Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dear Bumma

Dear Bumma,
How about all my sugar sweetie.
My mom tells me all my sugars.
I want to color. Um, I like sugar.
Um, how about, um, oh my goodness.
Um, how about something else, all my sugars.
Love, Aris
(Typed by mommy)

P.S. tuhhghhghghghghghghghhhhhghhhhhghhgghhhhg yttytttttr
(She typed this all by herself)

P.S.S. She really wants to talk to you on the phone. Please call, lol :)

According to Zoe

"Mommy & Omri"

According to Zoe this is what I look like right now. I feel about this huge, minus the sideburns of course ;)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Art Journals

The other day Dean & I were heading to one of the 3 inspections we had at the house we are in the process of purchasing. All of his spiral notebooks have been hijacked by one of our three little ones. The pages filled will cute drawing, scribbles and pen marks. Poor guy. I can understand the frustration of not having what you need when you want to use it. So I ran into Walmart & picked up 5 old school notebooks. They were a dollar each & I thought, hey, I'm so good! What a bargain. Now my hubby can have all the crispy lined goodness he wants.

We went to the inspection & scribbled a few things down in one of the notebooks. Only later when we got home and the girls freaked out about all of the new notebooks did I find out the truth. Dean hates those kinds of notebooks. Nope, won't touch em. He only likes the "spiral" kind. So guess who got fresh crispy lined goodness that evening? All three girls.

You would have thought they won the lottery! I told them that we were doing something a little different with these. Once they heard the proposed idea everyone was pretty excited.

Art journals. Yup. No random page scribbles, unless they want to that day of coarse. It's been a fun way for me to listen to the little ones talk about what they were thinking when they were creating. Sloan has really gotten creative with her entries. We don't get to them everyday, but my goal is to have one notebook filled for each kiddo, every year. There are 100 sheets, 200 pages, so I feel it's pretty doable. Wouldn't it be fun to have an art journal for each one of them through the years? I think it would be a neat memory to give them when they are grown and have kids of their own.

33 Weeks

7 weeks to go

This pregnancy is flying by quicker than you can say peanut butter & pickle sandwiches & yes they are my favorite even when I'm not pregnant.

Thursday, April 22, 2010



I thought I'd try to actually stick to the theme of "toys" this week. It challenged me to think outside the box a little. I sketched for quite a while and spent a lot of time on one drawing only to be left feeling totally disappointed. I decided to just sketch another little idea I had (the one above). It was a quick sketch in my old style from back in college days. It took me all of 5 minutes, but I had so much fun doing it. Then I broke out my paints and filled in the color. I felt so free after finishing this little exercise. I really feel that I need to do this on a daily basis. Just 15 minutes to finish something from start to finish, no pressure, & these quick sketches that fill up a sketchbook become ideas for future illustrations.

If you are interested in joining the Thursday fun drop by Simply Feathers blog. Everyone is welcome! All artistic levels are participating. It's fun to see so many people take time out of their week to spend a moment on the creative process.

You can find more artsy goodness ::here::

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nut's About It

Abby Dog & Aris

Aris has a new saying, "Well, I'm just nuts about it". It's pretty hilarious. She'll jibber jabber on her play phone about how nut's about it she is. She's nuts about movies, food, books, socks, you name it. Tonight she was running around the house laughing hysterically and saying how nuts about things she was. I just can't help giggling. Seriously, where do kids get this stuff?

All I know it's I'm pretty nuts about her. She is growing up so quickly and turning into such a neat little person. I asked her the other day if she was going to be a good big sister and she said,"No". Then I asked her if she was going to be a good friend to Omri, she answered, "Yes mommy, I'll be his best friend". What mom could ask for more?I'm thankful for moments just like these. They make the hard parts of being a mommy worth it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Happy Saturday

Silly little Moe

This has proven to be a busy Saturday. Even though it's been filled to the brim with activities I have found it rather relaxing. There is something comforting about spending your day with family. I have a mountain of laundry to fold and a super messy house to clean. I couldn't be happier. My windows are open to let in the fresh cool breeze & it's hard to feel anything but happy on days like this. Especially when most days have been overcast & filled with cold chilly winds. When the girls woke up this morning they couldn't wait to put on skirts & capris. I am loving the fact that soon my laundry piles will shrink just a little. Winter clothes will be set aside for a few months & sandals will replace snow boots. Days like this make me feel rejuvenated.

How are you spending your Saturday?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April's Card

It's finally here!

Kind of a tiny picture huh, lol, run on over & you can print it out for free
Keep it for yourself or give it to someone you adore. Happy creative Thursday.

You can find more artsy goodness

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Special



How'd you spend your weekend?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

4 Stages of a Tantrum

Stage #1
The part where she didn't get what she wanted

Stage #2
The finger point
(cutest thing ever)

Stage #3
You aren't taking my crisis seriously!!!!!

Stage #4
Pure self pity

No "real" tears were shed in the making of this post.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Singer Sewing Illustration

Illustration measures 12"x12"

All of the tiny details

I'm finished! The first of the series and my brain is reeling with ideas for more than just sewing machines. I'm considering offering custom sewing machine illustrations in my Etsy shop. What are your thoughts on this? I need to finish a few more before I put them in my shop. My friend Elissa from the blog Birch Swinging mentioned possible illustrations of other appliances & now I have them on the brain as well. I feel alive and inspired & ready to roll on the next project. This weekend I promised Sloan we would do some sewing. I got a killer deal on some flannel earlier this week & she has been begging me to sew with her. It is her machine after all. I have no blankets for the little guy so I figured it was about time I start on something for him. I haven't sewed in a while so I think I'm just as excited as Sloan. We shall see how it goes.
What do you have planned for this weekend?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Adding Details

Adding the smaller details

Did I mention I'm having a blast with this newest illustration? Oh, yeah, I did on my last post. Fact is I can't wait for the kids bedtime to roll around so I can get started on it again tonight. I have to say that this doing a project I need to & then one I don't have to is making all the difference. It gives me a chance to recharge my creative batteries.

I'm still waiting to post the newest card I just finished up. The one you saw me working on for the last few "Paint With Me Thursdays". I always wait until the website publishes it first. As soon as they post it, I will share it with you & then you can run over & print it out for yourself if you'd like ;)

To check out more Thursday art go ::here::

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Self Indulgence

I have started a new series of illustrations

Just for the heck of it

For a friend & myself.
Let me tell you I feel a little guilty. A good kind of guilty.

Happy Wednesday.
What are you working on right now?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend

Was filled with garden starting

Messy hair

Silly hats

Easter Egg dyeing



Easter Baskets

Silly smiles


Egg hunts

& lots of happy times.

I hope you all had a blessed & happy Easter weekend.

Friday, April 2, 2010

It Hit Me Hard

It hit me hard yesterday

That this little girl is no longer a baby

& very independent

& changes everyday

Little one please don't grow up too quickly!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Eggs & Flowers

Zoe egg #1

Zoe egg #2

Sloanies egg
(can you tell who inspired her little sister?)

A small sneak peek a the newest card. I had some printer issues the other night & because it was out of ink it wouldn't allow me to scan either. Silly right? I don't make this stuff up people. Dean went & bought some ink yesterday & I was able to finish all but the lettering up last night. Hopefully I will be able to share the finished card over the weekend. You can download my other cards for free
& don't forget to check out the Simply Sweet Marriage website while you are at it. They are offering a 10% discount on your purchase. But hurry! The offer ends today.

Don't forget to check out the other Paint with me entries