It is the longest day of the year and I am feeling terrific. Everything is wonderful – great weather, fun projects, tasty food, good people. The present moment is filled with appreciation and pleasure, even as I type this post.
Lately I have not written much about my life. If you are wondering, here is a brief synopsis. Ray and I celebrate our fifth anniversary today. So happy. We are immersed in city life at the moment but we are dreaming about building a studio back up in the country and planning the steps we have to take to get there.
Even though there is a lot to look forward to, life in the city is going well right now. I have been dabbling in various niches and find myself being drawn to, well, drawing. How many projects does it take before you begin calling yourself a fashion illustrator? Because with more than a few projects filed, I think that perhaps a fashion illustrator is what I have become, which pleases me.
I also have a part time job helping out at a boutique in Yorkville, a neighborhood in Toronto with fancy restaurants, designer clothing, expensive coffee, million dollar condominiums and other luxuries. It is nice to get out of the studio a couple days a week, freelancing is so solitary sometimes. Work has a pleasant atmosphere with friendly and interesting people. My job description is not particularly impressive, but I get to do a bit of everything – including patternmaking and cutting for the house label, tasks I enjoy.
These days I spend a lot of time walking… to work, to market, to this and that. Toronto is beginning to feel like a small town as I often bump into people I know. I try to take the shady routes through various neighborhoods, and can often be seen carrying a parosol as I have taken an interest in sun-protective accessories.
There is always things to see in the city, and a rich variety of new foods to try, and so many events happening all the time. As a rural Ontarian I had an erroneous assumption that Toronto was snooty and rude.Â Yet once the city becomes familiar it is a very friendly and fun place to be, especially in the early days of summer. Strange to admit, I really like living in Toronto.
One other announcement – you still have time to enter my challenge at The Fashion Spot’s Project Runway Game! I am giving out memberships to The Fashion Spot to anyone who wants to submit an entry. Just contact me and let’s play.
That is all for today, thanks for reading, hope you are having nice, long, day. =)