Monday, October 20, 2008


I JUST sent Tracey my drawings for the next set (finally!) but I think she's still traveling back from her latest show, which means I'll have to post SOMETHING ELSE to keep myself from giving you all an illegal sneak peek before it's official.

So, in the interest of distraction, here are a few photos from my vacation. We started on the Big Island of Hawaii (where I grew up and lived for 18 years), then to Oahu for where I also spent several years of my life.

We did an easy 3 mile hike in the Volcanoes National Park (one of my favorite places in the world). The trek started out easy and sunny enough, but within minutes we were walking through sheets of rain. Eventually it cleared and the view from the top of the lava cone we climbed was gorgeous.

We went from rainforests and lava fields to beaches and turtles.

There were about 150 more photos, but I won't bore you with the rest of them. Stay tuned for a real DF update soon, very soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sorry for the lengthy disappearance. September was a super-busy month for me, especially since I was getting ready for two weeks in Hawaii at the beginning of October. Ironic that preparing for my vacation was such a source of stress, and now that I'm back home and slowly catching up, I can finally relax (a little).

The visit to Hawaii was great though. I took my boyfriend to two islands to visit my friends and family and attend a close friend's wedding. Everytime I go back (about once a year) I see so many changes to my little hometown. Take, for example that green guy at the top of the page. When I was growing up, all the geckos in Hawaii were light brown critters that have now been chased away or eaten up by these meaner, stealthier greenies. I never liked the brown geckos (or any creepy crawlies for that matter), but I'm still saddened by their disappearance. It's this strange reminder that nothing ever stays the same and life is a constant revolution of adaptation and change.

Philosophical thoughts aside, I have so much catching up to do. I want to post some photos of my trip, but I'm behind on so many other things at work, not to mention being extremely late on the next Doodle Factory set!!! I'll probably be a little quiet for the next few days as I try to pick away at the things I let fall behind.

In the meantime, here's something I meant to post ages ago. Before leaving for my trip, I asked Tracey to send me some of the stamps from the Doodle Factory Fairy Tale set in mounted form so I could give them to my friend's young daughter. I know the Pro-Stampers out there prefer to mount their own, but it was really neat for me to see these on blocks since I'd only ever seen my sets in rubber sheet form.