Monday, July 30, 2012

Sanity Check

Today was potentially a tough day at work but for some reason, all the stars and planets aligned and everything worked out.  It makes me nervous when things goes well.

I have next week off work and I am so looking forward to doing nothing.We have so many major projects on the go at work...this week will be hell week just to get everything organized for next week.

Things that I'm thankful for:
1.  Being able to catch the first train home - again.  I'm hoping that this is a sign of better times. *cross fingers*
2.  Sunny day!  It was nice and sunny and warm without being overly hot.  Perfect day!
3.  Fluevog shoe sale!  

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I've been using Sketch Club as if I would Photoshop.  While Sketch Club is NOT Photoshop and is very limited in comparison, it's kinda fun to challenge myself to see how I can overcome the limitations.  I've been playing around with doing a "mobile" taken on my my cell phone, moved into my ipod Touch to manipulate.  I think this might make an interesting ATC series.

Things that makes me happy:
1.  Sunny Sunday!
2.  Finally found sunglasses that I like AND they fit!
3.  Got a confirmation email that my new spindle is in the queue to be made!  Yes, thanks to Helen at Black Sheep Yarns, I ordered a Jenkins Lark.  Drat her!  :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gone Sketch Clubbing

It started as an alternative to knitting on the train.  Now it's become an obession.  Playing with the smudge tool and layers for the background effect.

Gone Fish'n

The possibilities are endless on this app!  I've been also playing with the transform tool to resize and move existing work to do a collage effect with photos uploaded from my cellphone.  Each segment was made and saved as separate pieces of work and then merged together.

Night Flowers

Things that I'm thankful for:
1.  I had a day off today...even if it was to go to the dentist.  A day off is a day off, right?
2.  Thankful that I have a dental plan.
3.  It didn't rain when I was walking to the dentist.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Owl and Pussy Cat

Wow!  I'm on a roll here!  Two posts in two days!

This is my first attempt in trying out the cut-out technique on Sketch Club.  Someone posted the tutorial for this on the Sketch Club forum and I had to try it out.  The shadowing is not quite right but I didn't want to go back and fix that...just wanted to see what the finished product would look like.  Patience is not one of my strong points.  This project gave me a good sense of how the layers work together in Sketch Club and the best way to manage layers.  I'm amazed at the quality of work that people are doing not just on their iPad but on an ipod Touch!  It's a tiny screen.  Go check out some of their work -

Owl and Pussy Cat is a poem by Edward Lear. I remember having to memorize this as a kid.  Funny how some things will stick with you.

Things that makes me happy:

1.  Getting off work on time today.
2.  Greeter Dog - Cas does a very good job at being the Greeter Dog.  There's nothing like a happy puppy greeting you at the door when you walk in. 
3.  Coconut jello - just like it was from a dim sum cart.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Water puppy!

In a few short months, Puppy Cas is looking so grown up!  She's lost her soft puppy down and her fur is getting curlier and curlier.  She's now keeping up with the Big Dogs and decided that she loves swimming.  Sometimes I still really miss our old dog but it was time for him to go.  I like to think that Jawge would have approved of Cas.

On a different note, I'm still knitting and spinning as much as possible.  I really do miss hanging out with my fibre friends Wednesday nights.  Work really gets in the way of fun.  Whitecaps play a lot of Wednesday games...I wonder if they would switch it to another day if I ask them nicely?  lol!

I've been practicing on my spindles and have come to the conclusion that I really suck at spindle spinning.  When I've gotten to the point of no return on my Frustation Meter, I pull out one of my wheels to convince myself that Yes, I do spin.

Things I'm thankful for:

1.  My niece turned 19 yesterday.  She has grown up to be a beautiful, intelligent, and creative young woman.  I hope she will never grow out of her sense of goofiness.
2.  The new TCA at work...this might mean that I can work less and get home at a decent time everyday.  *keeping my fingers crossed*
3.  A week of sunshine.  Most likely, in Vancouver, this WAS our summer.