Monday, December 31, 2007


So this blog has been quiet for a while and will remain to be, but I'll give a quick recap of 2007.
The year was full of ups and downs, but overall pretty swell. It really made me realize the emmense value of family & friends.
Unordered Wrap up:
Columbus Crafty Cotillion : Seattle Trip : Learned to shoot a gun : Played croquet : First Cbus Baseball game : No more remediation job
Aunt Carol got married, Bobbie got engaged. Phil Jack. BLC & JMS had Gus, James and Laura had River : Prep work for Sarah's Wedding :
My dad bought the hometown 5 & 10 with associated treasures : A month in San Francisco : Bike was painted : Got JG to go hiking (a few times!) and climbing!
Some friends lost, separated and gained
2 notable quilts finished. I started another in March, but the enlarging method I used isn't so great, so it's taking a REALLY LONG TIME to piece together : 60 purses cut, waiting to be designed : Bouncy Castle : Vintage Bike Show : Red Rocks
I planted a garden and to my utter suprise, it grew!Also after about round 4, my compost worms are actually living, and are healthy! yeah!
Turned 26 : Met an amazing community in Kentucky : Moved, then he pretty much moved.
1 year : 3 cats. Still no birdie : Cooked with pumpkins : canned green tomatoes
Xtracycle rides : Bull riding in Naples : Had my insides looked at
Met Jenny Hart : Indian Caverns : SF long weekend : TOSRV
Working at the climbing gym : degradation pathways of chlorinated solvents

Saw a large collection of Penny farthing machines & spanking machine, San Francisco eateries never fail me with a good Ginger Ale on the menu, Maria & associated Elvis tattoo, gross staph infection in my leg, kicked out of Bobbie's Xmas party, didn't wreck a car. Didn't even get into a bike wreck, and no major injuries. Wow, awesome!
Ripped teal carpet out of the bedroom, turned JG's office pink : Game night : quick Cleveland trip : eating cheese again.
Silkscreened a lot, learned how to repair a washer : meeting Basak's mom and dad, mini greyhounds, PENTAX *ist, Tip Top, Ladies Thursdays @ ORielly's, yoga. Became huge fans of Adam Brouillete, Arthur Hash, and the L2 Design Collective. GIRL TALK : eggplant baked then mushed (like this) : toast with munster and nut. yeast : Lime pickle: Mint & basil :read Dooce religiously : salt and pepper shakers of ghosts hugging : a knot tied for me.

Disappointments of the year include Columbus declaring itself the Indie art capital and a scientist who I've read and respected for years is now a 'voice' for all the greening media blitz going on. this sealed the deal. Compells me to go engineer the toxic chemicals like school taught me. Personally I wish I would have realized things earlier and dealt with them. And smiled more.
For 2008? Eat mindfully, more yoga, smile more. Maybe an ice climbing trip

(You know what would make your New Year start off on an awesome foot??? Owning a Scion! You could buy my car. )

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Crafty Cotillion Swap!

IMGP9238, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

It was the Crafty Cotillion Swap a Wholly Craft! (sadly I forgot to photograph my treasures, but will in the future)
Fun times were had by all. There was some mingling, chatting and a chocolate fountain. Everyone was thrilled with the swapping and I think most everyone bought holiday gifts that night too. had felt coffee sleeves with Ohio on them to keep in the shop to sell, but I think most were gone before they were even able to get to the shelves!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Newest Birdie Creation

Newest Birdie Creation
Originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus

This was one of my swap gifts- a little birdie magnet.
Other fun fridge things:
JG childhood bike pic
Olentangy Indian Caverns MagnetChildhood photo of me & brother on/in little Tikes car
Tarina Tarintino Card
Sparrowfish Shop Card
Tablet from sparrowfish

Toot magnet from Comfest
The Small Object Magnet
Skreened Card
Cbus Indie Art Capital Propaganda
Seattle Space Needle Magnet
Beer Cap Magnets
Beer brewing instructions


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Pre-me and possibly when I was young, my dad would take groups of his 5th grade students to Mexico city and the surrounding area. He had gotten these tin and wicker ornaments early on, and I remember covetting them when I was young, but my mom would never let them on her tree or claim that she 'just couldn't find them this year' (everything is organized to a T)
So this year, I dug through the cold attic to find a Deep-fryer box from the 70s with all the ornaments. They are very fun on the white tree.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Helper Elf

Helper Elf, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

We put up our tree early, and since then time has stressfully flown by. After tomorrow my load will be a bit lighter (and Xmas is a day closer!) Luckily, I have a good helper around here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The new Wholly Craft Promo Ad

I hope that everyone is buying Handmade items this holiday! Especially from places like Wholly Craft"!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Front Porch

IMGP9343, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Although JG wasn't really home and I didn't have too many visitors, I have to say that it was really nice to come home to a decorated house this season. Always feeling that the chore of decorating out weighted the benefits, I was definitely changed this year. I've been working long days, so I leave & come home when it's dark, so I added the automatic timer, and I have to say that it was really calming to come into a lit home.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Aunt Carol's new house

Aunt Carol remarried a quick minute ago, and her husband lives in Henry Clay Fry's house- of Fry Glass. There is really interesting glasswork in the house and her husand's late first wife was an advid antique collector- especially of dolls. They watch you at every turn....
Aunt Carol's New House Aunt Carol's acquired children in her new marriage Aunt Carol's acquired children in her new marriage Aunt Carol's acquired children in her new marriage

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sarah's Shower

Cake Toppers, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

It was a quick weekend trip home to attend Sarah's bridal shower, get fitted for the dresses, bachlorette party, etc. The shower was quiet and nice, they got some fun gifts and Send us Off worked out really well. They didn't want to register, as they don't need anything/have room for anything, but didn't want to specifically ask for cash (which I think is totally acceptable these days) so I had mentioned that they register for Send us Off or something similar than take chances at random gifts.
The crowd was mostly older women (aunts, grandmas, etc) so of course there were still random crock pots and dinnerware, but for the most part the ladies participated in Send Us Off, and from the website you can choose and activity- say "Lunch at a vineyard," then print out a little certificate, and most included a small similar fun gift with it, so it's pretty interactive & encouraging to use. (Plus in the end, the couple just gets a check- minus a percentage- which is pretty nice too)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween, Pt 2

All I want for Halloween is a porcupine:
(Dang, the embed function doesn't work in blogger, but you can go here to see it.
Look at the Feet in this one!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Home Decor

Home decor, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Not really the design style that I favor, and it actually frightened me a bit when I walked in the door, but they also loved the white elephant gifted painting, and told JG that he could come over and look at it some time.

A good mash:
A good amount of red skinned potatoes. At least quarter and boil until soft. Drain
In a larger vessel: Olive oil, garlic, chives. About a 1/2 cp H2O, at least 2 cups chopped mustard green. Boil up, stirring well.
Add potatoes and start to mash with the heat off. Add water if necessary (remember that they'll soak up water) and some TVP flakes if you desire. When it starts to cool, mash in 1/2 Tbsp or so miso, a good handful of cilantro, tamari and cayenne pepper if desired. I should have substituted the cayenne for a fresh hot pepper from the garden, but was afraid that it would be too spicy.

I'm kinda on the fence on whether potatoes are good to eat, but I have a sack of them and wanted something mushy. I'm doing my altered form of the Lemon Cleanse and it seems to be keeping my belly sane in a stressful time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wasn't my fault

IMGP8801, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Minipops @ Skully's

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So it's been a good while since I've put up a band, and although I stressfully ran around the house looking for some documents while they were here, it was nice to have some company in the house (not including the Creatures). The Minipop's bass player is one of JG's friend's from SF, and when I first got a glance of him, he strongly resembled the a really bad climbing partner and I was worried. But he turned out to be really sweet and funny and cute. Plus he found out that I was from Pgh asked me if I was a George Romero fan. Many bonus points that Steelers/Pitt/sport in general didn't come out of his mouth. :-p. Although there was a severe lack of bodies as Skully's (probably due to Wilco in town), the band was really great and Julie was going crazy for them. I really wanted to stay & see the last band, but the sweatshop was calling.

Werkin' Hard to get to the Jellybeans

IMGP8718, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

A little funny story that includes the wedding

Support you local Indie Designers!

Mermaid Purse
From 10am – 6pm on November 17 and 18, swing by Junctionview Studios in Grandview for the Tiny Canary Indie Design Market. This modern arts and crafts market will have over 40 of the finest designers and makers of everything from jewelry and handmade clothing, to original plush and home d├ęcor. As a handmade alternative for the gift giving season, Tiny Canary is anticipated to attract thousands of holiday shoppers. It should be an interesting mix of fine art to glue crafts, so be sure to check it out. If anything, swing by to check out Junctionview Studios. They're working hard to try and up the art presence in this town. There may even be a super special debut item crafted from my hands....

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Randy's wedding

BecSo our main destination of the Seattle trip was Randy's Wedding. Since most of the folks were JG's friends that I just met, the camera was tamer than it usually is in a day around the house-let alone an event- but it was a really lovely ceremony and reception. Helps that it was beautiful out. And, unlike Phil's wedding, we were ontime and there were no last minute wardrobe crisis. Everyone I had the pleasure of meeting over the long weekend was really amazing. I especially enjoyed the college stories of JG, since he always says "I don't have any" when I ask him to tell me a story. Next time I there better be pictures...

IMGP8642 Over the shoulder
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IMGP8647 Cupcakes!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Home again

Oliver's favorite spot, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Seattle Burger Time

Burger TIme
Growing up, I remember playing sitting in the basement in our house in Conway on the scratchy burber carpeting playing Burgertime with my mom & brother. I also remember my mom always beating us at Galaga...
Anyways, Chauch, happy belated birthday & congrats on the MCATs
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Spaceneedle Peepshow

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Looking thru the scope Cheerleaders thru the scope
While others were looking at buildings and water and cars, we found the highschool cheerleaders.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Monorail ride

Took the long 1 mile ride on the monorail through the Experience Music Project to the abandoned amusement park.
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