Archive for July, 2009

July Goals Meetup

Item Date Due % Done
AFC Postcard 7/31/09 95%
Tote for Co 7/31/09 30%
Laptop bag for Liz 7/31/09 30%
Laptop bag for Mary 7/31/09 0%
Website – handoff to Mary ?? 100%
2 Baby Quilts 7/31/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 7/31/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 7/31/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 7/31/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 7/31/09 0%
Make replacement blankie & send 7/30/09 100%
Prototype Organic Onesie 7/31/09 50%
Request Recycled Totes to test 7/31/09 100%
Find Organic fabric wholesale source 7/31/09 75%
Photograph & list Going Green Journals on Etsy 7/31/09 100%
Send one shout out to blog in hopes of being blogged 7/31/09 100%

Well, even with the list shortened because of that darn vacation I didn’t get a bunch of my goals complete. BUT, I did do a lot of other business stuff – so to make myself better I added those new things to the list in green, just so I could cross them off!

I did get an idea for a new baby item I wouldn’t mind making some to sell after quick dyeing a replacement blankie for a lost one. I’ve also been meaning to try to find affordable organic or recycled sources for my PFD fabric, after being so excited making journal covers for 100% recycled paper journals. I even sent off a “look at me” note to a popular blog, and (fingers crossed) I’ll get a mention on their blog next week. So, I think overall I DID get some business stuff done this month! WooHoo!

Okay, so my last month of freedom, (wail – summer vacation – it’s halfway OVER!) I truly want to get a lot of stuff done, so this Fall I can concentrate on the making aspect of my little business in dribs and drabs, and not worry about big items like finding new sources of fabric, etc… Thus, the list for August:

Item Date Due % Done
Tote & clutch for Co 8/5/09 30%
Laptop bag for Liz 8/31/09 30%
Laptop bag for Mary 8/31/09 0%
RAA Newsletter 8/12/09 0%
2 Baby Quilts 8/31/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 8/31/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 8/31/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 8/31/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 8/31/09 0%
Prototype Organic Onesie 8/31/09 50%
Test Dye Recycled Totes 8/31/09 0%
Find Organic fabric wholesale source, test if affordable 7/31/09 75%
Add Journals to Cosa Verde Front 8/10/09 0%
Send 2 shout outs to blogs 8/31/09 0%

And because NO post is complete without a picture, here are my guys at the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone Grand Canyon – see, we DID have fun!


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So, not only did a few of you just LOVE the photo of Ciana, my friend Julie’s baby who is wearing her recent gift from me, it turns out that sometimes these tie dye baby gifts turn out to be loved for years! 7 years ago my friend Rachel had a girl, Miriam, and I sent out some tie dye. I had a message from her just a couple of weeks ago that her younger daughter Natanya, who is 4, ended up selecting Miriam’s flannel receiving blanket I had sent out years ago as THE BLANKIE! And…THE BLANKIE had been lost – could I make another?

Well, OF COURSE! It’s nice to know the gifts we make with our hands are appreciated, and if they are THE comfort item, well then, they MUST be replaced. Anyway, here are 2 differnt flannel blankies I made, I hope one of them is close enough for Natanya to accept as a substitute!


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After posting these pix, I see that I have serendipitously placed the pix so you can see that the 2 blankies were dyed in the same tub – neat!

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I love babies in Tie Dye!

Don’t you? Here’s a picture of baby Ciana, the daughter of my old college pal Julie in tie dye I made for her – isn’t she a happy baby? And I see that she’s lying on the quilt Julie’s sister made for her to take to college (GULP!) can it be 26 YEARS ago she and I started college. My GOD how time flies! Yikes!

Ciana in her tie-dye from Candy

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Well, I’m just about back to normal. All the laundry is done, the house is (relatively) clean, and I finally got all my journals listed on Etsy! Even though I had taken nice shots of the front & back of each notebook with my fancy new lighting setup, I still had to take shots of the insides, as well as these cool (at least I think they’re cool) “still life” photos: Warm-Mini-Doodle-Tan-Spine5

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I also listed the 5 convertible clutches I made awhile back:


Now, with the bags, I’ve been listing them as a group, with a labeled photo to indicate the name of each item, and then when I sell one, I just change the text in the listing to indicate which are still for sale. Although I could have done that for the journals (all the warm color mini doodles in one listing, all the cool planners in another, etc…), I’m still not sure which way makes the one-of-a-kind, unique-and-not-to-be-repeated-ness of what I do more apparent. I know I’d love your opinion, dear blog reader!

Ultimately, I’m designing my own website so I can have more control over how things look when they’re for sale, and hopefully more closely illustrate my process to a prospective buyer, but I’ll probably always have an Etsy shop as well, populated with just some of what I do.

Anyway, speaking of the website, I’m going to work a little on that today, then take a look at my July list and see if I can get anything done on it!

Rest assured, you’ll be seeing Yellowstone pictures off & on for weeks!

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Return from Yellowstone

Hello little blog-o-sphere, I’ve missed you! We’ve returned from a very long vacation: Visits with family in Sandpoint , ID and Missoula, MT with family, then 8 nights of camping in Yellowstone National Park. 3500 miles of driving. 8 nights in a tent – luckily the air mattress didn’t pop, but it gets COLD at nighttime up there…which is fine, until you contemplate going to the bathroom.

I saw some amazing things and took 6.5 GB of pictures. I’ll be a long time processing the pix, and I’ll be sure to show you some of the best, but it’s going to be a slow process. It took me a couple of days to work my way through the mountain of laundry, and recover from sheer exhaustion, because although this vacation was fun, and FULL of awesome visual stimulation, it was in NO WAY restful for me. My hubby caught many fish, Liam was happy 95% of the time:


and Logan was happy 80% of the time,Mammoth_0506

so it was a great vacation.

Today I thought I’d share some of the pix of wild life I took. I’m lucky to have a decent zoom lens, so these close-up pix were taken from a safe distance away. I can’t believe how many people ignore the rules about staying far away from the animals…2 people have already been gored by bison this summer alone!

We had many chances to catch a glimpse of an elk from afar:

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but on our last day, we came around the corner of a walking trail and who did we come upon but a young elk loving some big fat juicy leaves:

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This is as close as WE got to any large wildlife, and it made us a bit nervous, but not overly so, because of the fence and the age of the elk.

We did see one grizzly bear on this trip, and this one was well photographed…there were 50 cars backed up in both directions because this guy was digging for grubs on a hill right next to the road. There were 3 rangers there directing traffic, and doing there best to keep the people who had stopped their cars and walked back to see more (what are they THINKING!?!) I had plenty of time to snap 30-30 pix out the window, and move along! People, this is a GRIZZLY bear, not YOGI bear!



Most amazing of all is how cavalier some people are bison. You always know when there are some bison or elk around, because you’ll see the “bison-jam” – here’s a small one:


One the western park of the park, we mostly saw random single bison (probably 1-2/day)


However in the Hayden Valley on the Eastern side of the park, we came across a HUGE herd of them, this is just a portion of it:



We had a couple of experiences of Bison vs. civilization too. This group decided that the path from Old Faithful to Daisy was the perfect place to hang out. Here, there was a ranger keeping people back at a safe-ish distance, and answering questions.


The most bizarre was to come out of the Old Faithful area “general store” to see this guy at the tree next to the gas pumps:

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Remember, I’m using a TELEPHOTO lens…please note the idiot biker in the background, he was later joined by another friend, they stood within 5 feet of this guy. Although ultimately, adults are completely within their rights to be idiots, one park employee told me about 2 different instances of small kids being injured by bison because of their parent 1) making them stand close or 2) putting them ON TOP of the bison! One day we came around a curve in the road and were able to slow down for 2 kids crossing the road to meet their Dad who was beckoning them…as we finished the curve, we saw that there was a bison literally 5 feet away he wanted to take a picture of. Yes, there was a fence, but the fence is only a couple of pieces of wood, and if the bison charged, they all could have run from the bison into the road to be struck by a car. ARGH!

Here endeth my lecture on keeping a distance from wildlife.

And, now, I’ve got some making to do!

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Idaho Report!

We had a great visit with family in Sandpoint, Id.


My Stepsister Pam lives there, with her awesome hubby Tommy, and her cutie-patootie son Max! Looking through my pix for this post, I realize I don’t have a picture of my Mom & Stepdad, who also were visiting Sandpoint! Oh, well!

I had a little trunk show, that a bunch of her friends who work at the Coldwater Creek main office came to. Believe it or not, all this stuff fit in 1 and a half Rubbermaid totes!

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Showing off my journals for the 1st time:DSC_0007 blog 

Pam & Me!


Me and the boys – Logan needs to learn to stand still for a picture!

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Of course, I forgot to take pix during the event, but a lot of fun was had by all!

Liam spent each day fishing with my husband in the nearby streams. Logan, Max & I got a short visit to the beach at Lake Pend Oreille.

Tommy & Max (Hold your horses ladies, he’s happily married to my stepsister!)DSC_0142 blog

Logan having fun:

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Max is NOT so sure about the beach!

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We then got to visit with even more family, we spent the evening with Andrew’s sister & brother-in-law in Missoula, where I finally have normal speed internet.

But NOW…it’s off to Yellowstone, land of NO INTERNET! Wish me luck! AAAHHH – 8 days without blogging, reading blogs, twittering…whatever will I do???

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Greetings from Idaho! We drove 1400 miles in 3 days, and we’ve got a fun filled couple of days ahead of us in Idaho with family! While the men of my family are off getting fishing licenses I thought I’d check in with my goals for June:

Item Date Due % Done
RAA newsletter 6/8/09 100%
30 Going Green Journal Covers 7/4/09 100%
Little Wallets 6/30/09 20%
4 warm clutches 6/30/09 100%
Dye scarves(24) 7/5/09 100%
Tote for Co 6/30/09 0%
Laptop bag for Mary 6/30/09 0%
AFHS Application Due 6/30/09 100%
WEBSITE! ?? 15%
Camera Bag for Liam 6/30/09 100%
2 Baby Quilts 6/30/09 0%
5 cool clutches 6/30/09 0%
Laptop bag for Liz 6/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 7/3/09 0%
Cool Colors quArt 6/30/09 0%
Laptop bag for Liz 6/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 6/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 6/30/09 0%
Art Book for Sue B. call 6/30/09 100%

This month’s plans took a back seat to decorating, and then a big left-hand turn when I got a bee in my bonnet to place a big wholesale order for the 100% post-consumer recycled paper Eco-Jotters. I ended up making 30 awesome journal covers in time to pack in my trunk for the trunk show I’m doing tomorrow here. So that one little line on my to do list turned into a much bigger project, distracting me from other things on the list, but I’m really happy with what I made, so it’s all good! I also got into a nice little groove with the boys, where each morning from 10-noon, they played in the pool while I was dyeing on the patio. I going to keep this up when we return, as it’s perfect weather for dyeing, and they need to be out playing before it gets too hot. I’m going to try to dye smarter and dye a LOT of scarves in the summer months (and more fabric too) so I have less dyeing to do during the cooler months. Duh! it’s the “make hay while the sun shines” thing!

This month’s list will be really short, as the bulk of my time will be spent in Yellowstone, hopefully getting recharged and reinvigorated! I already had some awesome inspiration from some lichen growing around the campsite we spent a night in in McCall, Idaho:

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The boys are having great fun tromping around in the wild:blog Payette Lake18 Logan was really taken by this rock he found:

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So, here’s what i hope to get done in July when I return from vacation:

Item Date Due % Done
AFC Postcard 7/31/09 10%
Tote for Co 7/31/09 0%
Laptop bag for Mary 7/31/09 0%
Laptop bag for Liz 7/31/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 7/31/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 7/31/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 7/31/09 0%
2 Baby Quilts 7/31/09 0%
WEBSITE! ?? 15%
Dye lots of scarves 0%
Dye Fabric 0%

I’ll miss my studio, but hopefully I’ll find more beautiful things to inspire me:

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   Going Green Journals Cool Stack copyGoing Green Journals Warm Stack copy

Yes! This is stacks and stacks of new “Going Green Journal Covers!” Finished JUST IN TIME to pack up and take to Idaho, for my 1st out-of state trunk show! How many altogether? 30!, 15 in a warm set of colors and 15 in a cool set. If I ever tell you again that I’m going to make 30 of something all together, all at once – SLAP ME up the side of the HEAD! Seriously, it’s easier to do the same step over & over again – but when you’re doing that step 30 times, it goes quite slowly. SO, when you’re trying to keep some out of school boys occupied, attend and photograph several important concerts, and get ready for a camping vacation – it’s a bit UNNERVING!

Anyway, here’s a few more photos (do you like the name of this line?)


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Going Green Journals Cool Birds copyGoing Green Journals Warm Fan copyGoing Green Journals Warm Birds copy  Going Green Journals Warm Flowers copy 

And more will be up in the Flickr site group.

And now – we’re off to Idaho and Yellowstone. I SHOULD have some connectivity in Idaho, so I hope I can pop in up there, but then – HORRORS – no internet for – over a WEEK!!!??? Help! Wish me luck!

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I know this doesn’t look like much, but this is all the fabric pieces, properly cut, fused to interfacing (the outside pieces get interfacing & batting) for 30 new journal covers (still need name!). It’s the WORST part of making, and the more I make at a time, the longer it takes! AAAHHH! Lets see how much I can get done today!

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Lots of Pieces 2 copy

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