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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

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Art Lessons!

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I had the honor and privilege to teach two amazing artists at my home the other night. It was a first for all of us and we all were a bit nervous. It was an evening lesson and it ended up being a late night because they wanted to finish the pieces they started. They blew me away and already had ideas of what they wanted to create. I’m really looking forward to our next lesson. I think I found something I want to be able to do, teach art. I’m happy they were willing to drive from over an hour away to come to my little garage studio. Just look at their amazing pieces!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can't wait till our next lesson!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can’t wait till our next lesson!

Jordan wants to be a musician and a youth pastor. She writes her own music!

Jordan is a musician and wants to be a youth pastor as well as a musician. She writes her own music!

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. :)

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. 🙂

You girls rock!! Thanks to your Mama for googling me and seeking out lessons. It was a great way to get into teaching. I can tell we’re going to have a lot of fun! If you’re looking for a great wedding Photographer in Central Florida their parents are amazing at it!

If you’re local and interested in private lessons just contact me 🙂

XOXO

Aimée

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.

Because it isn’t just about you or me

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Because it isn't just about you or me

I am proud to be a part of this benefit this weekend. If you’re in the Orlando area check it out and join us! Great art from all local artists. There will be art all the way from Uganda from the kids we’re helping out. I’ve donated a piece for the auction called “Peace”.