Hey there! Life throws some wonderful changes sometimes. It’s been a very busy year that has taken me temporarily astray from my Anouk’s Ark focus. The shift occurred when I got engaged to a wonderful man who happened to come fully equipped with THREE kids (all under the age of 10!) and a dog named Sam. I brought my dog, Kobu and my hamster, Simon to the mix so I’d say my fiancé got off pretty easy! 😉
So, now engaged, living in our new house, renovations galore, taking care of instant family 50% of the time and trying to get back into my art…phew! Having kids around has given me some new creative outlets. The four year old got me thinking about how I could help her with learning her letters…which has lead to my new series of alphabet drawings! Here are the first 3 letters of our alphabet…more to follow…please keep in touch!
As if this day couldn’t get any better…it just did! I was treated by my sweetheart to an afternoon of horseback riding out in the country – a MUCH needed little break from the busy-ness of the past few months. The sun is shining, the air crisp and clear, I’m sitting on a beautiful horse, riding through the woods with trees sprouting fresh green leaves and flowers, a majestic red tailed hawk flies overhead …heaven. Then I come home to a package from the Jane Goodall Institute USA (Roots & Shoots) filled with copies of their most recent newsletter! Back in the fall they interviewed me for their “Career Spotlight” section. The publishing was slightly delayed, but it’s never a bad time to get some lovely publicity. And when that publicity comes from an organization whose founder is one of my all time idols and whose work I admire and support, life just doesn’t get any sweeter! 🙂
The newsletter is not yet uploaded to their website, but I have scanned the section for you to see and will attach it to this post: AnoukJGIProfile
Hurray for May 6th!!! Hurray for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots! Hurray for time outs to enjoy the beauty of spring!
Thank you universe.
Anouk’s Ark is officially launched! Thank you to all who made it such a success: The Monkey Bunch, The Little Paper, The Tot Squad, New Moon Kitchen, Front Door Organics, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada… A huge thank you to my wonderful friends who helped set up, run the event and take it all down: Angel( and Shea ), Bill, Jackie, Julian, Lyndsy, David, my Mom and Dad. And, thank you to all who came out to party and purchase the Endangered Species Memory Game and the Endangered Species 2 in 1 Puzzles! You have contributed to raising money for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and you’re helping me fulfill my goal to make this world a better place for all species.
Here is a little video I put together from the launch at the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen in downtown Toronto:
I went to the manufacturer who is making the game and puzzle pieces on friday afternoon. It was so exciting to see everything in production. I got samples to take home as well copies of the information booklet that’s going in the game. Very soon I will have my games and puzzles. Yippee!
Yep, I’m giddy with excitement. This 2nd version of my Endangered Species Memory Game is ‘greener’ and better made than the first one. Fourteen out of the 36 illustrations are brand new too.
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