Living a creative life

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Grey & Yellow

I am so lovin' the yellow/grey combo that I am seeing everywhere I go, be it fabric, clothing, accessories, furniture, paint.
Some more fabric using the yellow and grey combo. I'm just loving these patterns, too.
Fabric: Daisy Janie's Textile Co. as featured on Decor8 a few weeks ago.

Friday, April 24, 2009


I think this weekend will be a good time to dust off our bikes and take them for a spin.
Should be a great weekend for a nice spin.

How fun it would be to bring our bikes to the ferry that leaves from Seaport Village and travels over to Coronado and then ride around Coronado on them. Hmmm, definitely on my list of things to do this summer with my boys.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The above picture is today's featured craft from Martha Stewart's Daily Craft. What a fun idea! I think I'll make one of these for the boys' room.

Oriental Trading Company has square and round clocks made of wood just waiting to be altered. I decorated one of their square clocks in a Christmas design for my mother-in-law to display this past Christmas and she loved it.
I love vintage alarm clocks. So fun to decorate with.

A nice combination of the vintage alarm clocks with vintage books and a mirror and a frame.

A fun clock. I also like the initial in the background. I have an large metal "N" from an old theatre's marquee. The "N" represents the beginning letter of my last name. I've had it for years and it's currently displayed in my living room.

Springtime daffodils and a cute square clock.
Various photos from Domino magazine's My Deco files and from Decor8.
Oh, by the way, Happy Earth Day! Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


One of my favorite bloggers, Wendy of The Shabby Nest, whom I've been following for a while now, is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her 200th post! Check out her blog and leave a comment to be entered into her giveaway for one of her great pillows: a Number Bolster Pillow or a Personalized Bolster Pillow. Also, if you're new to her blog, let her know you're new and then join her as a follower and you will be entered to win $30 of merchandise from her awesome Etsy store.

I'm the proud owner of one of Wendy's pillows, the one with the nest and eggs. I love it. Dang, I need to take a photo of it. It's presently on the bench in my hallway.

Now head on over to What are you waiting for? You definitely won't be disappointed.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Good morning and happy Monday!

Amanda at is having a giveaway! Amanda just opened her Etsy shop and is celebrating the grand opening with a giveaway.

Check out her blog and her etsy store. I have my eye on one of her HOME blocks. Too cute!

Have a good one!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I love trunks. Big trunks, small trunks, medium-sized trunks, and suitcases, too. I love the huge trunk by the front door in the above picture.

I like the trunk in the picture below that is being used as a coffee table.

I love stacked suitcases/trunks, like in the photo below. I especially like the pink suitcase.

More stacking going on below.

Tomorrow I'll go around my house and take photos of my various trunks and suitcases and how I decorate with them.
Have a wonderful Saturday evening. I love weekends! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Break Fun

Jake enjoying Balboa Park with his dad and his brother.
My monkey, Sean, just hangin' around! I love this T-shirt Sean has on. Both Sean and Jake got one for Christmas. It's a self-portrait by Jeff Hardy, one of their favorite wrestlers.

Here's another monkey. Are you sure this isn't the zoo?

Taking the dogs on a walk. This is our view of the lake.

And below is a picture of our sweet kitty, Noodle-Bobby. We adopted Noodle from the Humane Society a year and a half ago when he was a 1 1/2. He's been such a great addition to our family. We love him.
I took today off from work and we all headed to Sea World, along with Grandma Baker, Uncle Michael and cousin Breanna. Absolutely gorgeous day here in San Diego. Sunny, not too hot, just the right amount of coolness - lovely.
Ready for some weekend fun.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Just a few pictures from Easter morning after the boys ran around, searching for the eggs that the bunny hid.
Mmmm....some eggs had candy in them and other eggs had $$$$$$! How exciting. I could see the adding machine working in their heads, adding up their loot and pondering how they were going to spend their treasure.

At the mall on Monday, Sean ended up purchasing a really cool "No Fear" Monster logo hat. He loves it. Jake purchased a couple Star Wars Storm Troopers, a "DC" shirt and a really cool "No Fear" big boy belt.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Varela Voyage giveaway

Good morning and happy Wednesday. Kristal from is having a giveaway: her beautiful signs.

I'm the proud owner of two of her signs. A "CREATE" sign and an "INSPIRE" sign. I have posted about her signs before on my blog and have more pictures.
To check out the "CREATE" sign, look at my March 19th post and March 9th posts. To check out the "INSPIRE" sign, take a look at my March 19th and March 7th posts.

Now hurry on over to her blog. You definitely won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Weekend - Sunday Morning

Sean with his Easter basket on Sunday Morning. Sean is not an early morning person. He was still waking up when this photo was taken.
I think Jake loves his basket! Jake is such a fun, sweet animated little man.

Jake enjoying the egg hunt around the house.

Look! A smile. Sean started to wake up during the egg-citing egg hunt.
I'll post a couple more pictures tomorrow, Grandma Nielsen and Grandma Baker, of the boys' loot from their egg hunt.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Weekend - Saturday Evening

Saturday we colored and decorated our Easter eggs. We had an egg-citing time!
Jake presenting his egg-celent creations.

The Easter Bunny must have taken this picture when he left this basket for Sean.

And also this picture of Jake's basket.

Even Dad joined in on the Easter egg coloring egg-citement!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Happy Easter to everyone. I'll be spending the day with family, eating, laughing and hunting for eggs.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Living Room Daydreaming & A Rabbit

Love this sweet image of a bunny with his Easter greeting. I've purchased the eggs, the dye and the white vinegar in order to do some serious egg dying and decorating this weekend with my boys. I'm going to copy Martha Stewart and use a couple of my scrapbooking punches - a butterfly and a bird - to create silhouette designs on my Easter eggs.
Doing a little daydreaming today. I have light-filled living rooms on the brain and also zebra design rugs!

I am so into yellow this spring. I love the above combo. I'm also loving a yellow and grey combo. And, again, my zebra design rug craving!

Oh, look! Another rug. Gorgeous.

And an image of one of my favorite living rooms. I just want to curl up on that couch and read my Stephen King novel. Maybe a nap, too! :) Daydreaming.....
Well, I must stop daydreaming and head on down to my courtroom for some work today.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Just a few pictures documenting our outing to see the fabulously toned and ripped bodies of the wrestlers from WWE's Raw and ECW.
My boys and their friend, all sporting their WWE t-shirt portraying wrestler John Cena.

Such great kiddos. And we had fun that night, too!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Weekend Fun with the Boys

A few pictures of some weekend fun here in sunny San Diego. Jake on his "ATV".
Sean practicing his skateboarding.

This is my other dog, Dylan. He's a lab/chow mix. He will be 14 years old this October. I've been his mommy since he was 6 months old. Casper, the lab, was there, also. He can always be found running with the fastest moving object - either Sean, Jake or Me! Not Dylan anymore. Dylan is a slow, old man - and oh so sweet!

Sean in deep concentration, preparing for his next trick.

And my sweet Jakers!
Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Part 3

I made a few lanyards to donate to be used as door prizes for an upcoming Teacher Appreciation luncheon. These are designed to display I.D. badges in a fun, fashionable way.
The above is a black and silver design.
Again, the black and silver lanyard.

The above is a fun brown and black design.

A different lanyard - black and white.

A better shot of the brown and black design.
I have made a lot of these lanyards for ladies in the courthouse where I work. I use various lanyards to coordinate with my outfits.
Hope your weekend is a great one. I'm off to celebrate a birthday for one of Jake's classmates at Chuck E. Cheese.