And sometimes life kicks you in the teeth…

Lots of life stuff this past week…

Sunday I got side swiped by a semi truck, he only stopped because I honked my horn. And when he got out and started approaching I said “we need to exchange info” that’s when he went into hysterics about how I hit him, when really it was his trailer that hit me while I was stopped letting him through. And as fate would have it, I forgot my cellphone at home on my desk. I had asked him several times if he could just call the police to get an accident report done, but since he was hysterical it didn’t register. Finally, I had to flag someone down to help me out.

Since the accident was on ‘private property’ all the officers could do was write up an accident report; but, one of the officers told me that if it had been on the city road the trucker would have been cited for improper lane usage and he would have been at fault. They had marked on the accident report that I was ‘parked’ when he hit me.

Tuesday Night: just about a week ago today, my grandma passed away, she had Dementia. It was a blessing that she passed in her sleep.

So the rest of my week consisted of helping my parents sort & donate what was left of my grandmother’s belongings; and taking care of my vehicle situation. As a result of that accident and truck drivers hysterics, the sleep faeries abandoned me, I had insomnia for about 3 days. I seem to only get it when I’m severely stressed and anxious. I had a terrible bout with it after each Tika and Tasselhoff were put to sleep, hours of laying in bed wide awake staring at the ceiling fan.

Then Friday was the Funeral, after that I came home and slept for about 4 hours.

So here it is a new week, I have a few pieces I’m working on (Zombie Girl & Day of the Dead Themed painting) that I’m hoping to have finished with prints by Friday. Then Saturday I have a show in Silvis IL (2010 Moonlight Parade & Craft Show).

Also on 9/10-9/11 I will be at the Non Sports Expo in Carol Stream IL, which is (or most likely will be) my last show of the year.

Just a few things I’ve been working on…

I started this bag about a month or so ago… the one I had been using was Pat’s, he brought it home from his old job. They always get freebies from their distributors, and he needed it back to carry his stuff with him on the train to work. I had been looking on (at this one) for a replacement, but either they were too expensive, too small with the right amount of pockets, or too large with not enough pockets. My only alternative was to make it myself. I probably spent about 45.00 in materials (used a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby) each time I needed to buy leather). This was definitely a learning experience, I have learned just how important it is to have the proper foot on your sewing machine in order to sew leather. Too many times I was so close to tossing my sewing machine into the street. @_@ and that was all because I was sewing with the wrong foot on my machine.

The finished project:

I’m currently working on 5 cards for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, this is one, but will also be a full blown painting. Hopefully I get it done before my show at the end of the month… I have no new work since the craft show in June. @_@

This month of June…

I apologize for my lack of show updates, this month has been a whirlwind (to put it lightly). The first part of the month my parents were out of town and I was on kitty & plant duty, then I went right into show prep.

So here are all of those updates rolled into one entry!


ChicagolandZ [ June 12 & 13, 2010 ]

This was my first time in the new location, despite the low sales I had a good time. I met Mike Holman, Heather Price & Cherokee Hall, such a fun group. And it’s always a pleasure to be seated next to Scott Beaderstadt. MANY kudo’s to Jimmy Decker for putting so much effort into this show and making sure that the guests were taken care of.


Geneseo Music & Craft Festival [ June 19-20, 2010 ]

First the drive out to my in-laws was… frightening… there was so much rain and it was coming down so hard that I began thinking it was a bad idea to leave the night before, but we made it there in one piece. (in the video I asked my husband to slow down… that grinding you heard was our traction control kicking in because we were hydroplaning… I was getting really scared.)

I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures on Saturday, people were lining up before I was done setting up.

For the first time in 4 years we didn’t get a single drop of rain… I was ecstatic. Perfect weather even though the forecast called for an 80% chance of rain on Sunday, which never happened.

It was great seeing and chatting with all of my regulars, and it was a pleasure meeting the new customers as well.


Cyphan [ June 25-27, 2010 ]

This was Cyphan’s Year ONE show, I had a pretty good time, I was next to Bob Stevlic and chatted with Jeffery (Kitty Zombie). I really believe next year will be HUGE, Chicago really does need it’s on brand of SciFi/Fantasy Convention. And hopefully there will be some official Kitty Zombie artwork in the near future. *wink*

Not many pictures, but I did get to shoot a little movie before my batteries died.
I had to slow the footage of the robots down by half because it was way to jerky if I hadn’t.

Sadly I never got over to see Nicki Clyne and Jewel Staite, but I did get to see Svengoolie (he was signing in our room), after his signing he walked around our room, he stopped to gander at my artwork, I was pleased. ^_^

A HUGE Congrats & THANKS goes out to Mike for all of his hard work on making this show happen.


In other news, I will be at Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo Sept 9th-12th. Though because of my husbands job most likely I’ll just be there Saturday & Sunday. I will be donating 5 original sketch cards to The Pediatric Oncology Treasure chest Foundation, plus I’ll be donating an original Small painting for his Saturday Auction/Raffle.

Lots of stuff to catch up on… need to put the show stuff away, and get to work. ❤

Geneseo Music & Craft Festival

Don’t forget, rain or shine… let’s hope for the latter, I really would like to not see rain just once for this show.

Been working on some new merchandise that showcases my photography of my cats.

Here you can see it in production:

I’ve decided to donate half of the profits of the sales from these note cards to the Geneseo Humane Society to go towards The Dutch Memorial Fund.

What is the Dutch Memorial Fund? It’s a fund that was started after Dutch, a cat that was beaten and nailed to a utility pole, had passed away, this fund is to help pay for medical expenses for injured animals that are brought into the shelter.

So make sure you come to see me and pick up a few lovely things.

Frank Frazetta, Dies at 82

Very sad…

By DAVE ITZKOFF (The New York Times)
Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

The death, caused by a stroke, was confirmed by Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco, his business managers. In a telephone interview, Mr. Pistella said that Mr. Frazetta, who had a history of strokes, had returned from a Mother’s Day dinner with his family on Sunday night and complained of feeling ill. Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died. [read more…]

Deviant Art

Recently I sent a message to Deviant Art complaining about the vast amount of daily deviations that are nothing more than trace jobs, when there are many talented artists there that freehand their own work that are getting overlooked. I expressed the need for a second look at these works that are getting picked to weed out the tracers (which in my own opinion are wanna be artists – if they can’t draw it, they shouldn’t be doing it.)

here’s what their response was:

From Daniel Sowers Jr. Copyright & Etiquette Administration Manager

Daily Deviations are chosen by a select group of staff and volunteer members and those selections consist solely of works which they personally found impressive or otherwise interesting enough for them to think that the work deserves to be brought to the attention of the community-at-large.

“Originality” is not a requirement, nor is “quality”, or any other standard beyond the one simple fact that the person selecting the work has found it interesting enough to do so.

This is completely the wrong message to send out to an ART community. Originality, Creativity, Technique and QUALITY of work are what the criteria of any ‘award’ SHOULD be. Not just because ‘someone liked it’.

Personal note: If you trace, show some integrity and do yourself a favor; buy a book or two, or take a class, but learn how to freehand your own work. You’ll feel more confident about your work knowing that you can actually draw.

It’s been a while I know, and I apologize. I’ve been absorbed in a few things, 1. a new Steampunk Vampire OSWOA, a few new Treebeard ACEO’s (one which I just listed on feebay).

I found out on Tuesday (04.19) that the Office Max just up the street had closed, so I ended up spending an hour and a half driving around to find a new printer for my prints. I went into quite a few different places and either they couldn’t do 11×17 or they didn’t have any ‘nice’ 11×17 paper for their machines. I ended up at Wally’s Printing which is about 15+ mins from the house (with no traffic). Let me tell you, it’s nice to be dealing with professionals instead of kids put behind the copy counter.

(Update on Wally’s Printing: As of last year (2010 I no longer use them, I dropped of a batch of prints, I always bring my own paper and a list of files on my flash drive that need printing. They botched the job, left off a print, and took my paper. They claim the said file wasn’t on the list and I gave them less paper than I did. The OfficeMax across town got new printers so YAY!)

I’m still unsure if I’ll be able to make it to GenCon this year… Unless some miracle happens, I really don’t think I’ll make it.