Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Here is my exciting illustration news: I am officially a published children's book illustrator! I received my first complementary copy in the mail yesterday. Brandon saw the package first (he usually gets home almost 2 whole hours before I do) and knew what was in there by the size and shape of the package, and was itching to open it, but refrained. I didn't even see it sitting there until we sat down to dinner. So exciting!

actual book, front

and the back:
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(it has a barcode, even ... I remember drawing barcodes on the backs of little books and zines I made as a kid and teen ... now I have a real one!)

Thanks to everyone at Front Street and Boyds Mills who made this possible! As cheesy as it sounds, this truly is a dream come true, and I almost can't believe it is real.

oh and here is mona, for good measure:
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I felt bad that she can't see outside any more with our new screen door, so I gave her a boost.

Monday, June 29, 2009

bet you can't guess what this is ...

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a baby cucumber, duh!

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it's so weird looking, huh?

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a baby onion. we got curious. we can't help ourselves, we need to pull things up and investigate them! (and yum yum yum, it's exactly like a grown up red onion, we're going to eat it probably)

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i'm pretty sure this pumpkin plant is going to take over the world.

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baby tomatoes i accidentally knocked off.

sorry if you are tired of garden photos, but we're just so proud of our growing veggie family.

i have exciting illustration news, but it will have to wait until tomorrow as it involves taking a picture and i'm tired of that for tonight (especially because photoshop and iphoto decided to stop communicating ... humph.)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Today is Celebrate Irvington and the Irvington Art Walk all rolled into one. I have my collective noun show hanging at the new Math Center, so I'll be over there today sitting around for a long 6 hours. I really have no idea what to expect in terms of turnout, but I guess I'll find out. I'm not really expecting much, but who knows. Since the business I'm hanging at is new, and today is their grand opening, perhaps people will be very curious to check it out. I'm bringing prints and things, too, so fingers crossed I'll make a few dollars. It's kind of a cute neighborhood thing they're doing; there's the art walk, which gets people to visit the local businesses and see some art. But there's also things like: a fish fry, a vintage sale, a Cultural Fact Quest, prizes, and a concert later tonight. I'm hoping to convince Brandon that we need to go to the concert.

If you happen to read this today, and you're looking for something to do, here's some info: http://sites.google.com/a/irvingtonart.org/irvington-art-walk/Home

it kind of freaks me out how fast our garden is growing:

June 10th:
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June 19th:
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June 10th:
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June 19th:
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(different angle ... same freaking huge pumpkin!)

june 10th:
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June 19th:
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(tomatoes are growing too fast for us to help them through their cages! they're gonna bust out!)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hello, all! I am back from the Indieana Handicraft Exchange, and glad for it! It went great for me, but such a long day. I'm glad to be back at home, and thankful for my good night's sleep last night.

I have two things to share this morning. First is, I am extremely close to reaching "100 sales" in my etsy shop, which is great! But I would like some help in getting all the way to 100. From now until I reach my goal, all prints are buy one get one free! (the free print must be of equal or lesser value) All you have to do is purchase any print from my shop, and in the "message to seller" box during checkout just put in the title of the one you'd like for free. Sound easy? You can even get as many free prints as you'd like ... buy 2, get 2 free ... buy 3, get 3 free, etc.

The second thing is the inspiration for Buddy Cat-erpillar:
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This man is my friend Jenny's dad. He is great! And he calls everyone "buddy." :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Everyone who will be in Indianapolis on June 13th needs to make sure they come and visit me at the Handicraft Exchange. Here are some new things that you will get to see if you are there:

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They are all ready to go! They can't wait!

I will be bringing a lot of other new stuff along as well, you gotta check it out!

Oh and this is funny:

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today is a home work day. A few weeks ago I learned a cool new trick: fusing plastic grocery bags. I had the brilliant idea to fuse bags and make garlands to sell in my shop. When I experimented, it was great. There were a few kinks, but I felt like I had it all worked out. So today I spent 3 hours making patterns, tracing patterns, cutting bags, removing debris. I got everything all together, began the ironing ... and all the plastic started shrinking! That definitely didn't happen in my experimenting before. So I guess I will be abandoning this new project for now. Not sure if I had the iron too hot, or maybe the cool air from outside was effecting it ... It's just pretty frustrating. Only a little over a week until the Indieana Handicraft Exchange, so I really can't afford messing up like this. I suppose it's my own fault to try something new so late in the game. So instead ... on to the sewing! The realm I know well.