Thursday, July 31, 2008
OH PICK ME!! PICK ME!! I've been drooling over that paper since I saw it!!!
KT!! You won the Red Velvet-sponsored Vespa-pa-pa paper giveaway! Woot! I'll send you an e-mail shortly, girl! Congrads!
Glad you all like Edward Gorey! Still miss you, little blog. =) Miss visiting your guys' blogs, too! Waving hello from Workaholics Anonymous, over here (that comment totally made me giggle, Valerie!) Speaking of, my hubby Z has like 6 jobs going on right now...lol..poor guy! They always pour in at once! Anyway, one new offer is a local job (yay!) but he has to work the 'night shift'....which means for a few months (maybe - knock on wood) we won't see eachother til Saturday/Sunday every week...=( But studio experience + learning new software is too cool to pass up! And I can't even wrap my head around when I can finish everything I have to do!! lol...I just keep putzing along, sleeping because I'm a little sick, still, even though I'd rather just stay up and finish stuff...lol. Work all day is still nuts - so many biiig episodes of the show I have to do all by myself! lol. Right now, I'm animating patterns and a predator-like Kat...I'm still getting caught up, there...
Juuust about to leave work for a weekend away - we're going to Victoria for the upcoming long weekend (I know, aren't we just the little travellers...). Anywaym back next week with funner blogging, promise!! Enjoy the sunshine, guys! =)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Annnd.....last but not least, a Vespa Paper Giveaway for my lovely readers! Just leave a comment on this post and you might have a chance to win your very own set of Kim Smiths' Vespa Papers, sponsored by the lovely Red Velvet Kit Club!....How cool is that??!! The winner will receive two sets of the 4 papers we're featuring in the July Red Velvet kit - and if you want, you can check out Kim's lovely blog and Etsy Shop, too! You have until....Monday the 28th at midnight to enter!
As for me, work is nutty, I have blisters on my hands from the 'sewing projects' I just finished (yes, really!), I haven't slept near enough this week, work is way too much to do in way too little time, and I'm sick, Yes, sick. Cold FX sucks and doesn't work. I sound like a croaky frog. I'm soooo psyched to be leaving for Calgary tomorrow night, though! Yay! But that means, alas...tonight is stay-late-at-work, finish-everything, pack, clean, and get-pretty night. lol...I am happy, though, just falling apart...lol. Ooooh, what can ya do? Hope everyone is well! Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway!
Monday, July 21, 2008
And the dock as we land on the water in Tofino...Yay!
I forgot the rest of the pictures at home (doh!...) So I'll post em as soon as I can this week!
And thanks to Katie for this peek of my projects at CHA on the Freehand Scraps Blog! he he....it was funny to see me 'there'...lol. It's also so fun to see peeks from CHA popping up all over! yay!
Annnd...scrap goodies coming from me soon! I have my Dozens' kit and the Paper Minx kit to play with. I got a biiig shipment of shipping supplies for my etsy store today, thinking I would have time to work on that this month (not!)...lol..Z and I are both overwhelmed with projects - he has 3 different projects to animate/test on, and I have designs to finish and draw, projects to finish sewing, kits to use, haircuts to get, etc. etc. before we rush off to Calgary and then the weekend after that, Victoria. Whew!
We did have a good weekend, and we took some minutes off to go for walks in the sun, check out the baby raccoons, watch Batman Begins (we're both dying to see the new Batman! Eeek!) and Charlie Bartlett (so funny!) and eat popcorn...yum! I even went shoes-for-the-wedding shopping! =) Oh, and our walls have been ripped open, I totally jinxed us...and the water's tasted like new plastic pipes and sometimes doesn't get hot for 20 minutes on the hot-as-it-can-go setting. Argh. Having a shower has not been fun! So, that about sums up the world of Michelle for today; I feel like I will be constantly busy until halfway through August...lol...but, you know, fun busy. =) And I can't wait to see my friends and go to Melissa's wedding and hug my family in like, 4 days! Yay! Happy Monday, everyone!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
There are some important subscription deets about the Dozens' kits on the blog, and there are still some Red Velvet kits left, too if you're interested. And I finally made my first treasury at Etsy yesterday - you can view it here. I think it turned out pretty fun - for those who don't know, a treasury is a compiled list that an Etsy member makes to feature all the lovely handmade work on the site - you get to be a curator, of sorts. And then, hopefully, it makes it to the front page of Etsy! Whoo! So go click there and help bring up the odds! lol..Oh! And if anybody who reads is attending CHA, look for mine and hubby's mugs over at the Sassafras Lass booth - they're displaying a few of my pages there! Yay! (We won't be there for real....though I so wish I coudl finally attend a show!) Have you seen Sass's new releases?? Yummy! I also have a few cards up at the Pink Paislee booth, of course! Anyway, if you see any of m projects, would you mind taking pictures if you can? I'm sure I'll find some on the internets...Just, you know, if you happen to see em, please snap and pass the pictures along! he he...=) And have fun!!
Happy day, everyone! Back to work with me...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
As for me, I tried to draw last night and was unsuccessful, so I was sewing til the wee hours - I love the fabric color combo I have goin on, but I can't show peeks because they girls might be reading this...he he. I'll show when I'm done and the projects are given away!
Anyway, I just realized how much stuff I have to do before we head to Calgary for my friend Melissa's wedding - wowza! And I keep getting more and more projects, which means I have to pick and choose and I hate doing that! lol...can't I just stay home and stop time and do everything? lol...(I feel like I'm always saying that). So anyway, my hopes of updating the shop regularly this month have been pushed back...(sigh).
Oh, and after the spiel about having our walls ripped open, it turns out the construction guys aren't even going to - lol...they ripped up our neighboors apartment already and have access to our pipes, there, so yay for us! No holes and new drywall and all that jazz in our place...whew! (knock on wood!)
Also, I forgot to announce the very coolness on Monday that is a guest design stint at the lovely new PaperMinx this month! Brought to you by Steph and Aimee...=) I am honored, girls, thanks for having me! And I rather like that bio I wrote for them here, usually they're odd and hard to do but I'm happy with that one...lol. Here's a peek of the kit, (I got mine in the mail yesterday and it's just sooo fab):
And thanks to Tonya for handing me a lil blog award! =) I would pass it on, but I'm pretty sure all my fave blogs have already been honored...he he.
Haven't scrapbooked in soo long! I'm excited! =) he he...happy day, everyone!
I absolutely hate the 'waiting' part of things - if we're organizing/cleaning/rearranging the house, I want it all done now - I don't want it done in little bits. I've always been like that...We're planning on getting desks and moving things around at home, and I want desks now! But we have to wait/find some, so I just have to deal...I'm doing quite well with it, actually...lol. Because A) who wants to clean in the first place? and B) the construction dudes would just mess up my clean house, anyway. lol...It just drives me and I feel claustrophobic and unorganized and cluttered, though. But I'm excited that Z and I will have more work space...and we can finally make the bathroom all lovely when we more goodies back in there. 22 days til they're done construction, hopefully...yay! Than I will feel centered and happy in my living space again once we're all set and finished. =)
Monday, July 14, 2008
(randomnly selected, of course):
Bit of a cardie myself so I am totally besotted with this darn cute little owl card you've created Michelle! The new Pink Paislee products are gorgeous! How lucky are you to have played with them already!!!
Yay! Congrads, girl! Please e-mail your name and address and all that good stuff to me: email@example.com (Sorry, I'm a tad bit late in posting this...you can check out Paislee's post, too, to see the other winners/see if you're one of them! lol...)
Speaking of Pink Paislee, check out the peeks of 2 other lines that are being released just after CHA - they are so yummy!
And then Z did, too...he he...he made little monsters that stand up on their own (a boy of my own heart, or what?...)
Annnd...there was some beach time, too, lounging, talking...very relaxing. =) We saw more baby raccoons, and of course we didn't have the camera! lol..anyway, I've been working on some more new products for the shop, which hopefully will be out this week...my printer decided to close on weekends, now, and are open very short hours during the week - argh! I have like a 10 minute window before they close that I can make it there if I race home! lol...we'll see. Anyway, happy Monday!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Today, my morning has been full of rich Colombian (thank you! ;)..)coffee, a new card design that's about to be printed, a trip to the library for some home decorating magazines - need them as inspo for some paper I need to draw today...(he he...sssh.) It's for a super-secret place, right now...he he. I have a bank appointment, but that's the only necessary evil today. I am going to draw some earring designs. I am going to play with shrink plastic. I am listening to some fab new songs I found - "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins, "Sunset and Car Crashes" by The Spill Canvas, and some old stand-bys: The Sad Little Stars and City and Colour's "Hello, I'm in Delaware." (And those who asked about the song playing here, scroll to the veeeery bottom of the blog - "Samson" by Regina Spektor is the first must listen-to-it-over-and-over tune.)
Oh! And we watched "Rendition" last night - Love me some Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese. Is he a sexy analyst, or what? lol...anyway, the movie was great, but it was seriously disturbing that this 'rendition' law actually even exists in the USA - pretty much, the US government can deport and make people they suspect with no actual evidence disappear from the face of the earth if suspected of terrorist related activity. They literally delete records of people and take their identification and ship them off to underground torture prisons around Europe for interrogation. Disturbing. We watched a documentary that was also on the dvd, and I just can't believe it; the guy who implemented the program says that they do not condone torture, but what they need done can not legally done on United States soil - totally contradictory. Argh! Makes me so mad...I'm so happy I live in Canada!!
Anyway, sorry to leave you on that note! lol...go listen to some Missy Higgins, I promise it will make you smile...=) Happy weekend - enjoying sunshine, crafting, hugging your family..whatever you may be doing! Blog winner announced tomorrow - I'm waiting til Paislee announces, but I know who won! he he....Happy day!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Annnd...you have til tonight to leave your name on the Paislee post for the goodie draw! Winners will be announced tomorrow! =) Thanks again for stopping by!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I went for a run yesterday morning around the lake, too, and saw those giant Carp fish jumping around, so crazy! And as we were walking at night they were jumping around like crazy! Also, we saw 2 cranes in their nest, which was new for us...and ducklings are still around...and we were standing there watching the water when these giant dragonflies start flying around - and then I'm like, "No, dude! Those are bats!" Eeek...flying out of the trees in droves! Anyway, a lil creepy...but cool. We see something new everytime we go down there...=) Yay!
And I have to say Omigosh....The blog hop has been crazy fun, no? I can't believe how many people have stopped by!! You guys rock! Scroll down to the post below and keep entering, if you haven't! The Paislee giveaway is open until July 11, end of day. =) And good luck, guys!
Other stuff: The Dozens' List Challenge is up on the blog - for a chance to use your kit and win some hand-picked yummies, go check it out! Us DT girls got together and made list pages, hosted by the lovely Barb! Umm...what else? New kitschy card up in my Etsy shop today, I Etsy-blogged about it here (there's also a fun treasury posted). And thanks to Paper Girl Productions who featured the Monster Print on her blog today! =) Yay! Etsy is so fun - so badly wanting to just stay up all night and make new products to debut, but I'll be miserable at work the next day...lol. Otherwise, I'm totally at that point of wanting to create so bad! But nope. So slowly but surely, things like paper tags, stickers, earrings, etc. Super-slowly but surely they'll be done one day...lol. Anyway, Tofino pics still coming! And some embroidery...and some art. =) Happy day!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
On July 12th each design team member will choose a winner from their list of comments and they'll be posted up on the Pink Paislee blog - Whee! So if you go visit all the girls, the more of a chance you'll have to win some yummy new Paislee prize packs!!
Also, the lovely Holly McCaig has a digital freebie for you to snatch up, and the wonderful Tammy Tutterow is also giving away a free vintage image from her website Fairy Davis; so make sure you stop there on your blog rounds, for sure!
And we're all posting projects we just made using yummy new Paislee goodies, too! For those who've been checking out the new release peeks all week, you'll recognize this amazing collection:
Here's one of the new projects I made - A little fall card! I used the fab 'Vintage Moon' collection above (it's my very, very favorite), new glitter, stamps, and rub-ons, too! Yum! Sooo....leave some comments below on this post for your chance to win here, and thanks for peeking!
And then go here to read more deets and leave Paislee a comment:
Pink Paislee Blog
And here are the girls for you to visit, too!
Have fun!! Regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow, but back to work now, for me! Be sure to have some fun blog-hoppin today and peeking at the CHA releases - and if you have a moment, check out the Bubbly Shnooks blog to see what's being released today, too! =) Happy day!
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
These little digi guys I designed were released here at SisTV the other day, too: Fun little hand-drawn doodled words - perfect for titles or journalling prompts. They were so fun to make! Anyway, they each come with 4 versions - black, brown, cream, and a black and white pencil-sketch line version. =) You can find them here in the boutique. =)
And wow, I visited all those blogs from the monster giveaway yesterday! lol...At one point I thought I was done and the scroll bar was only halfway down! lol...It was fun, though, to find new readers and say hello to some old blog friends. I have to let you know I appreciate you guys, right?? You all leave me the sweetest comments, its the least I can do! Thanks for that!
Annnd...stay tuned tomorrow for the Pink Paislee Blog hop! Woot! Some peeks of the news goods will be posted, too! Yay! =) I posted a new card in my Etsy shop today. I'm having so much fun at Etsy - addicted to the boards, I say. And I have so many ideas for new goodies I can't even keep up - but that's old news. =) Can't wait til my scrap deadlines this week are done so I can start sewing...yay!
We totally missed a meeting yesterday about the massive renos going on in our building, too...Doh! So who knows when and for how long men will be ripping apart our pipes. Argh. And our grocery store is being reno-d, too...totally inconvenient. The alternate store that you'd usually go to get groceries at is also being fixed - was ripped down and is being rebuilt. Double argh. So we grabbed some apricots, cherries, buns, and sandwich meat from lovely little local markets and we're good. lol...=) It turned out being a nice inconvenience; walking around the block in the sun, picking fruit. Yum. Annnd...that about sums it up. Busy, busy, crafty...more busy. =) Happy day, everyone!
Monday, July 07, 2008
It was kind of overcast all weekend, but still warm and sunny, too. We went for beach walks, hunted around for baby duckies and swans. It turns out the swans never hatched *sniff* (though I swore I saw them!), and all the baby ducks have mostly been eaten by Carp (giant fish that we saw jumping all over the lake). So sad!! Who knew that fish ate ducks? Oh my...anyway, the baby fluffy raccoons we saw made us forget the missing animal woes..they were lovely and oh-so fluffy! =)
Ummm...what else? The wonderful Paislee blog is hopping with CHA release peeks - Got to play with mine yesterday and they are just amazing!! Go see! And check back in a few days for some Paislee fun here...=) And Rachel posted a lovely peek at the paper line that's in the newest Red Velvet Kit this month - so yummy! They go on sale tomorrow in the kit Etsy shop. =) Sooo excited for that one!
Busy finishing lists, sending out a bunch of mail, calling banks and doctors, banking...listening to renos all day (our building is in a shambles - they're ripping out and replacing all the pipes, there's meetings about when they'll work on our pipes...etc.) On Friday when I got home I realized they had changed the lock in the front door and I was locked out, thank goodness Z was home! Turns out they forgot to give us the new keys...hah. Lovely. Poor Z has to listen to them pounding all day and today they shut off the water...=(
Anyway, enough to look at today? he he...Link-o-rama, up there! Hope everyone is well! I have lots to share, including some yummy new Monster Notepads I just got done - oh yeah, so excited for em! And some embroidery, too. Yay! Hopefully today I can finally do the blog rounds and edit Tofino pictures...lol. Happy day! =)
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I was reminded of "The Monster At the End of the Book" Book featuring one of my faves, Grover...and "Where the Wild Things Are"; amazing book + illustrations...Jim Henson...and, of course, Monsters, Inc! We all agree they're silly, happy, fun...and that anything that makes you smile is a goood thing. =)
And, I was also reminded of this crazy over-the-top fear of them I had when I was little (somebody mentioned scaring them away with a torch light nightly...Cass!) So, when I was teeny, you'd never know that I'd grow to love our furry monster friends. I was petrified - thought they were under my bed, going to grab my feet...in the closet, etc. Our family friend, Rob, whenever we had sleepovers at Rob and Viv's house, we had this invisible spray can of monster-be-gone or something that was necessary and vital to spray all over my room and especially around me or I would never fall asleep. lol...
Anyways, who knows when that changed. But "Monsters, Inc." was definitely vital to the thinking-monsters-are-good thing. There's some weird psychology behind why I draw em all the time, I'm sure...lol. The "Art of Monsters, Inc." has also been influential on lots of my design colors and such, too. Love it to bits!!
Back to where I was going with this...So I had to pick randomly using a number generator..cuz I just couldn't 'pick'..it was impossible! So, without further ado:
The 4 monster papers, monster stamp, and happy cab stamp go tooooo:
Oh my goodness...those little monsters totally make me smile!! So fun and lovable!! You are one amazingly talented lady!! I pop in on your blog when I need a pick-me-up. Anyway..the monsters...are you kidding??? LOVE monsters!! My mom called me Oscar the Grouch and I still have a mini-crush on Grover...so cute. :-) I am such a fan of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, I think that would be a dream job. ;-) sorry for the ramble...your work is amazing...as always!!
And I just couldn't resist sending this girl a monster stamp, too (cuz that comment was just way, way too funny and super-cool and totally something I could see myself saying...lol):
Something most people don't know about monsters is that they only act gross and scary because people expect them to be gross and scary. I mean, if you saw a pink, triangular, one-eyed creature in public wouldn't your first thought be "Gross! I bet that thing hides its boogers under the bath rug so people slip on it!" Expectations are rough.
That, and they get pretty cranky sometimes. But you would too if you had to brush SO MUCH hair every day and you could never sit down for fear of getting some kid's gum stuck in the tresses on your hiney. It's a hard life and I'm a compassionate soul, so that's why I love monsters.
Oh, plus they sure can dance. ;)
Okay! Thanks for playing everyone! If you two could please send me your full names and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll get those goodies out to you!
And then I'll be round to visit all your lovely blogs and the links you left me. Yay!
And remember to check back for details on the encore monster release over at The Dozens. It will be printed again, if not there, for my shop! =) Speaking of, I got my lovely June Dozens' kit yesterday and its amazing! So fun! I'm almost done all my pages, and stay tuned for a challenge from the DT soon - you can buy it here.
No time to edit the Tofino stuffs yet, I'm back to my usual happily-overwhelmed schedule over here. Hah...so happy day for now! and thanks so much again for stopping by and loving the monsters! =)
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Annnd...who can believe what happened on the Tila Tequila finale?? I won't spoil it in case anyone who watches missed, but wow! *sniff*
Updated the shop with Monster Prints - details here.
Okay, back to work for me! And don't forget to check out Paislee's new sneak peek for today: Press-ons! =) They are oh-so-yummy! Happy day, all! The monster RAK sign-ups are closed...I'll be picking a winner tonight/tomorrow. =) Thanks for the love everyone!