Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer: Art for Kids, Gifts for Me

Meet the Ramblings 

The Rambling Raccoons share a love of adventure, dance, swimming and 
a taste for salty treats, they're living ! la dolce vita ! 
I want to see them on fabrics, wallpaper, gift wrap, tableware, and more.

I think there could be some cute story lines for these characters, too.

Meet Caramel


Little Rocco



Mr Rambling and Sally


This is Dogs, mostly... I think this pattern would make fun gift wrap or pet bedding :)
Both designs were just added to my Society 6 Shop as prints
* Take a look *
Plus, if you buy something by midnight tonight, the Shipping is FREE!

Last Sunday I went to the Renegade Craft Fair,
now held in East River State Park in Williamsburg. 
I didn't spend as much time browsing as I have in years past, but 
I wanted to mention some favorites. 
Caitlin Wicker creates these precious one-of-a-kind stuffed animals.

My photos do not do justice to the fine craftsmanship and 
charm of each animal. For that, you should visit Caitlin's site.

I bought these 2 hats from Phil & Sara of Rocks and Salt
Their etsy shop has many designs from which to choose & in different sizes.

When my friend saw me in this red one, she went back for one herself :)
I would pose in it, but it looks good on bear.

I love the Viva Zapata bags and wallets designed by
Tania Carol-Lugones! Each one is made from the same vinyl used 
on bus seat covers in Buenos Aires, the colectivos. 
Tania couldn't have been more fun & charming to chat with and
by coincidence, she is good friends with one of the
coolest women I know, Ximena Diego :)

Above, is the bag I chose. I love love love it!

I also bought some cute fabric from Jumping Birds.
Granted, my enthusiasm outweighs my ability to sew, but ya never know.
My other faves at the fair included charms & necklaces by Oceanne
notebooks by MyZoetrope (i bought "Spiffy" the fox)
stuffy historical figures by Late Greats

Can you guess who these greats are?

and pillows & custom pet pillows by Broderpress *a must see for pet owners!

My friend, Robin took this picture of me with my painted door at If I Were A Toy store
in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Stop by this awesome shop for great toys, games, puzzles, gifts & kids' cuts.
Make sure to say Arghhhhh to Pirate Bear and his buddies in search of hidden treasure!
Have a great week!
xo, A

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day 2013!

Dad and me at Virginia Beach
My dad, R Henderson Howard loves the water. 
I'm lucky that he made sure we went to the beach every summer,
despite having little money when I was young.

Above, the pool at our Carriage Hill apartment 
complex (a very nice one!)
One of my favorite summers was when my dad lost his job.
Of course, as a child, I didn't realize that was a scary thing.
He took me to the pool each day (after "The Price is Right")
and even played nerf ball with all us kids. 
One girl, understandably had trouble with his name, so called 
him simply, "Mister" as in,
"Hey Mister! Over here, mister, throw me the ball mister..."

It means a lot to me that my dad always made time for me 
and my interests even when very busy. 
Once we moved to a house, I swam for 
volunteered as a timer at every single meet, not to
mention, carpooling during the years I swam year round. 

My parents both love animals and we've had some wonderful pets.

Cubby the cat


Bruiser & Ilsa


My friend, Jeanine found Jake while I was living in downtown
Richmond, attending VCU. Jake was funny, but in need 
of training, making it hard to find him a home, so
I kept him :)
I am still grateful that my dad would stop by to feed 
him on the nights I had to waitress.
I'm even more grateful that my parents took him when
I made the move to NYC.
They truly became best friends!

My dad, from angelic child in Newport News
to college years at University of Richmond

There's more about 'Der' in this past Dad Day tribute

Dad and me, (trying to look grown up) at Strawberry Street Cafe 
where I later worked.

Sky Truck

"Sky Truck" represents my move from Va to NYC. 
Dad drove a Ryder truck full of my stuff, mom & I in front,
to the NYU graduate dorms on Bleecker & LaGuardia.
He got a kick out of blowing the horn as loud and as often as 
all the other New York drivers.

Dad includes sketchy faces & notes in the cards
my mom sends. He also likes to leave reminders, like the one below.
You can see where I get my talent.

He has only occasionally questioned my decision to
pursue art as a career- the usual, where will you store these? 
can you make enough money? It did take some time, but
overall he's played the proud father through thick & thin.

Above, with Bruiser's cousin in Va Beach

Last to leave

Below, my favorite ride -
The Rudee Rocket! It blasts music while racing through the water,
eventually slowing to watch playful dolphins, 
before racing back to shore, as they chase along beside us.
I've been lucky to have the kind of parents who can enjoy 
the Rocket as much as I do and don't feel silly having 
our "family" photo taken with it ;D

This was taken about 5 years ago, better times
for all of us, before mom became ill.
My dad has been doing the best possible with such a difficult situation.
My respect for him has grown.
Thank You Dad!
To all the dads out there -
*Happy* *Father's* *Day*
xo, A


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