Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Leather! Time to Play!

I got some lovely leather from my sister in the most unusual embossed patterns and now I am up for the handbag challenge. My goal is to design just a few handbag designs and get them out there. I am so inspired now. I also got a box full of brightly colored leather clothing from a very good friend of mine and now I have even more to play with. My first project is going to be my messenger/diaper bag out of the brightest blue suede. I have been playing with my applique designs recently, just to liven things up a bit and I am finding that I really like what is happening. It feels much more like painting to me and I can get pretty crazy with shapes and colors which is all the fun in the world. So far I have made some billfolds but I am furiously sewing up some travel wallets as well. I will post more pictures as I finish up! I love it when I feel inspired! Thanks Seesa and Kathy! You guys rock!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Why do Toddlers Headbutt Everything?

I don't know. I guess I will research it while I hold ice to my fat lip. OUCH! Cute but deadly! (The culprit pictured above) I will let you know what I find out.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Holy something or other, I'm 40!

Yes, I did it. I made it to forty. Weird. I certainly don't feel forty. Most days, I don't feel much over the age of five. Can't say it was a super huge eventful party type of thing, but I think that is good. I got to start my day with lots of warm birthday wishes from my friends and family and spent the rest of the day just doing my thing. I even got to sneak in a coffee and a piece of lemon almond pound cake(I cheated but it was worth it, and it didn't even raise my blood sugar at all!) My son and honey surprised me with some new dvd's to watch and a little shopping money to play with. It was all good stuff! I started a new tradition too. From this birthday on, everyone gets gifts, not just me! Ciaran got a little red truck he's been eyeing forever at the toy store, Ed got to enjoy my lemon almond pound cake with me, and Mark got a freshly baked loaf of gluten free bread(he has been dying for bread products for weeks now) I came home to find that my lovely sister had sent me a bunch of fun videos and even one she made for me to enjoy on my birthday and even more birthday wishes. It was such a lovely day! Thanks again to everyone who remembered my birthday, you made a very big birthday very special to me and I truly appreciate it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Stuff!

I have a couple of new things to share. I have been lucky enough to get to work pretty consistently the past few days and have actually made a small dent in the piles of leathery goodness that occupy my work space. It feels good to just jump in there and get going! So I share with you a new billfold and a new pouch/wallet design. Still working on the pouch design, it needs a little something, but I like it! Today I am finishing up a new travel wallet and a small envelope wallet to share with you tomorrow. Yipee for being productive!!!! Hopefully, I will have a lot more to share with you in the next few weeks:)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I Smell Funny.

I just finished my short but sweet weeding session in our side yard. I managed to pull enough weeds and clip back enough foliage from our overgrown oregano shrub to cover our entire deck in that time. Now, I am back inside and I smell spaghetti sauce with lots of oregano and it is following me wherever I go. So, I guess I am the one that smells of spaghetti sauce with lots of oregano. I also feel things crawling in my hair and on my legs......... hopefully it's not one of the huge spiders that I have been having nightmares about running into lately. That would be awful. On the bright side, you can actually see that we have a yard and not just weeds, yay! I am going to take a shower now before one of my new creepy crawly friends bites me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The First Pee-Pee on the Potty!

So this evening after dinner, I had Ciaran run around pants-less for a while, just to keep with the potty training theme of the day. As I am getting him cleaned up from dinner he starts screaming "Oh No!, Oh No!, Oh No!" and crossing his legs at the same time. So I calmly rush him into the bathroom and he furiously pulls the potty chair out and sits down, and guess what! HE WENT! He was so excited he had to show his dad his pee first and then he kept looking into the potty like he couldn't believe that the pee was from him. We celebrated with a handful of m&ms and lots of hugs. The first step has been taken, wish us luck with the rest!

Not Sure About This One.

I went ahead and listed it in my artfire studio, but I am still obsessing over the design and if it will be as useful as I want it to be. I think it would be perfect for a phone/ipod case but we'll see. I am making one in black right now, maybe I will play around with the design a bit and see what happens. I do really love the grey suede and black leather on this one though. Very nice combo!

In other news, I just got back from my 30 week check up with Ed. All looks good! My iron is a little low, so I had to run out and get some iron supplements for the next couple of months to boost it a little bit. Ciaran and I had a great time downtown, we bought a few more outfits for Ed at our local consignment place, stopped at Wildberries for a coffee and a cookie, visited Dad at work, then hit the grocery store for our healthy salad and tofu dinner tonight. Now we are home and sleepy. I am ready for a nap but Ciaran wants to play. Oh well, no nap for me I guess, back to sewing and dreaming and sewing some more.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I don't have much to say today. It's another day of grey skies and foggy heads around here. I have been working a lot lately, I managed to get a couple of coin pouches and a handbag finished this past weekend. Now I am on to one last custom order and I am swimming in billfolds and travel wallets at the same time! Today is head downtown to poke around for some ingredients to make gluten free things. Mark has decided to go gluten free for a while so I am trying out some bread recipes for him that might taste o.k. Since we all eat the same things around here, I want things that I can eat too, so I am making it my mission to try out some recipes to see what happens. Should be interesting:)