So typically I share my new artwork on whimsical Wednesday. But this past week has been an odd one with ups and downs and last minute changes, so I haven’t had a chance to paint at all (actually I will be doing that tonight and will share later this week).
On Saturday I wrote about how I was having a Murphy’s Law kind of day. Well, it didn’t end there…it really reared it’s ugly head on Sunday when I was faced with a very big deadline and a pet emergency. I have a great partnership with FORCE, a non-profit that provides support to women with genetic predispositions to breast and/or ovarian cancer. I currently donate 50% of my Brave Girl and Sisterhood Girls merchandise to them.
I also provided FORCE with their holiday cards and am now working with them on a large fundraising effort whereby they’ll be selling select bookmarks, note cards and magnets from my whimsical art shop for them to raise money for their organization. We had discussed it over a couple weeks, but the actual order (a couple hundred pieces) came in Saturday and they needed it by this Friday which meant that I had to get it in the mail on Monday to be certain they’d receive in time.
So, I knew that I had to crank out this order (as well as others that had come in over the weekend) on Sunday and there was no time for distractions. Well, it just so happens that our pug Zoe either was bitten by something or consumed something bad and had an anaphylactic reaction Sunday morning. Vets aren’t open on Sundays, so we had to get her to the emergency vet, which there aren’t many in close proximity in the mountains.
She received a shot of epinephrine but continued to vomit violently all day long. She was a sick, sad pup and only wanted to snuggle in my lap while she shivered violently. There was no way I was going to get any work done as David had to work the evening shift and it was just me and the woefully sad pug.
This is actually Zoe as a puppy, but she had sad eyes like this times 10!
By Monday morning, she was still sick so we went straight to our regular vet where she was given different injections which did the trick and now David had the day off which meant I could finally crank out my orders. I was able to finish my wholesale/fund-raising order by 4pm and rush it off to the post office, but then I continued working until 1 a.m. to get the rest of my orders complete. It was a long day to say the least.
Okay, back to the whimsy part of this post.
So, everything essentially got pushed back a day or two and I’m behind on painting. But it was still a whimsical kind of day…
Since we live a good 45 minutes/hour into the mountains, we have to plan specific days to go shopping/run errands. Typically we run “down the hill,” go to the rec. center where I swim and David skates, enjoy lunch out and follow up with our favorite pasttimes – sipping coffee in the bookstore and/or antique shopping. Today, we indulged in both. It was like Christmas! (I’ll share most of those pics tomorrow for my Eco-Thursday post in addition to another great find we discovered today – stay tuned!).
David and I sometimes joke that people like us are probably part of the demise of the big box bookstore…we go for the ambience, to check out the magazines and books, then look them up at our local library instead of buying them there. The only thing we’re out is the cost of a cup of coffee. Sorry Barnes & Noble.
But this ritual makes me happy: reading my favorite magazines, writing out/sketching ideas in my journal and coffee. We usually stay for hours.
Speaking of whimsy, here’s a Family Guy inspired coffee cozy I made for David a couple years ago out of re-purposed wool sweaters. “Brian’s” face is a little, um, off…but David still loves it nonetheless. A nostalgic, homemade gift from the heart!
After we left the bookstore, we went over to our favorite antique mall and I spied this beautiful, shabby-chic birdhouse made out of barn wood, a fleur-de-lis metal embellishment, and crystal doorknob. This is definitely whimsical and yes, I bought it this fabulous piece of artwork (and for only $30!).
And speaking of more whimsy…well, maybe more kitschy, here’s me playing 50′s housewife in one of the vintage kitchen booths at the antique store
I’m a quirky girl. Isn’t that bird apron so cute? And oh, those Corelle dishes reminds me of hanging out in my mom’s kitchen when I was five, watching her bake.
It was a really great day, a much needed day off. Then to top it off, it started snowing on the way home (which is really quite welcome here as we’re about 3′ below the average snow precipitation for the year and the fire danger is extremely high lately).
View out the kitchen window
And my whimsical birdhouse? Well, she’s just too darn pretty for the birds (sorry birdies!), so she’ll be parked inside for me to admire. I’ve already told you – I’m quirky.
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