sometimes I just want to paint!

sometimes I just want to paint!

Right now, we’re in between assignments for Bootcamp.  I haven’t gotten my paints out in a long time, so tonight, I decided to have some fun and make a mess.  I used the same words and some of the same patterns from my cuckoo clock assignment, but gave it a completely different feel.  I really like how it turned out!  Maybe I should get the paints out more often!...

Christmas Home Tour

I was a little late getting my Christmas decorations out this year.  Usually, I like to have the house decorated by the first weekend in December so we can enjoy it for the whole month.  This year, I had such a mess going on that I didn’t feel like adding to it right away.  We put the tree up and decorated it, but that was about it.  Last weekend, we decided to have some friends over one night to play Apples to Apples (a spur of the moment decision), so I quickly whipped the house into shape and finished my decorating before they came over!  I always get the best cleaning done before someone comes over! My great grandma’s musical cardinal Here is a recipe I tried last night for Saltine Cracker Toffee.  It is AMAZING. Perfect blend of salty and sweet.    http://www.iheartnaptime.net/saltine-cracker-toffee/ It really only took 15 minutes.  All you need is 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup of brown sugar and 50 saltine crackers.  Simple! I probably won’t blog again until after Christmas… so Merry Christmas!  ...

Top Seven Sunday!

I’ve been trying to keep up with the blog.  But I’ve been having a hard time with that.  Ideally, I would post 5 times a week!  Instead, here are the top seven highlights of my week. 1. I’m going to be signing signs and doing 3 “trunk shows” in November.  At Teerman’s in Holland, at Shooting Star in South Haven, and at Great Northern Trading in Rockford.  I’ll post dates and more info later.   2.  We have been staying up until about 1 a.m.  every night/morning/whatever you want to call it.  It’s tough to work 2 jobs.  (ok 4 jobs between the two of us.  mike has a normal engineer job monday-friday and i work 7 days a week at the store most weeks, and we both make the signs every night!)  But it’s sooooooo exciting that we have to work so late every night.  My goal was to outgrow my kitchen counter.  And that is happening quickly.  I feel like I’m going insane mostly, but I asked for some help this week. Finally.  I took a picture of my kitchen counter, but I’m too embarrassed to post it.  Between the kids’ school papers, signs, regular mail, iiwii mail, polka dot mail, dirty dishes…. yeah.  You can make a mental picture.  But it makes my top 7 because I’m loving it. 3.  We took a break on Friday night!  We took the kids to the Saugatuck/Fennville football game!  We met our good friends there, and they came over to our house afterwards.  It was good to hang out and catch up with them.  They didn’t care about the...

Sweet Summertime

We went for a ride on my dad’s boat tonight to take a look at the dredging that has been taking place at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.  It has created some pretty cool little islands and warm pools of water! The kids had a blast swimming and playing with Uncle Kyle! It was a perfect sunset tonight.  Here’s the Star of Saugatuck on its sunset cruise: And a picture of us… Don’t know what that red spot on my face is… oh...

Life Lately

These aren’t the greatest pictures because they were all taken with my phone.  I was trying to upload them to word press so I could edit them, and it decided to go ahead and publish the whole post for me instead! Then number one question customers of it is what it is have every summer is not “how do you get to the beach.” Actually, it’s “what are those little red ball things that look like cherry tomatoes growing outside by the fence?” They are rose hips!  I have no idea why they are so big (I didn’t know they were big- I didn’t even know what rose hips were until 2 years ago when we opened up the shop). But everyone says they are unusually big.  If you know anything about rose hips, please share your info with me so I can pass it along to my curious customers.  Here they are: We ignored our garden at home over the weekend.  If you would like some cucumbers, let me know!  This bowl full of giant cucumbers does not even come close to showing how many are actually still out in the garden.  Anybody have a good pickle recipe? On Monday, August 5, 2013, it was 59 degrees in our house.  I had to document it.  We haven’t had the air conditioning on for about 3 weeks! The other night, we chopped up some jalapenos and red onions from the garden and enjoyed them with tortilla chips and salsa.  It was so good! And last night, we got our first Christmas card order of the season!  It’s going to South...

My week in review

My sister sent me this link about cutting out processed food.  I was happy to see that I can still drink wine.   I’ve had a super busy week- because it was the last week of school.  We had picnics and field trips and summer birthday celebrations going on…  It made the week fly by.  Thursday, I went on a field trip to the Star of Saugatuck and we also went on a Saugatuck scavenger hunt.  It was fun to walk around and find things in town that I always noticed as a kid, but kind of forgot about now that I’m a grown up.  I always get sad around the last day of school for the kids.  It just means they are growing up too fast! I went out to water my hanging flower baskets on my front porch on Saturday, and a robin flew out of one of the baskets!  She was pretty MAD.  So I had Mike check out the basket to see if there was a nest in there… and look what we found!!!  I have never seen un-hatched robins’ eggs before.  They looked fake!  Mike ended up moving the nest to a tree, so we wouldn’t get attacked every time we were on the front porch. I finally got around to updating my wholesale catalog so it’s current (for now).  Seems like whenever I get bored, I make something new to add to it.   I can’t wait to have another chunk of time because I have a few more ideas in my head!  But it requires making a huge mess, and my kitchen...

This has nothing to do with signs.

This is kind of off topic, but my husband has a really big, awesome garden going on in our back yard!  Last night we were talking about how cool (and hard) and possibly cheaper it would be to try to eat only food from our garden and/or food grown in Michigan, or not processed food for the summer.  Seems to be all the rage on Pinterest and Facebook lately.  Since I can stand to lose a few pounds, I’m all for this idea.  I don’t think the kids will complain too much… since they helped plant most of the food in our garden.  And they love pretty much any type of food.  Here is the garden today, at the beginning of the...

Morning Coffee

Every morning, after the kids leave for school, and before I have to get ready for work, I sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee.  I watch Fox 17 morning news, check Facebook, sort out my work emails for custom signs, and browse Pinterest.  This morning when I logged on to Pinterest and started scrolling, I found two of my signs pinned by Catching Fireflies!  (last week, I finished up and shipped out a custom order for their Berkley, Ann Arbor and Rochester shops!) The first summer It Is What It Is was open (2011), we took a little family trip up to Mackinac Island.  I did a lot of shopping.  There were so many great little shops!  The one that stuck out most in my mind was Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.  She had so many Michigan-made items, and her shop was so unique!  I bought a little handmade magnet by A.I. Paper Design from Little Luxuries.  When I got home, I looked up A.I. Paper Design, and found out that the creator has retail shops in Michigan called Catching Fireflies!  I have not been to Catching Fireflies in person (yet), but their website and blog is fantastic.  She gives marketing and display tips, great gift ideas, recipes, and so much more! Anyway, when I started up my little wholesale business at the end of January of this year, the first shops I thought of were, of course, Little Luxuries and Catching Fireflies. (because they have always been an inspiration to me for my own shop.)  I was so nervous to email them and tell...

Color Me Happy

Just For Fun::: I’m loving Instagram lately (you can follow me @katiecreatie).  This week I will be joining in on the Color Me Happy challenge from the Jessica Swift blog– and I will be taking pictures of colorful things that make me happy.  #coloringmehappy You should join in, too, if you use Instagram or Flickr (I don’t have Flickr yet, but maybe some day)! Here is some of my mom’s colorful artwork on display at It Is What It...
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