Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Last March I started painting again. 

 After experiencing my first northwest winter and not seeing much besides fog or heavy fog for way too long, I couldn't help myself when Spring came and the sun and puffy clouds came out with it.  I have sooo many pictures of the clouds from last spring!  It's really funny for me to look back on them again -- it was like I was afraid it wasn't going to last for long and I had to capture it or something.  I was obsessed and so so happy to see the sky again!  

Here is just one of the sky pictures I snapped ^^^  Can't you just feel how everything is so happy the sun is out?!

And then I ordered a bunch of square foot birch panels (Evan was super thrilled I wasn't going to make him build them for me!) and got to work.  I decided that I wanted to just practice and get comfortable with painting clouds.  So there wasn't really any pressure or anything.  And I just painted over them if I wasn't happy with how they turned out. 

And now I'm done!  haha.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with a whole pile of cloud paintings, but I'm so glad I just kept painting clouds over and over again, I learned so much!

I did six paintings at a time, and would squeeze in 30 minute painting sessions during naptime or whenever I had a spare second (for the record, it is not a good idea to paint when the baby is awake!).  

At first I really hated whenever I had to paint the land, because I just wanted to paint clouds ya know!  And then I got to be okay with it.  But I really would rather paint the sky.

This one is my personal favorite and it's for Harvey.  My mom wrote each of her kids lullaby's, and I thought I could give my babies their own paintings.  It has a really sappy love note written on the back.  I hope he keeps it forever.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

February Statistics

I spent 50% of February being sick, and it seems like whenever I'm sick I daydream about all the things I would be doing if I was healthy.  And then once I get healthy, I DO THEM.  It's really pretty motivational.  So every other week was spent being productive.

I (re)painted our room! And since the sun came out about 5% of the time in February, I decided to go with a moody gray.  If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em (can you say that about weather...?).

We found a magical blizzard one weekend.  I was so happy about it.

Our pantry door has some cheesey etched-glass-grapevine thing on it.  And because I didn't know the rules on painting glass, I found a roll of vinyl chalkboard (you're welcome), and it has been so fun!  I have a grand time picking out a quote of the week, and someday soon I hope that Harvey does a little drawing of the week (day? hour?) down below.

I got our 2013 family yearbook made.  I went through blurb instead of shutterfly this time.  It seemed like the right decision.

I made a fun pillow!  (I was inspired by this one) When Evan saw it he said he thought it had "a latin flair" to it.  And I heard it as "Aladin flair".  And you know what, I think it has both!  And I like it.  And I hope it never gets dirty because I have no idea how to wash a very long pillow.

This little dude is my favorite.  And we walked the cul-de-sac sidewalk loop about 57 times this month.

We got Harvey a tiny sleeping bag.  And now I don't know what's cuter... baby shoes or baby sleeping bags?  Equally cute?

And then we used it to stay warm at a snowy yurt last weekend.  

It was 100% awesome.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pizelle's for President

You know that book that talks about the different "love languages"?  Either you feel loved by getting presents, showered with compliments, or or or, and so on.  I think there are like five of them?  Well.  I felt like none of those really 'fit' me.  I mean, who doesn't like presents?  Or a sincere compliment?  I just felt like I couldn't really commit to a language.

What I've come to realize, after many years of deep thought, is that my love language is food.  Nothing says I love you Holly, quite like a delicious stack of cookies.  You know? 

Anyway.  So now you know!  It's a wonder I'm not 500 lbs.

With some Christmas money I ordered this fancy cookie maker.  It is AMAZING and makes me so happy (and fills me up with love, if you must know).  It's a Pizelle maker.  And shoot, it makes really fancy cookies.  They taste like really thin and crispy sugar cookies.  Very tasty.

It comes with a little dowel to roll the hot cookie around, so you can make sort of a cannolli.  Well after burning my fingers off too many times, I decided to stick with the flat cookies for now.  And guess what, they taste the same!

Harvey gives them an enthusiastic yes!  And then he fed the rest of his cookie to Gesso, who gave them two thumbs up.

Oh oh, and then I smothered them in chocolate.  It was a really great idea. 

 And now for future reference, here is my very own Pizelle recipe:

3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

yields about 50 pizelles

Beat the eggs until smooth.  Melt the butter almost all of the way.  All the butter to cool while you blend and mix the sugar and vanilla with the eggs.  Then add the melted butter, stirring to combine.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.  

I've had to add several teaspoons of water as I go along, it seems the dough starts to thicken the longer it sits?

Also, it snowed today!  Hooray for seasonally appropriate weather!

And this is what I look like now!  hehe.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

tick tock

Happy New Year!

 I didn't make many Christmas gifts this year, but I did manage to make this clock and I think it's pretty hilarious.  It's for Tosh, Gesso's puppy cousin, and I made it using a tutorial I found here.  It was actually really simple to make and I'm really excited to add "clock maker" to my resume!


Friday, December 20, 2013

seasons greetings

and the happiest of holidays to you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hi HI HI!!!  How are you guys?

Did you have a nice autumn?

We certainly did.

Harvey was a bumblebee for Halloween, I was red riding hood, and Evan was himself.

After experiencing my second apple harvest in washington this fall, I bought one of these fancy peeler, slicer, corer contraptions.  It's changed my life.  I have dehydrated a million apples (sprinkled with cinnamon, yo!), and made a sour cream apple pie for thanksgiving (yum).  And I still have half a box of apples left.  Help.

It snowed today!  Which for here is a very big treat!  Last year the only day it snowed was the day after Harvey was born.  It was so cozy.

I've been doing a little Christmas crafting.  I felted a family-friendly nativity scene (and Harvey has already tried to eat Joseph's face), and I'm thinking a nice wool-y lamb would be an appropriate addition.  Maybe I'll make him tonight?

Harvey's little Christmas tree!  It makes me happy.

After only ever thinking about it in years past, I finally committed and bought one of Posie's ornament kits.  The red coat will be for me, the polar bear is for Harvey (you can't really see it that well, but I embroidered his name and date in light grey thread.  Also, my knitting machine (mom) knit his wee scarf).  I saved the best for last....those cross stitched mittens will be for Evan.

Our Christmas card diaramas!  You can catch a sneak peak of this year's set-up....

And this baby speed crawls up the stairs. Oh boy.

In conclusion:

Merry December to you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

october coast



October is our favorite time to visit the deserts of southern Utah.  It is amazing and perfect and just really the best time to go.  We've been missing it especially this year, which is sad because we live so far away.

But we are making the most of our new tradition of going to the Oregon coast in October.
I mean, okay, it's pretty nice there too :)

last year :: cannon beach

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

hello october!

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

I haven't posted in so long!  I remember back when I was pregnant, making a pledge to myself to not let the Hollyhox blog die once I had a baby and got a thousand times more busy.  And I don't think it's dying, but maybe it's on life support?  In critical condition?  In either case, I'm posting!  Look at me!

Here are a few snapshots of the things that are going on.  I'm not feeling particularly organized, so don't get dizzy while trying to keep up, okay? 

We spent a lot of September in the rocking chair working on some baby teeth.  And HALLELUJAH, they are finally here.

^^ this is not a real bear.

 We have been exploring the northwest lately.  And I'm pretty sure I'm in love with it.  It takes a lot more work to get out of the house these days, but I'm learning that all good things take work.  And I'm training myself to enjoy the work part of it more, because work = fun trip.

I'll be honest, I wasn't super pumped to move to a town known for vineyards and onions -- not mountains and streams..... 

.....but there are lots of magical places nearby.  And so we go.

The fog is back.
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I've had a MAJOR sweet tooth lately.  Do you think I could blame it on the changing season?  My sister-in-law Anna sent me the recipe for these cookies and I finally had to send them to work with Evan because I could not.stop.eating.them.  So yummy.

These two love each other.  It makes me really happy.

We painted our green family room last week (yeah......I got sick of it) and Harvey and I accidentally matched the walls on painting day.  A tribute of sorts!

I don't think I've mentioned it here, but over the summer I started teaching an art class.  I don't get on my soapbox about too many things (debate was never one of my stronger qualities), but one thing that I do feel really passionate about is that everyone needs a place where they feel like they belong.  And where they feel like they're awesome.  And when schools don't have art programs it makes me really sad.  Because art class was where I felt awesome.   Math class?  Not so awesome.

This was one of my favorite projects we've done so far -- a little styrofoam printmaking. 

 My hands were overflowing with Gesso hair after a morning brushing session.  I had Evan snap this picture in case I ever think about getting another dog.
I vacuum a lot.
I think maybe a well-behaved goldfish would make a great next pet!

So there you have it.  High five, October!
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