Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Latest Classic Pooh Drawing

Here's the latest in the Classic Pooh collection. I don't think it gets much better than Eeyore.

To purchase, click here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I Just Bought an Elliptical Machine!

I've wanted one for years. I hate going to the gym because I can't ever seem to find the time with working full time and running my Etsy businesses. I like my workout DVDs (P90X, Jillian Michaels), but I hate having to set up and move furniture in order to do the cardio portions. So tonight I was watching the Olympics and there was a commercial for the Nordic Trac Incline Trainer and I remembered that they had that at Costco, and if I remembered correctly, it was a pretty good deal. So I went and looked. And decided I'd rather have an elliptical (the Incline Trainer wasn't available online) machine because hey, I can run or walk outside. I can't elliptical train outside. So it'll be here in about 10 days! Combined with my new Reebok RunTones (the blue and white ones and my P90X weight lifting routine (LOVE it!) and my new elliptical machine, I'm soon to be a Svelte Sara!

Friday, February 5, 2010

I like to Make Brain Slugs

So, if you read my post about my studio remodel a couple of days ago, you probably noticed that mixed in among my painting supplies on my new shelves were three bins for crocheting and knitting supplies. This is why:

Pikachu and the Brain Slugs

I did not make Pikachu, but I like to make brain slugs. And I like to crochet dish rags--you'd be surprised how great they are for scrubbing while doing the dishes. Plus, it's a good way to keep yourself from eating while watching TV.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

As Promised, New Apartment Remodel!

So, like I said yesterday, when my husband and I get bored and think it's time for a change, we remodel. We can do it for around $2,000 if we hit the sales right (and we hit the sales so right this time it's hard to imagine--a $1500 rug for $299--that's how hard we hit the sales) and it's way cheaper than adding $600 a month onto our rent (we're locked in a pre-economic meltdown price that we're not willing to loosen our grasp on). So here it is!

I already posted about the studio yesterday, so this is a repeat picture, but allow me to draw attention to the rug. That's the rug!! It's 8' x 11', over 100 lbs (I cannot move the thing), and it's so plush that you can't help but stand on it barefoot. Love it.

Our bedroom. We got this four poster bed with a new latex mattress last year, but I don't think I've blogged about it. It's our dream bed and the mattress is like sleeping on a cloud.

Our bathroom. Not much we can do here because it's a rental apartment, but we got the new over-the-toilet organizer from Ikea this past weekend and it's been a dream come true. It alleviates way more under-the-sink space than you'd think by looking at it. Plus, it's so pretty with those bottles (also from Ikea) and, believe it or not, my Victoria's Secret laundry detergent. I really like that bottle. And yes, we have a Mickey Mouse shower curtain (with a matching bathmat, but that's in the laundry).

And oh, how I love my new living room. Our couch has proven to be not-so-sturdy, so when we saw this solid construction, like-butter-leather loveseat this weekend for 50% off at Bassett Furniture, we had to jump on it (literally--it's sturdy). We gave our old couch to Jeremy's sister, who will be moving out of her mom's house soon, so she'll have a couch for the move.

Another living room view.

And my husband's new baby--the new home theater. PS3 (my portion of the purchase--I don't know how we got by without it) and a whole set of surround sound speakers. We now spend most of our time in the living room enjoying 5.1 surround sound and playing video games.

And if you follow my blog, you've seen the kitchen, but here it is again to round out the full apartment tour. I still love my kitchen. But I think it's time for a change on the walls--still formulating that plan in my head.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

We love car shows!

My husband and I get really excited right after the holidays because it means the Utah Auto Expo is coming up. This does not mean that we want the holidays over with--no, no, no. They are our favorite time of the year and mark the season of pine scented home fragrance oils, compulsive over shopping, white hot chocolate, and cozy nights playing video games. But when the holidays are over, we don't despair as much as we would if there weren't the auto expo around the 15th of January.

And it was pretty good this year. For some reason there were no BMWs, which I can handle, I own a Mini and prefer it over the purebred BMWs, and there was no unlocked Corvette for me to sit in this year, but they did have a few choice vehicles.

There is, of course, the 2010 Taurus SHO (me with the engine). I have never been impressed by Taurus' in the past. Hated them, as a matter of fact. So when the Taurus came back, I didn't expect much. But that Taurus SHO--woah. Not only does it have a twin turbo and a quarter mile time of 13 seconds flat and is as fast 0-60 as our last Cobra, it's a family car. It has four doors and miles of leg room. And it's sexy.

So yes, I dream about that car. If we have kids by the time it's time to turn in the Mini, I can't guarantee that I won't want to drop the Mini leasing deals and turn to the Taurus SHO. More likely, however, we'll garage the Cobra as a weekend car, continue leasing Minis, and get an SHO.

And there is, hopefully, our retirement car. The ZR1 Corvette. Meow.

After the car show we almost always head over to the Barnes & Noble down the street and grab a drink. This year was no exception. After that, we went furniture shopping and discovered a massive massive sale at our furniture store, which resulted in the apartment remodel which will be posted tomorrow!

And one more shout out to my new line of Classic Pooh art. I'm working on a lot more of them tonight, but the first one is available for sale by clicking here!

New Studio Remodel!

My studio has been a complete wreck since Christmas. I really needed to get organized, and after the Christmas rush the last thing I wanted to do was clean and organize. As a result, nothing got done. No art got done, not even vacuuming happened in that room.

But this past weekend my husband and I got the bug to remodel our apartment. This is what we do when we get bored and think that it's time for a change (i.e. moving somewhere new). Rather than move and tack on what is nowadays $600 more than we currently pay in rent each month, we take $2,000 and remodel the apartment in a fairly simple way. Pictures of the apartment remodel will be posted tomorrow--new couch, new home theater, new bathroom look, etc.

But today, I want to show you my studio! It's done and it's glorious and organized and so inviting! It's actually comfortable in there and it's not too crowded with supplies and "stuff."

Ta da!! As I said, it's glorious. I know where everything is. It's not too dark. It's not too crowded. And I have organization ABOVE MY DESK for my most used items. I know this is not a revelation to people--lots of people have this. But this is my first time with it and I love it love it love it!

When I was working on my Winnie the Pooh drawing (see yesterday's blog post) I had all my pencils handy and I grabbed my cup of erasers from the shelves, pulled my markers down, and I was ready to go. It was so fun!

My shelves hold everything I need, very neatly. Everything from my markers to my canvases to my crocheting and knitting supplies to my painting supplies! And the best part? Each shelf was only $14.99 from Ikea and they actually look pretty darn good!! All the boxes were from Ikea, all the storage cups, and all the wall storage. :) Gotta love Ikea when you're setting up an art studio.

Come back tomorrow to see pictures of the rest of the apartment! The living room has done a 180! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Line of Classic Pooh Art

I'm starting a new line of Classic Pooh art. You can purchase it by clicking here. Previously I've just given my Winnie the Pooh art away as gifts, but my dream is to be a Disney illustrator and drawing these things are my favorite things to do, so I figured I'd devote more time to it. And this is my first one.

Here are some detail shots:

(The image quality is small/not the greatest to prevent any printing at full size.)

I've got more to come, too. Especially some Eeyore ones--Eeyore is the best!