Sunday, January 31, 2010


My name is Noreen Kay. I am a little bit shy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ever have...

this picture belongs at the bottom of this post but I am tired and getting frustrated so I will just leave it here
one of those days? Well I am having one of those weeks :( It seems everything I try to do or touch or go gets screwed up or difficult or...just yucky. Add that to being in the "depression pit" as I call it and I just want to crawl into bed, pull up the covers and cry for a few decades.
If my moaning and groaning is too much or bugs you...well, I'm sorry...and just don't read anymore. 'Nuff said.

I have been trying to do a little something. I have finished my new pink friend named Noreen. Pictures to come soon. I have also been working on my pages for the AU fat book swap I am in. Here is a little sneak peek(see photo above)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Phooey!!! Rats!!! and stuff

These are some old journal pages. I can't take any new pictures because my camera has stopped working. After much research,troubleshooting and swearing I have found out that the problem cannot be remedied without professional repair. I also learned that the problem has been quite commom in the camera that I have. Phooey!!! I liked mine so much that I was considering getting another one but not now. The camera is a Kodak M1063 if anyone was curious.

I have since spent hours trying to figure out what to get as a replacement. I would not generally go right out to get one but Michael said to because "You really like taking pictures and use your camera almost everyday". He can be so sweet sometimes(makes up for the annoying-ness!)

So right now I am condisering the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS. Does anyone have any knowledge of this camera? I would love to hear whatever anyone has to say about it. I get nervous buying things like cameras because I am so afraid of making a bad choice. I will let you know when I finally decide. Until then,some older pictures for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Random randomness

Today I had one of the best days I have had in a few weeks. I got to hang out and do artsy stuff with my dear friend Susan. I have so missed my routine of going to her house. I feel so comfortable there-and for me that is HUGE. Thank you Susan for being you.

I also did some work writing product descriptions for my potential etsy shop. I say potential because my confidence changes from day to day and the more I think about it the less inclined to actually do it I become. I am trying not to think too much!

Have you ever had so many ideas in your head about things you want to make and do that you become overwhelmed and don't know where to start so you do nothing? Yeah,well that's me most of the time. I am working on not being stuck.

On the same train of thought-Does everyone have a constant stream of dialogue running through their head every waking minute of the day or is it just me? No wonder I can't sleep.

Since I'm being so random how about some random pictures of things in my world right now?

a work in progress another page in progress
tape love
even more tape love-that doodle-y tape is my FAVE!!!
and last but not least-a new friend
That is all : )

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Please share your wisdom...

I am stuck. I have some fun stuff made, all photographed and ready to go into my brand new etsy shop BUT I am at a loss on writing up product descriptions. Please share with me any suggestions, advice, been-there-done-that knowledge you may have. Also any suggestions on how to decide pricing, any rules/policies I may need...any wisdom you may have to pass on. Thanks in advance.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ugh! and the boots

I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments and emails. I truly appreciate that you would take the time to think of me. Your words mean more than you will ever know.

Yesterday was an Ugh! day. I was on my way to pick up some cigar boxes and my car began making a most horrific noise. Because just the thought of breaking down on the highway makes me ill, I turned around and went home for the day. I had to cancel my dentist appointment, didn't do my errands,had to cancel my plans for today, blah blah blah.
Cars trouble sucks. Michael took today off and brought the car in for repair. After looking at it, the mechanic tells him what was wrong and that it would cost around $1400 to fix! Yeah, that's what I thought too. The guy then goes on to say there is an alternative that's only about $200...only thing is the car will no longer have air conditioning. Well, we got it fixed and I can live without ac for a $1200 difference. I hate cars and the trouble they can be. I wish I could live without one. My car isn't even worth $1400 to begin with!

On the lighter side of things-I bought these boots on sale at Old Navy. I thought they might keep my feet warm and even looked kinda "stylish" (I need all the help I can get). I didn't try them on in the store but figured they were my size so they would be fine.

The next day I put them on and go out for the day. They kept my feet warm but my right foot was killing me. I was kinda disappointed because I really did like them. When I got home I told my husband that I would have to return them because they hurt my feet and it was disappointing because I knew the next size would be too big.
So I take them off and as I'm pulling my right foot out something scrapes it. I reach inside and pull out the cardboard that's there to keep the shoe's shape! Guess what?! My boots are really comfortable now and I feel like a dope. Oh well :)

A pillow for Arianna. I just need to sew on a heart and insert the pillow form. I was told her favorite color is green. BTW-she is 5. Do you think she'll like it?

Tomorrow,more tales of the tape.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just because we're cute

I needed something to make me smile today and I thought maybe you did too.

I had thought about writing a blog for a long time. I got somewhat of a false start last February but became brave enough to earnestly try toward the end of the year. Why tell you this? Well, because I have long debated with myself about what my blog should be like.
I was thinking that it should be filled with happy, positive. cheerful, inspiring thoughts and lots of beautiful, awe inspiring photos. You know, a totally rosey world view. Because isn't that the kind of blog people like to read? Happy, shiny perfect worlds? Don't you get lots and lots of readers, friends, hits, whatever that way? Won't you be featured in magazines and on favorite lists everywhere?

Or should it be all artsy and colorful and accomplished and professional? You know, how wonderfully artistic and talented you are. So wonderfully artistic and talented that you could not care less what the world thinks.

And shouldn't I be blogging everyday or at least on some kind of regular schedule? Shouldn't my blog be all slick and full of buttons and gadgets and whatever-you-call its? Have an expertly designed banner?

Have you noticed a common theme in my thinking? Yep, a world full of "shoulds". I keep reminding myself that there are no "shoulds" in blogging or art or...well, a lot of things. Those "shoulds" are some of what has kept me afraid and limited and not being all I could be for most of my life.

Why say all this now? I'm not really sure. Maybe it's time to unburden my soul, to stop being afraid of the world. Or maybe because I have just been extremely pensive today...or I am struggling today and always feel I have to hide that from the world. I don't know.

What I do know is that I am not perfect and my world is not shiny, happy and rosey, filled with colorful, breathtaking moments waiting to be photographed. Sometimes my life sucks. Sometimes my entire world sucks. But not always.

What else do I know? I know I struggle. I struggle every freakin' day with clinical depression, some days more than others. I know there are people in the world who like me, who love me, who believe in me even if I don't.

Where is this all going? It's going to say that I'm trying, taking a small step into the world that I have progressively isolated myself from. This blog is that small step. It is real, it is me and that's all there is.

Thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully the cuteness at the beginning kinda made up for it :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tape Crazy...and other stuff

At Borders I found this neat little set in the kids section. I has 15 tiny rolls of tape...and 50% off too! The back of the box :)
solid colors
other patterns
Lots of fun in tiny packages!

This is the bag I made for the Divine Miss H. I also made bags for my 2 teenage neices using this fabric but with a sparkly purple fabric instead of the denim. I quilted these with a 4 oz. batting which gives them a bit more body. I have one more and haven't decided if I am going to keep it or list it on etsy.
Have you seen that the new Spring 2010 issues of "Studios" magazine will be $14.99? I know they say it's a bigger,expanded issue but I am so tired of more and more magazines going up in price. It's like buying a book with ads.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

a sticky situation

My new tapey tape tape!!! I finally have my very own 10 pack of Japanese masking tape. I LOVE this stuff.

I got a little carried away with the pictures but the colors are so pretty :)
I think I got a good deal too. The 10 pack of 15mm wide tapes was only $25.00 and shipping was $5.95 from the New York MoMA store. I just wish they had it in the other color grouping.
The other great thing was I ordered it last Monday and it was delivered on Thursday. Pretty fast if you ask me.
I am continuing on my tape quest. I will keep you informed!

Who are you???

So,what's yours?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

'cause maybe,you're gonna be the one that saves me...

I was able to get through the whole Christmas thing because I had something to look forward to. What you ask? Well, a visit from the remarkable Kelly Kilmer! She just rocks-as a teacher and a friend. While here in MA she taught a total of 8 classes and I was able to take six. I loved every minute of every class for so many, many reasons. Thank you Kelly for everything you do and everything you are. I am lucky to be able to call you friend.

I did take a few pictures-the table before class started. See how everything is so nice and neat and bursting with artsy potential?

colorful does not even begin to describe this

One of the books I made. I love this paper!!!

an inside page with a transparency overlay

Isn't that cool? Kelly showed us how to make the transparency into a door/flap using tape (glorious tape) I like how I was able to line up my image and transparency to look like a window.

Not feeling too chatty but figured pictures would be nice. I did more sewing today in preparation of opening my etsy shop sometime soon.

Thanks for reading my blog and all your kind comments. I really appreciate them!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Time keeps on ticking...


Where has the time gone? Hard to believe that it's been 2 weeks since Christmas. Life just flies past me much too fast.

I know all my fans have been anxiously awaiting the time I would blog again. Here is a quick, very brief update about what's been going on with a promise of much,much more in the near future.

our tree-Christmas Day was quiet. Just the 3 of us. I am very, very glad it is O-V-E-R!!! I dislike the whole "holiday season" and all that goes along with it. Make me extremely depressed.Truly a subject that could fill an entire post and then some.

a few more completed bags-these were made for a couple of special people

remembrance pillows-My mum asked me to make these. They measure about 6 x 6 1/2 and are made from what was my sister's favorite suit.She was going to be buried in it but changed her mind and my mum kept it for some reason. I used the suit lining for the back and the glass beads are from some of the jewelry Michelle made.
It took awhile for me to even start these after getting the suit. I had a hard time cutting into the fabric and it was a very emotional project for me. Making these combined with my sister's birthday in December made me miss her even more. I love you my sister.

Well that's a small update and I have so much more coming up-
what I got for Christmas
projects I am working on
cool stuff I got in the mail
the wonderfully awesome thing that allowed me to get through Christmas because I was so looking forward to it...
and so much more.

Anyone else thinking about going to Squam?
PoGo + babysitting = LOT'S OF FUN!!!