I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it has been both impossibly difficult and remarkably fruitful. A large portion of my gratitude goes to the kindness of total strangers, who have transformed my world over the past 9 months, and the rest can be attributed to the strong shoulders of close family and sweet friends onto which I have leaned. Thank you all, my unnamed warriors.
At the start of 2012 I half jokingly claimed this to be my year – the year of the Dragon, and indeed it has been! It came with a thunderous reckoning! But it ain’t over till the fat lady delivers a heart-stopping vocal bravado (which will be me after the holidays *sob* goodbye waistline *sob*). And I have enough fight left to deliver some spectacular new projects in the next few weeks.
Honestly, I’m just glad to have power again. Hurricane Sandy left a total disaster zone and commuter hell. Storm Support is making an effort to give back to storm victims through great design! ALL profits from sales go to benefit various charities around the NYC/NJ area and will directly help those in need. My contribution is a cute lil’ french bulldog Storm Pup – go get him!
Most importantly, I hope that you are enjoying the best damn Thanksgiving meal of your life today (or at least, one worthy to be a close second).
Happy Holidays! Lets not lose our minds over Black Friday deals, mmkay?
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This chilly weather makes me reach out for specific comforts, like soup, tea, warm scarves, and music – particularly childhood songs. While reminiscing to some charmingly giddy melodies, I’ve also illustrated some inspired scenes for fun. Here are 2 song-inspired works. Their respective songs are listed below each piece, warning, they’re in Russian hah! Each tune comes from a specific cartoon [from the late Soviet era], but I was focusing more on the lyrics, which led to slightly different scenarios when taken out of context.
Song About a Grasshopper
The breakdown of the song is basically about this grasshopper chilling in the grass, being friendly with all the little bugs, when lo and behold, a frog comes by and eats him. Yes. Seems like a bit of a downer, but the song is oh so fun to sing!
Song About Africa and Big Adventures
Fun fact: this is actually sung by Little Red Riding Hood about adventures in Africa, like crossing wide rivers and tall mountains while meeting various kinds of animals like hippos, alligators, monkeys, [specifically] sperm whales, and parrots. But like I said, I was listening to these songs out of context.
Clearly I am a kid at heart (and sure have a voice to match). Hope everyone is enjoying some kind of favorite songs this holiday season and are keeping cheerful in the utmost brisk winter moments.
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Ok so it’s really hot outside, we all know and accept this, yes? And yet, I imagine that though the earth is currently “doomed for drastic climate change” as a result of hundreds of years of human toil toward industrialization, I imagine there must have been a time when weather was a little bit worse. So worse, in fact, that creatures the size of houses became extinct.
On that prehistoric note, I’d like to admit that I’ve been busy the past few days, sweating over a few new pendants that I find incredibly versatile in that they seem to work with every one of my summer outfits.
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This summer I finished my 2nd children’s book with Books to Bed. It’s titled as 12 Days of Christmas and it interprets the old Christmas carol in a more modern light, reflecting what 21st century kids would get as presents. The writing still mimics the same sing-song rhyming and is in the perspective of a little boy and girl, who are counting out the gifts sent to them by friends and relatives. With every turned page the illustrations get more and more hectic as different toys come alive to play.
The book is sold with a matching boys and girls pajama set in different retail locations. Books to Bed not only caters to small boutiques but their pajamas are also frequently sold in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Barney’s New York, and Nordstrom. I was lucky enough to see my previous book “Cinderella” in the Barney’s New York store in the city on Madison ave – which was awesome!
The above image is from the Neiman Marcus online store. So far I’ve only found a few store links to them online but more will surely follow a little closer to the holidays. Books to Bed has actually had a pretty lucky streak all of last year around the holiday season because their sets have been featured on both The View and on the Rachael Ray show.
Recently a photo has been circulated to me from a client of B2B. It’s of the pj setup in their storefront – if you look closely, my pink Cinderella book and pajamas are right in the front-left! I never imagined myself to be gracing a storefront – at least not as a little girl’s perfectly pink book. Lets scratch that off the “Things to do before I’m 23” list. =D
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