Feb 27, 2013

Orchid show

A while ago, I went to an Orchid show in Toronto with my family. This was my second time going, I went two years ago and you can check out some of the pictures I took then over on flickr. This year I didn't spend much time checking out the flowers. There were lots of crowds around the flower displays and it was hard to get shots. I got tired of waiting for the big professional photographers to move. (Plant hoggers!) Some of the displays were very well lit and others were in total darkness. Really weird. 
But I did get a few shots but sadly I didn't get any pictures of the names of the species of orchid so please don't ask me what kind these are. I have no clue, they're just pretty.
My favourite subfamily of the orchids is the slipper orchid, (they have those pouches in the front.) I like the bumps on this one too.
These were pretty small, I love how bright they are.
How cool is this one?
I forgot the name of this one but it's my Dad's favourite, (I'm pretty sure.) He ended up buying one... we'll see how long it lasts. He is the orchid killer.
So pretty!
Look how awesomely this one grows, in a zig-zag!
And this is a shot of one of the vendors, lots of pretty orchids for sale. We all ended up getting a few orchids, I ended up getting a mini pink orchid. I don't have high hopes for it though, not that i'm a plant killer but orchids seems like they need extra care. If my orchid lives past a month I'll be super surprised.

Has anyone ever had an orchid? Did it last long?

Sponsor in march

It's almost March! This month sure flew by (this year is flying by...) I have a few exciting things happening next month like, selling my artwork at Toronto Comic Con for the first time ever!! I'm super excited about this and can't wait to share my experience. (It's happening so soon!) I'll also be sharing a few of my current drawings and paintings that are in progress. :]
So I'd love to have you as a sponsor this month! I have a few small ads available and just added a new medium  ad. All ads are available for immediate purchase via passionfruit and once approved your ad will go live right away. You can find more info on my sponsor page.

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Feb 25, 2013

Mushroom girl

Look what got finished! So I love everything about this, especially her eyes.
Do you like her snail clips?

P.S. Check out the original mushroom girl sketch.

Feb 24, 2013

Nail tutorial over on Pony Chops

Remember when I did these Blue on blue nails? Well I did a little tutorial for them on the Pony Chops blog. For those that are interested, check out the tutorial here.

Feb 21, 2013

Hot yoga

Near the end of the year, (once I knew I would have a secure job and steady money coming in) I decided that I should join some classes to get more active and get out of the apartment. I had a few ideas, one of them was yoga. Justin and I started going to hot yoga mid January. We signed up for a one week trial but we knew after the first class that we would be coming back.
Even after just going to hot yoga for about a month (usually 3 times a week) I've noticed some changes already, like; wanting to eat better, drinking more water and tea, my back is getting stronger, I can stretch slightly passed my toes, getting better and better at the hard poses, skin feels softer, and I sleep a little better at night.
The photo above shows the poses we do in class, I thought it would be fun for me to go through which poses I like and which ones I need more work on. I plan to come back to this post in a few months or the end of the year and see what's changed.

1. This is a deep breathing pose to warm you up.
2. Because I can do this pose I pushed myself way too far the first time and made my sides hurt really bad the next day. Now I don't go as far down but work on staying straight and holding the pose. 
3. I like this one, first we go down like normal, then we go down on our tippy toes, and then we go down again on our tippy toes and squeeze our thighs together. 
4. One day I'll get my foot to curve around my leg. Right now it just kinda sticks out.
5. No where near getting this pose down. Once you get into the pose you're supposed to touch your head to your knee... oh man!
6. This is a fun pose, more about balancing than anything else. I can't get my back leg to go that high though.
7. This pose looks fun but it's hard. Keeping the leg up and straight is a challenge.
8. I can't wait to get my head to touch the floor, when it happens I'll probably scream!
9. A good strong pose, it's hard to hold though. This is also where I start sliding on my towel, it's pretty annoying.
10. You're supposed to touch your head to your knee, with a straight leg but I still have to bend my leg a bit to get it to touch.
11. I like this one, one of my favourites.
12. I thought this one would be an easy pose, but it's hard. For some reason your leg does not want to bend. A few days ago, was the first time I actually got into the full pose. (Yay me!)
13. I'm awesome at this pose.
14. This pose is alright. You're supposed to grab both legs after and hold your elbows but I can only grab my hands/wrists.
15. I've always been able to touch my toes, I want to go passed my toes. Touch my head to my legs. One day, it'll happen.
16. I like this pose a lot, good for strengthening your back.
17. A super awkward pose, it hurts my wrists and elbows but it's supposed to be good for that.
18. The fun I'm-an-air-plane-pose, works out your core.
19. I always have a super hard time getting into those pose and holding it. I'm super sweating by this time so grabbing my ankle is hard and then my hand slips.
20. I remember sitting like this when I was little, but now I'm pretty stiff I guess. I can almost get into this pose, fully.
21. When I get up from this pose I get dizzy, like every time!
22. Harder than it looks, I can't grab my ankles. I always think I'll fall and break something.
23. Don't like this pose, don't know why, maybe because it makes me super dizzy and I feel like I'm choking myself.
24. I'm alright with this pose, but could be better.
25. Can almost touch my knee with my hand when I'm fully twisted.
26. Breathing exersice, sometimes I'm awesome at it, sometimes I'm not.


What I like about hot yoga;
- You focus only on yourself. I never feel like I have to be as good as that other person, I just do the best I can and try to do a little better than last time.
- I love that the class is 90 minutes.
- The/My instructors are so nice and encouraging. They push me to want to do my personal best every time I go. They never make me feel bad if I can't get the full pose.
- I always feel tired/relaxed afterwards. It's why I always insist on later yoga times so I sleep extra good.
- I feel like I'm drinking more water and my skin feels softer.
- Hot yoga in the winter time is just awesome.
- Seeing different kinds of shapes and people there; tall, short, skinny, fat, young, old, and even pregnant.  It's great seeing all these different people, at different stages in their lives all come together to sweat in a room for 90 minutes.

What I don't like about hot yoga;
- Sometimes it smells when I first walk in the room.
- Sometimes other people smell pretty bad.
- Some instructors make the room a little too hot, and others, not hot enough.
- I have a hard time getting into some most poses because I'm so sweaty that I can't properly grip. Like gripping your leg and holding it. I can easily do it any other time but not when every part of me is sweating!
- Slipping and sliding on my towel... because I'm so sweaty.

Has anyone tried hot yoga? I know yoga has become more popular in the last little while... Any yoga lovers think they'd ever try hot yoga?

Feb 19, 2013

Weird future girl

 
Well here she is. I think the hair looks much better than what I had originally. I also enjoyed putting all the little details in this one.
I think my favourite part is her rainbow dot eyebrows...

P.S. You can see the WIP here.

Feb 18, 2013

Thrifty finds

Here are the awesome things I found on my last thrifting visit.
First thing I found were these awesome mushroom salt and pepper shakers. I am in love with them! I don't know why but they remind me of my grandmas back in Poland. (I looked them up online and they're made in mexico... i think. Cool.) Sadly, I dropped one of them on the floor. (can you tell which one?) I'm kinda bummed about that but at least it didn't chip or break, just has some weird cracks in it now. Still beautiful.
I always find great mugs/cups when I go back home. This was totally meant for me!
Probably the most awesome thing I've ever found at Value Village. A unicorn running on a rainbow, through space, with a pretty awesome boarder. The first thing I saw was the boarder, I thought maybe it was a rug? (we need rugs) but it's actually really thin fabric. I was so excited to bring this baby home and I am so glad Justin thinks it's as awesome as I do, or else there would have been problems finding it some space on the wall. I think we'll be pinning it to one of our doors.

Have you found any cool stuff lately?

Feb 16, 2013

Instagram

I haven't posted any Instagram photos on here in a while, so...
1. Waiting for our pizza order. Captain was being very loud.
2. Some homemade sushi; rice, tuna, avocado, cucumber and red peppers.
3. Finally starting on some new paintings. Nine of them!
4. A quick shot of the snow storm as I was heading home. I was only 30 minutes late so, not bad.
5. One of the many bows I've been sewing up. Getting ready for Comic Con in a few weeks and getting a head start on Fan Expo in the summer.
6. Just a shot of me with make up on.
7. This picture just makes me laugh.
8. At the vet clinic. Looks like Cap had some crystals forming inside that could turn into stones (which means surgery!) So we got him some meds and new food. We'll have to keep him on this new food for the rest of his life probably, and it's special so we have to get it from a vet clinic instead of a pet store. Kinda sucks but it could be worse.

Feb 13, 2013

Nail Art 52: Dark dots

Originally these nails were painted red but I messed up the designed I was trying to do. So I just painted everything black and did dots.

Call for sponsors

After a lot of thinking, I've decided to add advertising space on Artsy Angel. For now only one size is available and because my blog is small, it's also pretty cheap! I'll be adding more sizes in the future, (but if you're interested in having a bigger size get in contact with me.) If you're interested or know other bloggers who are looking for cheapy ad space, check out my ad page here for more information.

Feb 11, 2013

Thrifting

Over the weekend I went thrifting with Tania. Here are some of the cool stuff we found but didn't buy...
Tania actually found this record right away and was very excited about it. (and she did end up buying it.)
Some cute wall art, but I wasn't a fan of the scratchy red part.
I thought this was really cute and well made. Almost put it in the cart but decided I didn't love it.
I just think this is cute. Why is the tail so short?
Cute bowls.
A pretty cool and heavy stone carved owl.
Some cute salt and pepper shakers!
These were very pretty, should have gotten at least one of them.
I actually kinda liked this sweater and I don't remember why I didn't pick it up.
Obviously Tania did not like this one.
Wanted this dress but it didn't go passed my hips and butt. It wasn't meant to be.
Pretty bed sheets. They were so bright in person.
I kinda wanted this blanket and the purple and teal one beside it.
I thought that music book stand thing would have been cool to like, hold up paintings or sketchbooks maybe? Plus it rolled!
She also wanted this record but it was too damaged.
Afterwards we had a late dinner at wimpy's.
I'll make a post later about what I actually picked up from that day. It wasn't much but I love everything I bought!
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