Tuesday, August 31, 2010

{Happy Birthday Lucy}

Amy & I went to a party for a friend & co-workers, mothers 60th birthday and I took a TON of pictures. Here is a sampling of still life. Oh, and a kid with some killer dance moves. Oh, and a pig,... a BBQ'd one, so if you are gonna feel sorry for that little piggy and get grossed out, don't look further.

(So, this little guy was FULL of sweet dance moves. He totally NAILED this,... wave, break dance, handstand move thing-y)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

{What I'm Listening To}

I am LOVING my newest discovery of this beautiful violinist, David Garrett. I could watch him play for hours. Hopefully I will get to see him perform someday. Enjoy & Happy Sunday!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

{My Art Space}

So, bare with me, this is kind of an ongoing process. This is my art room. I would be lying if I said this is where all the magic happens. This is where PART of the magic happens. If I can be working on a project that I can take to the couch or sit on the bed and do, I'm there. This is where the sewing and storage goes down.
I bought this table on Craigslist for $100 and got to work painting right over the ugly country blue legs and oak top. I know what you're thinking,... it's awesome. You're right, it is, thank you! It's the perfect spot for my sewing to happen.
A few weeks ago I added a little red table lamp, wonderful black & white toile-ish chair and these wall shelves for some storage. It's coming together.
Since our house is uber tiny, this room also doubles as a closet/office. Since this used to be a guest room, everything blended a little nicer, but instead of storing my husbands clothes in the dirt dungeon basement I decided he could keep that dresser. ;) On the wall that I am shooting from is currently a leaning shelf/desk that will be moving to the other side of the dresser. Along this new empty wall will go a new piece from Ikea. It is black at the moment, but I'm working on making it white. What piece of furniture ONLY comes in RED or BLACK?? Only Ikea. It's really hit or miss there sometimes. It's insane to paint a perfectly good, brand new piece of furniture right?? Well, I'm gonna let you in on a secret. It's a good one, so please don't spread it around,.... I"M CRAZY. That's what I do, potentially ruin brand new furniture. I LOVE it.
Poor, poor Cecilia. She HATES our new dog Jack and has been hating our other cat Audrey since we got her,.... A YEAR AGO!! Cece has become the upstairs cat and Audrey the downstairs cat. Since the arrival of Jack, Cece ONLY stays in the art room. It's the only place she can go where Jack can't get to her and serve her up for dinner. She's good company though, when she's not trying to lay on the quilt that I'm stippling or the fabric I'm cutting.

I'm about to go cut into that lovely pile of most delicious fabric while you all are wishing you were too. ;) This is soon to be/currently ongoing/one of like I'd say 34 WIP's hexagon quilt. :)

XOXO -Jessie

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{Dirty Blonde}

My latest author, Lisa Scottoline, has done it again in Dirty Blonde. In this book a newly appointed Federal Judge, Cate Fante, finds herself in the middle of law, scandal, murder and sex. It's a great read, I definitely recommend it. I think I will try Daddy's Girl next. Share your latest reads, any recommendations??? Let me know, I'm always open to something new!! (or old, whatever)

Are you people having a good week?? I just have to tell you that along with the TWO afghans I am currently working on (and running out of yarn for) I am also working on like three quilts, some hexagons, some dishcloths, a paper box,..... what is wrong with me? I get bored working on the same thing for too long, then have to work on something else and go back to the original project later. Does anyone else have like eleventy projects in the works at once?? Anyway, I hope to show you some pictures, maybe it will motivate me to actually finish one of them. ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

{On The Hook(s)}

HI PEOPLE!! Oh how I have missed you. I've been BURIED under mounds and mounds of yarn!! I have just managed to dig myself out (and its a darn good thing, it was hot hot HOT in there!) But, hot or not, aren't they just beautiful!?!?!?
I have to tell you folks, this (these) are my first attempts at a full afghan and I think it is going rather well! I started the uber colorful one a few weeks ago using this Ripple Afghan Pattern. So far, so good! I got the yarn at a local craft store, it's called "Full O Sheep" (100% Wool) and believe it or not, its made by Red Heart. I just literally bought every color it came in and there is absolutely NO method to the madness, complete random stripes.
When I brought the started afghan into work to show a couple of my crafty friends, one of my other friends that has ZERO interest in crochet, eyed it up and asked me to make a custom BROWNS afghan. Now, my husband,... he isn't so thrilled that there is Brown's afghaning going on in his Ravens household. I have to keep it under cover here when I work on it if I want to keep my crocheting fingers. ;)

(please excuse some of the CrAzY colors going on in these pictures. Does anyone else find it hard to photograph yarn in artificial light?)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

{Over The Weekend}

The Mr. and I went to a wedding in Philadelphia and had a GREAT time! I didn't actually get any great shots of PEOPLE,... but what can you do?? I got these couple shots of the hotel chandeliers. :) Cool right? I think I might want to print the one above.

Yum. (above) Yum. (below) Hee hee.
I have a few projects going on right now, some crochet, some paper, some sewing,... I'll get pictures up soon folks! Love ya, mean it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

{HELP!! I NEED this rug!!}

Photo from DecorPad

Guys!!!! I NEED your help! I have been drooling over this black & white striped rug for months! I keep seeing it in pictures in my Internet searches but never can figure out where to get one! I HAVE seen the IKEA Stockholm rug, and that IS a backup plan. But what I'm looking for are these solid, wide, rugby style stripes. The IKEA rug is a little different than what I'm looking for. I need a large area size, like 8x11 ish. HELP!!!! Please please please email or send me links for any of these rugs that you can find!
Photo from DecorPad

Photo from Freshome

Photo from HomeDesignFind

I really like this black & white chevron rug too, so that is also an option! I love you guys, you are the best, thanks for your help. (am I obsessing??? I AM obsessing, but I'm okay with that)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

{Sweet Sofia}

This is my niece, Sofia,.... do I really need to say anything at all????

Sweetest little baby girl!!! And just look at that little swirl! We LOVE the swirl!! What a beautiful addition to our family. I am already totally in love with her! (she is the proud owner of the Rainforest Quilt!!)