Today marked one year since I created this blog. I had no idea what I was going to do with it in the beginning and to be honest, I still don't have a clear idea. I really do like the random quality it has though. I use this blog as a marketing tool for our shops (which has proven to work! so awesome), a place to archive this life of mine (at least part of it), and a place for friends and family to come and see what John and I have been up to.
Happy Anniversary Press 2 Focus, cheers!
(Also, this is my 135th post. That seems crazy to me!)
Tomorrow is Fridayyy and it's also going to snow! Snowy weekends are usually pretty great so I'm looking forward to it.
The winter is a bit depressing for most, especially due to lack of sun and all, but this year I find I must be doing something right. I think it's mostly just staying occupied, surrounding myself with good people, and making small plans & goals to look forward to.
This weekend was FUN. Friday was game night with friends. I felt like such an adult saying I was going to game night. I'm not sure why. Our games were unbelievably and fantastically immature though. Saturday morning I woke up begging John to get me an ice pack so I could ice my face (I have a weird jaw/face pain disorder especially when I overdo it with the smiling and laughing.) As terrible as that may be, it's always evidence that a great time was had.
And then Saturday we started all over again. It was older brother's birthday. Tommy turned 30 and we all celebrated accordingly. Many photos were taken this weekend, all hilarious and most were blurry (kind of fitting).
So I only leave you with this, for I am ready for bed!
Well it's January 17th and John & I finally exchanged presents!!!! Here are some camera phone photos of our day...
^ The red is ink, not blood.
John got a tattoo of our Milk Snake, Molly, and I got a camera. The Molly design is actually from an awesome photo John took of her a couple years ago. You can see it here. And the camera was designed by the both of us (but mostly John). We are VERY happy with our presents to each other. We actually went to the same place where we got our first tattoos, Under the Gun in Sewell, NJ. The guys there are awesome and very talented. I definitely recommend them.
P.S. When I got home to show the fam, I let Kaitlyn try out my new camera. She approves!
While I don't hate winter and view it necessary in order to really appreciate the other seasons we are fortunate to have each year, I'm still looking forward to it ending. Longer days of sunlight and no sharp chill in the air sounds good to me right now.
So in my cold, windowless studio I've been making spring things!
We've had John's New York skyline designs on wood canvas available in our shop for a long time, but now I've finally got around to making one that goes with all the rest of the cities we have. I'm a bit embarrassed it took me this long to get around to it. We have a black & white one newly listed in the shop and I'll be creating more color combinations this week! I'll even be doing sports team colors.
December was quite busy. It's been over 2 weeks since I've really been on here. I feel like a mother who has neglected her child. Maybe not really to that extreme, but it's a weird feeling. I didn't quit, I'm still here and I'm back. But I was preoccupied, the good kind of preoccupied. Besides the usual holiday shopping, social gatherings, cookie baking, seasonal colds, and family traditions, I've been busy with Ink the Print. We had a good December. I'm already thinking about this coming December and getting excited. We sent out a good amount of orders last month and most of them were destined to be underneath someones Christmas tree. There's something pretty special about knowing some stranger is unwrapping something you've created and (hopefully) loving it. It's extremely gratifying.
So now it's 2013. I didn't make any New Year's resolutions. I also didn't fall into the post holiday funk that I usually do. I think I can mostly thank Ink the Print for that. I have a lot of goals this year and I'm looking forward to a lot of things. Off the top of my head, in just the next couple weeks I'll be working on an exciting new project for our shop, John and I will finally give each other our Christmas presents (here!), and I'll be helping older brother welcome the big 3-0 with shots of Jameson & rounds of beers.
I didn't take my camera out much during the holidays. I wasn't feeling it so I figured why force it. There were plenty of other cameras and camera phones so I know it was still well-documented. Here are a few instagrams though...
Santa brought Katie an awesome new bike for Christmas. ^I love this photo of John putting on her helmet.
The excitement she had over this bike was unreal. It's a Razor Bike so it whip and spins around like you wouldn't believe and even has a spark bar. She had us all laughing as she crashed into the kitchen walls, recycling buckets in the driveway, and if we weren't quick enough, us.
We rung in the New Year as a Scotsman & an Australian Outback...person.
Wow, I feel so much better after writing this. You know when you were younger and absent from school for a few days and were somewhat nervous/dreading going back and then after you did you realized it really wasn't that bad? That's kind of what it feels like.
And right now it is Saturday night and I'm at home. John and I have both been sick so we're taking it easy. We decided on some gin & tonics, figuring the vitamin C will help ;-)