Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye 2007 Hello 2008

This year is coming to a close.
A good year, busy, productive...
but I'm ready to bid adieu.

Some goals for the future:
  • get more organized
  • balance work and play better
  • revamp the website
  • paint
  • make a new line of jewels
  • take a class at OTIS :)
  • finish my 12 units at UCLA first
  • get this bloody CTEL, LAUSD, requirement met someway or another.

...but in the mean time with the rest of 2007... preparations for a small get together. We are going to celebrate the New Year on EST and ring it in with NYC and then go to bed. Starting the year well rested sounds perfect! I want to finish a scarf I have been making for my mom whose birthday was Nov. 3rd!? and start the New Year ready to make new projects! This year Q. will turn 2 and I hope that means he will start learning how to be less of a menace, but this remains to be seen. I think he just pulled his brother's drink off of the counter as I am writing this... now I hear him hitting the cup on the floor. Enamelware has a distinct sound. Sigh.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Days of yore

Days of yore, originally uploaded by kritty.

I feel like I should get sewing and make us all matching outfits for our christmas picture next year. I vaguely remember this. Those were the days. Can you find me? Oye... this is c. 1977. I can't even imagine trying to pull something like this off. You go mom!

I think I continued to use the apron for pretending to be Holly Hobby with my neighbor... she even had bonnets!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

merry christmas

merry christmas, originally uploaded by kritty.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Inspiration:: NO! sharpies, YES cookies

The ups and downs... While I was putting things away in the kitchen after a nice yoga class, (my neighbor's husband watched all 3 kids) Q got inspired... NO!

The funny (or not so funny) thing is, I found him with my purse and took the pens away from him... but one little sharpie rolled under the couch. Of course he found it. This little boy can sniff out trouble (fun) a mile away!

nice canvas
I just oxy-cleaned this slip cover!
I'm tempted to let the older ones finish the job, and color the whole darn thing, cuz this isn't coming out! I'd let the original artist continue his fine work, but I don't want to send mixed messages.

Some more civilized children were inspired to bake. Yes! Poppin's cookies inspired these:

"ice box sugar cookies" from the joy of cooking with vanilla icing and candy canes.

Busy as an elf...

Oh my. I love making jewelry. I do. This year I was too busy at the end. It's always like this, but this year my husband is/was out of town the busiest shopping weekend of the season. I was so crazed, but I did get all but two things shipped. Everything for my business was stamped and addressed and packed. (correctly) But then there was a pile of certain Christmas cards... some ready to go and some needing addresses/zip codes and cards. Well, I mailed every last thing! Some people are getting unsealed, empty envelopes from us. So glad I put a return address. This is a first. I now see the beauty in a lot of things! It is okay to mail your cards out right after Thanksgiving because then you have TIME! Shopping in July? Do it! I haven't bought anything. Well, one book. I'm in trouble.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

2 good things

tinsel tree, originally uploaded by PuchiCollective.

Also, Burb Mama turned me onto,
Bella Dia who mentioned
this little tinsel tree tutorial (and others)
from Puchi Collective


My new wallpaper:
Look on the right side.
She has lots of inspiring ideas!!
How about orange? :) I love orange.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I'm a cool pick!

Cool Mom Picks Holiday Guide

They picked
thank you!!


"Calling all word freaks who happen to dig cool jewelry: We've just found a loquacious charmer which speaks volumes about your percipience. A piece more rare than kunzites and zeugmas that won't cost qintars and zolaties. It's a Scrabble charm that doubles as a smart take on a baby initial necklace. Pizazzy!

The clever wordsmith-slash-silversmith behind the designs is Los Angeles artist and talented mom of three, Kritty Zurek (whose own name is 31 Scrabble points). After studying metal-smithing in college, and having, oh just a tad bit of professional success (like jewelry designs featured in Vogue), Kritty started designing gifts for close friends. And then these friends then wanted to give them to their friends, and so on and so on. It just kept growing like a triple word score.

Which brings us to you--just pick your favorite letter of the alphabet, think of what you'd like to be inscribed on the back, and score. This is one case where even if you don't use a Q or a Z you still come out ahead.. -Laura" 12-5-07

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

tama- tamagatchi

It would be easier to buy a gift, but I made a couple of these on Sunday. One for a gift and one for my muse, Sofi. The felt I chose seems so naked. He (she) looks cold. The second one has a felt back and I top stitched it, because when I flipped this one right-side out I had a lot of splitting and had to hand stitch it. I bought a big batch of wool felt from this store, and I LOVE IT ALL. I covet it so much I don't sew with it... I need to just remind myself I can buy more!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Foam art?

I just learned that there is such a thing as foam art. Coffee as art... my new sketchbook, my new hobby...

I've gotta long wasy to go: look at this flickr gallery

Frothing Art Guide

Friday, November 9, 2007

Scale + Hat

Illustration Friday
Nov. 9th :: SCALE

A hat, originally uploaded by kritty.
A hat for IF.

Monday, November 5, 2007

ATC = Artist Trading Card

I have been trying to keep up with the ATCs. I have such a nice collection from swapping now. I made a quick one for the theme: Tell me a Story.

This next topic is: Gather.... ?? I'm stumped.


(What Would You Do?)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

DJ Master NikoNiko

I can't wait to see him mix it up again.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

"Grow" :: IF :: Illustration Friday take 3!!!

Grow for IF, originally uploaded by kritty.

I had to skip an IF attempt last week. Too 'extreme'. ;) This week's topic was 'grow'. I had lots of ideas but only time to crank out this one. It reminds me of Niko and reminds me it's time to see how much he has grown! All 3 of them for that matter.

Halloween Preview

Thanks, Mom. Grandma purchased some beautiful costumes from Magic Cabin. The Mermaid and the Pirate ("Arrrr"). Bad lighting when I tried to snap these... Q. will probably bee a bee, N. the pirate (arr).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Well, I did it...

I turned 40! 4 tens, 8 groups of 5, 40 ones, me. 40.

I got a surprise phone call from a woman who used to take care of me when I was 3 or 4! Crazy! I remember her... sort of... her hair, her house when I got to visit her folks (did she live with us?), her bird, her smile. I have to call her back but still it's strange to feel like you know this person, but you don't remember them... IT WAS 36 YEARS AGO!!??

Monday, October 8, 2007

shadow fun

shadow fun, originally uploaded by kritty.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Illustration Friday- Take 1!

The Blues!
Every week I get the email from Illustration Friday. I think about what I'd draw and finally, I said, 'Oh, just try it!' so here you go. I photo-shopped it, and I kinda like it better with these greens....

I made a red bird too:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


owl pillow front, originally uploaded by kritty.

Hoot, to all my owlie peeps... I've had no time to blog, but I did eek out this little pillow. Whoo hooooooo. The kids love it... i got a lot of wool felt but no time to make... it will come. Poco a poco... :)

Sunday, September 16, 2007


schultute, originally uploaded by kritty.

(Not the best picture) I made this for my son's first day of school ever. Pre-K! Big day. Big cone of school supplies, a German tradition I'm told. Papa wasn't here to do it, so I hope nothing was lost in translation....

Sunday, September 9, 2007

letterbox book scan

letterbox book scan, originally uploaded by simonlitton.

Okay... Letterboxing! What is it? Do people do it in L.A.? I am going to get to the bottom of this. There is a CMP listener that does it... then I saw this 'scan' of a 'letterbox book' and it is dated 1987? Have people been doing this for 20 years and having fun without me? be continued while I research this............. and get a compass!

::update:: I found a link to find hidden boxes near you!!
check it out:

Saturday, September 8, 2007

new doo

It was time... why is it always so hard to cut their hair the first time?? It always looks so cute when you're done. This is the only creative thing I did today :)
He had a perma-nest on the back of his head and this is much, much better!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Re-vamped Typewriter

Re-vamped Typewriter, originally uploaded by Linkkritty.

It's okay if you like Disney, if it's okay that I don't like Disney. I just don't like the whole Mickey Mouse Empire. And you know what? They don't need me to like them. They are a force to be reckoned with. So, this was a Disney, Mickey Mouse typewriter a teacher was throwing away and I saw the hidden potential :) I brought it home and decorated it with labels I made in MS Word and then, the piece de la resistance, Sarah's stamps from the Small Object. Her woodland creature set. I love these and I need more!!! But now this little typewriter can live at our house, now that Mickey and his friends are covered up. The little Q. loves it, and I like it too. :)