Crafting


Sorry, that’s the best title I’ve got in me due to the nature of this post.  First, I’ve finished a painting I’ve been working on for a guy Mitch works with.  This is the same MU fan who asked for the logo.  He wanted some tiger eyes, on a canvas, to hang in the bar area of his home.  So, this is what I painted on a 48×24 canvas. 

tiger eyes by you.

I think it turned out pretty good.  The photo isn’t the best because it was taken with my phone, but you get the idea.  Now, my plan is to paint some artwork to put up in our house.  I think we need more than just photos on the walls. 

Other news:

After a lot of thought and discussion, Mitch is changing jobs.  He was no longer happy with his job as a loan officer and it was apparent that upward mobility was lacking at the bank.  So, Mitch has decided to go back to work for Metropolitan Insurance with his dad.  This is going to be a bit of a change for us but in the long run will provide our family opportunities that the bank simply wouldn’t offer.  Mitch is excited and ready for a change.  I’m nervous and ready for Mitch to make a change.  What’s nice is that this will likely change the dynamics of our household a bit and take some of the pressure off of me to make the big bucks.  What’s nice is Mitch will be working in a supportive environment with his father who only wants the best for our family–that makes me feel a little better about the decision. 

Also, for those of you who don’t know, my youngest sister Missy got engaged just before Christmas.  She is so excited, and Bryan will be a great addition to our family.  The down side is that she will be moving back to Oklahoma.  I’ve already told Mitch that her move will require Gaby and I take some long weekends over the interim breaks to go see Aunt Missy.  We have our girls weekend coming up this weekend and dress shopping is on the agenda; along with other shopping, dinner at a fusion tapas restaurant, and Legally Blond at the Fox Theater.  The four of us are really looking forward to this time together.

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Another overdue post.  I made close to half of the gifts we gave to family this year.  This is a feat of which I am proud and hope to improve upon next year.  Since I didn’t start early enough and worked my tail off for an A in the masters class that wrapped up a week before Christmas, I didn’t leave myself much time for my projects.  Starting the Sunday before Christmas, my bedtimes were as follows: 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30.  I also took two afternoons off work.  Not to sleep–to craft.  However, I’m really, really happy with the results.  The only picture that isn’t include is my mother-in-law’s gift.  It is a family tree that I am still working on finishing.  I wasn’t happy with pictures I had in my files.  (These pictures aren’t the best.  I so want a DSLR camera.)  So, this is what everyone received:

Chad, the football/basketball coach got a school logo painted on canvas.

Chad's Gift by you.

My dad the Nebraska football fan, received a Huskers logo painted on canvas.

Dad's Gift by you.

Mitch’s sister Melissa, received silhouettes of her boys.  Grant’s favorite color is orange, so his background had to be orange.  Blake was wearing a blue shirt in the picture I took of him, so I thought this would be a nice compliment to the orange. 

Melissa's Gift Con't by you.

Melissa's Gift by you.

Jessie received Amy Butler lounge pants in some of the softest purple fabric.  I also got her a book that I loved reading. 

Jessie's Gift by you.

Finally, Missy received kitchen towels and a matching apron.  So cute, I have to make this pattern for myself.  It’s from Amy Butler’s In Stitches

Missy's Gift by you.

We are quite fortunate to have a great college football team within 30 minutes of our home.  We aren’t huge fans, don’t have season tickets, and don’t go to games.  However, I’ll gladly stop and watch an MU game when it’s on TV. 

One of the guys Mitch works with is a pretty big fan.  He’s also got a house at the Lake and asked if I could paint a sign with the MU logo for him to hang on his property.  I thought sure, an M, a tiger head, the word “MIZZOU”, how hard could that be.  Well a 4 foot by 4 foot sheet of plywood and several moments of frustration later, this is the result. 

Go Tigers by you.

I’m really happy with the sign.  I included one of the pictures with the Tahoe so you can see just how big this sucker is.  The sign is HUGE. 

MU Sign by you.

Now, let’s hope the Tigers have as good a year as they did last year.  Go Tigers!

Since the gift has been delivered and opened, I can post this.  I painted a plate for Jeanna and Brent to commemorate their wedding day.  The state flower of Wisconsin is the violet.  I love painting this flower and I really thing the plate turned out beautiful.  The pictures do not do it justice as I couldn’t get the camera to focus.  That’s probably because I took these at 2:00 in the morning when we planned to leave just three hours later at 5:00.  The plate was still warm from the kiln.  I was going to paint some bright red poppies, but I’m happy with the last minute change of plan. 

Wedding Gift by you.

Signature by you.

Don’t get too excited because I’m not referring to us.  We have several friends with baby boys arriving in the next couple of months (one couple is at the hospital as I write).  I’m making some hand embroidered onesies and embellished burp cloths for the little ones.  Because, at least for my little one, I couldn’t have enough onesies and burp cloths.

For the embroidery I’m using patterns from Sublime Stitching and possibly some of my own.  For the burp cloths I picked up some cute blue fabrics to stitch to cloth diapers.  Here is a sample of the fabrics.  Wish me luck!

So, I’ve taken an unexpected, but necessary, blog break.  The legislative session is over.  I’m not sure if it is because this was my second session or what other reason there might be, but it seemed to fly. 

As a family, we’ve had lots of things happen, but nothing major.  I’ve signed up to run a half marathon in October with my sisters (hopefully) and some friends from work.  It’s in Kansas City, so we’re going to make a nice girls weekend out of the occasion.  We recently had Gaby’s 2nd birthday party.  This was a great party with many of our friends and family.  I’m really looking forward to this summer and fall.  We have planted a small garden, which is a satisfying feeling.  It will be nice to know some of the food we put on our plates will have been grown at home.  We are going to spend a quick weekend in Branson in June with my family.  I’m heading to New Orleans in July to attend a conference for work.  I’ve never been there, so I’m excited about this trip.  Then in September I have a cousin getting married in Wisconsin, so we’ll be traveling north for the event. 

Finally, I’m looking forward to having some time this summer for my more crafty endeavors.  I still have this nagging thought in the back of my mind that I have talents that aren’t being used by my current desk job.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like what I do now, but I just feel like I could be doing more.  So, stay tuned.  This summer, I plan on experimenting with some ideas rattling around in my head. 

Ang.

So, these are pictures of a couple of the Christmas gifts I made this year.  I think both of the recipients were pleased with their presents.  I know I’m late in getting around to posting these, but please enjoy all the same. 

I love how this Weekender Bag for my sister, Jessie, turned out.  The white trim was an unfortunate mistake, but I do think it sets off the edges nicely.  What I’m most pleased with on this bag, is the design matching I was able to achieve with the panels and pockets.  Plus, another bonus, even Mitch complemented my craftsmanship.  I really like this bag.  Now, if I can only decide on the fabric for myself. 

 

Then, here is the Frenchy Bag for Mitch’s sister Melissa.  I think this turned out really cute too.  This was a super simple pattern for a novice sewer, like myself.  I’ll make some changes with the next one I make, but I do really like the design.  Luckily, I didn’t run into any major snags with this bag.  Plus, Mitch and his friend Jeremy both complemented my work.  Now I do realize that I asked them what they thought at 11:00 one evening, after they had just spend several hours tiling our bathroom.  But, to me, a complement from Jeremy in particular is still a complement. 

Other things: I’ve been extremely sluggish on posting since the new year.  It’s not that we’ve had so much going on in our personal lives.  I’ve been really busy at work, and when I get home one of the last things I want to do is get on the computer.  However, one of my goals for 2008 is to make more time for myself, my crafting, and for sharing our lives with you. 

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