a little of this and that

We are back to our family of four humans, seven animals. My mom is gone and in her wake is clean laundry, paired socks, frozen meals in the freezer, a groomed dog, altered clothing, organized cupboards and lots of love. She knows how to give, that woman.

Not much better than sipping a martini on Sunday evening while my mom hums and pins my dress. 

For the next several days I will be busy installing my work at the Brink. Typing that sentence makes my stomach lurch. I am so excited and so nervous, mostly excited.

Ruby doing down dog next to I Can Fix It, an installation of one week’s egg shells pieced back together and coated in beeswax.

Speaking of stomach lurch, I best get back in the studio to finish up a few things. Eeeeeek.

In my column this week, I wrote about a funny experience I had with my car alarm. Read about it in mama digs: pushing buttons.

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

39 Responses to a little of this and that

  1. Wesley says:

    Love the picture of Ruby doing downward dog! Those girls are yoga masters!!!

    Hilarious story about Margot and the keys. I remember doing the same thing to my dad, but we were in high school. Sneaky little Margot – she is a hoot!

  2. sarah says:

    looks amazing!
    i’m confused. ruby has (a) blond hair that is (b) long enough for pigtails? whoa.

  3. Wesley says:

    P.S. Yay – was I really the first commenter?

  4. Brandi says:

    Love Rubes and her down dog!

  5. MW says:

    I really wish I could come see that exhibit. It looks just right. And I have seen, and loved that fabric before, years ago – so neat to see it enrobing someone.

  6. Mary-Cate says:

    Oh, Margot! :) I can’t wait to see that dress finished! I wish I could be in Missoula to see your art, from the snippets I’ve seen it looks fabulous! Does Ruby have pigtails?! xxxooo

  7. Adriana Iris says:

    I hang my stuff on the 1st opening the 2nd best of luck on your show… this morning my stomach is churning going to a meditation class tonight that should help me calm my nerves.

  8. Charity says:

    Can your mom come and visit me? I could use a love like that.
    When you have time, can you explain the eggs and bee’s wax thing.
    Good luck with your art exhibit!

  9. Melina says:

    I sure wish I could be in MT to see your installation! It would be a great reason to see MT for the first time! One of the three lower 48 states I have yet to visit. Hmm…I wonder how long it takes to drive from Seattle to Missoula…(gears turning…)


  10. Tammi says:

    Can’t wait to attend your gallery opening via digthischick!

    Oh, and I’ve been meaning to ask you for a long time – could you post your martini recipe? I realize it’s either gin or vodka, but I can’t seem to perfect it. Seems like a lot of mama’s out there could use the help, too? Really a sort of public service announcement. Vermouth? No Vermouth? Shaken? Stirred? What kind of olives? Brand of vodka? You make it seem so acceptable on a Sunday evening!

    Enjoy your week.

  11. Staci says:

    1… oh my gosh, that story is hilarious.
    2… yay for moms! my mom gets here tomorrow so i can rest my very pregnant self before this kid comes SOON! like in the next two weeks… holy hell…
    3… good luck with your show!

  12. Rhett says:

    Can’t wait to see your art and dress on Friday! Loved the story about Margot and the alarm. She’s a hoot!

  13. “I can fix it” with pieced together egg shells? Not sure I’ve *ever* heard of a better metaphor.

    Wish I could be there to hug you in your gorgeous dress on opening night.

  14. Oh, wow, I was seriously NOT expecting the culprit to be Margot. I had no idea 3 year olds were capable of such things. Oh, the fun we have to look forward to!

    Can’t WAIT to see opening night.

  15. I can’t wait for your show to open. Based on the photos I’ve seen, you should not be nervous at all! Just keep doin’ your thang.

  16. Honey says:

    Those pigtails are adorable and somehow so very grown up! She’s come so far from the squishy baby I remember when I started reading.

    I love that she’s doing down dog- that photo of her and Margot doing down dog together made me really excited about kids knowing yoga and it just being fun.

  17. Clove said that she didn’t expect it to be Margot. The entire time I was reading it I was thinking, “hell yeah, it’s Margot. 100%.” And I was right and I cracked up laughing so hard. Ah, funny kid. Look Mommy, I can push more than just the button on this remote (heh, heh, heh).

    Good luck this week. Keep rocking it out. You’ll have it all installed before the show down Friday.

    Peace out. Child screaming at me instead of peacefully sleeping.


    Jennifer from Annapolis

  18. Kelle says:

    Oh, the pigtails.
    Oh, the joy of your mamadigs this week.
    Oh, how I wish I could be there this weekend for what I know will be amazing…one of those adrenaline rush days for you when you, no doubt, will feel good and proud and satisfied for your hard work and your amazing talent. You use it well.

    Celebrate your big accomplishment at the Isle? I say yes.

    The dress is da bomb.

  19. Holly Taylor says:

    There is nothing like some mom cleaning! I want to get pregnant again just so my mom will come stay with us and do her magic at my house!

    Good luck on your show!

  20. KWQR says:

    Mama Digs = hilarious!
    Oh that cheeky little Margot… love her rascally ways.
    Have been thinking of you as the 1st draws near. Wish I lived closer so I might see the show in person. Looking forward to seeing the pics from your opening… it will be wonderful, I just know it.
    Ruby pigtails made my day!

  21. Tina says:

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    That girl is an absolute RIOT! What a cheeky little girl! I bet she was darn proud of herself for that one!

    Thanks for brightening my Monday morning, as usual

  22. Lola says:

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    LOL!!!! Love it!
    Happy Monday!

  23. Jen says:

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    HILARIOUS! Oh, mama, you are gonna have your hands full when she gets older:)


  24. Jenn says:

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    Clever girl, that Margot. That is some good Monday morning humor (sorry it was at the expense of your nerves)!

  25. via mamalode.com:

    Oh my goodness! I’m not so sure I could have been that calm, though reading this from an outside perspective, it’s pretty funny. Oh kids.

  26. Paige says:

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    Oh dear. You are in for it.

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  28. via mamalode.com:

    that was funny!!!! KIDS!

  29. Bikini By 30 says:

    That girl has spunk!

  30. Rube’s piggies are so adorable. And, the egg really has me interested in your show. I know one thing for sure — you’ll look stunning in your frock!

  31. Jennifer says:

    I love how awesome your mom is to just step up and bless you everywhere in your house, be it laundry, preparing meals for later, loving the girls, hemming your clothes and just her very prescence is comforting.

    You are so blessed Nici. And you know that. :o)

    Love your mom! Wonder if she’ll come to Texas to spread some love.

    Good luck with your art opening. I know how you feel, but you are so much more calm cool and collected.


  32. eran says:

    So funny. We have one of those lovely mini-van’s where EVERYTHING is controlled by a button on the key. Let my little one chew on the keys in the store, came out to find the alarm on, the two side doors and the hatch open. It looked like my car was possesed. It was lovely . .

  33. Molly says:

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    all I can say is LOVE (and right there with you!)

  34. Abby says:

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    Awesome :) She has some red hot smarts that girl of yours :)

  35. Terri Holt says:

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    After being at Margot’s house….and it is just that Margot’s house, for the last week I can say she is most definitely the dog wagging the tail! BUT damn she is so sweet and SO easy to love!!

    xoxo….miss you all already!

  36. Terri Holt says:

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    That was suppose to be say the “tail” wagging the “dog”….:]

  37. LCR says:

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    I just cannot wait to hear more of your adventures with Margot as she grows up. What adventure she lends to life:) I can understand how this would be equally joyful as it is frustrating at different times!
    Oh geez, at least she gives all us a laugh! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Callie Adams says:

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    I love it that you said you had control for a “hot second.” LOL! What a great story.

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