December 13, 2012

Moved to Wordpress

Hello blog world!

I have recently chosen to move my blog to because I have been having issues uploading photos on blogspot.  Please keep following me  and my design journey here:

Thank you for continuing to follow Roosevelt Kid!

September 02, 2012

September is National Sewing Month

Grab your scissors and lots of fabric because National Sewing Month has just begun and if you are like me then you have TONS of projects to catch up on.

Here is a list of some of the sewing projects I will be working on the next month:
1. hem and alter clothes for real estate attire
2. finish sewing stockings and mini yoyo quilts for Christmas
3. work on suitcase dog beds and sew up pillows for the insides
4. make Charlotte a couple winter jackets for when its chilly outside
5. make a new dress and nightgown out of the fabric shown above
6. finally get around to fixed Oz's pile of shirts and pants he has asked me to alter over the years

As you can see I will have my hands full this month working on all these sewing projects.  Wish me luck!

August 21, 2012

Dreaming of a New Craft Room

Ok, so if you follow my blog at all you may be familiar with my on going desire to have a functioning craft room.  I am sloooowly getting there.  Last summer I bought/painted a sewing desk, found a giant bookcase from IKEA and made a rack to hold all of my ribbon and thread.  Sounds like I have it all figured out right?  Well....

Currently the bunnies and their pen are being housed in my room (the only one with a/c) so its a pretty tight squeeze for everything in there.  At least all of my craft supplies have a home.  But, the other problem is I have run out of storage for my packaging supplies.  I am creating bigger pieces such as dog beds and skateboard dishes and don't have any room to store the boxes I've been collecting to ship them.

So this weekend I got super excited to start designing my very own craft room for next year if we hopefully find a larger place.  And while I'm waiting for that day to come I have been keeping myself busy designing my dream craft space.  Here is a recap in photos of what I've done so far and my plans for my new room in the future:

This is what I started with at the beginning of last year.  It was far from ideal. I did not have enough storage for anything and it all ended up on the floor.

So then I bought this monster shelf from IKEA to house all of my crafts and books.  Which is an amazing feat since I have a ridiculous amount of stuff. 

I then got this great desk from Brandy and painted it red and added new hardware to match the black shelf.  While I was at it I also painted my dresser pictured in the previous photo to match the desk.

Here is the shelf in the room with my ribbon rack above.  As you can see, it is in the way of the closet which makes finding my shoes in the mornings really difficult.  But it works for the time being.

So now I am at the point of picking out new colors for my future craft area.  I know I want to continue with red and black since I already have those items.  I think I also want to throw in a bit of turquoise accents and maybe an off white or beige color for the walls.

Here is a sketch I put together yesterday of my ideal craft room. My red dresser would be the focal point with a couch and my sewing desk positioned where I can also watch tv while I work or when friends come over.  To the side I have my large bookcase with all of my craft supplies.  I would use the closet space for storage of my larger projects and packing materials. I also thought it would be fun to frame the tv with fabric behind it and a large turquoise picture frame in front.  On pinterest I saw this great idea to have your walls painted one color and then put white molding near the top of the wall and then paint the remainder of the walls and ceiling a sky blue.  It looked really pretty, I would like to try it out.

Here is my proposed floor plan.  Hopefully I can find a bedroom large enough to squeeze in a love seat or small couch! And obviously this is a loose plan since I don't even have a room to make an actual layout for.

I also grabbed some material samples to maybe use for some curtains, pillows or for the tv frame.

I hope you enjoyed my little craft room blog.  It will be a while before I get to set it up so hopefully I won't get too antsy!

August 11, 2012

Its Blueberry Season!

This morning we went out and picked a couple buckets worth of blueberries at Anderson Blues, North of Corvallis off Hwy 99.  We went back to the same spot we did last year.  We were too late in the season to pick the Spartan blueberries but the Dixi ones we picked were just as delicious.

 Stalking Emma through the blueberries like a paprazzi

 What a lovely stick Charlotte

 Char kept running away so Oz sat down to keep her entertained like a good dad

 Picking some Dixi blueberries

Yay! Fresh blueberries!

July 03, 2012

Garden Journal: July 3rd

 Yesterday I FINALLY got to play in the garden and get everything ready for the summer.  I have been so busy lately I haven't had time to barely even water.  Good thing for me its been raining all spring.  Pictured above are a few containers that I revamped by removing all the spring bulbs that have died back for the year and replaced them with some plant the hummingbirds will enjoy.  The smaller pot has hyssop, coral bells and a purple sweet potato vine.  The large container has cape fuchsias from last year, million bells and multi colored lantana.

I reorganized the patio area in back and put my orchids outside for the summer to help them rebloom in the fall.

 The gnome corner.  I moved a blue-green plant stand outside and bought a plastic top for it to use as a bird bath.  There is a momma and baby scrub jay that have been visiting the back yard and taking baths in the fish pond.

The Japanese maple is still doing great in its pot.  In front the lilies are budding up and should be blooming soon.

 Earlier this spring I added a border around my fish pond and added some really interesting flowers such as this geum plant that is up front with peachy colored blooms.  I also have a pineapple lilly and a white cape fuchsia.  Everything is growing fast and filling in this spot.

These are last year's lights.  I moved them because we kept tripping over them and now they light up the pond area at night.

Super Villian Convention

Calling all Super Villains!  Last weekend to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday we dressed up as villains for a super villain party.  In this photo we have the Hamburglar (Whitney) Cruella Deville(Rachel), the Queen of Hearts (Brandy) and the Wicked Witch of the East (me).

We are dressed to impress!
There was even a part of the house to get our villain mug shots! 
We had to keep Charlotte away from Cruella, she kept eyeing her black and white coat, naughty!
I had a really hard time sitting down in my outfit.  The girls had to help me from choking myself with the roof of the house.
This will do, a cat scratcher to sit on, perfect!  (this is Oz dressed as Bad Santa)
Off with their heads!
Cute little mail man, I mean evil mail man...
A family of trouble makers!
Uh oh, the Hamburglar is at it again!

Update: Pond Life

Its been almost three months since I put my wine barrel fish pond in the backyard. It has really been flourishing since I put it all together. The water lily is especially taking off. There are about four or five more shoots still coming up from the bottom. I'm not sure if it will bloom this year, it doesn't quite get full sun in this spot. And surprisingly the creeping jenny is still going, even though it is not really a water plant. The corkscrew rush had to be removed. I'm not sure if it got too soggy or if it was just unhappy that Charlotte kept taking it out of the pond to swing it around the yard.

Yesterday I reconfigured a few things about it. The water had turned so green from algae growth that I couldn't even see the goldfish any more. So in the morning I carefully removed the plants and the goldfish and held them in a cooler while I removed the old water and sprayed out the container. I also made a net like fixture around the pump because the lily pads are delicate and break if they get under the water fountain.

A close up of one of the lily pads. It just rained this morning so it was covered in rain drops. And, happy to note, all of my goldfish are still alive and thriving!

June 30, 2012

D.I.Y Mailman Costume for Pets

Last weekend Charlotte and I attended a costume party, a Super Villian Convention if you will.  Charlotte was dressed as a mailman (a dog's own super villian).  This was a very easy costume.  The only thing I had to buy was a little boy's button down blue shirt from goodwill.

Here is the boy's shirt after I cute the waist and arms to fit Charlotte's body.  I rolled the sleeves to hide the unfinished hem.

 Using tan fabric I had on hand I fashioned a very simple sling bad and added a cuff from the little boy's shirt to add a decorative label to the bag.

 Then I added three envelopes and hot glued them to the bag.  They were addressed to Miss Cat Woman, Mr. Big Bad Wolf and Mr. Sharekhan from the Jungle book (all Super villians).  Then I used some puff paint to add a U.S. Mail logo to her bag.

Theres my sweet girl!  Her outfit was very simple.  It only took me an hour from start to finish.  (plus a few hours for the puff paint to dry.)

Coming up:  photos from the rest of the super villian party.  Stay tuned!

June 22, 2012

Guest Artist: Gina Hoppe

A friend of mine, Gina Hoppe, is an amazing artist and I FINALLY am getting around to featuring her on my blog.  Gina just graduated from OSU in Animal Sciences with minors in both chemistry and art.  Gina just got accepted to study veterinary sciences in Dublin, Ireland starting this fall.  So, as her friend and fellow artist, I am promoting her very talented skills and asking everyone to please check out her etsy site for original block prints and encaustic works.  Click HERE to go to her etsy page.

Encaustic Abstract Giclee Print Blue and Black
This is one of Gina's encaustic abtract giclee Prints

Gina dabbles in a variety of art techniques including wood blocks, lithography and encaustics.  Encaustics involve layers of melted beeswax and pigment that mix together in unique textures.  She also has a series of prints from collages that she made when she studied abroad at sea last spring in 2011.  She took inspiration from many of the places she visited including Vietnam, India and Ghana.

Please check out the artwork of a very talented woman and help support her on her future endeavors in Dublin!  Thanks for reading everyone!

Dogs in the City

I have a new favorite show on Wednesday evenings on CBS.  Its called Dogs in the City and its about people in New York City that have issues with their four legged friends.  The host, Justin Silver, helps the owners fix behavior issues with the dogs as well as with the owners.

Now I myself think I have a very well behaved dog but even I learned some great techniques on how to get Charlotte to heel more effictively and to release when I want her to drop the ball so we can continue to play fetch.

There are a lot of very adorable dogs on this show.  Definitely tune in if you have a dog or just enjoy an easy, upbeat show to watch in the evenings.

June 09, 2012

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

 This is a very late posting that I should have posted back in April, but its better than never right?  The 3rd weekend in April was a gorgeous sunny day and was perfect condition to drive to Woodburn and see some tulips in full bloom.

 The Wooden Shoe tulip farm is a family owned tulip cultivator that opens their fields to the public to view thier tulips during their blooming season.  I met Amy here and we had a blast walking down the tulip rows.

Cute windmill

 I love little Dutch gnome people

 Farming is HARD work!

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