Monday, July 30, 2012

Endless Summer, occasional bummer.

Mostly it's been a Summer of weird looking bugs and spirit-breaking humidity here in Tennessee, but we squeezed a slice of Florida into July to balance things out. Swapping creepy crawlies for white sand and ice cream? Go on then, twist my (un-tanned) arm!

Felix, the reluctant swimmer has come on leaps and bounds (though he still whinnies like a horse as he paddles along). Rudy on the other hand cannot be contained at the sight of water, and is halfway across the lake before I've even stepped out the car, usually. Here he is safely anchored to a picnic bench, since he cannot be trusted to stay dry for more than 5 seconds otherwise.

August looks a little less promising on the vacation front, but at least we have the Olympics to cheer about for a while longer. You may notice I have not posted much art-related content this month.... Cough cough. My studio has been neglected, but now I'm back to work (or more accurately- make a mess, clear it up, and repeat), while I try and ignore the sunshine which turns me into such a terrible fidget. In fact, I think there are some zucchini seeds that need planting. And off I go!

Hope you are having a magical Summer, and avoiding 'horned tomato worms' more successfully than I! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday Schmooze-day

I have always had a soft spot for Tuesdays.

and yesterday proved to be a fine day for BBQing with friends, soaking up some sunshine and inventing  cocktails. Blood orange + berries + mint  + rum had Forrest begrudgingly accepting that all his favorite cocktails are pink. Ha, macho man.

 And Rudy melts my heart in his 'scared of the vacuum' mode. BigRudy? BigBaby!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer at a Snail's Pace.

Print-making! A delight and a frustration all at once, as I cover myself from head to toe in ink, mostly.

Veggies from the garden are growing colorfully and deliciously. Slow-roasted tomatoes? Yes please.

And who's been sleeping in my bed? (asked Mummy-bear).  Felix! 
July has brought us a pair of hotdogs. Nobody feels like moving, much. Maybe only to go and grill some dinner. Or jump in a lake. Or....nope, that's pretty much it.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Step Inside!

I rather fancy the idea of being an enterprising young thing, so I have opened an online ‘art & paper products’ shop. Perhaps you are familiar with Etsy? I know it has inhabited my consciousness for the last few years, as the place to discover the most wonderful handmade goodies. So that’s where I’m stationed now. Trying to fit in.
Also as a longtime intrepid doodler and maker of things, it seemed like the way to go. (plus, I really need a new pair of sandals, and beautiful birkenstocks aren’t cheap, hey?)

So I’m starting small, with things I know I can do well. I have spent recent months sourcing the strongest, smoothest, loveliest cardstock. Jabbing  away at my calculator, measuring envelopes and calculating shipping costs. Tightening up designs and making new ones. 

 If you would like to support this venture by taking a look around my store or ‘liking’ my facebook page (I know, look at me all down with the kids), I would be entirely appreciative. I am told this is how these things get going, afterall!

 So I present to you: LouPaper- my shiny new shop. It will remain pretty small while I get my sea legs. But check back regularly for new additions!

(Thanks for the help, BigRudy!)

Monday, July 9, 2012