My friend Mike just realeased the first episode of his new pocast, The Upload Podcast—”a conversation about creativity to help you move from dreaming to doing.” On the podcast Mike interviews creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side hustlers, and I was lucky enough to be his first guest! You can listen to the “Amanda Wright” episode on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Thanks for having me on the show, Mike!
What better way to start out the new year than with a fresh drawing challenge? If you’d like to join me, hashtag your drawings #WWdrawingchallenge on Instagram. I can’t wait to see what you make! Work at whatever speed is best for you—I’ll be posting two drawings a week on the blog for the month of January. Just because my shop is closed for maternity leave doesn’t mean I’m not still creating!
THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things:
1. your favorite childhood toy
2. a monster
3. your favorite letter of the alphabet
4. a map
5. something that makes you laugh
6. where you live
7. a houseplant
8. something geometric
Shortly after I got knocked up I decided to make a time lapse animation of my growing belly. I took about a photo a week from 12–38 weeks pregnant. It was a tedious project, but it’s so cool to see my body grow a kid from scratch!
The shop is closed for maternity leave! It will reopen in early February, and I’ll send out an email to my newsletter subscribers when I’m accepting orders again (you can sign up in the sidebar if you’d like).
New blog posts will continue! I have weekly blog posts planned through my maternity leave, and I’ll meet you back here January 1st for a new drawing challenge. Get your sketchbooks ready!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all!
It’s time for my unofficial December tradition—a DIY ornament! I thought I had a really great idea for this year—spray paint a koosh ball gold! Remember koosh balls? It was going to be great on so many levels. First, I would get to smell a koosh ball (that wonderful nostalgic rubbery smell). Second, who doesn’t love spray painting things gold? Third, I imagined it would end up looking like a sparkling, starry, snowball of sorts. Sadly, my koosh ornament didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. You win some, you lose some.
Things started out great, but the more paint I put on the more the rubbery tentacles clumped together. When I un-clumped them the paint peeled revealing bits of neon underneath, which gave the ornament that I-made-this-myself look (in a bad way).
Maybe the golden koosh isn’t the worst DIY ornament ever, but don’t go out of your way to make one or anything. I’d recommend making one of these lovely DIY ornaments from previous years instead—a wooden bead snowflake, a ceramic lace snowflake, or a monogram ornament.
The giving birth thing is getting pretty imminent over here, so I finally finished up the baby’s room. This is take one, because we’re temporarily keeping the guest bed in there until the baby sleeps through the night. Then we’ll move the bed out and change it all up.
My goals for the baby’s room were not to stress out about it too much, buy the least amount of baby crap possible, and repurpose as much as I could. For now it’s basically our guest room with a few adjustments.
I collected the doodads and decorations from around the house (except this flying pig bank, which I bought under the guise of it being a Christmas present for the baby). The only furniture I purchased was this Jenny Lind crib.
I thought my antique desk would be a perfect changing table, and if our little girl likes making stuff as much as I do she’ll be able to use it as a workspace in a few years.
My dad made me this bookshelf when I was a kid, and I’ve used it ever since. He and I spruced it up with new diamond cutouts and a fresh coat of paint. At my baby shower everyone brought books for the baby, which really helped fill out the shelves nicely.
In general I’ve learned that white fluffy rugs are a bad idea (especially when you have 2 dogs), but this cheap one from Target is supposed to be machine washable and has great reviews. We’ll see how long it lasts.