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Two Exciting Things (and some other stuff too)

Exciting Thing (the first): The powers that be at Illustration Friday have chosen MY suggestion for this week’s topic! Wow. I could hardly believe it when I stumbled across it on Twitter Friday morning, but there it was!

I have to say, looking at the submissions has been a completely different experience this time around. When I chose the word to submit, I had a specific set of ideas in my head. Seeing how others are choosing to interpret the word (which, by the way, is ‘swell’) has been very interesting. Probably going to be hard to narrow down my Friday Favorites this week.

Since my blogiversary, I have been meaning to post my list of goals for this year. One of them was to submit a topic worthy of being chosen for IF. Mission accomplished! Now, it’s time to conquer the Mobbies (a.k.a. Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs). Heh, I wish.

As an added bonus, the hits on my blog have gone ballistic over the past three days! I’d better step up my game.

Exciting Thing (the second): A friend of mine recently decided to awaken her muse by taking a drawing class. One of her pieces will be featured in the student art show in October. She can invite only 8 people to the show’s opening and she chose ME to be one of them!

I’m so honored (and excited)!

Other stuff: I don’t know if it is the promise of a week of temps in the low/mid-80s or the fact that the stores are busting at the seams with school supplies right now, but I finally feel like I may be emerging from my summer slump. I have even considered digging out my knitting supplies and getting to work on some monster, dragon, and owl hats. I’ve noticed more knitted items showing up on Etsy these days, so it may be time for my cast of wooly headwear characters to make their seasonal appearance. What do you think? Is it time or would I be jumping the gun? Are you ready to think about winter hats?

Lastly, a note to anyone who may have just stumbled upon my humble blog this weekend – I’m usually not this boring. I promise. Stick around a while, you’ll see. Heh.

photos : someday sweaters (my very first submission to Illustration Friday) and a purple owl hat by yours truly



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Ma’am, Please Step Away from the Owls

To say that I have been crazy busy would be a great understatement. I seriously have so many owl/owl hat orders that I would need a second set of arms (wings?) to catch up in a timely manner (NOT that I am complaining in the least!).

I am the type of person who, when faced with a task, will throw aside everything in order to finish said task (not sure whether that is a good thing or a bad thing). That is why I spent two straight days working from the time that I woke up until I went to bed. That is also why I missed a party and forgot to eat. D’oh!

Unfortunately, I am also the type of person who gets burnt out from working constantly and then starts making stupid mistakes…the kind of stupid mistakes that make SEVERAL hours of work completely worthless (and makes me want to hide under my desk and cry). Which brings us to today.

Despite the fact that I am in a huge rush to catch up and make sure that there’s an adorable owl in every home (and on every head) in America, I have to step away momentarily. There’s plenty of other work piled up around me, although I’m very afraid of screwing that up too. Maybe I’ll just put my head down on my desk and take a nice nap…

Could someone please make the hooting stop?

photo: purple owls in progress by yours truly

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Random Randomness

So, I am finally caught up on my 365 postings and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I absolutely hate falling behind on things and I am so happy to be caught up on at least one thing in my life. My apologies to anyone whose RSS feeds were overrun with my photo posts. Heh.

Monster Hat Madness continues around here and, while I am secretly longing to return to my paints, I have to admit that I’m having fun designing hats. I just finished my first Owl Hat and I’m pretty happy with it. It looks like I’ll have the opportunity to make a few more soon and hopefully, it won’t be long before they show up in the Etsy shop (famous last words!).

I still feel like a stranger in a strange land there. I’m really trying to familiarize myself with the way things work and how other people manage their shops, but I’d really much rather spend my time designing and creating. If anyone out there has any words of wisdom or encouragement with regards to the confusing quagmire that is Etsy, please don’t hesitate to share!

Speaking of sharing, I mentioned previously that I have been working on some things to share with parents (or grandparents, or babysitters, or anyone else who dedicates time to entertaining/educating kiddos). Right now, two of Sir’s favorite things are ABCs and coloring. So, I’ve been making alphabet coloring pages for him. I am hoping that eventually I will find the time to tweak some of the designs and make my own little coloring books. For now, I’m willing to share some of them here on my blog. They will be in .pdf format making them easy to download and print. I am hoping to post the first one this week (on Thursday maybe – just in time for the weekend when it is easy to run out of fun kid activities).

And so it goes…

photo : winter birches by yours truly

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