Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today is me and Brandon's (Brandon and I's) second wedding anniversary. Can't believe it's been that long already! I wonder if the rest of our lives will go this quickly. Probably.

Brandon took the day off, and this afternoon we went to the apple orchard. Here we are in the orchard, making faces:

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Here we are 3 years ago at the same orchard, also making faces:

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We don't often take pictures without making faces.

Also, please note that in both pictures Brandon is wearing the same jacket. And I almost picked out the same jacket to wear as well. That would have been really weird.

We saw a tree growing inside another tree:

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In the orchard shop, I pounced on this jar:

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It shall be mine, and it is.

Tonight we went to a fancy dinner at a place called Barcelona Tapas, which I've been wanting to go to for a very long time. It wasn't really as expensive as I had feared, and it was delicious. You pick from perfect Candice and Brandon sized portions that you share with each other, and for dessert we had a plate of figs, dates, almonds, walnuts, oranges, and apples. How rare for a dessert in America to not be smothered in chocolate.

Here is a sneak peak of one of my new cat hybrids that will be appearing at the INDIEanna Handicraft Exchange this weekend:

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There will be two other new ones there, as well as the cat-erpillars you are used to. Hopefully this winter I will continue to develop new hybrids, including some involving dogs, and other such exotic animals.

Friday, September 25, 2009

nothing much is new. here is something i did this afternoon for illustration friday. haven't done one of these in ages.

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The word is "pattern."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Hello, everyone. We entertained this house guest the other night. I had to kick him out.

Yesterday was the Fountain Square Art Fair. Sally and I really enjoyed being outside on such a beautiful day. We didn't even mind that it was windy, because even though everyone else's tents were threatening to blow away, ours was all secured by large cinder blocks! Hooray! Two people tried to take the tent down singlehandedly, though: one man tripped and one baby walked into one of the legs of the tent. Watch where you are going, people! Especially you, baby! Just kidding. It happens. I unfortunately do not have any pictures to show you of the event because I forgot my camera. How lame of me. We had some good picture opportunities, too. Especially later in the evening when the event was over. The sun was starting to go down and the light was just beautiful. It made all the buildings look dreamy.

Instead, I will show you this:

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Never mind scary glowing flash-induced cat eyes. Focus on the smallest box ever. What is wrong with cats?

Monday, September 14, 2009

So, Allison and I are back from Renegade! It was a great fun time for all, and I'm so glad I had a chance to participate! But I can't even describe to you how glad I am to be home, and how lovely it feels to have spent the last 3 hours eating breakfast, drinking coffee, and browsing the internet. A day of rest. I feel quite slothful, but can afford a day or two of lounging before I get back into the swing of things.

Here is the run down. We got to stay with Allison's amazing friends Matt and Jamie. They live in a beautiful apartment only about a mile or so away from the fair, which was quite convenient. We learned how to parallel park in a spot that had literally only 3 inches to spare on either end in front of their place. They spoiled us with a Spanish style breakfast on the second day: a delicious egg dish somewhere between an omelet and a quiche, toasted tomato bread with olive oil, and bacon. Thank you so much for your hospitality, if you ever read this!

Here is the long line of booths beside ours:

Our Renegade Booth

When we first arrived it was so hectic. We were part of the last group to unload since our booth was at the end. Allison had to drive around looking for a place to park while I started setting everything up. Soon everything fell into place and we settled in for two long days of smiles plastered onto our faces.

Our booth pretty much looked like this all day:

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Here is my lovely table:
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And Allison's beautiful jewelry:
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And some super cute bulldogs:
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We saw so many cute dogs and adorable babies. A dog and baby neighborhood.

I felt honored to meet Sue Daly who is the organizer of the Renegade Craft Fair. She specifically said she wants more cat-erpillars to sell in their store front as soon as I can get 'em to her. Who knew that a cat hybrid would be so popular? Here they are in their very appropriate cardboard box display:
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We were both seriously dreading the time to pack up and go home. We imagined over 300 cars trying to jam their way down Division street, and hours spent trying to get out after our car was loaded up. But when 7:00 arrived and most of the vendors kept trying to sell, we started breaking everything down. We had a neat little pile by 7:30, and Allison went to get the car to wait in the "line" we imagined (cars weren't allowed onto the street until 8). But by some huge miracle, she ended up being the 2nd car in line! We threw everything in like a perfectly fitting puzzle, and were on the road by 8:15! Amazing.

Here is the skyway on the way home:
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Goodbye, Chicago! It was fun.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tick Tock ...

The countdown is on! In less than 24 hours I will be awake too early, nervously awaiting our jaunt across Chicago to set up our tent at the Renegade Craft Fair. I didn't get everything done that I had hoped, but I think I had my standards set a little high. If you come out to find me, here are some things you will see:

My new necklace packaging.
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The very popular "monocle cat."
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Here are all the cats in a pile.
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In about 8 hours I will be leaving home to make the trip. Wish us luck!

Oh and here is something I wish I could wear all the time:

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I sadly had to give it to the compost bin.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I just enjoyed a lovely breakfast of multi-grain cheerios. drank out the milk left over, and let mona lick the bottom of the bowl since she was begging so much for it. I stretched, and turned to look out the window and saw this:

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It's starting. This year has gone so fast. In real life those leaves are bright red and shining in the sun ... something gets lost when you zoom through a window.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

i'm afraid i'm going to get the h1n1 crap. i so rarely get sick (yay, immune system), but because of all the hype, and my job this year, i have a feeling it might hit me. i think the last time i had the flu was over 3 years ago, back when Brandon and I were still dating. I was at his parent's house, and his mom took my temperature. Kind of funny to think about now. I remember I still had to go into work that afternoon because I was the only manager that could do it. Hooray, retail. That one was sarcastic.

Here is what I've been working on today:

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I had to stop before I wanted to because my wrist was hurting really bad from cutting out the paper. But there is always tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day and the next day after that to work. It somehow worked out that between now and Renegade, I only work one day at the library. How fortunate for my sanity!

Here is one of our watermelons:

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It was the reddest watermelon I've ever seen, I think. Not much of that light/white color near the rind. And so delicious! Too bad it was so tiny.

And finally, what are these guys doing?

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At first I thought they were doing it, but Brandon questioned it because don't they only do it with the queen? Any ideas?