Friday, August 21, 2009

RIP Pokey

I almost forgot to mention it, mostly because I have been trying to stay focused on tomorrow and not get too depressed about it. We put our dog Pokey down yesterday afternoon. She was old- 13 1/2 years old, and wasn't doing well this past week.

It was very upsetting, even more so for my boyfriend because he had been with her from the beginning. We watched her be put down by the vet. I had never experienced that before- I mean, I have lost other pets in my life, but was never around for any procedure. I was surprised at how easily and peacefully she left us, and I was thankful for that.

Still, today is a sad day and me working on my art stuff has been quite therapeutic for me. Although it is very hard to cheer up my boyfriend obviously. Losing a pet is as devastating as losing a human loved one. Pets are like members of your family. There is not much you can say or do for someone when one loses a pet. You just have to be there for that person, and in time, things will hopefully get better.

Craft Fair tomorrow

Well, I have been busy updating my stock because tomorrow I will be trying to sell my wares at a local craftshow. I just created another card design last night while I was making duplicates of other cards I already have.

When I see something that I like, be it in a magazine, catalog, etc., I will usually clip out the image and then keep it in an envelope. Or I will just sketch something down. Well I found a picture of a simple ladybug kicking around in that envelope and it reminded me that I had not created a card design with one yet.

I also made a bunch of prints this past week, and have to upload them to Etsy, but not sure if that will happen before tomorrow morning. I plan on setting up bright and early at 7:00 a.m. Wish me luck!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yay I created my first Etsy treasury!

There are so many great artists on Etsy- it is very overwhelming! I thought to create a treasury (a hand-picked list of items from other sellers) because I always love going to Etsy's home page and seeing what people are putting out there into the world...I googled about the month of August and saw that the flower for August was the poppy, so I found all of these really cool items that were poppy-themed. Take a moment and check them out and support a fellow artist!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

new stuff at Etsy

Well I just uploaded a few more of my prints to Etsy this evening. I am bummed though because a bunch of other photos I had taken didn't come out too well so I now need to do a reshoot for five of my designs.

I have noticed one thing- I need to remember to blink every once in a while! My eyes were so red and have been killing me these past few days. I was staring so intently working with my Bamboo (the infamous drawing tablet) that I was getting eye fatigue. Oops! It probably hasn't helped much that I have gotten zero sleep either.

My boyfriend keeps teasing that I am in "artist mode" but it is very true. When a great idea hits you at midnight, you don't go to bed, you stay up and work/think it through. I had been looking at old photos and became inspired recently to do a digital recreation of a photo from my childhood.

Like I said, that tablet is awesome. I just can't say enough great things about it (and no, I am not an employee of Wacom, although I wish I was so I could play with more of their products!)...I just wish I had purchased one sooner.

Oh, and is it wrong that I just consumed a piece of Jello pudding pie at 11:30 pm? My body clock is so messed up, I figure I may as well just go with it. Okay now I am rambling...this is what happens when sleep deprivation kicks in.

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