Sunday, July 25, 2010

Countdown to Vacation!!

It is Sunday again! Time to prepare for the week. But this week is special because I am going on VACATION!! I leave Tuesday night to visit Z's family in Louisiana. And if you think the heat is bad in TN try Southern Louisiana!! But, honestly, it is one of my favorite places to visit. Whether it is simply that it is Z's home town or that the bayou relaxes me, I love it!!

Coming up on BecomingJane:

1.) Goal Check In (How Z and I are keeping ourselves focused on the future.)
2.) Rebirth of JODesigns (I am not sure if you know this but I used to be a jewelry designer a lifetime ago! ;))
3.) Pennyisms (A collection of posters inspired by the phrases of my mother and grandmother.)
4.) My Fashionable Friends (I am constantly inspired by my friends fashion creative process...the title is "Chic and Thrifty")

Until then I hope everyone is having a great albeit hot July!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Could be lunch meat, could be peaches..."


"Who knows? Just cause it's garbage don't mean it don't taste good."-John Travolta in Looks Who's Talking. Personally it was the only good movie in the series. But I digress...I am making turkey meatloaf for dinner and who knows!! Seems like an oxymoron to me but we shall see! Anyone care to share recipes for healthier versions of their favorite comfort food?

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Penny Saved...A Penny Earned.

Back from vacation and ready to go!! This week Z and I are trying to accomplish one goal...to not spend a dime except for gas and our car payment. I am shaking with fear. I am sure it will be easy for Z as he tends to be the rational spender in our little family. We have so many dreams and goals for our life together, with a little restraint now, I am sure we can achieve each one.

The most important aspect of achieving a goal is to break it down week by week. I know, I know, common sense. The hard part is the consistency and I am easily distracted. Now that I have written down my 2-5 year goals, I am in the process of breaking it down week by week. The only problem...I want to be at my five year goal yesterday!!!!! But I know the key to achieving each of my goals is day by day and week by week...before I know it I will be living my dream!

So up first we learn to save what we make and get rid of our debt!!

What are your best money saving tips? Do you clip coupons, reuse your paper towels ;), etc??

Monday, July 5, 2010

It is late. There is no getting around this fact. I have work tomorrow and again there is no getting around this fact either. But the wheels are turning and I have some new work in progress. As I really have no idea if anyone reads this blog anymore, I may be talking to myself. However this is something I am very familiar with and therefore I am not jaded by it at all!! If there is anyone stopping by periodically please check back in a day or so and I will post some pics of my new work. A little tidbit of info is that it is not jewelry! Happy 4th ish to you...any of you ;)!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Weekend (so far) in Photos...

Happy Independence Weekend fellow bloggers and fellow blog readers!! I hope this holiday weekend is finding you relaxed, refreshed, and revived!! I know I am and it is only Saturday afternoon. It has already been a whirlwind of a last couple of days. The madness started Thursday night with my metal sculpture class and ended this afternoon with a beautiful wedding. Here are some photos care of my blackberry (so please excuse the graining pics ;))!!

Back to school! Oh how I long to be a full time art student at Watkins!!

I love the smells, the art, the construction (Watkins is currently being renovated). I am usually there about an hour early. I love sitting in the hallway sketching or blogging. It makes me feel like I am a student again!

An example of the amazing student work that adorns most of the walls.


My teacher Matt Alexander letting some of us give the torch a try!!


Friday night was the Sounds game with my extended family in town from Chicago and Egypt! I am not normally a fan of baseball but the universe was on my side as it was a cool 81 degrees.


Of course any of you that know me know that I am completely obsessed with my baby girl niece, Edith Jane. So I decided to put together a EJC compilation from the Sounds game.


A girl after my own heart!! Gotta to get her obsessed with the jewels at an early age to insure she will want to spent time with her "An Nane" making jewelry for years to come!!

It was clear she was losing her patience at this point. Can't you tell from the glassy look in her eyes?

Had to throw in one of me and my babes!!

Most of Saturday was spent at our friends Whit and Meg's wedding at Saint Mary of the Seven Sorrows downtown followed by an absolutely fabulous reception at the Wildhorse Saloon. Much love and congrats to both Meg and Whit!!