Monday, August 20, 2007

Social Networking

Originally uploaded by desireux.

I've been busy ...

Finally signed up for 3 new networks: Facebook, Indiepublic and Gluestickgreetings by Ning, and boy, are they keeping me occupied.

I was very surprised at the speed of replies I got after adding old friends on facebook. Within one night, almost all my requests were authorized. I knew Facebook was popular but didn't know it was that popular.

Anyway, I've finished the book by Trump. It was an interesting read, especially if you are an Apprentice fan. If not, the last half of the book might be boring because it gives a rather detailed account of the finale of the 1st season and the first few episodes of the second. Other than that, I like Trumps outlook on life and his writing has a nice sense of humor to it.

Going to start on a second book soon, The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Currently reading ...

Lucky Trio
Originally uploaded by desireux.

"Being good in business is the most facinating kind of art ...
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." -- Andy Warhol

I just visited the Urbana Free Library today and picked up a total of 7 books. 5 art books, 1 light young adult fiction to read before bed, and the book I've just started on "Trump: Think Like a Billionaire. Everything you need to know about success, real estate, and life."

The quote above is from the introduction of the book. I've just read a few pages, but it's managed to capture my interest. So if like me, you not only like designing and creating, but love the business aspect of it, check out your local library for the book. Even though I think he talks more about real estate, there's bound to be something aplicable. Not to mention some snippets about The Apprentice (I LOVE it!)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bats In The Dark

Bats In The Dark
Originally uploaded by desireux.

This is the second design in my Halloween series of pop-up cards. I have to say, this is my favorite so far. Will be going to cut another card I designed last night, this time it's for sweethearts ...

Once when I was living in the dorms, I opened my door and lying outside was a baby bat! I had no idea how it got in there, the whole place is air-conditioned and the windows are hardly opened, and there is netting too. It was rather adorable, furry body and beady eyes, but it was dying. I didn't know what to do so I reported it to the front desk, but no one seemed to think it was a big deal that there was a sick little bat lying outside my door. Unfortunately, it died soon after that.

By the way, I just discovered a new group, Plain White T's and I love their song Hey There Delilah!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Pop-Up Cards for Halloween

Cats in the Dark
Originally uploaded by desireux.

Last night I designed two new cards for my Halloween pop-up card line. I wanted something unique and remembered a design from ages ago when I was probably 10 or 11.

When I was a little girl, I used to join art competitions and was rather serious about them. My parents were very supportive, and rather serious about it too. Before the actual competition, there would be brainstorming and practices. One competition was organized by the Sarawak Cat Museum and of course the theme was "Cats". I remember trying to draw cats, but my cats were not the pretty cats that would win competitions. My mum came up with a brilliant idea of having a totally black background and just having the eyes glowing. Oh what a great idea that was, and I had a great time drawing and giving those cat's eyes different colors, shapes and sizes. And "Cats In the Dark" won the first prize. It even was made into a post card sold at the museum. So if you go to the Sarawak Cat Museum and see a child's drawing of "Cats in the Dark" on a postcard, its most probably mine :)

Stay tuned for more halloween pop-up cards. I'm excited!