Today is the 14th birthday of my family's first and only dog Harry.
Today is the 14th birthday of my family's first and only dog Harry.
Today is a gloriously gloomy day in Portland. It's been so sunny and then snowy this winter in our fair city that I almost forgot about the rain. I really missed it with it's coziness and hibernation-inducing feel. I don't feel so guilty cooped up inside doing the crossword puzzle and working on the computer when I look out the window and see this.
A few of our original animal friends have been out on tour and now that they have returned, they're finding a home in the Etsy shop.
This weekend we are going to make strides to finally update ye olde shoppe. A couple new animals should be coming as well as some originals and other prints. Just too late for your Valentine's needs! Wow, could we be any worse at marketing?
Part of the reason for our recent slow down is the fact that we both got a dose of the crud that's been going around. Does anyone else, couples especially, notice that when you get sick - seemingly of the same thing, that it effects you totally differently? Ryan is always all congestion and I am always all sore throat. In fact, our friend Airam made the astute realization that I currently sound like everyone's favorite case worker to the afterlife stars.
Actually, I think I might sound a bit more like Beetlejuice himself.
All this sickness kind of took away the relaxing feeling we got from a few days at the beach last weekend. The weather was crazy amazing and Ryan got to relieve some stress while I got to enjoy some photography again.
More photos can be found here, if you are so inclined, including one of my new best friend. I call him Tony.
Sometimes I am woman of paradoxes. I hate potatoes but I love home fries. I love organization but I hate organizing. I am married woman with a disdain for most modern R&B but I love "Single Ladies". I like writing Action Figure Friday but I haven't done one in three months. And so on...
One of the biggest paradoxes of all has to be the fact that I really hate boxing yet I love most boxing movies. I especially love the Rocky movies and even more specifically, I love Apollo Creed.
You know that Apollo is actually a friendly pugilist when you can put him into poses that say "Hello friend! Everything is okay!"
In fact, it's tough to get him into any type of fighting position. I tried my hardest to get a shot of him throwing a punch my way but this is the best I could get:
While he can't throw a decent punch in this articulation configuration, this figure does Apollo justice in all kinds of other ways. First of all, he's dressed to represent his early glory days and not in that silly Americana get-up he's forced to sport in Rocky IV. [Now, we're not going to mention the fourth installment of that film every again, okay? Watching that episode in the saga was the worst day of my life.]
Secondly, you can tilt his head at just the right angle so as to give him the peaceful angelic look that he deserves.
If you like, you can purchase the Rocky counterpart to this Apollo and relive their special romp on the beach. In fact, this leads me to admit to you one of the nerdiest things Ryan has convinced me to photograph:
Apollo Creed, the man, gets five stars and Apollo Creed, the action figure, gets five tentacles!
Speaking of the beach, we're headed there tonight to spend Valentine's Day with three sets of our lovely couple friends. I think we'll play the Newlywed Game which will most definitely ruin any romantic moods that might pop up. I don't think we've ever played that game without some type of icy silent treatment being issued by one of the competitors. Three cheers for love!
P.S. Special birthday wishes to a man who somehow embodies the strength of Apollo and the spirit of the beach!
Guess what? Overhauling a room takes more time than you think it does. Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? It doesn't come as a surprise to me, despite the fact that I was convinced I could go from dreary to sparkly in 48 hours.
It's going to take another week or two to get the art room into shape - largely because we have to wait on receiving some of the necessary items (curtain, rug, lamp) but here are a couple things we are up to:
You can find Ryan hard at work on creating the new elephant drawing if you look closely in the last photo.
Also of note, I have zero hours of daylight at home in my house until the weekends and I think the room will probably look darn good outside of compact fluorescent lighting. I'm really ready for daylight's saving time.
After I'm done with this project, I'm thinking about taking up embroidery again. Well, not really again since I really only did one project about three years ago but I really liked it and I want to do it some more. As I've been mulling this over in my head, what to my embroidery eyes should appear but the "Forget Me-Not" show at Gallery Hanahou curated by the lovely Kristen Rask of Schmancy. All the pieces are beautiful so it's hard to single anything out, but I think these three stood out to me first:
"Tin Can Tap" by Emily Eibel
"My Love For You Is A Roller Coaster" by Nicole Licht
And, I mean, how can you really go wrong with "Set Phasers On Stunning" by Sarah Horton:
Wow. Just wow.
It's a little past Monday morning so I wanted to check in and let you know that I did not fall victim to peanut butter related poisoning.
Dear Portland people (the rest of you can eavesdrop),
Ryan is included among some of our favorite artistic statesmen and women. Check out this roster: Carson Ellis, Betsy Walton, Ryan Jacob Smith, Emily Counts, Theo Ellsworth, Yellena James and Scrappers. See? I mean, it's a no brainer.
Here is a sneaky peak at one of Ryan's pieces, entitled "The Grey Ghost":
As an added bonus, one of our favorite local boutique and galleries, Redux, is having their own big shindig next door. Wasn't one of your resolutions to be more productive with your time? Well, now you can get two things done at once. Badda-bing.
We have a winner from this month's animal voting frenzy! This sneak peak photo is provided by our lovely friend Anne P.
We're hoping to have the new print up after this weekend and we're also hoping to have a few more fun things available this weekend - including some more originals!
Of course, I'm also hoping to finally redo our entire art room which includes buying and building furniture, tearing up carpet, painting walls, framing, and reorganizing shelving this weekend. Am I insane? Will I ever learn to not take on so many things at once? Will I suffer from food poisoning after that peanut butter I ate this morning? Will I watch another horrible romantic comedy as I'm getting work done*? Tune in on Monday to find out.
*For the record, Baby Boom isn't quite as good as I remembered it.