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I’m Back!

Well – THAT was a long weekend! Thanks goodness my husband can mess around with the guts of a computer, and understands things like updating the bios of the motherboard (mine was like 8 versions behind!) For the cost of $100, plus a lot of hours, I’ve got a new, “green”, 1 Terabyte hard drive, and a squeaky clean install of vista and all my programs that I actually use. Although I was able to monitor email and keep a light finger on the Twitter stream, I’ve felt like my right arm was cut off!

Good news – I’ve now got a backlog of stuff to post about!

Bad news – no time to blog! 7 days and counting til school starts!

So, I’ve gotta start by taking a look at my to-do list. I’ve got a due date of Sept 7 on a bunch of things because that’s my last day of freedom!

Item Date Due % Done
Tote & clutch for Co 8/5/09 100%
Laptop bag for Liz 8/31/09 100%
Laptop bag for Mary 8/31/09 0%
RAA Newsletter 8/12/09 100%
Prototype Organic Onesie 8/31/09 100%
Test Dye Recycled Totes 8/31/09 100%
Add Journals to Cosa Verde Front 8/10/09 100%
Send 2 shout outs to blogs 8/31/09 100%
3-d Birdhouses 8/31/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 8/31/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 8/31/09 40%
4 Baby Quilts 8/31/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 8/31/09 0%
Find Organic fabric wholesale source, test if affordable 7/31/09 100%
Photograph Scarves for website 7/31/09 60%
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 0%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 0%
Photo Articles for Craft Nouveau 8/21/09 100%
Artists for a Cause Postcard 8/31/09 100%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 10%
New pillows/slipcovers for FR 8/31/09 100%

The color code: green is added during the month, red is a MUST FINISH!

Well, I actually got lots done! WooHoo! The business aspect I’m most proud of is the new blog contacts – I got lots more blog mentions than I set out to, and I’ve got a 2 part series on photography written and being edited by the folks at Craft Nouveau.

I also spent a little time on another home dec project – new pillows & simple slipcovers for the family room. “Candy!” you yell… “What are you doing DECORATING when you have so much other stuff to do!” 😉 Well, as I discovered earlier in the summer, an area of my house that is dirty or REALLY cluttered weighs me down, and sometimes it’s better to stop and fix it – and really clears the way for me get going through the to-do list. A combination of a sale on fabric at J Caroline and having to reinstall lots of software left me with some nice home dec fabric and a need to do simple sewing (pillows) while loading stuff onto my computer – so I got to make my family room look a little cleaner & brighter (pix in the to be blogged queue!) And now have lots of energy to make a big push on the list!

Now I need to throttle back and focus on getting the dayjob under control and focus my business efforts on getting ready for the Fall show season!

Item Date Due % Done
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 0%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 0%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 10%
Laptop bag for Mary 9/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 9/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 9/30/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 9/30/09 40%
4 Baby Quilts 9/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 9/30/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website 7/31/09 60%
Order Scarves 9/15/09 0%
Design/order business cards 9/15/09 0%
Design/order banner 9/15/09 0%
Website?? 9/30/09 ?
RAA Newsletter 9/7/09 0%
Looking Ahead for Shows:    
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 40%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 40%
Small quArt 10/15/09 40%
Simple Totes 10/15/09 0%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 0%

And, some fun pix of some cute little buttons I’ve received from Ecojotter, on my neat little simple tote I made last week:Organic-PFD-test_0020 Organic-PFD-test_0023 Organic-PFD-test_0024 Organic-PFD-test_0025 Organic-PFD-test_0026

Sorry a couple are blurry – but I’m SO GLAD TO BE BACK!

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18 years ago, the last Saturday in June, my husband & I had our first official “date” – he cooked me dinner and we talked until…early in the morning.

52 weeks later we were married. Lots of rain, a huge tent in the yard of my Mom & Step-Dad to be, good music, pretty flowers, awesome food, an incredible day. I wish we’d had digital camers back then. For now, a quick couple of shots from my album (literally, I photographed the pics).

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Until Andrew, a certain part of my energy was always spent wishing I had someone just like him. Now that I do, I can direct all that energy into living…

Raising these two (whoops – 3!) munchkins:

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And of course, all that I talk about on this here blog!

Often times, paying attention to him when he’s and the end of another long day doesn’t happen…but it’s only because of him that I can be so happy and full of energy to pursue all that I do.

Happy Anniversary Honey!

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My Luck continues! A post Jan over at Scoutie Girl wrote yesterday alerted me to a fabulous new blog: Going Home to Roost. It’s a blog about (quoting Bonnie, the owner of this particular home):

going home to roost is dedicated to a simpler way of life and focuses on handmade style and design. it features talented artisans, designers & eco indieprenuers. it also includes some handmade how-to’s, recipes and whole-living tips to boot.  it’s purpose is to provide daily inspiration and to allow its readers to feed their creative mind!”

Well, she had me at her tagline – “simply handmade an homegrown”. She has absolutely brilliant photos, and just look at these (on sale in her Etsy shop)

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Birds + Apples = what could be wrong? AND, I've got a clothesline piece in my mind...

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mmm...woolfelt...delicious in both texture & color

Lovely! AND, she was having a little contest offering a free month of advertising on her blog – and I WON! WooHoo!

Thanks Bonnie! (And thanks Jan for posting!)

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I have won ANOTHER giveaway! From a company that I find inspirational: Ecojot is a Canadian company makes 100% post-consumer recycled paper products. So, they are BEAUTIFUL as well as very Earth Friendly!

I was first drawn to their stuff by seeing Carolyn Gavin’s art somewhere on the internet. Her cartoony style, combined with awesome color combinations are right up my alley! Her blog is full of inspirational eye candy!

The contest was sponsored by “Ecojotter”, an “Eco-Enthusiast” who has a blog devoted to all things Ecojot.

What did I win? Feast your eyes on these:

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A perpetual agenda, along with 2 sweet little notebooks. I’ve also been looking around my area to see if any local stores carry this line, and lo & behold, my local Barnes & Noble does, so I had to but that cute medium notebook to complete my collection!

One of the new things I’d like to make is a journal cover, very similar to my notetakers, but holding a spiral bound notebook instead of the tear off pad. One of the issues that I’ve been fussing over with this idea is what notebook to put inside…well, I think I’ve solved that problem:

These fit the bill perfectly…Eco-sound sketchbooks, with a nice stiff cover, begging to be part of a little Candied Fabrics Art. It’s a little scary contemplating ordering a bunch of these wholesale, without any idea if they would sell. What do you think?

Eco-jotter is hosting a little contest over on Flickr, asking folks to photograph their Ecojots in action, so as I’m using my new agenda to plan our Yellowstone vacation, I thought it would be a great shot:

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The contest is decided by the number of stars and comments a particular photo gets, so if you’d like to go vote for mine…well that would be awesome!

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