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Life update 2014

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Life update 2014

Hi all!

It’s been too long. So much has happened since the last time I blogged in June. I haven’t felt like blogging much due to some rough times on the home front. I think I’m finally ready to start-up again. This is long so if you feel like getting comfy before reading please do 😉

YAY!

YAY!

When I last posted I was still on the Robin’s Nest design team, I finished my time with them and had a great time. Shortly after that term ended I was asked to be on another design team, the Amazing Crafting Products team. I get to play and work with resin and make molds out of some amazing stuff! Just after my first project I got a call I never thought I’d get, a call I wish I never got. My brother called me and told me our father was dead. I lost my amazing, bear-hug giving, encouraging, wise father. A man who was my rock after losing my mom, a man who pursued his bucket list the year after Mom died. My father was killed in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t his fault. My family is no longer intact as it was growing up. Losing my Dad shortly after losing my mom out of the blue to cancer was a total and complete shock to my system. He died a few weeks before his 65th birthday. My brothers and I sprang into action immediately and liquidated his house and belongings, met with a lawyer, collected his items, made arrangements for cremation within a week of everything happening. I’m incredibly proud of how they stepped up to the plate to get everything together and have the mind to know what to do and when, I know I couldn’t be that person. My brother Micah has been doing an amazing job handling the estate stuff and I think it’s almost at an end 6 months later.

My amazing father, I was so blessed to have him. <3

My amazing father, I was so blessed to have him. ❤

After losing Dad I’ve lost the desire to create and do art. I’ve been around my amazing art tribe, amazing art friends, art events and nothing … nada … zip … no creativity. It has really bothered me and I know it’s part of the loss, I’m regrouping myself, finding out what’s important to me and what isn’t. It’s showing me true friends, people who care and people who couldn’t care less.

Can you tell which eye has the 3D mascara on?

Can you tell which eye has the 3D mascara on?

During this time I found a new passion that I really love and that is making people feel beautiful. I’m now a presenter for the amazing and fastest growing direct sales company, Younique. Yes I sell that 3D mascara! How does makeup tie in to my loss? My father always, always encouraged me in business whether it was a good or bad decision. I was getting really depressed over the summer with the loss of my parents and loss of my creativity, my world was shattered. Being a stay-at-home mom can get lonely at times and I had way too much time to think, which made me overthink and do what-if scenarios (those are never good). My neighbor had a virtual makeup party and I bought this 3D mascara that I kept hearing about and it changed my life, literally! This makeup company I believe God put in my path at the right moment to get me out of the dumps. Dad passed on July 13th and I signed up August 6th. One of the reasons I signed up was because I knew he would have encouraged me to do so, the 2nd week in the company I had 2 friends sign up under me, the following week I had 2 more, it felt like a blessing and it has been a blessing. I am again contributing to the family financially, I’m able to bless others and give when I want to and give freely, this has always been a passion of mine but I’ve never been able to. I thank God for Younique and I really feel like Dad is smiling and cheering me on with my new venture. I’ve had to be creative in a different way with this company and marketing myself, I’ve had a smile daily since joining and I haven’t stepped back into the darkness of depression. Here is my website if you’d like to check it out yourself.

My 2nd cousin Amanda on the right :)

My 2nd cousin Amanda on the right 🙂

The past few months I’ve been able to do a lot of traveling as well! I got to go visit my amazing cousin Carolyn (more like my sister) in NJ and her family. Manasquan was beautiful in September!! Her family is another shining example of how to live with hardship and setbacks. All 3 of her daughters, as well as her husband have congenital heart issues and have been in and out of hospitals much of their lives. They are still living and dreaming and making plans in the midst of it all. Her son is away at West Point and they couldn’t be prouder of their entire brood. Keep them all in your prayers. If you’d like to donate to their charity please check it out here. They are amazing and their charity should be known. Love you guys!

Our view!

Our view!

In October I got to go back to Vegas with my hubby, it had been 4 years since the last time. We stayed at the MGM Grand again and it was still fun to get around. He was there for a work conference and I found stuff to do during the day. The days before the conference we did something on our bucket list, visit the Grand Canyon! I left my heart in Arizona and at the GC. We stayed right on the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge, this was our view from the steps of our room. The most incredible experience ever and I can’t wait to go back! We loved it so much we are decorating our house in a Southwestern theme.

Most of my tribe!

Most of my tribe!

In November I went to be with my art tribe in St. Pete. It was our year reunion since we all first started playing together in St. Pete the year before at the art retreat I went to on my 40th birthday “The Joy of Collage” with Lynn Whipple and e’Layne. I love these awesome women and they came to me at the right time in my life when I needed them. I treasure each and every one of them!

We braved a road trip to NC for Thanksgiving with these 2 crazies! We survived!

We braved a road trip to NC for Thanksgiving with these 2 crazies! We survived!

In November we took our first road trip as a family of 4 to North Carolina to be with my remaining family for Thanksgiving. What a crazy trip that was. It was nice being with family and I was really happy to be home to warmer weather, it wasn’t that cold there but boy I turned into a Florida blooded girl! It was great seeing my brother Nate and his growing family as well as the rest of the fam. My brother’s and I also released Dad’s ashes in Williamsburg, VA, one of his favorite places and where we took a lot of family vacations growing up.

On the art front I’ve been working for some amazing creative women who I just adore. e’Layne Koenigsberg and Lora Lee Davids of Art by e’Layne and 3 Hip Chics. These women have also been a Godsend to me, I was looking for a way to work from home (before Younique) and this job fell into my lap when I needed it. I paint boards for them to make repros of e’Layne’s art in the wholesale market and local markets. I also help with other various items as they live in St. Pete. I LOVE making trips to see them and “work”. Check out their amazing products here!

Lately I’ve started turning the loft into my indoor studio and I’m slowly starting to feel creative again. I’ve been building IKEA furniture left and right! I have to thank Susan for keeping me grounded in art on the design team, it’s been my only creative outlet for the last 6 months. I’m happy to say I’ve decided to stay on the team for the next 6 months or as long as she’ll keep me!

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Obligatory "I'm Published" shot at Barnes & Noble! LOL

Obligatory “I’m Published” shot at Barnes & Noble! LOL

This month another dream of mine came true when I got a piece of art published in Somerset Studio Gallery magazine! My painting Olive was sent in last year and was picked to be in the issue. I plan on sending more art in to hopefully be published. Next goal is to have a spread and not just an image in a mixed media mag. I want to thank all of my art friends who encouraged me to go for it! Check that off the bucket list!!

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Lily (3) and Lorelei (almost 8) on her birthday!

 

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How many kids get to have Santa sing “Happy Birthday” to them? My girl did!! 🙂

 

My sweet baby girl just turned 3 last week! How did that happen? Seriously, didn’t I just have her? Time is flying by so fast. Next month my oldest turns 8! What I’ve learned over the last 2 years is to live your life to the fullest, make each moment count, be positive daily, keep going even when you don’t feel like it, love on people and on your loved ones and anything can happen at any time. BE IN THE MOMENT and LIVE! Well that was much longer than I planned but a lot has happened in 6 months, hope I didn’t ramble too much.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

XOXO

Aimée

Self Portrait and some news

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"Life is canvas ... the colors are you." ~ A-ha

“Life is canvas … the colors are you.” ~ A-ha

I used to created digital portraits all the time many years ago. Not once did I ever think to make one of myself until last week when I saw a local call to artists. So strange to me. I’m super happy with how it turned out. I used images of a few of my mixed media paintings in my hair. It blows me away but someone actually purchased this on canvas for their daughter’s beauty salon. I will be hanging in a salon, SO COOL! Just wanted to share!

Life has been hectic lately but things are moving along. I’ve been dealing with sickies with my kiddos as well as myself. My studio is set up in the garage since the move and I’m hoping it can stay out there through the summer but FL summer’s are stupid hot and not sure how much time I’ll actually spend out there if it’s unbearable.

This week I’m branching out and doing something new, I’ll be doing a private art lesson on Wednesday night which excites and freaks me out at the same time because I’m so scattered when I do my art! Wish me luck!

The #twitterartexhibit is next week at City Arts Factory in Orlando and it is benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance’s special needs classes. I am honored to be a part of such a cool event. I created a few post cards last year for the exhibit that was in California. This year it’s local and I’ll be able to attend and volunteer, can’t wait!! That same day my Soul Food class airs! That also freaks me out! I hope people learn my from quirky and often disorganized way of doing art. I’ve been super busy so no blog posts, hopefully this will hold you over for awhile. LOL

That’s it for now!!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Aimée

Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing

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Welcome to Week Three of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce


Today’s topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 


Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way! Next week is our final week!

December 11th: The Creative Process.



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Last week I touched a bit on my creative inheritance and this week I’ll expand a bit more. I definitely inherited my creativity from my Mom and she from her Mom. I’m not quite sure if my Nana’s family was creative but I know they were definitely musical. I recall stories from my Mom about her side of the family being quite the musicians, mostly fiddlers. There are photos of my great great grandfather and his fiddle somewhere. Since my Mom died I have no clue where these memories are. Nana was always creative, she took ceramic classes, I’m sure paint classes because of all the paintings in the home and more. She also had her own jewelry created by her own jeweler and a lot of the pieces were her own ideas. My Mom grew up in a creative home for sure. I remember my mom telling me that when she was a teenager and all the way up to being married she would browse fashion catalogs and go buy her own fabric and create the looks she saw in the magazines. She would make a new outfit for dates and special occasions, this is one skill I am definitely lacking, I wish I could sew. One of the last gifts my mom ever made was a beautiful painting for my Dad. She was creative in the kitchen, in decorating, in gift making and everything was from her heart. I did inherit that aspect of her creativity, I love and prefer to give handmade gifts and really appreciate the thought, love and effort behind a handmade gift.

I would say creativity is important to my family because it is what I do, it’s part of my identity. I love going to art festivals and shows and love that my girls do too. From a really young age my youngest daughter Lily would light up any time she’d see a piece of art, she came alive, it does the same to me. I hope they acknowledge the importance of art later on in life and treasure it as I do. I hope I am passing on a passion for the arts for my girls, it is part of their legacy. It could be theater, music, art, dance or any kind of art. My hubby plays piano so we have the music aspect in our family as well.

I would say I’ve followed in the creative footprints of my family but have added my own twist. They were straight painters and I’ve brought in the mixed media aspect of it. Anything can be used in mixed media art and that’s why I love it so much. My Nana owned a few pieces of my art and so did my Mother. I like to think that a piece of my family is in every piece I create, it’s taken years to get where I am but if I didn’t have the legacy of my family, the nurturing of my creativity I would not be doing art. This piece I created after my Mom passed, she definitely inspired it from Heaven. She is part of what I do and who I am so she is definitely inspiring and still encouraging me in my creative journey.

xoxo

Aimée


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • In
    ‘From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration’ Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little
    project her mom did recently.
  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother’s poetic soul and artful ways. 
  • Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
  • Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we’re all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
  • Licia Berry at Illumined Arts looks at the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within in “Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine”
  • Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity. 
  • Handcrafts are prayers, that’s what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.  
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says “I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs.”
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey. 
  • Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
  • Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
  • Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
  • Denise at It Begins with a Verse  looks back at her family’s creative inheritance.
  • Womansart shares her reflections on creative inheritance.
  • Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
  • Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children. 
  • Marit’s Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
  • Lucy at Capture by Lucy  reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Knitting blankets and the inner landscape–my mother’s life’s work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play
  • Something Sacred – Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
  • Mamma Bloom at Breathe and Bloom writes about her creative inheritance.
  • Mama is Inspired shares how she loved to make holiday ornaments as a child, and now is continuing that tradition with her own child.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
  • Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares her creative journey.
  • Rising on the Road shares her experiences at Finding Life in a Death.

Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist …

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Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce



Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

November 27th: Creative Heroines.

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.



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Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist … for my sanity!!! Yes I said it, it keeps me sane to keep creativity alive and well at home. Being a stay-at-home Mom has it’s rewards, annoyances and sometimes the desires to go out and find a job. I have days when I ask myself if I’d be happier outside of the home and the little voice inside my head says this is what your kids need, this will keep a healthy home, this is the best thing and this is the stage of life where they need me the most. I know there are women in the working world who would envy life at home and I’m not saying I’m not grateful, I just lose my sanity for a bit and then wake up.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

One thing that keeps me sane and loving being home is that as an artist I have the time to create during nap time or when my oldest is in school, I have that freedom. When my oldest daughter was younger we would do lots of crafts at home, the messier the better! We had freedom with our creativity. I loved bringing her into my art world and it gave me the art fix I needed for the day as well as bonding time as mother and daughter. That was a luxury because she was the only child then. Fast forward 5 years later and along comes daughter number 2, most creativity together has stopped because of the age difference. I just went away to a fabulous art retreat for my 40th birthday and came away with the desire to start creating again with my oldest. She desires it as much as I do. I always feel guilty when she says that she wants to do art with me (while I’m cooking dinner, or some other mundane household chore). This year I am working my way back into the creative world with her. We are going to collaborate on some pieces. One challenge is going to be creating with the youngest as well, I may start with finger painting.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

A memory I won’t forget. We still have this little rocker minus the ball on top that our Lily-Bean is now using.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

One thing that drives me nuts when working with kids is the short attention span, you have to constantly be changing things up. They move on quicker than you can get your area set up to start. One way to combat this challenge I believe is having a box of kid-safe goodies to touch, learn from and figure out. When they move on to the next thing they can reach in the box and see if that object inspires them or just fascinates them, turn it into a lesson some how. Kids are very tactile.

Some ideas to try with the kids at home:

  • finger painting

  • water-color

  • making simple ornaments

  • playing with stamps and ink

  • paper clay

  • simple collage

  • drawing

  • playing with found objects and creating something out of it

  • make your own play doh

  • coloring

A great place for inspiration is Pinterest! Make a board of crafts you’d like to try with your kids and work your way through that board. Not only are you all bonding but you’re keeping your sanity and keeping your boredom at bay. I’m preaching to myself here! Another great place for little crafts for kids is your local craft store, there are usually dollar bins with little activities for your kiddos. Keep it simple and fun. Keep your sanity with your creativity! Now go out and create something with your kids!! Make some new traditions and memories!

xoxo

Aimée

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Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.



Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.

DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.

Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.

Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.

Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.

Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.

For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.

Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.

Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.

Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!

Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.

Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.

Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.

Brooke at violicious spent too much time worrying and trying to be creative instead of letting it flow.

Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”

On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.

Creative woman at Creator’s Corner loves color and uses it to paint, draw and decorate to inspire herself and her family.

It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.

Anna of ArtBuds is a trained educator and art therapist. She has been creating all her life and nurturing her daughter’s creativity at home is a priority.

Deb at Debalicious shares how her family enjoy creativity at home.

Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.

Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!

Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.

Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.

Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.

Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.

Molly at MollyLollyLoo explores her family’s shared creative times.

Liz at Reckless Knitting shares how she celebrates creativity with her family.

Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.

Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.

Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.

Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.



Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.

Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.



Chiswick Mum believes that a healthy dose of chaos is the secret to nurturing creativity at home.

Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!

Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.

Just throwing this out there and hoping it sticks!

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She's so zen.

She’s so zen.

To say life has been a roller coaster for the last three years is an understatement. We have not been fully settled since we moved back to Florida from Upstate NY. Throw a new baby in the mix, loss of a parent, kid starting school then changing school, house hunting, lost houses, backed out offers, short sales that are going nowhere and you have a very frustrated family.

I’m not complaining but just writing about what I want and that is peace, being able to dream again and moving on.

Here’s my list of wants and if I manage to get something off this list that is progress!

  • I want a place to call home, my home. Something I can take ownership in.
  • I want to be able to have a Christmas party at my home.
  • I want to put Christmas lights on my home
  • I want to start our new traditions that only the Wheaton family does.
  • I want to have family gatherings with lots of dirty dishes.
  • I want to see all the kids getting along and having fun.
  • I want to be able to give my daughters rooms they love, I’m talking being able to paint walls and accessorize.
  • I want to be organized enough that figuring out snacks, lunches and dinners aren’t so confusing (getting better by using emeals).
  • I want a vegetable garden as well as a herb garden.
  • I want to plant tulips in my front yard.
  • I want to plan playdates for Bean at my home.
  • I want to have set studio time weekly and record art videos
  • I want to go buy antiques for my home
  • I want to go on set dates with Jason.
  • I want my girls to have sleepovers and talk about everything under the sun.
  • I (can’t believe I’m saying this) want to bake with my kids and make a mess.
  • I want to have awesome neighbors like we did in NY
  • I want to go to the beach more often
  • I want to take my kids to art museums
  • I want to have friends over for dinner (a lot)
  • I want to play cards on our back deck (on a new house)
  • I want jazz music playing all the time and not My Little Pony
  • I want my kids to be happy and secure.
  • I want to feel like we’re doing the best thing for my family.
  • I want to start saving for college
  • I want a steady creative income
  • I want to be debt-free
  • I want to be able to travel again and know we have a home to come back to.
  • I want to see Fall in the Northeast again.
  • I want Bean to see snow.
  • I want my daughters to confide in me and trust me completely.
  • I want to be in shape and go to the gym all the time.
  • I want to be able to focus and not feel like my head is all over the place with everything going on.
  • I want to make lasting memories with my family.
  • I want to make an impact on people in a good way.
  • I want to give more.
  • I want to be more.
  • I want to love more.

I know a lot of this stems from being in a house we call home but I feel so much better just getting it off my chest. I really need to blog more, it’s cathartic to me. We need to be settled simple as that. I am grateful for what we have but I don’t feel settled and it’s nerve-wracking for me. Maybe I’m more of planner than I thought I was. I can’t dream now because it bugs me that it’s not there.

Here’s what I’m grateful for.

  • God
  • my family
  • a hard-working hubby who will do anything for me
  • our church (family)
  • Lo is in a good school
  • Bean makes us laugh and is such a light.
  • Lo my little drama queen we have to harness that somehow
  • a roof over my head (even though it’s not mine)
  • 2 working cars that are good on gas
  • close relationships with both sides of the family
  • Publix (yes I said that!)
  • All of my friends
  • My creative side
  • the local art community
  • friends who are patient with me
  • my Dyson vacuum cleaner 😉
  • my cats
  • coffee
  • being able to travel so much when I was younger
  • wanderlust
  • my It Works business
  • my networking side (love connecting people)
  • Greek food
  • new opportunities.

OK that was a mouthful. If you made it all the way through congratulations! I feel better just typing that! Please keep us in your prayers for some resolution some way. Thank you!

Soooo much going on!

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Has it really been April since I blogged last? WOW, just goes to show how much I have going on at the moment. My family life, art life and more. Let’s see where to start ….

As of a week ago we have been packing up our house. We’re renting and we found out that our landlord is selling his house (via text) and we have to be out by July 27th. We are still waiting to close on our short sale (in the works since Feb.) so I had a little freak out moment. What are we going to do? I have 2 kids and we’re about to be homeless!! Most of my days are spent purging and packing up stuff while trying to watch my easily bored 5 year old and my 6 month old chow hound. Hasn’t been easy. I know God has things in control. I’m praying that we are able to close on our house soon. We found out we’ll be able to rent it until closing (still working on the details) and we can move in starting July 19th, just enough time to clean the new place and this one out. I’m exhausted with all of this! Can’t wait for it to be over. At night I find myself decorating the house in my brain and I start getting excited. Just hoping it all works out and we can move into “our” home as owners and not renters. Keep us in your prayers 🙂

Paleo diet – yeah not doing so well in that area right now due to the fact that my kitchen is packed up. Planning on resuming when I have a sense of normalcy and routine. Thankfully it hasn’t been affecting the Bean. 🙂

Speaking of the Bean she is now eating baby food and loving every bite!! I’ve never seen a kid so excited to get in her high chair as her. She gets mad when she sees the wipe coming to her face to clean her up because she knows it’s over. She’s growing like a weed too! She’s just over 6 months now! It’s all happening way to fast this time around!!

Lorelei has graduated VPK (pre-K) and will be starting Kindergarten in August! OMG! Not ready for that! Still need to register her for school just waiting on our rental agreement. So proud of her. 🙂

Art stuff because this is an art blog although it doesn’t seem like it! My art biz has been exploding lately! Not sure why at this time but I’m not complaining. I’ve been making a steady flow of money (not a whole lot but it’s coming in!) I have more work than time to work on things. I probably have about 5 commissions in the works right now but they’re on hold till I finish packing up the house. I was just in my first BIG gallery show last night with some amazing artists!!! There were multiple exhibits going on and I was in the Boarded Up show which was art about skateboards and on skateboards. I did 3 decks! I have never been on such an art high in my life. It was so awesome to be exhibited with some AMAZING artists as well as meeting a lot of them in person. I’m very grateful to have been a part of this night. If you’re local the exhibit will be going on for a month at City Arts Factory go check it out! While there I was interviewed by Orlando Live which was pretty amazing. Guess I was in the right place at the right time. When I have that link I’ll post it. I’m loving meeting so many cool artists in the area and I look forward to being in more exhibits with them. I’m still on a high from last night! 🙂 I branched out at the request of a FB friend and did a piece with manatees in it and I’m so glad I did. I’ve sold almost all my prints and need to order more! I even emailed Sea World and Save the Manatees down here in FL to see if they’d be interested in it. 🙂 If you’d like some cards or a print email me 🙂

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I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s it in a nutshell right now. Hopefully I’ll be blogging a bit more often, I’ll try!

OH and my new website is sort of up. Some of the links aren’t working yet need some help from the hubs when he has time but my new site is here. 🙂

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

And baby makes 4 …. OMG we’re in for another crazy ride

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First off hi! How are you? Yes I’m still alive although some days I’m not so sure. I haven’t been creating anything for quite some time due to the fact that I am indeed pregnant with baby number 2. I’m avoiding my studio like the plague right now which bothers me but it must be done for the sake of the little bugger in my belly. I was very sick during the first trimester and was even hospitalized after I saw my OB due to severe dehydration. I couldn’t keep anything down and the only way I felt better was when I was sleeping, hard to do with an active 4 year old running around. I was on 3 different meds for nausea as well. This pregnancy is so completely different than when I was pregnant with Lorelei. I never got sick with her in my belly!! This baby is making himself/herself known. I will be 16 weeks on Monday and the bouts with nausea have subsided but now I’m just getting headaches and I get worn out easy. Prayers are appreciated. I’m due at the beginning of December. So what do you think, pink or blue?