Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011

This holiday flew by so quickly that I'm still trying to figure out if it actually happened. I managed to get the house decorated and just in time for my moms arrival. I didn't do much really, just put up the mini tree, tinseled the mantle, and strung some lights in the window. I guess I did better than I thought.

little tree and silver and sassy. And.. yes it does light up.

little mantle and adorned with holiday goodies. And.. yes it does light up.

Christmas just seemed to come and go so fast but I did manage to capture some family shots. 

Penelope in her new ear muffs. I bet you can't guess what her favorite color is. 

me and the sisters


My sisters family

Rachel and Theo

And that's about it. It was a lovely modest holiday really. I am a bit sad that I didn't get into the spirit more or had more time to enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the New Year so much it's silly.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm behind

I'm behind in everything.. or so it seems. I'm behind in making books, getting Zza's window display done, anything Christmas related, and... I think this list could go on and on. gah!

I've been trying to come up a new style of binding for the vinyl books and came up with a coptic stitch binding method that I think will really work out well. See the first attempt below - lot's of work still needs to be done on this but I think it will work out.

So.. I've just got to get though today's 2 papers and school will be done! Then books, then Zza's, then Christmas. And then.. and then.. 

a new find:
Niccolo Paganini 
(I'm wondering where I have been? His violin features are out of this world)

p.s. last night I had a dream that I found an old violin and was playing it. The violin was very unique and I was quite good actually. I think I've been listening to too much classical lately (is that possible?).

Monday, December 12, 2011

city trip to de Young

Last week I went to the city again for the free day at the de Young museum. They are having a special exhibit "Masters of Venice" which I was particularly interested in.. that however was not free. Luckily for us that show was discounted for the day, I really need to get my student ID so I get discounts ALL the time.

Before we roamed around we had a nice lunch at the cafe which serves all organic and yummy food. This is where the adventure began.

 yum! yum! I had a lovely sammy with wine, I was loving how they wrapped up the sandwich - it reminded me of how I often wrap things up.

 I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the Masters of Venice but I did capture a couple others ones.

Below is my bud Kelly - she was not amused that I made her imitate the subject in the painting behind her but I got a good laugh out of it.
 See.. it's pretty funny.
I always have a good time at the de Young and will be back soon. It's great to go with a friend who can enjoy it with you and at times laugh with you.

on the ipod:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

another show down

Oakland Under $100 was a lot of fun and a great turn out. The picture is at the beginning of the night.

This is the 5th event I've done and I still get nervous and filled with anxiety.