This was an epic weekend. Spa day, new flooring installed in part of our house and a new whippet puppy (photo below). We named her Yuzu because we love the fruit/pepper and the word sounded like a great dog name to us. I was nervous. I never lived with a dog in my home. Yuzu has turned out to be the sweetest dog ever. Never barks, sits on our laps while watching tv or reading, sleeps all night on top of our bedding in between us at perfect spot for us both to pet her. Plus, look at that face!
I have always admired artists who take on daily personal projects like Daily Drop Cap and Daily Monster. It is inspiring to see the body of work and the styles that emerge for those people. Since I have a full-time job, commute 2 hours a day and love sushi dates and fireside cuddle movie sessions with my husband, a weekly project is more appropriate for me right now.
So, Every Monday in 2013, I am posting a illustration/design.
First up: A honey bear. I always buy or refill the bear because I love to see him smiling back at me in the cupboard.
I have also made prints, iPhone cases and pillows of this one available on Society 6.
And…below is a sneak peek of next week's drawing.
I recently took a weekend trip to visit a friend (and her awesome boyfriend) in Portland. It was so great to explore, get my friendship on, eat/drink a ton, and enjoy the beautiful city.
Our partial itinerary:
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Bar
Central Absinthe Root Beer Float, etc.
Interurban Brunch. Salted Caramel French Toast with Blueberry & Maple Compote (as amazing as it sounds). Polenta and Eggs. Breakfast Biscuit. Omelet and Fries. All good.
Lan Su Chinese Garden Beautiful gardens. Exquisite embroidery.
Aerial Tram Overview of the city. So much green!
Powell's City of Books Massive bookstore.
Ruby Jewel Crazy good ice cream. Salted Black Licorice (in a housemade waffle cone) was my favorite.
Vancouver, Washington for a home-cooked meal.
Kask Cocktails. Bicycles & Baskets, etc.
Interurban Cocktails. Mexican Coffee (prepped flaming), etc. Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie ever! Served fresh out of the oven with brandied vanilla milk for dipping. Amazing.
Flavour Spot Waffle Sandwiches. Love this idea. Ham and Gouda and Butter and Sugar were the best ones.
Saturday Market Browsing. People watching.
Grilled Cheese Grill Grilled cheese served in a bus.
Lots of gold leaf lettering, speakeasy style bars, cedar picnic tables, open storefronts, food carts, air plants, greenery, beards.
I did not notice birds on things, but I was seeing taxidermy all over the place (in bars, on logos, sold in shops). Portlandia should do an updated skit called: "Put a deer head on it."
Overall, it was a great trip. My friend loves to move/explore. I am grateful that our friendship is full of great memories in various cities.