I know I've been a bit light in the postings lately but I've been kinda busy. Lots to do, but lots of kinda cool, different things so it hasn't really be stressful...just busy.
So what have I been up to? Well...I did a speaking/Power Point presentation last week for a women's conference in Niagara Falls. It was the second time I've been asked to speak to this terrific group of high-powered women so I wanted to revamp my presentation to give them something new. It was a fun, light-hearted presentation with lots of Between Friends cartoons and I really enjoyed the afternoon.
I finished compiling a selection of my Between Friends strips and other various BF bits and pieces for my upcoming exhibit at the Artway Gallery in Brampton at the end of this month. I was very pleased to finally meet Keith Moreau (and his lovely wife, Janice) after months of e-mail and telephone communication when they came to my home on Wednesday to collect all my "stuff".
On a non-professional note, my daughter is now swimming with a competitive club and that means mom needs to volunteer to assist the club with fund-raising. The club is hosting their first invitational meet this weekend so I've been to a training session to learn how to be a "timer". (I didn't know I could still learn something new at my age ...I'm still not so sure...) I'll be up at Brock University this Saturday in the wee hours of the morning, drinking caffeine and hoping someone will explain to me what a "plunger" is...
Other than that...I have to get a Sunday finished shortly for a deadline (you may have heard me say this once or twice) and then I'm off to get my hair coloured...I mean cut...and then get a pedicure. You don't think I'm going to walk around the deck of Brock's pool without pedicured happy feet, do you? I thought not...
My cartooning girlfriend, Patricia Storms is having a contest giveaway for a copy of her The Pirate and the Penguin book. Of course, as the author and illustrator, she will sign and doodle the book for the lucky winner.
All you have to do to enter is skip over to her Booklust blog and comment on the Book Giveaway post. What could be easier?
I've been meaning to give a shout-out to my friend, Margaret Cherre for ages. Now that the Christmas season is coming, I figured this would be an excellent time to finally do just that.
I met Margaret (Peg) through Margaret Shulock at a cartooning function a few years back. Peg isn't a cartoonist but had made the trip from rural Upstate New York to Buffalo with Margaret to keep her company. Peg has a company called, "Second Wind Jewelry" and she creates beautiful handwoven scarves and handcrafted gemstone jewely. Here's where the name "Second Wind" came from:
"The name of my business - Second Wind Jewelry & Weaving - comes from four facts:
I started this business later in my life, when I got my second wind,
I do all my weaving on a vintage, handmade floor loom that I brought back to useful life, imparting its second wind,
I use vintage beads and other components whenever possible, giving them their second wind, and
virtually all my packaging, which I make with help from my sister, is from recycled materials, again giving them second wind."
Susan is looking behind her...someone is speaking her name...what are they about to say? Maybe something like..."Get moving on your deadline, girl - it's WEDNESDAY already!!!" Or maybe, "What the hell are you goofing off for when it's WEDNESDAY already???" Or maybe...well, I'm sure you get the idea...
It's funny how you keep doing some of your favourite things and then ... after a while you notice you've created a tradition.
Tim and I love to go to the Balls Falls Festival and Craft Show every Thanksgiving weekend. My friend, Mary Ann first introduced me to the festival years ago and I have continued to visit ever since. Tim and I loved taking the kids when they were little. My daughter still goes but my son (sigh) is too much of a teenager to attend with us anymore. One day, I'm hoping he'll recall these weekends with fond memories and want to come again. I bet he will...but I also bet it's not going to be anytime soon.
The Festival has tents and tents and tents of artizans, there is live music, activities for kids, heritage displays and lots of FOOD. We've bought a number of art pieces at the Festival, jewelry for Tara (very cool unusual pieces), fun winter hats when the kids were younger, decorative garden pieces, even Halloween costumes.
Everyone gets their favourite lunch and of course, some kind of dessert...from candy apples to deep-fried apple fritters. I always buy a jug of apple cider to bring home.
The best thing is being outdoors for the day. I love autumn. It's my absolute favourite time of year. I love the fresh, crisp air and all the different coloured leaves on the trees. And I gotta tell you, Balls Falls is an amazingly beautiful area.
Another one of my cartooning girlfriends, the talented and lovely Benita Epstein is interviewed over at Scott Nickels blog. Benita is a freelance mag cartoonist as well as the Friday chick for the Six Chix comic strip. She has quite an extensive cartooning background and she has a B.S. and M.S in Entomology. Not your usual cartoonist...if there is such a thing... Go check it out!