Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hurricane creature.

This has been an interesting week to say the least!!!

We have essentially been trapped in our little apartment for the past four days thanks to Hurricane Isaac. Talk about going a bit stir crazy. 

It has been a bit difficult to work this week. At one point I even wanted to scream a bit. Lately I have been having some technical difficulties with my beautiful laptop. The internal battery won't hold a charge. In other words if the cord gets knocked at all everything will instantly shut off. *Maybe a new one would be a great Christmas present - hint hint my man* Anyway, I had worked sketching for about two hours. I had used some handy dandy duct tape though and finangled (yes, that is a word!) the cord in a way so it wouldn't detach or anything. It was late and I was putting away my drawing tablet then I was going to save what I did. (DUMB DUMB DUMB - ALWAYS continually save your work). Well the tablet hit the side and BAM! Instantly everything was gone. Hours of work down the drain. Wicked sadness. 

Well, between losing power, playing in the rain, and 'bored parties' (thrown by my girls since we were all bored), I was able to take a few hours to put together my newest little guy. I think he is properly named Isaac! 

Also, I want to say a huge WELCOME to all of the newcomers. That also requires a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to refer all those newcomers. It really means a lot, and I appreciate everyone's support more than you know. I do this all because I love it so much, and I am glad there are some people out there that enjoy it! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Poster love.

Well then. 

Twenty one days without a single post. Shame on me. 

Needless to say our family has been a bit busy. There is nothing more fun and relaxing than moving. HA!

For the next seven weeks or so we are living in a little apartment. This means no furniture work. Sadness. I think I am having withdrawals. I have all of my paints in a big box in the closet here. Movers wont take them, so I had to. Such a tease. 

In the meantime, I have an opportunity to work a bit more on graphic design. I have made a few posters recently and when we finally get to our next duty station and have a house I wan't to put them up in my little mans room. 

Every one of my kiddos has 'their' song. We all sing this, all the time, to my littlest monster. 

I had to make this one, just because rockets are awesome. :)

When my girls walked in the room and saw this, they loved it. However, I was asked, "Mommy, why are you making all these little boy ones? What about one for us?" Therefore, this girl version was made.

Now that life is settling down a bit (for the next several weeks at least), I promise I won't disappear for another twenty one days. 

Also, in the meantime, I am doing a referral contest for Uniquely Refined Designs facebook page. Check out the 'rules' and send everyone you know over that way. The winner will win a FREE (who doesn't love something that's free), 100% custom made design of their choice! 

Until next time....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Going going gone.

I can't express to you my level of exhaustion.

I apologize (especially to certain people -you know who you are-) for not having more of a chance to post anything in the past week. It's been very hectic. We found out Monday that we leave Saturday. There are so many little ridiculous details it's making my head spin. 

First off. I must say, I felt pretty special this weekend. A zombie facebook page with over 56,500 followers posted my poster that I made my man for our anniversary. It was shared over 300 times on peoples personal pages. Talk about feeling awesome. 

Unfortunately, I started a few things this weekend, but I won't be able to finish them until late fall. They are going to be packed up next week, shipped, and kept in storage until we get to our next base. I have WAY too much furniture to move, and I'm not quite sure what to do. I didn't realize this whole moving process would go so fast. 

In the meantime I worked on a small table. Here is how it started out...

After a little love and elbow grease, this is what we have! 

Once it was all done I put it next to the blue coffee table I made a few weeks ago. Personally, I think they look awesome together! What do you think?

I have a feeling over the next few months I will be jonesing to do a furniture project. Once we get settled into our 'accommodations', whatever they may be, I will be able to really work on some graphic design work. 

These next couple of weeks are going to be EXTREMELY hectic for me. There is going to be a lot of traveling, inspections, movers, packers, more inspections, driving, then some more driving. Oh did I mention, I will be doing all of this with all three of my little monsters, and not my husband! HA! It will be interesting. Please cross your fingers, say your prayers, wish me luck, send me awesome vibes, ANYTHING! I will need it!  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Love and the apocalypse.

Today is a very special day.

It is the day that I made the best decision of my entire life. My man and I have been together officially for nine years today. NINE YEARS. Wow. When did I get so old? 

For the most part he is my biggest supporter, unless I get locked into 'work mode' and the whole world starts to tune out a little bit. He doesn't enjoy that so much. :)

I can't express in words my love for this man. What he has given me in our life together, makes me the happiest girl in the world. The term soul mate is so cliche, yet I know that's what he is. Anyone that knows him, knows that he is a pretty weird kid, yet no one REALLY knows. He saves the good stuff for me! I love it. One of my absolute favorite quotes is from Dr. Seuss. I feel he describes it perfectly. 

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

Like I said. Perfect.

We have made it through some pretty hard times together. I wouldn't and couldn't imagine anyone else I would have ever wanted by my side other than him. 

I made him a little something that fits us, and expresses how I feel. 

Happy Anniversary baby. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New work space.

Are you ready?

Are you ready to see this awesome desk? It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it. It's not officially 100% done though. I want to add something to the side, and potentially the front (side without all the drawers). I can't fully make up my mind as to what I want to design for it though, so it will stay as is for now until that magic light bulb goes off above my head! 

Just to refresh your memory as to what it looked like before....

A lot of work went into this baby. 

The top was kind of gross, the drawers were all marked up (inside & out), but overall it wasn't in too bad of shape. The top needed a very good sanding. Instead of painting it, I stained it. I was very proud of myself, it was my first time staining. The wood was beautiful, I just wanted to enhance it. I used a red mahogany for it. The drawers (which I didn't take a picture of, and I'm too tired to do it now -I'm sorry-) are a deep navy blue on the inside. This eliminated all the marks everywhere and gave it a cleaner look. 

With the paint I did several things. I couldn't decide on one blue, so I used three! I sprayed a very light blue for a base coat to cover everything. Then painted (with a brush) a bit darker blue on top of that. Once that dried I used a different light blue to even all of the color out. Once that was all dried I went over the whole piece with a tea stain glaze. 

Like I said before, I was having a hard time with what to do with the drawers. I had tried several different things before deciding on this. Once they were painted, I did the tea stain glaze on them as well. If you know me, you know I LOVE color. My house (specifically my living room) needs more of it. I love the colors I went with, they will tie into other pieces that will be in the room. Plus this is my art desk! It needs to be awesome! 

I can't wait to set this up in our 'new' living room once we move!!! 

So without further hesitation, here it is....

So I think it's safe to say, it's a little bit different, and a little bit more awesome! :) 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A is for Antelope.

Today has been go, go, go. 

There has been a lot of work going on with this desk of mine, a couple design projects, family life, and dealing with a fun soon-to-be military move. 

I am falling in love with my desk. I really can't wait for it to be all finished. What I am most excited for is this coming fall, when we move to our new base, I get to decorate a new house with new pieces of furniture. Oh the colors.....  I'm very excited. 

Unfortunately, there is no showing how glorious this desk is, until it's finished. 

In the meantime I have been working on a few design projects. 

I have a medical/beauty brochure I'm working on, advertising Botox and a few other similar products. 

Then I designed a poster for my referral contest winner. I think I may have to have one of these printed for my little man too. I think it came out really cute. 

How cute is that.

That's all for today. Time to sleep so I can work just as much tomorrow. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Update and doodle.

Hello hello!

I promised someone an update and here it is! 

Life is a little crazy right now. I have been working on a few different projects both in design, and with some awesome furniture. On top of every day life with three little kiddos. 

I must admit, it is rough trying to get in time to actually work on a piece of furniture. Between making three meals a day, maintaining a house, being a mommy, always a million loads of laundry, it's really hard to be able to sit down and work for a lengthy period of time. Then if you throw in things like letting paint dry and whatnot, working can be very fragmented. 

So here it is. My latest project. It's been driving me a bit crazy! 

I get all irky trying to think about explaining projects, or even showing anything until it's done. You can't picture whats in my awesome brain. No point in trying. 

I found this awesome desk at Goodwill. I love it. I have been having a hard time with color though. I have realized that my house isn't as colorful as I feel it needs to be.  This is going to be my 'new' desk, in our new house when we move. When working on this desk I wanted to add more color, or patterns. Something. I attempted several things, then would have to fix them because I didn't like it. 

Here it was when I picked it up....

I think it's pretty amazing. It is solid wood all the way around. Not some cardboard or cheap material on the back. It was COVERED in dents and scrapes, but had so much potential. 

I have done several things to the color like I said, however I think I have finally decided what I am going to do. It may take a little while to completely finish it though. I give it a week tops. Maybe. :) 

That's all for now, I'm off to the garage to paint some more while the little man is asleep. 

Here is a fun doodle for my special friend who has been asking for updates. It's nothing fancy, there was no time, however this reminded me of 'you'.