Sunday, December 18, 2011


Finally got my xmas tree up this weekend.  It is a cute little tree, and I only had to move 1 chair. ha. :)

Put up lit garlands on the other side of the room, over the pass through. Looking very festive now.  Falkor has decided that he really likes the pine flavored water. Maybe because it doesn't have Kabuki cooties.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Roller Derby Nationals pt. 2

I took a few photos at Nationals with my point and shoot Cannon, as well as a few from the first Team USA practice and scrimmage.
My cheering mates

Fight Club warms up
FC vs Gotham

Team USA practice
Team USA first group photo op
In case you weren't paying attention: Nationals was a bit disappointing, Gotham took the title. World Cup Team USA over powered everyone else in the world. literately.

Birthday Round Up

I had a particularly great birthday week.

It Started with a First Friday where I met some local business people, made connections and networked like an adult.

I spent the weekend in Kearney, Nebraska going junking, and helping my aunt with a little bit of xmas decorating.

The week rolled out Birthday shopping with my mother, where I scored some fab MAC lipstick [Rebel- a purplish berry color that seems a bit like the bad ass version of the color Scully wore a lot.] and a scooter ornament. A trip to the zoo and frozen yogurt with my husband, a 6 coarse dinner party and ended with Dim sum at Star Kitchen on Sunday.
It was quite fabulous.

I am working away on projects and carving out some time this weekend to do some xmas decorating of my own.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Its That Time of Year...

What I REALLY want for my Birthday/ Christmas is to find retail space and all the founding I need to open my store.

What I have learned over the years, is that people like lists, and you are more likely to get what you want because of them. Also, this was fun to make.

 The list I made back in March, still holds true as well.
Other ideas: Vespa anything, Gnomes, bird bath or house for the garden, vintage table cloths, ?

Of course there are some other over priced gadgets that I lust after, but none that I actually need *ahem* ipad2, nook, patagonia down sweater, cannon rebel, wing back chairs, scooter chrome, etc, etc.

Friday, November 11, 2011

further rambling about Nationals.

[from g+]

Hello Derby Weekend!

Its like a 3 day xmas here. We are that excited. Nationals is in Denver this year and our team is defending its claim to #1.

Why?  well, its a weekend full of roller derby. Really good roller derby. It has been part of our lives for almost 3 years now. Its a hard to play, high action sport. Its growing in numbers at an unbleaveable rate, it is so new that rule changes are being made yearly to account for loop holes that have been found and new situations that arise. Its a bunch of women who dedicate between 20 and 40 hours a week to practice, bouts and running the league. Some have never played organized sports in their lives. They wear booty shorts and fish nets, because its fun- and ideal for speed skating in packs, but don't judge them as slutty, they work their asses off- or on, because there is some seriously impressive derby ass out there.

But also, Tim has gotten into it. Its the one sport we both enjoy watching, so his excitement about this weekend is equal to mine.

General admission tickets are still available, the action starts today. If you want to watch online, go to the WFTDA web site, there will be a streaming link.

Roller Derby Nationals 2011

Roller Derby Nationals 2011.

Thats right. They are in our back yard this weekend. Well, Broomfield anyway. We have tickets for all 3 days. Our team is defending its title of number 1.
This is going to be an amazing weekend. It feels like a 3 day Christmas. On top of that we have party plans with non derby friends to fill our evenings.
On top of that Team USA is scrimmaging at RMRGs war*house on Monday, and I'm NSOing.

To kick off the weekend, I woke to this cute card from my husband and mimosa makings in the fridge. <3

Stuffed Animal Project

A friend commissioned stuffed animals from me, as gifts for... people he knows, I expect.

I found patterns on line, and made adjustments. For the most part I feel that this project went well, especially since stuffed animals are hard, and I haven't attempted making one since I was about 7 or 8.

 Elephant- found the pattern here. The directions are a little sketchy. I actually inserted some wire Us in the legs, as they ended up splayed strait out, on their own.
Penguins. There was originally supposed to be a frog, but the sample one turned out bad, and frankly there is a serious lack of cute frog patterns out there. So we went with two penguins. I made my own pattern but the idea was originated here. (ok, i can no longer find the site where this originated, i will correct the link if I do. Also the origin of the panda, below.) Super easy, and way cute, this pattern is a win.
 There was a request that the panda have wings. So it does. I do not recommend trying this with corduroy as I did.

Thursday, November 03, 2011


I only got 3 of 6 pumpkins carved this year. Maybe I will cook the others down for food stuffs- even though they are the wrong kind.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

world pop

Yesterday- Halloween 2011, the world population officially reached 7 billion people.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dia De Los Muetros

A storm is rolling in. We are supposed to see up to 6" of snow in Denver tomorrow. The fall colors are really vibrant right now as the gray clouds roll in. I wish I were spending tomorrow carving my giant pumpkins, but instead I am spending it writing.  Maybe I can get them moved inside anyway.
 Not sure what I want to carve this year. I didn't do any last year, due to the neighbor kids breaking them before i could do anything with them.

As an adult I find myself looking forward to Dia De Los Muetros more than Halloween. Why? I don't know, I don't really celebrate it. Some years I make a small shrine, but at this point in life I don't have many old photos- they still reside with my parents. I think, I just really like the symbolism of the holiday and the celebration. Don't get me wrong, I freakin love Halloween, but this is bigger somehow.

As I said, we have a snow storm moving in. One of my giant marigolds was quite successful this year and is- or was, still blooming away out there. This afternoon I cut all the flowers and strung them into a garland, adding in pretty pink roses. I made a little shrine in the living room. I may only have 2 photos to add to it, but when I look at it, I think about all of the friends and relatives who touched my life in one way or another and are no longer with us.

Pumpkins. I actually have 6. One is out of the shot. Should I do a series? Ideas? Anyone desperately want a giant pumpkin of their own?

RIP Uncle Bill
William Chilvers 1921- 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Zombie Crawl 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

da yard 2011

Every year I like to take spring and fall photos of my yard. Usually in May and September.


 Spring! I spent a couple weeks cleaning out my garden. I prefer to let the vegetation sit and rot er... compost... through the winter. Two reasons, 1. I am lazy, and tired of working on the yard by late fall. and 2. It it is natural composting for the soil, and gives me something to do in the spring when I am ready to get going and excited about working in the garden again.
 All cleaned out. Old fire pit. Added doors found in the alley and fencing, that I hoped would work as a climbing trellis.
 Shade garden. Added some $1 plants [hosta's, shown here] from the local green house, hopefully I can keep them wet enough.
 Perennial geraniums and quince. unfortunately right behind them is a viscous, invasive shrub, that I am trying desperately to kill. So for now there is a bare patch where I cant plant anything.
 Tulips looking good, before the lavender gets big. Love my evergreen Yugo Pine [below]
 Shade garden is... still alive [above]. New fire pit going in... slowly, and everything up front is looking great. Can you believe this is only the second year for the plants in the front yard? Plants in the back are all from seed.

 September! I always feel that our gardens look best  July through early October, here in Denver.
 Giant pumpkins. A love from childhood. I have 5 out there this year. trying to decided what to carve and if i should give a few away.
The cosmos are a great burst of  end of the year color. They have appeared in light pink, dark pink and white.

Next up:
I am planting purple and pink tulips. I picked up a bag of 50 at  [I am ashamed to say] Home Depot. Money is tight, so that is what I can afford to do right now. I am hoping to add a little bit more spring color to the front garden.
Also, mulching the shade garden for winter. Hopefully the leaves falling off of my giant snowball bush will do it for me.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs

Yesterday we lost Steve Jobs, Apple tycoon, age 56, pancreas cancer.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Market Research Surveys

If you Live in North Denver I would appreciate if you would take a couple minuets to fill out a survey. Thanks.

Art Students

Professional Artist

Hobbyist Artist/ Parents with children

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Salida, CO

Last weekend I headed down to Salida with some Roller Derby folks, to ref a bout between RMRG Kill Scouts and Ark Vally.
It was both a fun and horrible trip. Coming off of a cold, I found that congestion + altitude change = complete deafness. it was a bit scary, and I was with a group of quiet talkers who just didn't really "get it." I also suffered my first ever migraine following the bout. My friend Amy came to the rescue with Excedrin and good company. But I had fun sardined into a car with 4 other people for the road trip, meeting new people and having some amazing green chili at the Boat House in Salida.

Looking South over Salida from the "S"

Looking West over Salida from the "S"
A cute blue house with a yellow roof

Stiff Peg Pete with with a Party Boat sized drink
A pretty window box, still in full bloom outside Amica's Wood Fired Pizza