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What I Like Wednesday : Mentions & Niceties

I’ve had kind of an exciting week. So, rather than focusing on one particularly inspirational person or thing, I thought I would share a few of the good things that have happened this week and the nice people who made them possible. Enjoy!



Last week’s Friday Favorites featured an etegami illustration by Deborah Davidson (a.k.a. dosankodebbie). In addition to leaving a very nice comment, she was kind enough to give me a little shout out on her blog.

Her work is pretty amazing (as evidenced by this peachy illustration) and I would highly recommend checking out all of the beautiful etegami on her blog.






I also won a book this week, which was a totally awesome surprise! I can hardly wait to be the proud owner of an advance copy of They Draw and Cook’s new cookbook!

If you haven’t checked out They Draw & Cook, do it now! And don’t forget to pre-order your very own copy of the new book (at a 35% off discount, no less).








My Sketchbook Project post from yesterday received a very nice mention on Sketches and Jottings today.

That was a very nice surprise and I was happy to find out that many people found the post helpful (the link was also shared by the Art House Co-op)





I also received some very nice comments from some of my favorite bloggers/artists/illustrators – Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Shirley Ng-Benitez, and Deirdre McCormick. Please do check out their work!


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Sketchbook Project 2012 : Today in My Mailbox

Oy. So far today, the normally loving and docile, Sir has a) kicked me repeatedly in an attempt to get me out of bed (how dare I sleep in until 7:30!) b) bitten me and c) nearly given me a coronary by attempting to jump from a shopping cart in a busy parking lot.

This is the last time I let his favorite parent go out of town for the weekend.

Thankfully, nap time arrived just before he was able to tie me up and feed me to the dogs. As I sat exasperated and grasping at the last shred of sanity I had left today, I realized that, in my haste to get Sir in the house and keep him from running down the street with a pilfered bag of frozen onion rings (true story), I had forgotten to check the mail. I trudged out to the box and what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a brand new pair of ugly shoes AND my Sketchbook Project package!


So, I guess this thing is really real now. That means I’ve got a lot of work to do, and I have a feeling I’ll have a lot of time to do it once the nice men in the white coats come to take me to my new home.

Dear Big Sir,

Please hurry back. And bring onion rings.


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Sketchbook Project 2012 : Here’s to Not Screwing Up! (or something)

Friends, at 4 o’clock this morning, I made a momentous (and kind of scary) decision. Yours truly, the so-so photog, mediocre (at best) wannabe illustrator, and consummate wiseacre, will be participating in the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project 2012.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. The what now? Go ahead and click the link or, barring that, read my very brief description.

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling exhibition of sketchbooks from artists all over the world. My completed sketchbook will travel to all of the North American tour locations before becoming part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library. It will also be digitized for viewing online.

It took me countless hours of wondering, worrying, nail-biting and not sleeping to finally decide to do this. Then I started the whole neurotic process over again as I tried to choose one of the 40 available themes. At 4AM, when Sir woke us up to politely request ‘mo wadoo pease’ (which in English means ‘Parents, I fully expect you to get out of bed and fill my water cup…now!’) and I couldn’t get back to sleep, I groggily decided on ‘writing on the wall’.

My not-quite-coherent thought process involved something about entertaining witticisms (in the form of life lessons I have learned), corresponding illustrations, and being forced to finally learn how to do more hand-lettering. But, you know, we’ll play it by ear.

So, there you have it. Now comes the (even) hard(er) part – waiting for the sketchbook to arrive and figuring out what in the world to put in it. Ever the overachiever, I have already begun a preliminary list of the aforementioned witticisms. They seem pretty funny to me. I guess we’ll see what the rest of the continent thinks of them.

I hope to post frequent updates on my progress here. I’m still debating whether or not to scan and share each page as I finish it or keep some of it out of the public eye until the tour begins. Again, we’ll play it by ear.

I hope that at least a few of you will come along for the ride.

photo : drawing stuff by yours truly



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