Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Pattern Collection




If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I've been more than a bit obsessed with drawing on my ipad the past week or so. It is seriously addicting!

So much so that I created an entire pattern collection, my first ever (!), with motifs I drew entirely in Adobe Draw. I imported all of the images and created the repeating patterns in Illustrator. 

Here are the patterns! 







I'm excited to add these to my Spoonflower shop, and would love to license them for stationery or bedding! 

XO,
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Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Day



Thankful for a morning off of work to search through quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. and take some time to put one of them down on paper and then on my computer screen. 

So many of our freedoms we take for granted, but doing the right thing seems to be one that provides the biggest challenge for many. 

Here's to pushing ourselves to do right even when it is hard!

XO,
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Letters


I've been playing around with letters lately, mostly on our iPad with my new stylus...









With the exception of the "g" which was a scanned hand-drawn piece, I created the rest solely in Adobe Draw on the iPad. It is addictive!

This might turn into a daily project! Stay tuned...

XO,
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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Happy Little Clouds




Is there an identity you kind of want to try out, but you think you'll pretty much suck at it?


Let me tell you a story.


(But spoiler alert...you are NOT alone.)

I painted the background on this canvas about a month ago and absolutely hated it. 


I wish I had taken a before photo, but you'll just have to imagine the diagonal stripes of turquoise, gray and gold. It was a bit of a mess.

So it sat against the wall in our bedroom since then. 


Every few days I would think about it and how I could fix it. I even brought it out of our bedroom a few times, only to return it hours later. I hadn't got up the courage to revisit it. I honestly thought all I would do is make it worse. 


A few days ago I started reading a new book, Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk (which is just as awesome as the title), and it encouraged me to pull out my paints and get to work. 


I wouldn't call myself a painter by any means - I don't know technique or what tools to use etc, BUT after these happy little Bob Ross clouds started to come together this morning, transforming that background I once hated into something that's making me smile, I realized that maybe I should rethink how I define myself. 


I actually have some encouraging and wonderful memories of being a painter. In elementary school, my art teacher Mr. Robinson taught me how to paint a landscape. I have vivid memories of him standing over my shoulder, giving me tips on how to make mountain peaks and waves of water. It was all very Bob Ross, kind of like my clouds. 


So I thought of him as I painted yesterday. And thanked him with each brush stroke and squirt of paint. 


Yes, I literally squirted the paint directly onto the canvas. See what I mean about technique? But hey, it worked.  

I'm sharing this to encourage you to think about how you define yourself. 


What identity would you like to have, but are maybe too scared to give a chance? Or what is that thing you used to do as a child...an identity that you used to wear proudly, but for some reason you discarded and haven't tried back on? 

You get to define who you are! And if you're struggling with that, definitely check out this book.




It is a super cheerleader!


XO,

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

2017!



We did it friends! We made it to 2017!

Wishing you a fabulous year!

XO,

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

One Little Word 2017


Hello friends!

It is hard to believe 2016 is coming to a close, and that I'm typing out a post about my one little word for 2017, but here we are. 

And I know many are saying Amen! And Hallelujah! to the close of this year.

A lot of you, a lot of us, have had a trying year. The seas have been rough with choppy waves for so many.

I have felt the sea sickness of those waves coming from our political climate, and from the devastation our friends in places like Aleppo, and even Gatlinburg, have experienced. As a super empathetic person, there were days when thinking about these things has overshadowed what has been going on between the four walls of our home.

But between our four walls these past 365 days, in all honesty (and not at all to sound braggy), things have been rather joy-filled and wonderful.

I was gifted a six month sabbatical from work, we remodeled our kitchen, my artwork has grown and provided me with immense happiness, and my marriage has grown stronger. Not to mention everything about those two boys who call me momma (or fart face...but whatever). 

It has simply been a good year.

Renew was my one little word for 2016, and I chose it this time last year, thinking ahead to my time off mostly. And while it was a good word, looking back it doesn't truly describe 2016 for me. 

That's the thing with choosing a word - sometimes it doesn't quite jive. And that's OK! 

Not that I didn't have time of renewal this past year, because I did. But overall I would say it was a year of growth and challenge for me. And of major gratitude and presence.

But for this year? I was struggling with what word to choose. I wasn't even sure if I would choose one. Then recently a friend posted on Facebook for people to share one word that began with the first letter of their name, to give her encouragement for the new year. And MAGIC popped up right away into my head. So that's what I shared with her.

And then I almost immediately decided, THAT'S IT! 

My one little word for 2017 is MAGIC.

I know it may sound cheesy & head in the clouds. But I mean really...when haven't I been either of those things? (and darn proud of it!)

And this year I feel like being a bit more of those things. Because life really can be magic if we let it be. And I want as much as I can get my hands on in 2017. 

Magic with my art, with my relationships, with how I experience the world and everything in it. 

Do you have a word for the upcoming year? Or a phrase or goal you are reaching for? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

P.S. This image was in my timehop today from last year. So perfect, right? 



XO,

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas friends! 

And happy anything else you may be celebrating today!




I'm SO very thankful for you!

We have had a truly delightful and relaxing Christmas, and I'm beyond grateful for that. I hope you are enjoying time to rest, laugh, eat good food and recharge!


XO,
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