Monday, April 28, 2008

mover & shaker

sent an inquiry looking for an illustration to be done of her Brooklyn Limestone. Stef sent me to take a look at the adventures of her place and needless to say I was moved by a renovation. (Not just any old renovation, Stef put up a blog to journal and document the before, after) -A not for the faint of heart or wallet sort of renovation, however, for those that are movers and shakers.  Here's my illustration of her home.
One day, I clicked on Brooklyn Limestone, and I was shaken by the stressful photo showing some damage to the newly renovated, nearly completed Limestone, some sort of accident, a sewage back-up and I being the kind person that my parents raised, felt compelled to illustrate this home and send it to her. I truly believe that in every situation, there is a reason, a sort of silver lining.  In return, the card with my illustration arrived in the mail and I was "Moved!" I mean the key, the vellum, the type and the gold envelope. Wow!
 Everyday, around me, I witness things that move me, things that shake me and give me inspiration to design, to illustrate and to live.  Stef sent me a lovely box of chocolates too, and then this announcement which moved me. My children asked, where did you get this yummy chocolate, and I replied, from blogging. They say go ahead, blog all you want!

Next time, try to be a shaker and move some-one with something unexpected. Expect nothing in return, just do it because it moves you.   Stef posted about another "catastrophe"  the other day, one of her missing cat.   I am so glad that her cat came home, otherwise, a "hello kitty illustration" was on the drawing table.   

23 comments:

erika said...

Patricia! WOW! Gorgeous, absolutely GORGEOUS!!! What a brilliant idea & surprise! I love it!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

Just a wonderful illustration...so lovely. It does feel so good to something nice for somebody without expecting anything in return, it is almost theraputic. The best thing about doing a good deed is that you actually get that wonderful rush of "feel good" which is just as good if not better than being the recipient of that good deed.

hazel said...

Blessings and inspirations abound!

Kwana said...

Love that illustration and the card is beautiful. It's wonderful to see your work used is such a way. So rewarding.

littlebyRD said...

Gorgeous illustration! Makes me want to go inside and see what other wonderful things are in there. Love your message in the final paragraph about giving.

Style Court said...

lovely story.lovely illustration.

diana @ please sir said...

Very cool...love that drawing.

Melissa Lewis said...

What an inspiring post today. You are so right! We all need to be more proactive in others lives instead of waiting around and being reactive to the things others do for us!

Lovely!!!!

Be the change..... said...

I love your architectural sketches! really charming :-)
You have WONDERFUL penmanship -I received your note in the mail on Saturday!

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Easy and Elegant Life said...

They did your illustration justice! What a wonderful final "project."

And I'm known for cautioning that "no good deed goes unpunished." Thanks for making me think twice Mrs. PvE.

stacy said...

The key is incredible. The card is beautiful.

ALL THE BEST said...

What a lovely post Patricia!! The illustration, as usual, is beautiful!!

Mrs.French said...

your kindness never-ending....I knew there was a reason I love you and your sweet blog!

miss cavendish said...

What a delightful illustration and beautiful use of it!

I've tagged you on my blog for a little "random" fun.

Octavine Illustration said...

i'm not exactly sure which is the most beautiful, the home, your illustration or the design, font and layout of the card. i am in such admiration! a simply stunning creation with a wonderful story attached.

enc said...

I really like that illustration.

I think I say this every time, about your illustrations. Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

You do remember records, don't you? ;)

Tyler said...

lovely illustration and kind gesture. how nice to see it on their moving announcement. that home is stunning and the process exhausting. just perused her site 'before and after' posts -- breathtaking. i can't imagine!

Cote de Texas said...

I was just wondering, has anyone every mentioned that you are talented? just wondering that! haha!!!

And on top of that probably one of the sweetest people ever = you did a painting for me once and then sent me note cards of it! I should have sent chocolates. I'm so embarrassed that I didn't send anything. I'm surprised you still talk to me.

You are one amazing woman - the best!

Joni

Elements of Style said...

WOW! What a fabulous card!!! The details! And of course, your fantastic illustration!

In(side) the Loop said...

You are a really amazing woman, Patricia. Sincere, sensitive, caring - how lovely of you to use your talent to make others so happy (and surprised!). Thanks for sharing this post.

Krissy said...

wow! gorgeous illustration and fantastic moving cards!

simply seleta said...

How amazing that you combine your talents with your kindness and love. What a heartwarming story. Thanks so much for sharing! I love you illustrations. They really make me smile.