Friday, April 29, 2011

Sanford gives Gisele a run for her money

Can I just say that these photos were taken without the magic word "treat" or even the potential of one. Sanford just loves the camera and will pose whenever the mood takes him. Happy, thoughtful, coquettish he does them all really quickly. All he needs is a lucky break to launch him into doggy stardom ! However, like any self respecting canine Sanford refuses to wear outfits unless it happens to be a blanket.


So happy

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Naturally white teeth

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm drawing Birds !

Well little did I know that there would come a time when I could actually report on all my drawing activities on the imustdraw blog but that time is here. I like to think that I make the best out of bad situations which in my case has been a bad shoulder/arm which is aggravated by 1) surfing 2)typing and using a mouse and lastly 3) using scissors all of which are pretty standard parts of my day/week. So in an effort to minimize my pain/ give the shoulder a break (I suspect its RSI)  I started doodling. What started as a thank you card became about 12 filled pages of sketchbook and out of that the beginning of a new card collection which I shall call Moshi, no particular reason other than I like the sound of the word and I call all my dogs moshi sometimes. I don't know whether it means anything or whether it's the result of watching kung-fu movies. Speaking of which Ip Man is one I highly recommend, which is the story of Bruce Lee's Kung Fu Master,  there's a sequel but I haven't seen it yet.I digress as per usual, here are a few examples of my labors. I have more and one in particular that I like a lot which I'll save for another blog. Enjoy !

Birdy page

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hipstamatic Style Photos - It's my favourite thing ever

Those of you familiar with this blog will know of my tendency to get lost on the internet, what starts as a simple email check results in RSI. Well this time I stumbled upon a gem. I had been eying all those hipstamatic iphone photos enviously that kept popping up on facebook and really wished that I could add that effect to my photos, well news just in if you have Photoshop you can and I did,  so from now on say goodbye to dull and hello to saturated color. It works best with sunny images but as you can see my dog Boss also got the hipstamatic treatment or I think the technical term is C-41 process, and ended up looking very handsome.

Laguna Beach
Road Trip

Boss, the good dog
Cherry Blossom Trees

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Craft Show Tips on Selling

I will be the first to admit that my blogs don't usually contain much in the way of useful info, lots of eye candy but here's a very informative video that I discovered.  Half an hour long but worth watching if you've ever tried to sell your work at a craft or trade show. I'm the first to admit I am not good at sales, blame that on the British upbringing but I was of the let them look school of sales where the only conversation occurs when the customer actually wants to ask you something. But over the years I've discovered that the key is be yourself, the friendly happy version that is and exude positive energy. Even when I don't make a lot of sales I always learn something along the way whether it's a product suggestion from a customer, new way to display product or just tips from other vendors. For more great advice visit or

I did embed the video but it was scary loud whenever I went to the blog and it would automatically start which was a bit off putting but the link will take you to the video instead.

March Round Up

The fact that I'm not blogging as much is because I'm busy making which is a good thing. Well it could also be the husband hogging the mac too. Here's a selection of some of the most recent items I've been working on for those that don't do Facebook The accessory line is coming along, being relatively new to the world of zippers the purses have probably taken me longer than it should but it's getting quicker. Baby Owls the newest additions to the plush line are coming along nicely. I'm going to begin documenting my color combos as I spend more time selecting fabrics than actually making sometimes. I bought some index cards for the job. One more to add to the long list ! Thanks for reading, til next time.

Ipad sized Japanese Geisha zippered purse

This is the first of what I hope will be many items in a Japanese inspired line with proceeds benefitting Tsunami victims which will be making there way to my etsy store. In the pipeline a very cute Sumo Wrestler. Feel free to leave suggestions.
Loveheart lining

The first of what will be many Geisha's
Pink Rabbit Purse
Purse Production line handmade style

Napping Baby Owls

Baby Owl Pillow

So peaceful