Sunday, October 28, 2007

Recently...

Wow - I have been a bad blogger! But a busy one, too. A fair amount of sciatic nerve pain, most likely pregnancy related, and a short but nasty head cold, most likely preschool teacher related put me out of commission for about a week. Then mom and Bethany came into town for the annual Marathon crop at Reminisce and we did tons of scrapping and chatting. I made my first sock monkey that has happily arrived at her new home, and worked with Wendy on a custom order of paper bead jewelry. This weekend, Bill and I took a quick trip to Chicago with our brother and sister-in-law where much shopping and good eating was had. Trying to enjoy the lovely autumn weather before it turns to winter and gearing up for the Halloween excitement. Oh, and I went to see Across the Universe, which I highly recommend for the great soundtrack (of course) and the all around artistry. Hope everyone has a productive week!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Still here!

Just busy being pregnant! It sure wears you out! I am 13 weeks along and finally coming out of the constantly exhausted stage. I was lucky enough to miss out on the morning sickness, so I can't complain. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat on Monday at an appointment with the midwife. That was SO exciting. Really made it feel *real*! Does that mean it's time to start shopping? Hee hee...

Also keeping busy with work and the artsy hobbies. I made my first sock monkey last weekend and I *might* be addicted. Also making lots of jewelry with Wendy for the shop and a couple great custom orders. Also formulating some class ideas for the next go around at Reminisce and organizing an Arbonne party at my house on Thursday. Phew - I guess I better get back to tackling my to-do list! Here are a few of my favorite "non-kid" photos from Preucil lately.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

new batch of paper beads


new paper beads, originally uploaded by Kirsten W.

You know what that means... an WeMiKiWi shop update soon!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Hand-decorated paper, step by step

I'm hosting a hand-decorated paper swap over at the Embellished Circus and this weekend I made my paper. I was going for a warm, layered polka dot pattern.

Step 1: I punched out small circles from patterned paper and glued them to the white background. Step 2: Cut out circles from orange tissue paper and attach them with a layer of clear gel medium.
Step 3 & 4: Paint loose circles around the tissue circles with gesso, then paint into the gesso with orange paint.
Step 5: Paint over the entire sheet with a wash of watered down orange paint to fill in the white spaces with color.

Ta dah!