Sunday, October 28, 2007

Desktop Meme (my workspace)

My friend Eslina tagged me to show my desktop/workspace area. I've never been tagged for anything before, so I was very happy to participate. But the only thing is that I don't really have a desk. For now, I've been doing my artwork on my kitchen counter! But I can't complain because I have a decent sized work area, and the lighting is pretty good from the overhead lights above.

I mostly use watercolor and color pencil...

I just love using my prismacolor color pencils...

For now, my JC's Coffeehouse exists only in blogland. But someday, who knows? I might have my own coffeehouse where I get to display my artwork, as well as my friends'. I had some family who used to own a coffee shop a few years ago -- a really cute one too. They had a wonderful 70's/hippie theme going. But Starbucks moved into the same shopping center and they absolutely KILLED their business. They eventually had to close. Very sad, but that's life.

But here's a photo of my own little coffee corner in my kitchen and my friend Zari's cards that she sent me (a furious J and C). If I ever do get my own coffee place, these cards will DEFINATELY be displayed, as well as all those that people have been so nice to send me. =)

Anyone who would like to show their workspace area, consider yourself tagged! =)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pass the Pink Penguin(s)! Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I was inspired to post this after reading Emila Yusof's blog on Breast Cancer awareness. She was kind enough to let me put her lovely "pass the pink penguin" graphic here. I have dear friends who had moms (also dear friends) pass away from breast cancer, and the "pass it on" badge I created (below Emila's) is a tribute to mothers, daughters, and families who have been affected by this disease.

**Update** Here also are a couple of new pass it on badges that other blogger friends created.

Eslina of Ocean and Me, made this:

And Zari of justZHM created this one:

There is lots of information and tips available about breast cancer:
- Examining your breasts is an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured. See the following site on Breast Self Exams.

- Know the risks and how to prevent the disease. Detailed information about how to understand these risks (including genetics, environmental factors, etc.) is available on the website

- The site also gives information about Nutrition and Breast Cancer. Research findings suggest that physical activity, a healthy diet (particularly one low in fat and high in vegetables and fiber), and a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of breast cancer or the cancer coming back.

- Did you know that men can get breast cancer, too? Please read the article on statistics, risk factors, treatment options, and why male breast cancer should NOT be taken lightly.

- Do your part in helping raise awareness on breast cancer!

Here's how you can help:
1. Spread the word. Announce the event on your blog. You could write a blog post (like this), or a little note about it. Whatever you choose to do, just go ahead and tell your readers about it.

2. Go pink. Modify your theme if you know how to, or get yourself a pretty pink theme. If you run a website, turn your website pink. But if you don’t like pink, you could still participate by putting up a badge on your sidebar.

3. Design badges and banners. Design a couple of “Pink for October” badges or banners for other participants to use (for free) and to publicize the event. Some of the existing badges and banners can be downloaded from the Official Pink for October Site.

4. Design blog themes. There are a lot of bloggers (me included) who can’t even do simple designing, so if you are good at it, perhaps you could design and release a few pink themes? So, I am hoping that whoever happens to read my post, please do something to spread the awareness. It only takes a moment of our time.

If you like to take part in this awareness, you can copy paste these instructions and come up with 5 tips to avoid breast cancer. Feel free to save or copy my Pink Penguins to your post.

Thank you!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Life Imitates Art

I need to use this blog more! I made the ATC on the left last month and recently traded with Tracy for her cute trick or treat mouse. Then, just this past weekend, I went with my friends to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin and Art Festival (a madhouse!) and took the picture on the right. Funny huh? I didn't even realize it looked like the card I made until I downloaded the pic on my computer a couple of days later.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Island Fairies - ATC's

Island Fairy - Plumeria

Island Fairy - Hibiscus

Island Fairy - Sanddollar

Island Fairy - Shells