Showing posts from January, 2013

Valentine's Hearts

For some time now I've had it in my mind to do a set of Valentine hearts patterns. Hearts are one of my favorite symbols. This is the smallest in the series - 1.25" from top to bottom. I've got designs for up to 5 or 6 inches. Now, if only I didn't have to go to work today!

Reaching Towards Heaven

Mixed media piece based upon this scripture. I try to remember this in times of trouble. (fortunately, I didn't have to remember it for today! No big troubles! Woo hoo!)

little letters Pattern Set is READY

After weeks of worrying and fretting, going back and forth with proofreaders, taking pictures and editing, it is DONE!

Introducing my little letters pattern set. Available for purchase in my little shop.

Thanks to all of you for supporting me in this. My family thanks you, too.

So, what should I do next? Hearts? Fancy fonts? Something else?

Don't Get 'er Done

My sense of responsibility tends to overreach its bounds. I worry about getting things done. And everything needs to be done NOW.

I'd been putting off something for a while now because I was unsure how to do it. The unknown tends to paralyze me! So I sat in front of my computer and told myself to start doing the thing I was worried about. (I even said a prayer) What was the worst that could happen?

And, less than an hour later, it was done.

I went to bed light as a feather. I woke up light as a feather. I had NO cares weighing me down. That is a rare enough thing that I even mentioned it to Brian. He was surprised, not knowing that I worried that much about life, the universe and everything. "That is a difficult burden to bear." he said to me. "Feeling like you always have deadlines." He's right because it's not like I'm in school anymore. Why concern myself so much?

Then here's what I realized that brought a bit of beauty to my day:

Very few t…

The Beautiful Thing About Today

The beautiful thing about today was that it was full of beautiful things once I got to looking:

A perfectly brined and roasted chicken
A son who gave the sweetest talk in church ("You wanna know a secret?" he whispered.)
A great lesson on the Savior in church (I've spent a lot of today tearing up when I reflect on this)
An afternoon spent watching movies with my husband (Something Wicked This Way Comes, Disney's Nature and Hocus Pocus) and making kusudama balls.

Tomorrow is a holiday from work. I'm getting better at letting myself have less responsibility and just enjoying my time.

Although I know you want me to finish the lowercase letters... :)


When I was studying abroad in England (1991), I had a favorite cookie: hobnobs. Unfortunately, the only place I can find this cookie now is Cost Plus World Market where it is too expensive for my pocketbook.

So you've gotta love the Internet and the opportunity to get recipes for so many things. I found this recipe on Yahoo Answers, of all places.

I tried them tonight and They. Are. Wonderful.

*Homemade Hob Nobs
1 1/4 cups oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
9 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz milk chocolate, Cadbury

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).

Process oats in a food processor until fine. Add both flours, baking powder and baking soda and pulse to mix. Add both sugars and pulse to mix again. Add cut up butter and pulse processor until mixture is coarse and sa…

The House at Eddy Corner, or Now We Are Six

I don't know if my sense of wonder about this kid will ever wane. Kiff is six today. He woke up to a cupcake for breakfast and a pair of birthday socks. 

Then he decorated the cupcake. With salt & vinegar potato chips and Skittles. And he ate it. Every last crumb. Wearing a backwards shirt.

Happy Birthday to the kid who makes me laugh with his imaginative observations and silly sense of humor! I love being your mom!

Origami Dahlias

I should be working on my lowercase letters tutorial and my fancy fonts tutorial but I'm not! I'm going to do this instead!!

This is one of the prettiest origami flowers I've seen. When I went up to Tehachapi a few months ago to take part in a paper arts workshop, one of the other presenters, Chila Caldera, was wearing a dahlia brooch. I went all little-girl and practically begged her to show me how to make my own. It wasn't a pretty learning process. We were in a very dimly lit room (it was a museum for goodness sake!) and I couldn't get close enough to see properly. Still, once I got it, I GOT it! Thank you again, Chila! BTW, visit her blog to see other great diagrams. I asked her if origami etiquette allowed me to post directions on my blog. It seemed that it was okay to do if 1) I made it clear she just passed on the knowledge of how to make the model, and 2) I made sure to give credit to the original designer, Hajime Komiya, who lives in Japan (neither she no…