4/2/08

The First of The Month Means Everything


I made this pretty collection over the weekend of happiness in Springfield, MO. They are for Sebastian's new room and hopefully will be joined by a smattering of other, same in likeness of color, prints. They are very inspired by Elsie and her brother's new tattoo. (You'll have to use your imagination on that one as I can't find a pic anymore). Its of an octopus and reads 'A Life At Sea' in a scroll. I'm also working on a large canvas for my studio but it'll have to wait until May to have a chance of being revealed.

Paper Kit

Project Kit

Kits are up in the RVKC Etsy Shop.

April is a very important month for me personally and artistically. I'm changing up my routine and plan on spending a lot less time reading blogs and scouring flickr but I hope to still post a few times a week. I'll have to outsource the eye candy.

May is where everything is getting dumped that can't be squeezed in for April. The two most important things I hope to accomplish in May include thinning out my fabric/scrapbook stash and learning to use Photoshop. I tried it out with Sarah from RVA but without my computer there to follow along I knew I would forget it. And I have. Once I've managed to make sense of things it'll be time to start packing up and heading back to the mother land. After spending the last five days in Springfield, I'm confident that our transition back to the midwest and all its lovely parts will be a smooth one. They have the best flea markets and thrift stores in the country so you can imagine the little dance I'm doing.

Long weekend recap:
Thursday: Woke up at an ungodly time to make my plane that sat on the runway for an hour before taking off to Dallas. Met the lovely Sarah and Emma at KCI airport, picked up our Silje, said hello to the puppy, talked about tattoos and movies for three hours until we reached Springfield and collected our dear Elsie. Thai Peppers for dinner. Yum. A little bit of jewelry crafting and the first of many nights to see 3 a.m.
Friday: Trip to Hobby Lobby for class supplies, coffee, lunch and preparation for the Red Photo Shoot. The most fun I've had in an abandoned building in a long time. Photo editing and octopus making with three girls and a boy who isn't afraid of a little crafting. SUSHI! Patchwork heat packs, 'Peter Pan' and an attempt at 'Life Aquatic' before we all fell asleep at 2 a.m.
Saturday: Thrifting and shopping for Lara Bars and Green Tea. Lunch at home, painting until we must all put down our brushes and say a sad goodbye to the Kansas City girls. More painting, a going away party, more painting and talking, back to the party to grab my purse, Sigur Ros on DVD, another early morning.
Sunday: Sleep In, lunch with Elsie and Emma's family, touring Springfield for rentals, meeting up for coffee with Katy and touring some more. More painting, homemade pizza, packing, coffee and plans for big things. Embroidery and a little more painting with girls and a boy named Will. In bed before 2a.m. but not by much.
Monday: Get up early, drink vanilla latte that Jeremy brought over and get in the car and drive three hours through the rain and haze. Tofu and 'Awesome Thai Sauce'. Sad goodbyes and a short wait in the KCI airport. Phone call to Pasadena. DFW encounter with an old high school classmate. She and I ran against each other for Homecoming princess our Freshman year. She won. We didn't chat because I am a little bit of an avoider of high school acquaintances even though I know its silly. Sebastian and Brett. Happy.

Best weekend of my life? No. Second best? Probably.

18 comments:

Zarah said...

Are you moving to Springfield? Let me know if you need any help finding your way around. I've lived here for about 4 years now.

Mandy said...

What a great weekend! I would love to have a group of girls to get together with like that. Love the paintings...they will be so cute in his room! :)

Cara said...

your weekend sounds tremendous! i am so happy that you are feeling excited and at peace about your transition to springfield. so, does this mean that next time i am in KC (which is about every 3 months, because all of my girls and a bunch of my family live there), that i might get to meet up with you somewhere in the middle??? :) :) :)

jill said...

I just had to say that you guys put together the cutest kits ever. And I love your blog. :)

staceyfike said...

i'm a total avoider too, not for any reason.
it's just that if i wanted to see someone i would have looked them up, otherwise i guess i really have nothing to say, lol.
is that bad??

~wenhether~ said...

Rachel I love your collection! They came out great!!! can't wait to see what you do with the bigger one in your studio!

This paper kit is fabulous!! So is the project kit. I can't wait to get using them!! I am going to have to really distract myself until I get them in the mail so that the impatient bug doesnt get me. :)

Bridget said...

Congrats on a move to Springfield! I've been here 6 years and love it. In fact, I found your blog through Sarah who was Sarah Welker when I met her in 02 and is now Beard and married to my husband's old roomie.

Anyway, small world! I hope your transition to Springfield is an easy one.

Lauren Z said...

Wow- fun times! and I ADORE the painting of the octopus!

FYI- I am also trying to learn Photoshop (the CS2 version) and it can be scary. But I purchased "photoshop CS2 for dummies- 9 books in 1"" ( from the Dummies line of books) and it makes it really really really down to earth and much easier than the other books that I have tried. Maybe give amazon a gander and see what you can find. The Dummies brand makes a book for every version of photoshop out there- even CS3 and more :)

Michelle said...

So glad you had a great time. congrats on the kits being sold out already!!! I'm sad to hear that it sounds like you have plans of moving away from California.

Neen and Mike said...

Have to say that the paintings are truely super cute... you are paint those paint brushes...

P to the A to the T to the T to the Y said...

Loving those paintings, im sure they will go awesome in your sons room!

Charin said...

Aww, love your recap! :) Those painting are so adorable too, and I'm excited to hear that you're moving to Springfield! Maybe that means that I'll get to meet you sometime soon-ish :)

Marie said...

The kits are beautiful! I hate to see you go!! BOOWHOO! Are u going to do that class? I have another girl who is interested if you do do it. Sounds like your trip was a lovely one!! Lucky girl!

Marie said...

Oh and i love the cute lil things u painted esp the octopus!!! HOw adorable!

miss morgan... said...

sounds like an amazing weekend! i am in love with your little canvases and can't wait to see what comes from your craftiness!

Holly said...

Love, love, love your paintings! And, what a fun weekend! I'm jealous just reading about it...I would give my right arm to have a girls weekend. Soon. Soon. Tina and I are heading to summer CHA child-free. I can hardly wait!

Sara said...

I'm a hs avoider too. Luckily one of my best friends keeps me up on the gossip when she runs into people back home. Looks like a fun weekend!

Cammeron said...

I'm so jealous of your reunion. I can't wait to have mine in May :)
I am an avoider as well. It's odd how we do that...