Hazen-White/St. Francis Elementary School Library Murals

Through Innovatia (yes I have a day job and this is where I work as a Graphic Designer) I was fortunate to be able to work on this fun and fulfilling volunteer project. The company donated over 800 hours of volunteer time to re-do the library, from book drives, to re-cataloging the books, to stripping and sanding and repainting the bookshelves and repainting the walls, and finally a finishing touch of some mural work.





The large open book is actually a corkboard.




HWSF Library Mural Sneak Peek

Through work, I’ve spent a large amount of my time over the past month working on a very fun project. The company that I work for (Innovatia) has chosen to spend their charitable efforts updating a library in a local elementary school. This was a very dreary room before teams of folks repainted the walls, painted the bookshelves and updated and added to the book collection. They asked me if I could do a bit of mural work there and I had a lot of fun working on it. The grand opening is Thursday the 22nd and I can’t wait to be able to share more of this project after that. In the mean time, here is a peek at a small part of a very large project…

Mr. Rabbit

Finished the O’Leary’s keg mural!

Woo-hoo! The photo is taken from the end of the front bar, looking up at it.

More Painting & Rehearsals

Yep – that was pretty much my weekend.

Friday after work I had Jay & Lisa over to hang out, and my landlord & another plumber to thaw my bathroom pipes. Glad Lisa enjoyed “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” – it’s such a cute film! Jay headed off to game and we continued to chill out and watch cute films. I desperately needed the mellow evening.

Saturday we had a rehearsal for Crimes, then I ran errands and did chores. By the time I stopped, it was late in the evening. Can’t wait to get back to my knitting. I’d love to get a large chunk of it done.

Sunday got up early, wiped out on hidden ice outside of my apartment and thankfully didn’t break anything. Spent 13.5 hours on scaffolding trying to get as much done on the mural as possible. Went home, took Advil, popped online for a few minutes to unwind and then hit the hay.

I hope to finish the mural tonight. It’ll be nice to have some more free time again. It’ll also be nice to get paid for the mural work. :-)

O’Leary’s pub mural #2 in progress.


Standing on my tiptoes, I can just reach the bottom level on the scaffolding. It’s a ways up there.

The mural itself is about 7.5 feet tall…

Weekend #2 of The New Year

I started off on the right foot, catching up with Jay & Lisa over a beer, and then I spent the remainder of my Friday evening running errands and cleaning my apartment. I know it may not sound all that exciting, but I was pleased with how much I managed to get done in one evening. I had hoped I’d have time to watch a little BSG before bed, but I didn’t.

Saturday – up early and off to sketch the mural. The scaffolding is way more comfortable to work on than a ladder. Once I finished the sketch, I had time to quickly catch up with Colin at the market, then grab a coffee and head to rehearsal. After rehearsal, I popped home to feed the cats and then headed out to Jay & Lisa’s for a lovely roast supper. I stuck around to watch Galaxy Quest which I had never seen before. It was awfully cute! I was pretty tired from a full day, so I headed home straight after the movie.

Sunday was a pretty full day of mural painting followed by a quick power-nap and then a production meeting and a rehearsal. I was beat when I got home at 10PM, but I stayed up anyway to finish watching season 3 of BSG.

A Busy Start to December

I‘ve been spending the bulk of my time working on making Christmas gifts. I’d love to post photos of the things I’m working on, but then the surprise would be gone for those getting the gifts.

I did take some time last week to set up my tree & mantle village. It now looks pleasantly festive in my living room, and it creates a relaxing atmosphere, except when the cats are launching themselves from the top of the art supply cabinet onto the tree.

And then last week, I decided I needed a night off – to totally relax and do a little gaming… so I picked up Fable 2 and Fallout 3. I actually tried to start playing Fallout 3 but the text was too small/fuzzy on my TV to read and I couldn’t figure out what any of it read. Sigh. At least I’d picked up Fable 2, which has proved to be so much better than the first one – I’m really enjoying it! And I’m also playing it quite a bit, which means I have less time for gift-making….

The mural I was asked to do for a local pub will get done in the new year. I’m glad the owners like the mockups. It’ll be a lot of work , but it should be fun to do, and I’ll appreciate the extra income.

Work is super-busy. My days are flying by as I count down to Christmas vacation.

Is it really June already??

Friday was a super-busy day at work. It felt great to get a lot done, but I was pretty wiped by the end of the day. (Of course, I’m usually a little tuckered by the end ofthe work week.) I caught up with Jay & Lisa M over dinner and drinks at Churchills. Jason and Kizzy came along and joined us too, so it was a nice social outing. After that, I stopped home to feed my cats and then headed out to Brunswick Square. I caught up with Sabine for a bit when I popped in to say hi to her at her new job at the knitting store, Cricket Cove. After that, I caught up with Kristi and Heather and Sabine for a beverage at Mexi’s. We were all pretty tuckered, so I was home around 10 and hit the hay soon after.

Saturday I caught up with Keith over breakfast at Cora’s, then headed out to Hakim Optical to get my second pair of glasses that finally came in (they are funky black and white with a few rhinestones.) I spent a bit of time trying to find a lamp for my desk at work (to no avail) and then went and got groceries. I’d intended to do some work on the mural mockup but the day got away from me. Also I was really tired. I’m actually trying to remember what I did Saturday evening but I don’t think I did much. Oh right – it was pouring rain – and my allergies were through the roof. I stayed in. Keith came over for a bit before work and we did go out for dinner at Jungle Jim’s, and then went back to my place and watched a couple of episodes of Entourage (I’m about halfway through the last season.) After he left, I watched a couple of episodes of Season 4 of Nip/Tuck and then called it a night.

Sunday morning I’d intended to go hiking, but with the amount of rain that came down Saturday and Saturday night, I chose to cancel it. I didn’t want to have to slog through slippery rocks and muddy everything else. Instead, I slept in a bit and then went for a run on the road at INP (Irving Nature Park). I had just enough time after my run to wash and ddry my hair before picking up Sabine and Colleen and heading out East to see the new Sex and the City movie, which was actually quite good. I think we all got a little teary. It was worth seeing for the outfits alone. :-) After the movie, I settled in to work on the mural design, but wound up procrastinating and puttering around instead. Sigh. Now I have to work on it tonight.

A Slacker’s Update

I‘m slack at updateing because I’ve been too busy to get to it. My weekend was filled with errands and a rush to try and finish reading “Pillars of the Earth” (by Ken Follett) before book club Sunday evening. I almost finished. I had about 200 pages left to read. I was actually hoping to finish it by today but once again, I have not had the time or energy. (You see, Oprah is featuring it on her book club and they have Ken Follett on the show today, so I want to watch it.)

I also did a bit more mural work at O’Leary’s – there is now a celtic saying above the flag. It means “a hundred thousand welcomes”. More ladder work but it only took me 5 hours so I wasn’t nearly as sore as I was last week from spending so much time on a ladder.

I’ve also started the set design for “Tuesday’s With Morrie”. It should be pretty simple