Maisy & Me

February 14, 2007 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Family Life | Leave a comment

Ever read the book Marley & Me? Well lately our puppy Maisy is giving Marley a run for his money. Today she chewed up her second pen this week. Just picture a PILOT Precise V5 Rolling Ball Extra Fine in BLACK all over your living room carpet. It actually hurts.

On my way to throw out the roll of paper towels I used to clean up this mess I found a package from Amazon on my doorstep. Those are always fun. At least now I have something pretty to look at while the carpets are being cleaned tomorrow.


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I made some cards for a swap that I will post later today…until then think happy thoughts : )


Baby Cael

February 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Posted in rayaphotography | 3 Comments

Two weeks ago I got to meet the newest addition to Sture and Amanda’s family (my good friends and Faith’s brother and sister-in-law). We visited them in Phoenix, AZ and as a photographer it is hard to leave the camera at home when I know I’m going to be spending time with babies. Here is one of my favorite photos from the day – such a beautiful boy at only 8 days old.

Baby Cael

click here to see the slide show

Calico Madam

February 12, 2007 at 3:43 am | Posted in Look what I found!, She's Crafty | 4 Comments


Calico fabricsThere is something about calico I have always loved. I think it goes back to Little House on the Prairie, my most favorite books when I was a little girl. The Ingalls girls were ALWAYS wearing calico, and I know that my 1980’s everyday wear seemed much less romantic than Laura’s bonnets and prairie dresses.

While in Phoenix last weekend with Faith I picked up all these fun prints – some are from a great remnant store and a few are old sheets purchased at a thrift store. I can’t wait to make things from them, and looking at all the colors together just makes me happy : )

Everyone, Meet my Mom

February 9, 2007 at 5:21 pm | Posted in Family Life, My Home | 2 Comments

My mom has been sewing since I can remember. And at some point, she started her own slipcover business that she ran out of the garage. She had 4 kids, homeschooled a few of us at different times AND worked in the garage whenever she wasn’t cleaning, schooling, driving, homework helping, cooking, etc… She would pay for private school with her income, or buy us new school clothes or just helped out with the overall household expenses.

The point of me telling you all this is to say how AWESOME she is, and to show you a few pics she sent me from her new sewing room, which is now in the house since we’ve recently had a few more children fly the coop. Now its just the Little One and Max, the dog. She sent me these and I just thought I would share:

Mom’s Sewing Room   Doll Dresser Detail


One of her sewing machines, and a chair that she covered, of course.  A little doll dresser (my mom likes little things) that she keeps something in. Mom,what are those?

And finally, here is a photo I found the other day:

Raya’s baby photo

and here is the white kitty today (sans dress)..still on my bed after 28 years : )

white cat

I love you mom!

Kiss the Cook

February 8, 2007 at 7:09 pm | Posted in My Home | 1 Comment

Well, not quite. But look how cute she is in her sweet little apron!

Aprons 02I’ve got a thing for aprons. I’m pretty sure I always have. Here are some pics of my current collection, which hang from this wall hook I bought at anthropologie. I have to stop myself from buying more, but I don’t have much room for new additions to this collection.

So instead of adding to my own collection, I plan to add to others by making aprons for my friends. I just bought a bunch of new fabric, which I will show you later and am getting reacquainted with my sewing machine..see previous post.

Aprons 01


A First For Everything

February 8, 2007 at 7:27 am | Posted in She's Crafty | Leave a comment

Cael’s Blanket 01   Cael’s Blanket 03   Cael’s Blanket 05

Cael’s Blanket 06   Cael’s Blanket 07   Cael’s Blanket 09

Cael’s Blanket 10   Cael’s Blanket 12   Cael’s Blanket 13

This baby quilt has been 7 years in the making. Yes, 7 years. I found these old men’s shirts one day and thought they would make a great baby quilt. So I promptly shoved them in a bag and stored them away. I even moved them with me to Santa Barbara in ’02, thinking I might want to make that quilt someday.

Well, finally the day came. Our good friends Sture & Amanda welcomed baby Cael to the family on Friday, Jan. 26. Knowing that I was going to see them last Saturday, I finally decided to make something of all these squares. Nothing like pressure to get me going. This was my first attempt at a quilt and no, its not perfect…but it was extremely fun and well worth the work.

While I was in Phoenix to deliver the quilt and meet the little boy I got to capture his 8th day of life on film…or, compact flash card…slideshow coming soon!!!!


Brooch Swap!

February 7, 2007 at 8:19 am | Posted in Look what I found!, She's Crafty | 1 Comment

I took part in a super fun brooch swap put on by this lovely lady. She partnered us up and sent us off to find a brooch for our partner, plus any other goodies we thought they might enjoy.


While some chose to make their brooches, I opted for a vintage rhinestone leaf…its was so darling I couldn’t resist..and I’m not really the brooch making type. I filled an old powder tin with other goodies and sent it off to Minnesota on Monday. I hope my brooch partner likes it and I can’t wait to receive mine!



Brooch Swap Goodies

More fun pics here.

Inspiration Boards Are My Favorite

February 7, 2007 at 6:35 am | Posted in She's Crafty | 4 Comments

Inspiration Board

I love inspiration boards. Since I was young I have made collages of the things I love. It runs in the family. My sister Corrie has BOOKS of collages she’s made..I made this one for my friends Jim & Amy who recently bought their first home! I love to find things I think my friends would love, and these make great housewarming gifts. I plan to make more of them soon.




Hello world!

January 31, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Nice to meet you! | 1 Comment

This is Paper Pony… where I post all my makings and musings. Anything from photo shoots, to collages, to my most recent thrifting finds. I am inspired daily by creative blogs and hope this one will inspire you! Welcome and please come back soon!



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