Friday, June 26, 2009

"shadows on your side..."

contemplation...

to ponder our own fragile mortality...

the passing of a dignified beauty...

the passing of an iconic enigma, mourned by some, yet some rejoice at the demise...

so many other deaths overshadowed...

and sadness for all around.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Scrapbooking with my sister...

My sister lives 800 miles away from me in Northern California, so we communicate a lot via text messaging, online instant messaging, phone, and occasionally webcam.

For several months now we have been trying to organize weekly scrapbook challenges that we will both participate in. But my sister, and I, have been busy with other things, so we are not always able to scrap regularly, especially "together".

We are currently exchanging a couple of boxes a month of scrapbooking supplies with each other as a way to "share" the extras from our individual stashes. We also bought some new scrapbook supplies for specific projects.

Recently, when some of the new supplies arrived the other, including some glitter chipboard shapes/letters, I immediately was inspired to create the following page:

SISTERS
Stephanie & Kimberly 1985


It' a simple page.
And it came together rather quickly for me...which is rarely the case for anything...even a simple page. ^0^

I had had the background paper on hand and the glitter chipboard shapes/letters coordinated with the paper pack this background paper came from. I had not previously used chipboard in any projects, even though I have lots of chipboard letters which were part of a large trade I made a month or so ago.

The photos are of my sister and I in 1985 (I was in 8th grade and my sister a junior in high school). These were taken as part of a series at Olan Mills. Our mother put us in color coordinated outfits of black & pink. When I look at it now, it looks very 80s preppy, even though that was not my personal "style" at that time.

I'm still trying to decide whether the page needs a titles. "Sisters" would be the perfect title, but after I added the name in white vinyl Thickers alphas, I decided the page looked very much done, so I am leaving it this way for now.

Since I put it together quickly and made a huge mess putting it together, I don't have photos of my progress...just the photos of the final product. And since I'm terrible at taking photos, these are really bad, but I wanted to put this blog post together, so for now these photos will stay. Unless I can get some really fabulous photos tomorrow in natural light with a clean background to change these out with. We'll see.


Happy creating! ^0^
Stephanie

Update June 25: No new photos as of yet.
If you think this page needs a title, please let me know. Thank you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

"I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down..."

Very soon I am going to be changing my name. Well, my main shop name at least. I have already purchased the .com domain using this *fabulous* new name. Though setting up a website is going to prove to be a lot more challenging for me than I anticipated. I want a website as a landing page for all of my various online shops, such as those at Etsy and Artfire and the shops are for jewelry, doll jewelry, and supplies, so having one main spot to direct friends and customers too would be great for me! As well as having fewer url addresses on my business cards, and fewer business cards for that matter. ^0^

I have recently had a very nice consultation with a web designer. Though I don't think I will be able to afford her, she has given me a lot to think about and a better direction to go in for this website. I lacked focus before and now I think I have more of it and can better assess my goals for this website.

So I will unveil the new name in a week or maybe two. I am rather slow at things. Takes me awhile to make decisions (as anyone following my bevello dress purchase might have noticed, and also the fact that I have yet to have the blog giveaway I mentioned weeks ago)...but I hope that having a better focus and also this "new" name, will inspire me to go bigger and better...and faster. ^0^

Happy creating!
Stephanie

Monday, June 8, 2009

Nina & the Girls

Nina

I am puppy sitting this week. Nina is a 2 year old cocker spaniel whose regular dog sitter was unavailable so this was the first time we have ever watched her. Actually she is the only puppy/dog we have ever been a sitter for - though we did foster a Brussels Griffon a few years ago, but we only had one dog of our own back then, and little Be Be was only with us a week.

My two dogs, Ginny & Mocha, are relatively dog friendly, but we had a meet & greet for the dogs last Tuesday - just to test the waters. Everything went well and so Nina arrived again with her dog bed, food, and a couple of toys early Sunday morning and will be with us until Thursday afternoon sometime.

I have not been able to get as many good photos of Nina as I would like - that is somewhat due to my poor photography skills in general, but also because she is camera shy. She knows when you have the camera in your hand and she generally runs off. I find this intriguing because her mommy owner is a professional photographer. :0)


Mocha, Nina, & Ginny (standing) in the office/dog lounge

In the photo above the dogs are all watching my husband, Michael, as he sits at the computer. There are two dog couch beds and a third round dog bed & large dog crate (that's the green in the right bottom corner of the photo) in this room, that's why I call it the dog lounge. Behind Nina is the "atrium", which previous owners enclosed so is an extra "indoor" room. There is another large dog bed out there...and two modern style fabric chairs the dogs now use as "raised" dog thrones. They like to lay in these and stare out the front door...as Mocha demonstrates in the photo below.


Mocha watching the birds/creatures in the front yard.


Nina testing one of the dog couch beds. She didn't like me sneaking up on her. :0)


Nina on her dog bed in my craft room.

And below...Mocha testing out Nina's dog bed...silly girl! :0)


Ginny asking me to throw her toy. :0)

My "girls", as I like to call them, keep me busy, but with the addition of Nina this week, I have been extra busy - thanks to having no doggy door - but I have also been enjoying having another dog around. I am definitely considering adopting a third dog. :0)

Happy creating! ^o^
Stephanie

Monday, June 1, 2009

Help Me Choose A Dress @ Bevello.com

So I won last week's super cool bevello.com stylist contest (see my previous post: I WON @ BEVELLO.COM) and am really wanting to use my prize of $20 bevello bucks toward a new dress.

I need your help deciding which one!

Below is my "short" list:

(Please indicate your choice by number or description of the dress in your comment, thanks!
Clicking on the photo or title will link you to the dress detail page on bevello.com.)

#1
White Embroidered Bubble Dress by Miss Closet

#2
Charcoal Gray Cotton Silk Dress by Trinity (Has pockets!)

#3
Jade Green Rouche Ribbon Dress by Trinity (Organic Cotton)

#4

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dress by Ryu

Happy creating! ^o^
-Stephanie