Happy St. Valentines



I promise my blog (and email responses) will return to normal after this weekend. Well, maybe I should say email response times will improve…ahem. I hope everyone had a lovely day, with lots of hugs + kisses from all your loved ones.

I was surrounded by all three of my boys, snowed in + happy as can be.

weekend rewind



I know I have been pretty quiet the past couple of days. My mom had a birthday, my mom and sister both got their first tattoos, and I have been hold up in the studio trying to get everything done for the show this weekend.

For my mom’s birthday we spent the day flea marketing, then at the used bookstore, saw ice sculptures, and then she and my sister both were tattooed by Tom.

This entry is going to be short because the kids are dying to go out in the snow (which by the way is still falling steadily) but I will probably make another little entry later tonight with more show info..and a few more sneak peeks.

Show Girls



I am feeling very impatient about waiting to post photos of all the stuff I am working on for the show. However, I want it to be a surprise for the people coming to the opening..so I am trying to force myself. Maybe a few peeks + previews will have people excited about coming.

The other day I had an interview with The Philly City Paper (which comes out on the 15th, if anyone can save + bring me a copy I would be ever so grateful) regarding the show, and she asked if I was nervous formy first solo show. Of course I really am and said so. It is a bit unerving almost like a birthday party in some ways. You invite people, make all the plans, and only hope everyone will come. The bad part being this “party” is three hours away from my home….so its asking a lot of close friends + family to please come out and support.

Anyhow here is another little peek peek for now. These littl girls are very “muppetish”, and that pleases me somehow.

Today is my Mother’s birthday (happy bday mom!) But we have big plans for tomorrow so I will go on and on about her in a post tomorrow night, lest she think I love Heather more! ;) That way I should have some photos for you as well.

Snow Day



Today is a snow day and school has been cancelled. The morning was filled with playing out in the snow and then coming in for hot chocolate with marshmellow eyes floating inside (the only marshmellows we had in the house) Next is a trip to the post office and grocery store. We have a new kids cookbook to make lunch from and need to gather all the things needed.

The photos above are just a mix of things that have gone on the past week or so. Still working on a little embriodery here and there. These great egg toys we found at the thrift shop, and experimenting with various candy eyes for the show donuts. These are the largest candy eyes I can seem to find, so I am going to try making some instead this afternoon. These are much too small….so hopefully homemade ones will work out!

I’ve still got my popcorn



Today my older sister Heather turned 31..this year I will turn 30. We are only 19 months apart, and I think that is why we have always been so close (19 months, my poor mother’s mental health!) Growing up we had a lot of the same friends, and in high school we ran with the same group. Not to mention Heather had amazing puffy bangs. The grooming of said bangs actually gave her asthma, and left a layer of dried hairspray on her bedroom mirror that she had to clean pretty regularly. I did however admire these bangs, and the patience she had to wake up almost an hour early to get them washed, dryed, and moved into place.

When we were younger we would spend a lot of our time tormenting our youngest sister (I’m sorry Noelle!) We made up elaborate lies, telling her that every night the carebears would come and take us to their magical land…but only if you stayed up till midnight, without falling asleep once.

Heather and I talked about my middleschool crush, who lived down the street. We always referred to him as “blah-blah” my code name so no one would ever find out the truth. She would write me notes and fold them into complex triangles, writing things like “Heidi loves Blah-Blah on the front.

She made me paper dolls in elementary school and brought them home as a gift in a brown paper lunch sack. We made up songs and stories for each other. Heather would act out her stories using our stuffed animals…”But Banarby, whats going to happen to me when you die?”

In one school in Maine, our bus ride was almost an hour. We would sit in the back of the bus, with our mutual friends singing La Isla Bonita at the top of our lungs while our hair blew around from the open windows. We would meet on the playground and do flips on the bars. We would meet up in the woods and tried to build a raft to float across the creek that smelled like butts.

We talk on the phone all the time, we keep each other company while we are driving great lengths, our cell phone bills reflecting this. We can ride in her car with all the kids (she has 4, and I have 2) all carrying on + instead of going nuts we laugh, and laugh.

People have asked if we are twins, even though we don’t feel that we look a lot alike. We love bargins, and yardsales, and bins that you have to rummage through. We both love coffee, and taking photos, and have snappy driving tempers when people cut us off, or forget to use a turn signal. We are goofballs together.

Heather has the kindest heart and once couldnt sleep because she thought I was mad at her for leaving a party early! Of course I wasn’t mad at all! She loves giving gifts, and is the type to remember the smallest thing you said in passing, and turn it into something special. She loves musicals, and Seinfield, and wanted to be an archaeologist when she was little. She is funny + fantastic…and quite the wonderful sister!

Happy birthday Heather—I love you!