Sunday, October 31, 2010

Engaged!

It's true!  Jason and I got engaged this weekend.
Here's the story:


Friday night we were supposed to go out for dinner and a movie with our friends Marin and Alec, but it fell through.  Jason and I still decided to go out for sushi, followed by Howl at the Sundance Theater (our typical Friday date night together.)


As we were about to walk into the theater Jason stopped and said "You know, I wasn't running errands on Wednesday night."  I said "I know!" because I could tell that he was lying when I asked him why he wasn't home Wednesday night.  Then he pulled out a ring from his pocket and asked "Do you want to get married?"
And I said "Duh!!"

Then he kept asking me if I needed my inhaler, and if I was sure.
Of course, I said, Of course.


Halloween! 2010

Happy Halloween, everyone!
I hope everyone had their fill of roasted pumpkin seeds and candy.  I know I did.
We made a John Lennon pumpkin (in honor of Johnny's 70th birthday!)  but it kind of looks like the lead singer of Creed.




Yikes!!!!

Are you throwing up yet?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Overwhelmed with Creativity.

 I'm sorry that I haven't really been writing much lately!  I just finished up a huge project for school, and now I'm feeling so overwhelmed with creativity that I don't know where to start first! 
I decided to start here:





I'm also going to start this, which I found at the lovely Laura's blog.
I thought it would encourage me to write more, and allow everyone to get to know me more since I mainly write about my day to day creative life.

Day 1 - Introduce Yourself
Day 2 - Your First Love
Day 3 - Your Parents
Day 4 - What you ate today
Day 5 - Your Definition of Love
Day 6 - Your Day
Day 7 - Your Best Friend
Day 8 - A moment
Day 9 - Your Beliefs
Day 10 - What you wore Today
Day 11 - Your Siblings
Day 12 - What's in your bag
Day 13 - This Week
Day 14 - What you wore today
Day 15 - Your Dreams
Day 16 - Your first kiss
Day 17 - Your favourite memory
Day 18 - Your favourite birthday
Day 19 - Something you regret
Day 20 - This Month
Day 21 - Another Moment
Day 22 - Something that upsets you
Day 23 - Something that makes you feel better
Day 24 - Something that makes you cry
Day 25 - A first
Day 26 - Your fears
Day 27 - Your favourite place
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Your aspirations
Day 30 - One last moment

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October House Show, Part II

This show was actually from a few weeks ago, but catching up with life after the flu really has taken a tole on my free time.





Let's talk about how sweet and talented these little boys are.  
I was so happy to finally get to hang out with these lovely gents.
It was worth the wait!
1.)  Now do yourself a favor and go listen to them.  Duh.


2.)  Now look at these carrots that grew in my garden.  Duhhh.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Animated Kids Video's

Critics of Yo Gabba Gabba have said that it isn't really educational, but young kids need the excitement YGG presents to stay focused on re-enforcing everyday tasks their parents are teaching them.  YGG also interests young parents enough to watch it with their children by using things that adults like too...like their favorite band.
Aren't these video's the cutest?  The animation is to die for, and the songs are catchy enough for kids and twee-pop loving parents alike!
Enjoy!


Be Nice to Animals 
  • animation by Kangaroo Alliance
  • music by The Salteens
 



 I Found Love
  • animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson
  • music by Trembling Blue Stars
 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Psychedelic Cupcake Tutorial

This weekend my friend Krista and I made the most colorful cupcakes for our friend's Andrew and Alex's joint birthday party.  They were the champions of the evening (next to the company!), and will be sure to kick any funfetti cupcake's butt in the future.
By the by, I was inspired by The Dainty Squid's cupcake Tutorial!



Psychedelic Cupcake Tutorial.


Materials:
  • Light colored Cupcake Mix of your choice (I used boxed yellow cake mix because I was in a hurry, but you can use any light colored cake batter of your choice.)
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • Food Coloring
  • Cupcake liners
  • Four bowls (or more)
  • Four spoons (or more)
  • Toothpicks
  • Cream cheese frosting (like you would want to use another kind anyway...psh.)


Instructions:
  1. Mix up the ingredients called for to make your cupcake batter.
  2. With a measuring cup, separate the batter into four bowls (or more, depending on how many colors you want to make.)
  3. Dye the batter in each bowl a different color with food coloring.  There should be a dye chart on the back of your box of dyes, but if not, this chart might help.  Also, Krista and I doubled the amount of dye if the color wasn't bright enough.
  4. Place your cupcake liners into your cupcake pan.
  5. Place a designated spoon to each batter color, and proceed to add small layers of each colored batter into the cupcake liners until the liner is halfway filled.
  6. Swirl with a toothpick (optional.)
  7. Bake.  Cool.  Frost.  Eat.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Couch Companion

I'm still sick, so I haven't really managed to move from the sofa for almost three days straight.  (Except for walking to my bedroom to sleep, and driving to get more medication for my asthma.  boring, boring, boring.)  It has been hard to sit still, but let's face it, you don't exactly have a choice when your body is calling the shots.
I've never watched so much trash TV before in my life!

Luckily, I have had a constant little couch companion to keep my feet warm.

Hi Humphrey!

Bubblegum paws!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Apple of my eye.

I have been sick with the flu for the past few days, and I can't wait to kick it to the curb.  Jason came home with it last week, and I got to experience it first hand, like an unwanted hand-me-down!  I think this is the first time he has ever gotten me sick, considering that I am always the one who will get him sick (since I work with young children.)
Before I got the flu, I went out on an apple picking/autumn extravaganza with Jason, and our friends Wes, Kari, and Andrew.
It was a lot of fun, but I think I really need to make more of a conscious effort to take it easy and take care of myself....which is hard to do when you are working all day and then you have night classes, without time to eat dinner!
Getting sick has been my sign to cool it.  We can't always do everything, and it's okay to say no.
Does anyone else have a problem with being a "Yes" person?
How do you get through it?


Well, I'm happy I got at least one fun activity in before my weekend turned into World War Flu!





Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lovely weather, lovely friends.








Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October House Show #1, 2010

Jamie and Neil are two of my favorite people in the universe...but they live in Seattle, so I never see them (actually, this was only our second time being together.)
And to top it off, Edwin was there well!  We basically got to spend the whole weekend with these three delectable yum yums.

We ate cheese curds, made dinner, and Jamie and I pulled carrots from my garden together.  It made me wish that I could see them all time, and I was so sad when they left.  It made me yern for all of my friends and family who I never see.  Oh well!  I guess the sweet times wouldn't seem so sweet if we had them all the time!
So now we just have to wait for the next opportunity to be together again!

World History
Edwin R. Perry
Coney Island
Leonard the Comet



Friday, October 1, 2010

Easy Magnet Tutorial #1

I'm always looking for easy ways to reuse old things, so when I finally used all of the sheets of paper on my magnetic notepad...I got a little excited.
Plus, I just got some really lovely vintage children's books that I was itching to use.
This is a great craft to do if you don't have much free time to craft in your life, but you would like to.  It would also be a fun activity to do with elementary children.




Simple Magnet Tutorial #1
Supplies:
  • Paper (from a book, magazine, wrapping paper...whatev's.  Just not something printed from your computer, because it will smear and look all kinds of horrible.)
  • Scissors/exact-o knife
  • Pencil
  • Magnet
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Self-healing Mat (Optional...you should use it if you're using an exact-o knife.)


Directions:
  1. Once you have found a picture that you like place your magnet over the image, trace it with your pencil.
  2. Cut out the image with your scissors or exact-o knife.
  3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to your magnet with your paint brush.
  4. Place the picture on top the wet Mod Podge, and add a layer of Mod Podge over the picture.
  5. Allow at least 20 mins. for the Mod Podge to dry, and add another layer.
  6. Wait a half hour before putting it on your refrigerator.  
  7. Good job, you're done!




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