Only my boss…

Most bosses try to motivate their employees. Mine is a bit different. She buys every one in the office “de-motivation” desktop calendars for Christmas.

May not be warranted  at this point.

It’s best to avoid standing directly between a competitive jerk and his goals.

If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.

Proudly defending the status quo long after the quo has lost its status

My favorite is the one that will be hanging in our conference room:

None of us is as dumb as all of us.


Love my office.


People Make Cool Things: Love Elycia

I was super excited to find out that I get to feature Elycia’s blog and shop this week.

Love Elycia was one of the first blogs I found and liked enough to actually figure out how to use Google Reader in order to keep up with her blog.

Elycia makes funny/cute headbands:

She draws super adorable girls who tell a story…Derby is my favorite, mostly because she crochets!

And apparently her kitties are well behaved enough to be allowed in her craft room.

I try to let Maddy in the craft room…and then get mad at her and throw her out.

LoveElycia online: Shop | Blog | Twitter

*Now that I’m back to blogging on a (semi) regular basis, I’ve re-joined the BesTeam on Etsy to feature some great artist/crafters. Yay!


Christmas Lights!

There’s a neighborhood in Keizer where almost all the houses decorate with tons of Christmas lights. Isaac and I got hot chocolate and drove through tonight.

Love this saying :)

Go Beavs!

I took a million photos of this Pooh & Tigger display but it moves and it took so long to take the photo that I couldn’t make it not blurry. Oh well. Still cute.

If you’re trying to get to the North Pole, don’t follow this sign…it’s pointing west.

We’re going to go walk through Magic at the Mill for all the lights and singing, hopefully on Thursday. I’ve never been but it’s supposed to be beautiful. I’m excited.

So Much to (Want to) Make, So Little Time

On my to-make for fun list….

I’m loving Pinterest! Instead of a long list of bookmarks that would be my to-make list, Pinterest shows me all the pretty pictures. I made the zipper flowers already (the tutorial is kind of hard to understand…or maybe I’m just dumb) and I’m saving toilet paper rolls to make Emma’s Toilet Paper Roll Art. Isaac says he can’t get over the fact that it’s made out of toilet paper rolls so we’ll see if I can make something work. Maybe on the miniscule wall space that’s in the craft room? Speaking of the craft room, my goal for this weekend is to get it cleaned up and take pictures.

Oh hi, Rabbit Trail….

Back to Pinterest….I’ve only been using it as a style board and am only really following the front page/Best of Pinterest board. I am afraid that it will be a huge time suck as soon as I start exploring.


Usually on Monday I write about whatever we did over the weekend. But….we did nothing. As in n-o-t-h-i-n-g, nothing. Absolutely nothing. It was wonderful.

Well, kind of. We did whatever we wanted to without having schedules and timelines. So we went to the Holiday Market, church, lunch with the family.


I updated my Etsy shop. I’ve been making a ton of stuff but it’s been in stores or at craft shows…or in a tote that should be labeled “Things to photograph when you stop procrastinating.” But since I built a handy dandy new light box, there’s no excuse.

So….after hours of quality time with my camera, the lightbox, and picasa….

I’ve listed like 25 things to my shop and I have…like….too many more. Like 15 or 20. At least.

Crossing my fingers that those Etsy Transaction emails start coming in!

How to Make an Easy Light Box

Leaving for work before it’s light and coming home after the sun goes down has made it pretty much impossible to take photos for my Etsy shop. So, last week I made a light box.

The step-by-step is in my first guest post on Eben Lemon. Emma’s awesome – check out her blog. Oh, and wish her good luck on her final exams :)


We got a kitten!

Isn’t she just so cute? We went to the Humane Society last night. That place, by the way, breaks my heart. I just want to take all the animals home with me.

This guy looks so so sad. I just wanted to give him a big hug.

Turns out Isaac and I have pretty different taste in cats. He likes sleek, short haired cats, and I like the big fluffy ones like this guy:

His name is Ike. We played with him for a while but he basically just sat and didn’t want to play at all, so I put him back in his prison.

But then we found this one. She likes playing, she likes cuddling, she purrs, she’s house trained, she looks like a tiger. All good things in my book.

It took  me a little while to warm up to her. In fact, I wasn’t in love with her till we put her in the box and left the Humane Society. She started crying and my heart melted.

She warmed up pretty quick once we got her home. She explored, jumped on everything, ate some food, and then cuddled up. She likes being underneath things like chairs and tables…maybe she feels safer in enclosed areas?

We named her Maddy (short for Madison) but I’m not positive that she looks like a Maddy. Isaac really likes her name so we’ll see.

I love her.