Wednesday, August 25, 2010

my 4 simple goals

as i was reading and catching up on lost online time yesterday, i ran across this participation post on a blog i look to for inspiration and a little daily dose of encouragement.. this girl makes following your dreams look simple and living a handmade life so whimsical - I get happy warm fuzzies knowing such awesome artists are out there living the dream :)  any whoooo her post reads 

1. choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish. 
2. do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example.... instead of "lose 10 pounds", choose something like "eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day". get what i'm saying? positive actions instead of just the end result! 
3. choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences. 
4. choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward. 
5. blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year! i'll be doing this too! links back to this post are appreciated.

i want to share some of my little goals that i am really excited about :) i took the night & day to think about ones that would be fun and rewarding for me, rewarding just to be doing them!!

1.  learn to make bread!  
I had a customer at kenny's about 2 months ago that had written a very well-known sourdough recipie book.  we chatted into the afternoon and as she was leaving she gave me a signed copy of her book and a small culture of her yeast (that has been alive for over 100 years!!).   i am no cook, but i do enjoy baked goods & i have always wanted to bake bread from scratch... and it sort of landed in my lap.  i want to make time to use her recipies and keep the yeast alive!  
2.  Don't stop working out 
i bought a month bikram yoga pass on august 5th and have been using it diligently!  i have not been devoted to physical activity since highschool sports and it has been truly amazing dedicating myself to a minimum of 3 yoga classes a week.  class is hard, long, hot and amazing!!  i am growing muscles i didn't know i had and becoming flexible in ways i never thought i could.  and i don't want to poop out on how far i have come being more physically active.  
3.  draw in my sketchbook more
i am no longer in 'class' mode if you will where i will have someone babysitting checking and grading my competency, ideas, creativity, and records of what i do...  weird!!  and i want to keep on keeping a sketchbook that is full of ideas writings drawings and growth.  
4.  continue putting the house together <3
i have been doing little beautifying projects around the house now that it is just jared and i here.  and it has been so wonderful transforming old parts of our house into new 'homey'-us parts :)  there is a lot of work to be done in the studio and most of all getting the gallery public-ready displaying our work.  part of me wants everything to magically come together in a matter of days, but another part of me wants to take my time and enjoy every minute of creating our home.  patience patience... is sometimes hard when i get too many visions and excitement!  

a peek of our new blinds, fabric purchased with an amazing 70% off joanns coupon, thanks mom!
finding these goals has made me think about the little things in every day life that can become enriching mini goals... makes me wonder what is possible with a little effort and thoughtfulness...but i will not be getting carried away:)  stay tuned for progress!  

xoxo loves

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

we have internet again, thankgoodness

it feels like it has been weeks since i browsed online!!!!  it was almost giving me a nervous twitch.  i think it is just because it has become such a huge part of my daily routine that i felt a little out my norms missing my blogs and etsy browsing.  sad to admit, it was only 9 days i went without.  and hopefully it never happens AGAIN!  hahah

and it feels like i have loads to tell you all about, as if weeks and weeks of events have transpired!! I think i am exaggerating again.  that's what happens when you loose the internet for 9 days!  oh man.  well for those of you who didn't know, we were living in severance with a roommate for the past few months.  She moved out this month with the house feeling smaller and smaller with the 3 (plus bees) of us living here... and it is a completely new house with just jared and i!  we are enjoying the space to spread out and i am loving getting to redecorate and nest more of our belongings to their rightful places :)  and we have yet to design our new studio flow!  it will be absolutely incredible to have the entire garage for the both of us.  ( i can already see us making our messes in every inch of it lol)

It was a sad moment this past thursday when i found myself in the UNC studio for the last time cleaning up my area and packing my tools.  (yes i did put it off till the very end of summer)  it was sad for me to say goodbye to a place with so many good memories.  but alas, life goes on!  and we are onto new things :)  

Jared stated school last week teaching his 7th and 8th graders!  Loves it so far, and i think his kids are liking him too :)  his last lesson included scenarios with justin bieber and lady gaga, how cool is he, right? And today was my first day at Aims Community College.  It is the very affordable alternative to UNC where i will still have access to a Gas kiln, high fire glazes, a spray booth, and another knowledgeable professor.  My landlady Sonya is the arts director and primary ceramics teacher - i can't wait to work with her this semester! 

we had a booth at our local severance days this last Saturday!
sales weren't the best, but we were happy to show some local pride and let people know they had awesome new artists in town!  

we decided that next year we need to get a booth with electricity so we can do wheel throwing demos for people!
there was also a car show right down the path from us, so cool.  i don't know much about cars, other than my dad and gandpas would have really enjoyed this!
fun day.  and we get to do it again this saturday!  
we will be at the Boulder County Farmers Market.   here are the deets for those of you who want to stop by and hangout with us!
The Boulder County Fairgrounds
9595 Nelson Rd.
Longmont, CO
hours: 8-2

we hope to see you there!!  

while catching up on my blog readings tonight, i noticed a cool post by elsie at a beautiful mess - 4 simple goals.  check it out, i will be back with mine tomorrow!  
goodnight & sweet dreams xoxo

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

studio sneeks and peeks

hey everyone, just wanted to let you in on what we have been up to in the studio :)  Jared has been working on more sculptural stuff - this is his latest goose bunny on a tower of eggs!

pretty awesome and fantastic, he spent a lot of time making each and every egg!  i think it is the perfect podium for a goose bunny, what do you think? 
and i have been mixing up argyle colors.. yes, more argyle.  I aM ObSEsSed!!  lol

Also, for those of you who are interested in coming to see us at another event... we will be at
Severance Days on Aug. 21st
Boulder County Farmers Market in Longmont on Aug. 28th

very excited!!!  along with summer winding down, it means jared gearing up for his middle schoolers!! he showed me his lesson for the first day with his kids, he is going to be an excellent teacher :)  not a whole lot else is going on in our lives other than work work and making art.  although, we have been grilling out quite a bit since we got our charbroil last weekend!!

jared finished construction around 10 o'clock, but of course we had to grill before bed haha!  we are enjoying outdoor cooking, good stuff!!  i am in for a night of drinking lots of water before Bikram yoga tomorrow, it will be my second time this week!  kills, and feels so amazing at the same time :)  

night night!  xoxo