Friday, December 28, 2012

last Christamsy stuff

My friend Anna and I threw a holiday party and here are the pictures to prove it! I did all the decorations on a teensy tiny budget (I'm talkin' $30ish) and we held it at her parent's house. Unfortunately we didn't send the invites out as I had wanted because we were both out of the country, but that's alright. Someday maybe I will get to throw parties in exciting locations with real invitations and someone else's money, that sure would be nice. The menu consisted of spanikopita bites, spinach quinoa grapefruit avocado salad and a zucchini goat cheese tart. I of course forgot to photograph it, though Anna remembered to get one of the mulled wine. All the recipes are on my pinterest, and I would highly recommend them.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

cookies galore

For the past 5 or so years a group of my friends has gotten together to decorate christmas cookies when most of us are home for the holiday season. The first few pictures are of the actual event where we all ate our weight in cheese ball and made a big mess while decorating. The last ones are of some of my better cookies, I had fun trying to use the more challenging shapes.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

around the house

Here are some bits of Christmas around my mom's house. I made that wreath from tree cuttings a friend gave us and no joke, it's 4 feet across! The gingerbread house ornament is a "springle" made at least 20 years ago by my great uncle and the stained glass in the background my mom made. I created the plywood trees last year as gifts and I wish I had a saw so I could make more, they are so simple and cute.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

last of my Irish projects

Still have a few things I didn't share from Ireland, this may be the last though. Simple embroidered pillow, and the last painting detail I did. And I just thought those books were awfully pretty.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Here are the three versions of the first plate I did at Limerick Printmakers. The first two I watercolored, the last is just the black ink, and what I did the edition in.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Here is some more of the jelly we made, and that i created the labels for. Unfortunately they didn't come out as perfect as I wanted, the printer cut of bits of the design and put fade lines through one of them, but that's alright I guess. I am back in the US- it's nice to see my friends and family and really get in to the Christmas spirit, but of course I will miss Ireland.

Friday, December 7, 2012

tunes 5

Oh Wanda Jackson, she rocks my socks. I listen to her all the time and can't get enough. She positively exudes strength and sass, and we can't forget the fabulous fringe. That amazing voice of hers got Wanda famous when she was a teen, what a legend!


Every day as the sun is almost done going down the crows here gather in huge groups and swirl around the sky. They land in the trees briefly and then move on, making a lot of noise, too. I've been desperately trying to capture this occurrence, that first picture is the best one I could get, if you look closely you can tell they are in the trees and all the smudges in the sky are birds as well. I decided to make a print based off this, so here are some of the results. I printed it in a few different color combos just for funsies. If you are interested in purchasing one I can make a special paypal listing just for you!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

plant overload

These are some of my favorite pictures I've taken of the plants during my time here, I like how obvious the change in seasons is.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

calendar for purchase!

I made a calendar! With only the use of a computer! This project is supposed to be a present for my mama, so don't go telling her, BUT if you want one please please let me know. If you email me ( then I can get an idea of how many I need to get printed and I can set up a payment option online. They will be printed 11x 14 cardstock paper, and cost $25 (plus shipping if need be.) Everyone knows the go-to Christmas present is a calendar, so you should get one from me, not walmart. Also I am not back in America until the 12th so they would get shipped earliest the 14th or so.
I have now set up a paypal option (it is on the upper right hand side of the blog) so if you would like to buy, go ahead! If you are located in Tallahassee, no need to use paypal, we can do the transaction in person. AND if you are not in the US, I would be happy to ship to you, but please email me first so I can set up a different shipping cost. Thank you!