Sunday, 23 April 2017

Colors in Art and Fashion

Hello sweeties!!

Today we're talking about colors, and how they tie into the art and fashion worlds. I'm going to start by listing some favorite 'fashion colors' with you:

-Mint green
-Turquoise
-Peach
-Coral
-Cotton Candy pink
-Lavender

Okay but how do these colors come to be? Yes they are found in nature, in flowers and fruit, as well as stones and minerals. But what about the science of color?

Even though I've already been a professional artist for years now, I sometimes re-read my old art student books and I still love color just as much now as I did then! So that's why, for yesterday's (April 22's) #Kawaii365 project, I re-drew a color chart which shows the relationships between primary colors (red, yellow and blue), secondary colors (purple, green and orange), and tertiary colors (everything else!).


And I love fashion just as much as I love art! To be honest, I believe that art & beauty/fashion are very closely intertwined. They're both about aesthetics and experimentation. And I just recently bought an Essie nail polish in a dove grey (with soft, blue undertones to accent my pale hands) and I got this for ONLY ONE DOLLAR at Shoppers Drug Mart! What an awesome sale!


I decided to get a little more creative with this one in the photography. After all, the whole idea of doing this daily, year-long art project is to open my thinking.
Since starting this project in July last year, I've already landed several awesome gigs around this city as well as on Fiverr and Etsy - my mind and confidence have both expanded greatly!




So as you guys know, we're heading into Spring here in Red Deer, Alberta (still some snow but it's getting warmer). Since starting this blog we've done a #KaraokeChallenge (you're still welcome to share your singing videos with us) and before that, a #KigurumiChallenge

And now, after looking at Paper Kawaii for training if you will, I'm going to pick up some washi or chiyogami paper and get practicing! When I think they're good enough I'll start sharing them on Instagram for you to enjoy - and then I encourage you guys (the amazing readers!) to make your own origami (Japanese paper folding art) and share it with these 2 hashtags:

#OrigamiChallenge and #Kawaii365  - and in case you guys are wondering if there are prizes, the answer is YES! For everyone who participates, you'll get a free coloring sheet drawn by me!

Have a lovely Sunday evening xoxo

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Night Sleepover

Konbanwa, good evening!

Today has been super busy and that's okay. I decided for today's 'cute project' instead of making art, I would put together my Hello Kitty plushies on our bed (there are so many!). If they were alive, they'd be enjoying a fun sleep over - doing each other's fur and giggling about boys (maybe Dear Daniel?)


Just for interest, talk to us in the comments below and say what you think Hello Kitty and friends would do at a slumber party :)




**No Feature Friday was posted today, due to busy art schedule and errands day. Please tune in next week at this time to see a double feature :)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Caterpillars Eating The Garden

Even if you didn't grow up reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, you have probably seen at least one of these wiggly little guys eating leaves or other parts of the garden.

Here is a video from the channel Animalist that shows a caterpillar squeaking to protect itself from hungry birds. They have tiny holes on their sides called 'spiracles' and these are for breathing as well as their self defense sound.


Anyway, as cute as these pre-butterfly animals are (I used to have a pet one as a child which I kept in a plastic tub with lots of grass to eat and played with it outside) - I'm going to progress into my new adult coloring book now, and how it relates to today's #Kawaii365 project.



Though I still haven't drawn in the leaves yet, I did get the caterpillar and the hydrangeas he's eating (over 100 - he's gonna get bloated!). This is the very last page for my next adult coloring book and once all the editing is done, you're going to see it on Etsy by the end of this weekend :D

I love being a professional artist, and I love finding inspiration in nature... but sometimes a break is required so I stopped to try something new. Something 3D even! The colors don't match exactly, but that's okay.


It's hard to see, but the pink circles are actually the little kawaii cheeks. His eyes are closed with satisfaction as he nibbles one of his favorite snacks - sweet leaves! If I had darker coloring tools (I'm just such a fan of pastels!) then the match would have been better, but this is okay too.

Anyway lovely friends, I'm going to go do more writing for my eBook about cleaning. This season really does get me feeling so inspired and creative!

Looking forward to posting with you guys again soon! xoxo

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Too Busy But Still Able

I know it sounds strange, but that's how I feel right now. It's currently pushing 10:00pm here in Alberta and I'm only just starting this blog post.

"Too busy, but still able."

I know normally today would be 'Review Wednesday' and I love doing those. It's just that today my Etsy shop has been keeping me incredibly busy! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

I am excited to announce that I'm now super close to getting the 'My Garden Bugs Adult Coloring Book' done and I'll share it with you when it's live! Here is the cover for it:



And in addition to that, I am writing another book of sorts for my Etsy shop (which is all digital and printable stuff for you to enjoy). It's about cleaning, both major and day-to-day. The idea behind that one is to make sure that everyone has access to some of the most convenient, quickest and most practical tips!


Anyway without further ado I'd like to share yesterday's and today's #Kawaii365 projects:

I'm starting with yesterday's because I didn't find time to post, which was okay because it was a good day overall. I went to work in the Spring blizzard and got soaked... but thankfully we had plans to go to a major mall about an hour out of the city after work, so Rob & I bought a new pair of boots at Payless. I needed something dry for my feet, since my other footwear was damp, cold and smelly all day. I also got a new mascara (needed it because my other one was so clumpy!).

Anyway, I used stickers combined with drawing to share the excited feeling that comes with nice new footwear - and this was on a great sale too, only about $33 after tax!


And today, I took a break from my two 'Etsy projects' long enough to share this cute little bug. He was made out of an old lip balm container, pipe cleaners, 2 cupcake sprinkles for eyes and then detailed with a black marker.

Just wanted to share today's projects with you, and thank you for your loyalty! All the love, support and kind words and gestures sincerely mean a lot to me! You guys make my heart smile everyday!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Dealing with Anger

Good evening everyone. I'm feeling better now. That's because I have a pretty amazing husband.

I have been feeling some pressure due to doing some client projects on Fiverr and Freelancer. I love and appreciate all my clients and would never want to insult them. It's just that sometimes I have stress trying to keep up with requests. Pair that with being out most of the day running errands and getting antsy.

Then, the 'icing on the anger cake' this evening was when the husband & I suggested we order pizza. I wanted Pizza Hut and he wanted Domino's. For some reason it turned into an argument. We hurt each other's feelings and then I had a big meltdown. I am half Irish and half Scottish after all - so being a hot-tempered redhead is in my nature.

I am so lucky that Rob sees through my temper and beyond my tight body language, firm expression, and hostile words. He sees the hurt little girl crying inside of me. And I am so lucky that he rubbed my back and offered to make things better. So when I share this kawaii version of the emotion 'Anger' from the movie Inside Out, it is with no hostility toward Rob. It's only a healthy expression of a previous emotion (before Rob got me smiling again).

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And today is Monday again which means that we're going to do another Retro Kawaii (a branch of 'Are They Kawaii?').

For today's edition, I would like to talk about the original 'Polly Pocket'. No, not the large ones little girls of today play with. I'm talking about those super tiny 1980s/90s versions. The kind that accidentally end up in the vacuum cleaner. They were likely recalled for safety reasons because very small children and pets could end up choking on them. I could see how that would happen. The one I had got sucked into our loud, clunky early-90s vacuum never to be seen again. Then I was stuck with the cute shell-shaped carrying case she came with.


This wasn't the exact set I had for her, but the little blonde girl in red is the exact 'Polly' that I had. Image result for vintage polly pocket

I remember loving their cute, simple little faces. I guess it was 'unintentionally kawaii'.

Image result for vintage polly pocket dolls One thing I remember about these tiny dolls is that they were just about 2 inches tall - shorter than an adult thumb. I don't know how even this much detail got into them!

Anyway, Mattel began selling them in 1989, when I was 1 year old. I didn't start getting them until I was about 5 or 6. I enjoyed playing with the one I had and her rubber dresses and stuff (that you can put on her), but I admit if I didn't put her in her case each time I was done playing with her, she was easy to misplace.

They came in many different dolls and cases, and even some based on Disney movies of the 1990s. Here are some cases that were popular:

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Then, in the later 90s up until 2015, the 'dolls' became significantly larger for safety reasons, which also meant that their cases got bigger as well. Which in a way was more convenient :)

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Anyway, let us know in the comments below if you ever had one of these dolls (either type).


**Pictures throughout this post have been collected via Google Images. If you'd like to see the copyrights, please hover over each photo.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Marriage and Taxes

This picture says it all:

Today is Easter Sunday, and we spent it doing our taxes. *sigh* they had to be done... again. Neither Rob nor myself enjoys it - often there is a minimum of 1 argument per tax season. That's because we each have our own way of doing things - I like to collect all our T4 slips and deduction slips into a labelled file folder. And Rob likes to lay everything out on a table while we get the slips coming in the mail. And that's one of the minor things!

Anyway, I love my husband dearly and wouldn't trade him for anything. It's just that if a marriage can already withstand in-laws, day-to-finances, (child rearing for some couples but not us), and religious differences - then surviving taxes is a whole different story! It's because this is a stressful time, when we know we're both accountable to the federal government (gasp!) and if one of us makes a minor mistake, we both go to prison or pay the huge fine :( It's a time when we're not only accountable to the government, but also to each other.

So, being that Rob & I have survived approximately 9 tax seasons together (including an explosive fight that nearly ended 'us' a few years ago - we talked it out and fixed it), we're sharing some advice to couples who are new to this 'tax together' thing.

  1. This is a time to show your spouse a lot of respect. They are human just like you, probably as nervous (about fines and jail time for tax errors) as you are, and belittling them can actually cause a mistake to happen!
  2. Put away distractions. This cannot be emphasized enough. When your brain is trying to focus under pressure, the last thing you should be doing is noticing external stimuli. So close those curtains, put away (or turn off!) your cell phones, and keep the TV and radio off. At least until your done. If you find classical music helps you concentrate then that's cool.
  3. If you're feeling like this whole thing is really getting on your nerves - it's okay to take a break. Most people don't do their entire taxes all in one sitting anyway. The beauty of using digital tax software is that you can stop for awhile and come back to it where you left off.
  4. It may be helpful, before doing the real thing (actually filing!) to do a practice run or 2, and write out everything financial! There is no 'good time' to hide your financial situation from your spouse. Your finances are shared now, so there's no more secrets.
  5. Double check each other's numbers. So if your spouse enters their income (and deductions) from their employment forms, etc. Agree to look it over for them (2 pairs of eyes are better than 1 as Rob says). And let them look at yours too. Remember - don't get mad over minor mistakes, they're only human!
  6. It might also be helpful to openly discuss your fears. Instead of saying to your spouse: "If you mess this up, we're going to jail and I won't forgive you!" Simply admit "I am worried if it looks like we're hiding even a small amount from the federal government, they may send us to jail for fraud." Trust us, the second use of words will get a better reception.
  7. And last but not least, celebrate! When your taxes are finally done, even if you owe money or break even... just the fact that you got through this stressful time with your spouse is worth a drink of wine or a nice walk, meal out, movie night, etc.

Well, Rob & I wish you guys a great Easter evening and hope it was lovely. Feel free to comment below this post and let us know what you did! (✿◠‿◠)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

What do you get when you cross an owl and a pineapple?

I am terrible at telling jokes - so instead of trying to make you laugh, I'm just going to blow your mind instead. You may remember the 'mermapple' I recently posted on my RedBubble shop...



And now I've created something else in the fusion/hybrid category of art. It is still half pineapple and half...


Owl!

That's right - if you saw mine & Rob's home (or some of my socks) you'd see I have an affinity for owls with their fluffy oval bodies and their giant kawaii eyes! As far as nocturnal hunters go, these guys are pretty cute. And the above one would be sweet, too :)

I am keeping today's post pretty brief because I am trying to catch up on housework and personal projects today. My husband's out on a mother-son date with his mum right now (by request) and I seriously appreciate his support so much! 💜

Hope you guys are having an awesome Easter weekend! xoxo