Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa Claus called, He wants his CraZy StraW back.

Steve and I spent Christmas Eve at his Aunt's house with his family.

I am modeling my new ruffled plaid shirt Steve's mom got me!
(It was on the wish list)

Here is Christmas Morning at my parent's house

One of my fun gifts from Steve, a Totoro hat! If you haven't watched the movie, you should. It is super cute...and there is a cat that is a bus, it's awesome.

                 My sister knitted me a hat that is also a scarf that is also mittens!

                                One of dad's random finds that was rather appropriate for the year!

  I surprised Steve with a big Craftsman tool box.
 This will allow me more leg room in his truck. Right now all the tools are piled on the floor because they don't have any where else to go!
So, it was also a gift for myself I guess.

Our pretend family

  Steve's adorable niece.
This is what we would look like if we had a kid... except I doubt she would be blond and I'm betting I would be fatter....
 My best impression of Toddlers & Tiaras

In the kitchen with my new apron

I hit up ONE after Christmas sale and spent $$$$.
All Holiday decor was 50% off so I stocked up!
Some things I bought are gifts for other people so I could post them on here :(

But here are things I bought for myself!
Some of them are for crafts that I have in mind.

All bought at Wrights Home & Garden. 
This place is a Winter Wonderland!

I went there for the first time last month and wanted literally everything in the store but didn't buy a single thing. I waited... and waited.. for the sale.
Then i fought my way through the crowds and loaded my cart with anything and everything I could get my hands on.

I definitely had a strategy. I went alone so I wouldn't be distracted. I grabbed everything I was interested in and put it in my cart. I made 3 laps through the store. Then before checkout, i sorted through everything and pulled out what I could live without and kept what I HAD to have.

Adorable little cakes!

It's hard to tell but she is sitting on a fish hook

Giant gold crown!

I got this candle for Christmas from my mom. Love it.

Stocking holders for Steve and me.

Since I love to bake- I got 3 aprons this year as gifts!

The Christmas one is from Steve's aunt.
The cherries & cupcakes one my mom sewed for me. The green and black on my sister sewed for me. It even has a pocket on the bib for my business cards and my name embroidered on it!

I also got this great cupcake book from Steve's brother and his girlfriend. Check out these Chinese Takeout Cupcakes!

My other favorite. Squirrel cupcakes!

Here are some of the goods from my parents! ( no pictured: full size ironing board)

                          Cute KUT coat mom picked out for me!

Aaaaaand Steve got me the earrings I have been wanting!!!

Hope everyone had a great holiday.
I got way more than I needed  in material items.
I have exactly what I need in non-material items, and I can't wait to see what the New Year brings!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Seasons Greetings

I have a feeling I am not going to be able to post in the next couple days due to festivities and all the houses I have to stop at.
I feel like Santa himself!
I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday and I hope you get everything you asked for this year and more.

Aren't these cute?! Balloon animal ornaments!

I am very lucky to have TWO wonderful families to spend my holidays with now!
Plus an amazing husband I couldn't live without!
Our Christmas Photo from last year


Had to include these!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tatertots & Jello Shots

I have been cleaning a lot.
 I have to clean a lot because I have a lot of "items" , not sure what to call it all.
Junk... stuff..things..belongings...articles.
Things I have had for a few weeks & things I have had for as long as I can remember.
It is weird how there are certain material items you just have to hang on to.
 I thought everyone had as much stuff as me, until I moved to California and between Rindi and I, we filled from floor to ceiling an entire full size Uhaul.

When I told people we were getting a Uhaul, the constant response was " Why can't you just load up your car and drive down?!"
This blows my mind... how could ANYONE pack up their lives belongings into a car a move 1400 miles away? I could fit all my clothes and some shoes in my car maybe. No where near the items it would require for me to make a home for myself in a new place!

First of all I had a new mattress, that was NOT getting left behind...that wouldn't fit in my car... so I would have to rent a trailer, so might at well go all out and get the damn full size semi truck and take it all!
So, we did.

Over the years of making new friends and helping people move, I have discovered most people have far less things than I do. I come with a lot of baggage.... literally.

Anyway, so much of my stuff consists of collections.
I have been collecting things for a long time.
It started with stuffed animals and figurines, then onto a music box stage, snow globes
( anyone remember the San Fransisco Music Box company store that used to be in Southcenter mall )
flattened pennies, postcards and pogs.
 Then it moved on it, dishes, teapots, cookware, frames...
 The list goes on, I get hooked and I can't have just one.

 For the last 8 years I have been collecting vintage Pyrex dishes and mixing bowls.
 I grew up with these in my mom's kitchen but I always hated them. The colors were totally  70's because they were all wedding gifts to my parents.
 Then I discovered they also came in pastels and I needed them all!
Here is some of it in the kitchen that I use on a daily basis

I started collecting Tea Pots in the 6th grade after my parents came back from a trip and my mom brought me a tea pot as a souvenir. After that, I kept getting more and more.
I only have a few displayed in my kitchen right now while the rest of them are still boxed up in the garage.
I need a china hutch for them all I think.

When I was in college I became infatuated with religious figurines and art. Not the serious kind... the fun kind.  Fun religious art? Yes, religious Kitsch!
What is Kitsch you say?
Kitsch (English pronunciation: /ˈkɪtʃ/, loanword from German) is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons[1] while making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal.

So I started collecting Marys & vintage wall fonts: see below

Here they are in action

Some of the Marys

Then I started on Cake Pedestals

And vintage Jewelry Boxes

What do you collect? What is your oldest collection that you still have today?!

* Collections, put it in your pocket ,Save it for a rainy day *

Monday, December 20, 2010

200 Jellyfish & A Funeral

This Friday was my work holiday party!

It took place at the Seattle Aquarium and we had the whole place to ourselves.

Steve and I had a great time.
Due to my diet right now I couldn’t partake in all the wonderful food and drink but I made it through the night.

There were 3 different food stations set up around the room, each with a different theme.

 There was salmon and steak, Caribbean jerk chicken and sugar cane shrimp with sweet potato fries and Asian noodles and Thai curry. Also an open bar and a dessert buffet.
Unfortunately, most of this was not on my diet plan. So I had some steak and raw bell peppers from the Asian station! Followed by black coffee for dessert.
Kinda sad.

I'm working on it.
More on my diet in a later post though. I want to see how I do through the holidays!
Anyway, I wore a dress that I had gotten last Christmas. I am actually wearing it in our Save the Date photo cards we sent out last year for the wedding.
This year, it was sliding off of me!

Here are some pics of Steve and I being stupid.
This is a huge tunnel of Jelly fish!

Scuba diving with my steveyfish

We got to watch them feed the Otters!

Me as a Jelly fish

I swear the flash washes me out, I'm not this pale
On Sunday Steve and I went down to his home town near Lacey.
We had a memorial to attend for a high school friend of his that passed away this month.

He was born with cystic fibrosis and lived his entire life with it.

Originally with a life expectancy of only 21, he made it to 26.

They played a slide show with photos of him growing up and photos over all the years of his life. It was very inspiring that he fit so much into his short time.

He knew he had to live life to the fullest and it seems that he certainly did.

I am glad that he was a friend to Steve.  

It really brings meaning to “Don’t sweat the small stuff”
There are so many more important things in life.
 Sometimes we loose sight of that!

As promised, here are some photos of the bedroom!

This isn’t the new bed, we still haven’t put it together since we don’t know when we will be moving in the future.

I do have one of the new bedside tables in there though!

I am so glad this week is Christmas!
 I am  excited for festivities.... and cheese!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Ink

This Tuesday I started on my new tattoo. I have been wanting this specific one for a long time and it always ended up on the back burner. I try to make adult decisions and unfortunately a tattoo doesn't completely fit into budgeting needs all the time.
As you may have seen in a previous post, I came up with a drawing that had numerous items surrounding the Virgin Mary. I wasn't sure how it would all fit on my arm but I took the drawing into Easy Choppers tattoo to see what they could come up with. I ended up working with Keahi, the owner.

 He took my drawing and created an amazing collage, if you will, incorporating everything I wanted and somethings I didn't even know I did. 
After meeting with him 3 times to see the sketch and make minor changes I finally started.

Here it is

Inspiration for Mary's finished face

I love the old school style of it.

It took about 2.5 hours to get all the line work done. I have another apt at the end of the month to get the color added in. I love it. It's exactly what I wanted ,but better.

Obviously its following a hot rod theme with the tools, engine and gas pump. We added in some pin stripe detail which goes perfectly with my sugar skull design on the opposite arm.