...tania was still drooling over more gorgeous stuff from the internet land.
I don't know if everyone is like this, but from time to time I get this bloodthristy feeling of admiration for another artist where I wish I was that good and wonderful. Almost like I wish I had that style specifically and always. It tends to pass reasonably quickly and happens mostly during those stolen moments at work when I am longing for a way out. It happened with Amy Ruppel in the winter, Igloo Inc in the early spring and today I am gazing wistfully at Boy/Girl Party. Oh drool.
Speaking of drooling, I have had this site written in my little notebook for ages - Flop Design. If you click on downloads, you will find patterns made in heaven, and the links page is an amazingly great resource for Japanese goodness.
This is the image I have done for Joleen's Tsunami relief chunky book project.
Better send it off soon! My scanner tends to wash out colors - the background is a nice limey green in real life.
Not much to say today. Working on another promo to send out in May - going to try and send them out every 3 months like I should have been doing for the last 6 years...it gets a bit expensive! I am trying to draw a fat buddha for a project, a couple with a baby and dancing sparkplugs! It is an odd assortment of work, but it is an assortment so thats good! My shift at work is now from 2-6 every day, so that's taking a bit of getting used to. During the fall and winter I worked 4-8, 3 days a week, giving me lots of time to work in the day. I am having to get up earlier!! The Horror!
My mum had mainly gone to the sewing show to find this vendor - Kallisti quilts.(click on fabrics, then Japanese fabrics!) I was thrilled to see all these amazing Japanese fabrics, oh boy!
Yesterday my mum and I went to look at the creative sewing show. A lot of it was a bit twee, but there were a few things that really had me exited!
It's just like Krissy says! The library rocks! I had forgotten. I recently picked up Hooked on Crochet and Hand knits for the Home. Pretty! Ofcourse, I have only looked through the crochet book and it has to go back - someone has placed a hold on it. I grabbed it because it has a few nice flower patterns, but alas, I didn't get off my bottom and figure them out in time!
The knit one I just got yesterday-it's brand new! The only thing I may tackle is a cute hot water bottle cozy.
I am smitten, however, by this complicated and handsome cushion design! sigh...
I was going through yesterday's newspaper today and found this interesting article on the founder and creator of the cute shoe company Robeez. I am always looking for stories of just how do people (women) do it - heaving an idea off the ground, lugging it around, sweating for ages and sticking with it. I think the sticking with it is the main part. It has been 10 years for her to get where she is now. It is not always heaving and lugging - that just happens to be my mood lately. Sometimes it is a joy to work away at your own little sprout of an idea.
I am heartened by things like people "suddenly becoming known" after 15 years of hard work. Or even by people who decide to completley change their direction halfway through - that you don't have to do the same thing forever. That life can be a series of episodes. That "good enough IS good enough".
I don't know, I am rambling a bit!
I am feeling dull dull dull! Thinking all sorts of things like : " Should I change my illustration style to be more marketable? Do I even care? What's for dinner?"
I don't know if it's becasue I am a taurus, but I don't look to be "challenged" all the time. I'd prefer a nice cup of tea, not too much busy-ness and plenty of time for myself. So if I look at it that way, I am doing just fine.
Hmmm. I think I have written about this before...
Pardon me, I tend to indulge in such thoughts every once in a while.
creative/professional ennui* c'est la vie! Lordy me!
PS. thanks for all your funny comments about that crazy postal mishap. You all gave us a good laugh!
Paul had been waiting and waiting for a book he bought on EBAY. It had been nearly a whole month ( the book was only coming from the states somewhere) and finally yesterday it arrived - with the above stamp on it!! Can you believe that? That is SO FAR away! How could it have been so completely re-routed? It almost seems like a cartoon joke.
I am working on some sketches today for a little job I was called for on Friday. I am always so grateful and pleased when a job comes along! It is always such a pleasant relief.
I was looking through some old photos and found this one again. That's me and tiggy at the kitchen table -circa 1979 maybe? The photo is all ripped and in bad shape, but what I never noticed before was the awesome Marimekko table cloth!! Oh I wish we kept that... I still have some beautiful Marimekko bed sheets from that time though, not in this pattern but an orange floral. I will take a photo sometime. I was born in New Jersey and my mum said there was a Marimekko shop in Philadelphia that she liked to go to. I need a time machine! Imagine 1970's prices... dare to dream!
Here is how the table looked today for brunch with Paul's mum and step dad. It was the first time I set it up so nice because Paul has these sweet leafy (love them) cups, saucers and dishes. Also in use were the lovely handblown glasses I have, made by Eva! I made a yummy strata recipe from get crafty which I can't find there anymore. I modified it so it had spinach and mushrooms along with the baked eggy, milky cheesy goodness. It tasted yummy. I had been nervous, but of course it all was quite pleasant.
I don't think I have ever drawn a hedgehog before. The blog is great for motivating me to draw, one of the many things I love about it. The main thing I love has been "meeting" all you wonderful nice people! Thank you so much for all your comments and support! I continue to be amazed and touched and encouraged. Especially on days like these, where I feel jittery and stressed for no good reason. Maybe it's too much tea! Or the endless cat fur in the corners - must vacuum... Paul's mum is coming for brunch on Sunday! Her first visit here! ack! The place is a mess.
Just in case your barbies were cold...
Ahhh, the new links are up!
Dang, there is so much juicy goodness out there on the web.
So, to name where I swiped these from...
Charlotta Sandberg, Kila and vintage wallpaper via Camilla.
Alain gree and kitausagi kitchen via Buzzville.
Chocoa via My Paper Crane.
Esther Pearl Watson via Mati Rose.
Blik wall graphics via Grouchy Frog.
IGLOO via My Little Mochi.
The rest I know I got from somewhere, but darned if I can remember! Thank you if I found them at your blog!
It was a beautiful sunny and warm weekend. On Saturday Paul and I went on a big walk.
Thank-you all for the enthusiasm about the t-shirts! I am thinking of how I can offer them to you. Perhaps I will take orders... I will keep you updated!
I am so loving these Penguin books mugs! They are just so neat. My parents had a ton of these books when I was a kid, mostly the orange ones, all lined up on the book shelf in the TV room. I had all the spines of all the books memorized but rarely took any down to read them! It's amazing I am literate at all frankly.
(Just for my own reminder and bookmark :Janet's birthday card from last July.)
Because today is, yes, snowy, windy and rainy, I thought I would post some of my cheery citrusy fabric to bring on warm thoughts.