Archive for the ‘Life as I Know It’ Category

Hi there!  I guess I haven’t been very good at keeping up with the blog so far in 2011.  Please know that while I haven’t been around the blog world as much, I have been using my time for good things, including finishing up my job and preparing little boy’s nursery!  It is so hard to believe that Little Boy will be here any day now!

Back in January, I had big plans to post about my plans and goals for 2011, but the post never came to be.  Though I didn’t share my goals with you, I have been working away at them!  One of my resolutions for 2011 is to FINISH projects.  I have always been really good at coming up with ideas and enthusiastically getting started on new projects.  I’m not as good on the follow through, losing steam somewhere along the way, usually getting distracted with a newer idea.  I can’t tell you how many half-finished crafts I have stashed amongst my crafting supplies – quilts, scarfs, paintings – and how many more design ideas I have sketched out and waiting to be created!

This year I want to finish projects and to put more ideas into action!!  One of the ways I plan to do this is with my “Project of the Month.”  Each month I will choose a project and complete it by the end of the month!  And just for fun, and maybe for a little accountability, I will share the results with you!

For January, my project was to create art for Little Boy’s room.  We have a “Monkey” theme for the nursery, so I found a copy of “The Monkey and the Crocodile,” a book published in 1969 based on a Jataka Tale from India.  The illustrations in the book are just lovely, and the colors perfectly fit into my nursery scheme.  I cropped the illustrations and framed them with some rich brown textured frames.  Overall, the project was very inexpensive – about $5 for the book including shipping off Ebay, and about $25 for the frames, on sale at JoAnn Fabric.  And the art looks great hanging in the nursery!  Project complete!

Some more details from our nursery:


Our Crib Set

Monkey Fabric Basket

Knitted Monkey - March's Project of the Month!

Details on February’s “Project of the Month” coming soon!


Read Full Post »

2010 in Review

By the looks of my blog over the past few months, it looks as though I’ve dropped off the face of the earth…

Rest assured, I am alive and doing quite well!  Here’s what’s been keeping me away from the blogging world:

A new job:  In June, I started working nearly full time at a local non-profit organization, EPIC.  I’m the client services director at this pregnancy information clinic.   This new job is keeping me quite busy, but it has also been quite rewarding!

In addition, I’ve started teaching science classes to a group of home-school students in our area.  I am LOVING working with my students and sharing my passion for science with them!  It’s priceless to work with such a great group who are so excited about learning and experimenting!

Pregnancy:  Shortly after starting my new job, my husband and I found out that we’re expecting our first child!  We’re THRILLED about this new adventure in our lives!  Pregnancy has slowed me down a bit – it is helping me to prioritize and set more realistic goals for myself.  I can’t wait to meet my little one – only a few months left!! – and I look forward to seeing how being a mommy will help me to learn and grow!

Creating and selling jewelry:  Yes, I still do this!  Over the past few months, I’ve focused mainly on custom orders and selling at home shows.  Making jewelry is still a passion, and I plan to pursue it and continue to add to my skill set in the future!

Stay tuned for a little preview of what’s in store for KaraAnnisJewelry in 2011… And I’ll have a little more opportunity to plug into the blogging world in the months to come!

Read Full Post »




Well, it’s been a busy last few weeks in the Annis household!   We finally decided that it was time to convert one of our spare rooms into an inviting guest room.  It was a great bonding experience for my husband and me – he took me mattress shopping, and I talked him into building a headboard for our new guest bed.

With some simple supplies (wood, trim, crown molding, and paint) from the hardware store a little do-it-yourself labor, here is what we came up with.  Not bad for a weekend project!  I love that the simple elegance and the impact of the rich warm chocolate brown in the room.  My husband loves that the headboard is mounted to the wall.

To top off our weekend redecorating, we spent a lovely week with our dear friends as house guests.  I’m glad we have a welcoming guest room and guests to fill it!

Read Full Post »


The weather is turning and the mornings are getting a little chilly.  It’s beginning to be the perfect time of year for oatmeal!

I made this terrific recipe the other day and was thrilled with the results, so I thought I would share!  It’s a simple, yummy, healthy idea if you’re having company or hosting a breakfast.

overnight oatmeal
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
3 1/2 cups skim milk
your favorite toppings: golden raisens, brown sugar, honey, cinamon, pecans, walnuts, fruit, or any other topping you may choose to put on your oatmeal (dried apricots, golden raisins, and toasted walnuts pictured)

1.  Before you hit the hay, toss the milk and oats into a crock pot and give them a little stir. Cover and set the crock pot to low. Assemble a mixture of your favorite toppings before you turn in for the night if you’re always running late in the morning like I am.

2.  Go to bed. :)

3.  Wake up to creamy, yummy oatmeal!

4.  Top with your favorite toppings and Enjoy!

This recipe will serve four generously.

I served this to a group of ladies, and put an assortment of toppings out so that each could individualize their oatmeal.  It was a hit!  I found this recipe on this lovely blog.


Read Full Post »

Well, it’s been quite a busy week.  I am still trying to catch my breath after an amazing week-long trip to San Diego.   San Diego is a beautiful and inspiring place – the gorgeous weather, amazing flora and fauna, great architecture, and an environment that celebrates art and creativity!  Here are a few things that inspired me along our adventure:

This little guy was quite daring, and not afraid to do a little begging:


Kayaking along the coast and exploring the sea caves:


A little paragliding along the rocky cliffs (yes that’s me!):


How amazing would it be to live in one of these condos:


I just love the architecture throughout the city:



Read Full Post »

il_430xN.77045572Hurray! I’m a winner! And my prize?  A $20 gift certificate to one of Laura  Trevey’s lovely shops  – Watercolors by Laura Trevey or L and L Designs!

I am so excieted to use my gift certificate!  I just need to find a little time to do some shopping!

Thanks to Lory of The Sunshine Studio for hosting this giveaway and to Laura for such a great prize!

Read Full Post »

My Lucky Day

card blushingHooray!  Today I’ve won an on-line giveaway!

In celebration of the opening of her new shop Inspiration Board, Amy from the b-line decided to give away a set of note cards featuring her lovely photography!  Lucky me, I won!  I am looking forward to enjoying these beauties!

Take a peek at Amy’s new new shop – you’re in for a treat!

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »