Friday, May 29, 2009

Useful Tip

If you talk to your kids in ROBOT voice you can get them to do almost anything.
(I know, how did you ever live without this useful information?)

It's a Barbie World Today


My three year old son, Colin (see above), is playing with our three Barbies this morning...yet the dialogue coming out of these statuesque beauties is more of a vicious battle between let's say Batman and the Joker with the appropriate gender switches made...

"I'm gonna get you lady....ahhhhhh" says Christmas Barbie. And she grabs a minuscule and frustratingly small Barbie piece out of Art Teacher Barbie's permanently curved hand.
And then comes the part that really made me crack up,
Art teacher Barbie exclaims,
"My I-Pod....my I-Pod what have you done with my I-Pod...you evil lady!!"
(apparently the little piece that will inevitably end up in the vacuum is an I-Pod)
"I'm gonna geeeeet yoooooooou!"

Ahhh, there's so much we could read into this couldn't we? Chuckle, chuckle.....

I just wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful comments and support about some of my latest (non-funny) posts. I started this blog two years ago simply to post art and ramble every once in awhile about my kids, being a mom and being an artist and the balancing act we do everyday. I only had the two boys at the time and I was barely keeping my head above water. The blog helped me find a community and an outlet.
Lately my head has been bobbing up and and down in those waters, some things taking my breath away, some things making me laugh until my blasted bladder betrays me (I had three kids, need I say more-TMI, thanks Kacky for that new acronym...BTW-I'm TWOH-typing with one hand-all mothers should know it-LOL).

So thank you, thank you.....now where is my dang I-Pod, evil lady!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

5:20 am


Okay....
You know you're tired when.....(fill in the blank)

You yell over and over to your dog to come upstairs from the basement (his favorite cool place) to eat some Ritz cracker mayhem in the living room.....Tucker, Tucker, where is he? Did I leave him outside? Is he upstairs rubbing himself all over my towels in order to smell like hair conditioner (if only it lasted)....remember....you dropped him off at the vet this morning for his shots and a needed bath.
Yikes.
So what are your funny stories? C'mon make me feel better:)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lament

(me with our harmless lab-trying to get away from me)

There are lines....
lines for being a single young woman
lines for being a liberal, a conservative....
lines for being a decent human being
lines you think of crossing or not almost everyday
then there are the lines you draw as a parent
what you will or won't do
what you say or wont say
how protective you will be
how much you should allow
you cross them-these lines
or you don't
you reevaluate

My son was jumped on and bitten by a friend's dog last week. And I went into survivor mode. I've often thought I would have made a good doctor, nurse or trauma worker....I shut down, get the job done (with comfort and love for my kid) and then think about it later.....and I have been thinking about it.

The most sensitive kid of my brood....he's doing so well....but I'm not. It's my fault.
When you hear that little voice in your head say...hmmmm......maybe.....this is isn't a good idea, please listen to it. We've learned the hard way. It could have been so much worse.
I'm so sorry, kiddo.
I'm so sorry.

You were such a brave boy sitting in that chair today...it was only stitches they were pulling out but it was my heartstrings that got pulled on the most.

IF-Cracked


Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in. --Leonard Cohen

(yep, there it is again, that quote...but it perfectly works for Illustration Friday's "Cracked" theme. And here's mine.)

Baker's Twine


Love the bakers twine...found at NicePackage...not sure how I'll use it yet....but I love this brown, red, off white color scheme...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

In the Garden

I've started doing some relief printing again....this is first pull of a little lino I cut the other day....it's just for fun. And then I remembered of course it's just for fun, I'm not getting critiqued on my printing technique so it doesn't really matter that the image didn't completely come out or that it wouldn't "make an edition". I can make whatever I want of it.
I love printmaking. It's like finding a long lost friend. Hello!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bear,Bear


Today I thought...hmmmm...putting more time in between having children (mine being 5,3,1), those people might just be onto something......it's been a crazy week/weekend. There was a dog bite, ER visit, 8 stitches, a plastic surgeon and a stiff drink (or three for me).....all's well here in Fuller Land...other than trying to make light that the dog thought Jamie's red hair looked like an apple and wanted a bite...I'm probably not going to find much more humor in this as I usually am apt to do. Give your family a hug for me, wontcha?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Caution-This Could Be Alarming!

I'm not a big fan of summer...yeah, I said it! I know-the BLASPHEMY-who could not LOVE summer.
You see, it's sticky and gnatty in Virginia and I do love to be outside. It's kind of tough being stuck in house in the summer when outside it is a tantalizingly, beautiful day but if you walk out there you're gonna get hit with the humidity like a garden shovel to the head. Then's there's the fact that we don't have a community pool, don't even get me started on that....

Here's how I see it-in winter you can bundle up-in summer there's only SO much bundling down you can do before your neighbors start to talk. And let's talk clothes-in the Winter and Fall you can wear those cute jeans, soft sweaters....summer, options are difficult when you are a mother to really young children..you are always having to figure out the "bend over factor" and how much cleavage you want to show......since you are always bending over to get things, pick kids up and push back breaking ride-alongs and big wheels when that child gets tired a mile from home. I don't like looking like sporty spice ALL of the time but cute tops don't tend to have been made for mother's with babies who like to play what happens if I pull this string.

Don't you worry-there are a few things I like about the summer-I do love the beach, the fact that it's lighter out later (even though it's tough to explain to the five year old why all of his friends are still running around outside at 8pm-we're sticklers for bedtime, believe me it's better for EVERYONE that way.) I love going to the park and more but all of that, it can be argued, can be done in a cute pair of jeans and a sweater just as well.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Watchers


A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of working with Arena Stage (DC) with an art youth program in the city. Their phone number is listed appropriately under "Arena Stage" on my cell phone. It is still there and a fun reminder that I used to have some pretty cool gigs awhile back, a reminder that I would like to do more some day.....alas, I am sorry Arena Stage Education Department.... they have been receiving quite a few heavy breathing prank phone calls from my one year old....they, being listed under A, are the first to get called by those chubby little baby fingers...so I erased the contact....for now, anyway. Happy Weekend, sorry Ann, you're next.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meow


Colin (3.5) and Anna (1) went for a ride on their "bikes" yesterday since I could FINALLY go outside...and we happened upon the neighborhood outdoor hobo cat. Anna was fascinated and Colin started talking to it,
"What you wanna do cat? What you doing? What you doing cat??" he implored, noticing the cat just stood there and then plopped down in the grass to just sit and after a brief pause exclaimed,
"Mom! That cat don't do NOTHIN' He don't do anyfing!"
And that about sums it up.

PS-I have a cat, she is currently not in my "custody" as I have an allergic husband. So no offense to the cat owners, we like them, we're just used to dogs the size of horses who are constantly doing stuff.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baby Beth and Babies in General

My daughter looks alarmingly much like me when I was a baby....now don't you worry, she's definitely going to be Anna and not a carbon copy of me. But it's like I am seeing my baby pictures in action...my sister, Claire, sees it too.

I have been thinking..thinking about the lady you see in the grocery store with that child. I used to think bad parenting, right there, yikes , I never want to be that mother. And then it happened one day when I realized I was that mother with that child in the check out line just trying to keep it together for five more minutes while something small and red headed is flopping gasping -fishlike on the floor. Now the child I am speaking of doesn't really exist anymore, metaphorically speaking...we see him everyone once in awhile-that feisty, defiant, wildly unpredictable tempest but mostly what we have now is a child with the difficult parts simmered and sifted out. We have a wonderful, thoughtful intelligent little boy going on six which by the way IS the magic number. And I find myself wondering, did all of that really happen after all?

Now that the weather is cooperating, the boys are outside all day....hanging off the trees, playing in the hole, it's such a different time. The storm has calmed a bit but the little brother is taking up the reins every once in awhile. We have our days. And I've mellowed too.

And these days, keeping up with the three boys (2 mine, one BF) is less emotional and more physical, like cleaning up after the StayPuff marshmallow man after he exploded all over Manhattan...though it's not yummy fluffy marshmallow I'm cleaning up, it's Virginia red clay and worm guts. And I love it (not the cleaning part)... Our house isn't tipping over from frustration and mom isn't worried about the simplest thing like going to the grocery store and now I've got those children...the happy ones.... albeit covered in mud.

Gambrill

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ahhh chooooo!


Being allergic to spring (it's the tree pollen for me-even on quadruple doses of my allergy meds) is kind of like being allergic to a cute little kitty. How can something so beautiful turn me into a human faucet? I've been stuck in my house for two days. Yesterday the count was over 500 for trees....simple math equation here...pollen count over 500=Beth is inside, looking out.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Big Wheel!



On Monday-Studio Fuller is showing up on Poppytalk Handmade 's Paper Pops and Affordable Art market. I have been admiring the artists over there for awhile and I thought what the heck, let's see if I can get a "table" with them. And voila, I was accepted-woohoo.
I've always had an entreprenurial streak in me. And this is just plain fun. I've loved all of the comments and other artists I have connected with so far this year....esp. other mothers who are artists as well. Thank you. Thank you.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Swing Into Spring


This is going to be fun...I will be there at Hollindal and Holly Field as "one of the artists" and teachers. There's a converted barn and the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble will be playing in it. Watch out people-my Elaine dance may be coming out.

Beetle Bug

Beetle Bug PARADE-for Illustration Friday.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Blue Knob Nest


"You do a lot already, just think if what you could do if you didn't have kids hanging all over you all day...."-says my husband.
In this time of Hallmark Mother's Day (c'mon isn't it every day? ha ha ha)...I will tell you what I want...I want a hotel room with a view, a big ole' king size bed, my art "supplies" and an entire weekend to make stuff and read. Or I'll take a beach house, that would be okay too.....simple things. Peace and quiet.

Ahhh...but the kids....
.... the other day a friend of mine says, "Oh, I miss that, the baby, the little feet, tiny clothes, etc." Yep, it's gone in a blink. It really is, my cherubic red-headed baby is six now and shares inside jokes with me. I even gave him one of my favorite fine line Stabilo pens....he's a good one for detail. He looked at me as if I'd shared a wonderful secret.....I have one of Mom's pens!

So after this crazy hectic week-I'm going to sit down and play free the piggies with Anna tomorrow, do my best Batman impression and just be glad to be a mom -and that my friends, is a wrap.
Blink.

Mah Jong Where Have You Been...



all my life.....yep, I don't know how to play the game, I just like the tiles. My goodness, how have I not seen these tiles until now?.....I guess it's kind of like how I just learned that my hair doesn't part in the middle-can you believe it? I'm actually a left parter ..whoa 37 years old and still learning new things everyday.

Found these tiles at Supply Riot on Etsy...ten are coming home to momma. Who knows what I'll do with them.....obviously not play with them...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cucumber Eyes

Today....I changed the baby's diaper...
Found muddy crocs
cleaned muddy crocs
packed up a diaper bag
made a snack bag
rounded up the 5 year old from the BF's house
poured cup of cold coffee
let the dog out
fed the dog
apologized to the dog for no walk
took recently potty trained three year old son to the potty AGAIN
we didn't quite make it-change of underwear for him
change of pants for me
don't have the right toy
run inside get another
nope that's not it either
get to grandma's
AND ALL OF THIS TO:

Escape to a wonderful, warm, small and indulgent spa.....
For a gift certificate my husband got me for Mother's Day

LAST YEAR.

A facial and me.....
I do like them.
Yet...... this time.....
What do you do if you have to itch your nose and your hands are dipped in paraffin?
And for the first time...I felt claustrophobic in my mask, couldn't breathe, couldn't scratch my nose!
Ohhh....the steam's too close....what if I freak out? Has anyone ever felt trapped under a mad mask? I can't open my eyes...Is that a crying baby? I hear a crying baby!
argghhhhh....where's the relaxation?
Do you think they would rent that heated bed to me for an hour...you know, just to take a nap?
Hmmmm...we could be onto something here.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Ahhh...a Nap....

I am so busy,busy,busy,busy and tired, tired, tired.....the other day when my son's bus pulled away I clapped (but not for the reason you think)...I knew my hands were supposed to be doing something and so...they clapped instead of waving.
Drew up the cover for Brain,Child (yahoo!)....and six other pieces....
Threw my sister a baby shower
Currently throwing together a program for the Art Center's Swing Into Spring Benefit
Shipped a print to Israel-cool. (think I spelled Israel wrong...)
Got accepted to Poppytalk's Paper Pops market (little dance).
Had a Boston card company contact me about doing a line of Studio Fuller cards-woohoo!
Potty trained my three year old.
Just a few things going on around here......

More soon when I can dig myself out...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Picnik




I found Picnik through a very talented artist's website as she was fooling around with different border for her collages through this photo editing program. Other than PS, I haven't given any of those programs much thought and then I found on Picnik, THE POLOROID frame...oh, no, look out people, I think this is my new format. Well, I think I may just be addicted to doing this to every piece of art of mine. Hmmm...this could take awhile.
Ah, the demise of the Poloroid. I still have mine. I still need to buy up film as I know there's little time left to hear that buzz, clack, picture....