New Foodie Favorite January 22, 2011 Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel has to be one of my new favorite foodie shows. I kind of love Debi Mazar anyway, such amazing style, so watching her cook with her husband at their house in LA is greatness. They’re kind of hilarious but serious about food which is also greatness. I mean they built a pizza oven in their backyard (new summer project for hubby?!) incorporating tiles from Italy. Also, the food looked amazing. Speaking of food, I’m to a lunch date with the hubby. Blah January 20, 2011 (image wikipedia) This has been the kind of week I’ve had, also, I love to work in the Greek myths when I can just to make sure all the schooling hasn’t gone to waste. Seriously, I can not wait for the weekend and some random fun. Also, I’m beating myself up for not going running tonight even if I have made it to the gym 3 days in a row and want nothing more than to snuggle into bed and sleep for a day but instead came home and worked for a few hours. The good parts of the week are that I’ve got 3 pieces almost ready for additions to the etsy shop and all the Christmas stuff should be cleared out of the garage so I can get back to my soldering and torch area. Jewelry fun goodness will ensue! I’m also thinking about redoing some of the garage/workshop space so it’s more inspirational and studio like. I think it can take my mind of the 110 heat while holding a soldering iron in July. Well, it will be inspiring at least. I am showing restraint and not adding whining as a tag and appreciate you guys letting me just wallow for an entire post. Now, I’m definitely heading to bed. The puppies have the right idea. Snow! January 15, 2011 We had all kinds of fun playing in the snow last weekend and it’s actually been cold enough all week that it hasn’t all melted. Seriously, I was in winter heaven. I don’t think we’re getting more snow but cold and rain work as a back up for a long weekend of cooking, playing in the studio and a little football in front of a fire. Sublime Gift from Suzanne January 13, 2011 My friend Suzanne and I love the patterns from Sublime Stitching but I had no idea she had spent a large chunk of time becoming an embroidery whiz! I found out when I opened my Christmas gift to see this beauty. She even made the scarf! I love it and now with the cold temps it’s perfect for bundling up and snuggling. Also, the pink and the image are beyond awesome. Seriously, thoughtful homemade gifts rock! New Friends January 12, 2011 One of the reasons I love living out in the suburbs (ignoring the commuting issues for the moment) is because it reminds me of growing up in a small town with lots of naturey goodness everywhere. Even though we’re only 20 or so miles from Dallas proper (urban sprawl actually has major shopping in about 5 minutes) we still have lots of small town charm. These guys are one of my favorites. One of our routes home takes us by a large plot of land with a barn and an older house where these cuties live. The hubby noticed a new addition and took my to see him/her last weekend. They ran right up to the fence and I wished I had snacks for them. Next time I’m thinking of sneaking some apples. They were super sweet and the little guy was ready to play but a slightly camera shy. Clog Obsession January 8, 2011 Yeah, it’s not every day that you type out that headline! But, I have in fact been obsessing about clogs lately. I wanted to find some that were comfortable and didn’t look like I might start taking up weaving (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I also didn’t want to spend a large amount of money. Surfing around I found these. Turns out they are surprisingly comfortable! Super excited about the purchase but the husband informed me that he could hear me coming with the first step. Note to self to remove shoes in case of any super sleuthing that may come up. Works in Progress January 5, 2011 I snapped a few pics of my current works in progress scattered around my desk. They are so clear and crisp because I was too lazy to get the good camera and just used my phone. 🙂 This one is going to be put under glass as a new shrine. I just decided on a few more finishing touches then it’s glass cutting and soldering to finish. These are a couple of new boxes that I think will need the addition of vintage paper, a few more layers of paint and charcoal as well as a doll head with a rhinestone necklace. Then two new recipe holders will be ready for the etsy shop. I’m hoping to get several pieces done each week and restock the etsy shelves. It’s easy to have high hopes on January 4th! Time for a New Year January 1, 2011 Hope your year is filled with love, laughter, and tasty goodness! Happy New Year!