Going through my sketchbook, there is an abundance of short haired girls this past year! Maybe deep down I’m itching for a chop myself, but this prolonged winter weather wouldn’t be so kind to a bare neck! Plus, what would Doug chew on when I pick him up? I’ve been leafing through J. Crew look books for sketch inspiration when I’m stumped. Lots of preppy girls and puppies in my thick sketch pad!
I’ve mentioned my preference for handmade cards. Last month for Valentine’s day I gave Neil this little card with Huey on the front. Now it’s on our fridge!
September is one of my favorite times of year, and not just because it holds my birthday (and that of many loved ones and friends). So many exciting things happen this month including some annual favorites like Art Prize, Fashion Week, the return of great fall T.V. and autumn, the best season of the year. This month is truly flying by so quickly and there is still so much I can’t wait to enjoy! I’m coming up on my year anniversary at a job I love, and though I am busier than ever during the week, I’ve become much better at managing my free time. Wine Wednesdays, dinner and games on the floor with friends, exploring new places, meeting new faces, fun events and still finding time to have weeknight Netflix marathons is wonderful. Thank you, September!
I really enjoy making cards for those close to me. There’s something so special about spending time on a handmade card and writing your own words instead of wandering a store for a sentimental card bearing a stranger’s words.
For my mom’s birthday last month I sketched up Rupert and Stanley in their best birthday hats.
I can’t believe how fast February has flown by. This month I’ve been delightfully busy with work and weekends. The lovely holiday has resulted in wearing [a lot more] red and, as always, savoring 50% off chocolate after St. Valentine’s. We had a belated Valentine’s dinner overlooking the city. It wasn’t until this past weekend, however, that we could drink a 4yr old bottle of sweet red wine with amazing dark chocolate in front of a few episodes of No Reservations. Yum.
An old favorite on rotation last week.
I appreciate homemade and handmade things, especially cards. I don’t believe in rushing to the store alongside procrastinating guys and gals searching for cards to send a message that they can’t adequately express themselves. So…
This month, I made a pop up card for my valentine. Above is a shot in progress, before I covered the front in teal paper/heart cutout and spilled glitter all over my desk to finish writing ti amo inside.
In a similar vein, he made me a bunch of origami roses! I was never good at folding paper – they’re really pretty and I’m tempted to deconstruct one to see how it was made. Lovely!
I’ve resolved to draw more and step away from technology this year, and what better way than unwinding with a cup of tea and sketchbook in hand?! I have a stack of neglected art supplies waiting for some attention on my bookshelf. When I had art studio and independent study in high school, drawing or painting was an excellent stress release for me. Through most of university my doodles were confined to the margins of my notebooks (which were otherwise filled with tidy notes, since I was a diligent student x_x ) and my supplies gathered dust. It feels good to be free of studying and exam cramming to revive an old hobby close to my heart.