Putting on a Festival, Painting Posters and a Near Trip to the ER

IRFFF-1

I’ve been doing a lot of artwork for the PTA at Bug’s school lately. I’m not complaining at all because they let me make pretty much whatever I want and they love everything I make. I swear, customers who get things for free are the best customers of all. They never complain about anything and they appreciate everything. Too bad they don’t pay the bills.

It’s been a blast. I’ve met a lot of new friends and I’m really feeling like I’m part of a community that could eventually lead to business contacts. In fact, several people have asked me about doing logos for them so maybe in the long run all my hard work might pay off.

IRFFF-2

We’ve been working on putting together a Family Fun Festival coming up this next Friday (hit me up if you are local, you have to come!) and it’s been crazy. There are going to be so many fun things at this festival. A live band, line dancing (!), face painting (by moi and a few others), carnival games, pie-eating contests etc etc etc… I feel like I’m back in time and we are going to a real country fair except there are only a few parents doing everything and we’re all kind of scared because we’ve never actually done anything like this by ourselves. AND!! It’s all free. It’s not even a fund-raising event, which is crazy if you ask me. But nobody asked me. The food will cost a minimal amount and you can bid on a silent auction (which you should for the summer camp deals alone) but everything else is FREE. FREE!!

Do you live in Orange County? Email me. I’ll give you the deets.

So yesterday me and a bunch of moms painted all the banners for this event. It was super fun. I love painting signs. We painted for hours.

The only problem was: each mom came with at least one kid and the kids ran rampant. It was crazytown. Like a birthday party with no grown-ups. The only adult supervision was busy painting and we were having such a blast, we may not have been paying close attention to what the kids were doing.

Dun duh, dun DUN!

Yeah.

Bug and several other kids decided it would be really fun to climb in and out of one of the mom’s cars, via the windows—sort of like the car was a giant jungle gym. All the windows were down and the doors were locked (or so we thought) and they were climbing in and out. I balked at first because my sister-in-law has this giant scar from a windshield-wiper-meets-shin incident when she was a kid and this has lead me to be of the absolutely-no-climbing-on-cars school of thought. But I’ve recently been thinking maybe I’m too uptight about things like this. The other moms were okay with it and the kids who had been whining for food were wonderfully occupied and happy with this new car-jungle-gym. So I let it go. Plus, we were right there in the open garage just feet away from the parked car.

I was painting happily away when suddenly, I heard blood-curdling screaming. I looked up and it was MY KID. I instantly turned into the hairiest, scariest Mama Bear you have ever scene. I think my paint brush went flying and I leaped over the still-wet posters in a single bound. Bug’s hand was in the door. I heard it close on her hand. It was a really tall car so she was hanging there by her hand and screaming. It was terrible!

I grabbed Bug and opened the door. I yelled, CAN YOU BEND YOUR FINGERS!! Through tears and screams she magically did. Her fingers all bent. Nothing was broken. I still cannot believe it. Every single finger was fine and could wiggle. How is this possible when her whole hand was in the door and I heard it close with that solid crunch sound that cars make when the door slams shut. It was a miracle.

We sat there for minutes just trying to figure out what happened. The only thing I can figure is that the car had a really big rubber lip and a pretty big cavity inside before the actual metal of the door met the inside of the door rim. Bug has some abrasions on her skin but no bruising, no breaking, not even any residual aching. She was shook up and crying a lot but she was fine.

We gave her some arnica and I let her sit and watch tv on my phone. She didn’t even want to go home, which was good because I still had three and a half posters to paint. Eventually she even went back to playing.

She’s my miracle kid.

Later that night, when she was in bed, she complained about growing pains, in HER LEGS.

Her hand is fine. Absolutely fine.

Phew.

Kitchen Art

kitchen-3

As usual, as soon as I promise something here on this blog, I never get around to doing it. When did I become this person who doesn’t keep her word? That’s the one thing I’ve always tried really hard to achieve in my work. I may not be the most talented artist or any kind of perfectionist who takes a million years to complete something but when it’s done it’s the most perfect masterpiece ever. I make typos and I read directions poorly. I make mistakes all the time. But if I say I’m going to deliver a job by a certain time or date, I make sure I keep to that. It’s really important to me.

Except here on this blog. I promise things all the time and then I skip town for week. Sheesh. It’s pathetic.

So the reason I never posted photos of my line-painted background cat paintings is because I kept taking horrible photos of them and now that I have a photo-centered blog (fancy dancy that it is) I can’t put up bad photos. The horror! And I can’t figure out why I keep taking blurry awful photos! Actually, I know what my problem is. My camera doesn’t auto-focus anymore. I need to send it to the shop. But I’m waiting for funds to come in so it’s sitting there waiting for the tenth of never, along with that external hard drive I need to buy. And when I use manual focus I can’t seem to get it right because I need glasses. Seriously. When I see my pictures through the view finder and on the back of my camera they look fine. But then when I blow them up on my computer they are blurry! Or some random object in the foreground is in focus and the subject of my photo is not. It’s been amateur hour over here for days.

So here are the best photos I’ve managed over the course of three shoots.

kitchen-art1

Just makes you want to rush out and buy some paintings for your kitchen, right? No? Hmmmmmm… Maybe I need a sexy girl to model with them. Or maybe I need to practice my painting skills a lot more. Heh.

kitchen-art2

Anyway, they are in my shop if you want them. (Top o’the Morning! Nerd Kitty Love and Pirate Cat!) They’re kind of fun and maybe they’ll remind you that being perfect is not always important. Sometimes mediocre is okay too. Or maybe I just need to focus what I’m better at. Which is work!

By the way I have discovered a new fun game for designers. It’s called Design Crowd. Have any of you designers out there ever played? Basically designers all over the world compete against each other making logos, graphics, graphic design etc and the winner gets paid. At first I never wanted to enter these contests because I figured I couldn’t compete against India and China…but then I went around looking at all the public contests and I realized there are a lot of bad designers out there and I might just have a chance. I never spend too much time on any one contest, because I know I’ll likely not get paid, but I’ve got six contests going and already four clients have gotten back to me asking for small changes. I think I might have a chance at winning! It’s something fun to do when work is slow. It’s also pretty cool for businesses who don’t have a lot of money to spend. You can special request me even. I’m not ranked very high right now but just you wait.

Just thought I’d share. :)