Fanmixes front and back

Cover art for my Landline fanmix

When I make the cover art for my fanmixes, I usually only do one side. But for Rainbow Rowell's Landline and Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I did the track list, too.

Cover art for my Coldtown fanmix

Rendered quotes

Good things grow

This is another quote from one of Rainbow's books. Basically I did this because Bethany showed interest! (On Tumblr here.)

But I'm glad I got in a little practice because the same week, I had a request:

Charli saw her first star this morning when we went out to see the lunar eclipse. She wanted me to take a picture "so I can show everybody." It was a really touching moment and I want to capture it somehow artistically for her and for me.
She sent me a little sketch of a silhouette, some trees and the verse John 1:5. This is what I came up with:

Light shines

It met with approval.

Charli said, "It's my star... and me!"

Themed birthday invites

For Cash's 5th birthday, we had a Lego theme. I would have ordered these except the seller was in Australia! Alas. But I totally copied her design for the invitations. (And the idea to include knockoff Lego men in the goodie bags.)

Each kid got a personalized Lego tag, which is the zenith of how far I will go craftwise:

Lego party favor tags

Zoe's party was at the skating rink. SK8TE Party, yo!

Themed birthday invites

Ani's adoption announcement

Six months after your adoption was complete, and I finally got one of these printed for your baby book. (Yeah, our little secret: I didn't even send these out. I just made the one for that page in your book.)

I wanted Ani's announcement to be vertical, like Cash's. So two kids would have horizontal ones and two would have vertical ones. But Ani's "baby book" was designed for a horizontal announcement. Fine.

By the time you get to that fourth kid, it feels like a miracle to even HAVE a baby book, much less stress over design format.

Sub-blog creations

A pal and I run a Tumblr dedicated to fan fiction. (Not like, posting it, but like talking about it? Indirectly?) Anyway. We'd been talking about something and she said "God Bless Fanfiction" and I decided there needed to be a stitch sampler for that. So we put it on Metastories.

This same pal runs a Simon Snow blog, and the thing with sub-blogs for small, below-the-radar fandoms is that it's hard to come up with posts, especially original content. So when she said "I'm picturing Watford's gym tees..." and sent me a little sketch, I couldn't help but try to make a graphic that would look as she described.

Nuptial Brewing Co.

Page Brewing Co.

My pal Eric was designing a box to hold beer for his friend Elisha and asked if I could make a faux brewing company design. (This was to be a wedding gift, hence the Hoppily Ever After.)

Alas, the design had too many fine lines for the vinyl stencil that was being made, so we made a bare-bones version. You can see it here in Eric's Flickr photostream.

I had wanted to make something typographic for Katherine's wedding, as well. Since she and her dude are also into craft brews, this seemed applicable to them, as well:

Harvey, party of two

Welcome to Night Vale

Wow, I haven't updated here since China. Oops.

So of course I hadn't posted this quote art for Welcome to Night Vale. (Yeah, not really getting better at these. Sigh.) (On Tumblr here & Pinterest here.)

Also seems I never posted the one I made for "Cassette."

(Tumblr, Pinterest)

While I was in China, I got email that this Minecraft build had used my art for Dark Owl Records in their design and is that not TOTALLY AWESOME?

Winter 2014 issue

I had two stories in the last issue: Cornerstone Coffee. Am I on the coffee beat now? :)

And Frios Pops

“'You're not getting any younger,' I told him. I said it jokingly, half-hearted.”

A week later, she came home and Andy told her he'd quit his job. He'd been working on a business plan to sell frozen treats.

“It took my breath away a little bit, though I tried not to show it,” Leslie recalls.

Then Andy gave her a sample — his Key Lime Pie flavor.

“As soon as I tasted it, I knew it was going to be great.”

Fandom Valentines part 2

I would deem "if you like your coffee hot, let me be your coffee pot" a cheesy lyric. But I don't find it cheesy when the Arctic Monkeys sing it.

"Heh, I should turn that into a Valentine," I said to myself. And thus I decided to make fandom'tines this year. Love notes to the fandoms that helped through the adoption wait.

GreenAngelHeart is my Arctic Monkey buddy, so I tweeted this one at her. It was well-received.

Then, of course I needed to make something for one of Rainbow's books. How about the Boba Fett reference in Eleanor & Park?

During church, my phone started going "bzzt... bzzt... bzzt..." Because I get a notification when somebody favorites or retweets when I'm mentioned on Twitter and Rainbow had mentioned the Valentine.

I made one for My Mad Fat Diary (cheating a bit and starting with a graphic I made over the summer):

I needed a Valentine for fandom itself. A pal runs a Snowverse Tumblr; I was duty-bound to make something she could reblog, right? Hence, the SnowBaz Valentine.

I wanted to make one for Misfits, using Rudy. But I never found a screencap that I liked enough and was ready to be done at five.

But then molliekatie started following me on Tumblr and I saw where she was asking if anybody was going to make a Valentine for Attachments, so...

I love the tags on this reblog: #OMG #Attachments #attttaccccchhhhmmentsssss #i'mmm meltiiinnngggg #lincolnnnn and bethhhhhh #best quotes #what is this liiiffffeeeeee

(Will I do this next year? We'll see. *but molliekatie's already asked if there will be a Landline one and you know me...*)

Fandom Valentines part 1

After I made the Primevalentines last year, I saw a Valentine that referenced pizza and I then just couldn't not make a Hatter one, y'know? Since I have my Alice sub-blog this year, I made an Alice Valentine for a matching set.

This week, I reminded BethanyActually that she had yet to claim her Fandom Friend Bingo art. (An inside joke that she had the most Xs on this nerdliest of pursuits...) She chose something Hatter & Alice related. Easy-peasey!

Bethany is also a big fan of Rainbow Rowell, so I took something Rainbow said in a guest post about her book Attachments and applied it to Halice. (What, doesn't everybody catalogue wise words according to their pet OTPs?)

I love the tags she added!

Last night, I remembered to add these graphics to my Alice board on Pinterest. I forget about Pinterest. Like, not only to pin things, but also that others can pin my things. I listed the "source" as syfyalice2009 and Pinterest showed me a column of images already pinned from that site. (Most of which weren't my graphics, but it's fun to stumble upon stuff like this, since comments & tags are always my favorite part of making something...)

Next week, fandom'tines part 2!

CNY 2014 Year of the Horse

2014: Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse: that's my year and I am claiming it.