Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy New Year (still)

2010 will be the year of new adventures. I've experienced the following new-ness so far:

Rock Climbing -
It may have been my first time clinging to a plastic rock and using silly words like "belay", but it won't be the last time. Rock climbing is no longer a mystery sport reserved for uber-athletes and adrenaline junkies (although I guess I've become one of those). This is one of those things that looks difficult but is simple (also deadly, so don't get distracted). The key is to use your legs to push yourself up instead of trying to hoist with your arms.

Contrary to what you might think, as the belayer (the person who stays on the ground and holds the rope) you have absolutely no time to ogle the toned butts of fellow climbers. Disappointing but true.

On the bright side, you do hold your friends' life in your hands, so they'd better be really nice to you.

"Oh, you're ready to come down?! Tell me again how great my hair looks. Say it like you mean it!"

New Car!!!! -
Not really "new" but new to me. Continuing the Honda dynasty of my household, I purchased a 2005 Honda Element as the upgrade to my 1990 Accord. If I loved it any more, I would change my Facebook status to say "Selina Shehan is now in a relationship with Honda Element." All of the seats come out or flip up, it has a tail gate that you can sit on while putting on your snowboard boots or waiting for your tofu pup to come off the grill, it's got a moon roof, outlets for pluggin' stuff in, more cup holders and armrests than you can shake a stick at, and most importantly: dramatic pause...

When you drive this car, you feel like the captain of the starship Enterprise.

I have named him Geordi LaForge.

Training for my first Triathlon -

Both Liz and myself are planning to do the Wunder Woman triathlon in Medical Lake this August. It's still a long way off, but we are both inexperienced with swimming and we want to kick serious butt, so training starts now. Training will include swim caps with giant fake daisies.

I'm including this photo because it makes me laugh so hard I snort. This is a mugger taking down a, wait...that's me running a 5k on a cold day. Go 204!

New Band -
The Bleeding Edge was fun while it lasted, but we have moved on to a new project. The new band name is Cryptid, we are a trio with Greg on bass, Tony on guitar, and me on guitar and vocals. I'm hoping to get us out playing shows by early Summer.

On top of all that, I just finished up a few projects that I'd like to share.

The first is the flyer and postcard invitation for Boutiques and Blooms.

Boutiques and Blooms is part of the Inland Empire Garden Club tour, the proceeds from this event will benefit RiteCare Spokane, free speech therapy for children ages 2-7.

The second thing is the updated homepage for Rings & Things
Here's a side-by-side comparison of what the Rings & Things homepage looked like when I started working there, way back on July 6th, 2005, and how it looks as of today (click 'em for a closer look):

an Alice in Wonderland themed ad for Rings & Things

and finally, here is the 2010 postcard invitation for the Rings & Things BeadTour.

And...back to my New Year's resolution of "promoting my business"; I am showing a painting in the SVS (Shrinking Violet Society) Birthday show. Sharing my "fine" art is yet another thing that I've never done. Art for art's sake has always eluded me. Although I've been drawing and painting for many years, I never considered that I could sell anything other than my commercial art abilities. I thought: "why would you pay me to do something that has no function?" It doesn't sell anything, it doesn't inform anyone, it doesn't save the world...but I guess it's pretty. This is my first shot at art that needs to defend itself based on it's arty-ness and not it's effectivey-ness, and that is scary.

Amor y Muerte ~ Selina, January 2010

That's whats shiny and NEW with me. What's new with you?


Tafurious said...

I have art envy!!! Great car- great art- FANTASTIC web and ad work. I'd lost faith that the home page project would ever happen. It looks really good Selina. Kudos to you!

Anonymous said...

You all look so good. Wow woman you keep busy- I hope you take some well deserved breaks now and then.

Nice painting- it took me a minute to figure out how you painted over the frame. All around nice work! ;)

~ selina ~ said...

Thanks friends, I'm very excited about the painting. The plan is that it will kick off my first series of "real" artist, fine art work.