Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I had a burger for breakfast, a chocolate torte for lunch and coffee for dinner... its officially "finals-crunch-time-and-major-stressing-so-i-eat-everything-season!"
now back to drinking more coffee and listening to very loud skillet and lights to keep me amped(wow did that just sound so bro-ish or what?! yikes.) for the all night studying I have ahead of me.

vanvleck out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I love when my homework looks like this:

I think Q does too since he gets to eat everything after its been photographed! I spent all day in and out of the kitchen slicing and dicing, melting and positioning and then out to do lighting, reflecting, focusing and shooting... then back to the kitchen... it was a good day. Now back to more editing and portfolio making... gotta love the end of semester crunch!

snow = good crafting

Earlier this week I woke up and it looked like this outside:

SO Beautiful! Of course we were stuck at home so I ended up getting lots of christmas projects done... and I dont know if it was the snow or the all-day-pj-wearing but I was on a roll! I have been obsessed with this "feel" for my christmas projects:

{lots of browns, naturals, beige, grey, a little bright red, some frosty blue and lots and lots of jems!}

and I made a stack of these sweet little mini-stockings that will soon be made into a garland.

I hope it snows again soon!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Well I have just been sewing sewing sewing lately! Sewing in between studying, sewing after work, sewing when I should be sleeping... you get the point! Its getting kind of crazy actually. Its been mostly projects from this book including these cute stuffed reindeer:


and a whole slew of these bird ornaments (which still need ribbons and maybe a few beads).


I think the next project Im going to try will be the mini stockings or a few pairs of christmas slippers for Q and I.

On a total side note we are newly and completely obsessed with:


...fresh grapefruit juice! My grandparents have grapefruit trees and she brought up 3 huge grocery bags at thanksgiving. I have been looking up grapefruit recipes like crazy but I have only had time to enjoy them simply as juice (with a little agave sweetener too). O, and if your wondering how many grapefruits you need to juice to make an entire pitcher of juice.... its ALOT!
OK now back to sewing! ;D

Sunday, November 22, 2009

tonight looked like:

Indian takeout: delish.

Finished math chapters: whew!

And finally FINALLY finally:.... some guilt-free-because-everything-else-is-done Christmas crafting has begun!

I've now started a brocade poinsettia wreath, a pile of birdie ornaments, 2 stuffed reindeer heads, and a new micro fleece jacket for babushka(zips new nick-name as of late.... random. I know!). Well I hope to be back with a list of completed projects and pics soon, now back to sewing!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas Project List!

Well I have been searching my favorite sites and my list of Christmas projects is growing at a rapid pace! Thought I would share a few simple but lovely things that have made the list:

And I have decided I want to make just about everything in this book:
... its an oldy-but-a-goody!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Its been a while....

... so, since Ive been gone:

~Ive spent lots of time with my nieces!

~I threw a Halloween party

{yes, my niece is now officially a guns n roses fan before she can even sing one of their songs!}

~I helped throw a double sized baby shower for my 2 new nieces. yep, that's right, twins!

{the MIL is totally on a cupcake kick!}

~Ive done ridiculous amounts of stats homework (by which I have been getting my butt kicked!)

~Ive been trying to grasp as much knowledge as possible about this insane program in class

~Ive been going to class after class at the gym to try and get ahead of all the holiday goodness that seems to linger around my midsection past December

~Ive also fallen sooooOOOooooOOOooo far behind on my blog reading that I cant even figure out where to start.
~Been listening to Andrea Bocelli's new holiday album for weeks!
~Been wishing for a new puppy and sibling for zip.
~Been prayin', PRAYING, praying about future plans.
~Been learning patience.
.... o, this list could go on and on so lets just stop the rambling here.
glad I'm back.
will post soon with actual sentences instead of just lists!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I love Real Simple. Its that simple.

I have subscribed to Real Simple for as long as I have lived on my own and before that my mom had a subscription to the magazine for as long as I can remember.... and I just love the magazine. I love the photographers, the recipes, the brilliant ideas for double uses with household items, the comic authors that spin the best essays on everyday happenings... I just love it.

soup-3 copy

So today I was in a "Real Simple" mood and decided to make their Butternut squash soup and set up a lil' mini shoot in the kitchen. Their recipe was... well... simple so I added some toasted almonds, shaved Parmesan, and a sprinkle of baby sage leaves that I have been growing in my window sill...


I would highly recommend the said combination because its was quite tasty (if I do say so myself! ha.). And not only did I have a fabulous lunch but now I also have a new batch of photos to take to class tonight, which is great cause it was getting a little stagnant on the food photo front!

soup-4 copy

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Have you seen this?

just amazing.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Project {3}

This project consists of two stories:

Story 1:

In our house we have a hutch that we were handed down, and when we got it... lets just say it wasn't-our-style. So a while ago we painted it and took out the old stained glass fronts and I mounted some Martha Stewart paper onto some mat-board to put in the front windows and called it good.

Story 2:


I have had this amazing Alexander Henry fabric that has been sitting in my studio begging to used. I thought I would applique the witches onto a table runner and it would be soooo cute.... but then reality set in and I realized applique takes a lil' more time then I think Ive got this October.... so...


I put my hutch and the fabric together and I got a sweet Halloween hutch out of it! I used my 505 spray & fix to glue the fabric onto my existing mat-board and threw them in the windows and now its a Halloween hutch!


The best part about using the 505 is that its temporary so I only sprayed it onto my fabric and it will hold well enough while its in the hutch but then when I'm done I just peel off the fabric and throw it in the wash to remove the washable adhesive! Perfect.


Fall Project {3}... done.