Family Tree.

To all my friends, and readers who celebrate Christmas, 
hope you have a very Merry Christmas, with your loved ones!

And, if you ever wondered where Santa came from, then check this out...

***Tree by Jeffrey Vallance ***



My new blog obsession...Illustration heaven.

Check it out here.


I want to be there.

Rain and fog are taking over...Wish I can escape for a tiny bit...


Portrait of bored.

When you shove your head in the scanner...

You're bored.


Ahmed and the Ring.

It's finals week and finally, I'm *almost* done with all my classes...

This is my book arts final project, 
I feel proud that I finally know how to bind books and make decent boxes!



For printmaking, we got to experience lithography, and created this collaborative work, 
(mine is the bird in the suit, on the right corner).

***I know the person who drew the man on the bottom left didn't intend this, 
but his character totally reminds me of Jim Morrison, from the doors.***


Bad news.

I found this article in yesterday's local newspaper...

The bad news? The school they allegedly found the carcass in, is right next to where I live, which means that yes, we do have many lovely deers running around, but that also means we have mountain lions on the loose. That really creeps me out, especially that we have a forest / mountain / untouched piece of land, behind our house, where many mountain lions could be waiting for the *perfect* opportunity to attack me, my brother, or my neighbors in fact. Yikes


Something to lift your spirit...

Happy Friday!

(P.S. I think there must be a reason Friday, rhymes with YAY!)

***Illustration created by Omar Noory***


How I spent my Wednesday.

Printing twenty 2-color linocut prints for my final book, 
that's forty times going back and forth from the inking 
table to the press...ow feet!

I'm outta here.


Be still my heart.

One of a kind paper cutouts I did last night.

You can purchase them from my etsy store here and here.

Happy Thursday 
(the weekend is just right around the corner!) 




Here's a tune to relax to, VCR by the xx.

P.S. If you loved this tune, you should definitely check out the rest of their album, and if you can spare $1.99, you can buy their whole mp3 album here, even better, gift it to someone you think might appreciate their music, what's better than sharing good music with loved ones!

Have a great Sunday night / Monday morning



I'll let you in on a secret.

Life is Still Good Etsy store is having a little Black Friday Sale,

Use the code below (Black15) and get 15 percent off entire order, 
plus free shipping world wide on all paper goods.

Just click on the image about, or go here.


Pissed off.

Being bilingual can be such a blessing...

You get to express yourself in two languages!


Winter Song.

Two of my favorite singers, Ingrid Michaelson,
and Sara Bareilles, singing about my favorite season. 

How much better can it get?

Happy Monday!

***P.S. Aren't those characters super cute or what?***

Boys aren't stupid, but this game is awesome.

This game has never failed to entertain me on super boring, long days...

Click here to throw rocks!


Mister Fatso dear.

Meet the cast of the new illustrated story I'll be working on for my final project 
(Eek I can't believe this semester is almost over!!)

Meet Mister Ahmed, and his proposal ring

Mister Laser eyes, and Mister Fatso 

Mister elongated arms

Mister Too Tall

And the pretty Selma

The story revolves around a young man, Ahmed, 
who goes through many obstacles, on his way to
 finding a diamond ring, to propose to the love 
of his life, Selma.

Look out for the happy ending (I think it's already too obvious!)


My view.

This is what I saw when I last looked out my window...

***My brother said we should go to where the rainbow was, 
we might find a gold pot waiting to be found!***


Hope lives.

"Hope is the feeling that the 
feeling you have isn't permanent"

***Quote by: Jean Kerr, American author.***


Goodness celebrated.

Happy Tuesday and Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim
brothers and sisters!



My favorite part in the movie, Amelie.

***Lovely music by: Yann Tiersen***


A Seussilious tale.

The mischievous cat is back! 

An altered ending to the classic Dr. Seuss tale, 
The Cat in the Hat.

Ripple effect.

"Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair".
Edwin Hubbel Chapin, American preacher