Archive for month: April, 2015

a book a week – april

29 Apr
April 29, 2015

for the last 6 months or so, i’ve been addicted to the library. i think it was our daycare that reminded me it even existed. back when i had just a bit more expendable income, buying books was a habit. kind of an obsession. even after kids, i always justified money for books. we read most of our kids books at least once a week. we read some of our books every day. borrowing books has opened our world. into planets? we can borrow 10 books on planets. love legos? 5 books borrowed. and the idea that these aren’t ours, that we share them with everyone, and need to take care of them… so good for little minds.

the seattle public library also has a great online system, and also the ability to borrow e-books. how rad is it to reserve a book, get an email when it comes available, download it, and return it, all without leaving the house, or having extra errands to run. LOVE.

3 of these books were the best of this month’s library downloads, 1 was given to me by the publisher. if you’re looking for a good read, i’d rank them as follows-

the martian– not into sic-fi? me neither. not really. ok, sometimes. i don’t know? i know what i like, and what i’m willing to read. this was… Read more →

monday motivation – watercolor

27 Apr
April 27, 2015

after the idea of last week’s post, and choosing to be positive, i might have found a theme for a while. the bright, sunny colors in this remind me warm days and lazing. i took a few liberties with the letters, giving them a 20’s feel (if that’s a thing, i know NOTHING about fonts or text in relation to eras). color wise, i just wanted to play around with lighter colors, and see if it was as possible as the darks. definitely harder, if there are any bits of pencil line that get covered with watercolor, they will show through. i tried my best to erase everything pre-painting, but there are a couple tiny spots.

i might actually keep this one. yellow really isn’t my jam, but there’s something about this. i vowed not to keep all this trial and error (plus it’s actually fun to give them away), but maybe i just want a little bit of sunshine in my life. xoxo- k.

put a {custom} label on it.

24 Apr
April 24, 2015

i’ve sewn since i can remember. i don’t think there’s ever been a time when there hasn’t been sewing, or cloth, or embroidery, or something sewing related in my house. it’s taken all sorts of forms (mostly clothing, that’s what i studied) but there isn’t an aspect of sewing i won’t try, and most recently, i’ve been interested in modern quilting.

i joined the local modern guild, mainly through a friend, hoping i’d make a few new friends, and maybe find some inspiration to start a new leg of my career- fingers crossed, some kind of textile design.

short back story- when i worked as a designer, Read more →

get outside – carkeek park

22 Apr
April 22, 2015

it’s nice to be hitting that time of year when getting out doesn’t involve rain gear and wellies, or ducking back in the car, waiting out the rain, or worse, finding an inside space that holds their attention for longer than half an hour, more than one day a week (unicorn – doesn’t exist).

yay parks! seattle has such great parks. so many amazing outside spaces with trails, play structures, sand boxes, and fields. we are lucky. one of my faves (when it’s been dry for a bit, and it’s not salmon season) is carkeek’s trail along the creek that goes down to the beach. it’s the perfect length, so that even when you’re wearing thin towards the end, the car isn’t that far away, and you can make it back carrying one kid, and racing the other one.

we did the trail with some friends last week. so many of these images remind me how fast time has passed. the oldest of our kids are a day apart… we were in the hospital next door to each other… man, life changes quick. overnight we became parents together. and through our kids, friends.

so breathtaking – dior and i – movie

21 Apr
April 21, 2015

i’m a little at a loss. i don’t fashion gush much. i think it’s hard to if you’re just a commoner. but… there’s something the-little-girl-inside-you about admiring couture. right? you lived in a small town growing up, didn’t have much, and reading magazines was a peek into another world. it’s nearly… just, cliche. but, i did. i was. all of it. and… i saw this trailer, and it’s… i think i cried the first time i watched it.

i read a book, and if you get a chance, you should too- it was… lovely. and i don’t remember it going in-depth about dior, but that’s kind of where the fascination started (the beautiful fall). then, when i was going through school, galliano was… it. it was him, and mcqueen, they were just doing these collections that… they defied words, and people, and your mind. they were… stunning. so over the top. so… more than any normal person could imagine, and you saw them, and you had a physical reaction to… clothes.

anyway- when galliano went through his shit (so awful- amazing talent, not nice person) and all of sudden, there was no one doing dior, and they kept saying names, and you couldn’t imagine it. and then when they settled on raf. i just remember thinking… really? but how will it be over the top? how will he step up and be more galliano. which was dumb. because he’s brought this… fresh, clean, sophisticated feel. and it’s just so perfect, and still sumptuous. and anyway- this movie caught my eye, and i thought i’d share.

monday motivation – watercolor + calligraphy

20 Apr
April 20, 2015

a good reminder, right? hard to follow, for sure. i’ve spent the last week working on budget and finances, trying to convert over to a new version of quicken. i’ve caught countless errors in my own bookkeeping, and i’ve had to make calls about charges and transactions i’m unsure about. add to that a refinance, and taxes… it’s been… exhausting. so much of being a grown up causes weariness.

anyway- i could do with the reminder that we’re all fighting the fight, or tired of something, and that maybe my outlook needs to be a little more positive. even if i’m not feeling it. choosing to be happy and positive is a constant commitment. i needed a reminder.

i think i’ve got a couple more of these in me. they’re getting a tad easier. and although i haven’t worked out a process that leaves me with fewer dry spots, i’m still enjoying the making of them. and, i will say, i love them as a gift idea. relatively inexpensive, completely customizable, and… handmade? done.

this one is up for grabs! if you want it- comment on instagram, or leave a comment here. i’ll draw a name by the end of the week, and pop it in the mail to you. xoxo-k.

fashion illustration – it’s my darlin

17 Apr
April 17, 2015

i’ve been looking for a way to move towards drawing people again. i used to be really good at it, but add about 11 years of drawing outlines of garments, socks, puppies, flowers, hearts, stripes and dots on a computer, and the skill has… diminished.

fortunately, drawing is like bike riding. maybe that’s not even the right analogy. it’s like… speaking french. you remember some of the words, and kind of how to put them together, but as soon as you hear someone speak it for a bit, and try doing it yourself, it comes back.

i’ve been overly intimidated about drawing a person. i’ve drooled over fashion illustrations for years now, and instead of picking up a pencil, and trying, i’ve talked myself out of it with the but-you-won’t-do-it-as-well-as (insert amazing artist’s name) gem.

so enough. i’ve been drawing random, quick things by hand to get back in the groove. letters, flowers, things that are small, and easy to tackle, things that provide a quick level of satisfaction, and by ratio, a moderate level of success. i’ve been scouring for a person to draw. bloggers, celebs, nothing was interesting. and then i started thinking… local. what i want to represent in a sketch. personal fashion that’s attainable. and i went and re-consumed its my darlin. dana does a great job of capturing seattle style. i always love her eye and what she captures and shares.

so. above is my first person sketch after… about 10 years off. not horrible. not amazing. but so not awful. it looks like a human, which is always a plus when you’re drawing a human. there are bits i’m absolutely pleased with (left foot, !!!), there are bits i’m less pleased with (the rest of it)*. but overall… happy to be sketching again. i’ll be posting illustrations (along with other creative projects), as they’re finished, on fridays. happy weekend!

*if the human represented in the photo sees this- you are LOVELY! i am 100% only dissatisfied with my skill (lack) of representing you with a pencil and paper. i apologize for my inability, and hope you do not take my drawing as any form of insult.

cooking for kids – granola bars (technically, sloppy joes)

15 Apr
April 15, 2015

so…i used to love to cook. and food. and going to restaurants. and, let’s be honest, anything involving calories, and chewing, and tasting delicious new foods. in case you need a refresher- cheese, croissants still warm from the oven, fresh beignets, oysters, smoked salmon, carbs, the food groups, you name it.

and the big ‘but then!’ is kids. of course it is. i’m all, *wah, wah* then i had kids. and although it’s slowly getting (incrementally) better, making food, and eating is such a chore. i buy the same 30 things at the grocery store. i can make a meal out of goldfish, yogurt covered raisins, and applesauce. that’s not horrible. but it becomes horrible the 364th time you do it.

i’ve decided to (once a week) try to make a homemade snack. we buy a lot of bars, Read more →

monday motivation – calligraphy + watercolor

13 Apr
April 13, 2015

another of these, since i had so much fun trying my hand at last week’s. this one had an actual destination and purpose in mind. a friend i haven’t seen in ages (because she lives abroad) having a birthday, and when i saw this quote, it was just too her. on top of that- the colors! very jennie. i hope she agrees.

i think i’m going to try one more done this way, and then switch to all watercolor with white ink+nib pen. anyone have a saying or line of words they want to see? a phrase you find truly motivational? ‘just start’ has always a been a fave of mine, but it’s so short… i’ll be giving the next one away, so get your comments in here or on IG, and i’ll be choosing one lucky recipient.

creative status – fun drawing projects

10 Apr
April 10, 2015

i’ve decided i’m dedicating fridays to posting current creative projects in the works. even if they’re unfinished.

i’ve given myself a list of things that i want to draw and work on. most are just for fun, but some are actually things i want to get produced (if possible). this week i had a costly accident, and have realized i don’t want to pay $40 for a cute cell case. why are they $40??? i found one at target for $5. anyway, i’ll start looking into how you can get them produced, and in the meantime, drawing the cases is on my list.

this is where i’m at. the last two are going to be florals. maybe they’ll be finished next week, and i’ll post again. do you have projects that you work on just for fun? what do you think of the cases?

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