Friday, November 7, 2008

A REALLY good excuse

There IS a perfectly good reason for the sudden and complete lack of creative blogging! That reason is that there appears to be a little life growing inside of me!!! Me and Seth are SO excited! Now that I'm showing and I can feel some movement it's just all hitting home. I am in my 18th week and will be finding out the sex of the baby in 3 weeks, just in time for some holiday shopping! They're never too young for you to teach them how to shop. Here are some pics from this past week. My stomach literally appeared out of nowhere! The weird part is, as large as my stomach is getting, I HAVEN'T GAINED MORE THAN ONE POUND!!! I know the weight gain will come, but I'm glad I have a handle on it and am not out of control. We are due April 23! So... more details to come. I am headed to Cincinnati this weekend to visit the Creation Museum and to do some shopping of course!

Here are some pictures...

SERIOUSLY, this thing popped out overnight!

This is me being VERY happy!!!!


Some Bonding time!!!

It's growing!!!

I already started decorating for Christmas, things are just too busy in November to wait. I also decorated my cats. They didn't like it much but they will thank me after this week's cold front!

Fall is upon us! The trees this year are just amazing!



Wednesday, August 20, 2008

From skylines... to corn???


In case you've ever wondered how the landscape and scenery differs from Texas:

One word: CORN!
(the real kind of corn...that's taller than me)

=)


So Ready!





I am SO ready to take my daily necessities from iced drinks, sun glasses and sarongs to cover my bathing suits....

to closed toe shoes, light scarves and darker colored purses!




I think I'm going to throw a welcome Party for Fall! Who's in?!

I want:


Thursday, August 14, 2008

This Week's Creations

I am loving the transition into Graphic Design. I am still learning, but it's becoming easier and easier. I can pretty much do all of the basics just fine, it's all of the infinite amount of crazy details that you can add to something, that I get caught up on. Regardless, it's something that I can really see shaping my future in creative arts.

This past week's creations:

This was for a series that Seth is doing for youth called "Reach" ...the sermon about the zombies was interesting, but amazing... as always! I am SO proud of Seth. I've been around preachers and youth pastors my entire life and have been exposed to some pretty awesome ones, but Seth just tops the charts. He's definitely doing what he was created to do... that's for sure.


This is a postcard I quickly threw together for my boss at the Centralia Branch of the church.

This was something that I did to practice:

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Little Thing I Like to Call "Promotion"

Some people may not know this, but long before my husband Seth was doing youth ministry he was a graphic designer. (A VERY talented graphic designer actually.) Since Seth has worked for the church, he has been the “Director of Creative Arts” which basically means he is over all of the media aspects of the church. From the graphic design, the video, lights, and any other digital production. He also is always working on some freelance stuff in his very minimal spare time. When Seth does something he puts every ounce of himself into it, and as a result it stretches his talent and constantly takes it to new levels and he just becomes very knowledgeable and efficient in those certain areas. For a while now it has been harder for him to maintain the Creative Arts Department because of the growth of the youth group. We are currently running anywhere between 60 and 90 students and it is just becoming more and more consuming and as a result, more difficult for him to do both jobs.

Well, on the other side, I have struggled since I moved here on finding a way to release all of this creative energy that I get all built up. I work in an administrative position at the church, which I love and am so thankful for, but it is definitely not an area that I am super passionate about. I was talking to my boss the other day and we both had this huge epiphany. It was one of those things where you wonder why the heck you hadn’t thought of it already. So basically my gifts all center around fine arts and creative arts. I can do other things, and I do, but I thrive in the creative and artistic arenas. I am already pretty heavily involved in the Fine Arts departments here at the church, but being a worship leader that basically comes by default. Still, the majority of my energy goes towards being an administrative assistant, and the journalism, but it is not what I am passionate about. I am passionate about art and inspiration, self expression and creating connections for people. So as of this past week, the door has been opened for me to do this in my workplace. I am being moved from an administrative position to a more fitting position in the Creative Arts Department as a graphic designer. I see it as an incredible promotion. As a result, I have spent many hours lately learning all of the software and am just about efficient enough to make the official transition. I am very excited about this. I love that my leadership believes in cultivating the gifts that God has given you rather than throwing you into an area that you don’t have a heart for. In the middle of all of this I also got given a big project that I am super excited about. We are starting a media driven church newsletter/magazine and it is now “my baby.” I guess I will more or less be an executive editor over it... whatever you want to call it, I am totally thrilled about it and honored to be placed in charge of such a big project. God is already opening some amazing doors through this new found skill and passion and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

So I’m still at the beginner level, but here’s a couple of my Photoshop creations. I’ve mostly been doing personal things while I learn. Today was the first day for me to venture into my already growing to-list at church… I’m sure I will continue to use my new knowledge for personal use and I might possibly post some of my church work here and there.




These are some banners I made, I just couldn't get the top one to the point that I wanted it, so I am obviously currently using the black one.


For the Love of Thursday

No rhyme or reason to my post today, just a few things that caught me eye and made my heart smile...

These two perfectly dramatic Anthropologie ads. I have been able to visit the Anthropologie in St Louis quite often as of lately and for that, I am very thankful. . A visit to Anthropologie is charming enough, but as of lately I've been able to make some beautiful purchases and that's one sure way to have a wonderful day!




I just liked this.


I could relate to this precious, but angry little red-head.


And I think everyone needs to hear this at one point or another.
Give it time... everything will be okay.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yay Me!

Yes, I made my new banner all by myself on Photoshop. =) I made another one and just was not happy with it. I might post it just to let you see. I'm pretty sure all will agree that the one I chose is the better of the two.

I still have a lot to learn, but from what I'm being told, I'm doing great for only being a Photoshop student for a week. Yay me!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Just to Name a Few...

...things that make me smile...

Monday, July 28, 2008

always young at heart

I hope I'm still doing these sorts of things when I'm this young...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Framed!

I've been working on a few DIY projects that look quite similar to these. I knew what I wanted it to look like, but didn't have a picture to go off of until I saw these off of Decor8.

When this sort of thing happens (finding the picture AFTER the inspiration) it gives me this soft sense of connection, which in return only fans the flame of my creativity!

I love it!



Mastering the Art of "Messy Hair"

It's harder than it looks...
but the longer hair has added what was missing for so long.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

To-do List:


Things on my to-do list:


(clockwise from top right)


1.) Get a hair cut… or maybe I should say trim. It’s the longest it’s been since high school and I am loving it, but it is way past time for a trim. I might settle for some new bangs or something. I think a fresh shape will help inspire me in many different ways.


2.) Start taking more pictures again. I’ve hit a lull, and I’m not sure why. But it makes me feel connected to the world... which is a good feeling.


3.) Find some new music that I love.


4.) Give voice lessons again. I have the students, I just need to make the calls and schedule them.


5.) Finish my house. The living room is basically done. The Kitchen is 99% completed. The main bathroom needs wall paper peeled, needs texture, I need to decide on a color scheme, paint, and get creative with the d├ęcor! This item on the to-do list also includes my DIY projects that involve refinishing a couple pieces of furniture, painting and freshening up some rummage sale finds and finding a creative way to display wedding pictures in our new home.


6.) Get really good at baking. I’ll just start off with one recipe, get really good at that one, and then go from there.


7.) Start going on walks with my husband. It’s something he enjoys, and something I would just assume put at the bottom of my list. I need to stop being so selfish.

8.) Look into scrap booking. It’s really big here and although most places are void of creativity in this mundane town, there are at least 2 or 3 nice sized scrapbooking stores. I’ve always been skeptical of this hobby, but I may find great creative release in this. We shall see. I will start by actually stepping foot in one of the stores.

9.) Find ways to de-stress. No explanation needed.

10) Learn how to make Grand-ma B’s homemade jelly. (Seth’s Grandma Baltzell, who is 91, lives by herself, is on no medication, is famous for her strawberry and blackberry jelly, has put mayonnaise on her face every night for the past 20 years because she read in a magazine that it’s good for it, and still doesn’t look a day over 70)

11.) Improve my skills in my 3 “P” areas….Prayer, Piano, and Photoshop

12.) Start Reading… and writing… something…anything… at least once a day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

bassically...

I don't know if it's summer, the heat (which really hasn’t been to terribly bad at all), or the fact that I need a haircut, but I am feeling uninspired. I have been here before and I know it will pass.

I read something along thse lines that I completely connected to, so I re-wrote it in my own words. Maybe I'm not so much of and optimistas I am just full of hope. I think this must just be a refueling time for me. I'm always storing up ideas, I just have no desire to spill them onto my computer and then on my blog. Maybe it's because for the first time in my life, I am giving more than receiving? This isn't a bad thing, just a bigger adjustment than I thought it would be. With this comes the fact that I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life. I guess I need to browse, read, watch some movies, talk to old friends, learn something new and just sit for a while… when I get time of course.

Let's just see where this goes.

In the meantime I’m going to get a bit trimmed off my hair… just in case.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jimmy Choo Shoes

Jimmy Choo Shoes are simply fabuous.
I believe it was Court who introduced this amazing shoe line to me a while ago and my wardrobe have never been the same.
Although Mr. Choo is not the actual designer, his name alone makes this the perfect shoe.









Jimmy Choo Cake...








Dream


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

playing catch up!

I haven't posted much on here lately. It's definitely not from a lack of creativity, one thing I do make time for every day is searching for and discovering creative inspiration. Life has just been ridiculously hectic. I don't ever remember a time in my life where I was this busy. I look at this as a good thing, I am learning to handle more things at once and my life is constantly growing in one way or another! With the newest growth spurt I have become overly dependent on this little miracle that we like to call the coffee bean... so I thought what better way to get back in the swing of things than to give a tribute to this little guy!



Before...





and after....