Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Creative Connection

Photo from The Creative Connection site for Julie Cole's class


I want to go to The Creative Connection so darn bad!!! I have ever since I first heard about it. It's got everything I want: business, cooking, and making workshops! I would love the creative business and making parts the best, and my family would sure be happy to see better cooking around here ;-)

There are so many people I'd love to meet! Betz White, Patty Young, Charlotte Lyons! There are so many more you'll have to just see for yourself here! It's a smorgasbord of wonderfulness, I tell ya.

What really got me excited were the pitch slams! How amazing would it be to pitch to Hallmark & Demdaco for a licensing deal? It's too much to imagine.

I'm really super intensely hoping that I win the two free tickets. Puh-lease! Go check out their website so that you can go or just sit home and be envious, like I'm doing.

Courtesy of Charlotte Lyons

I bought an embroidery pattern from Charlotte Lyons, that I'm planning on working on when I'm in St. Louis this summer. I just love the design and the colors she used. Cute, right? My friend, Bari, got me all excited about embroidery with the launch of her new site, We Love French Knots. Go check it out as there's lots of fun stuff going on over there, including an awesome giveaway!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer


Sorry to be such a bad blogger. It's hard to do everything in the summer when the kids are home. I'm trying to soak up every last minute of relaxing with my family while it lasts. School starts soon. I always dread it, but I do love the regular work hours it brings.

This is a photo of my kids going off to camp. I just love watching them go off to their day of fun and friends. I wish I had taken this photo every year they've gone. It'd be fun to see the growth, which has been beyond reason this year. My oldest is wearing size 12 shoes. How can that be? He was super tiny when he was born. Maybe even smaller than the shoe. How does a tiny peanut get so big so fast? It flies, my friends. Enjoy every single moment with your kids and don't blink! They'll be big before you know it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I'm working on…that I can show you.

I've been working on a lot of self promotion, some licensing stuff I can't show, and another job I can't show yet. It's frustrating. I love to post stuff the second it's complete. Which usually means I'm changing out images, because I realized after posting that it wasn't really quite right yet.


Anyway, this duo is for my portfolio. They've been trapped in my sketchbook for awhile now and are very happy to be getting out. Hopefully, I'll finish it soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Felting


Went to Devon's house on Saturday and learned how to needle felt. I made this nifty little flower brooch. I've been wanting to do this for years, but I didn't want to invest in yet, more craft supplies only to find out that I don't enjoy it. It was so fun despite stabbing my fingers a few times! I do believe I'm hooked!

I wish I had a picture of her garden. She has the greenest thumb around. Her tomato plants are HUGE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

DIY Tool Box Makeover

 Just a quick post today. Yesterday, I went to Goodwill in search of some bins to organize my art supplies with. I've been looking for a tool box type of thing for awhile. I found this one which I immediately collaged and painted. I have such a bad habit of buying something with the intention of giving it a makeover that never happens, so I jumped right in. (Anyone want some unpainted wood or papier mache doodads?)You'll have to trust me that it started out ugly and had the words 'baby meds' stenciled on it. Odd.


I love it! I now have all of my brushes organized by type. Flat in the first spot, round in the second.


I also managed to find a cool little wire basket to hold my Claudine Helmuth and Lumiere paints, a nice ceramic thing to hold some bits and pieces and another bigger wire bin in the back to hold my larger paint tubes. I've had my paints in a big box and I could never find the color I wanted. Please admire that my paint is now organized by color family. Aren't I amazing? I'm hoping this bit of dazzle will distract visitors from the mess all around it. 

Admit it, you're jealous, right? :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Warm up sketches


I'm going to Illustrator's Day in September. There's an optional assignment to work on before the conference which should give me three new portfolio pieces. In preparation for this project, I've been doing some warm up exercises. My portfolio definitely needs some more variety of ages in it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July fun


My Hubby and his dad ripped out the built in benches and moldy storage boxes from our deck yesterday. The deck needs some rotted boards replaced, the paint stripped off, new stain, and a railing. I sure hope we can get it all done quickly! I can't wait to sit out there and enjoy!


Our neighborhood has a fun parade every 4th of July. A few of the streets create their own floats, kids decorate their bikes, scooters, or wagons, and most people and their dogs walk along. We also had a contingent of motorcycle cops, mounted police, and a fire truck. Many families host breakfast buffets on their front yards. It's so much fun! 

Two of the cul de sacs team up and create a float every year. It's always a hit! One of the guys dresses up in some crazy outfit to go with the them. I think he really topped himself this year. He was Little Miss Firecracker 2011. I could not believe it when I saw him! He really has no shame, thank goodness!




After the parade, the fire truck hoses us all off. They always manage to get the bystanders who thought they were out of range. This is the highlight of the day. How was your Fourth of July?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July!


I couldn't think of a better way to honor the founders of our country than by telling you about this book, Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts. I've been wanting to read it for years, but never got around to it. I'm blessed with parents who are voracious readers, so I have a constant supply of free books. Their senior center has tons to take/borrow. It's a great place to donate books to also.

Anyway, back to this book. It is the most amazing account of the beginning of our country! It's a little hard to follow due to the number of women, men, and events covered, but well worth it. It was like my favorite art history class, 15th century Renaissance, where you get all the dirt and behind the scenes stories, often in their own words. Loved it!!! You get a real picture of what life and society was like then. You also realize that, for better or worse, absolutely nothing about politics has changed since then. If you're as into history as I am, you will really enjoy it. It covers the road to revolution all the way until the 19th century, mostly covering the revolutionary period. These women and men were amazing! One of the women (Abigail Adams, I think?) wondered in a letter if future generations would remember the sacrifices they made for our country. I do now. When I got to the section about the preamble to the constitution I got the chills. It's so beautifully written. Of course, whenever I think of it the Schoolhouse Rock song pops into my head.


Enough gushing. I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July. We'll be parading around our neighborhood. So excited that the route passes in front of our house. So fun. 

Thank you so much to all the soldiers, past and present, who serve our country! We are forever in your debt.
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