If you’ve been following along at @_dearethan, you know that we signed a lease and got our keys to our new place last week! I’m excited to be closer to the city again, but I know I’m going to miss it up here. This peaceful, nature-filled little town was the perfect setting to find rest, welcome a baby, and plan for the future ❤️
We’re excited for the move though. I can’t wait to go to the museums again and see our friends more. And yes, we’re excited to have more than one option on Seamless haha 🙌🏻
On top of the move, I’ve been busy with Ethan and with work (mainly the website relaunch and my pattern collection). Hopefully I’ll be able to post more consistently once we get settled into our new place next month. Thanks for sticking around as I work through all these transitions. I can’t wait to find a new rhythm soon 🙂
Thankful for you. Hope you all have a great week! ❤️
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And off we go off we go. #theloocats and mom are saying goodbye to our lovely home of 12 years in #bukitbatok and off to a new beginning in the north-easterly direction.
Sometimes all the work and life to-do’s just make me go into autopilot.
I really enjoyed illustrating Episode 7 of @starvingartistpod , Designing Your Creative Life with @honor_eastly and @sarahthefirth . They talk about how being very self-reflective and intentional with how you work can make it so that you’re the one driving instead of just reacting to stuff happening. And I really related to that because often I do feel like I’m just reacting, trying to balance paid work, personal creative work, and then just other life things like laundry. I remember thinking to myself more than once in the past week, “there will always just be too many things to do.” But I often would go into working robot mode because I just. want. to. get. it. done. So I don’t stop to reflect on what’s driving me, how I really feel about the work I’m doing, or, how I ended up in this stressful situation in the first place.
Their conversation about self-understanding in the realm of work brought to mind this image of a person stepping outside of herself a bit, to hold and examine the working version of herself with gentleness and care; something I wish I was better at doing for myself. ⠀⠀
I really recommend you go check out Starving Artist podcast; this was only one episode amongst many other super interesting conversations she’s recorded. And look for the next creative podcast I’ll be illustrating this week for my personal editorial illustration challenge. 👀
Learning new tricks like highlighting and low lighting skin. I saw the original photo of this lovely strong lady and needed to try painting her. 🖤
Model Credit: @alexuscrown
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it’s been getting harder and harder to keep you entertained, especially when we’re stuck inside because of the cold, but we read all your favorite books today and you loved it.
what do you see?
I see an ethan bear looking at me 🐻
When I was a kid my parents had a mug with two bears that said “I like your bear body.” It took many years before I even got the punny joke there 😆 I’ve been wanting to put my own spin on a mug design with that pun and this seemed like the perfect time with Valentine’s Day around the corner.
This is in my shop in case you like punny mugs too. Go grab your boo thang one for Valentine’s Day!
Been thinking so much about how to recognize the moments when we are being pruned & primed for greater things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Take time to acknowledge the blossoms that have landed at your feet. 🌸
I'm not going to lie, this week has been difficult. Those winter blues hit me hard and had me questioning everything. @homsweethom 's first homwork of 2019 had me listing all the things I love, which actually helped me to appreciate all the little dumb this I love - like Crispy Minis. Oh, and obviously I forgot to put my friends and family - but they'll always be my number ones.
I know I am posting a lot tonight, sorry about that. I have been stuck in the house all day. 🤷♀️ I think for this year’s #100dayproject I am going to do 100 days of made up fruit... I will definitely need a better hashtag than that though. I still haven’t decided what to do with these guys. I am torn between keeping them together or selling them off individually. Of course, it would be a dream to share them somewhere publicly first. I just have no control over certain things in this life... or do I!?
So I just delivered a clients first round of mock-up designs based off their personally-curated style guide!
I’m excited because I learned so much this year and I’ve added new processes and systems to help the design process run smoother!
I have no clue how my clients are going to be able to chose their design! They are all so beautiful!
Which one would you vote for?! ✨✨✨
My life is going through a weird shift.
I am working in a daycare preschool with 1 year olds.
We are moving into a long-term house.
I am prepping my body to make babies.
Will be teaching and taking classes this year.
My art has been the one thing that is uncertain. I don't know where it will take me. I am not sure of I want to do anything with it.
I love drawing images that I find beautiful. That lets me imagine and dream. I don't think my art is suppose to pay my rent. Just sharing it with someone who it is enough for me.
How ever this life plays out, art will always be apart of my life.
3 4815 hours ago
✨Ogni tanto mi piace vedere cosa c’è sotto.
Come quando sbuccio un’arancia e vedo che è rotonda perché dentro ci sono tanti spicchi che si abbracciano in un girotondo stretto stretto.
O come quando rovescio il lembo di un tessuto ricamato per vedere l’intreccio dei fili colorati che creano il disegno sul davanti.
A volte tolgo tutte le linee che imprigionano i miei colori e scopro un nuovo disegno.
Per questo mi piace vedere cosa c’è sotto: scopri che c’è sempre un’orchestra di elementi all’opera per mostrarti il lato migliore delle cose.
Body posi tip number 5
Unfollow Unfollw Unfollow - If your instagram feed is making you feel crap, you are following the wrong people. A while ago I talked about how I have a full Kardashian-Jenner block on all media. I hold my hands up, I got sucked into the black hole vortex that is the kardashians (it was the baby news that pulled me in) until Jameela Jamil made me have a wake up call. I listened to her on the Ways to change the world podcast, and I completely had a rethink of what I was doing. The kardashians along with a lot of other people are promoting unhealthy, unrealistic body standards, me being 26, I felt fine consuming it because it doesn’t trigger me. but the only reason they are so huge is because people keep liking their stuff, buying their stuff and watching their stuff. So as a consumer of their content, I realised .... I had myself to blame, I was part of the problem. There are so many amazing body posi acvitivsts out there, you need in your feed! FEED YOUR FEED WITH POSITIVITY. If you have some good suggestions leave them in the comments below and share the ❤️. .