Round Magnets

October 14, 2009

So, the other day I was walking through Staples just kind of perusing the aisles (I have a deep love for office supplies) and I came across a small tub of round plastic magnets. I thought to myself, hmm…I could paint those. When I got it home I found that they divided perfectly into little sets. Two large, four medium, or five small. I drew a few sketches and here’s what I came up with. Well, I should say there are a couple sets not seen here. I worked on some little owls but they haven’t quite turned out right. The sets of five were little birds and they were pretty cute but when I finished them I realized that four out of the five in each set were all facing the same direction. Oops! As of today, my etsy shop has had two sales – I sold both of those sets of four below. More to come soon. The pairs are still for sale for $7/set.

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October 12, 2009

The past few months have been so crazy. I’ve forgotten what I’ve posted here and I’m too lazy to read back through so here’s some updates.

Along with working at Wellspring Christian Clinic, I’ve been interning at Southeastern Bible College in the Student Life department. I work closely with the dean of students and the campus pastor and pretty much do whatever they ask. My primary focus is on the female RAs but I also meet one on one with other students as needed. I love it so much. I love my college and I love the opportunity to keep being a part of things there. I also get to be a part of changes in policy and Student Life efforts. I’m using this time as a chance to see if working in student life on a college campus is something I’d like to do full-time. Whether I become a counselor or work in student life I’ll need a master’s degree and fortunately a master’s in counseling works for both as well. So, I don’t have to decide anytime soon but I’m certainly enjoying it so far.

Speaking of grad school, I got into Montevallo. UAB and University of Alabama didn’t accept my letter of petition. Did I write about that already? It’s so sad though, the only reason that SEBC isn’t SACS accredited is because of money – the academic standards are actually higher than SACS. Anyhow, Montevallo is an alright program as far as I know. If I go part-time, that’s two nights a week, (all their classes are at night) I’ll finish in three years. I could finish faster if I wanted but it’s nice to know that even if I go part-time, it won’t take me forever. Also, if James and I move to an area with a school I really want to go to, the credits will transfer into any standard counseling program. It could also turn out that the program is really fantastic. Oh, one major plus about Montevallo – it’s only $233/credit hour – that’s nothing when it comes to grad school.

We finally moved out of Cahaba Lakes!!! YAY! We ended up renting a house in Pelham. We’d love to buy right now but we’re just not certain enough about what our plans are just yet to commit to buying a home. Our new place is so fantastic – a great price and plenty of room. The best part is that it’s got a big, beautiful back deck that overlooks  a creek. It’s so quiet and peaceful back there – I love it.

As you know, I finally posted stuff on monsterappetite.etsy.com. I’ve actually sold two things and that’s pretty awesome. We’ll see where it goes. My goal is to add a new item each week but who knows. If you scroll down you’ll see that there are several new posts with all the items that are posted on the site. I wanted to use this blog to update on what’s new and write a little about what I love to do. Hopefully, you won’t feel like I’m always advertising for the site. I’ll keep updating on other things and it usually won’t be that many items in a row. I want to strike a good balance. I hope you like what I do but it’s alright if you don’t. I know it’s not everyone’s style.

Final update – I ran in the Race for the Cure yesterday. It didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped. About halfway in I got a serious cramp and a shooting pain up my left ankle, knee, and hip. I injured my ankle several years ago and it creeps up on me some days. I walked a bit in the middle but was able to finish still running without too much pain. I just have to learn to slow down when I need to and not beat myself up about it. A part of me wanted to just run my way through the pain but I’m signed up for the Vulcan 10k and the Mercedes 1/2 Marathon so I can’t afford to injure myself. Long story short, I finished in just over 30 minutes – two minutes over my first 5k time. It’s a decent time but a couple of weeks ago James and I ran the distance in 21 minutes and I was definitely hoping for something closer to that. This just goes to show, I still need to work on my ability to enjoy the process rather than focusing on the end results – the story of my life!

Thanks to those that keep on reading in spite of my sporadic posting. I’m hoping to do a little better about it.

Here’s my most recent painting. It’s an odd one, I admit, but I kind of love it. Just think of it as the perfect painting just in time for Halloween… In the process their eyeballs just seemed a bit scary. I added a few little lines to make it look like their brows were knit – now they look a little worried too…less scary… By the way, this one was the most difficult to photograph. No matter what I did, the solid black picked up glare.

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Awkward Asparagus

October 12, 2009

This is my only vegetable painting that didn’t go with a recipe. I do love asparagus but it is extremely easy to overcook (and when it’s overcooked it’s gross) so we don’t buy it often. A friend recently requested that I paint something about asparagus being embarassed about how their pee smells but I felt that was too much a ripoff of Elf. The friend that suggested the painting does love all things awkward…so…I decided to combine her love of awkwardness with her request.

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Ok, so if you’ve been following this ever changing blog you probably remember when I did the cooking for losers bit. In all honesty, that took a lot of work with very little payoff. Anyhow, when I was doing that, I liked to do draw a little something in the very sophisticated “paint” application. The following were some of my favorites from that. If our laptop hadn’t been stolen I would post the original paint files but I no longer have them. (I should say that I could copy and paste those from the old blogs but that sounds like a little more work than I want to do right now.)

When I made roasted tomato soup I drew this little guy up. I should say that roasting does indeed bring out a little natural sweetness from the vegetable.

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Green Chicken Chili

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And New Zealand Sweet Potato Chowder – I love sweet potatos!!

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Square Canvas Magnets

October 12, 2009

So, these little magnets are kind of what started it all. My favorite art store in Alabama is Alabama Art Supply. A few years ago, I was browsing through and they had these little tiny canvases on sale and I ended up getting some and painting monsters on them. I’ve always been a little bit of a cartoonist and this kind of stuff is what I like to paint most. I painted some for myself, glued some magnets on the back, and stuck them on my fridge. When friends came over, they would compliment them so I kept buying more canvases and painting more monsters…and owls…and other stuff…

This one is my favorite and it’s had the most views on my shop. I love to bake so painting some cute little baked goods seemed obvious. Right now I have some 4 x 4 canvases and some 6 x 6 canvases with cupcake paintings started on them. When I originally started out with the idea to open an etsy shop I was definitely planning on focusing on cupcakes but these smaller canvases were much easier to finish first. Anyhow – a little cupcake love…015

Then, how about a monster with a toothy grin?

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I think owls are adorable and I completely admit that they are a bit trendy right now. This is the first of many owl works to come. I’ve got some owl paintings going but I’ve also got some nesting dolls that I plan to paint like owls. I’m particularly excited about those.

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Now, I come from a long line of law peoples the closest of which is my lawyer father. My dad is a southern man and has owned himself a few sear-sucker suits in his day – full on Matlock style. His signature look is the bow-tie (some of you will find this funny knowing that one of our profs was a lawyer who favored the bow ties). Anyhow, in one of my days of sketching I came up with a little strawberry with a sophisticated nose and, of course, a stem which looks a little bit like a bow tie. So, this one’s for my dad and all the bow-tie wearing lawyers out there.

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Here’s another of my favs. Not a lot of explaination except that I like that he’s a little dingy looking. Plus, he loves you.

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This one turned out cuter than I expected. The colors are just as bright in person as in the photo.

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