Friday, May 19, 2017

Here kitty, kitty

What?! One is not like the others? How dare you insinuate little Griffon is different?

We had a little situation here on Monday. In the nearby town a storage with toxic waste caught on fire. Oils, paint, medication, etc., were all going up in smoke. Unfortunately the wind was blowing our way and to other neighboring towns and we smelled the paint here where I live. I can't even imagine what kind of toxic air we were breathing and will continue to breathe long after the "smell" goes away. The most concerning is mercury which is said to be 100-1000 times over the limit in the vicinity.

The officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. The firefighters though did a great job extinguishing the flames in just 4 hours. There were several volunteer fire brigades called from neighboring towns and two professional fire brigades from the cities. All together over 350 firefighters.

I'm reading about the air and water contamination in this area after the fire and I'm worried how this is going to effect people's health. I'm double worried because the kid is supposed to start kindergarten in this town in July.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blythe doll

I think this card was a request of some sort. It might've been a personal trade or a pick-a-theme swap. I honestly don't remember anymore. I sometimes find an artist trading card (ATC) in backlog and have no idea the story behind it.

Randomness:
  • I've been slacking on the photo books. I have to make two now for the past 6 months. The worst part is choosing the photos because I have too many.
  • The kid decides periodically to skip the afternoon nap. Hope it doesn't become the norm. I need those 2 hours of rest.
  • I love doing round robin ATCs, where 3 artists add to a card and each keeps one in the end, but sometimes the finished card doesn't make it back to me and it pisses me off. Then I have to ask people, if they still have it or it's lost in the mail, and I feel like I'm harassing them.
  • Chuck Norris was in our country last week shooting a commercial. I wish I could say I met him but I didn't. :)
  • My pets are getting old. The oldest two cats turned 16 years old in April. How crazy is that? They don't act old though. The other two in line are 13, next one is 10 and the youngest two are 9 y-o. The little pooch is turning 12 this month and the youngest 8 y.o. It's crazy how I still think of the youngest as 4 years old. It was only the other day when I was ordering kibble for the pooches that I realized they are considered seniors now.
  • At the beginning of the week my mom commented that the little pooch Kika was acting a bit depressed but she ate normally and pooped normally and I didn't find anything tender on her. I knew what was bothering her but it was only after she got her haircut on Tuesday that my mom realized it was all that fur that was depressing her. I talked about this before that she likes to have a short haircut or she literally gets depressed. Weird dog. She gets her fur buzzed every 3 months and now she's all energetic and runs around like crazy.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank You card

This is a Thank You card my kid and I did for the Montessori play hour's teacher. We finished in April and he's starting Montessori kindergarten in July. It's going to be great because he's already familiar with the place and their methods.

On another note, we went on a mini vacation to Vienna last week. 3 days in total and two of those were rainy and cold. The last day when we had to leave, of course, the sun came out. But it was a lovely experience. The kid got to ride a double-decker bus, tram and underground train for the first time.

We tried to show him some historical places but he was more interested in heavy construction equipment that seemed to be everywhere. Me, "look, what an awesome building", the kid pointing behind us, "bager" which means excavator in my language.

Ha, and let me tell you a funny story. We were strolling around and the kid ran to his dad from behind and grabbed on to his leg. Then he looked up and noticed it wasn't his dad but a strange man. And being as awesome as he is, he didn't shy away or run back to us, he grabbed his head with his hands, bent over dramatically and said, "oh my" and started laughing. He then proceeded to explain in his abstruse language and wild hand gestures, how he thought it was dad but it wasn't and he made a mistake and it's funny. Everyone around started laughing at his reaction as well. The kid is an actor, I tell you.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Tree of Life Moley

April's moley journal is for Geminorn on the theme Tree of Life. I actually got out my acrylic paints to paint this one.

To remind you, moley is a nickname for an accordion style Moleskin art journal that a group of 10 of us pass along and each artist makes a 3 page spread on the owner's chosen theme for the moley. This moley group started in September last year, and believe it or not, we're almost at the end. Next month will be the last journal spread to do before we all get our own journal back. I'm so freaking excited I can hardly contain myself. :)

P.S. This blog post is scheduled because I'm in Vienna at the moment for a mini vacation. :)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Bartender


Round Robin is a set of 3 cards which one artist starts, send to another to add something to the set and then sends to the third artist to finish everything. Each artist keeps a card that's why there are 3 in a set.

LucyMc started with the bottles, I added the table and frame and Linda4atc finished it all with the bartender and background.

This following thing has happened to me numerous times and it's really starting to piss me off. So, I have a little rant and a message to all my relatives and friends and even some strangers.

Please let my kid cry.

If you see my child crying, and I’m right there beside him, please shut up. By telling my child to stop crying, that big boys don’t cry or you’re pointing out a butterfly, a cat, a truck or Bob the Builder to distract him from crying, you’re doing more harm than good. So, please, stay out of it.

I know your intentions are good. I know it hurts YOU to hear a child cry. And maybe you even think you’re helping me out because you think I’m not capable of stopping my child’s crying. But …

My kid is crying for a reason and I’m right there beside him to comfort him and to talk to him so he can process his hurt. Be it a physical or emotional pain. I’m letting him cry on purpose, so he doesn’t bottle his feelings and ends up an emotionally messed up adult. I’m talking to him, so he can understand his emotions and name them correctly. I’m listening to him so he can process and understand what happened to him.

The whole time I’m doing that, you’re next to me babbling and confusing the heck out of my kid. Please, just shut up and let me handle my own child. If all fails, trust me, I’ll be the first one reaching for a toy to distract him. It’s not that I’m not aware of these tricks, I choose not to use them and rather take another path.

P.S. If you see any child alone, distressed, crying, bleeding, and/or being abused, by all means, please, intervene.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap #2

Kat Sloma has been running Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap since 2011 which was also my first time participating. But then I kept missing on the sign up and only managed this year to participate again hence #2.

You can find my post from 2011 HERE and check out my postcards that I've sent then. This year I sent the below ones.

I have original paintings of these images available in my Etsy shop.

In return I only received these 2 postcards which is weird because they were all sent at the same time so they should've traveled together as well. I will add them later when/if they arrive.
  • Tammar from Oregon sent "Fall Maples" photo taken while strolling with her Pug Snort. How freaking awesome is that name for a dog? :)
  • Cynthia sent "Bike Haiku" with her postcard from Scotland I believe
Thank you!
And today, after this blog post was published, I got 2 more postcards:
  • Patrica Mark and her poppy
  • Kat Sloma, the fabulous host of this swap
Thank you!
P.S. It's next week the 19th April and I got the final two cards from the swap.
  • Ron Leunissen with the digital image of a running man
  • and Kathryn V. White with her art and quote postcard
Thank you!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Random cards & electrocuting myself

Bunch of random cards for pick-a-theme swap where the players chose their theme. At least they seem to be color coordinated. :) It happens when you have to color 4 cards in a row and you're too lazy to pick out different colors.

Last weekend we put together the kid's garden swing set with a slide. I'm the one reading instructions because, if I look away for a second to let's say tend to my child, I come back to screws looking through the boards because hubby used the wrong ones. Or let's say I put the kid to sleep for his afternoon nap and I come back to an extra board lying on the ground because someone didn't bother to read the instructions.

This is nothing new. Once my hubby and mom made an effort to put together a cupboard and they ended up putting it up side down. Yes, that's how lost they both are when reading instructions.

What was truly bizarre in this situation was that I ended up electrocuting myself and I wasn't even using any power tools. I was just told to unplug one and it happened. It wasn't bad though. My finger hurt for a while but there sure weren't any dramatic effects like you see in the movies.

Is the household electricity strong enough to kill you or do any real damage? Or was I just lucky? I did wear rubber shoes, so maybe that's the reason I didn't get hurt much.

P.S. I've reopened my Etsy shop and I have some paintings in there for really cheap.
 
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Art Nouveau Moley


For March moley journal I did a spread on the theme of Art Nouveau; William Morris style for redplantlady. Very not my style. 

Last week we went to the city and the kid wanted to look at the water when we were passing a bridge over the river. When he was looking, he said, mommy cat. And I was like, no there's no cat. He insisted there was a cat so I looked over the bridge and there was this huge rat like animal just hanging around on the grass area and then took a swim. I knew it wasn't a rat or an otter but I couldn't remember how it's called. The closest I could come to was muskrat but it wasn't that either.

Then we went to visit my great aunt. I'm pretty sure every family has a person that knows an answer to any question you have (and an interesting story to go along with it) no matter how strange it is. I knew this aunt would know what kind of animal it was and even before I could show her the video I took of it, she already had an answer for me (and a story to go along with it). It was nutria. There, mystery solved, just like that.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Flowers in her hair

It's springtime. :) That means itchy eyes for me but I still love it. Hazel tree is my nemesis and unfortunately it grows like weed around here. The other day I saw a crow land on it's branch and it let out this yellow cloud of pollen from the male catkins (yes, I had to google that). It was fascinating to see though.

It's also time to harvest dandelions before they start to bloom. It's my favorite kind of salad. Do you eat it?

To update you on my spring cleaning. My winter clothes are almost all gone. I have still to tackle the summer clothes. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Pink Paris Girl

I guess it's that time of the year when you have to do some spring cleaning. I usually avoid it but I tackled the chaos that is my wardrobe this week. Granted I can't do much with the kid hanging around so I took opportunity on the day my hubby was home.

Let me preface this a bit. I have 7 cats and 2 dogs. They used to have free access to all the rooms in my home until that flea infestation fiasco and I kicked them out of my bedroom. It was hard because they're clever and know how to open doors. That said, they know how to open drawers as well as they provide a soft nest to sleep in. Long story short I had 3 full drawers of clothes covered in cat hair.

I cleverly skipped one since it was my hubby's and he can deal with it and one had all my socks and underwear in. Ok, I must say that these drawers didn't get used much, one (1.) because they were covered with fur, two (2.) because I have another set of drawers in the bathroom downstairs where I usually get dressed so I ignored this problem for a while.

Yeah, this task took me a couple of hours alone which is baffling to me because I thought I'd just throw stuff away. But when you actually go through the clothes you kind of feel bad for getting rid of them if they're well preserved.

I actually had an inkling once before to go through my wardrobe but then I opened it and saw that these are still clothes I'd wear today if they fit me. You know, all that "I'll lose weight and wear them" thinking. Safe to say the clothes are still there. 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

With their Pet

I hosted this particular swap once before and I loved the results it gave so I did it again. We had 2 columns. You had to choose a person or a character from the first column and draw their pet from the second column of animals.

I have a question for you today that I'd love for you to answer. What do you do on a daily basis that makes your life exciting? I feel like my life is very monotonous and boring and I'd love to change things up a bit to get some "fresh air" in my daily routine.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Favorite things Moley

February's moley journal for Zandradee on the theme of "things that make you happy". She also asked us to get out of our comfort zone in regards to the media we usually use and try to experiment. So I went for mostly collage.

My three favorite things here are travel, reading books (Pride and Prejudice still being my favorite) and Fennec fox. I couldn't repeat favorite things that others did before me, so I had to think really hard to come up with something else. Here is my list:
  • my baby boy (obviously I couldn't put photos of my kid in someone else's art journal)
  • baby animals
  • my pets (everyone's favorite thing a.k.a. cats and dogs)
  • listening to music
  • making ATCs
  • cake
  • tattoos
  • being vegan
What makes you happy?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Feathered friends

You know when you're dead set on something but then are thrown obstacles on your path? It's what's happening in my life right now. I was so sure of myself and positive I knew what I wanted but then realized I had no support whatsoever. Which makes it difficult but not impossible. However, when you try to find the best option, everything seems to be set against you. Then I wonder. Is this the right path? Or am I thrown these obstacles to change course? It's so confusing.

Then I start to reconsider all the options I threw away in the begging and thinking maybe they're not so bad. But then again these options were the reason I started to look for an alternative path to begin with. Why can't things just be simple? Why does every major thing in my life have to be difficult?

And no, it's not worth it in the end. I usually give up before then because if it's not easy, then it's not meant to be, right? When it's meant to be, everything falls into place. When it's meant to be, then everything lines up, the stars, the people, the schedule, the money and you make it happen. Or am I naive? Too optimistic? Or just plain misguided on how to live a life? I mean, I'm no teenage here. I should have this shit figured out by now.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME! & Mermaids

Three different styles of mermaids. Above one even has glitter in her hair. Ariel below is obviously in Tim Burton style.

It's my birthday today. :) I'm getting old. 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Gnomes moley

This is January's moley journal for Ibus and her theme on fantasy. I made these gnomes as she likes woodsy scenes more than other. I skipped showing you the December one as it's a particular theme that I'll show in later months.

Randomness:
  1. my pooch Karma has an ear infection and I'm being a bad owner and keep forgetting to give her medicine
  2. our car died again. Just before I had to go to my yoga class. So, no yoga for me this week.
  3. the neighbors' kids came over the other day and my kid had a blast playing with them. They are older, 8 and 10, but they played so nicely with him.  
  4. my mom made dairy-free cake for my kid's birthday. Wanna guess what the filling was made out of? Avocados and chocolate. You'd never guessed it. It was delicious.
  5. I'm getting a cover up for my tattoo. I already scheduled the appointment but it's in 4 months. I don't regret my tattoo, it's just that I feel it represents something different now than it did back when I got it and I don't want to be associated with that group.
  6. I e-mailed 11 tattoo artists about the cover up and the design I want for it and half of them said it cannot be done with the design I have in mind and the other half said no problem. What's the catch here? They're all well established artists and most of them pick up awards in tattoo conventions, so I don't understand how two artists of the same caliber give me different answers.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Foxy's 2nd Birthday

It was my kid's 2nd birthday yesterday! :) And of course I had to put a fox on this blog post as it is his spirit animal.

We also had a professional photo session on Wednesday and check out this baby onesie I had someone make for this special occasion.
We let him run around which was fun for a while but then it got out of hand and he had a couple of hissy fits. I must say this years photo shoot was a lot more challenging than last years. I think the reason for it was also his dad's energy because I know kids pick up on this stuff. But the photographer said she got some great shots and I'll have to wait for a week or so to see the results.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Bunch of dogs

How cute are they? Can you tell the breeds?

Last weekend we went to the dog show in the city. I don't know if I ever mentioned here but I used to handle my mom's dog in dog shows when he was little. I did it back then to promote the breed. He's a Slovenian dog breed Karst Shepherd.

I liked the outside shows but the inside ones were always too crowded. We stopped going to the dog shows because I didn't like the energy anymore. Some people don't treat their dogs well at these shows and it started to bug me. We once witnessed a dog's death because the handlers left it in an overheated camper in the middle of summer while they were showing other dogs in the ring.

If you're not familiar with a term "handler" it's a person that professionally handles someone's dog in dog shows. Sometimes owners bring the dog to the show and they meet the handler there but sometimes the handler picks up several dogs and drives them to the show. That happens especially if the dog show is in another country.

A big part of us going to these shows was the people we met and became friends with. That's why we try to visit some dog shows to catch up with them but we haven't done it for a while because life got busy, I got pregnant and then the kid was still too small but this year we finally managed.

Funnily enough the people we hung out with in good old days were not there anymore. The dogs have grown old. Mom's dog Kato was 11 years old this month so most of them stopped taking their dogs to the shows already. Of course there are still the old breeders but we only met with a couple of them at this show. The rest decided to skip this show for one reason or another.

The kid though enjoyed watching the dogs. He was pointing them all out and he was very interested while they were shown running in the ring. Of course he called all Karst Shepherds Kato because of our dog.

Here's one photo of us on the right watching. It's from Kart Shepherd Club FB page.


P.S. If you're curious, that's a photo of Kato and me in my Blogger profile on the right when he was only a month old at the breeders. :)

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Another set of Geisha

There was a time when I had to draw some Geisha.  The above one was a special request for a hair like that and it's my favorite. I think she looks fabulous.
Linda4atc started this Round Robin below with Geisha face, I added the  body and Crafty3790 finished with the background.
Randomness:
  • My tooth broke off last week and I had to go to the dentist. I have a private dentist but he has a subvention from the state for basic stuff. So, giving me a white filling I had to pay extra and it blew my mind how much dentists make for little work. I was there 20 minutes. Ridiculous
  • Parent's car had to go to the shop again. I'm tired of this car already and we only have it for a little while. It constantly needs something and it's draining money. 
  • The kid is not so sure about snow. He doesn't like the feel of it on his hands. Just like the paint incident last month. Maybe it'll grow on him when he gets older. :) I remember loving playing on the snow. He gets a few rides with the sled and is good to go inside.
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