Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A friend of mine arranged a private tour of the Grand Mosque here in Kuwait.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
No, not really! In the 11 years I've been married I have not ever really decorated the houses we've lived in. I've always liked clothes & crafts, but I never got the house gussied up. Man, I've had house envy of all my friends & family. I just wasn't ready to do it. I was too busy working. I was too busy working & pregnant. I was too busy with postpartum depression. We only lived there for 8 months, twice ... Yea, I could go on, but the time is right this time.
For Christmas, I've put out various handmade decor I've received from a past swaps & some of my own goodies. Look at this awesome garland I received from a recent swap! Thank you Jackie & Target - oh how I miss Target. This little swag is staying up year round.
I got inspired by2 friends, hi Jo & Jackie! Jackie is always decorating & has a great sense of style. She's helping someone else prep for a Christmas party. There will be pictures to follow!
I went to Jo's house & stole this lovely idea from her. Mine is on a much smaller scale but yea, I did it!
Our Christmas tree is even themed this year. It's hard to replicate my mom's Christmas decor when she's known as Filipino Martha Stewart. So this year is the first year to just put up my decorations & enjoy. I can list & plan all my ideas of grandeur for next year & start all my projects in February!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Peddling my wares in my first craft show here. Most of my props are in storage so my table didn't look as full as I wanted it to. Of course, I had grand ideas to have TONS more stuff to sell. I'm getting ready for next Christmas now :)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I am thankful to be on this journey in our new home. I am thankful to be able to share it with my family. I've learned to take the good with the frustrating & chalk it up as an experience.
I am thankful for the new friends I was able to spend this holiday with. Nothing like full house & lots of food on Thanksgiving day.
Thankful for my blog friends - new & old. You bring joy & inspiration into my world everyday. Sometimes you bring me views of home that I miss - Thank you
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
How are you coming along with your Handmade Holidays pledge? Me, I'm plugging along. I'm making things for family & for my upcoming Christmas Bazaar.
Do you want to make some quick holiday gifts? Mary has made individual tutorials from the Artists Class available. You can buy a couple or still join in on the entire class (the blog is open until February - so don't sweat a time crunch). Take a look at all the tutorials here.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm headed into that time of year when I'm juggling a million things. I keep reminding myself what's important. I'm a mom & wife first - party planner, business person, creative crazy woman all follow. I've always struggled with balance.
I keep wanting to put stuff in my store, but I have some important visitors coming for Thanksgiving that I've been preparing for. I don't have time to create, so I find pockets here & there & end up with lots of things started & not a lot done. It's all a balancing act.
Here are some peeks of the artwork I've been working on. I've got more pics on flickr.
Oh yea, a little holiday bazaar coming up & I don't have enough inventory & will they even like my stuff & ... I've decided to just enjoy it. I had no idea coming to Kuwait I would have the opportunity to show my wares. There are quite a few holiday bazaars to look into for next year. Seriously, I'm starting to plan for next Christmas in February :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Here's a collage of a few jewelry pieces I'm working on. I'm going a million miles an hour with my crafty things these days. I've had lots of creative juju & I just love to run it when I've got it. I'm hoping to have all these pretties completed, photographed & posted to the store here & here next week. I might find some time to do the piles of laundry & unpacking/sorting :) Maybe...
I also found out that our community is going to have a holiday show. Yea for me! I've missed doing craft shows & am so excited to do this one. Besides the jewelry, I'm making photo books/journals & canvases. It never stops! The photo above are some canvases I've started. Seems like lots of stuff started & nothing finished yet.
What are you doing to get ready for the holidays? This is my favorite time of the year!! I'd like to do the Handmade Pledge again, so I obviously need to get started with that. And with a show coming up, one can never have too much merchandise.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Where has this month gone? It's been a bit crazy in the house with 2 sick kids. I've been going stir crazy at home. What's a girl to do?
I'm enjoy playing with Photoshop again! There have been some issues with the cart over on my Lollishop, so I've started moving listings into my Etsy shop. Once everything is moved you'll be able to shop from either store. I'm having a slow go of it, so take a look at my flickr photos & lollishop. I can add something to etsy if you'd like to purchase. I decided to update my etsy shop, so I made my own banner & avatar. You'll recognize the avatar - I don't think I'll ever get rid of that cutie!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
If you're interested in learning, join me & 10 other artists for Artist Class. My blog readers get $10 off registration with the code kateveeme. Take a look at the post below for all the info. Mary has been working hard getting ready. It's a stellar line up of artists & projects!
Friday, October 16, 2009
According to Mary "Artist Class is an online project classroom with a variety of projects and a variety of artists. It will take place over 4 weeks, on a member-only blog. Daily posts include instructions for one dozen individual projects plus additional, bonus downloads, tips, and techniques." Doesn't that sound like fun? Why don't you join us! I'll be sharing 2 different project
Register HERE with the code kateveeme & receive$10 off the class!
Project 1: Have you ever wanted to use some junk jewelry or transform a special family piece? I'll teach you how to make a fabulous blingy ring – just in time for the holidays for parties or to make as gifts.
into… Stamped Pendants
Some of my favorite blog friends are participating artists:
Special thanks to Tia for encouraging me to submit some of my work for consideration as a project!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Oooh the markets here are such a treat! I went to the Friday market, which is open Thursday - Saturday. Unfortunately, I didn't find any camels. I am still on the hunt to take a picture. There was so much to look at. I need a map of this place. Thank goodness I was with a friend that doesn't have my sense of direction.
There were lots of funky rugs - contemporary, traditional, traditional with a contemporary spin. I saw a traditional patterned rug with a pink background. I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it, but it's on my list for next time.
Lots of brass & silver tableware & decorative accessories. I'm loading up before we leave.
Colorful bolsters for sitting area furniture for the diwaniyas.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This picture is of the 3 new things I listed on my lollishop yesterday! I've been on a good pace adding a few items to the store every few days. I'm really gearing up for the holidays. I wanted to do a post of the new items & now that I'm Addicted to Photoshop, I can't just plop a picture on there. What did I do before PSE :)
This is a picture of what I was planning on posting today before I went downhill. I'm excited as I haven't done rings in awhile & the crown pendant has been done waiting for a matching necklace. Hopefully I'll get those items up before the end of the week. I have the photos done, I just wasn't in the mood to write copy with body aches & a temp!
It's the end of Ramadan here, Eid Holiday, so I've had both of the boys home with me all week & we've been going out to keep them busy. It's been a bit of an off week at home. Hopefully some normalcy next week.