Jun 30, 2014

Calendar: July 2014

I love June.  Being a teacher's wife as well as someone who always seems to be chilled, the official arrival of summer is just about the best feeling in the world.
However, the arrival of another month is always fun for the sake of changing the calendar.  This month I wanted something a little quieter (especially after the visual business of last month's calendar!), and to help balance out the vacation/work bustle that always seems to take place in July.
 
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Jun 27, 2014

My New Website

Hey, guess what?!  My new website is LIVE!  And you should check it out!


The slide-show on the homepage is currently under construction, so feel free to generally ignore that, but just about everything else is up and running (woo-hoo!).  You'll find examples of my work (many that haven't been shown on this blog), along with stories about my work process and philosophy.
 

 


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Jun 25, 2014

#OOTDsketches (20)

Each Wednesday I post some sketches I did the week before of what I was wearing on that particular day.  I've been doing this on and off for the past few years and only recently mustered enough courage to share them with the world!  Here's what I wore last week:
 

Left: This past week I was on VACATION! Which means that my illustrations are limited... sorry.  The first sketch is from the in-between day while I did laundry and rested before heading off to our early anniversary.
Right: Off to the amusement / water park with my fab husband! It was a bit chilly, but we had so much fun!

Our anniversary trip ended with the celebration of another marriage! One of our dear friends got married and we were honored to be there with them.  It was so great to spend time relaxing and enjoying my family—I love them!
 
 
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Jun 23, 2014

Stationery: Kara's Wreath

 
One of my favorite recent commission pieces was this set of stationery for a student at the school where my husband teaches.  While I don't know the student herself very well, her sister is a real treasure and that fact alone made this project a real treat.
 It was also fun to get back into painting—this was the first of a string of custom watercolors this past month and after the long haul of graphic design work, the change was refreshing!  
 
 
 
As with my other custom stationery, I have put this piece up on my Etsy shop and it is very customizable—the colors of the flowers range from yellow, to pink, to blue, to the purple you see above (and the name color is editable as well)
 
 
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Jun 20, 2014

Custom Portrait: Mr. & Mrs. Polumbo

 
Don't you just love this couple? I was asked to paint this for their first anniversary last weekend, working from two photos showing off their signature dance moves!  I just thought that was the best idea, and it was so much fun to create for them.

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Jun 18, 2014

#OOTDsketches (19)

 Each Wednesday I post some sketches I did the week before of what I was wearing on that particular day.  I've been doing this on and off for the past few years and only recently mustered enough courage to share them with the world!  Here's what I wore last week:
Left: No, I didn't wear this all day—but I wore it to my husband's spring athletics awards night (yeah, it's a mouth full).  I was especially glad to be there because he was honored in front of everyone for his recent COACH OF THE YEAR award (year #2).
Right: Pink again today, but I was so crazy busy with multiple last-minute orders that I didn't have even a spare moment to color this puppy in—so, the color behind is the color of my shirt.  Coral... again
 

Left: This was day 3 of my chaotic work week—no students, but my freelance was in full force.  And ALL of them were rush orders (stress? yep.).  I was so busy that I didn't change out of my pjs (shown above) until around 2 when I broke for lunch.  This.Is.My.Real.Life.
Right: Thursday was another crazy day, but thankfully it was much quieter by Friday.  The hubbard and I went house-hunting and enjoyed visiting with family at a graduation party later that evening.  
 
 
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Jun 16, 2014

She Gone

 
That's right! THIS girl is OUT of the office this week, and totally loving it.
 
First stop, annual girl's trip with my mom's side of the family and then a quick stop at home before we're off again for some anniversary celebrating time with my Hubbard!
 
No, my desk does not look this cute—not even after I clean it.  But I'm going to pretend this week.

 
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Jun 13, 2014

Sketchbook: Congrats Grad(s)

 
So many grad parties, so little time!  Today I am excited to go visit my dear cousin at her graduation party.  She is headed to my own Alma mater and I couldn't be more excited for her! (note, this is not a painting of my cousin... the more fitting concept did not occur to me until just now and I am simply out of time... maybe later)
 
Congratulations to my favorite Andrea Jane!
 
 
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Jun 11, 2014

#OOTDsketches (18)

 Each Wednesday I post some sketches I did the week before of what I was wearing on that particular day.  I've been doing this on and off for the past few years and only recently mustered enough courage to share them with the world!  Here's what I wore last week:
 

Left: I finally got the chance to wear this dress!!!  I purchased it back in February or March and it has been TOO STINKIN' COLD to wear it until now—when it's in the 80s and I'm the only one happy about it, haha
Right: Last official day of teaching for the year—while I was allowed to wear jeans on that day, I have found that it is best to carry more authority rather than less on days full of sugar, excitement and no desire to follow directions.  While I'll miss those kids, we are both ready for a break!


 Left: First day without students, but still without my hubby.  It was a little chilly, so I threw on a light sweater and CLEANED my house!  Specifically the kitchen—I love getting everything deep cleaned and organized.
Right: Hubbard and I went garage sale shopping with my sister-in-law!  It was great to spend some time all together without having to work (we all work at the same school/coach the same teams)
 
The real last day with students was our Field Day!  So much fun, I had not done it before and this time I was able to lead a "team" of students around and even participate in the hula-hoop contest!  Our team finished in 2nd overall so that was extra fun!
 
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Jun 9, 2014

Sketchbook: The Great Gatsby (Party)

This past weekend, my husband and I were fortunate enough to help a good friend of ours with their granddaughter's 16th birthday party!  It was a grand affair, and not just because it was a Gatsby theme!


All of the girls (and guys) were dressed up and the entire house/deck was decorated beautifully.  We served as photographers, running the photo-booth and walking around to capture the festive moments.  And as soon as it was over, you know I went back into our room and drew up some lovely young ladies in full 20's attire!
 
 
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Jun 6, 2014

Mono Print Hedgehogs

 
Closing out the year with my 5th graders this year was extra fun!  We took on the mono print challenge!
I had my students make animal stamps out of egg carton lids (pressing down with a pencil) and then we printed on long strips of black paper.  They all turned out really well and I was pleasantly surprised (and maybe a little relieved.  You just never know!).

I also had a lot of fun with my example—the parade of hedgehogs above was made as the demonstration for my classes on proper printing technique (using rollers to apply paint evenly, ect)

While completely different than my normal style of post, I thought it was fun and cute—I don't normally show the students examples of my own work, but something simple like this was too fun to resist!
 
 
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Jun 4, 2014

#OOTDsketches (17)

Each Wednesday I post some sketches I did the week before of what I was wearing on that particular day.  I've been doing this on and off for the past few years and only recently mustered enough courage to share them with the world!  Here's what I wore last week:



Left:  Happy Memorial Day!  Wore this breezy skirt and simple Tshirt to keep cool at parades and the beach.  Lovely day with the family!
Right: Breezy top (can you sense a theme?), jeans and some booties for a busy day at work



 Left: I have got to wear this skirt more often.  I've had it since I was in middle school, and I wear it about once a year.  I wore it about 3 times this year and get so many compliments that I am growing excited to wear it yet again!
Right: Crazy.Busy.Day.  Lots of clay and paint, I am relieved that I didn't come home a different color than when I set out that morning

I got my HAAAAAIR CUT!
I was long over due.  Seriously, I had "Eve" hair and it was just heavy.
My head feels so light and I am a little nervous about styling it the way I want it—when you loose 4 inches, it makes a difference!
 
 
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Jun 2, 2014

Calendar: June 2014

Ta-da! New desktop calendar for the month of June.
My mom has always worked very hard on the garden(s) around the house where we grew up, and I always connected getting-out-of-school-time (or as most people call it, "the month of June") with the appearance of our Black Eyed Susans.

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