November 13, 2014

Illustrated Memoir for my Mumsie

The Yogurt Bandit
The Twin Premonition
The (Guinea) Pig Roast

Since my mom's been in and out of hospitals with late stage cancer I thought it'd be nice to take up a new project to fund some of her medical expenses. Adult coloring books are popular at the moment...some even saying they are 'therapeutic.' I don't dispute that -- I think that's totally valid. I think there is something inherently therapeutic about meeting pen with paper...whether to jot down words, color in the lines, or create lines of your own. 

That might be why I've been drawing and journaling almost all of my life. 

So lately, I've told my mother to retell her stories in writing. The ones she's been telling me since before I can remember and the ones maybe she's never mentioned before. I'm collecting all of her stories and am slowly (but as fast as I can...) illustrating them to create one illustrated piecemeal story...a collection of what she calls the 'slices of her life' that have been the most memorable, or perhaps meaningful...the experiences that have turned her into who she is...and the stories that in turn have maybe shaped me into who I am. 

It feels good having purpose behind a drawing. It's something a bit new to me -- there's a goal here...a goal beyond just 'I want to start drawing more often.' And so...I think I've found motivation in urgency...and it's been a fun experience turning visions and imagination into these line drawings for people to one day color in. A therapy that keeps cycling onwards...I think my mom finds happiness in sharing her stories. I find happiness in imagining and drawing them -- and am hoping, the people I share the 'coloring book' with will find happiness in coloring between the lines.

November 4, 2014

My Halloweekend in Instagrams

My costume

As always the weekend flew by...but my friends and I threw a little halloween party and it was a lot of fun! Also - this was my first year at my own house giving away candy. Considering I worked, then got home around 6:30, then had to get into costume...and plan a party...and open door to was a bit crazy!
The candy

The bf and I both bought a few bags of candy without necessarily in the end we had six big bags of candy. It was A LOT. I was sure we'd have a ton left over...especially considering how freezing it was outside. We ended up getting a lot more trick-or-treaters than I good thing we bought all that. Our candy stash could have also seemed low because I was sneaking handfuls of candy into kids candy bags when I wasn't supposed to. The bf had a (lame) one candy per kid rule. When it was my turn to answer the door I usually defied it. Haha. 

Last minute (the night before) I decided instead of a scuba diver, that I'd be a fortune teller. A good fortune teller needs a crystal ball of course. So I covered a foam ball with glitter and glued it to a shot class for the base. I found cheap funky printed pants and a crop top shirt all for under $20 at TJ Max and paired that with chunky cheap costume jewelry from Meijer -- and head scarf. Then the ensemble was complete!
The Rita Way and her bf came dressed as Dion and Cher from Clueless. It was hilariously perfect and Cher's costume (her bf) was particularly pleasantly awkward...
And definitely not least...the FOOD. The menu was pretty elaborate, I might say...we had:

Queso & chips
Pumpkin cream cheese spread with bagel chips
Sweet potato fries & honey mustard
Corn elote dip
Fig, brie & walnut flat bread
Artichoke, green onion & pesto flat bread

And of drink:

Apple cider old fashions
Mulled wine
KBC pumpkin ale

Everything was yum!
The bf and I. He went through a few costume changes...