We are getting ready for our big trip to Argentina, where we will be joined by the whole New Zealand (and more) crew. Cannot wait to see everyone (I just wish somebody would do the packing for me!).
I hope you have some awesome holidays, full of fun, love, family and friends.
Finally! After saving these leaves for weeks and weeks and waiting for Sophie to get into 'reindeer-ing' mode, this morning everything somehow fell into place and we transformed some of her little animals into reindeer :)
When I think of petting zoos I think bunnies, teacup pigs (how I would love to see one of those!), chicks, baby goats... but never, ever, would I think of a CAMEL, not unless it is an Egyptian petting zoo!
I had wanted to make something for Illustration Friday for ages, and I was really inspired by this week's topic: Round. So many possibilities... I did lots of sketches, but ended up choosing to put up these little paintings I made long time ago:
I used acrylics on scrap wood. They are silly and I like that :)
I am not sure if Fluffy by Simone Lia can be considered a children's book, but he is so adorable that when Sophie's uncle A~ got it for us (while Sophie was still in my belly), I decided I had to make one.
I have been eating this fantastic sandwich for lunch the last few days:
Alfalfa sprouts, arugula, avocado, cucumber, hummus, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Sophie ate one today, and she had never even wanted to try a sandwich before! YUM-MY!
In the background is the amazing new book by Oliver Jeffers: "Stuck"
We've been having a blast reading it.
What a great artist, we love all of his books, but this is definitely the funniest one. You should get it, you won't regret it :)
While looking at bridal magazines with my friend Nayla, we found some super cute wooden cake toppers. I instantly said: "I can make those for you, if you like them!". She did. I was very excited to make them.
Sophie and I finally got our act together and made some thank you cards (and even managed to write thank you notes AND put them in the mail). I was inspired by some super simple smiley cards I saw online (I cannot remember where).
A while ago I stumbled upon this sign from Just something I made and instantly thought of our friends Rose and Alison. How cool would it be to put this up next to their little pond as a welcoming surprise for when they came back from all their travels? After all, they do love them some skinny dipping :).
I wanted to go the easy print and paste route, but the hubs decided to go the hard way (no surprise there) and cut the outline on a piece of wood (left from the art studio that he decided to build for me and my boxes of stuff; post to come in the future).
And since we don't have a printer at home and I did not have freezer paper to do a stencil, I ended up just copying it freehand. It could have been better, but we were quite happy with the results.
Here it is in all its glory, waiting for the girls to come back home. We hope they'll have a laugh.
PS. I think I will add the missing line later, so it reads better (although it is important to notice ladies on the beach!).
I love Halloween. The decorations, the costumes, the candy :) Ever since I moved to the States it has been one of the things I look forward to all year round. I am not really into the creepy style, though (except for my custom made fangs, that I love to wear whenever I have a chance), so our decorations are more playful than spooky.
For our pumpkin, Sophie wanted arms and legs. We thought potatoes could do the trick:
I decided to go with the Dia de los Muertos style and just paint a sort of sugar skull on it (and added the black cat -not to be confused with a teddy bear- for effect).
While I haven't been able to do any art lately (what with visitors and feeling sick and going to the beach and all), this past weekend we went to our favorite art show at JimGin Farm. And we saw them...
Well, I can say we survived to all of these without much damage and we are very thankful. I was a bit worried about Irene, and preparing everything for my dad's and step mom's arrival, so we really didn't do any art, but I wanted to share Sophie's birthday gift for me. She came to me and said: ''Feliz cLumpe, mami!'' (which would be like: ''Happy bRithday, mommy!''), and gave me this:
It just made my whole day :)
She also got the whole living room floor and giant teddy bear covered in play dough while trying to make me a birthday cake, but fortunately dad took care of it before I woke up!
Nap time was very productive today, wow! These are not exactly as I had envisioned them, but I think they are ok for a start. And the little creatures that I had made so long ago finally came out of their box.