Monday, July 21, 2014

handmade gifts

Baby Girl has benefited from many of our talented friends.

Two highlights:

A quilt made by Jessie (my roommate way back in 2004 - she has a cute little girl named Audrey - so glad we're still friends).

A dress made by Laura (my former upstairs neighbor - their new home sounds amazing with a big yard for her 3 young kids and dog).



Sunday, June 29, 2014

summer project 2014

A big perk of teaching (besides working with kids and art) is clearly summers off.

I've had so much fun with summer projects in the past:
2009: art studio
2010: wedding
2011: kitchen

but this year has already been predetermined:
2014: baby girl!

Beyond crazy amounts of nesting and setting up her nursery, I have been patiently working on a few things (she is more than a week late = patience little grasshopper).


I set up a private blog, so that I can record little snippets for her without overwhelming this blog (which will remain "things I make with my own hands").


I have been working on hand-written journals as well (since I'm the sentimental type).



patio time

During the long, hot days waiting for our Baby Girl, the back porch has gotten a lot of use.

From Dave's and my drawing session today:


Dave's muse (Smokey)

my muse (Dave)

The delicious dinner Dave made last night:


And my most recent planting project (I love herbs and flowers)


Monday, June 23, 2014

nursery tour

We are so excited to meet the Baby Girl.  She was due on the 21st, summer solstice, but she must like to sleep in like her mama.  No signs of her arrival.

I thought I'd share her nursery in the meantime.

There has been so much hard work put into it.  Dave stripped all the woodwork and repainted the whole room.  Lots of hand-made touches.

She'll be sleeping in our bedroom for the first few weeks, but her room is ready when she is :)



above the changing table/dresser:
1. laser-cut animals created by Augustina and painted by guests at my baby shower
2. a drawing by me of Smokey: he is the motivation for the woodland creature "theme"
the rocking chair was Dave's when he was a baby

prints from online artists


books keep being added
Cincinnati Love:
1. bear from my mom
2. crocheted rabbit handmade by Augustina's mom
3. Charley Harper puzzle - a Cincinnati-based artist



1. the cat postcards are from our honeymoon to Japan
2. Suppy brought the necklace artwork back from India

1. the wallpaper was in my childhood nursery
2. the picture of the girl reading was in every bedroom of my childhood
(she looked like me as a girl)

we can't wait to meet her xoxx

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

an update

It's been so long since I've posted. I've been busy with work, life, and nesting for the Baby Girl who is due in 4 days (!!!).

Check out my students' new work here: http://choiceartstudio.blogspot.com

Otherwise, here are a few sketches from my recent tv binging on the couch (doctors orders to stay off my feet after work in this last week of pregnancy).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

sushi bowl

Such an easy but delicious one-bowl meal.

Vinaigrette: fresh ginger, lemon, rice vinegar, sesame oil, good olive oil, and honey.

Mix with brown rice, seaweed, cilantro, pan-fried tofu, and vegetables.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Break

I had a most wonderful school vacation. For the first half, I nested for the baby: cleaning, organizing, and getting the nursery ready. 
And then my parents visited for the second half. I love them so much. 

A few things we did:

We visited Gloucester (so windy!)


Dad taught me how to patch a cement floor (Smokey supervised).


Augustina came from Buffalo to throw a Moroccan-themed baby shower.
I felt so much love!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

kale pesto

It's been a long time since I posted.

Wonderful news - we are expecting our first child in June! 

Heartbreak - my mom is really sick.

I have been taking it day by day, but my art is diminished for now. 

I was randomly craving a donut on the way home from work. So I made a kale pesto instead (I'm trying to be on a health kick lately for the baby girl's sake :)

To make: blend kale, basil, arugula, and garlic with spices, nuts and lemon. Serve over pasta with veggies.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

La Jolla Cove - San Diego

I had a wonderful time painting at the beach. A little random 3 year-old joined me.