Wednesday, December 23, 2009

coins and sweepers web

this drawing is for a friend whose father used to have a recurring dream when he was younger. he would be in the Murphy's Department Store, and would see random piles of coins on the floor. Just as he would bend down to get them, ladies with sweepers for feet would zoom by, sweeping them up. so silly!

coins and sweepers thumb


happy holidays, everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

dogs web

two pups, a portrait for a friend from work. the doggy on the right has gone off to heaven, and she wanted a nice reminder of them playing together for her family.

now i am down to one portrait before the holidays, and won't have any more to think about until january. yah! perhaps during my christmas break i'll be able to finish painting the storm windows, and other practical things around the house that i always think i'll get around to someday.

the christmas shopping is finished up, and only have a few things to make before christmas eve. I went to the winter farmers market today and got this AMAZING cheese dip (two full containers!) to bring to our two family Christmases, from a place called Country Mouse City Mouse. It's cream-cheesy and horseradishy, and so delish! I almost can't keep myself out of the fridge, away from devouring it ... one of my families won't know that the other got a nice package of cheese, I can just eat one all by myself, right?

Last night Brandon and I went to the holiday party for the library where I work, and a coworker asked me what my goal is in life. I think he is either afraid that I won't want to shelve books forever, or afraid that maybe i will. But it was a funny question for me, because for a long time my goal in life has been to have my drawings in a children's picture book. And now I've done that. But I don't consider myself done, I would like to keep working. But working towards what? What is my new goal? I guess I sort of don't know. I would like to make more books, perhaps write my own book. I would like to get famous, but is that a realistic goal? Not really. So I guess if I'm going to have a New Year's resolution this year, it will be to figure out my new goal.

I'm hoping this new year will bring lots of good things. I have two major "situations" that I hope will come together in a way that I like, and the way that is best. I have 1 gallery show scheduled, and 2 more tentatively scheduled. I have a big trip to the Big Apple to stay with friends and attend the SCBWI conference. It looks like it's going to be pretty good, right?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I am bad at getting up at a reasonable hour. Reasonable, for me, is around 7. I like getting up early. I love the feel of the morning, and it feels like I get way more done. I'm usually much more lazy in the evening time, so if I get up early, and go to bed early, I avoid a lot of unnecessary slacking. Alas, the winter is making me want to hibernate. I'm not getting up till 8 (on a library work day) or later (on my art work day). Today is a library work day. I am slacking so much that I'm not even going to shower! Take that, world! Actually I'm not taking a shower because I think my hair might look better that way? I got a slightly bad haircut the other day. I've had cuts that were too short, weren't exactly what I was expecting, decided I didn't like bangs. But this hair cut ... it's a BAD haircut. The lady did a bad job. I have a huge chunk on the left side of my head, but not the right. Come on, at least give me symmetrical chunks! Also the layers in the back aren't even at all, there's super long next to super short. It's just terrible. I spent yesterday at work wishing I could put books over my head so no one would see it. I'm going to see about getting the place to fix it for free, however I'm now afraid they will make it even worse. Gah!

Ok enough stalling. Time to get ready for work.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I can't believe this weekend is over already. It was supposed to feel super long and amazing because I had 3 whole days off with which to do whatever I wanted. No shows, no fixing things on my house. Just hanging out and working on getting last minute art projects done. But now here it is, Sunday night once again. sigh.

I forgot to tell you that yesterday we went to see Fantastic Mr. Fox. I know I read that book when I was a kid, but I can't remember at all what it was about. So I have no idea if it followed the story faithfully or anything like that, but I must say I thought it was a great movie. I just loved the feel of it. The shots and odd perspective were amazing. It made us laugh out loud. It was about foxes. It had pretty much everything I could have hoped for, and the minute it comes out on DVD it shall be mine.

Between fun stuff, procrastinating yet again on painting the storm windows, and getting art projects done, I decided to teach myself how to make a purse with a zipper. I have a couple sewing books from the library and both of them have pretty extensive instructions on how to do this, yet no pictures showing the steps. So I would read them feeling like I was reading a foreign language. They just made no sense in my head at all. So I looked up a couple youtube videos that showed how to do it, and again I just wasn't able to really SEE what was going on. So I just cut out some fabric and started pinning things together, and through trial and error it finally just made sense. So here is my first attempt:

Photo 88

Photo 89

The only problem I can see is that the lining fabric is a bit too close to the zipper, and gets a little caught. So over time it will probably get worn and frayed. But next time it shall be perfect!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

baby-cat-contest

Become a fan of Cordial Kitten by tomorrow morning at 10am (est) to be in a drawing for this baby cat-erpillar!

I've been feeling particularly christmasy this year. Brandon and I went to see the Russian Ballet perform the Nutcracker last Sunday; Tuesday I went to the Christmas neighborhood celebration at the Children's Museum. I made cookies. Today I finally put up the tree, and watched A Christmas Story. Tonight I will sit under the christmas lights and drink Kahlua. That's christmasy, right? Rich and tasty.

This morning my pal Amanda and I went to the Indy Winter Farmers Market. The place was jam packed, and I'm already excited to go back next weekend. I bought 2 black bean and goat cheese tamales, and some fancy loose tea. I want to spend more time alone perusing the cheeses, gourdes, beautiful wooden cutting boards, ethnic cuisine, and sweets. After that we checked out the Alternative Gift Fair at the Earth House, and rounded out the day with a trip to a new bakery in our neighborhood specializing in cinnamon rolls. I told Brandon I will be gaining 15 pounds this holiday. He said he supposes he's ok with that.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Last night was my last show of the year. Thank god! Not that I don't love the opportunity to do shows. I really do love the idea that I make things and people buy them, which is something I've wanted to do since the 3rd grade (I remember making my own catalog of jewelry I could make, mostly friendship bracelets). But it will be really nice to have a "break" and concentrate more on my etsy shop, my illustration biz, and things around the house like finally painting those storm windows (they are all currently sitting in my dining room waiting for paint and glazing ... needless to say our house is even colder than it should be right now).

So next week after finishing up a huge cat-erpillar order, I will be working on some personal portrait commissions for the holidays. Here is a sneak peek of one:
bear-zoo-thumb
From the family of bears series.

Last night my friend Sally and her boyfriend Mark stayed over, and we're going to run around the city and play today, which will be great fun. Hope you are having a great weekend, too!