Saturday, April 30, 2011

{my two loves}

When Tanner arrived in town on Thursday, we did what any couple would do together when they've been apart for a month: we organized the closets.

I know, you're thinking I'm a horrible girlfriend. But you wouldn't think such things if you saw the state of our closets, now. They are beautiful. The guest bedroom closet used to be a tangled mess (imagine those movies where someone opens a door and things start spilling out on top of them... it was kind of like that) and now is nicely organized for any outdoor adventure we might undertake. Two days ago it was a death-defying crawl into an outdoor storage unit just to retrieve a folding chair.

Of course, the end result of cleaning the closets is, inevitably, a very messy house. I spent all day cleaning every room, in anticipation for Tanner's arrival, and ten minutes later it was a complete wreck again. Go figure...

But the results paid off, since yesterday I was off work and Tanner and I hit the trails for the afternoon. The weather managed to give us a little bit of everything: hard rain, misty rain, freezing cold, warm sun, and thick, puffy clouds that floated by all day long. It was actually the perfect combination, because for most of the day, we hiked beneath a soft fuzz of mist with the sun shining through the clouds. With the waterfalls cascading over the top of the cliffs as we walked beneath them, it was a very magical hike.

And Tanner loved it. As he put it: "this is hands-down the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, except for you."
Hey, he's nothing if not cheesy. :)


See more photos here.

Friday, April 29, 2011

{fancy stamp!}

This week has been pretty awesome for a number of reasons: the fact that Tanner is in town is pretty high on the list, but I would be remiss if I didn't add how pumped I am that my cardstock, envelopes, and stamp arrived in the mail this week. (An addendum for Tanner: I still love you best, baby.)

With all my supplies here and my craft room slowly coming together, I'm excited about getting creative in a professional way! The cardstock and envelopes are fairly routine, but I want to share with you my new awesome stamp that is making me pretty giddy.

With no clever way to sign my cards (besides hand writing them all, and that looked a little sloppy) I scoured my favorite Etsy marketplace for homemade, custom stamps. Fortunately, there are tons of fun choices, so the real problem was narrowing it down to a design I wanted.

I found the perfect thing at Love to Create Stamps, and after sending in my request and custom changes, the stamp arrived a very short time later and in perfect order. (It made it coast-to-coast in 23 hours... whaaaa!! My cardstock was coming from only two states away and it took eight days!)

Here's the awesomeness in all its glory:

I need a nicer ink pad, but you get the idea. It's still pretty spectacular, even with watery ink. :)
Looking forward to days ahead spent drawing, crafting and stamping!

P.S. - A little off topic, but: being the total nerdy British history buff I am, it would be neglectful of me not to mention something about the royal wedding that took place early this morning. Perhaps I should have dedicated a full post or some awesome party ideas for the cause, but as Tanner had been up since 4am for his flight here, and I had an equally exhausting week, we elected to go to bed instead of staying up for 10 am London-time. Sorry Wills and Kate. Happy wedding day, and best of luck with the monarchy thing!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

{your eco footprint}

Tanner is flying out to visit this weekend after a month of us being apart, so, needless to say, I'm pretty excited about today. As such, I'm also a little distracted, which means today's post is just going to be a little boredom buster for everyone to enjoy. If nothing else, it'll be both amusing and enlightening. You can't say I never tried to teach you anything. ;)

I realize Earth Day was a week ago, but I just came across this fun and interactive website that quizzes you on your day to day eco-choices and lets you know how many resources you're consuming.

Isn't my avatar stylish? I gave her the black slacks for that eco-friendly business look.

Despite that I'm vegetarian, drive very little, create mostly recycled trash, and don't waste much energy, I was still informed that my lifestyle, if lived by everyone, would take four Earths to support the world. That's a bummer. But the plus is that the site helps give you tips and ideas for cutting down your footprint, and it certainly reminded me that I should be taking the metro and eating locally more often (one of the things I'm currently struggling with, and trying to remedy... any good recipes out there?)

At any rate, even if you don't care about your eco-footprint, it's fun watching all the little decorations and avatars come flying out of the sky. So watch it for the cute animation, if nothing else.

Visit the Earth Day website here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{etsy find: love-lee soaps}

Remember my post about Soapopotamus's delightfully soapy (seemingly edible!) creations? Apparently clever soap making is a popular craft on etsy, for I discovered another seller whose soaps are making my mouth water all over again!

Not only does she have an array of fun sweets to choose from, but even funnier food creations such as pop tarts, spaghetti and meatballs, french fries, popcorn, hot wings, and even fruit loop cereal bowls! How could you not want to surprise your guests with breakfast in the shower?

There's just too many fun soaps to post, so you'll have to see the rest of them at LoveLee Soap's shop!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{remembering sunshine}

Lately I've been on a drawing kick, and I love that it's something I look forward to at the end of the day. I plop myself down in the living room with an old favorite DVD TV show and half-pay attention to it as I focus most of my effort and creativity on the task at hand.
Tanner is used to our evening phone calls going like this:
"What are you doing, baby?"
"Oh, I'm watching Avatar and drawing."
(Yes, Avatar: The Last Airbender is an awesome show. Don't judge me.)

Last week when the sun shone for two marvelous days, I took my folding chair out onto the soft grass and sat in the sunlight sketching. It was glorious. If it were 60 degrees and sunny every day, this would be the perfect place to live. I can't say I miss east coast humidity at all.

Lately my drawings have been brightly colored and fun, something to liven up all the other days that are gray and overcast, and bring a little sunshine in through my colored pencils. Here are my newest favorites.

See the rest of my card collection here!

Monday, April 25, 2011

{egg-cellent doodle eggs}

I wanted to bring my employees some kind of Easter gift yesterday, since we had to work all day long on the holiday, but after my egg-blowing fiasco, I was out of good ideas. Originally I wanted to create an Easter egg hunt for them, but I procrastinated, and now it was the night before and I was still trying to think of something clever.

Though my egg shells had failed to make good gifts this year, I decided that the idea of doodling on eggs wasn't a bad one, and perhaps I could simply doodle on paper and make fake eggs, instead. I came up with this brilliant idea at 11:30, and even though I had to be up early for work, I stayed up for another hour or so drawing Easter eggs.

I think the end result was worth it.

I left a big note in the breakroom that said "Happy Easter!" and laid out the eggs for everyone to find when they came in. Everyone liked them a lot, and it resulted in something I hadn't thought of: the staff had great fun coloring in their eggs, or taking them home to color them with their kids. It never crossed my mind for them to be anything other than black and white doodles when I designed them, but in retrospect, it seems like the perfect set-up!

By the end of the day the staff all had brightly colored eggs, and some of them even pinned the drawing to their shirts for fun. All in all, I think it turned out to be a fun surprise, and it made a long day holiday spent inside a little more cheery.

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