Archive for January, 2008

This weekend was all about cleaning and organizing

January 28, 2008

Yep this weekend I forced myself to tackle projects I’ve been putting off for a while.  Like our disgusting shower.  It’s now sparking clean.  Like the over-stuffed bulletin boards above my desk.  There were slips of paper tacked on there from two years ago.  Two years.  Anyhow that now has a nice new goal system complete with due dates, just so I have all the projects I’m working on in one place:

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  I considered a large wall calendar, but decided that would just take up a lot of space and mostly be a waste of paper. Besides I have a day planner/calendar that runs my life and having another, larger version seemed extraneous.  Anyhow we’ll see how this works.  I also solved the annoying “printer and paper” problem: my printer is on one shelf I can reach from my desk, the paper was below it, but out of reach, and when I did get up and walk around, getting to the paper I needed always involved much wrestling.  I thought about putting up wall shelves.  ugh. Something I hate to do.  But happily discovered that with some shifting of books, I could replace the paper in a handier spot.  And my books look quite cute too: 

 books organized

Last weekend was all about good friends and good food

January 28, 2008

Last weekend we went up to Providence.  Not only is it so nice to get out of Brooklyn every once and a while, but Providence is such a nice destination.  But we were no slackers on our “vacation” weekend that’s for sure.  We packed in visits with friends, an afternoon at the Atheneum Library, a screening of Juno, lots of food outings, a cookout and even a trip to the YMCA.  

One of the highlights was getting to explore Nina’s textile studio at RISD, which also involved a trip to the “yarn room”: 

 yarn room yarn room2 

It was amazing. Colors and textures everywhere.  Fabric and string and buttons and looms.  The best part was we got to touch everything.  Almost everything.  I even got some fluffy silver yarn from Nina’s stash.   

Did I mention we ate really well that weekend?  Besides the dinner we made at my parents house, which was pretty impressive– hamburgers, hotdogs, assorted veggies grilled outside, plus salads etc–and the bagel and lox brunch we had with Alissa and Gretchen, and the Meeting Street Cafe cookies Gerald and Skip picked up for us, we went to two great restaurants.  The first was this little place on Benefit Street, Solomon’s Korean Market, and the other was far down Atwells Ave, west side territory, called Chilangos. Both were pretty cheap, the food was great and you got tons of it.  And on the way to catch the bus home, my Dad was kind enough to wait in the car while we ran into Geoff’s, the sandwich eatery of my childhood.  I’m happy to report that not much has changed, though the pickles seemed smaller and the staff considerably nicer. 

Oh Providence, you are so good to me.  Sigh….

Crafty Projects

January 15, 2008

Before the holidays I did an Etsy trade with Lisa– my Seasons Postcard Set, for a tie-dye baby onesie and the cutest earrings.  Anyhow, I got an email from her today with a photo of the newly framed prints:  

Look how great they look!  It was so exciting to see them actually on someone’s wall:) Thanks for sending it Lisa.  And that gave me an idea.  I’ve been meaning to do a post on the craft projects I did last year, the majority of which were gifts, but I’m thinking it might be more fun if  you all send me a photo of it in your house, or on your body ( for those crocheted ones.)  It would be great to see where they all ended up.  So if I made you something crafty last year, send me a photo! If you don’t mind, I mean…

In the meantime, check out Lisa’s stores:  Jewelry by Lisa Gaumond and Lisa’s Studio.  

yum

January 10, 2008

Look what came in the mail the other day: 

Alice Waters

Thanks so much Mum!  We love it!  Surprise packages are so fun.  But a surprise cookbook?! by Alice Waters no less! Well. I read the introduction and first chapter over breakfast (French Press coffee and homemade honey bread.  yes, la di da for me,)  yesterday morning.  Anything Alice Waters reminds me of lunch my mom and I had a couple of years ago at her restaurant, Chez Panisse.  We were visiting my sister and now husband, who live in Berkeley.  My mom treated the two of us to lunch and it was amazing… such a wonderful couple of hours.  We kept looking across the table at each other and groaning at the deliciousness. Oh I do recommend splurging there if you ever get the chance.  I wish I had photos.  I think I took some on my old phone, but I’ll have to dig those up.  But in the meantime take a look at these from Flickr.

Ahhh.

January 9, 2008

Oh my goodness it is so nice outside!  Its weird, because a lot of times I go most of the day without noticing the weather. My new(ish) desk set-up faces away from the windows, which in the winter are closed.  So I’m lucky I didn’t miss this surprise lovely day.  I just ran around opening all the windows.  I guess its troubling that this day belongs in May while its the beginning of January.  But I’m sure we’ll all be freezing our toes off tomorrow.  I’m going to appreciate being able to air out the apartment…perhaps I’ll even change into a skirt.  gasp.  I’m trying out some new coloring/ compositing techniques today.  Its going well so far… Oh! and I finally updated the shop. Well, a little anyway.  I added in a light plate, and the cutest thank you card ever:

birdie thanks

Animal-Children

January 8, 2008

This is the first of many animal-children drawings I’ve been doing lately.  I do so love how they’re coming out…

goose

Some Official Business for the Official New Year:

January 6, 2008

 

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I do not like resolutions.  Especially the New Years variety. But perhaps not for the reasons you would think.  Really, I’m a big chicken.  Yep, the idea of next year having to face a list of unresolved, forgotten resolutions makes me feel sick.  So for the last few years I haven’t made them.  ( Uh, yes there’s another obvious solution to that queasy feeling.  Yes, I know…)  However, this year things need to get done.  Things need to get moving.  

When setting goals, people advise you to look ahead and think about where you’d like to end up.  Then break down all the little steps you need to do to get there.  Work backwards.  For the first time in a while I have some ideas of what I’d like my life to look like in a year.  For a long long time after school I really had no idea where I heading.  I just went with the flow for years.  And it served me well for the most part.  I got to be a part of a lot of great things.  But these days I’m longing for some structure. And some goals.  Some deadlines.   And I suspect all the fun, surprising projects and collaborations will come my way anyhow.  

The Official Business:

My priorities for the year 2008 are

• my illustration career.  Nurturing and expanding it.

• heading to the gym at least four times a week.

doing a drawing a day.  even a little teeny one counts.  But really, this one is about remembering and appreciating how much I love drawing.  Back to my roots, so to speak.   

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