Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Critter Fall Schedule

I'm still hoping to experience fall this year- how about you? It's awfully difficult to picture the colors of changing leaves and the nice, crisp weather when the temperature outside is 102! Grrr! It's definitely during times like this that I miss my fellow New Yorkers and the awesome autumn weather...

The monsters were so warm, they got lost looking for ice cream:

Regardless, the critters will be very busy this fall- I've included their schedule as of 1 October. Maybe if we all hope really hard, autumn weather will come!

Houston Area Events Coming Up:

1 October 2011
First Saturday Arts Market

17 October – 5 November 2011 (Exhibition)
21 October 2011 (Auction)
24th Annual Dia de los Muertos Retablo Auction and Exhibition
Lawndale Art Center

5 November 2011
First Saturday Arts Market

12 November 2011
Avenue CDC: Art on the Avenue

18-20 November 2011
Spacetaker’s Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM)

3 December 2011
First Saturday Arts Market

Out of Town Events:

1 October 2011
Mission: Munny Show
Lift Designer Toys and Art Gallery

13-16 October 2011
Toy2R USA/Tenacious Toys Booth
New York Comic Con

5 November 2011
Above the Radar Tour
(curated from Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA)
The Fridge

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Homespun Houston Handmade Fundraiser Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the awesome Bri Land of Homespun Houston Handmade
has organized a fundraiser to help the families that have been affected by the recent Texas wildfires. Her online Marketplace will direct you to a varied selection of handmade goods created by local artisans, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds of their sales to the American Red Cross of Central Texas. Get those credit cards ready everyone!

I will be donating 50% of the sale price from my Miao and Mousubi:

Miao and Mousubi Etsy Shop Link

Hopefully they will find a nice, new home and they will also get to help out at the same time. Critters LOVE to do that kind of stuff, ya know...

Be the first of your friends to check it out tomorrow!

Homespun Houston Handmade Marketplace:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Big Move!

Well, it finally happened... the critters and I moved to another apartment, closer to work and we will finally have more space- yay! I now have an art/music studio and won't have to peel the paint, glue and glitter off my dining room table anymore...

The process was a complete nightmare though, and I don't ever remember feeling so absolutely exhausted... And now we are dwelling in the Land of Cardboard! Wage doesn't seem to mind though, especially since he enjoys rearranging the boxes:

In the style of David Letterman, here is my Top 10 List of what I have learned this time regarding moving- enjoy!

10. Wage loves to move and rearrange boxes. It never gets him down- seriously!

9. Do not buy the cheap 2/$5 packing tape- everyone will complain about it!

8. Make sure to have at least 150 cartons and 20 boxes of bubble wrap on hand at all times...

7. TV and internet really do keep the peace- you do not want to know what happens when they are disconnected...

6. When the movers get there and you're not finished, just throw the rest of your crap in shopping bags on the truck. Trust me- this is what you should do!

5. Be well-stocked with as many unhealthy munchies and beverages as you can find...

4. Driving back and forth to your old place for 12 days after the move to finish up is super-fun!

3. Make sure all family members are fully seated in your car BEFORE driving away...

2. Ask for the same guys who moved you last time- it's like having a family reunion!

1. Moving during the month of August in Houston is the worst idea ever! EVER! EVER! EVER!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Santa Fe Railyard

Happy September everyone!

It would seem that I've missed August somehow... It was over 100 degrees for more than 30 days here in Houston, and I believe it contributed to a sort of "mind-melt" for all of us...

Now that the weather has cooled off a bit, there are horrible wildfires burning throughout Texas. The critters and I are worried about the people who live in these areas, including some of our friends who've had to evacuate! If you would like to help, this article from the San Antonio has some great suggestions:

The fires have been partially contained, and I just hope the situation there will improve very soon. Now that I've made a small plea for help, I will continue onward with Part II of my Santa Fe trip...

The Santa Fe Railyard District is a fairly new area in the city where one can shop, eat and view even more fantastic art. I've never been there before, since no one can usually tear me away from Canyon Road... But it was time to expand my horizons!

We had a delicious lunch at Pranzo Italian Grill, and then went wandering around the Sanbusco Market area.

A cool graffiti train- pretty unexpected for this locale:

How'd they get that big truck up there?

As always, an Uglydoll came along for the excursion, and Babo's Bird had a great time posing with the beautiful flowers:

A fantastic looking place, but probably not the best name for a hair salon...

This was the coolest pen ever! It came with it's own fancy, schmancy haunted house "box" and cost about $5000 according to the nice person working in the shop. Don't let that scare you away from Santa Fe Pens though... they had lots of awesome affordable options as well.

Babo's Bird continued to enjoy the pretty flowers...

No car trip is ever complete without one of my lovely "car photos" of the New Mexico sky: