Sunday, January 31, 2010

Buddy's Day

   Roger and I have been spending so much time taking care of Ronin (our horse cut his leg up pretty bad two weeks ago), that our dog, Domino, and our Myers parrot, Buddy, were getting upset with us.  
   To make things up to Domino, yesterday we took him to run around for about 1/2 hour with three of his best doggie friends.  He was one happy (and tired) dog!!  
   This morning, Buddy was letting us know loud and clear that it was HIS turn.  We brought him outside to enjoy the sunshine and mingle with the neighbors.  Good thing we have a perfect tree for him in the front yard, complete with abandoned birds nest!  Buddy had a blast.
    Did I mention what a gorgeous January day today was?!

Today, I finally said "Goodbye"

to my Thundercats t-shirt.  *sigh* I can't count how many times I've thrown this shirt into our donation box, only to whisk it back out again! Who knows what I thought I should save it for, but it wasn't ready to let it go.

I tend to hold on to a lot of things for way too long.   I think "I might use it someday" or "it's so wasteful to throw it away".  But keeping everything makes my small house even smaller, leaving me with a cluttered and claustrophobic living space (and mind).  I don't work well in clutter.  And yet, I'm not very organized...thus, the never ending dilemma of my life.

So, as I try to turn over a new, more put-together leaf, I say  "Goodbye Thundercats t-shirt.   Hello clear Sterlite storage boxes!"


Friday, January 29, 2010

Sewing Project January Days 1 - 3: Coasters

I'm working on the first project from my Sewing Calendar (2010)


I'm not big on following directions......soOoo...I kind of made my own design. 

And here are the results!!!

Available now in my Etsy store, bloem

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sewing Calendar 2010

Sewing: 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar,  Megan Smith (Author).  Photo courtesy of Amazon

My friend, Kat, got me this Sewing Calendar 2010 for Christmas and it is full of fun sewing projects!  I'm pretty sure I don't have enough time to keep up with all the projects (it gives one project for every 3-4 days) but I'm starting up my sewing machine again and slowly getting to them. I'll be sharing my projects here as I go!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In Bloem: Love is in the Air

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

fabric banner, wall decor by bloem

  fabric banner, wall decor by bloem

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lots of Updates to My Etsy Shop!!

Tonight, I cracked down to do renovating on my Etsy store, bloemdesigns! I put up a pretty new banner (made by moi), gave myself an avatar (also made by me), and uploaded some new goods (of course, made by me also).  Here's a peek:

Little Bird Lavender Sachets by bloem

Sunday, January 10, 2010

On My Work Bench: Paper Crowns

I just finished making custom wedding invitations for my friend Karla.  They turned out great!  I should have kept one for a photo op, but somehow, I forgot.  Guess I'll have to wait til I get one in the mail!! 

Now I'm on to a new craft fetish:  paper crowns.  These handmade crowns are super cute and will be perfect for birthday parties, sweet sixteens, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers, as well as plenty of other special occasions.  Or, just for decoration.  Every glamor girl should have one of these.  Look for them in my Etsy store soon!

bloem designs, on Etsy

Winter at the Ranch

We're trudging through another winter at the ranch.  It's muddy, and FREEZING, and it gets dark too early.  Now I've found myself in a dilemma over wanting a great snowboarding season and wishing the weather would start warming up.  At least while I'm enjoying the snow season, moments like this make dragging my butt up to the ranch worth while.