Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nest in the Library


Yipee, new if I can just kick this flu/cold thing...four days and counting. Until this monster cold I had not been sick since September (I know, you could kill me) and I have no idea why my immune system was on overdrive and how I seemed not to catch anything (much to the annoyance of my husband) that my whole family came down with. But it seems when I do, I do it BIG. No little sniffles for me.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

1 out of 11,000!

Last night after falling asleep for a bit while putting my three year old to bed and knowing I was coming down with something (aches,sinus pressure flu?) I just popped onto Etsy real quick before going to my own bed (at 8pm, I must be sick) and VOILA, there was my "Flew the Coop" print ON THE FRONT PAGE-Handpicked items using the search term "time." Regardless of feeling like crap, I jumped up and down screaming like a school girl. Out of 11,000 items that got pulled up with the search word "time" mine was one of 12 that made to the front page. I had a ton of traffic to my little one month old Etsy shop. I'm a geek, this is FUN.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I just got a package of beautiful fabric yesterday and can't wait to use it. I looked down this morning and somehow my coffee mug, art and fabric all seemed to go together, such feng if I could make the rest of my house look so appealing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Art is a funny thing...much like writer's block, artists get well, artist's block. But right now I am the opposite of artist's block...its' like a hurricane of images that are flooding into my brain and I don't have the time to make all of them! Hmmmm...which is worse though? No ideas or too many with no time? I guess I'll take the latter. (can you tell which one is leftover from Vday-I know it's weird for me to "do" hearts but I have this really cool fabric and I couldn't help myself).

BTW:J, his buddy and I went to see Coraline last week and it was delicious. I've never seen a movie in 3D and I loved it. More later...of course, I got some funny stories about it....taking five year old to 3D movies is hilarious in itself.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Heart on a String

I am very excited to be one of the exhibitors on PaperNStitch! My shop opened today and if you read this blog ...would you please go to the shop and give me a heart?! There's a little moola in it and a free month exhibiting on the site and good exposure for me. Many popular handmade/indie art blog writers browse among the artists on PaperNStitch looking for new and great finds.
I really love all of the artists who list there and I am thrilled to be in such great company. While you're there, check out Village Clayworks...I think I could buy up her whole shop!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feb 17th, 2009

On Tuesday, I had an unexpected gem of a day. You can't plan these, in fact, these days are cleverly packaged in an alarming way...child is very sick at night, B and I half sleep listening to him wheeze (J said he was okay and wasn't in distress), call nurse sister who says he's okay unless he's turning blue but that it was our call and to trust instinct, take child to doctor's at 7:30am and explain there are NO shots just a scary looking nebulizer thing to breathe with-tell child it's like a pilot/astronaut mask-then the rest of the day surprisingly enough is wonderous.

J gets immediately better so we go to Giant to get his medicine and he gets to pick out whatever he wants. He is cautiously quiet, this is not normal. (But it is pleasant).

We gather up our goods and go home to park it on the couch. We watch Martha Speaks and Arthur and pop Pops. He devours numerous fruity bars. We play Mario Kart on our borrowed Wii, I am Peach and he is the Ghost.(I am actually really good at video games, I don't know why or how this talent will ever come into play but it might win me some cool mom points further down the line.)

And then, la piece de resistance (I know I spelled that wrong)-a three hour nap for him and a one hour one for me. We lay curled up in my cloud-like bed. There are no babies fussing (A and C were at Grandmas), no phones ringing, no dishes being done. After the nap J and I sat at the kitchen table and made art. He drew a picture of me (see above).

You don't see these days coming, you can't plan them. Sometimes they come out of sticky situations and then all you can do is stop and, well, eat the popsicles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Time To Grow

I sold another collage and a print on Etsy last night and I am really loving it. It's not for making money, it's just for making art. I just get such a kick out of doodling these up and then people ENJOYING them.....thank you, thank you, thank you......I'm going to have a store front on PaperNStitch too where I will be in good company with many artists I That goes up on the 22nd.
When I have a moment I'll write a little more about our local arts center. I went to a community input last night and it was so nice to be with other artists and like minded people. Now, off to get the Wii up and running for my three year old, it's a hoot.....he has no idea what he's doing but he knows it's fun.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Somebody's Watching Me....

Yep, it is what you think it is.....the money you could be saving with Geico.
Apparently, I am the only person who always laughs at this commercial. I also liked the gecko. My husband made these eyes and plopped them onto a pile of money for my birthday today. Awwhh... he didn't get her a "real"gift you think, oh no, he's really good at gifts, trust me.

This, this is think he painted these eyes himself (he did use my oil paints though which won't dry for like another week), the thought, the execution....perfect.
The only thing missing was the music (which I like to get up and dance to).....
Now, where to spend my Geico money....hmmmm........

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lost Canary

The second image here is a "mini"...only 2.5 x 3.....notice the checkerboard paper, found it under my know it's the kind of paper that line those plastic baskets that you get greasy fries in at a restaurant. It goes to show, nothing is safe in my house.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

All For One and One For All

Valentine's Day has never held much clout with me. My birthday is the 16th and when I was younger I always thought how DARE valentine's day steal my spotlight. And I guess I do still harbor a little resentment against the holiday....but there were good times, yes, there were.....
Remember when you exchanged valentines at school, boy did I love that, sometimes hoping that the boy you had a third grade crush on would write just a little more than his name.... didn't happen but one could always hope.

And now to present day where the Valentines' Day conversation sounds a little like this,
"Hey J, do you want to make your valentines or buy them like we did last year?"
"But I only need ONE!", he exclaims.
"No, buddy, you need to give each kid in your class a valentine."
"NO, I don't."
Yes, you do."
"NOOOOO, I don't."
"Don't you remember last year when you picked out the Transformer valentines and you gave on to each of the kids in your pre-school class?"
(WELL, I remember, oh too vividly....the instructions were to TRY to have your kid write the name of his classmate on their valentine...I dreaded this.... it took 2 hours to write the 10 names.)

"So, do you want to go to Giant and pick out your valentines or make them yourself?"
(I ask this in the off chance he wants to do what I want to do...)
"Well, okay he says....but I still think that you just bring ONE valentine."
"Well, if you only had ONE who would you give that ONE valentine to J?" I ask sarcastically.
"You, of course, mom."

Ahhh shucks kid.....again.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Can't You See, Mommy is Drawing

Kids have the amazing ability to pick up on a dog can sense fear, kids can sense desperation. The more desperate you are to get them anchored into their car seats the more they resist. The more desperately you NEED them to sleep well....then they are up for hours in the middle of the night. My little gal has an uncanny ability to sense an important day is coming so she'll develop an ear infection, the gall of her! (please read into this an exasperated slightly sarcastic tone)

I can't tell you how many times I've sent emails to Stephanie and Jennifer (Brain,Child gurus) explaining the delinquency of my art for the magazine is because someone (who is 13 months old) decided she wanted to watch Saturday Night Live from beginning to end and then stay up another two hours after that..... or that another kiddo had the nerve to go to the hospital for RSV for four days.....imagine that! Can't they tell I am trying to have a somewhat professional art career!

Well, thank goodness I work for a magazine for and about mothers and fathers, parenting and the like.....I don't think that Car and Driver would be so understanding.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Thief of Happiness

"Comparison is the thief of happiness."

I read this quote awhile back over at Ordinary Courage..and thought to myself....
How often can one sentence sum up so much and be applied to basically everything in life?

A bit ago I noticed that I wasn't the only one drawing birds, nests, typewriters, silly ladies and could that be? (detect sarcasm)....
And then I remembered that quote. Beth drawings are Beth drawings and yours are yours and that, my friend, is that. Perfect.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Bea (my valentine)

Added some color and a heart (is it February already?)...even though I am not a V-day fan. My birthday (16th) is sooooo much more important, of course.

New Lessons

Our house is being appraised tomorrow....
We are trying to take advantage of these beautifully low interest rates and re-finance. However, I do believe that our family has managed to reduce the value of this house by at least 10K just by living in it. B and are trying our best to make the house look good, look good enough to save a little moola. But the carpets belong in a fraternity house basement. The corners of our walls have either been pummeled by huge firetrucks or wrecked by our lab who can't slow down around the bend when he's doing his track laps. What have we learned from all of this...thank goodness we are not selling the house (yet).

Here's something else I learned recently ....I don't know if there is such a thing as this but I experienced a "donor high" last night and not just because I was hopefully saving a life. I dutifully went over to my son's school to donate my precious B- blood last night. (I have always known I have a rare blood type which makes me feel especially guilty for not giving more of it and especially nervous should I ever NEED it...but alas, it is my duty as a B- gal. My mother can't even donate anymore because her veins have collapsed, yikes.).
Anyway, after donating, I ate my cookies and went home, freezing and crunching through the snow and then....amazingly enough, I felt euphoric, calm and happy. Whoa. Bonus!
What is that? And when can I donate again?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

99 Thangs

Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog.
Saw this and thought it was kinda cool....I'm procrastinating right to get on cartoons!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon...half
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching-from a cliff in Newfoundland
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma-doing that tonight as a matter of fact
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book - illustrated two
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby-3
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Monday, February 02, 2009

Coral with Blue Balloon

A long time ago I was listening to Fresh Air and a cartoonist was on speaking about her work. For the life of me I can't remember who it was (it was over 10 years ago). I listened intently as she answered the important question, "What advice would you give to up and coming cartoonists and illustrators?" And her response kind of threw me off at first but then I was genius.
She said, "When you find a pen you like, buy as many as them as you can."
She was right.
Just recently one of my favorite pens can be found no more. Gone to skies above, kaput, pushing up daisies....gone to a Pentel grave.
But I am one happy gal...I have found a new favorite. I smile when I hold it, the ink flows perfectly. love.