Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Road Goes Ever On and On....

April 6, 2010

My bestest friendest Emilyest sent me this brilliant postcard - received today! Yep. Even them Jack Rabbits are bigger in Texas.
Poor cattle; ever the brunt of tipping, poking, and punching.


April 7, 2010

Here be the fixin's for my Black Bean Dip a la Hackbarth :). Normally I cook dry black beans for any recipe calling for them, but I was a little short on time to make this for dinner - so Bush's will have to do! I also usually add Cilantro, but going to the store without a list in hand does not serve me well. Oops.

Yum! Healthy, homemade, and economical; can't beat that for good eats.


April 8, 2010

I didn't have much free time today. Work. Gym. Work on compiling a few quizzes to help my brother study for his computerized driving tests. That's about it! That's ok though; at least it was all productive business!
Here's Grimm taking a nap on our bamboo place-mats on the dining room table next to me. No matter where I am, there he is also. He's so sweet :).


April 9, 2010

Steven and I went to the Antique Mall in Waukesha and found two small treasures! I got 2.5 yards of flowery lace (to be used for some future undetermined project), and this 'Robin Hood' book which is two years shy of being 100 years old! We thought that was pretty much amazing, so we grabbed that right away.
It was printed in 1912. When we delicately paged through it, I noticed that the pages with pictures on them had no writing on the opposite sides, meaning that printers back then must not have been sophisticated enough to do double-sided printing with pictures+text. Neat!


April 10, 2010

I am REEEEAAALLY liking HDR photography. Like...a LOT. This is an HDR shot of the sun setting over the Menomonee River Parkway which Steven and I took a walk through today (we love our nature-y walks :D ).

About 2 minutes after taking this, I turned around and there was a young doe standing in the path right ahead of us! She wasn't scared by us,but instead by some loud trail-goers coming up the path a ways away. Hmpff....darn kids....scaring nature away from us.


April 11, 2010

Thanks Grimm.

We had purchased these fresh tortillas from a little Spanish Fruit Market in Waukesha yesterday. I was looking forward to a delicious breakfast burrito. I woke up this morning to find that Grimm had aimlessly chewed at the ENTIRE circumference of my tortilla stack! He must have been quite bitter with us for some reason to do this random act of destruction.

Oh well...we'll still eat them anyhow :P.


April 12, 2010

Kiera y Bella.

I went over to me mum's today and she had two of my nieces over. I've introduced Karen previously; here's her little sis Kiera. She LOVES animals, particularly ♥ horses ♥ , which makes me a VERY happy Aunty.

She adores Bella. I took this shot of her after she had wandered off towards Bella, whom was standing in the middle of the yard simply surveying the neighborhood around her. She stood next to Bella for a while, held onto her collar, and serenely looked out into the world as Bella did the same.
Don't ask me how I got them to match profiles in this photo either. Natural and candid are the way to go ;].


April 13, 2010

Fat LOOTZ!! So I went to Joann's today for a few items. So naturally I came home with a bag-full of goodies to start my small-scale jewelry shop.
Look for me on soon!


April 14, 2010

YES!! I got a new bike!
Steve and I went to Trekfest this past weekend, and he convinced me to buy myself a bike. SO, I got this ridiculously awesome hybrid bike which is 100% recycled and therefore 100% recyclable (when the time comes)! It kinda has this retro-meets-modern look to it, which helped convince myself it was worth it. I love the idea of crossing the generational gaps by mixing and matching defining characteristics of each.
I haven't had a new bike since 6th grade, so this is pretty epic to me....I could cry, hahah...I had forgotten what a thrill it was to use the bike as a main source of transportation and enjoyment. Ah, the good ole days!

I took this with my camera phone while riding, which explains the crap-tastic shot. Hey I just didn't want to run into anything or be run over, so this is the best I could do :P.
Woohoo bikes!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Year Continued....

   March 20, 2010

This evening, I caught a glimpse of the reflection of our dragon lamp in our Lord of the Rings picture and thought it looked pretty cool :). Go go Gandalf!


March 22, 2010

As you may have noticed, there is no picture for yesterday the 21st. The day was a blur, as my mother discovered the loss of a very close loved one.
Here we are at my favorite park. There's nothing like a walk through nature to help mend the heart and ease the mind.


March 23, 2010

Life and death. Sunrise and sunset. Spring has come, bringing new life in more ways than one.


March 24, 2010

I made this necklace for my mom. The crystal butterfly is a reminder to her that we live as a caterpillar lives: crawling amongst the dirt of the earth, fattening ourselves and preparing ourselves in every way for our metamorphosis, when we will then emerge from our cocoon and fly freely above the earth.


March 25, 2010

In the arms of the angels and God above. Rest in peace and never again know the troubles of this world :).


March 26, 2010

Adventurer and father-figure. I'll miss those spontaneous fishing trips.


March 27, 2010

Ah, the circle of life :). Here is my newest nephew, Gabriel Mark Lavold!! Congratulations Mark and Anna Lisa! They will be amazing parents :). He was born today at 2:30pm. Beautiful!


March 28, 2010

Here's me Granny and my nephew Reuben. Shannon and Pete were in town for the funeral and so we got to see the baby :).


March 29, 2010

Newest hobby and slight obsession: jewelry-making. Here's one that I made after a shopping-spree at Joann's today. It's a little difficult to see, but in the center piece there's a swarovski cherry blossom crystal i strung through. I ♥ sakura!


March 30, 2010

I gave myself a haircut today. Without realizing it, I had successfully cloned myself as well.
Aaaaw...she has my mustache ♥ .


March 31, 2010

I am so in love with making jewelry right now!! And my obsession with pearls is only growing more and more ridiculous.
I made this one for Mrs. Boese - wife of a dear friend of mine :).

Ach...I need a detailed/ up-close shot :P. Maybe I should invest in a mannequin head for all these jewelry shots? But that'd be kinda creepy, having a head lying around the house. We already have a fake arm in our living room.
Well, maybe one can never have enough spare parts!


April 1, 2010

Happy April Fool's! kinda crept up on me this year....didn't have time to actually prepare anything. Blast!

Anywho, I know this is yet ANOTHER necklace photo, but truly this is what I've been spending a majority of my time on lately. It's been very healing for some wounds that have just been very icky lately.
Ah, constructive and functional therapy :).
Well this just may be my most favorite jewelry creation yet! It has two silver sparrows on each side of the neck, just resting above the collar bones and holding the two strands you see here.
♥ birds.


April 2, 2010

I heard the distinctive call of a Cardinal while at my Mom's house. So after a little bit of searching, I found this beautiful male Cardinal sitting in the tree in front of the house.
They happen to be my Grandma's favorite :).


April 3, 2010

I somehow failed to remember to take a picture today (so scatter-brained sometimes...), so here is another from the visit to my Mother's yesterday. This was taken at sundown, while the sky still had a bit of sherbet-y color to it. I also just loved how the tree branches 'explode' into the sky! Aaah nature ♥ .


April 4, 2010

I swear I am a slave to the artistic brain....I have forgotten yet AGAIN to take a picture today! AH so frustrating.
However, this one was taken within the last few days anyhow, so that kind of counts, right? This was taken during a walk that Steven and I took in Hart Park at dusk.
Dusk= Best lighting! I love the mix of saturated colors and contrast ♥ .


April 5, 2010

I don't know what is wrong with me. I used to hate pearls. With a severe, acute passion. Now....I love them. I can't get ENOUGH of them! This may have been cultivated from my obsession with the styles of the 1920's as well as the styles of the Victorian Era which have been absolutely blooming lately.
And a big 'thank you' to Carly for being so kind as to donate these little Swarovski cerulean crystals! They add the perfect touch :D!