Friday, January 23, 2015

{trunk show}


Happy Friday friends!

Are you as anxious for the weekend as I am?

I wanted to share some exciting news with you. A week from tomorrow on January 31st I'll be holding my first trunk show! The cutest local boutique shop, LaMonta & Elsie, is hosting the show and I couldn't be more thrilled and humbled by their invitation.

I'll have cards, prints, mugs and a few canvas pieces for sale. I'll also be offering custom 5x7 "one little word" or first name doodles for $10 while you shop! How fun is that? OK...the idea of doing them on the spot honestly freaks me out just a tad, but I'm doing it anyway! :)

If you are local I would love to see you there! 

I've also added some fun new robot Valentine's Day notes to the shop...



Perfect to pass out at school. Ahh I miss those days...Valentine's Day is so much fun!

XO,
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{making your own magic}


Did you know I can open and shut car windows with my mind?

OK...so I really can't, but I had the boys believing I was magic today, and that in itself made me feel like supermom.

We were driving home from my office, and Landon rolled his window down. It took Ben by surprise, and Landon tried to convince him that it was magic. I decided to take that and roll with it, so I told them I could open and shut the windows with a simple command.

For the rest of our 15 minute commute, they yelled out requests.

"Mom's window down!"

"Mom's window up!"

"Landon's window down!"

"Landon's window up!"

Man I had fun with it. I would roll one down halfway, then slowly roll it back up in short spurts. They were laughing and freaking out and oohing and aahing.

It was fabulous and so magical even though all it involved was a sneaky press or pull of a lever.

We were making our own magic.



Isn't that what life is all about?

Finding magic in something so ordinary and boring and sometimes frustrating as a drive home from work. There is magic everywhere if we look for it.

And if there is none to be found, we can create it. Kind of like a super power, if you will.

Where could your life use a bit more magic?

XO,
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

{new in the shop!}


Happy weekend friends!

Sorry for the blogging silence...the new year has been a full one so far. I've been busy doodling all sorts of things and have some new products in the shop to share with you. 

First are some fun Valentine's Day notes that of course involve a coffee mug...




I have ready to ship cards with envelopes, and a printable version for those who would like to make them at home!

I've also added three new prints!




Hope your weekend is off to a great start. I'm sipping coffee and contemplating what to do today. I love a wide open day! 

XO,
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

{2015}



Wishing you a 2015 full of joy and inspiration and 
great hugs and even greater coffee. :)

XO,
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

{one little word 2015}


As the new year approaches, it is time to choose my "one little word" for 2015. This will be my fifth year doing OLW, which is kind of hard to believe. 

The idea behind "one little word" is you choose a word to guide you through the upcoming year...to be your compass as you navigate life during the next 365 days. 

Last year I purchased a necklace from Lisa Leonard with my word, become, and wearing it really helped to make that word a part of my daily life. 

Here are my past four words...

2011 
action

2012 
commit

2013
grow

2014
become

In 2013 I chose the word grow, not knowing what was in store for me. In that blog post I said:

"I want to use the talents that God instilled in me. And right now I feel like I'm not doing that to the level He wants me to be." 

Wow. Reading that gives me major chills considering all that happened that year, and since. My word literally took form and my dream began to take shape that spring when I started drawing again.  

The past two years have taken such a huge shift for me. I've become an artist. A working, paid, professional artist. And that has been huge. But I still have so much work to do, and I'm excited but also a bit daunted by that challenge. 

This past year, become was all about allowing myself to become an artist. I signed a contract with an art licensing company and recently received news that my art was purchased by a major retail store {more to come on that hopefully very soon!}. 

If I can toot my own horn and pardon my French, but I used that sh*t out of that word. I'm pretty darn proud of myself. 

And now for 2015. I could recycle the word grow because there is so much I want to learn and do as an artist. Like I said above, along with excitement there is also a healthy dose of fear that comes along for the ride. I'm the kind of person that wants to be good at something without much practice. I'm getting better with that, but I still procrastinate trying new things because I'm worried I will suck at them, in all honesty. And I don't want to do that anymore. 

I know that if I want to turn my art into a full time profession I simply can't do that. I have to be open to trying new things, regardless of the outcome.

I need to be willing to take a few chances.

So my word for 2015 is...

 

I chose leap because I want to focus on the adventure of all of this, and not on the fear or anxiety, because, let's face it...I'm one anxious lady most of the time. 

And anxiety doesn't get you anywhere but curled up in your pj's eating ice cream on the sofa watching Project Runway. {Not that there's anything wrong with that...but I could be doodling instead of eating ice cream.

I don't know what all of the leaps will be, but I'm doing a few of them already. I'm taking courses on handlettering to improve my technique. I'm contacting art licensing companies about selling my work. I'm selling my art locally. 

So here's to a year full of leaps of all sorts, but mostly of the artistic kind.

If you have a one little word for 2015 I'd love to hear about it in the comments! I'd also love to doodle your word for you!

XO, 
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Monday, December 29, 2014

{Christmas 2014}


Whew!

Christmas 2014 has come and gone, and it was so full of good things for our family. It was a bit crazy too, but anything good comes with a bit of crazy, right?

We exchanged gifts and hugs, enjoyed slow mornings, made cookies, watched tons of Christmas shows, snuggled up in new pj's, built lots of Lego sets, tripped over Nerf darts, consumed all sorts of yummy food and sweets, played silly games, and did a lot of reminiscing.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the past week...
























For some reason I was even more sentimental this year...seeing the boys with my parents especially got me. We're so lucky to be so close to them. And watching the boys completely enveloped in the magic of the holiday was so special. Feeling very blessed and happy.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas friends!

XO,
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

{sock monkey slippers}


One of my favorite things to get the boys each year at Christmas are new pj's and slippers. This year I got them matching pj's, but picked out very different slippers, which had me a bit nervous. Ben got ginormous bear paws, and for Landon I picked out sock monkeys. 



Landon has been obsessed with all things sock monkey lately. I'm not sure where the attraction came from, but anytime he sees sock monkey anything, his eyes are glued and he oohs and ahhs over it. So when I found sock monkey slippers in his size and on sale, I grabbed them up.

But I was a bit worried he would think they were too girly or baby-ish. 

Boy was I ever wrong.

He.loves.them.



He wants to wear them the moment he gets home, lines them up at the edge of his bed so he can put them on the minute he gets up, and the best part...he takes them off when he has to pee so he doesn't get them dirty. {Even he knows how horrible his aim is.} 

It is just precious.

But the best part is that he keeps thanking me for them. "Thank you for my sock monkey slippers Momma!" 

Ahhh it just melts my heart.

They had slipper day at school on Tuesday, and when he came home he was all distraught because the monkey face was coming off of one of the slippers. You would have thought I had performed successful brain surgery when I sewed that knitted monkey face back onto his slipper. One of the perks of being a parent is that you can perform fairly simple tasks in exchange for a ridiculous amount of recognition. 

Gosh I love that sweet boy. 

{Don't tell him, but Santa is bringing him a stuffed sock monkey to match his slippers.

And not to leave Ben out...he loves his bear paws. But in more of a "let me see who I can pretend to stomp on" kind of way, which is equally adorable. 

Only a week until Christmas friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

XO,

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