Sketchbook

I sketch when I’m planning a project, developing a design, conveying an idea…but I also sketch when I’m inspired, to spark creativity, or just because I love to draw. Instead of a diary or a journal, I keep a sketchbook. I don’t always sketch on a daily basis (since completing my 365 project in 2011) but when I do, I’ll post a glimpse into my sketchbook here.

Instagram Photo A Day – May

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Instagram Photo A Day – May

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February, March, April. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for May, 2012.  ...

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Instagram Photo A Day – April

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Instagram Photo A Day – April

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February and March. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for April,...

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Instagram Photo A Day – March

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Instagram Photo A Day – March

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the Sketch Every Day project. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself…this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. It has been a lot of fun to try and be creative with these photo prompts. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. So, I decided to give it a go starting in January. Here’s February. And my Photo-A-Day collection for March, 2012.  ...

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Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Happy Birthday to our dear friend, Jeff – a.k.a Jeffé, Chef Jeff, Brutha-From-Anutha-Mutha! We’ve known Jeff since high school (which is a long time considering that I had my 20 year high school reunion not too long ago) . He’s been a great friend and a part of our family ever since he started dating our “fourth sister” Allison (which has also been a very long time, hint-hint Jeffé). Allison, Jeff, and his daughter, Makala, have always been…and always will be, considered family to our tight-knit group. They have been there for all our special occasions, family events, milestones in life…and things just wouldn’t be the same without them to share in our celebrations. We LOVE our “Fam Bam”!!! Anyone who’s ever attended or seen photos of one of our parties, knows that Jeff IS our one and only master pastry chef. He’s been creating delicious works of art since high school and has made every cake for our weddings, birthdays, parties, special events. Examples of just a few of his amazing cake creations can be found on my Awesome Birthday Parties page. Jeff is an integral part of my party “dream team.” I couldn’t pull off these parties without his help. He is a true artist, incredibly talented, gifted beyond belief at what he does, and is the nicest, most down-to-earth guy I know. He’s very humble and not one to boast, so I’ll brag for him…Jeff is the best! I’ve been to some high-end weddings where expensive cakes by “famous” bakeries took center stage…and while extravagant and beautiful to look at, couldn’t hold a candle to how Jeff’s cakes taste. And his designs are pure artistry. His work “takes the cake”…and I never hesitate to recommend him whenever possible. He is very passionate about what he does, and he is always curious to try new things and learn, experiment, grow. To see him in the kitchen, doing his thing, is a beautiful sight. Not only is he a handsome guy in that proverbial chef’s hat…but he really comes alive when he’s cooking up some magic. He’s catered a few parties for us and our friends, and he can do any style of cuisine. I can’t even begin to list the dishes he’s come up with…I have too many favorites. I just know that our famous “Sunday-Nite-DynOmite” dinners were born out of a love for Jeff’s cooking…any excuse to get the fam together and enjoy each other’s company and all that good food. We look forward to what Jeff decides (usually impromptu) to whip up for our dinners…and he never disappoints. If I won the lottery or had a ton of money, I’d be the first person to invest in Chef Jeff…I’ve always thought he should have his own restaurant or tv show on the Food Network, seriously! Aside from being a culinary artist, Jeff is an all-around awesome person. He is kind and generous…I have never seen him angry, complain, mean to anyone…EVER. He is always willing to lend a hand and is very patient and sweet and respectful to everyone…especially little kids. My boys love their Uncle Jeff! He is a great dad and is so loving and proud of his wonderful daughter, Makala. He is highly creative and intelligent (don’t even try to challenge him...

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Happy Leap Year Birthday, Mark!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Sketchbook | Comments

Happy Leap Year Birthday, Mark!

Happy “10th” Birthday to my brother-in-law, Mark!  Well, actually, it’s his FORTIETH birthday…but since he’s a Leap Year Baby, a real birth date only comes every four years. And Mark is a big kid at heart, so he really is “acting his age”, for a ten year old. 😉 Mark is, without “question” THE MOST TALENTED person I have ever known. He is an AMAZING artist, designer, musician. The combination of his creativity, natural skill and professional expertise encompasses a variety of industries and genres. He is truly multifaceted, unique and inspiring. Music-Art-Design, it is in his blood…it’s the driving force in his work. He lives, eats, breathes the stuff. And always has…ever since he was a kid. His passion is evident and his abilities are much sought after. Mark has always worked professionally in the design and music industries…he has always put in extra effort, paid his dues, really practiced and honed his crafts, educated himself and collaborated with other talents to expand his experience…and for this, he is widely respected and admired. His success is not egotistical, he does not do what he does for attention or fame or popularity. He doesn’t change how he does things or who he is because of current trends. People gravitate to Mark and his work because they know that what he creates is all out of love and respect for the art. He has always been true to himself and that’s why his work, his method, his art, is pure and organically driven. His willingness to share, discuss, and mentor other artists, designers, DJs, musicians, through his own experience, just shows how much he loves what he does. In my own work, I have been very fortunate to have Mark’s guidance and support, not only as an artist and designer, but as a friend. Mark is married to my sister, Julie…who is also extremely talented and creative. And like most creatives, Mark and Julie each have their own distinctly witty sense of humor, and are quick with it. In Mark, Julie has truly met her match. Needless to say, hanging around those two is always entertaining and fun. While most people who are acquainted with Mark know that he is incredibly talented and a consummate professional…those of us who are family and really get to hang around him on a regular basis know that he is a really funny, super goofy and über-geeky (in a cool way) guy to be around. Our kids think it’s awesome that their uncle is more obsessed with Star Wars and superheroes than they are. He’s the fun and funny Uncle – the one who can quickly sketch (from memory) an At-At or R2D2 on a place mat at Mama Kat’s during breakfast; can throw out random quotes from movies as it applies to any situation or conversation; happily zones out to all-day cartoon marathons and video game challenges; has full conversations in just about any foreign accent, character impersonation or even the “movie-phone” guy’s voice; collects toys and action figures…and lets you take them out of the box to play with them. Yep, he’s THAT cool of an Uncle. We also know that he is generous, kind, compassionate and caring. He is a wonderful father, so proud and encouraging of his daughter. It is no wonder...

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Instagram Photo A Day – February

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Instagram Photo A Day – February

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I wondered…”NOW what am I going to do with all this ‘time’?”  Haha, I’m being sarcastic, of course.  With my work schedule, running two facets of my business full time and being a mom/wife…I barely have any time for anything. But I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the Sketch Every Day project. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself…this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. So, I decided to give it a go starting in January. Here’s my Photo-A-Day collection for February,...

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Instagram Photo A Day – January

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in LOVE, Sketchbook | Comments

Instagram Photo A Day – January

  When my photog sister introduced me to Instagram, she warned me, “It’s addictive”…and indeed it is! I’m completely obsessed with snapping photos with my iphone and sharing them on Instagram. I’m no photographer, by any means, so I need A LOT of help from filters and photo apps…but it’s been really fun for me to try being creative with my photos and I’m really impressed with the quality of the iphone pics. As far as the social media aspect of Instagram, I love the format and the ease of use…it’s perfect for my busy lifestyle…so much so, that I’m kind of “over” Facebook (seems like I’m only on there these days because my Instagram photos link to my Facebook accounts). I share and post with my family and friends…and I like being able to follow my favorite artists, designers, brands, bloggers and celebrities. Instagram has also exposed me to many talented and inspiring people who have really raised the bar with their iphoneography. There are some amazing Instagramers out there, and it’s really cool to see the world captured through their eyes (and iphones). I love following artists, designers, foodies and people who live in other countries or do a lot of traveling…it’s like living vicariously through their interesting experiences. It’s also fun to get positive responses from other like-minded people who comment on my pictures…whether it’s to tell me they like an invitation ensemble I designed or something I painted, or how cute my kids are, or to drool “virtually” to a photo of some yummy treat I’m eating (yes, I eat a lot of good stuff and I like documenting it all…I can’t help it! Um yeah, my kids now ask me if I’d like to take a picture before they’ll start eating their food). It’s a way to connect…especially with family and friends and the cool people I have something in common with. When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I wondered…”NOW what am I going to do with all this ‘time’?”  Haha, I’m being sarcastic, of course.  With my work schedule, running two facets of my business full time, and being a mom and wife…I barely have any time for anything. But I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the Sketch Every Day project. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself…this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. So, I’m giving it a go…here’s my Photo-A-Day collection for January,...

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