This time of year usually brings in a lot of autumn design requests. This year has been no different. Although my schedule has changed a little, and I’m still in a healing process, I look forward to doing these designs each year as they’ve become sort of a fun tradition. Keep sending in those greeting card requests as well because I love doing prints for as long as I can until my schedule fills up. 🙂
Have you ever seen a jellyfish in its natural habitat? Ever been stung by one? (I hear it’s quite painful.)
Many moons ago, when I was just a teensy little daydreamer, there came the realization that I was very much drawn to the water. The ocean has always been a place where I find a deep calm and a strange sense of belonging. Maybe it’s the fact that my zodiac is a water sign. Perhaps, it has something to do with a past life. Whatever the case may be, I’m still fascinated by all of its mystery to this day.
This artwork was inspired by a day at the beach where I scooped up a jellyfish in my hands just to get a closer look at the details. I was careful to keep the intruiging little friend still submerged in the water. Surprisingly, I was not stung. Seconds later though, my cousin, however, was—right in the butt.
What kinds of creatures have you met at the beach?
Have a relaxing Sunday, loves! Some exciting things coming up!
There are a few new sets of florals I’ve got set up that will be shown here throughout the upcoming spring season. Road blocks have certainly been built up in my way since the start of this year. Last week was no different. Massive power outages in my region restricted internet access for a short while. Some electricity came back on, but then our connections became unstable. The result was a short closing of the site & its services.
Maybe it was the florals I’m working on, or the power outages that got me thinking about all things nature. Though I’d like to think it is the strong women that remain ever-so-present in my life through trial & triumph—sickness and superpowers.
This one is for all of the goddesses in my life that keep manifesting otherwordly beauty despite whatever negativity tries to blanket you and smother your blinding light.
This week ended with something that completely stopped time for me for a short while.
My phone rang out as I was getting out of the shower in a rush and it one of those phone calls that kind of makes you go deaf for a second when you first receive the news.
It was my sister on the other end. There had been problems in her relationship for a while now.
The phone call itself was no surprise to me but it’s results somehow still were despite their similarities to times passed. This rang especially true since this all involves my niece who is a product of this rocky relationship, and my blood nonetheless, despite difficult circumstances both my sister and I are now facing as a direct result of said rockiness.
She managed to find herself an attorney in all this mess. Just like my mother would have. This greeting card/wall art design was inspired by an early concept of characters I’m designing for my sister’s daughter, my niece. & They will later go on to be used as prints for others nieces and daughters and sisters, and mothers.
If you our anyone close to you is thinking
about suicide please reach out to someone you can trust
The running theme for this month among family, friends, and colleagues seems to be that our passions bring us peace of mind. We all go through our trials in life. Some days even harder than the next. Though if you’re working towards or doing something you love, a little light work makes the lights work.
—And not just the lights in the house.
*This custom piece was designed for a friend of mine who’s also a *divine* lady that’s always added a little sparkle to my day.
Every once in a while I get a neat request from a friend or someone they know to step outside of the norm. These are usually my favorite types of designs to work on. This weekend I got a request from an old friend to do something really funky for a wedding invite. She said to go nuts and make it very surreal bordering on sci-fi. The twist was to somehow work it in with white flowers, which goes with her theme.
The great news is she loves this design. I’m thinking of using it for future designs as well.
For those of you that have been following Rara’s story, you may know that she asked us recently to write thank you notes to some of the inmates and staff that helped aid her in her trying journey on the inside.
I got a beautiful letter from Rara today that I will share bits and pieces of during the course of the month, but more importantly she’s assigned me with a task.
Rara asked that I let anyone know that may not feel comfortable sharing their address, you are free and welcome to use hers
13681 Newport Ave #8-346
Tustin CA 92780
as a return address.
I want everyone to know Rara is doing okay. As best that can be expected in her situation anyway. Please keep sending her love. She apologizes for the delay.
She said she saved getting back to myself, Kozo, and Matt because our letters were the hardest to write. We were friends of Dave’s and she knows we miss him, like her.
Shower this little dinosaur, her friends, and the staff there with love for me. Rara so deserves it, and so do they, for taking care of our friend.
Please share this message out as well so friends writing in can stay updated.