I really like this site today.
Thank you Rosa for making me a link on your awesome blog! I just this second noticed.
I wish I read Portuguese. I have lived in a predominantly Portuguese neighborhood for nearly 7 years. My neighbors downstairs live with their granny and I now call her my granny. She sometimes leaves me soup! ( caldo verde?) and on special holidays, a treat or two. At Christmas I got from her yummy little shrimp dumplings and custard tarts. I miss her in the summers when she goes back home to Portugal.
She says she likes to hear my footsteps upstairs. CUTE!
Today I spent the day working on sketches for a project I am doing for Earthrangers.They came out of the blue for a drawing of urban sprawl. They are a non-profit group who go around to schools, educating kids on environmental issues! I was pleased to get involved in such a thing, and really happy someone is doing such a thing. I hope they like what I have done. Its basicly an aerial view of city and suburb, so it won't have too much personality, but I plan to put some smiley faces on some buildings. Of course.
Things to like about this week:
- a little chick in a basket from Karina!
- breakfast today with my sweetie
- Lia announcing a visit in two weeks!
- making shepherds pie for the first time. YUM.
- it's STILL spring!!
It got up to 16C today!! ahhh bliss. I really needed that. It helps with the end of winter feeling - blah! yay.
I am still trying to get used to this blogging thing! Part of me feels sheepish doing it at all, and another part, the one who has been writing diaries since grade 4, thinks it is neat-o. I know how addicted I am to various blogs and how I love reading the new mom ones. I want to keep this more about creative stuff and what inspires me. Last night I caught a rerun of Northern Exposure, the one where Shelley gives birth to Miranda in her own bedroom! I love that one. I laughed, I cried, as if I personally knew these people!
inspiring me today:
-a flier about some design conference, cool design
-instant seafood noodle soup, with pink pellet freeze dried "seafood"
-plans to shut down Ontario coal fired electricity plants by 2007 (ah-woo-hoo)
-plans for dim sum this saturday, shrimp dumplings so cute.
-my new 5$ bag with blue circles on it
-classic video games
-friday morning coming up with nothing to be done
-inside patterns of bank and other security envelopes
and! I found a dollar in the street!!
Well, Wednesday was my super happy day, Thursday was my day of hateful grumbling and today I'm just in the middle. Thats good. Despite Wednesday's good mood, Thursday I thought about quitting! I realised all my mailing lists are painfully out of date, I haven't used my paper portfolio since Y2K and I am at a loss as to what to do next.. So today is Friday and I slept till 10. I'm treating myself to sushi for lunch before my shift at my library and I intend to start the weekend early.
And thanks to BUST magazine, I have been made aware of the wonderful world of librarians ONLINE!
I have yet to fully explore this new land but here is where I started today! Ooh, this IS exiting. For some reason, it never occurred to me to search for this stuff myself.
It's one of those good days. I have been really busy all day but I feel good and awake, not worn down and annoyed. I had to paint some things to go in this CBC kids show called SHIMMY SHACK! It's a kids show that will be on in the mornings and the images will be animated and included in a scene where characters dance and play. I painted a wee xylophone, crayons, a skateboard. Yay, that's fun. Then I also have to do a few spots for Today's Parent magazine, due friday. PHEW! It has been a while and having a thing or two to do really helps with feeling good about myself. Being a freelance illustrator is an unpredictable thing... Its hard to say if I am doing really well or not, but I am doing better than when I began. I like having other part time jobs as well because if I was solely relying on my illustration, I may have had to give it up by now. This way I get to keep trucking along. They say it is about the journey anyway, not the destination. It is hard to keep that always as a comfort, when you really need a paycheck or want to BE SOMEWHERE NOW! but I have to say that if I stop and think, this journey is lovely and I am enjoying every minute of it.
I have rediscovered Victoria Williams.Thats Mark Olsen her guy, with her -also a fabulous musician who used to be in another favorite band the Jayhawks. She is a lovely musician. Her songs have this optimism and hopefulness to them that I find uplifting. She likes to sing about grandma, cornpatches, little kids, love, plants, tea - simple things that make up a life. The things that are really what makes life worth living, but that tend to get swept away in the shuffle of our busy lives making money and trying to get ahead. Not to mention, her musical talent is perfect. She was diagnosed with MS in 1992, and I wonder how she is lately...A bunch of musicians banded together to raise money for her medical costs.
My thing lately is making stuff to sell on my illustration website. Freelance work is very slow right now, my confidence is wavering and drumming up new work has never been my strong point. I find follow up challenging to say the least! So im really exited by all these personal projects. I'm making wee blue bags with a print of my birdies on them. Silkscreening is my current obsession. If I had a digital camera you could see. I'm going to make blank cards with a screened image and magnets under those awesome glass marble things. Not to mention wanting to totally redo the entire website... My web skills extend to a 2 hour course in basic HTML and the cooler techniquies elude me for now.
So because it is Wednesday, still cold and work is slow as heck, here is a list of things I'm looking forward to in spring.
*all the flowers (tulips)
*my lighter coat
*opening the back door
*cadbury mini eggs
*the sun setting later
*walking/biking to work
*dresses with no tights
*seeing my friends (post hibernation)
*spring British Elle Decor magazine
more to come!
Well, this picture cracks me up everytime I see it. I found it a few years ago and its link is now dead. All I know is her name is Angie. I used to have Pug fever. It then progressed to Boston Terrier fever. It has since faded to a mere moist eyed affection for all "so ugly they are cute" small dogs.
Its friday and the first weekend in two months that I dont have to work at my other job! Im so very exited. Dim sum with friends, making stuff, movies and my lovely boyfriend are all in the plans. Does it get any better than this?
When me and my brother get the rare opportunity to drive out to our mum's house together - in the summer with the music blaring - we keep a lookout for the GO JIT. When we see it there is much hollering and whooping. We love the GO JIT. It reminds us of Blue note record covers, specically "GO" by Dexter Gordon and spotting the rare GO JIT is cause for celebration.