Tuesday, December 6, 2011

She & Him

My first attempt at painting..

This is the original...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Crafts

Sometimes you just feel like doing crafts. It usually happens when you're inspired by something... the smell of baking bread, or the crisp fall air, or the weather that's so cold you have nothing to do but stay inside and create. But, this is Arizona.. and although it's almost November.. it's still 90 degrees outside and too hot to bake. I'm not sure what made me want to watch the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet and sew sew sew... but that's exactly what I did today.
Here's what I ended up with...

3 Fall pumpkins. I'm not a huge fan of super crafty, let's-use-halloween-fabric, I-found-this-idea-on-a-blog-I-follow, type of craft project. I just used whatever fabric I had laying around and some cloth covered wire. I added detail on the orange and green pumpkin by giving it a little extra texture. The orange has swirls all around it, and the green has a variety of orange stripes down the sides. This gives it a little unique quality I'm always looking for in projects.
I was making flowers for my pillows today, and I had some extra "flower" swirlies.. so I added some to the top of the small pumpkin.
Also, I made this orange pillow and added some orange detail to the blue pillow. I'm really into blue and orange these days.
Ta-Da! Sunday craft project!! Maybe these Fall-inspired crafts will inspire our weather to chill out a bit.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cool Aunt Sherri

I think everyone has the one "cool" aunt that they actually like. Mine was my Aunt Sherri. While growing up, I'd always look forward to the vacations where we'd get to go to Aunt Sherri's house in Utah. Not only did she have a pool, but she was just so cute and fun. My admiration continued with her into my adulthood as well. From Thanksgiving, to conference, seeing her was always a reassurance that my family wasn't completely nuts. I even lived with her and my Uncle Kent for a few months while dating a boy who was also living in Utah. One one my most cherished memories would be after me and that boy broke up, and Sherri took me in her arms like I was her own daughter. She held me and talked me through it all. She was so wise, and caring, and gave me some great advice I'll never forget. She went into her room and pulled out a stack of notes her dear husband had left her over the years, telling her how amazing and beautiful she was. She told me I needed to find myself a husband like that. She then pointed out her bed in the next room, that Kent had so perfectly made that morning, just the way Sherri liked.. with all 13 pillows. "You need to find yourself a husband like that". I have many wonderful memories of Sherri, from the time we tried to de-bone a salmon and then had to patch it back together because neither one of us knew what we were doing, to staying up late watching 24 together and drinking chocolate milk. But nothing is more memorable than the example of being a sweet, honest, spiritual, mother and wife she was. She will be missed.

Kent and Sherri Winder, owners of Winder Farms and parents of West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder, were in a fatal traffic crash Sunday in Washington County.

Sherri Winder, 57, died in the crash; Kent Winder, 62, was injured, troopers said.

Kent Winder was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla south on Interstate 15 at 6:15 p.m. about 20 miles north of St. George, when the car rolled off the roadway, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Amy Fallows.

Heavy rains were falling and may have contributed to the crash, Fallows said.

Mike Winder described Sherri Winder as "the best mom anyone could ever have and so supportive of her kids and their endeavors."

"She cheered on each of her kids as they pursued their dreams and overcame their challenges," he said.

Mike Winder said his father’s injuries were not life-threatening. His father may be discharged from a hospital Monday, he said.

As co-owners of Winder Farms, Kent and Sherri Winder, of West Valley City, oversaw its expansion into Nevada and initiated deliveries in southern Utah, according to information on the company’s website,winderdairy.com.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


The last of the Harry Potter movies came out this weekend. It was bittersweet, and yes I did go to the midnight showing.... but in remembrance of Harry Potter and how he's been apart of my life for many years.. I am posting a Harry Potter beatnik poem that I (with the help of my sister, Maren) wrote as a book report in 8th grade. This was based on The Prisoner of Azkaban (book 3). I performed this in front of my class with a set of bongo drums, and our pet rat "Basil" on my shoulder. Yes, I've always been a little nerdy.

Harry in danger? Inmate escapes.
Mysterious man cuts Ron Weasley's drapes.

But murder Harry? Murder Ron?
Where on earth has Scabbers gone?

The full moon plagues Professor Lupin.
Sirius Black flees Azkaban.

Dementors swarm, Harry falls.
Murderers roam the Hogwarts halls.

Malfoy sneers with taunting laughter.
What exactly is Sirius after?

Scabbers.... eaten? Hermione's cat!
Where is scabbers, that treacherous rat?

Hagrid's tea... not just a drink.
What will professor Dumbledore think?

Firebolt broom, who's it from?
From his dad or from his mum?

Mummy? Daddy? No, they're dead.
Sirius Black watches him instead.

The Whomping Willow hides a clue.
But who will tell him what to do?

Invisible cloak, the hidden revealed.
Victory on the Quidditch field.

Village of Hogsmeade, Voldemort free?
Where could Scabbers possibly be?

Murder, mayhem, treachery, lies!
Hogwarts teeming with Voldemort spies.

The villain unmasked! Scabbers?! no!
It does explain a few things though.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cinnamon German Pancakes

Cinnamon German Pancakes

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
a dash of salt
a smidgen of vanilla

mix in blender until smooth

Heat oven to 375. Melt 1/8 cup of butter (adding some cinnamon to make it super delicious) and pour into bottom of a glass pan and spread evenly. Add egg mixture to buttered up pan. Pop it in the oven until it looks like THIS.
Top with syrup and powered sugar, or whatever you want.. it's your breakfast.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ballroom Gowns

Anyone who's ever watched "Dancing with the Stars", or any sort of contemporary ballroom competition knows that ballroom gowns are usually nothing more than sequined bikinis, or occasionally a small piece of fabric strategically draped. Being a ballroom dancer and a designer, I've decided to combine my skills into a new ballroom gown revolution! But my goal is to create less revealing, but still aesthetically pleasing gowns. Of course, in order to see the correct technique of a dancer, specifically in Latin styles, you need to be able to see the legs (hence some slightly shorter hemlines). Especially for those dancers who don't wear 84 pounds, a little more fabric will be a blessing.
Forgive me of the roughness of the drawings, I'm not much of a sketch artist. I sew.
The right sleeve on the dress above is actually long sleeved, but my scanner cut it off.

I'm really into lace lately, and with the right weight, I think it would flow beautifully!

This one has a lot of texture on the skirt, lots of ruffles. It's a bit "princessy" for my taste, but hey... who doesn't secretly want to be a princess waltzing around with a gay man?

The ruffles on this one will look AWESOME when doing latin, especially because it's around the hips!

This one is really simple, and kind of looks like a giant t-shirt, but I think with the right weight of fabric and enough draping, it will do the trick of accentuating the hips in the latin dances.
I wanted to do something with feathers.. I really love the bottom of it.. but I don't love the top half. I might do something a bit simpler.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Donations?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers.

Things I like about my Mom:Align Center

She is funny.

She can text better than most of my friends.

She's a good photographer.

She always knows what to say to make me cry.

She always supported me in my dancing.

She takes awesome pictures of me dancing.

She always gets excited when I come home.

She makes me feel important.

She lets me dye her hair anyway that I want.

She loves her family.

She's always up for a good prank. hehehe.

She helps me keep the eternal perspective.

She always reads her scriptures.

She dances through the aisle during "Enchanted".

She's a little weird.

She always gives me advice, whether I want it or not.

She takes care of me when I'm sick.

She drove me to the hospital at 4AM when I was vomiting up blood.

She made some awesome kids.

She is still learning.

She helped me make my prom dress... 3 days before prom. Even though it stressed her out just a little.

She's very creative and crafty.

She passed on her sewing (and modeling) skills to me.

She lets me do crazy things like cliff jump and go to Russia.

She's very artistic.

She has patience for the world's dumbest dog.

She always want to know about my love life, or lack thereof.

She's overcome lots of trials.

She loves her grandkids.

She is an amazing cook.

She taught me to be independent.

She's always commenting on my facebook stuff.

I love you, Mom. Happy Mother's Day.