Friday, December 30, 2011


I've been thinking on these ideas all week and after the mild panic that happens when there's a new lot of syllabi lying around, I am certain that this is what needs to happen in 2012:
1.  Maintain Friday as 'project day' - this means nothing but coffee, painting, sewing or whatever other creative endeavour is crying for attention... there are 6 other days of the week for homework after all. 
2.  In the short term: complete the big project involving the photos from THIS shoot - which includes a blog makeover, listing a TON of pieces that are done and waiting to be sold in a new shop location and... the last part of this overhaul project is still a *SECRET* for now.
3.  Finish the 3 paintings currently on the dining room table and find more reasons to paint more often.
4.  I'll group the health goals all into one tidy package since it's all about adding variety to the running/weights scene: find another yoga class, so I'm practicing with instruction 2x/week; find a place to swim after school once a week.
5.  This last one is hard to summarize and will likely sound vague - but I've got a lot of decisions to make for the year, regarding next school year and business-wise too... I guess Goal #5 is to get this all sorted.  (Confused?  Me too.  Lol).
Hey! It's Friday and according to the goals for 2012, that means it's time to brew some espresso and enjoy an afternoon with those unfinished paintings.
Happy Friday ya'll!

Just thinking through the whole New Year's eve thing this afternoon... making party plans and loving these festive paper decorations.  All this New Year's business also has me plotting my non-resolutions at the back of my mind.  I'll definitely share when I have them figured out... and re-hash last year's while I'm at it.  What sorts of goals are ya'll setting for 2012?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing you all a very...

 Just a quick post to wish everyone well over the holidays - hoping ya'll enjoy lots of time with family and friends these next few days!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Libraries & Ladders

Just to be clear, when I posted about my dream library earlier, I was envisioning something a little more unorthodox than say "Beauty & The Beast" style digs.
Now that we're on the same page...

Pretty & Readable

I've confessed it here before: I'm a book junky.  
When I was a kid, I dreamed of someday owning a house with a library... with bookshelves from floor-to-ceiling and a sliding ladder.  I also dreamed of a pony and a mint green Fender Strat.  Funny how none of these things have quite panned-out.  Ha.  I guess I'm still working on the library - or, more realistically, at least a solid collection of pretty and readables.
I think this Emily Chalmers book looks like a lovely read and I'm thinking it will have to be the next book purchase... or maybe Santa read my wishlist and he'll pull through?!  
(Ahem, Ma).
I *THINK* I may have finished my painting order last night... well, nearly.  Just a few touch-ups left.  However, I haven't looked at it yet this morning - I'm just hoping I don't have my usual "hate it, hate everything about it" post-painting meltdown.  This feeling usually subsides within a day or two, but quite frankly, I have no time for the meltdown with SO much holiday fun to catch-up on.
Fingers, toes and whatever else crossed - here's hoping I've got all the loose ends tied up with it before long!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hue & Hum Christmas

I realize I'm a total late-comer to the 'December Party' but now I'm really in the mood for a little festive fun.  My crazy talented friend Caitlin from over at Hue and Hum and her rocker husband took some time to collaborate on a Christmas album this year and it's just *BEAUTIFUL* (yip, that would be a sample above).  You can buy the album here, or hey!  If you're an iTunes'er, check it out there.
I'm getting back into painting mode, very much encouraged by the copious amounts of coffee consumed over breakfast cookies with my girl, Jenna-Loo...
Merry Pre-Christmas Tuesday ya'll!

Back Where I Belong...

This entire post is essentially one BIG *happy sigh*
I've been totally MIA since classes ended and the dreaded finals began, but semester 1 is all squared away as of the weekend.  It's taken me a few days to recover (3 consecutive 9:30am sleep-ins to be exact), but today I'm happy to be tackling the pre-Christmas to-do list.  It's kind of a miss-mash of cleaning, errands and last-minute Santa's lil' helper sorta stuff... to be followed by a LARGE latte and a painting session for an order I need to get done this week.
I'm looking forward to tackling everything on that list... except maybe cleaning the bathrooms.
Hope ya'll have been well and wow am I happy to be back!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stark & Graphics

I'm workin' away on my latest (and very last) graphics assignment this morning, creating a magazine spread using Adobe InDesign (which I am LOVING).  So far so good - I'm using these gorgeous photos from an issue of Elle Decor - the apartment featured belongs to Ashley Stark, you can check out the whole article here.
I'll be ready to send this to print by lunch (fingers crossed).
More coffee please.