Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dream come true

Last week was beyond busy for me at work, and I literally spent every minute of the day either drawing for tattoos or tattooing. I did sneak in a little time before the crazy began and whipped up two small paintings.

Even though I feel like I haven't had much, if any time to be crafty lately, I do have something very exciting to share! I've been working on designing a cross stitch pattern for the lovely ladies over at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! Very soon (hopefully by the end of this week) the pattern will be up for sale.  It's a Matryoshka, of course. And she is very cute! I'm beyond excited about this, and it's totally a dream come true. I can't wait to share it with all of you!

Well, I have to get back to my drawings. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Until next time,
S. <3

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time travel

My mom recently emailed me old family photos from when she was a little girl and my grandparents were young. I cherish old photos like these more than anything. Don't they just make you wish you could travel back in time? My grandpa who's always been a funny old man, was apparently funny back then too. Not that I ever had any doubts.

Love this photo of my grandma. What a beauty!

I've also been playing around with some of my own photos!

winter wonderland

pappa jente

trouble makers

While I was home for Christmas I made sure to raid my mom's cookbook with recipes she's been collecting since I was little. It's been over 10 years since last time I made vegan creamy onion soup. This recipe used to be my favorite so I figured I'd give it a go again. Here it is;

For the best vegan creamy onion soup you'll ever eat, you'll need:
(Serves 4-5 people)

4 Large leeks
2 Large onions
2 Tbs Earth balance
1 Liter (33 Ounces) vegetable bouillon/broth
8 Ounces Tofutti plain cream cheese
16 Ounces plain Soy milk creamer

Chop the leeks and the onions and Sauté them in the Earth balance for about 10 minutes. Add the vegetable bouillon/broth, Cream cheese and Soy milk creamer and let cook on medium to low heat under a lid for 30-40 minutes. 

I usually serve the soup with a sliced baguette, but any white bread will do just fine. Enjoy! :)

After living in the states for years now (time flies!) I realized that one of the things I miss the most about home (other than family and friends) is the bread they have in Norway. Why is it so hard to find good bread here? I hate pre-sliced store bought bread more than anything! So earlier today I tried making my own, and it was pretty successful. I have yet to buy a stand mixer so it was a long 10 minutes of kneading, but totally worth it. Next time I'll make sure to pick an apartment with enough counter space to store a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. A girl can dream, right?

I've gotten a few requests lately to share work related photos, which I might do from time to time. But if you are really curious to see what I do when I'm not crafting at home, you can check out my other blog here.

Until next time,
S. <3

Sunday, January 8, 2012

8 days of 2012

So far 2012 has been great! I woke up, and my hair looked like this; (yikes!)

I had a few really busy days at work, and a very relaxing weekend. Spencer and I are finally back to a normal schedule as far as sleep goes. It was harder than I remember trying to adjust from a different timezone this time around. Either way, we're finally able to stay up past 8pm!

I spent (too many to mention) hours browsing Pinterest yesterday, who else is addicted? Follow me if you're on there! And if you're not, it's definitely worth checking out!

Today I decided that if I'm gonna make this a productive year, I better start off by making room to craft. I'm embarrassed to say, but my desk has been completely covered in junk since September. Not anymore! ( I left my camera at work, so these crappy iphone photos will have to do for now).

While I was cleaning, Walgreens so kindly printed a whole stack of my photos for me. How nice.

And from those photos, I made this: (Only sneak peaks for now!)

 I also made some cute little cookies to take to work. YUM!

I'll be doing a super early spring cleaning here in a few days, which means I'm gonna part with a lot of stuff. I'll put it all up here, and you guys can take your pick. Yay!

What fun new, exciting projects are you guys working on?

Until next time,
S. <3

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I don't know if anyone reads this anymore, but here's to making 2012 a more productive year! I've been so busy with work this last year, I barely had a chance to do anything but work on drawings, paintings and tattoo related art. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just miss working on other projects too!

With my Nikon pretty much only getting used for tattoo photos, I had decided to downgrade my craft supplies, and get rid of all paper, glue dots and everything else I hadn't used in the last year or so. I'm so glad I didn't. Spencer and I just got back from Norway, and even though I left my 1.4 50mm lens in Portland (yes, I'm a dummy) I took a ridiculous amount of photos. Some that definitely will get printed and scrapbooked. (yay!)

Since I haven't updated in forever I'll share what little I got done in 2011. I found a new obsession, terrarium craft. Who else is wishes they could live in one of these? 

I started a modified Fana sweater for Spencer, and flew through the first sleeve only to discover I knitted it too tight. I guess I'll just unravel and start over. At least now I can take my time and hope to have it finished before next winter. Wish me luck! 

New years resolutions never last, so I'll call mine wishes this time. In 2012 I wish to travel more, find a bigger apartment, with a designated craft space, be more creative outside of work, finish the quilt I started in 2010, be healthier and stay as busy at work as I was this last year, if not even busier. What are your hopes, dreams and wishes for 2012?

Until next time,
 S. <3