Wednesday, February 17, 2010


What a lovely day it has been today! I love Wednesday's. According to Mr. Orr, my amazing algebra professor, Wednesday is the day of the week where the most people commit suicide. He congratulates us every week on surviving until Thursday. I have never considered surviving an accomplishment. Today, along with surviving, I got alot accomplished. I finished a new painting! For some reason I have been obsessed with umbrellas lately. It may be because I have had to use an umbrella only one time in my entire life. I love this idea. I love that the houses and the umbrella's are the same colors. She is breaking free and leaving what she knows while still taking her roots and bits of home with her.

In other news, I am an auntie! Last week we welcomed an adorable new addition to our family. Mindi and Preston had a beautiful baby boy named Jude Redding. He is the first grandchild in the Smith family. He is the cutest thing in all the world. We met this weekend and I am quite sure that we are going to be great friends. One thing that I guarantee is that this little boy is loved. I cannot wait to watch him learn, grow and become his own person. He is going to be awesome!

Happy Trails...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Within A Cage

I finished a new painting! I love all the colors and the idea of it. I have a hard time translating what is in my head to a canvas, (I admit that there are some things in my head that should never be put on a canvas) but I am pretty happy with how it turned out. This is one of the first paintings that I like much more in person than in the photo's. I just could not get a good shot. You get the idea anyway.
Today has just been the loveliest of days. I am so content. I am only taking 8 credits at school so that allows time to bake and craft. I am really enjoying my last semester at home.

Happy Weekend! It is a long one for me.

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Mine!

The day has finally arrived! After months of waiting, the Crowded Teeth Owl Bag is finally mine! I have posted about this little beauty before. I knew it was going to available for purchase sometime this spring but I had no idea when.  I was very surprised when Preston text me a lovely picture of it at Frances, a boutique we love. I have been waiting for it for so long that when the time came to buy it I had a little bit of hesitation. Thoughts like, "I dont need this" and "why do I have this owl obsession?" were going through my head. I told my mom, "Well, I guess I can live without it." I figured she would agree with me and tell me that would be the responsible thing to do. To my surprise she said, "No you cant, your soul will die without that bag. Buy it now!" Needless to say, I obeyed. I think she was right, my soul would have died.Here's to my soul still being in tact...

In other news, we are all still waiting for Jude Redding Smith to make his grand appearance on this little planet we call Earth. He is a Smith, after all, so I am quite sure he will come when he is good and ready, and not before.

Happy Trails...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Happy Saturday

It has been a wild weekend full of thrift store shopping, cupcakes, jesterz, and lots of fun with family! Here are some lovely flickr pictures of buttons that set my imagination on fire. I love buttons.
Knöpfe - Buttons

Red colorful buttons

buttons buttons buttons

Yellow buttons beads and sequins

4SQS Winter quilt button tree

Adventures with Miken

My friends, Miken and Allison, are taking a Photography class this semester. I am jealous. My creative mind is always yearning to explore new avenues. I love taking pictures and would love to really learn how and mainly how to use Photoshop. But, since I am not in the class Miken enlisted me to be her model for one of her assignments. It was alot of fun. We went traipsing around downtown Safford all over the back alleys searching for good places to take pictures. Shockingly, there were a lot of great places. I see a bright future for Miken in photography.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Clothesline Chaos

This idea has been floating around my head for a long time. I have wanted to paint it but just never got around to it, until now. This is a part of my Chaos concept. I love the idea that these houses are on a rope or a part of a tree with no logical explanation. I am not completely happy with it. I am going to play with the idea more because it is not exactly like I pictured it in my head. It is a good start and it does feel very good to be painting again.

I just realized that I forgot to put something on it. A very important detail that is a large part of the whole concept. I will post an update! I think it is time for bed! Happy Trails...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I have known that College Algebra would be in my future for a long while now but, like any good procrastinator, have put it off until the last possible moment. This semester I am taking College Algebra, an English class, and Woodworking! It is nice that I can really concentrate on algebra. On my first test I got a 93% and I am so excited! I have never done that well on a math test in my whole exsistance. My goal is to pass with a C and to beat the annoying kid that sits next to me on every test. I am doing well on both goals so far.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Birthday...

... Langston Hughes!
Another year has come and gone and I love Langston Hughes even more than I did last year. I read some of his poems every night. The more I study literature the more I understand and appreciate him as a writer. He continues to be a comforter, a voice of reason, and a great friend to me. One thing I love about the written word is that what is written goes on long after the author is dead. This is why I have celebrated and continue to celebrate Langston's Birthday every year. He may be dead, but for me, and everyone that reads his poems, he is very much alive. So happy birthday my friend!
This is one of those times where "I AM A NERD" is tattooed across my forehead. Now that I think of it, that tattoo is a permanent fixture on my forehead, and I suppose I would not have it any other way. Happy Trails...