I had people asking me to list the new "Charcoal Christmas" card templates individually... and today I finally got around to it. It took me faaar too long to do so, because of some sort of server error I kept getting. Fortunately I found a work around that allowed me to finish the job! :)
My favorite of the 5 has to be the typewriter card template...
but it is definitely hard to narrow it down. I am partial to each one for different reasons I guess. :)
You can find them all right here in the shop.
In other news: look at how big my baby is getting!
Almost too big for me to hold... well without putting my back out! ;) She is such a sweetie. Not nearly as high maintenance as she used to be.
I know I said that I would post a peek of the new Christmas cards that are making their way to the etsy shop, and I had planned to.... but the actual cards came in the mail early today, so I'm going to go ahead and photograph them tomorrow... then post! You'll get to see the real deal and not just my JPG files! :)
Whew! Today has been a long day and I am beat. I am chipping away at that list of mine, and trying to stay focused on one task at at ime... otherwise it can be a tad bit overwhelming!
Okay, so the shortened version of this post.... my puppy is turning into a giant, christmas card peek... tomorrow, and you can now purchase the Christmas cards in the shop... right here! :) Good night you all, or morning depending on where you might be sitting. ;)
This light snowfall was a reality check for me, and I spent a little bit of time looking online at snow boots for the girls. Trin has been wearing a pair of black snow boots that I bought at Walmart for the last couple of years. I am shocked she still fits them, and even more surprised they have held up as well as they have. Although, they didn't get much use in Prosser. We moved up here to the Methow valley last fall, and she DID wear them a LOT last winter! :) So, I'm thinking I just might justify buying her and Journey a nicer pair of snow boots this time around. Maybe a little big so she can get two winters out of them. :)
I love these Northface snow boots, but reviews say they are not waterproof even though they state that they are!
for Journey I think I have decided on these little gems.
A couple days ago I wrote up my to do list before Black Friday, and WHEW... was that overwhelming! :) I guess I probably over prepare, but I do not like stress... and try to be as stocked up as I possibly can on everything. It really does help me to have a list though. I feel so much more organized and in control. I wake up in the morning already knowing just what I want to tackle on that list!! :) Are you a list maker? Does it help or stress you out more?
I am just popping in to post the new Christmas card templates for 2013. I have them listed in my digital shop so you can take a much better peek at them there or here. ;) As always I also posted a 50% off Coupon code that applies to this set. The code is: HOLIDAY and you can use it until 11/7 :)
Completely off topic, but look what I did yesterday:
I finally painted that back wall. I am still undecided exactly what to do with it now. I'm leaning towards a birch tree type mural. Similar to what I did in the motorhome. Definitely still undecided though, I don't want them to look whimsical... more rustic and I'm not sure I can manage to do them without the whimsical effect! Will be a challenge for sure. I may make a stamp and go that route as well. In the meantime I am going to walk by and stare at it all day long, totally overthinking the whole thing. ;)
I'm not sure I ever posted about the pipe pot rack Jaydon did for me? That is the problem with instagram. I post things over there, and then can't remember what I posted here! :)
Well, I am starving... and you should take a peek at the cards here. I'm off to make lunch! ;)
We had a really great time in Seattle celebrating our 10 year anniversary! It definitely started out a little rocky though... I woke up with a little bit of a headache that morning, but it didnt get to bad... until we were about a half hour down the road. Sometimes I get migraines that make me sick to my stomach. We stopped in Wenatchee at Arby's to grab a sandwich to go. I took one bite, and knew I wasn't going to be able to eat it. My stomach just wasnt feeling very settled and the smell of the food was not doing me any favors. Jaydon was sweet enough to run back in and ask for a few extra bags. Bless his heart, I needed them about 15 mins down the road. Fortunately my timing was perfect, Jaydon took the exit ahead and pulled off at the gas station. He grabbed a couple empty sacks from the cashier... you know... just in case. We hit the road again, and I decided to sit in back so I could try to sleep the headache off. 5 minutes later those extra bags came in handy again. I was beginning to wonder if this was going to be the longest 4 hour trip in history. Fortunately I must have fell asleep because the next thing I seen was the lights of Seattle. :) I had slept off most of the headache so I was feeling a LOT better.... and was so thankful for that!
Jaydon was an excellent Chauffer... and it feels weird riding in the back seat of the car with your honey up front. We stayed at the Paramount hotel and they exceeded my expectations! The lobby was gorgeous and very cozy.
They upgraded our room to a room with a soaking tub, and a nice corner view. I had booked through another service, can't remember which one at the time, so I was getting a great deal... and the fact that they upgraded us was super nice!
The view from one of the windows...
I was starving for some reason, (hah hah) but it was late enough that we settled for "food" from the vending machine! :) Breakfast the next morning at the Dragon Fish Cafe was good. I seriously probably could have ate cardboard and enjoyed it at that point- I was starving!!! :)
After that we walked all over town, enjoyed way too many Starbuck's. Of course when they are on EVERY corner, it is hard not to endulge- no? :)
We waited in line at the original starbucks and bought a bag of the special reserve to bring back to my parents. Even though they are always SOO busy, I am super impressed with how friendly the employees are. :)
We had fun taking pictures from the sky bridge leading to Macy's.
and from the parking garage. Call us tourisits. ;)
We went into Forever 21 that was a fun experience...and I didn't buy a thing! I was really good on Saturday because Jaydon had already promised me a trip to the Renton Ikea. :) Yeah, I clearly put home decor before fashion. ;)
Also seen World Market and even though I think this particular World Market is smaller it did not dissapoint me. I've gawked at the website on numerous occasions. I was able to pick up a few things that I can use as props.
Jaydon was really excited about the Army Surplus store. I was too, until we walked in and I seen that it did not have file cabinets or other industrial goodies. Apparently the prices they had on things weren't exactly that great of a deal either.
We ate at Kell's for lunch and it was nice. They got really busy though, and we waited for quite a while before our waitress was able to take our card. I was just getting antsy at that point! :)
Walking by Cupcake Royale (we came back the next morning and bought some cupcakes to take back to my parents and the girls) on our way back to the hotel... Rei, then ikea bound!
We scored excellent parking and I was able to get some table legs for future projects... gotta love Ikea!
The next morning the sun and rain couldn't decide who was going to take the day. So we left the hotel with umbrellas, but it cleared up on the last few blocks back to the hotel. It was so pretty out! We ate breakfast at Dahlia lounge and it was SO excellent! Seriously we will definitely go back next time!
It was kind of neat to see on their menu that the produce they use in the restaraunt comes from a farm in Prosser, WA.... my hometown. :) This was pretty much the best picture I have of the two of us. The Hotel staff was nice enough to take it for us!! :)
Going to Seattle is such a different experience. It makes me realize how sheltered of a life I have lived. Growing up for the most part in small towns... definitely causes me to feel intimidated in the big cities! It does make me appreciate the peacefullness, quiet and room to breathe that I have when I come home. City life does has its advantages, but I've discovered the biggest disadvantage is the cost of having all those tempting stores so close by! ;) City life and Country life are so completely different. How does one transition to the other, I don't imagine it would be easy?
It has been 10 years since this picture (yes- an actual real developed film picture!) was taken and I drove off into the sunset with the most perfect man for me! So glad that God knew who I needed. He is my biggest supporter, knows all my flaws and shortcomings and inspires me to be a better person! Our anniversary was last Friday, which also happened to be the last weekend for hunting. I was understanding and let him go! :) THIS weekend however, we are planning to make a weekend trip to Seattle! We haven't been able to get away these last couple of years, and wasn't looking to promising this weekend either, but we are just going to make it work. 10 years should be celebrated, and I am so looking forward to it! :) My parents our keeping our kids for the weekend, so we can have actual conversations without interruptions! ;)
The last time we were able to get away for a weekend was when we celebrated our 7th year anniversary... and we went to Seattle then too! We really enjoyed ourselves and you guys were SO helpful with tips and ideas on what we should do while we were there!
So, any new suggestions? I want tro try and hit up some second hand furniture stores. We are staying a few blocks from Pikes Place Market, near West Lake center. Planning to try and walk most everywhere again. :) The last time we visited Seattle I came back SO inspired! We are both looking forward to recharging our batteries, so to speak. It has been crazy busy here these past few weeks. Jaydon took on a new job and has been studying for his CDL among other things. So, when he is home he's been needing to study and squeeze in some classes. We are looking to fall into a more consistent schedule next week- hopefully. :)
It is supposed to be sunny this weekend in Seattle right?! Wouldnt that be nice!? :)
She likes to chew on the leash as soon as she notices it. Or it could be that she is trying to train me to walk on a leash.
That was Monday. Yesterday she had learned to ignore or tolerate the leash a little more. :)
She sure is a sweetie, but she is also a lot of work! Because I work from home I can run outside and play with her off and on throughout the day. She sleeps in her crate outside and does REALLY well. Most of the time I go out to tell her goodnight and she is already in there waiting to be tucked in. :)
The cats tolerate her pretty well. Willow tolerates her more than I think she should, Oakley plays a little rough with them. Talon puts her in her place... I think he has become quite jealous. He (the flame point colored siamese) always seemed more like a dog than a cat... following you around outside and "talking" a mile a minute. Trying anything for attention. He has made it kind of hard to train Oakley without distractions. BUT, even at that Oakley is doing so good! I still don't know everything or even 1/4 of what there is to know about clicker training, but with the youtube videos I have seen, I've been able to teach Oakley to "hi-five" and to "leave it." Sit came pretty natural without the clicker, so she does do that too.
She LOVES munching on grass, or pulling it. I think it is just a puppy curiousity thing for her to do. It is so cute to watch her hi-five and anticipate her reward treat. I need to get it on video! Because she is a puppy her attention span is pretty short, so we keep our play/treat time pretty short.
She is kind of a spoiled little baby. :)
Hi guys! Last Friday I finished up the new Succulent themed Science Poster. I actually finished it, printed, then assembled and took pictures of it only to realize that I had forgot to add the numbers to each element! Whoops... So, I added the numbers in photoshop, and repeated the process. :)
:) You guys know I've been working on this for awhile, and it feels really nice to have it finished. My main struggle was the colors, trying to keep it true to Succulent coloring but also true to the Science Poster series... finally felt like I got it right!
We had a busy weekend! Went to Spokane and Couer d'alene ID to pick up a 4 wheeler snow plow combo, and also a puppy! I've been searching craigslist, and petfinder for WEEKS. Reading up on all the rescues and shelters in the area. Most of the animals would be gone before I could get there. I guess that is a good thing? Part of the problem is the fact that we live so far from any magor cities/towns, which limited us to picking up a dog on a Saturday or Sunday. I'll go more into that story in a separate post... but I have to sneek a picture of her into this post...
Okay, maybe three. :)
I am looking forward to seeing her ears start to flop. German Shepherd ears go through so many stages on their way up. :) It will also be neat to see just how much her coloring changes. I hear that the black starts to "shrink" revealing more tan in most cases. I think she is adorable as is, and wouldnt mind NO change... but it will be interesting to watch. :) She has been doing VERY good, but has demanded quite a bit of attention during the transition phase for her. I've been spending quite a bit of time with her outside... she has already almost learned to sit and stay... which has helped me take better pictures of her. The first few days she was always right under my feet. :)
She had a long car ride home- 3.5 hours, and so we had some really good bonding time- me and her. :) I've been reading up on clicker training and my clicker is supposed to come in today! She already has pretty good manners for a puppy, but I'm excited to play with her some more. :) Any of you guys tried the Clicker Training method?
Hi!! It has been kind of quiet around here, huh? I was doing really good on my posting, and then all of a sudden... BAM... nothing. Well, I've been staying really busy... so that is the excuse I'm claiming. Busy with family, and I'm also trying to stock up on sanded, and cut wood for the science posters. I was sanding up a storm last week. I had enough for 200 posters sanded, and then Jaydon cut them all for me. I have over a 100 more I need to sand and cut.
Really, I'm just trying to avoid needing to run a sander during the cold winter months. We still do not have a shop set-up here, so working outside in this really beautiful weather has been a plus! I can always stain them indoors, so I'm focusing on getting the outside prep work done! :) I'm so happy that the Science posters have been well loved. I was keeping about 2 of every style in stock and ready for fairly quick shipping... but I've been struggling to have one of each style ready! :) Mainly because print sales have also picked up... so I am spending more time just printing, packaging and shipping... but I am not complaining, at all! :) I am appreciative of all my customers.
I've picked up some really amazing wholesale accounts these past few months, and that is also keeping me pretty busy. Someday I would love to compile a list of their locations... someday! :)
I have been so inspired to work on new art. I have a list of ideas for future prints, and I am excited to start tackling them. I'm currently working on a new science poster... this one features Succulents. :)
A quote! I actually have a new quote up this morning... I am kind of shocked, so I imagine you must be REALLY shocked. :)
Friday Journey started Kindergarten... she was super excited so that helped me... ALOT. The Okanogan County Fair was also going on, and Cascade Mechanical (the company my husband works for) had a booth there. Jaydon was supposed to watch the booth that day, so I just rode up with him and spent part of the morning visiting with him. I was able to play around with the markers and write on the dry erase board... that was fun.
It really helped take my mind off of Journey being at school. I caught a ride back with a friend (she also has a daughter in Kindergarten this year) before school got out and picked up my school girls. :) The first day went great, she was dissapointed she couldnt go back the next morning, but it was Saturday... so she was just out of luck. :)
In other news I happy to report that I now like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I've tried every year, and never could enjoy them.... I guess they never seemed sweet enough for me. Well, yesterday we were in town with a good friend of ours (the girls LOVE her, and call her Aunt Laura) and she convinced me to give them another try... so glad she did! :)
I'm thinking I could really use one right about now. :) On the way back we stopped at this viewpoint right outside of Brewster, Laura grabbed this picture of us on my cell phone. :)
This next one kinda melts me. I've noticed these past few days that Journey and Trinity seem to be closer than ever. I think Journey starting school has really had a hand in that. Trinity is such a good big sister, and seems to be taking the responsibilty of looking out for her little sister, very seriously. :)
It was soo gorgeous out yesterday evening!
How was your weekend?