Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I do like the idea of keeping a record of some of my favorite moments, interesting thoughts (at least they are to me - hahaha) and pictures from my surroundings on my blog. I used to think that keeping a diary or written record of life's little stories would be great. The greatest thing about a blog vs. a traditional diary or journal is that I never need white-out! So what to do with the journals from Image Factory? They seem so old-fashioned.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Water Watching

Yesterday was wet. It rained most of the afternoon and into early evening. Some of the showers were quite heavy and the puddles soon turned to flowing water down the edges of our street. In most places a rainy day is nothing too much out of the ordinary but here in Bound Brook rain and water can lead to something else. You see, most of Bound Brook is in a flood zone and back in 2007 over 50% of the town was 3-5 feet under water so when it rains hard and the water builds up in the street people take notice. That is exactly what happened yesterday. The water fell and flowed and slowly filled up the end of our street. The fire dept. came to block off traffic and the kids were out jumping in the water that was now up to their shins. Neighbors were all outside standing in the drizzle watching the water. For the first time I had a better sense of what could happen if either the amount of rain or the length of a storm increased. We know that a flood has happened here before and we have flood insurance. We know that just last year our home was under water and we have seen many photos of Bound Brook and the devastation. This was the first time that I had a sense of how fast water can build up and how trapped you could feel from rising water that you can't just get in your car and drive away from.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What to make of this...

My head has been spinning lately trying to manage a lot of creative ideas into one successful project. My new thought involves fabric, graphic design, sewing and LOTS of color. The trial run will involve the above image. Can you guess what it will be? Well, until I have something to show for all the gears grinding in my head you will just have to hang on this image for a bit.
Keep it all crossed for me!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunny Days!

I have to admit that I am not much of a gardener but I do manage to get a small collection of plants and flowers to grow each summer. This spring my neighbor was nice enough to give me some sunflower seeds from some plants he grew last year. I made a little bed along my fence. planted the seeds and watched as they grew. I have had some bad results from other plants in the yard but the sunflowers went way beyond my expectations. They are so cheerful and bright (like the sun) and they are now taller then me; really cool!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Etsy... A new frontier in creativity.

So... I really need to thank my sister-in-law, Carrie for introducing me to Etsy a few months back. She is also a proud shop member and does some incredible stuff - Way to go Wash My cloth!
I can spend a lot (too much) time looking and browsing the thousands of creative shops and vendors. If you need to buy a gift for that person who owns everything then Etsy is your one stop shop! I am so excited about my black and white clay pieces and the idea of being part of a grand, eclectic, creative, marketplace! I find cool things (if only I had the extra spending $$$) every time I visit. Below are a few of my favorite Etsy things...

Friday, July 18, 2008

it was a very egg-citing morning!

So I just found out that my son Grant may be allergic to eggs :( He took a couple of bites of my french toast this morning and a few minutes later had big red hives all over his face and hands. The doctor told me to keep a close eye on him for swelling and trouble breathing and after about an hour everything seemed to subside. "He probably is allergic to eggs but a blood test will need to be done to be sure" the nurse said on the phone. That will be another chapter... for now, no more eggs for Grant!!

Blah, Blah, blog!

So much pressure!
I mean I get the blog titled, then I play with font colors and sizes, layouts and templates, header artwork and finally I am almost ready to post, but wait...

what was it that I really wanted to say? ohhhhhhh.... you mean I have to type it?