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music monday: new fall tunes

Last week two albums were released that are perfect for chilly weather and cloudy days. I’ve been alternating between the albums of Pompeii and Taxes, and wishing the weather here in Austin would get it together and allow me to fully embrace the music the way I think it would sound best (aside from live, of course. nothing beats live).
Pompeii Band
You can hear songs from Pompeii’s new album loom here. They just left for an East Coast tour, and will be playing CMJ, so if you’re in the area, go check them out.

Tuesday, when It Never Ends by Taxes was released, I purchased it immediately, and dragged my laptop to the kitchen to listen to the tracks online while I made cupcakes for girls’ night. There was definitely some dancing with a spatula in my hand happening. I think Lost at Sea is my favorite song off the album (so far). West Coast friends can check them out Nov. 6th in SF at Bottom of the Hill. Here’s a video for Kali:

What new albums are you listening to? Anything I should check out, or share? In case you haven’t noticed, swoony (let’s pretend that’s a real word — like bloaty <–that’s for you Gilmore Girl fans) tunes are my favorite.

xo
-renée

 
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the haps: holiday crunch time is coming

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I’m happy that we will be returning this necklace to the This Creative Life shop soon. With one small change, our wood necklaces are going to be hand-painted again. This one was printed for us. We’re working on re-launching the This Creative Life line soon.

WORKING ON:
Our new project, This Creative Life online shop, getting caught up for holiday crunch time, blog posts, design portfolio for our agents and Printsource.

THINKING ABOUT:
How to survive the next three months.

ANTICIPATING:
Finishing up the site for our new project, redoing the blog layout (seriously, I have it planned out, just no time to make this happen! sigh.), the holiday season rush, and Printsource.

LISTENING TO:
Taxes and Pompeii (more about that tomorrow).

THANKFUL FOR:
1. Sierra — she’s going to work my booth at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the night of The Hobbit release, so Josh and I can go.
2. That things have been falling into place here. Josh’s last day at the print shop is on the 24th. Soon he will have more time to work on Robo Roku stuff, which is so great, because we are quite behind.

PLANNING FOR:
This will probably not be changing for the rest of the year: Holiday season, and licensing shows next year.

WATCHING:
ALL THE SHOWS! Ha ha! I seriously watch a lot of tv, but it’s the only way I can decompress. I haven’t watched Netflix much recently because of the fall shows being back. Doctor Who, Revenge, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey, Selfie, Madam Secretary, Scandal, Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow, Gotham, Cutthroat Kitchen, Gracepoint, Nashville, How to Get Away With Murder, Franklin and Bash, and Project Runway (my fave!) — lots of tv. This list is kind of embarrassing, but seriously, without a way to veg out, I’d probably lose my mind. The normal things other people do to relax make my brain go into hyper-drive. Truth be told, I work on my computer blogging or emailing while watching a lot of these.

Are you getting ready for holiday crunch time, too? Anything you’d love to see return to the shop? Back to work I go!

xo
-renée

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fan art friday: harley quinn

My friends are all huge nerds. Thankfully, that means we have plenty of shared interests. Like art, and Batman. (Duh.) Over the last few years, I’ve painted several portraits of Gotham-dwellers for friends and clients, of various villains as well as of Batman. This time, it was THREE consecutive paintings of Harley Quinn, requested by two different friends.

This Harley pin-up is based on the character’s Batman: The Animated Series version. It’s acrylic paint on a 24×24″ canvas, and was shipped to Bruce, whom I’ve known nearly 15 years. (What?! That’s crazy.) I love the bold colors.

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Detail:
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After finishing the full-color HQ pin-up painting, I began working on two coordinating smaller pieces for my feisty lady-friend, Gillian. She already has an amazing art piece, purchased from another local artist, of the Joker. He’ll soon have these (shown here in progress) hanging on either side:

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These paintings are each 8×10″, acrylic on canvas. I chose the cool grey instead of white to complement the pale neon glow-in-the-dark paint color on the Joker painting with which the Harleys will hang. Can’t wait to see them all together!

Happy Fan Art Friday, everyone!

-Jen

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geeking out: star wars cosplay

Star Wars Cosplay
Are you still looking for a cool Halloween costume? We are geeking out over these super cute and fun Star Wars Cosplay outfits from Her Universe! Not only are they so stylish, but they also come in sizes S-3X. It’s refreshing to find more sites expanding their size offerings. They have even more awesome Star Wars apparel here. I’m really digging this adorable dress. Dresses with Peter Pan collars always do me in. I seriously need the dress and Ewok tank.

I’m not sure if I’m going to dress up this year. I probably won’t even be giving out candy, which is sad, because I love to see all the cute kids in their costumes light up when you give them candy. This year I’ll be celebrating the day seeing one of my fave bands of all time, The Afghan Whigs. If you’ve not heard them before, do yourself a favor and check them out right away. Definitely listen to Greg Dulli’s (the lead singer) side project The Twilight Singers. So swoony and perfect for fall. If only it was an all Greg Dulli show. Sigh.

xo
-renée

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makeup monday: the girl with green eyes

My first Halloween makeup post of 2014 is one I’ve been wanting to do since last year, so I’m stoked to finally have tried it! Though I’m certainly no Kim Catrall, I’m pretty happy with the results as I recreated her look as Gracie Law from Big Trouble In Little China.

The inspiration:

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My version:

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Observations and products used:
I started with full-coverage foundation and thicker brows than usual (filled out using brown powder and an angled liner brush), and set everything with tarte Amazonian clay mineral powder. I then began contouring with a brush and my dark pink color.

Be sure to use a matte finish fuchsia eyeshadow! My first attempt involved a mixture of cream and powder blushes, but I really disliked the shimmery finish that blush tends to have. Because I had to make the correction—with limited enough time that I couldn’t wash it all off and begin anew—I ended up with a darker, more dramatic application of the dark pink, so in the future I’d go straight for the matte eyeshadow.

I piled on lots of Urban Decay Primer Potion and purple shadow, then finished off the eyes with black mascara and gel liner. All eyeshadows used for this look are in my b&h cosmetics 120 color palette.

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I didn’t have a big, fancy ceremonial headdress like Kim’s lying around, so I polished the ensemble with a dangly pearl headpiece, red lips (Kat Von D), and a fake beauty mark (strategically placed to hide giant blemish).

Which other costume makeup looks would you like to see?

-Jen

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the haps: secret stuff update

These photos are not the best, but we were pretty excited to get them emailed to us. In August we signed a licensing deal for tech cases that were being debuted at a trade show late last month. The licensee sent us pics from the show. There was a tight turnaround, so not all the designs we submitted were made into cases in time, but they did add some of our designs to their signage. We can’t wait to see how some of our other designs turn out.

Robo Roku Bubble Tea Sea
Robo Roku Rad Panda Ipad Case
Robo Roku Signage

More exciting news… we signed with agency Supermarcas for representation in Latin America, Mexico, and Panama. Seeing the other names they represent was quite humbling. I cannot believe our logo will soon be added to that list. It’s both exciting and overwhelming. Things seem to be moving pretty fast in these parts, but I’m not complaining.

Tomorrow we’ll be at the Austin Flea at Opal Divine’s. ATX friends, please come out and say hi! More news is coming, but we’re not quite ready to show our project, yet. Hopefully next week. EEP!

xo
-renée

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