kitty pictures

Originally uploaded by sukibaby
i took quite a few photos of suki and dex before we moved from our old place and since we've been at the new place, but only got around to going through them today.
here are a few of my faves:





matt also took a great deal of photos during our arizona vacation, some of which i will post in the next few days...
so far, my plans to be productive in 2008 have not been implemented. i'm still in lazy mode and need to get my butt in gear if i plan to rule the indie designer world this year :)

a new year

i've sort of lost track of time since we went away on holidays before christmas. even though we were only gone for 6 days, it felt like much longer and since we've been back, i find myself unaware of what day it is, or it doesn't feel like it should be the day it is. for example, today. it's the first day of 2008 and it's a tuesday. doesn't feel like a tuesday to me. more like a sunday, since we slept in later than usual and matt's not at work, and also cuz it's snowing outside.

our new year's eve was spent watching movies and drinking champagne in the eleventh hour. for fun, matt and i dressed up even though we were just at home... though only matt stuck it out in his suit the whole night. i couldn't bear to watch a movie in my chinese dress, which i would have most likely ruined.

so our vacation in arizona had its ups and downs, literally...
christmas eve, matt and i experienced the simulation of freefalling by going into a wind tunnel at skydive arizona, thanks to his sister and brother-in-law. it was a very intense experience and personally, once was enough for me. christmas day, i woke up with a sore throat, so the rest of the trip was not as enjoyable as it could have been had i been feeling 100%. boxing day, or the "day after christmas" as it's referred to by americans, we drove to sedona with matt's parents. sedona is famous for its red rock and the scenery there was beautiful. i think the funniest/scariest part of the trip took place there when we "checked in" at the place we were meant to stay for the night. since matt's parents run a b & b, his mom had signed us up to stay at an educator's b & b - people who were formally teachers who open up their homes to guests - because the cost is reasonable and you sort of expect people who are hosting others to be pleasant and have a nice place to stay. well, it turned out the husband and wife who were our hosts were both quite old and sick - the husband could barely walk and breathe and the wife was on morphine for her cancer treatment - so they were not the kind of hosts matt's parents had expected. the scary part was that matt and i almost had to sleep in the basement on separate twin beds with a stained comforter to share between the two of us. the funny part was when matt's mom came up with the excuse that i was with child (not true) and had a bad back so would have to sleep upstairs in the bed that matt's parents were told was theirs. matt's dad had not been let in on the secret, so when matt's mom announced this to the hosts, his jaw dropped and he was like "is there something you haven' told us, cathy?" to make a long story short, matt and i stayed at a motel down the street so matt's parents wouldn't have to sleep in the scary basement. i think we were all better off with that arrangement.

our last full day in arizona was spent doing more sightseeing in sedona and then driving to phoenix for an overnight stay at a hotel near the airport. although it was nice spending time with matt's family during the holidays, it was not quite the warm getaway we'd thought it would be. it was pretty much the same temperature there as it was in toronto, without snow, for most of the trip. so i was happy to get back and see our kitties, though matt's sister's kitties were lovely substitutes while we were there. and even though it was only 6 days that we were away, you would have thought it was an eternity the way dex ran away from us when we came through our front door.

well, i hope everyone else's holidays were joyful and that the new year brings great things all around! i'm off to be somewhat productive now. no official new year's resolutions to speak of, but there are always plans to grow my business, so i best get started asap!

party day!

xmas flier

hope that anyone in toronto that is still shopping for christmas gifts comes and joins us for the sale and party at fresh collective today... despite the weather.
i'll be there with bells on (yeah, right!)
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'tis the season...

to be jolly, but lately i've been feeling quite angry (blame it on pms and the stress of the holiday season). my mom just reminded me (over the phone) that i was a moody child and i attested to the fact that i have not quite grown up and out of my moodiness yet. it didn't help matters that i decided to venture into the eaton centre this afternoon. the mall was packed and i'm a fast walker so i was cursing under my breath a trillion times. i can't help but like and identify with a lot of this woman's ideas though. i guess she has got quite a following now and i first came across her stuff when a customer came into fc with this clever bag. very funny.

and speaking of clever bags, i finally listed a few of the aforementioned clever kitty change purses in my shop yesterday. of course, now that the guaranteed holiday mailing dates have passed, the likelihood of them selling for christmas is slim. still, i think the backdrop i chose for them is fitting... kind of like snow falling.

haven't gotten much done today, so i will keep this post short. i must say that i love the desk/organizer accessories at homesense. i picked up a few things today but wanted to get a lot more. i'm kind of an organizing freak... except i have yet to unpack my clothes since we've moved here. yikes. as long as my office/work area is functional and looks good, i'm good to go :)

and it's december!

new holiday banner
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
we are settling in to our new home after almost a week of being here. move day went fairly smoothly - only about 4 hours - though i was happy to be inside mostly directing boxes and things to where they belonged. even still, with stairs in both places, i was a wreck the day after and even the day after that! matt and i both were, partly due to the free bottle of champagne left to us by management which we discovered at 10 pm that same night. i thought it was a very sweet gesture, but according to matt's mom, it was a "cheapie". still it was nice. now our biggest thing is trying to get a hold of management. you'd think they'd want us to pay them the monthly maintenance fees, but they haven't returned our phone calls and yesterday when i tried to email them, the email just bounced back. oh well, we're living in the lap of luxury these days.

the first day, i was able to do a load of laundry in our own place! the second day i ran the dishwasher for the first time. sweet! and we enjoyed an oven-baked dish, which turned out perfect. (our previous place did not have an oven and the place two before the last, had a non-working oven which we took our landlord to court over... yeah, we're hardcore like that) so we are pretty happy to have an almost brand new one here. the other night we took stuff to our storage locker, which is bigger than i thought. it beats having to store everything in your basement and having to see it everytime you go down. the rest of the time we have been unpacking gradually. i just got my shop stuff somewhat organized yesterday and will finally be able to sit down and paint again, soon!

the cats are loving the place too, although it always takes dex a bit longer to adjust than suki. he was hiding most of the first day and several times i thought he'd just disappeared. now both of them are literally climbing the walls or wall posts and trying to get as high as possible, what with the 10 foot ceilings here...

and today is a big delivery day for us. we had a shopping spree on sunday at ikea and best buy and are - oh my god - getting hd cable!!! neither of us has paid for cable tv in our many years of renting. and the only reason we're getting it is because our reception here is shite for the four free channels we do watch. let's hope we can still get our money's worth.

as far as my shop, we made the draw for the holiday giveaway over the weekend and the official winner is jennifer judge. i'm still waiting to hear back from her... hopefully she will reply and i can send out her goodies for her to receive in time for christmas. there were 79 entries altogether and i'm truly thankful to all my buyers! as well, i'm still hoping to list some new items before the big day but time is a factor.

the new year will also bring a change for me, as i gave notice here the other day. my last day will be january 14 i believe. although i've had a blast meeting all the designers and getting the chance to sell my wares here, i think it's time to explore new things. my goal is to get into as many stores as possible, all over the world and also do more shows. so far, i've only really ever done smaller shows, or else have not had the "right" things at the right place. and i'd like to expand my products so look for new items on etsy, as that will be my test market now.

i'm off to do some work.

you know you're getting old when...

two beers the night before leaves you hungover for most of the day.
i'm still groggy and sleepy and i must say that the one holiday show i partook in last night was not as profitable as i'd hoped. the traffic was minimal - at least for my types of buyers - and the weather did not help, but you never really know until you do shows at least once. on the upside it was a chance to hang out with matt, who actually stayed and helped me all evening and i also got to chitchat with various other crafters.

i debuted some brand new change purses and tote bags, most of which will be going here tomorrow. i'm really happy with how they turned out and will post some pics soon. two sold last night and i hope they will all sell out for christmas!

oh yeah, i got my hair cut this afternoon and though it's not exactly how i pictured it, i just like the fact that it's different than usual. and no more split ends... at least for a little while hopefully :)

i'm off to unpack my shop stock... though i should really start packing soon!

t minus 9 days...

suki on mattress
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
we move in t minus 9 days and neither matt nor i have started packing. he thinks it will only take him a day to pack all his stuff (ha!). personally, i think i will need a week. not that either of us have that much stuff, since we've become accustomed to lightening our load with each move, but now that we're moving into a more permanent place (for at least 2 years, hopefully) i want to declutter so we can start "fresh" so to speak.

sometime this week i hope to get my hair lopped off too. not extreme extreme but probably shoulder length. something to get rid of my damaged ends.

thursday i will be doing my only holiday show of this season. it's taking place at a restaurant called fire on the eastside, on yonge and gloucester from 6 pm - 10 pm, i think. all my prep work is happening in the next few days. i hope i sell a lot... to make up for my sad october sales, pretty much across the board (in canadian and u.s shops). if i hadn't gotten those few wholesale orders, i would have been in a sorry state right now.

at least etsy seems to be picking up for me for the holiday season, i guess. i finally hit 500 sales the other week. woo hoo!

on that note, i'm off to catch some zzz's.

oh, dear.

this medication that i take from time to time is making my head spin and my tummy nauseous. yuck! it sucks that i have to wait an hour to eat after i take the pills and if there's dairy in my meal, then 2 hours before and after! i know it's because my stomach is empty that i'm reacting to the meds today, so it's just a matter of waiting another 10 minutes before eating. but it doubly sucks since most foods that i love have dairy in them.
i think i will sit in front of the computer for the next little bit before moving again...
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what's new?

holiday gift tags in the sun
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
i feel like i am always a step behind at this time of year. when the holiday season rolls around, i have so many grand plans of new things to make and sell and also to give as gifts. but the time seems to fly by so quickly. yes, it is only the beginning of november, but really, i probably should have had all my christmas items ready by the end of summer... if i was super organized and had nothing else on my plate. hopefully next year i can be more on top of my game!

really, i'm a little embarrassed at how long these portraits took me:


not because they were so complex and detailed that i was spending hours and hours painting them, but simply because my time management skills still need to be honed. at any rate, i had fun painting these girls and their mom, who commissioned the portraits was very understanding about the turnaround time. another fun thing is that the girls knew that their portraits were being painted, so it was nice to hear feedback from them too, during the whole process. they seem like they're a sweet little family. i'm told when the youngest daughter is older (she's still under a year) she will get a portrait done of her as well... hopefully by me :)

i've still got another couple of portraits to finish in the next little while and one holiday show to prepare for. new stuff will appear soon here and here. no packing will be done until after the 22nd of this month, that's for sure!

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

stocking hanging
Originally uploaded by sukibaby
can you tell i'm an eager beaver and that christmas is my favourite holiday? it's not even a whole day after halloween and i've listed holiday stuff in my shop. only one card so far, but there will be more coming in the next few weeks.

plus i'm super excited about the holiday giveaway that i've got going on. this is the first one of what will hopefully become an annual tradition and i decided to do this because i want to give back to my customers. so in the spirit of giving, for every $5 spent in my shop this month you will receive one entry into the draw. on december 1st i will make the draw and the lucky winner gets all the goodies pictured below:

holiday giveaway

Prize pack includes the following items, worth over $100:
- 1 short sleeve tee of your choice (bad kitty, crafty kitty, clever kitty or pirate kitty)
- 1 clever kitty tote
- 5 holiday cards
- 1 Suki & Ants 10-pk. of postcards
- 1 I Miss You 5-pk. of postpards
- 1 set of 11 holiday gift tags
- 1 xmas kitties button set
- 1 lucky kitties button set
- 1 clever kitty magnet set
- 1 pirate kitty magnet set (of two)
- 6 assorted individual buttons
- 1 pair of lovebirds stickers

So hopefully there will be more than one buyer this month, so he/she doesn't just win by default :)

I'll end this post with a photo of our funny and furry ones: