my name is angie, and i'm ambitious. i heard the phrase, "dress for the job you want, not the job you have," and i had a thought; why don't i LIVE that way? i have dreams and goals and ambitions. before, these things were a "someday" thought. well, someday is today. i'm gunna make it happen.
through the years ive filled out several of those online survey for myspace and facebook and whatnot. you know, the ones where they ask you your eye color and hair color and ask if you prefer chocolate or vanila, or daytime or night time, and all kind of other useless garbage. one question that always kind of bothered me was "do you collect anything?" i would stop and think and feel unsettled. that feeling you get when you know you've forgotten something but you dont know what. i love "stuff" and i have a lot of it, but i could never think of just what it was that i actually collect.
going through an old trunk in the basement, i realized something. i collect vintage children's books. i had at least 10 of them, mostly cherished from my childhood. and im fortunate enough to have older siblings born in the late 1970s, so i got '70s kids' books handed down to me. some were even from the late 1950s and belonged to my parents. my favorite, by far, is "Dean's Mother Goose's Book of Rhymes."
the illustration in this book really captivated me since my whole life. i've always been in awe of the fancy costumes, beautiful hair, and detailed animals.
NOTE* all other photos pulled from google images and not individually credited
janet and anne graham-johnstone were a pair of british twins born in 1928. they were illustrators who worked on every book together as a team. they are true heroes of mine. i look up to them and i am inspired by them. i hope to be an illustrator someday, and looking back it it, im sure growing up with their work in Dean's Mother Goose sparked that in me.
here are just a few examples of their illustrations.
well its certainly handmade. it requires a lot of skill, and by God, its practical. watch the video to see a short clip of someone demonstrating the HANDMADE MARIO BROTHERS VIDEO GAME! kind of awesome, i must say.
right now im thankful for being a woman, even though it has its ups and downs. im thankful for good friends and good food, and getting to know some friends better. im thankful for the artistic talents God gave me and the drive to pursue art as my career. im thankful for my mom, who may be a just a litttle (a lot) spacey sometimes, but she raised me in a good home, with my dad who sacrifices everything for his family. im thankful for my cat whos snuggly and soft and cuter than all the other cats on the internet by far. ;) im thankful for food to eat and a home to live in and all the luxuries that i indulge in every day, because i know some people dont have one bathroom in their house, let alone three. im thankful for my job and a boss whos understanding when i need to make changes in the schedule. im thankful that God gave me a work ethic where i actually want to do my best. im thankful for having the insight to see situations in a different way and learn from my mistakes. i know God has big plans for me and my life and i cant wait to see what He has in store for me. <3
also im thankful for nutella on a warm piece of white toast.
my heart goes out to those in japan and the loved one coping with tragedy and loss. before i begin this post, i want to tell you a little something i overheard at work. a coworker told me at her church they all put a red dot (symbolising the "rising sun" flag of japan) on their hands, and every time they see it, they say a silent prayer for japan. i thought it was a good idea and thought id share. :)
if you'd like to donate to japan tsunami relief, please do so at the red cross website, or text REDCROSS to 90999 and the donation will be on your next cell phone bill. or, if you love to help as much as you love to shop and support art, you can donate by purchasing certain items in etsy! many etsy sellers are banding together to raise money for japanese tsunami relief and i encourage you to be a part of it.
earlier in the week i donated $10 to the red cross. i wanted to give more but im totally broke.. but while making this post i saw these stickers and said oh, what the hey. :) i went ahead and bought them.