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Adieu, bread & butter job…

Life has an interesting way of sending me messages, lately.

Yesterday, I’ve been told that there were some restructuration in the company and got laid off. Woah.

I am half-happy and half-sad.

Half-happy because, inside, I knew I wouldn’t stay forever in this job. Having  followed graphic design classes in the last year, I couldn’t stay too long in a regular cubicule job that had nothing to do with what my hearth desired. Not to mention it wouldn’t do good for my long-term career goals and projects.

Half-sad because you do get attached to the people and the place. I was a receptionnist, so I got to greet everyone each morning. Even thought I knew everybody at some different level, I still knew them.
Oh, and I could get free latte coffee… Yep, good times.

Right now, I am trying to focus on the good things coming up. I will have lots of choices to make in the following weeks/months, so this is certainly going to be one interesting ride.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll have more time to blog. :p

Finding balance

Amazing Henne art & picture by Bethsobel via Flickr.

I hate starting this post with a “I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately”, but I have to.

Not posting for almost a week 5 days is not something I’ve been used to since this blog has started, more than 7 months ago. It’s not that I am missing post ideas (You should see my “ ideas pad”! Phew!), it’s just that my bread & butter job has been more demanding lately with the results of draining my energy and time even more.

I’m all in favor of day-jobs because they do help me puirsuit my creative projects. But, as time pass, I know I will have to make choices. I just don’t know yet where this is going, but I am going somewhere, for sure.

So, in the meanwhile, I am trying to find some balance between blogging and my current work situation. I hope you’ll still stay around because I am going nowhere and am so in love with blogging that I’m not stopping anytime soon.

Just wanted to let you know. 😉

Special Dr. Sketchy @ RVCQ in Montreal

Pictures are courtesy of Salim Khan

Last friday, I was fortunate enough to join the Dr. Sketchy Montreal gang for a special event they joined at Les rendez-vous du cinéma québecois.

Here, you can see me next to Dr. Sketchy Montreal‘s coordinator, Georgiana. At her right, you have 2 other wonderful artists, Étienne Laroche (who is known for always winning the Dr. Sketchy Montreal contests! 😉 ) and Cameron Stewart.

We got to draw, among El Diablo, Loulou and the very inspiring burlesque artist Scarlett James. She was all smiling and had some nice sparkly red liptstick which I was very fond of! (This is the makeup artist speaking here.)

Here’s my result! Made in under 10 minutes… phew! We had to draw fast for this event, it was a nice challenge!

Me, trying not to notice Salim’s camera. :p Which reminds me I need a haircut….

For some reasons, I kept drawing my womens with bigs… “attributes”. Let’s blame this on the beer.
Seriously, I’m not much of a drinker and had to go around midnight so I wouldn’t start snoozing on the table. Not that the event wasn’t fun, but I was up since 6:00am.

I’ve uploaded another drawing on my Flickr account, feel free to check it out if you liked the other drawings! (And maybe add me as a contact on Flickr? 😉 )

Thanks again to Georgiana for inviting me, I had some good drawing fun!

Oh, and if you’re interested in knowing more about Dr. Sketchy, you may check out one of my other blog post about it or the main website with the worldwide branches.

Who wants to do a home exchange with us?

I normally wouldn’t post this here, but since me and Olivier are looking to travel in the next months, I thought I would share this information here.

We are doing a home exchange and are using the Home exchange website to do this. We’ve been there for almost a month and haven’t find anyone that’s free yet. So I thought: “Hey, maybe this could interest one of my blog reader?”

So, here’s me asking: Would you like to do a home-exchange with us? 🙂

Here is our home exchange listing so you can see what we’re looking for an exchange.

If you’d like to find more about what home exchanges are, check out their FAQ page.

You may contact us through the home exchange website (Which would be best.) or just contact me with as much information possible about your place and why I should trust you. 😉 I’m sure you get what this mean.

Now, back to our regular program!

Free Thinking: an interactive liveblogging conversation @ Makeandmeaning

On this Tuesday, February 16th @ 8:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time, the Make and Meaning community will be holding a liveblogging event. The theme is “Free thinking”.

Just in case you’re wondering, a “liveblogging event” is a mix of chat & a blog. Which means the conversation we will be having there will be accessible to read for later.

There’s been a lot of discussion lately in the “crafty blogsphere” about the meaning of free. On it’s purpose and what to expect fom it (or not!).  

As someone who gives freebies and sometimes organize giveaways, I am looking forward to join in this discussion and hear your thoughts on this.

Feel free to join us this tuesday. 🙂

Halloween serie: Scary movies for chickens!

A friend of mine, who’s a big fan of Halloween, told me that him and his signifiant other were having a “Horror-movie-marathon” through all october.

I brought that idea to my own signifiant other and he loved it! So we decided to do the same.

One problem: I’m a chicken with horror movies!
So we decided to go with the scary-but-not-too-scary movie type.

Here’s a list to have a not-too-frightful Halloween time!

1-The Creepshow serie

I remembered them vaguely seing them when I was a kid and recently rediscovered them. The first two chapters are the best as the stories are written byStephen King and directed by George A. Romero (Dawn of the dead movie from 1979).
Each chapter has different small stories with a twisted ending. It may be fun to watch one story per night or to listen to it during an Halloween party.

2-Interview with the vampire

A classic in my book. Or is it a classic book? Nevertheless, it’s nice to watch a younger Brad Pitt struggling as a new vampire. Amazing costumes, great acting and storyline. If you read the books, you know how accurate the movie is to it. Not at all like it’s counterpart, Queen of the damned.

 I discovered this 1987 movie only recently. More than 20 years later… I’ve heard from it, but never took the time to see it. I haven’t read this one’s novel, but I’ve heard they are very differents.  Many lines from Jack Nicholson’s character are meant to stay in your head for a little while…

4-Tales from the crypt serie

Another creepy movie/television serie, probably inspired by the Creepshow one. I miss thoses kinds of short stories in today’s films and televisions. It was all about having a good storyline and a freaky ending that left you wondering. Which makes me think you should also check out the Twilight zone movie as well. Which has nothing to do with that Twilight movie. :-p


5-Corpse bride

Not really a horror movie, but surely one to watch during Halloween. When a murdered bride meet her living groom, nothing can stop her from being happy forever and after.
If you already liked Corpse Bride, I strongly suggest Coraline which was released earlier, this year.

I sell the dead

I’m cheating a little here since this movie is still running in independant film festivals. It currently is running at the Bram Stocker film festival in London. I saw it this summer at the Fantasia Film Festival and loved it as it has the same funny/horror mix as Creepshow and Tales from the crypt.
Here’s it’s screening schedule through the year.


Do you have any suggestions for my not-too-scary-movie Halloween marathon? 😀

New: Halloween serie

Since I’ve always been an Halloween freak for as long as I can remember, I decided that, until october 31st, I will have an Halloween serie on the blog.

This will include:

  • Halloween craft tutorials
  • Halloween book and magazines reviews
  • Makeup tutorials
  • Free goodies
  • General halloween inspiration!

I’ve already started some halloween posts in september, so you may check my holiday categorie for them.

Hope you’ll jump in the magic pumpkin with me for this october! 🙂

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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