Sunday, May 31, 2009

Un-crafty projects.

These are some teacher gifts I made for the end of school. I bought the pots from Ikea. These were totally Karla's idea, but I went a little overboard (as usual). I didn't get pictures of all of them or pictures of the completed project with cute stuff in them either.

It's really difficult to get the vinyl straight on a curved surface. I also have a hard time deciding how big I want the letters. I am definitely learning as I go.

These are galvanized tubs that are currently growing lettuce. They could have a family name, the name of something growing in it, quotes, pictures - basically whatever on them. I've seen people use these to ice down drinks, as a chip basket, and all sorts of other stuff.

And finally - I needed a new water bottle for summer band and I hate not being able to easily locate MY water bottle and then accidentally end up drinking some kid's water! So I put my initials on my water bottle. No excuse for somebody "not knowing" that wasn't theirs!

Monday, May 25, 2009

boring, boring, boring...

Life has been hectic as well as boring lately. I am constantly surprised by how much there is to get done at the end of the year. There have been tons of concerts, camps, tryouts, and crazy schedules. It's also hard to believe that I have survived an entire year of school. There are moments when I wonder what I have gotten myself into, and then moments when I am so incredibly proud of our students and what they have accomplished. I am very lucky in that I truly love what I do. Very seldom does it seem like work, although it is overwhelming at times.

We had a busy weekend as usual. Justin and I traveled to Arlington to visit his parents. It's really sad how little we have been there this year. We had a great time, got some shopping done, and spent some time with the whole Colley clan- minus Brandon, of course, who is still in the big sandbox. Today, several students were playing at a local memorial day program. My dad was the "master of ceremonies" and the kids played great. I will try and get a few pictures of that up later. Justin and I took Riley and Hayden to swim at my friend Robyn's house and had a great time. Unfortunately both of us have gotten matching memorial day sunburns! I have several uncrafty projects in the works lately that need to be posted - someday I will catch up! Oh wait, someday is only about a week away! COME ON SUMMER!!

Apologies for the pictureless, boring post - I must run on to watch Jon & Kate plus 8. I am completely disgusted by the entire situation but I just cannot turn away from it.

Thank you Veterans for all you have done and continue to do for our country!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Today I wanted Hummus. Like really, really wanted hummus. The only store in town that has said hummus is HEB, and it is not good. I figured it couldn't be too difficult to make my own and according to the recipe I found online, the only ingredient I was lacking was Tahini. According to the website, Tahini (sesame seed paste) is readily available at nearly all major grocery stores. I guess they forgot to add the.. unless you like in Brenham, Tx clause to that. There was no Tahini to be found at HEB or Wal-mart. I really wanted Hummus - really, really wanted hummus. I looked up a Tahini recipe via my i-phone at walmart and bought the necessary 4 cups of sesame seeds to make it. I ended up with enough Tahini to make approximately 40 batches of Hummus. It's a good things I really, really, like it.

According to my scale this morning, I have lost exactly 30.0 pounds. That is crazy to even think about! I have changed my eating habits so drastically that I felt the need to post pictures of a usual dinner!
If you read MckMama's blog, you know she calls this woodland creature food. I call it world's best dinner. I heart woodland creature food. I also think laughing cow cheese is the best thing ever. I have to wedges to eat on crackers, babybel light to take with me for lunch, and those tiny foil wrapped cubes that are completely delicious and only 25 calories! I pretty much dipped all of this in hummus. Well, except for the blackberries. Ok, maybe I just tried it out.

I forgot to talk about this in the last post. I made this for my sister as a house warming gift. I also ordered some pink vinyl! Woo! Pretty big excitement!

A very random, generally non-crafty post.

This week and weekend has flown by in a whirlwind! Justin and I celebrated our birthdays last weekend by purchasing a Canon Digital Rebel XSI. It is an "entry level digital SLR". Basically, this thing has more buttons and functions than the first space shuttle. I am no photographer, but I love taking pictures with it. We hung out with my family and celebrated mother's day for most of this weekend. Cory gave me a few lessons on taking pictures with my fancy new camera, as well as editing them in photoshop.

Last week I made a batch of Leukemia Awareness stickers with Riley's name on them.
This was my first time layering 2 colors of vinyl, and they actually turned out pretty good! Riley is kicking cancer's hiney, and now everyone will know! If you see this massive vehicle driving around, be sure and honk!
Speaking of my favorite princess, this weekend was maifest, and riley was the cutest cherry sundae topping I have ever seen! It seems like yesterday I was in the maifest, draped in gold lame and red velvet. My mom would tease my hair up real big and put some serious lip liner on me. I will have to find some photos of that!

The High School band marched in the Junior parade on Friday morning and it was HOT. Here I am glad to be finishing the parade.
How cute is this little man?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I wish I had gotten Justin a really great gift for his birthday tomorrow.

I hate it when people have blogs and the don't update in forever and then they have a new post talking about how busy they have been. I refuse to partake in this annoying activity. I will, however, inform you that during my absence from blogging I have not had loads of free time.

Remember how I said that adobe illustrator hates me? This has not changed during my time away where I have not had much free time. I'm pretty sure that adobe illustrator spends all of its free time plotting new ways to get on my nerves. Why is it that I learn how to do something and get it to work really well, and then the next time I try to do that it doesn't work!?!

Well, here's what I've been up to lately.
Another lady at work is working on a "Cubs/Sports" themed bathroom for her three boys. I saw these quotes somewhere and decided to use them. I wanted them to look distressedish so i downloaded this font. I think they turned out really cool. They look very boy-sportish. I spent forever getting the little basketball man to look right. I had to DRAW his basketball. That's right, I'm learning to operate my wacom tablet. I also made some quotes for her, but I can't take a picture of them until they're on the wall.

I think this is my favorite one so far. It's about 24 inches x 24 inches. I downloaded a font called ornamental frames and picked my favorite one. I opened it up in Photoshop (which doesn't hate me near as much) and messed with it until it looked how I wanted it. Unfortunately the wall where I wanted this has a really cool sand texture on it. This thing was not fun to hang. Luckily my husband still likes me.Today (my birthday) I went and hung out with my friend Robyn with hopes of swimming. It was cloudy and gross all day so I ended up cricutting. Robyn is a pretty cool mom who took her daughter to Paris for NINE DAYS! Since then her daughter has had a love for all things French. I made this Eiffel tower for her a long time ago and just now got it cut out out. It ended up almost four feet tall! It looks so cute in her room! C'est la vie means this is life, and J'adore Paris means I love Paris. The vinyl is actually grey but it looks white here. Her walls a really dark red and really pretty. I am working on a vintage looking chandelier to hang over her bed.

I also did a quote for my most favorite friend Karla's daughter's wall. She just painted her room princess pink and it is precious. I will have to get a picture of it.

Well, I think that's all for the evening. I am counting down the seconds until summer is here. I knew the end of the year was going to be really busy, but I didn't quite realize HOW busy it was going to be.