Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Some pictures of the winter wonderland outside. I have to be honest, I didn't even go outside to take these pictures. It's just too cold and too snowy. haha Chris took these pictures on his lunch break.

I was thinking about going to get groceries until Chris came inside and showed me these pictures of my car.

Notice how the snow has almost gone up over the wheels? Good times.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Dave's Birthday

December 19th was Dave's birthday. Chris and I headed back to Scotia on Thursday and stayed until Wednesday. Here's some pictures of the celebration.

Opening presents and funny cards from all the kids.

Paul and Kara resting up before heading out to their sweater party.

Marena plays it cool behind her laptop.

Mike, ever the animal-lover, carries around Shay, Paul and Kara's boxer.
All dressed up ... and a little scary. (I love Kara in the background of this picture).

Okay ... really scary. haha
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Two Blue Walls

Chris and I no longer live in a plain, white-walled apartment. Yay! I picked out a gorgeous light blue color to paint the main wall of our living room and the small wall in our entry way. It looks great in here. In my opinion, a little color on the walls can perk up any room and really improve the atmosphere in there. It's a very calming blue.

Thanks to the hooks my mom sent me, I was able to hang the shelf/coat rack Chris and I picked out at Michaels. We bought it unfinished, so I painted and decoupaged it. Turns out it's a great place to display our growing collection of Christmas cards. :-) It's also so nice not to have to hang our coats over the dining room chairs and clutter that area up even more than it already is.


Because I haven't put up any of my crazy cat lady picks in a little while ...

Oreo sure is one chill cat. I think I'd trade lives with him any day. Nothing he has to do but eat and sleep. And when he feels so inclined, he gets to lay on our laps and get pet.

In the first picture, Oreo makes the hike up to the top of a folded up comforter. Exhausted, he decides it's time for a rest.

After the cat nap, Oreo plays with his mouse. Later, he naps again. Then he eats. Then he naps. And so on.

His evenings seem to be the only time he gets a little exercise. This is the time when Chris chases him around the apartment. Oreo's only defense against this is to just play dead, as you seen the picture to the right.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Life = ahhhhhh

Such Creative Whimsy finally has a pretty graphic on our shop's site on Etsy.com. It's just something I made from a picture I took in Jamaica, but at least it's something nice to look at on the site. Only one item for sale in our shop still ... but that'll change soon enough.

Been busy lately trying to get my car officially registered for NY, getting new insurance, figuring out a direction in life, and so on. Basically, I'm discovering that the transition to becoming an adult is hard.

Also, I'm realizing that not taking a GRE at the end of my undergraduate career was a mistake. I recently decided that I'd like to apply to grad school, but I have no test scores to submit. This means that for the next few weeks, I'm going to have to cram like crazy so I can take it and submit my scores before the grad school application deadlines. Fun stuff, right? The lesson here, kids: plan ahead. Cover your bases from the get go.

Oh! I forgot to mention this great online boutique I found. It's called Lavender Hill Studio . If you're looking for awesome mosaic works, this is the place to look. The artist is awesome.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Our new tv

Our new flat screen tv finally arrived! It's funny how things never look that big in the store, and then when you get them into your small-to-moderate-sized apartment, you realize that you just purchased a very, very large product. lol It's actually much larger than these pictures seem to make it appear.

But no matter. This thing is awesome!

Such Creative Whimsy

Well, the shop is more or less up. We found this wonderful website called Etsy (www.etsy.com) that is a vendor for buying and selling handmade goods. There are so many original items and interesting artwork up there, we knew this would be a good fit for us for a while.

You can view our shop at http://www.suchcreativewhimsy.etsy.com. It's still under construction, but I'm hoping to have it looking great by the end of the week. And hopefully we'll have a few more of our items up there soon too. All things to come.

You can also fing a little widget on the sidebar of this blog displaying the one item we have up so far. :-) I hope you all enjoy. Go there in a few days to see the fun graphics I come up with to go on the shop page.
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Adventures at a Christmas Tree Farm

This past weekend, Chris and I headed up to Hannibal to Beckwith's Christmas Tree Farm. We rode on a wagon pulled by a big red tractor out to the trees, actually crossing over a river ... (over the river and through the woods ...)

Chris and I scoured the farm and picked out the perfect tree. ... Well, it was a little big, but Chris took care of that problem when he cut it down with his trusty hand saw.
They had this neat machine that wrapped the tree up for us so we could take it home.
Our pretty Christmas tree skirt.
The finished product. It'd have to say this is my best first Christmas tree ever. :-)
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Double Wedding Reception

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, my brother and new sister-in law had their wedding reception back in Michigan. The fun part was that it was a joint reception with her sister and sister's new husband. Basically, this was one big reception. lol It was a great night, though. Everyone had a lot of fun and the whole thing went just as smoothly as a "regular" reception. haha

Pictured above from left to right: My brother Adam, his wife Andrea, her sister Emily, and Emily's husband Nick.
Since I was "off-duty" as photographer for the night, all pics here are courtesy of my dad. :-) My only responsibility was to give the toast for Adam and Andrea. I cried through the entire thing. lol Everyone said "good job" to me, but I'm not sure they could even understand what I was saying through the sobs. hahaha Oh well, at least everyone knows it was from the heart.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Souvenirs from Jamaica ... via Michigan

During our visit back to Michigan for Thanksgiving and my brother's reception, my mom gave us the souvenirs she had collected for us in Jamaica. Why she felt she needed to give gifts to people who were down there with her, I have no idea. lol But we certainly appreciated it. The scarf she bought us doubles as an absolutely gorgeous table cloth. It even gave me the motivation to clean off the table and declutter that area. A $2 mail sorter certainly proves it's worth by getting the papers off the table and creating more space.

Here's a detail of the table cloth. Stenciled dolphins remind us of Jamaica even when it's cold outside. The blue color goes perfectly with our pictures of the ocean that we already have hanging on the wall behind the dining table and chairs.

Speaking of the cold, I bought Chris and my very first ornament together. I thought it was very appropriate since this weekend we will be going to buy our first Christmas tree together this weekend. In fact, it will pretty much be my first real tree in 15 or 20 years. We're hoping it doesn't bother my allergies too much. We've read that the white pine is good for people with allergies because it doesn't have a strong scent, so we might try to find one of those. So excited to start getting all sorts of pretty Christmas decorations for our apartment. I already bought a nice felt tree skirt that I'm sure will be perfect for Oreo to take naps on.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chris the Coal Miner

Chris went on a little work-related field trip to a coal mine last week. He looks pretty cute with his hard hat and head lamp on, doesn't he? You can see the coal at the bottom of the wall on the left side of the picture. Apparently they spray parts of the wall to reinforce it and keep the coal from falling all over the miners as they pass through.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Unemployed again

Well, as of 4pm yesterday, I am no longer a Border's employee. I resigned from the glamorous life of a bookseller in order to plunge head-first into my mom and my furniture/home decor business. Hopefully I'll also have more time to write, but who knows? Starting up a business my just take all the time I have to give it.

We still haven't decided on a name. lol Ridiculous. But that's the goal for this weekend while we're all together in Michigan. We're not leaving without a great name to work with. Wish us luck, and feel free to leave a comment with any ideas you have. :-)

Birthday Pics

A few pictures from Chris and Mike's birthday celebration over at their dad's house. Their aunt Lynn got them a delicious ice cream cake and they both received wonderful presents. (We got Mike a WoW manga. hahahahaha)

Here's Miley, being nosey. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the three other dogs that came over that night ... well, four actually. Kara and Paul (Lisa's son) brought over their 9-month-old boxer, their chihuahua and her dad's whimerhimer. Before that, the neighbor's energetic german shepard wandered over when the boys were taking Miley for a walk. It was doggy heaven over there. lol
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Adventures in starting up a business

Well, my mom and I have decided to go into business together. We're going to sell our works online. For anyone who knows either of us, you'll understand why I have to use the very vague term "works" to describe our product. Between the two of us, there is no shortage of creative ideas. Each year, my mom specializes in a different project, last year being her fern pictures, this year being her leaf pictures. I'm still exploring and building my areas of expertise, but if you've been following this blog, you'll be sure to see more furniture pieces like what I've worked on before.

But this isn't the part that is stumping us at the moment. I'm not at all worried about the product. I don't want to be over-confident, but I have faith that my mom and I can produce some wonderful things to sell to our customers.

What is stumping us, however, is the name. I know. I know. I'm a writer. This should be my forte. This is my thing. But alas, I'm stumped. Every time I think I've come up with a good name for the business, I discover that it's already been taken by six other companies. Blahhhhh.

We're getting close though. Since I work with more international/cultural designs, and my mom does a lot of really pretty country designs, we have agreed that "----- Villa Creations" is a good starting off point. The problem is the: ------. We need an adjective so that we aren't stealing another company's name, and to just make ours richer and more memorable. We need something that fits both our styles and lets the customer get a quick idea of what we're all about.

That's a lot to ask from one little word though. So here we are ... thinking about a name.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to add them in a comment below. We could use a little inspiration. :-)
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Saturday, November 8, 2008


Some of the highlights of our trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for my brother, Adam's wedding to Andrea, my new sister-in-law. :-)