale today... 50% off all clearance, and 1/3 of the store was on clearance. I was FIRED UP. I got this cute camera for 10 bucks and now I can take photos like this: 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Great Song Lyrics- 1st ed.


And if I need a rhythm
it's gonna be 
to my heart I listen
-Roisin Murphy

A great lyric, a great song. A contributing factor in my love for it: one of my favorite choreographers, Wade Robson, used it for this dance. Enjoy.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Did I tell you the one where Tom Petty was in my delivery room?

Tom Petty sans The Heartbreakers

So I took Gemma to her 8 week check up today (which involved 3 shots... Now that's a heartbreaker) and seeing the doc reminded me of a funny little thing that happened on G's B-day. I'm at the height of labor and my doc's phone rings. Apparently it was his wife because his ring tone was "Here Comes My Girl" by Mr. Tom Petty. He tells her he'll call her back and his focus shifts back to me. I apparently never moved on because I couldn't get that song out of my head for the remainder of my labor. I thought it was hilariously ironic- the song that was stuck in my head while giving birth to my daughter was "Here Comes My Girl". And there she came.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gemma's Pad

Today I took some pictures of Gemma's room. I keep getting asked if I did what I had planned in this post. See for yourself...
I stitched them together in Photoshop to make this slightly crazy perspective panorama. It kind of reminds me of a pinhole photo. (No, the furniture isn't tiny- they are 14 foot ceilings so from this perspective they just look miniature.) 
I painted her dresser and ric-racked her lampshade.
And closer up...
And closer still...
That hankie in need of ironing was my Grandma's. (Jean, from whom Gemma got her middle name. She also collected elephants and now Gemma has a small collection)
That baby doll was my most prized posession as a kid- I got her for my 2nd birthday and gave her the obvious name: Birthday Baby
I love this little picture. It's from a vintage card I got at my shower. The giver said she found it in her grandmother's old things. Precious.
A new take on a bookshelf/toy chest

An out-of-focus close-up on her bedding

Like the photo on her wall above? It can be purchased in my little shop any day of the week!
And quite possibly the coolest thing in Gemma's room (aside from the girl who lives there) is this painting. For my birthday my rad sister had this custom painting done of me and the wee babe. The artist is the super-cool, super-talented, super inspiring Elsie. You can follow her creative life on her blog or support her efforts to "take over the world and make it cute" while getting some cool stuff by shopping at her shop.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekend Snapshot

*Finally put finishing touches on Gemma's room
(see tomorrow's post for more where that came from)
*Did massive amounts of laundry
(seriously, I only have one child- how do you keep up with more?)
*Watched the Ducks lose to Stanford
(What the?)
*Ate way too many vanilla tootsie rolls
(I love/hate Dollar Tree for bringing the king sized version into my life. Midgies just don't cut it anymore)
*Took a nap with The Mr. after church
(Bless our child for being a sleepyhead) 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall Fashion Inspiration

Courtesy of J. Crew
Surprising combinations and unexpected layers make for great looks that aren't trying too hard. 
I'll take one of each please.