Friday, February 19, 2010

I've got a new model

It's my little (Biggest) brother Jake! Welcome to the lolly-tots crew of male models. haha!

My little brother Jake is here in Portland with me. He's moved here from across the country to re-unite we me and my brother Pat! This is amazing for all of us because the essential part of our team was missing. You see I'm the motivator and creative director, Pat is the music and stunts, Jake is the one that knows how to edit videos (tons of experience). When we are all together the pieces of our ideas merge into one force and MAGIC happens. I can't wait to get some videos going and finally started on some projects that have been on the back burner for months. Lollytots TV and pranks! wow this is going to be so fun!

Both me and Pat have no idea how to edit video and no desire to learn. Pat is the one with the tunes but Jake can just bring it all together. I just want to be a part of it and add the costumes and be the one in front of the camera. Yeah fun times!

I'm big on family and having two of my brothers here is just rocking my world right now. I've lived on my own with friends for support and companionship but it's nothing to having family close by. There is no one that would truly know me more than my own brothers. There was definitely something missing in my life before they were here with me. I feel safer somehow even though I'm supposed to be the one that takes care of them. I have a feeling they are here to take care of me.

Right when I really need it I have everything I could have hoped for. Amazing things are happening and I'm just trying to keep up. More to come and stay tuned!

What craziness will come of this colliding force of creative minds?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Husky Hat is leaving

I've been working on this Husky Hat for a month and it's finally finished and ready to be sent to it's new owner. I'm kinda sad for it to go! I'm glad I got to enjoy it for a while and it seemed like an act of fate for me to run into a Husky at my last craft fair.

Goodbye Husky Hat! I'll miss you!
I really must make more of this style!

This was the first one I made (see below)

It's changed that's for sure!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Stay on the Road

Climbing hills has always been a part of my life. It always seems to be a constant climb to the top. You go around every bend thinking that the hill will start to taper off and head down again. Sometimes you just pray for it to be flat so you can have a rest. But NO the hill keeps going and going around every turn. Sometimes a giant of a hill that threatens to push you to your very limit and you fight within yourself to find that last bit of strength to make it through. Sometimes the hill is sloping on and on and that can be more difficult because you have to learn how to maintain your speed and not burn out. You learn to save your energy for the long haul.

I would say the last couple weeks of training have taught me a few things about life. I wouldn't call myself a well seasoned cyclist but I'm not a complete newbie when it comes to riding. This year I took it upon myself to get my butt back on my bike and get some real riding in. I didn't have grand ambitions when I started out but all it took was joining a biking group and I was hooked. I've met some awesome people that are very supportive and encouraging and they won't let me quit or slow down! They have taught me a lot as well and I find myself trying harder because I want to make them proud of me. I feel that I can't let them down and I find myself pushing harder and harder and going further and further.

The kind of people that cycle are really driven. They have insane focus and can power on and on for hours. The riders I've been cycling with are much older than me by 20 or 30 years. Yet here they are taking the hills like they are nothing. I'm the slow newbie of the group and I trail behind the others. There is always someone that trails behind me and keeps me going and talking to me. Even though I can't speak they just keep going with "you can do it! You are almost there" and today I heard a lot of "Just get to that sign post, ok good, now get to that telephone pole, you're doing great! No you don't need to stop, you can do it!" I cursed at them under my breath but I kept going past the point when I would have stopped if I was on my own.

Your mind goes to a weird place when you are pushed this far. I kept staring at the road before me and just tried to shut my brain off and disconnect from the pain. It's weird what pops into your head when you try so hard to clear it. Here I am staring at rock after rock and cursing the hill then these mudane things pop into my head. I wonder if these thoughts are somehow significant because they came at time similar to mediation. I thought of the love I have for people. I thought of my art and my new job. The worries about money, bills, and the future just melted away. What stuck with me were things I believe were the most important to me. In this zen like state of pain I thought of the ones I loved and how blessed I was to be here in this moment on this hill.

There are great rewards after every hill. The grand slope down! It's an awesome rush going that fast on human powered speed. The wind rushes by and I thought I was going to crash and die. The adrenaline was awesome! This is the thrill of success. This is what it's all about. This is what keeps you going up the next hill, and the next hill. I live for that crazy ride down that straight road. Where the air is clear and there is nothing to stop you, no stoplight, no stop sign, no cars. Just endless road.

I feel like every hill that I conquer by bike makes me a little stronger to handle the challenges of my own life. I take on challenge after challenge and find myself so impatient trying to finish this task. I have to remind myself constantly to STOP and be in the moment. For the hills will keep on coming and the last one I come riding down.. the final one.. that will be the end of my life on earth. So I learn how to enjoy the struggles, the misery, the pain and the great rewards. For this is the beautiful gift of life and there is happiness interwoven in all of it.

I don't know what will happen after I get over this hill. I don't know what is around the road because the trees are hiding my path and you never know what is coming. I'm just focusing on this spot right her in front of me, this little bit of road. Every now and then I gotta remind myself to take a look around and enjoy the scenery and the ride.

There is always another hill.. just stay on the road and keep on going.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Hip Happening - February Show 2010

Lots of love at the Hip Happening Valentine's day show. I got a kiss, chocolate, new earrings and lots of hugs. Thanks to everyone that stopped by and all the cute people that posed for my photos.

Moment by Moment

Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow.

It empties today of it's strength.

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.

- Corey Ten Boom

Friday, February 05, 2010

Floating World Comics

Finally took some time to check out Floating world comics here in Portland, Oregon. I've heard so much about them and also I was curious if I could track down a section dedicated to Portland Comic Artists. Yeah baby I did! Such talent!

If you want to check out Floating World Comics you can visit them at They are located right downtown and the staff is friendly and helpful.

I'm supporting my brother Pat and trying to motivate him to keep drawing comics. It's not about making money or fame (although both those things are nice!) but really about following your passion and seeing where it leads you in life. I can only guide him and he needs to make his own decisions and figure out what he actually likes to do. So far we have worked on starting up a Web comic meetup group (link) and he has been hard at work drawing for his webcomic Dinomytes.

I'm happy to join in and offer my support. I've always been a fan of comics and artists. I don't have goals of doing that myself but being around those type of fun weird people is always entertaining and inspiring. Plus I get to vist comic book shops and show off my weird hats.

Who knows where this will lead. All I know is follow your heart and do what you love. I think we all might have too much focus on work and trying to look grownup that we forget what we really love to do. Be a kid and have some fun playing! It's just as important as your job and maybe if you play hard enough it will become your job. haha!

I Heart Art

Etsy just announced it's partnership with the Portland Etsy team. Read more here on the Storque blog. I am so honored to be a part of this team. There is going to be so many exciting things happening this year and I'm going to get be right in the middle of it all. How awesome is it to be a crafter in Portland right now! My friends are awesome for pulling this together. It's been talked about since the Etsy team first visited Portland. Back then it was just an idea of what we could do. Now it's becoming a reality. All thanks to the hard work of the Portland Etsy team.
I Heart Art: Portland -

I am so proud to live in Portland and be one of the makers that make this city unique.