Saturday, August 30, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part II: Sublime Stitchery

Aside from attending my brother's wedding and getting engaged myself, this summer's terrific-osity quotient was up due to my having the incredible pleasure of designing these Sexy Librarian embroidery patterns for none other than Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching.  

I am so thrilled that my little librarians have received such a warm welcome, and I cannot describe how exciting, flattering, and overall awesome-o it was to work with Jenny on them.  

By the way, the superb master stitching you see here was done by Amy Bindel - you should definitely check out her inspiringly perfect and precious needlework.  Of course, should you feel the need to take up some embroidery yourself, you can purchase some sexy librarians of your own right here

And since we're on the topic of stitching, check out August's Crafting A Business article (and my illustration for it) over at about hiring help. I have to admit that the environs of this particular illustration are, um, very autobiographical. Gah!
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Friday, August 29, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part I: Wedding Fun Time

This summer, my brother got married.  Hooray!  Congrats to him and my new sister in law. He's the first of my siblings to get hitched, and my whole family has just been totally thrilled and excited.  And man, oh man, does wedding excitement and anticipation make time just fly right on by.  

And it wasn't just the wedding to get all happy and enraptured about. The excitement also extended to all the other benefits wrapped up in the whole shebang of it: 
  • a road trip (my first time driving outside of Texas in 6 years.  Woah!)
  • visiting Jacksonville in the summer time (it's been at least 6 years since I've done that, too...)
  • seeing all of my uncles, aunts, cousins, and relatives who I haven't seen in, well, about 6 years
  • going to the beach (I haven't been swimming at Jax Beach in over a decade)
  • eating some of the best pizza I've had in the states (in Tallahassee of all places)
  • real Cuban food (something you don't find in Austin unless I cook it myself)
  • Le Monde Quintet - a Latin band that had folks grooving to aural awesomeness late into the night
  • listening to Douglas Adams and other audio books in the car
  • finding a cute, sweet, tail-less black kitten living under my parents' house
  • spy themed custom wedding poster art (see below)
This was a requested Bond-esque retro styled movie poster for the reception (my bro is a movie buff). This is just a crop from it, with the poses and bodies recreated from an actual 'The Spy Who Loved Me' poster and the background vignette style inspired by a vintage Italian Bond I found in my research. Everyone at the reception loved it, though me being me, I have some small nitpicks.  But I'm happy that it made my brother and sister in law happy. 

So, in all, my brother's wedding = great time had by all.  And I have yet another year of excitement, anticipation, and wedding wonderousness to look forward to... 

Because I got engaged to my own sweetie guy this summer! Hooray for more wonderful news! Hooray for more wedding fun times to come!
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Neglect My Blog

I know, I know.  I've been a very bad girl.  A very bad, naughty blogger.  One pitiful post for all of July. Tsk tsk.  But in my defense, I have been a very, very, very busy girl.  So busy, that yes, I neglected my poor widdle blog. 

However, the rest of the world did not.  While I was out, the Tom Selleck cake exploded onto the internets.  It is everywhere!  And I'm mega  thrilled about that - thank you all so much for the link love, blog love, and all around Tom Selleck cake love!  I've even spawned a trend - check out this Tom Selleck cake I found through

And I hope to bring you even more cakey, kitschy greatness in the future.   What great adventures in icing portraiture are to come?  I don't know just yet.  I've had a LOT of  requests for David Hasselhoff. Like, a LOT. 

However, if I were to go with my own childhood 80's TV crushes, (and not my friends' or readers') it'd be Howlin' Mad Murdock from the A-Team. What can I say?  I was an odd kid. 

So...the cake gears are turning.  Any more suggestions or requests?  

In the mean time, I'll be keeping y'all updated with what I did on my summer vacation.  It's been exciting, but super fast. Oh, summer, I hardly knew ye!  
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