Sunday, November 28, 2010

I got class!

I have been learning lots in my classes and I thought I would put up a few projects. Just a warning my classes are not art classes they are mostly just to learn the programs.

This is my InDesign midterm:

This is what it looks like all folded up.

Here are some instructions on how the book was folded.

This is my Photoshop midterm:
The type and a few other things about this picture are not really my style but they were 
requirements for the project.

These are the source files I had to combine to make the project.
This was the poster and invitations I did for a church Christmas dinner I am in 
charge of. 

I am learning lots and even since I finished these projects I have learned so much more.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Marzipan!

My sister in law Maureen is super crafty and creative and my super cute and talented husband Ryan just redesigned her website. If you are looking for some good project Ideas or just like to see what talent she has take a peek.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

House stuff

Sorry I keep posting on this but my house has been mostly what I have been working on recently. I made some curtains for my kitchen and living/dining room.

The fabric I got looked grey on the bolt and blue when I hung them up. Oh well I still like them.

My new lemon curtains I just sewed to match my yellow formica counter tops.

This is my new craft/sewing/art room. Now I just need decorating and paint color Ideas.

Back to school, back to school...

I decided to go back to school and I have been singing this song all week.

After two years of being done with college and trying to figure out what I want to be, I decided that taking a few graphic design classes might be the right direction for me. Yeah I know I probably should have figured that out before or while in college but I have always been a little behind. Honestly for the last two years I have had about an idea a week of what I want to be. I looked into nursing school, being a seamstress, pattern making, teaching, substitute teaching, hotel hospitality, bank teller, carpenter (that was Ryan's pick), being an artist, hair stylist, nannying (sadly no agencies would take me, I guess a college degree and lots of experience with children and teaching was not what they were looking for ), and of course countless numbers of businesses I thought about starting.

The only one that has really stuck with me since I have graduated has been graphic design.

I laugh because I am taking these classes and I still have no definite goal in mind for a career but I feel like this is a good direction for my art and will definitely make me a more employable person living in the tech capital of the world.

I am still keeping my job at Paper Source since I was only working part time anyways and will still be teaching workshops.

I just started school on Monday at Mission College. It is very scary and exciting. Homework may be posted.

Monday, August 30, 2010


August 21st was my Birthday and it was a great one.

I love my ice cream cake.

I found this little surprise in my living room with a note on it.
My boy is so cute!
I have been taking lessons from my mother in law for a little over a year and still have a lot to learn.

My mom, sister Heather, and little neice Ella came and visited me for my Birthday. My sister just moved to Los Angeles from Chicago and wanted to have some cute decorations for her little girls room. She had these white letters and we decoupaged them with lots of fun pink paper. I have never really done crafts with my sister and mom and seeing them in this environment was pretty funny.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My New Home!

Last week Ryan, Sushi, and I moved into our new home. It was a bank owned home so it need lots of work but we are very excited. I now have enough projects for a lifetime. The house is very mid century modern so it's going to be very fun to decorate.

I already bought this cool lamp to go with the mid century modern style.

My in laws came into town last weekend to help out with the house which was really fun and we got lots done. I bought a color called moss to paint our living room and well it ended up being green in the can and blue on the walls but I love the color so it all worked out. Once my house is in a little better shape I can take more pictures.

(notice the color in the pan)

We also have a nice little addition to our family. He is 8 months old and loves to play with his tennis ball, chase Sushi, and be held.

Now he just needs a name... so far we have Jin (like ginger to go with Sushi and he is orange), Sulu (like in the old Star Treks), and queso (he is orange and Ryan loves his queso).
Any more ideas?

Creative Organization Workshop.

I usualy try to post pictures of my samples before my classes but with my busy week I didn't have time but the class still sold out and went really well. I used our fun new Silhouette machine to cut out all the utensils for my cook book. This will be a fun book to organize all my recipes.

In college I did a bunch of etchings with utensils and it reminded me a lot of this book.

Welcome to California!

My sister Heather and her family just moved to Los Angeles after living in lots of fun places like Provo, New York, and then Chicago. My family has been really excited about it because now all of us live in California. I thought that my one year old neice Ella might need a review of all the Pabst family members and their pets so I made her a little book.

Monday, August 2, 2010

I think I am going a little crazy...

I just bought and moved into my new house and have not had any time to post stuff I have been working on. I have a few new projects I did that I will have to post once everything calms down. To
show you a little what I feel like I took a picture of what shoes I had on to run errands last week...

I didn't even see that I had on different shoes until I hopped in the car after my second errand and noticed that they looked different.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I went to visit my parents in Ventura last week. I spent a few days playing with my parents and visiting my grandma Mimi. This is the cute house I grew up in. People always called it the leave it to beaver house.

My mom turned my old bedroom into a guest room and used some of my work to decorate the walls. I thought it turned out pretty cute.

At Christmas time I had made my parents a book called "I am Thankful for You" and I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to them. I am going to teach a class in August on how to make the book so I thought I should take a few pictures as examples of what you can do.

After I left Ventura I then when down to San Diego for a few days and hung out with my sisters Adrienne and Kim and their kids. We went shopping, had lots of good meals out, played at the park lots, and I got to see my two four year old nephews skateboard which was pretty impressive. All in all it was a great trip.

Flower Felting!

This is my first sample for my...

Flower Felting Workshop

Paper Source-Santana Row
July 29th
we are going to learn to felt and make flower pins. You can sign up in store or online at
(I like that it went with my shoes.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tree Skirt?

I made this skirt out of some cool wood grain fabric I bought at the garment district in LA a few months ago. It looks cute on the dress form but on me it looks more like a maternity skirt so I need to either have a kid or do a few alterations before being able to wear it. The second one sounds a little cheaper.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Stencil Kit!

I just love stencils and always have. I think that is why I studied printmaking in college because there are a lot of similarities. I can't quite figure out what it is that attracts me to them but when Paper Source had this kit I just couldn't resist.

I also love deer. I bought a deer necklace when I first moved to idaho because it just felt appropriate and thats where it all started.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

College and Collage

It's a little ironic to me that I started as an art education major in college and that after one education class I switched to fine art and decided I didn't want to teach. However, every job I have had during and after college has involved teaching-- I was a sewing tutor, a teachers assistant, and after school sewing and art teacher, and now a sunday school teacher at my church and I teach workshops at Paper Source. It's not a bad thing, I have grown to love teaching and all the students I have had. I know I am a really good pragmatic teacher but now I just need to figure out what to do with this skill in turning it into a full time career.

This was the set up for my fun frames class.

This week is my paper collage art class!

Here are some of the samples I made:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lorea's Vampire Diary!

My Friend Lorea just graduated from College and I wanted to make her something special so I made her a journal. Lorea has a fun style, the more glitter the better, so thats why I choose this fun sparkly paper.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

close up!

Oh and here are some of the details close up.

Any ideas of how to improve it?