Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Father's Day, The Support of Other People...and more!

Since I'm really into making people's gifts lately I decided to make a BBQ plate for my Dad to carry all the stuff he BBQ's into the house. I got it at Color Me Mine and it took me 3 hours to complete! He says he really really liked it but it's too heavy for him to carry into the house with food on it. I told him to suck it up :). My step-brother Ken got him at change jar that counts the change for you as you put it in. I'm totally jealous and need to go to Linen's and Things and get my own!

People have really been liking the basket liner's I've made lately...probably because it's summer time :). Tammy of Ivonnardona's Creations featured them in her blog, check it out here. Evidently you can also find them when searching for Bike Basket Liner's on Google and I have had some people contact me because of that. I just finished making the one on the right the other day. Annie Rexic sent me some of her fabric and I made a custom liner for her and got to meet her at Warped Tour in Pomona this past Friday. She's great and a real sweet heart!

Other than that I'm just getting ready for the Derby Dolls Tournament this weekend. I'm super excited and have quite a bit left to do...I can't wait!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ch Ch Ch Changes and Tiiiiiiiiiiiiii i i ime is not on my side

Do you ever get a feeling like something is going to change in your life soon but you aren't sure what it is, but you know something is coming? I have this feeling right now and I have no idea what it is.

I feel like redecorating my room. Painting the walls a light green, new pictures of poppies, taking the flower border down, new curtains for my closet, a new dresser (since I haven't had one since Jr. High)...basically everything but the comforter because I just bought it last fall.

Maybe it's because I need more room for all of the sewing I'm doing. I have recently outgrown the limited space available in my bedroom and took over our family room. That didn't go over so well and after 3ish weeks I just got all of that cleaned up the other day. Now it's taking over my entire room. I need to clean out, clean up and reorganize. There's no other way to do it! I HAVE to make the time.

Ahhhh yes, time. Next to money you are my worst enemy. I currently need more of you in the day/week. I am having a really hard time balancing work, friends and crafting. There is just so much that needs to be done every day. Maybe when the craft shows and derby's slow down things will get better. I hope so!

Bike basket liners are really starting to take off! Probably because it's summer, but I'm getting a ton of requests for them and it's really fun!

Time for work!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Today's Bike Ride

Today's bike ride with Annel, Marie and Michelle was great! We started out at a near by friend's house and rode down to the Huntington Beach Pier area for lunch. The place we ate at was a bust! Our waitress sucked and it took about 2 hours!

Anyhow, we made our way down the the bike/walk path that is near the sand and headed left (South) to an unknown destination. It was the perfect day for a ride! The sun was shining, and there was a nice breeze. As we made our way down PCH we came up on Balboa Island and decided to go see if there was anything going on. We soon found that bike riding was not a good idea in this area and stopped to regroup and figure out were we wanted to go.

Some one suggested the always popular cupcake place Sprinkles that is located near Fashion Island. A quick look on mapquest to see how far away it was and we were on our way (gotta love phones with the internet!). We soon came up on the biggest hill of the day and it was a big one! Michelle made it all the way up, Marie and Annel made it about 3/4's of the way and I made it about 1/2. Walking can be a good thing :). We took a quick break and were on our way again. We could see the tall buildings near our destination and this was the motivation we really needed to make it all the way.

Sooner than we could have imagined we were at Sprinkles. I've never been there before. The like was amazingly HUGE and down the sidewalk. While Michelle and Annel waited for their cupcakes Maire and I got a table and gelato from a near by store. It was GREAT and the perfect afternoon treat. After everyone's sugar tooth was satisfied we went back to our bikes to start our journey back. When we got to the bikes Annel noticed that her front tire was flat! A thorn in her tire was the evil doer! Since there were no bike shops near by we decided to walk to a near by gas station and see if they could help us. The closest one had fix a flat and we were set to head back to a bike shop we had seen a few miles back.

On or way to the bike shop we got to go down the big hill we went up earlier and it was soooooo much fun to feel the wind zipping past us!

When we got to the bike shop we were greeted by one of the most energetic people I have ever met in my life! He was pretty much nuts and gave all of us tune ups on our bikes and rambled about everything and nothing. While someone that works for him fixed Annel's tire I noticed that there was a REALLY old rusted bike in the front of the shop. It was soooo cool and I got some great pictures! The shop owner said he had pulled it out of a river but who knows.

After Annel's tire was fixed we started on the road again and only had a few miles left to go.

We made it back to our starting point about an hour later and were all happy to be done riding. All in all we rode some where between 25-27 miles. It's the longest bike ride I have ever gone one and I think Marie and Annel are in the same boat. It will be interesting to see how our bodies feel tomorrow!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Roller Derby

I sold at/went to my first roller derby last weekend. It was incredible! I loved watching the few minutes of the derby I saw and how aggressive the girls were. I wish I could be like it but I'm pretty happy I'm not haha. The match was for the L.A. Derby Dolls teams the Sirens and the Touch Cookies. The Tough Cookies were the favorite since they were undefeated for the season, but the Sirens ended up winning!

It was my first time selling at anything like this and I think it went pretty well. I made enough to cover my booth space, gas to and from L.A, dinner and have a little bit left over. You aren't really allowed to take cameras into the roller but I was able to pull of taking a picture of my booth. I need to get some better lighting to string through my tent but other than that I think it looks pretty good.

Everyone there was really nice and I can't wait to sell at the 2 day tournament on June 28th and 29th. If you want to go you can get tickets at It should be great fun times and I hope you can make it!

What else has been going on...Oh! On Sunday I woke up and found that our dog, who totally knows better, had peed on AND ruined my favorite sewing machine. I cleaned it out to no end and no matter what I do the thread still smells like urine. So, I had to buy a new sewing machine...sigh! I picked up this one at the local Wally-world since I didn't like any of the one's at Joann's and I'm pretty happy with it so far. I've made a purse and 2 fleece Angel's blankets and haven't had any problems.

This weekend will be filled with sewing and bike rides at the beach. I can't wait!