Sunday, January 21, 2007

No Church

So, we got about 10 different calls at around 10:30 this morning to tell us that church was cancelled! Apparently they're expecting some freezing rain her today, so no church! We're all dressed already though, so we can pretend that we're going to church...
I thought I'd use some of this extra time to catch up on my blog. What I really want to do is some art, but since that is part of my super cool business, I don't think it would be appropriate for Sunday... There is one picture I'm doing as a gift for a friend, so I'll probably work on that for a little while after this. I've been having such a great time doing this though! I set up my website back in October or something, but at the beginning of this month I started doing these ACEOs (art cards, editions and originals) and selling on ebay, and so far I've sold 10, and 8 more will be selling in the next week. So it's pretty exciting! I've been having a lot of fun doing them and experimenting with new things. I've never really worked on such a small scale before - each card is the size of a trading card, 2.5x3.5inches - and I really enjoy doing all that small detail!
This is the most recent one to have sold - it went last night for $20. It's called "First Kiss" and is the first mermaid one that I did, and I liked doing it so much that I've done about 9 or 10 more mermaids since then. And they're all selling! People seem to LOVE mermaids! It's amazing!

This is a more recent one - it's still got about 5 days left on ebay.

This is the second baby one I did - it's based on a picture of Avery, but I wasn't trying particularly hard to make it look like her, so it's not really her - it's just a baby. Some woman in the Netherlands bought this one!

This is my most recent card - I did it yesterday afternoon. Gabe loves it - I think he mostly likes art when it's more realistic in style, like this one. Right up until about 5 minutes before I finished this cat, I kept on thinking that it wasn't going to turn out and I'd end up just throwing it away, but then I pulled out one of my new favourite toys - my fine point archival pen - and it suddenly all came together, and I'm quite pleased with the result. We'll see whether there's a market for miniature cats on ebay... I think there probably will be.
If you're at all interested - here is a link that will show you all my current auctions on ebay.
Anyway, so that's that. I'm hoping that this ebay venture will help kick start my website business too, but we'll see. I've still got some work to do on my website, but it will have to wait!

Moving on to other things - Avery and I had a "playdate" on Thursday with about 8 other babies around her age (and their mothers of course!). That was fun! Avery sat and watched in amazement as all the other babies crawled or walked all over the place! I think watching them do it will probably be great motivation for her. I'd give her a toy or a book or something, and one of the other babies would come over and take it from her hands, but she didn't seem to mind because she was more fascinated by how they were moving all by themselves than she was in the toy anyway! She's still not quite crawling on her own yet! She still needs something to push off with her feet, and then she can go, but she hasn't quite figured out how to do it on her own. I'm sure that any day now, something will click and she'll be off! On Friday we went to toys r us and bought a remote controlled car, because Gabe had the idea that if she had something to chase after it would help her want to crawl more. The first couple of times we played with it though, she looked with interest until it actually moved, and that made her jump and start wailing! Poor Baby! But she's picked it up and looked at it now, and I've held her while it's been driving around the room, and she's not scared of it anymore :)
It's Avery's first birthday in just over 3 weeks - I can't believe it! It's absolutely crazy how fast this past year has gone! She's getting wooden blocks for her birthday - lucky girl! It's so hard not to buy her new stuff all the time! When we were in toys r us the other day, I saw so many things that I wanted to buy for her!! But we only went in for a remote controlled toy and some blocks...and we almost managed to just buy that! We also got a cute sun hat for a dollar, and some PJs for when she's a bit bigger - so that was quite restrained of us I think!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Some other pictures

From the huge gaps in between posts...

I had some blogger issues...

So I actually have a fairly valid excuse for not writing for ages this time - I was having a couple of not-being-able-to-access-my-blogger-account issues, but now those seem to be resolved, so here I am!! Aren't you glad? (turns out I had somehow managed to get myself 2 accounts without realising it, and the one I was signing into was not attached to my blog....odd)
Of course, all sorts of things have happened since last I wrote, but I won't go into everything. The most recent highlight has obviously been our first Christmas with Avery, which was super fun, and much more exciting for us than it was for Avery! Somehow we spent far too much money this year, which is odd because we have less money this year than in previous years...hmmm...probably not such a great combination... But it was so fun, so therefore, entirely worth it!! I think we're pretty much relying on Gabe getting this firefighter job which is why we felt okay about spending money, because if he gets it then we'll be making more money than we've ever made, even when we were both working full time! Says a lot about our previous jobs, hey? So we've been sort of just assuming that Gabe will get the job because...well, because he's great, but every now and then we have to say to ourselves "Okay, but if he doesn't get this job...." just in case!! But he will. Or will he...?
Anyway. Avery has become quite the little talker recently - I think sometimes she really believes that she's actually speaking some sort of discernable language, so we go along with it :) It's very cute. She often seems to have very serious and weighty matters to discuss, and lectures anybody who will listen, including pieces of paper and stuffed toys. She doesn't seem to mind if they don't respond. This week has also seen a vast improvement on the standing front - she now seems much more interested in supporting her own weight on those two little legs of hers as long as she's got a sofa or two grown-up hands to hold! She likes to test herself too, by crouching and standing and crouching and standing and crouching and standing again! She also likes to march on the spot. This has been very exciting and fun for us to watch! She is just too, too cute!
Well, I suppose I will cut this one a little short since I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for catching up all of a sudden... But here are some pictures of my beautiful baby. Enjoy!

Big girl!

Ready for a walk

Look what I can do!

I got a CAR for Christmas...What did you get??