February 23, 2010

Spent money I didn't have...it was so worth it!

This winter has lasted too long, and for months I have kept myself inside too much. When I am not working I like to just stay at home and keep myself as cozy as possible, wrapped in blankets and sipping hot chocolate.

Staying put at home has been productive--some of the time. This also has meant spending much time in front of the computer unnecessarily, and thus my creative juices have not been put to good use.

Yesterday and today I forced myself to get out of the house. I went to the Fremont Mall last night. It was a compete bust, but it was nice to get out and about. This afternoon, Ben and I went to the Goodwill in town for the first time together.

As we pulled into the parking lot, I reminded him that I bought our breadbox there last year. When he realized I paid only four dollars for it, he warned me, "Okay, this might be like the Dollar Tree all over again."

His first visit to the Dollar Tree is a whole different story, but let's just say that he is addicted to the place and is a regular shopper.

My intent was to find a suit jacket or two for work. While I did not meet my goal, I left fully satisfied. I found a treasure trove of dishes, and bought two different teacups; I purchased matching saucers and plates too. What a steal! I am so excited to add them to my collection. It was a successful trip for Ben, too. He was not as impressed with the store as he anticipated--until we reached the exit and he found 6 books he just had to have.

Hopefully tomorrow I will add pictures of the teacups. As soon as I saw them, I was inspired. Maybe I still have a little bit of Betty Crocker in me yet.

February 22, 2010

I love my job!

I love my freelance work, and in particular I have been spending much time designing pieces for my good friend Rachel's upcoming wedding. I was ecstatic to have the creative control over everything that needed printing; this includes the engagement announcements, wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations, programs, and anything else she could think of :)

Together, the MOH and I developed the theme for the bridal shower: a coffee date. I had a blast poring over coffee websites and Starbucks paper products for inspiration. We were very pleased with the invitations, printed through Vistaprint because of the decent price and quality necessary for the event.

February 20, 2010

Look at the BABY!

I love learning to photograph babies. They aren't self-conscious, so they make the best subjects.

Yes, we fit a giant tree in our tiny house

I definitely got the itch for Christmas crafts in November. My friend Amber and I went to a session at a local floral shop for tree decorating. We went just for kicks, to get out of the house and do something free, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. We spent the following days/weeks perfecting our trees. We started by getting some initial decorating supplies, then ended up shopping after Christmas for clearance items for the next year.

Thank you, Martha!

I needed a creative way to give a monetary gift for a wedding; a regular card was not going to cut it. I found on Martha Stewart's site several ideas for presenting gift cards or cash. It took longer than I expected, and of course I waited until the night before the wedding...but it worked! And it was a very relaxing craft.

Too Betty Crocker-ish

I am in the midst of quite a few projects, including: searching for a job in Lincoln, looking for place to live, helping out with a good friend's wedding (including design work); and I have some freelance on the side, as well as a list of projects I want to get started on soon.

My photography and personal projects have kind of gone by the wayside lately, so this is an effort to get back into a more creative groove for my own sake--not just for a portfolio.

I tease that my husband initially did not want to date me because I was "too Betty Crocker-ish." He based this on our first brief meetings, when I was decorating and scrapbooking in my dorm room. Ironically, he really does do most of the cooking in our home, but the phrase has still stuck.

The days available to spreading out my supplies and working for hours at a time on a project are limited anymore, and I realize how much I have missed those days.

I need to get back to my childhood love for paper crafts, cards, design, etc...and get into better practice of also documenting my work that isn't already saved in digital form, as my graphic design work is. Here's to a new start at creativity!