Archive | November, 2012

Illustration

21 Nov

Tis the season for turkey, potatoes, roast parsnips and tonnes of chocolate and bacon wrapped sausages. It’s also the season for Christmas Cards. I love a good christmas card so still send them to friends and family but this year I am excited about Christmas cards for a whole other reason!

For a while I have been working on my illustrations, learning new skills, practicing when I am not working or traveling to work, and saving for Photoshop so I can upgrade from just using sketchbook pro. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a handy system for getting ideas down in sketch form but is not great for colouring or getting textures into an image thus all my illustrations so far are frustratingly flat.

I have this year managed to get a Company to use one of my designs on their corporate Christmas cards! This card will go out to over 800 clients of theirs with my details neatly printed inside. This is exciting as it is my first official job as an illustrator and who knows, maybe I might get a few more requests following the mail out! All this at a time when I am trying to sell and buy a house is my appreciated showing my I am not wasting my time and who knows, maybe I wont be an administrator forever!ImageImage

Watch this space!

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The waiting game

14 Nov

After finding a buyer for our flat, finding a new house that accepted our offer I though that the next process should be a quick one. So very wrong.

Applying for a mortgage you can either do the hard work yourself and scout out banks for the best deals and then meet with them and fill in all the forms and provide all the information needed. I took the route of a financial advisor, mainly as that is what my Husband does. Pretend he isn’t my husband though and he did all the paperwork organising for me, sent me all the documents with handy tabs on them telling me where to sign and date and what parts I needed to read. Then, when we had some problems with the mortgage being rejected (some issue with a retainer put on the house pushing us a tiny bit over the 90% barrier) and he was the one to chase the bank over three days finding out what the issue was – stress that would have been all mine had I done this myself.

A few more days of waiting and signing some more papers and finally! We got the text to say the application was granted. I have a house now right? Nope.

Now begins the waiting again. The management company of our flat is still refusing to cooperate and as this is an unregulated industry there is nothing we can really do about this besides calling and emailing each day whilst theĀ solicitorsĀ on both sides do the same in the hopes they get fed up with us and do it to be rid of us.

Whilst that is happening there will be land searches on our purchase property that the solicitor will organise (yep more money going out).

Every step gets you closer it is just a game of chasing when you can and waiting when you can do no more chasing. In the meantime I already have the dining room decorated in my head and am onto our future childs bedroom!