for like ever

Thursday, January 15, 2009

love you for ever - birds (card & mini poster)

High speed kittens Oliver & Gus are peeling up and down the stairs just as fast as their little legs will take them, bubbles and scent are a pourin', coffee's a drinkin' and Miss D and I are going to have to bundle up 'cause it's bitter cold out there this early morning.

I'm attempting to painfully slowly teach myself Illustrator, with the always kind and gentle guidance of best pal & designer gal MLou. It's a very complicated program and I, way too, easily become frustrated and impatient. You'd think being a designer for some 20+ years that I'd know this program by now, but I don't - I've been drawing & designing the old fashioned way with my mechanical lead pencil, kneaded eraser and tracing paper - always the consistent tools of my trade. I do occasionally break out the paintbrushes and gouache and you know how I love my collection of assorted tipped black ink drawing pens. But I also really love the look that can be achieved when you create some art digitally and damned if I'm not determined to become good at it ... and this is the year.

This new poster, available in two sizes (5x7 greeting card and and 8.5x10 petite poster) is printed on gorgeous super smooth, super heavy, bright white Cougar 130lb stock. The 5x7 card comes with a bright white envelope (just in case you'd like to send it to your favourite valentine), the mini poster will be available in two other colour ways - perfect art to frame for a child's room or for the child at heart.

These will be in les etsy shop later today (along with a few other new items) and will be available to ship out Monday the 19th.

I spoke with the vets office yesterday afternoon and Scrag has had his surgery and is recuperating well. They think he's likely an older cat 10+, he was treated for fleas and ear mites and they've decided to keep him until Friday after lunch which is great. He can just chill - no worries in a warm safe place with food and company while he totally mends and misses at least a couple of these bitter cold days.


  1. G'Morning Susan..........
    Good news about Scrag. 10 years old! Wow! Bless his heart, maybe his Senior life will be easier!
    Learning new things.......I am
    driving myself batty trying to figure out how to up-load photos to my blog and place them where I want them! The Deep South has become the Deep Freeze!

  2. Good morning, sweet - sweet Susan.

    It's "me"...I hope you got my note via your Etsy shop.

    I love today's post. When I first logged on and seen the new design, I began to cry. Although the words were not itended directly for me, it felt like it. I felt like you were telling me you love me, to not give up, and to hold on.

    I wish you a beautiful and warm,cozy day!

    Much love to you and the furry gang! xo

  3. Hang in there with illustrator. It takes a lot of work out of the graphics and adds a lot of fun. And just when you think you know what you are doing they UPGRADE and add new frustrations-er tools.

  4. Will someone adopt Scrag? It sounds like he needs a home for his senior years.
    I want to look into Illustrator. You are lucky that you have a pal to help you with it.

  5. You know Judy I think Scrag and other stray or feral cats are happy roaming around. There just are so many cats and kittens (constantly) needing homes that it would be next to impossible to find Scrag a home. Someone's been sleeping in my shed ... it might be him and I'm currently feeding at least 5 stray cats - who only come after dark because they're so shy of people. As long as cats like Scrag can be neutered or spayed, have warm places to take shelter on these wind chill nights and get fed well (and there are lots of us around the village feeding them) I think they live pretty OK lives - it's what they're used to. His life will be much better now that he's neutered - not so many scraps with the Toms over the girls and he'll be flea free until I need to take him in again.

    Don't let Leenie's comment fool you - Illustrator is a tres complicated and difficult program - it's been driving me friggin' nuts all morning. Ergggghhhh !

  6. Can't wait to see what you can do with Illustrator! Watch out world!! :)

  7. Oh I can't wait to see your creations!

  8. Charming and lovely, and I'm glad Scrag will be out of the weather for at least a couple of days.

  9. Susan
    Yes i broke down and purchased a Bose about 10 yrs ago when I had a good income and am so glad I did.
    I hope sometime you can get one.. the best.
    SO SO exciting about Obama. Hope you can watch coverage on Tue of inaugaration.
    Our neighbor's are hosting a brunch from 11-2 to watch on their big screen. They own a restuarant in town so I know the food will be yum.
    Stay warm on your walks there.. it is to be 0 tonight. I can hardly walk when it gets this cold.

  10. I love this design. Very clean and crisp! that's one thing illustrator can do for you.

    Actually, I hate illustrator too. I only use it to a minimum for vector logos and such, other than that I stick with Photoshop or by hand when able.

    Well, Susan take some comfort in that it could be even worse--it could be Flash. Talk about a hard to master programme! It's designing but with a timeline and considering speed of motion in mind too. I've ben using it for a few years and still just scrape the surface of what I need to know. forget about actionscripting--I don't want to have to do that as well.

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