Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday!  September is chugging along.  Working towards things coming up - Del Ray and AAN and MCA.

Shirts are frustrating.  The transfers require lighter shirts, but all I want to use is darker / brighter.  Its all just a big question mark.  What will sell?  What do people want?  I never know.  yet I need to plan as if I do.

Finished up "Birds" now need to stat the print.  Came out great.

Lots to do!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rainy day today, dental pain yesterday. 

Summer officially over. A blur in the end, taking care of Remi and gearing up for (then getting) Emma.  hallmark and story district projects heavily sprinkled throughout.

Yesterday I had my wisdom tooth filled, which was a much bigger ordeal than I had thought.  Sitting in the chair I felt very calm, but it was rough going.  Especially the multiple attempts to get everything numb.  Anyway, ended up taking me out most the day to recover.  Feeling better today but jaw still very sore.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

emma doing great.

finished up large "too easily" today and not much more.

Ready for August to be over - I always hate this no man's vacation land at the end of the month / summer.  Seems like everything is stalled, including me!

Pizza with Bill tonight.  Vet tomorrow with Emma.  fingers crossed it's nothing!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lots of time working with Emma, sometimes working, sometimes not.  Waling better on leash, but the biting is getting so annoying (and harder).

Cutting and priming wood, and planning for more printing.  Such a lull right now, a good time to get ready for FALL.

Rainy day today.  We can't help but be sleepy after all the middle of the night puppy action.  Coffee helps.

MCA meeting tonight.  Hope it goes well and is direct.  So often they go off the rails in 1000 different directions.   

Thursday, August 24, 2017

day 13 with Emma! Things going great, with exception of the nighttime crating.  She has us worried she will bark, so after we take her out, we stay up with her while she settles back down (around an hour).  Needless to say it's a little unpleasent.

So interesting to see her changing.  Things she easily did last week 9walk on leash) she is less inclined to do now.  Now she sits and won't move, until time goes by and she gets bored putting up the fight.  But then sometimes she will walk afew steps, and start the whole cycle over again.  Not fun.  And much more distrated by things on the ground.  Plants, trash, tar, stones, whatever.  Form thing to thing.  Ha!

What worked as toys and distractions last work no longer have the smae power.  So we need to go to plan B.

Ha, she is running around studio, ready to go!  More later

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Emma doing great!  Normalcy is kinda sorta returning.  Still fussing at night, so we are losing sleep.  but during the day at the studio, she is a dream.  So easy to care for.

Growing and learning fast!

Time going by.  Summer is fading away, which I always hate.  But having Emma makes everything fine.  So exciting to wake up int he morning and see her little fuzzy body.  So happy.

E M M A ! ! ! !

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hit a WALL of sleepy after whirlwind weekend in a string of whirlwind weekends.

This saturday we picked up BELQUEST REMINGTON EMMAPEEL (emma)!!!!!
Super exciting and very overwhelming.  All is going fantastic, just sleep deprived.  Today was her first day at the studio and she did so well. 

Last night (or second) she barked in the cage, which I was so hoping she wouldn't do.  So we got up and spent a lot of time trying to sooth her down.  Think we know the drill now, fingers crossed it works out well tonight.  She is testing us in the car and at night.

But overall, she is doing great!  The future with her is bright.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday already!  What a crazy few weeks this has been.

Saturday and Sunday DOG DAYS went OK - diminishing returns?  I don't know.
1.  I didn't have enough variety, and didn't have time to prepare
2.  I've had the same designs for way too long
3.  I didn't reduce prices very much
4.  i didn't promote it.

but still, seems like there wasn't the same vibe as years past.  Only a few times did we get into busy mode.  Most the time it was just a steady steam of lookers and shoppers.

Anyway, all this to say I NEED TO DO BETTER ! ! ! ! !  Next big sale is Del Ray, two months away.

- - - - -
monday was a big day, picking out "cooper'  Emotional and draining.  Losing Remi still very hard.  A big giant hole.
 today I was back at the studio, finding my way out of the weekend fog.  A good day to reset, and move ahead.

Friday, August 4, 2017

after a long day with a big gear switch right in the late afternoon.

Finished up my first batch of story district illustrations from past few days, then went to preparing for Dog Days tomorrow.  Shirts ordered Monday didn't show up, so we have to make due with what we have.  Bummer, but really the only option anyway with the time left.

I worked on some shirts and cards, but mostly fizzled.  A little coffee break helped.

Hearing back that Amy loves the illustrations was a big boost.

- - - - -

Hangover of sadness form the past week hits at weird times.  Can't believe only a week ago we were fretting about Remi's condition, and then a the gut wrenching feelings as the weekend progressed.  Only a week ago!  Feeling gradually better about it all -- getting through it, which is good.

Project Echo Lady is an obvious distraction, and something to be really excited about.  More about that later.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Working on Story District drawings and having lots of fun.

Distracted by Belquest!

Thinking about Remi and missing her.  I feel like August is going to go by quickly.

Dog Days this weekend - lots to prepare.

So much to do, sometimes I feel swamped.  Then I tell myself I can do it.

But things are getting missed, and that gets me down.

Each new day is another chance to right my course.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wow - last time I wrote Remi was doing fine (kind of).  In just a few days we made the decision to put her to sleep, and finally yesterday at 6;30, we did.

What a horrible and sickening few days.  She was weak and couldn't do much, and all we could do was wait, and say a long goodbye.

A huge understatement to say that everything feels so weird now.  She isn't home, or in the car, or at the studio.  We no longer have to feed her, carry her, move her, clean her, get her to drink, take her out.  She is just gone.  there is no schedule anymore.

All of our lives were dedicated to taking care of her, which took more and more time and attention the past few months and weeks and days.

But when I pan back from recent memory and think about all the years and memories and "loves" about her I get overwhelmed.  She was so intertwined in our lives and happiness.  We already miss her terribly.  We will always love you Remi!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

catch up day - made progress.

Trip to Buzz (wish they needed more cards) and commission drawing complete

Remi still doing well.  She could stay like this for awhile (says dr. dave)

Happy to be moving on to other things.

(note: ML art in LC email.  ha, bummer)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HM work became all consuming.  after weeks and weeks of work, I finally finished today.  Was fretting so much about the deadline (this friday), so combined with that relief, I'm feeling much lighter now. 

But in the midst of it all that, remi declined (then stabilized).  last week it felt worse, not she is more alert and normal, just cant walk anymore.  Hex and I make new accommodations for each downgrade in her health.  Now we carry her into the studio, cart her to and from the car, and let her pee on towels.  Sometimes it feels crazy, but of course there is no other option.  She is still healthy enough, and not suffering. 

It's only Tuesday, but I wish it was Friday.  A good day to end the week, but there is a lot to do.  ugh, just remembered I forgot to order postcards.  all I want to do it let go, but there is always 1000 tasks to keep me tethered.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drawing HM dog and balloons today.  Now how exactly should it be??  On the balloons?  The balloons on the dog??  I'm still trying to work that out (many drawings later)

Hot and sunny.  July feels like it's going to FLY by!  Already the 11th tomorrow.  Crazy.  I want to savor.

remi drove me NUTS this morning.  After we took her out early, she couldn't settle down.  I kept trying to get her to stay, but over time she would get up again.  A classic case for Ceaser.

Home for pesto!

Friday, July 7, 2017

more of the same same same-

week went by quickly after the break (spent doing nothing much) tuesday.  Wednesday then felt like monday again!

Remi the same.  good days and bad days.  Today she peed right outside the studio door downstairs, so it was a big giant cleanup.  Oh well.  At least she is mobile! ! !

Working on HM and anxious for feedback.  Slow going.  I go card by card.
Finished up little prints for TROHV, and started CP order shirts.  Realized my deadline was later then I thought, so that gave me much more room to breathe.

Remi ANXIOUS to leave right now - I better run.  Loving the closer better gym.  Pizza tonight with Bill as usual!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weird monday starting weird week after weird weekend at the end of a weird month in a weird year!

Everything went south Nov 8 2016.

Anyway, tomorrow (tuesday) is Fourth of July, so today is that strange in between day where you don't feel like its a workday, but it is, and tomorrow will be off, but now I'm in the groove to work, and the weekend and week before was just a buildup to all this, and soon we will be back to a regular schedule!

Hex being away over the weekend just made everything stranger.  I watched lots of Twin peaks and started The Affair.

I am still sequestered working on HM designs.  Going ok, but maybe too similar to each other.

Skipping gym and heading home, after I get Remi from point A (studio) to point B (car) and beyond!  She is doing amazingly well though, considering!