Friday, October 30, 2009

all the stuff I've been doing BESIDES blogging

yeah, I know I've been rotten at blogging lately. Really rotten. I did explicitly state it would be sporadic, so no apologies for you, too bad. Oh, well. I do think about and even take pictures for it, but to no avail. And then the longer I wait, the more daunting catching up on all the pictures and topics I've thought of the more heinous of a task it is. Its a vicious circle. So, I'll attempt now to break the cycle of blog neglect and perhaps a call to blog welfare services will not be warranted.

What I HAVE been up to:

1- Realized I was quite deficient in the earring department, so I went on an earring kick, and made a bunch of really cute earrings (and NO, I don't want to and shouldn't make more and sell them in my etsy shop, which is currently very much on the hate spectrum of our love/hate relationship, and even if it weren't, earrings are so not my focus). But it was fun, and much needed.

2- Went on a sewing kick, and made a crapload of baby diaper holders, baby headbands (and even documented both projects to possibly make into a tutorial, if you are interested, and ask me very sweetly I may even get around to posting it/them here someday) as well as diaper bags, and very recently Halloween costumes (despite my resolve not to go crazy this year). ...and I'll post costume pictures later.

3- I've been trying to be a grown up about keeping my house consistently cleaner, instead of just giving up on it in between cleanings. I've also started making my kids to chores now (I'm a mean, mean mommy!) so they are partly responsible and when its messy 30 seconds after vacuuming, its THEIR job to clean it up. As well as cleaning, I'm trying to be more organized too. In that vein I re-arranged my living room to accommodate part of my studio up stairs where I can work much, much easier (and not bogart the kitchen table). Which leads me to my last point...

4- I've been trying to really focus on illustrating my book. And realizing it is a massively overwhelming and daunting task. I still want to do it, but it scares the snot out of me and frequently makes me feel completely inadequate to the task. (then I wonder why didn't I go for my BFA and specialize in illustration, instead of just a general BA in visual art? oh, wait, a year or more of classes, plus another application to get into that program, a BFA show AND I couldn't decide at the time to focus on illustration or drawing/painting... right, NOW I remember. I wanted to GRADUATE) However I still can't decide between using ink and watercolor, or switching to prismacolored pencils. Both have plenty of advantages, and disadvantages. But I've resolved not to do another finished spread until I decide once and for all what medium I'll use. When I've done more little practice pictures in both, I'll do another blog entry, because I desperately need feedback. I wonder constantly if I'm totally crazy for trying to do this.


  1. you have been busy!
    everything looks great. you are so good at everything you do & do such a great job. i know whatever medium you end up choosing for your illustrations is going to be awesome. they will turn out great for sure, don't get too caught up in the idea of it- just GO FOR IT!

  2. Nice, nice pictures! Good job all around!

  3. Wow!!! Nice post, C! I love, love, LOVED all the pictures. (Esp. the new, huge, top one on your blog-- how cute!) I love your blog writing style too. Very clever and enjoyable to read. What lovely and clever sisters I have... YOU ROCK!!!!!! I'm a Liesel fan!!!

  4. You are a busy woman- Way to be motivated to get things done!! I love all your new projects and wished I had half the skill that you do. i have been thinking a lot about diaper holders and diaper bags and "hooter hiders" because I would like to have everything match this time and be all cute. So I have actually been looking at some tutorials on line. I was thinking about having Julie help me figure it out when she is here. Maybe we can just call you instead if you don't mind. Honestly, with all my stupid stress and restrictions I will probably not get around to it for a long time. Especially by Thanksgiving when Julie is here. Enough of my ramblings! I loved catching up on your life. Love you!!

  5. I thought about "copy, cut and pasting" your first paragraph in to my blog! Angie just made me a diaper/slash changing pad. I like all the pockets and matching bag.
    Were the earnings inspired by Kristin's project at the family reunion? I gave mine to Kristin because they were to big and heavy for me. I think your water color elephants and alligator pictures are great and I'm a fan of watercolor, but I also know they are not very forgiving. I love how prismacolor pencils can can get so bright and vibrant. Good luck on what ever you decide to do.

  6. Necessity is the mother of invention..........................

  7. I will ask sweetly for a tutorial for the diaper holders and headbands!! I gotta start stocking up and I need time to practice so they are some what usable.. :)
    You sure are a crafty lady! Love, love, love the earrings!!
    Keep up the awesome work!

  8. May I join the headband tutorial? Olivia desperately needs some...that are a little bigger than the ones I ussally see around--to match her big head :)!
    Oh, and I LOVE the picture at the top of your blog! I need a copy!!