#18 Get a Pedicure

 

 

#18 on my 35 things to do when I am 35 is to get a pedicure.  It’s one of those little luxuries that I never make time to do, nor want to spend the money.  I think the last one I got was right after my 3 year old was born – so once every three years?

I think, however going forward may be a different story because my 5 year old is fascinated.  One of her school friends gets manicures regularly with the painted on designs (she is an only child by the way) and I imagine the playground comparisons are pretty fierce.  Anyway we made a special day out of it first going swimming at the YMCA and then to the spa for pedicures.

Great fun!

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Creating a New List

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about making a new list for my upcoming birthday to carry on the tradition of last years 35 things to do when I am 35. Creating this list last year was inspired by seeing someone I admire do this and share her accomplishments throughout the year, as well as a bit of a birthday panic of not really remembering where the last year went. Creating the list this past year has forced me out of my comfort zone and to pursue things that I would not have otherwise. I look at this past year with pride and a sense of accomplishment and am excited how I can take the foundation that I created this past year forward into the next.

Some of the items on my list in hindsight are more of a ‘to do’ list – which I STILL HAVEN’T DONE. Goes to show the power of dislike of sitting in Government offices like the County Building to fix Lulu’s birth certificate (#20) in which they managed to completely and utterly misspell my name – to the point of not even being recognizable (its actually quite impressive how they thought of how to add g’s and n’s to my first name…very creative). Or sitting in the DMV, Social Security Office, and others to make sure my name is listed correctly on official documents (#19). The sheer thought makes me groan, but I know that it needs to be taken care of.

To start thinking about making my new list and wanting to make a good list for myself I checked out from the library “Creating Your Best Live: The Ultimate Life List Guide“. Reading it makes me feel a bit mid-life crisis self-help bookie – but so far it’s been a good inspiration point to start thinking holistically and reinforcing the power of list making.

I’ve always been a list maker as a way to organize my thoughts, to-do lists, as well as the ever satisfying “check” in the box once an item is complete (and yes I draw the little boxes too). I’ve extended this to my kids as well – when we are all home and want to give them an idea of what to expect for the day and empowerment to choose we create an illustrated list that we create together and cross off as we go through our day. This is today’s list for example – we’ve been cooped up for the past few days with one and then all of us with strep. I feel great besides the burning throat and being completely contagious. So on the docket for today:

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# 30 Worm Composting

I just made the order through Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm for 500 red wrigglers for my #30 of my 35 Things to do when I’m 35. I have learned a few lessons of the study of worms – Oligochaetology (i just looked it up because knew it would be an interesting word) over the years.

7 years ago I bought my first worm composter at a home and garden show in Seattle.

I loved it, studied up, read Worms Eat My Garbage and felt relatively prepared to take on the adventure of vermiculture (worm farming hooray!).

The first go-round I overfed them and it became an anaerobic pile of stinky rotten food.

The second go-round the bin was going gang busters. But then record freezing temperatures….

This will be the third and final (because it WILL be successful) worm farming and composting.

Each time it’s taken me a bit of time to regain the desire to try again after knowing that I was the sole reason for the mass-death of 100’s or 1000’s of these invertebrate animals. Not exactly pets, but you find yourself rooting for them every time you put in a piece of bread or slice of apple. And take silent joy in seeing how they devour it and turn it back into rich compost.

Wish me luck!

#33 Project Runway Inspiration Jewelry

Etsy Metal is a curated team on Etsy of metalsmiths that are wonderfully talented group of folks and I spend a fair amount of time looking through their member profiles and drooling over jewelry. For their members they have a invitation to a challenge – to participate in creating an object that was inspired by the most recent Project Runway Show. I had this in mind when I wrote #33 Project Runway Inspiration Jewelry on my 35 Things I want to do When I’m 35. The essence of my claiming completion to #33 is the same but the method changed.

A couple things of why I didn’t do the Project Runway challenge…#1 I don’t watch TV – makes it hard to follow a TV show! In previous seasons I watched the episodes later via on demand, but I think what happened was that I had a co-worker who also loved the show and so we could talk about it and that was the motivation to watch. I honestly don’t even know if it’s still on or when the season cycle starts. I don’t really feel the need to ‘force’ myself to watch TV either. #2 I am not a member of Etsy Metal. I think part of the fun of doing something like this is that you can interact with your peers and see what everyone else is doing, get feedback and whatnot. When I conceived of this I would have participated from afar creating things for myself but without the interaction (or motivation)

I ran across the Year of Jewelry Project 2011 and it fits my rational for wanting to do something like this perfectly. Basically, the theme changes every week and you are invited to create and submit a picture and description of what you created. They open up participation on a quarterly basis – so serendipitously I saw it the day prior to accepting new participants. I believe it was started through the Creative Wire Jewelry Forum, so there is many folks that work in wire and wire wrapping – but looking through the posts a fair amount of metal workers as well.

I look forward to sharing the variety of new items that I’ll be working on. In looking ahead I am already scratching my head on the “Gods and Goddesses: Thor” theme…but I am sure a little research will trigger an idea.

Year of Jewelry Project : Week 11 Theme is Spring has Sprung!
I have a whole bunch of copper electroformed plant shapes that I created as part of my Take a New Class and Learn Something New goal and have been wanting to make something with them. I initially made a bracelet by forging and bending the sterling wire and soldered and wrapped the copper seed pods to the front. I am not entirely pleased with the result, so I put it aside for a bit.


Next I used more copper seed pods and soldered them together and hung them from the hollow copper branch that previously had some of the seed pods attached.  Happy spring!

 

# 34 Finish downstairs bathroom (or help as much as I can)

We moved to our current house a little less than 2 years ago. We tore up our basement bathroom about a 1 1/2 years ago. It was a dark little closet of a space and its going to be fabulous when its done. In the demolition of the space we unearthed a clawfoot bathtub – literally was encased in brown tile. Well we encountered a few plumbing headscratchers and the space is still torn apart awaiting time/energy/money.

But, beyond that I’ve had a big 6′ 300 pound bathtub in the middle of my studio space since that time. Accepting that i don’t have the ear of the plumbing gods to fix my bathroom I’ve taken matters into my own hands.

#1 move the bathtub to the corner wall (the missing wall is where the new bathroom wall will eventually be)

#2 Tear up the carpets – WHOO HOO Hardwoods.

#3 Accept that the bathtub will probably be there for a while and decorate around it

#4 Recruit the whole family to help paint the walls

# 6 Weekend away with hubby

#6 on my 35 Things to do when I am 35 is to have a weekend away with my husband.  This past president’s day weekend we headed south to drop the kids with the grandparents in Portland and head out on our own adventure.  We were originally planning to head to McMenamins Edgefield, but apparently called to book a room too late because they were all full! (who knew)

Well after some discussion and some Facebook polling we settled on heading out to the coast to the small little burb of Manzanita.  Found a house to rent through Ocean Coast Vacation Rentals (more about the house later) and let the kid-free weekend begin.  Bonus too, it turned out to be dog friendly so Daisy Dog got to come along.  Pubs, fragile-thing shops, long walks, leisurely dining, and other things that are hard to do with two young kids were the agenda and pretty much no plan that we had to follow.  It was wonderful.

Manzanita Beach from above

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach Sunset

The house that we rented “Davenport Sunset” was a complete trip.  It was build circa 1972 and hadn’t been updated since – not anything.   It was such a complete experience – the carpet, all the furniture, the decorations, even the smell all came together perfectly to create an absolutely honest retro experience.  The only new (by two decades) were the TV and some of the silverware – seriously it was incredible.

Sunset Davenport

Sunset Davenport (photo altered)

Davenport Sunset - Kitchen

Davenport Sunset - Horse Art

Sunset Davenport - Owl Art

I forgot to take a picture of the bedroom – imagine blue shag carpet.  Nice.

But beyond the house, we had an amazing time and returned to the realities of parenthood refreshed and reconnected with eachother.  We’ve already started talking about where we’ll go next.

#14 Mail Christmas card to all

Done!

#14 from my 35 things to do when I am 35

Create a painting for my daughters rooms #25

I’ve never been a great painter and never really enjoyed it
all that much either – so in hindsight this “thing” that I said I
want to accomplish kinda surprises me. What I love, look forward to
and do all the time is to create with my kids. We create pretty
much constantly and do all sorts of these collaborative projects.
This project started with a few scrap pieces of wood from my
husbands shop. He said he’d cut a few more for me in the same size
– and 26 squares, a bit of paint, and some pretty impressive
attention span (for a 2 and 4 year old) we created our personalized
alphabet which now graces the walls of their playroom. So I am
calling completion to #25 from my 35 things to do when I am 35 – paint a picture for each of the girls’
rooms.

#10 Take art class and learn something new

On my birthday I took the day off and spent the morning with Amy Reeves at her new business the Tacoma Metal Arts Center.    I wanted to learn some new techniques, want to fully support her new business and completely respect Amy as an artist and instructor.  So hello, private lessons.  I wanted to learn casting, electrofoming and etching.  Her electroform machine wasn’t set up yet so that will have to wait for another day.

Etching was a simple yet very chemical dependent process.  So we did a few samples on brass and copper and in different solutions and let them sit and etch while we did other stuff.   Amy did give me a solution reciepe that doesn’t require disposal through hazardous waste,  so one of these days I’ll try it again.

Then onto casting first casting into a cuttlefish bone which just requires the pet-store variety for birds to sharpen their beaks on, cutting it into two pieces and carving out a shape, and pouring in molten metal.  Mine has much to be desired, and would still need to have the big sprue cut off if I wanted to try and use it but the texture of the cuttlefish material in the metal is very cool.  In hindsight, should have done a cool shape and not tried to do details – but lesson learned.

The last thing we did was wax carving in which you carve a wax blank and then do a lost wax cast method.   I carved and attached to the sprue and then left it in her shop which she then cast as during a weekend class on casting.  It’s fabulously chunky (although when I wear it I usually scratch my kids) and I can’t wait to get another wax blank to try and do another that is more organic and flowing.

It was a great way to spend my 35 birthday and love casting.  I am completely addicted to melting things.

35 things at 35

I was perusing Jennevieve Schlemmer’s blog http://houseinsideout.blogspot.com/ a few months ago.  She (inspired by another in turn) created a 35 by 35 list. My 35th birthday was in June and for my 35th year I have been creating a list of 35 things to accomplish throughout the year. I’ve started the list, some big things some small – but all  goals that I want to accomplish throughout the year.

35 Things When I’m 35

  1. Run in a Race
  2. Participate in a craft fair as a vendor
  3. Set-up a Etsy shop
  4. Have a special day with Maren
  5. Have a special day with Tallulah
  6. Weekend away with hubby
  7. Presents and love notes for Cousins and Family
  8. Photo albums/memory boxes for the girls
  9. Start a blog
  10. Take art class and learn something newPart Deux
  11. Send an unexpected someone unexpected flowers
  12. Organize a field trip for Maren’s class
  13. Buy a pair of fabulous shoes  (and don’t feel guilty)
  14. Mail Christmas card to all
  15. Can summer garden bounty
  16. Have a dinner party with friends
  17. Studio family photo shoot
  18. Get a pedicure
  19. Change to married name for all accounts/documents
  20. Fix Lulu’s birth certificate
  21. Pitch  inventions
  22. Give my time to something that I believe in
  23. Write and illustrate a children’s story
  24. Have a housewarming party
  25. Paint a picture for each of the girls’ rooms
  26. Make gifts for the Helena girls
  27. Pay it Forward
  28. Paint bedroom
  29. Shade Garden
  30. Worm composting
  31. Attend a roller derby
  32. Go to a movie alone
  33. Project runway inspiration jewelry
  34. Finish downstairs bathroom (or help as much as I can)
  35. Laugh until I cry

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