Friday, April 27, 2012


simple little ditty

Things I have learned recently....

1. Put the bird feeder in the front yard, right outside studio window. So many people have their feeders in their backyards. Although, we do spend time back there it's not as visible as smack dab in the middle of your front yard. Hours of entertainment, for someone anyway.

2. Speaking of's just not my own right now. You know you kind of give that up when you become a parent. Right now my daughter is making mud, and she's happy doing it but there's that feeling that I should be making memorable moments with her.....if you haven't read this, you should.

3.I realize that I still have very young children, 4, 6 and 8. It's the 4 that keeps me hopping. But at least we only cry for no reason at all, all day long, every once in awhile now and not on a consistent basis. There's that.

4. I used to work at night. I don't know how, with a newborn baby, but I did. Now, I work in between teaching and making lunches and at night I collapse. I used to love my quiet nocturnal ventures. Now, I've read (thank you Eric Maisel) that mornings are usually better times for creativity but I already get up at 6:30am. Any earlier and I'm really useless. Sometimes, I think those books are written for people, who are retired, who don't have kids, a regular job or well, any obligations at all. Why does school start so dang early?

5. Grumpy people should be required to smile back at you if you make the effort.

6. I taught a workshop last Friday night at our Round Hill Arts Center-Ladies Night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't usually work with adults. I will say this, they are much easier to work with than twelve year olds. (no way you say).  It's nice having other artists around. I plan to keep this up, if they'll have me.

7. Being 40 is pretty darn okay. But getting older kind of stinks. I just don't seem to bounce back as fast as I used to. Maybe it would help if I stopped playing a combat sport twice a week (soccer) hmmmm.....but how would I get out all of my pent up craziness? It just feels so good to play, a GAME.

Have a wonderful weekend. We are throwing my baby sister's baby shower tomorrow. I have lots of bows to tie. More about this amazing time later, both my sister and brother (well his wife-duh) are having their very own children this summer. It's a blessing beyond belief. xox.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Week In Pics

"Floatilla"-motherhood to me is about throwing a rope to each other (some new pieces and older)

I just can't photograph this to make it look right-it's better in person (what isn't?)

living room outside

oh spring, your color (see the bee?)
me hanging out on a blanket in the shade doing- NOTHING!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Brown Glove Giveaway

 I have not been meaning to neglect this blog, really, I mean it BUT....

1st there was this little thing called....allergies

And then there was this thing called.....get the piece done for the art show, (see a couple of the little ones above-cocoon like lanterns and leaves, it's a motherhood earth day show, I'll get more into that this weekend).

Then there was my finding out that I can get Netflix through my TV....voila, Felicity-Season 1 (we'll talk more about how much I love that show but only ever saw one episode right as I going into labor with my second son, every commercial break, a contraction in 2005, I think it was in re-runs even then. I remember at the time thinking, wow, this is a great show, ouch, will need to watch this whenever I have some free years later......)

Eventually, there was a baptism, a stomach bug, a trip to urgent care at 9pm last night. And plain ole' worries about having a job next fall (I do, sigh of relief).

And then there is this child size little brown glove that keeps popping up all over the house, like the garden gnome in Amelie. It's in every load of laundry, in the sock drawer....I can't find its owner, it doesn't have a partner. I finally (gasp) threw it away. I feel better now.

Saturday, April 07, 2012


baby shower invite I created for my sister
frames from thrift store, I repainted for my piece in an upcoming art show
more work on the floor......

love this blue-painting 5 cent frames is fun

Spring is absolutely beautiful in Virginia....but unfortunately, I am too busy trying to rub the eyeballs out of my head to enjoy it. Yesterday, I braved the park on full doses of allergy meds and cold medicine and found myself speaking to another mother by the sandbox who suggested the netty pot. I have yet to try this simple method, why? Too easy of course.....anyway, she went on to tell me that I should be sure to use distilled water because apparently a couple of people sent brain eating amoebas cascading into their heads by using untreated water in their netty pots....NOTE to NOT do that. Achoo!