Sunday, August 28, 2011

Last first day of school ever???

I finished my renderings last night at 1 AM. It was just sort of hard to get them done. I'm glad it's done but it was just an ordeal to do it.Tomorrow will be my 23rd first day of school (not counting spring semesters.) Isn't that kind of disgusting? I've been going to school since I was five and I only missed one fall semester due to my mission. It's kind of mind boggling.

Off to bed...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

So close....

I've included a photo of my latest efforts, taken with my camera even though I have my real camera with me. Oh well, you get the picture.I've finished all of the plates except for the bottom row (minus the one second from the left) and I'm really close to finishing. I wanted to have so much more of the show ready for the time that school started again. This was hampered by the minor renovations in the costume shop and I didn't want to add to the mess by pulling costumes. Anyway. Here are all of the costumes for Proof, but it will probably change because that's what usually happens in theatre. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I've rendered an ENTIRE show. Shoot.
The past week and a half has been interesting and busy. James has been working at the Landfill and in Roosevelt. Why Roosevelt? It has something to do with cacti that have been threatened and a group of people has been tracking them. Seriously. I've been working on my renderings, trying not to go crazy. I've never done this many in so short a period of time. It almost makes me wonder if I've been lazy during the past five semesters. I'm going to hope the answer is "no" because I feel like I've really worked hard on my MFA.

Did I mention school starts on Monday? It's my last first day of school EVER.

Holy insert-favorite-curse-word-here.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm a terrible blogger

I don't know if it's the sunburn talking but I forgot to mention a couple of things that happened during the past week. James worked four days this past week because he took the week beforehand off. Our friends, Emily and Ryan, got married and we didn't want to miss it. It was really nice to have James home a whole week. Commuting like that sucks. During our travels of last week we made some stops on the way to Midvale. Our first stop was to Kaysville to say hi to my parents and to admire the new paint in the entry way. I'm not going to lie, I didn't notice the new paint because it's so close to the former color. I did notice the trim paint though. Our other stop was in Salt Lake to pick up this beauty:

Behold! Our wedding album!

It's massive and shiny and it looks so great.

I am really, really, REALLY happy with how it all turned out. Becky Reed at Ravenberg photography was responsible. If you have an event coming up or you need new family pictures, contact her. Seriously. She was so great.

James and I also made homemade pasta with his Mom's pasta maker. It was really fun and it might be a Christmas possibility. I figure I can write stuff like that on here because James doesn't read my blog (usually.)
I really like that it's a hand crank design, the "extruder" type sort of creeps me out. I think it's because it reminds me of playdough and the toys associated with it.

Another thing, Pinterest kind of bums me out sometimes. I realize that I won't always be in school and that I will eventually graduate and no longer be a student but MAN it seems to take a long time! (almost as long to read that last sentence.) There are so many fun recipes to try, crafts to make, things to try; it makes me kind of depressed to know that James and I are going to be students for two more semesters. Only TWO. I should hang on to that and stop griping.

Phone dump part deux

Yesterday James and I went to Cherry Hill for a family reunion and to help his brother-in-law watch our nephews and niece while they swam. It was fun but I got sunburned. Toasty. It really hurts.

And now, the phone dump:
Lyric closed, oh, over a week ago. I snapped a few pictures on my phone of the set:
and the plant:We had just one car at strike so we shoved everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) in our car. Good thing we didn't have James' drums in there too!

This next picture is from a while ago when I was visiting my parents. It was HOT!

During the past week I hung out with my mother-in-law and we worked on some upcoming birthday cakes. We made items out of fondant and gum paste powder. I used food markers on the seed packets:James and I took a quick trip up to a cute shop in Preston called Suppose. I bought some really cute fabric and I'll post a picture when I finish the project.
This is a really old picture from our last place. James sent me flowers when he went on a field trip with the engineering department. He's really sweet.
This one is random but I shot this last night while we were channel surfing. Can you believe this guy's hair?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shabby Apple Dare to Design Contest

My friend Erin told me about the Shabby Apple Dare to Design contest. I immediately got to work designing a dress that would fit in with the other Shabby Apple dresses but still show my design point of view. This was easy because Shabby Apple dresses are so cute and modest, two things that are for dresses! When I started designing a spring time dress I immediately thought of green. Not only is it my favorite color but it is one thing that I look forward to after a long winter.

If I were to construct this dress I would use a light green cotton with a slight sheen to it, not too shiny and not too plain.
Cotton would be the best fabric to use because it will hold the pleats used in the trim. Cotton is also a classic, just like a shirt dress. I think that the details; piping, pleated trim and covered buttons will dress up an otherwise basic shirt dress.

Enjoy! Maybe I'll make it to the finals!

Sunday, August 7, 2011


It's kind of hard to believe that James and I have been married for a year now. It seems like the time has flown by really quickly. I am so grateful for my wonderful husband! Marrying James was the easiest decision I have ever made. I love you James!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

It worked!

I used a tutorial I found on Delia's blog to make a button for my portfolio. If I really knew what I was doing I would know how to make one without the copy box below. I think it looks a whole lot neater than just a line that says "click here."

In other great news (and much more important) James received a tuition waiver for this fall! We are so excited about it. James is very low key about it all. He's so modest.

I'm slowing chugging my way through my Plan B report. I really want to have a good solid draft for my committee to read and then tear apart with re-writes. It has become my lima beans on my dinner plate, standing in the way of dessert. Although in this case 'dessert' is making stuff and knowing I have a huge hurdle behind me.

Being a "genius" I realized that I could use the text in the copy box and make a button for my profile without the copy box. Awesome.

Carry on...

Monday, August 1, 2011

One year! (Almost)

As of this Sunday, James and I will be married for ONE YEAR. It's flown by and I am so thankful that I married such a wonderful man. I mean, he's fantastic. I finished James' present on Friday and wrapped it the next day at my parent's house. We loaded it into the car on Sunday and drove home. Once we got home my excitement got the better of me and I gave James his present, early. Here is a play by play of the happenings...

Yes, it is wedding paper but I added "anniversary" so it's legit. Right?
James and his excited face.
Getting closer...
I got the idea from my cool friend Amanda who made one for her husband two years ago. I only had to buy one extra Scrabble board and the shadow box so it wasn't too bad, cost-wise. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Mid 6 had a gig on Saturday at the usual place. This gig was different because it was a benefit for a girl named Jillyn Larsen who is fighting cancer. A lot of people came and the band sounded great! I took a video but I'm not going to post it because the sound quality is awful. The band sounded a lot better than the video.
Anyway, I don't usually go to gigs because of the venue but I'm glad I went this time because...
  1. it reminded me of why James plays in the band, he LOVES music
  2. it was a benefit to help someone with cancer and cancer sucks.
It's the last week of Lyric so we're going to go see "Amadeus" in a few minutes. I filled in last week and it is a LONG show. Maybe it just seemed long because I just wanted to go home to my husband. Probably.