spoiled kitties...

spoiled kitty buttons
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
introducing a new design for spring - spoiled kitty. my goal is to come up with a new design each month so if one design doesn't do so well, maybe another will.

the image on the buttons was the original spoiled kitty design, but then i revised it slightly and think it looks better now:
spoiled kitty revised

i've got a screen drying now and will be shooting the new design shortly. hopefully it will go well and i can print some shirts later this evening.

i'm happy to report that we were finally able to rent out our parking spot! all of our phone number tags were taken off the sign we had up but we only received a few calls about it in the last month. how strange. anyways, it's good to be making back some money for our place. if i had less bills to worry about, i would want to help out some of the families who were devastated by that fire yesterday. if they're accepting clothing donations, i could certainly spare some.

i am so furious right now!!!

it is just my luck that when i finally decide to step out for a half hour to go to the post office, the delivery i was waiting for showed up. and of course the security person was not at her desk when i was on my way out so i couldn't ask her to accept the delivery for me. what are we paying more fees for if there is not always someone at the front entrance?!!!

and i'd already waited around all friggin day for my american apparel order that i got fed up and had to go mail out etsy orders. the nearest post office to me was closed yesterday even though there was still mail service. stupid fake holiday!

i've kept a customer waiting on her shirt order so that is why i'm so pissed that i have to keep her waiting another day or two now. just had to vent...

when i'm feeling a bit calmer i will post some happier news.
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cathy's sweet shop is two years old!

cathy's sweet shop logo
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
i forgot to celebrate my 2nd anniversary yesterday... my etsy shop's anniversary, that is. my sales have doubled since last year's one year etsy-versary. yay! and i hope they will continue to grow this coming year.

the past week has been spent getting stock ready to send out to a couple of new stores and also finishing and starting portraits. new change purses are done too but i have to wait to see them still as my sewer lives in london (ontario).

happy valentine's to everyone tomorrow! even though the holiday is pretty commercial, i still love to celebrate it.

q. why do i hate taking public transit, especially in the winter?

a. one, because there are crazy people who like to talk to you, though i was lucky enough to not become engaged in conversation with one today. and most are harmless. but more importantly, two, the streetcars are usually crowded and i was not so fortunate today to break someone's fall... he ended up fucking up my back even more than it already is. we need a new mattress, yes, but seriously, this guy could not keep his balance and yet he wasn't holding on to anything, so when the driver accelerated he flew back several times. the second time he fell into my hands and a lady who was seated beside him. of course i happened to be standing right behind him. the last time he fell, he literally fell into the empty seat which the lady who he'd fallen on had vacated. it was kind of funny but my back hurts now. stupid man!

portraits and things...

scout & chloe
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
i've been fortunate to get portrait commissions these past several months and here's the most recent one i finished. the two kitties are both in kitty heaven now so the portrait was commissioned for the owner by her friends, as a way to cheer her up. apparently the cats didn't get along very well, but i thought it best to show them otherwise :)

and here's the one that was first started back in september or october:
lucy patchouli

the client has a whole bunch of different personas that she's dreamed up for her lucy, a ginger tabby. this one shows her as a hippy cat. the next one i'm working on features her as a hitchhiking halloween gypsy cat!

anywho, i updated my site today. yay for being somewhat productive so far. i really should get off the computer and work on the other things i have on the go!


Originally uploaded by sukibaby
as much as i love our kitties, they often drive me a little bonkers during the day... and night. suki woke me up in the middle of the night and i couldn't get back to sleep, at least not a restful one. she's been a tad sick again this past week, so i thought something was wrong when i woke to a noise and saw her sleeping on the sheepskin rug beside our bed. neither she nor dex seemed to take to that when we first brought it home but she was lying on it and i got paranoid. my rem sleep was disrupted and any chance of getting back to sleep was nixed. even a warm cup of milk after two hours of tossing and turning in bed- a hot toddy as matt calls it - didn't help much.

and now suki is on my lap as i type, my mind groggy. i feel bad for making her move, so i'm procrastinating on the computer when i should be painting. how can you resist such a cute face (pictured to the right) and another one below?

plus, she keeps my lap warm :)

more kitty cuteness:

and driving me crazy:
little risk taker


i finally finished a portrait that was first commissioned last fall. thankfully the client has been really good about not freaking out about the time that's passed. we've both been busy or just got sidetracked and since i have several other paintings to do for her i guess she's seeing it as a big project. portrait pictures to come later this week.

week at a glance

i can't believe it's saturday already. feels more like a sunday to me today. this past week seemed to fly by and it had its share of ups and downs. first the ups:

- last fri and sat was spent hanging out with matt as he finally had some free time. we took in cloverfield on friday, after a sushi brunch at st. lawrence market. mmm. and sat we went shopping at the eaton centre, in search of some new duds for matt. i could not believe how many people there still were after christmas. unfortunately our search for a pea coat for matt was a bit late, as most stores seemed to have removed all their winter wear, or else only big sizes were left. matt did get a new sweater, which he's reserved for our "date" nights :)

- i heard back from one of the places I'd emailed about consigning: headquarters galerie and boutique in montreal! so i will be shipping stock to them in the next few weeks. they seem really cool and sweet. angie's been a great correspondent. it's maddening not knowing if all the other places received my emails or not, or if they will "accept" me. guess i have to be patient... or else start hounding them again in a week or so.

- i was featured on the etsy homepage again, finally! sweet. it brought me a few sales, and i gained a few more "hearts" and also reached 600 items sold last week.

- on tuesday i heard from two fc members and have gigs lined up for march. i'll be helping out this cool chick at the spring one of a kind show at the end of march and will also be joining this cool shop at the beginning. so as one door closed, another one opened!

and the downs:

- i've begun applying for part-time jobs... ugh! i hate having to revamp my resume and i hate waiting to see if people will reply/call me for an interview. my last job that required leaving home was several years ago... it feels a bit like i've been defeated when i have to look for part-time work to supplement my income

- also found out that our maintenance fees are going up. dammit! they're setting up a 24 hour security/concierge desk, for our safety. it better be worth it!

that's all for now. some kitty pics will be up by the end of the weekend :)

the end...

Originally uploaded by sukibaby
yesterday was my final day selling at fresh collective, so i headed down there in the morning with an empty suitcase to bring all my stock home... it was a bit sad, but there were several other designers that happened to stop by too, and i got to say "bye for now" to them. so that was nice. and i'm sure i will be seeing them around toronto, if my plan to do shows this year comes into fruition. first, i must apply and then i have to get accepted :)

anywho, upon my return home, i discovered a broken kitty food bowl (pictured right and below):

i'm not sure what happened, but am guessing suki and dex were chasing each other around and ended up knocking the food bowl downstairs. the suitcase i took with me must have scared them into thinking that we were going away again, so they decided to wreak havoc at home!

suki's curled asleep in my lap as i type right now, and dex is not too far away either, so how can i stay mad at them for long?

in a bid to be more productive, i didn't turn on the tv at all during the day on monday and voila:
nuts card with envelope
a new valentine's card design.

in a short while i'll be heading out to various toronto shops to drop off and pick up stock. and much of the stuff that i brought home from fc will be listed here in the next week or so, or will be sent out to various other shops soon.

here's one of the most recent portrait commissions that i did, a christmas gift from a husband to a wife:
kelly final portrait

more paintings to show in the next few weeks.

christmas in arizona

Originally uploaded by sukibaby
as promised, here are selected photos from our trip to arizona over christmas. matt took a whole slew of pics with his new camera, so these are all courtesy of him.
this one is of the house where we stayed for the first 4 nights of our trip. matt's sister, sara, and her husband curtis built it themselves. matt's other sister, suzy, also lives with them here. it's an adobe style house, which is quite cool looking compared to the other houses on their "street".

here's a fisheye view of me on a ladder in front of their house:

matt flying in the wind tunnel at skydive arizona:

me, not really enjoying my ride down from the top of the wind tunnel:

the wind tunnel from the outside:

matt's mom, next to a suaro (cactus):

matt and me atop a rock:

ziggy, our little nephew kitty:

princess puddums, our little niece kitty:

one of the sights we saw in sedona:

another sedona sight:

and last but not least, a desert sunset: