Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
what we've been up to on our christmas vacation (so far):
enjoying homemade pizza on christmas eve
being spoiled by grandma with lots of messy cookies when mommy isn't watching
building legos meant for kids twice his age
finding toys (old and new) in every corner of the house.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
as you know, i'm a major bokeh lover. i've always admired photos of bokeh with shapes of lights. i've read some about it but never had the time to try it myself. after calling it quits this morning on the work front i immediately picked up my camera and headed off to try my hand at some shape bokeh. it took a couple tries, and it's still not perfect, but i think i have the basic idea down. hopefully i'll have some time to perfect it over the holidays with all of the available lights!
i leave you with my star bokeh for the holidays. merry christmas to all!
Monday, December 21, 2009
i know i said i was taking a blogging break, but i forgot that i still needed to post our 2009 holiday card. i was waiting for everyone to receive it in the mail before posting it here. i think the coast is clear now, so here's this year's design:
Friday, December 18, 2009
i'm leaving you today with photos of this year's christmas tree. for the first time ever i'm allowing myself to take a blogging break. i was going to wait until next week, but i've decided after a year of hard work, i deserve an extra week! i may stop in to say hi, but chance are you'll see me in 2010! (if you really can't live without me, i'm sure i'll be around on twitter and facebook) happy holidays everyone!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
over the summer i found an amazing find at a garage sale! a shoebox filled with vintage glass ornaments of every shape and size. these weren't just your typical glass balls, but birds, clowns, jesters, the list goes on and on! i was so excited. i can't remember if i paid $2 or $3 for the box, but either way, what a deal! here are a few of my favorites!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
(if you haven't caught on yet, this week's photos of the day are sneak peeks of the handmade gifts i've made this year. all of them will be fully revealed after the recipients have had a chance to open them!)
when i was away in new york last week, the little dude told me on the phone that he had been drawing me some cards for when i got back home. he's been so creative about the things he chooses to draw and is always coming up with the best things for us to spell out for him. he'll give us big, long sentences and say: "ok, now how do i spell that". i must say, he's very patient and will sit there and write the whole thing out.
anyway, this is one of the pieces of artwork i returned home to find waiting for me.
here's a breakdown:
i love you mommy
let's do a dance
(including hearts and smily faces)
then, below that on the left, there's a man cooking bratwurst on a "heater", meaning grill. (you can see he wrote the word "heater" in the grill) all the other stuff is a huge storm that the man is cooking in. i think i've mentioned before how obsessed with storms the little dude is. nearly all of his drawings include tornados or storms of some kind. it's always interesting when he comes home from school with tornados on his artwork. i wonder what his teachers think!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
my parents asked me to design their holiday card this year for the first time. they had recently gotten an old '51 chevy (??) delivered to their "back 40" as they like to call it. it's really their wildflower garden that they've spent the last few years working on. they really wanted to use a photo of the truck on their christmas card but didn't know what to say. i liked the idea because it's not your typical holiday card. she asked me to come up with something funny. after hemming & hawing for awhile, this is what i came up with:
i wasn't sure what they would think. i know my parents can laugh at themselves, but i wasn't really sure if this is what they wanted their christmas cards to say. my mom called when she got the proof and said it was "freaking hilarious". now, if you know anything about my mom, you know that's a HUGE statement. she's not the type to get worked up about things AT. ALL.
so here it is. my favorite design for 2009. unexpected. funny.
Monday, December 14, 2009
wow. it's been a whirlwind the past week here at marzipan inc. last weekend we had 2 holiday shows, then i packed up last wednesday afternoon and headed to new york for one final trunk show. i got home friday and was exhausted. i spent saturday and sunday getting all of our holiday cards done and cranking out handmade christmas presents that i started way back in september, but had since fallen to the wayside. i'm not really sure which way is up right now, but i'm hoping by the end of the week i'll have a better idea. lots more to do before our first holiday gathering on saturday!
(this is a photo of my tables at the ny show. it was at an amazing residence on park avenue that was filled top to bottom with original artwork, a personal chef, and a butler. oh, the life!)