Saturday, May 28

Art Journaling: Everything in moderation...

In Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis talks
about the virtue of temperance.
A virtue which I severely lack.

(I would love to take this class.)
I 'm an all or nothing type of girl.
I dwell in superlatives...

I'm going to exercise every day for the rest of my life.
I'm not ever going to __________ again.
I'm going to ___________ every day.
For reals this time.

In truth,
I think it's an excuse.
I don't have a full hour, so I won't...
go for a walk around the block
or have that quiet time I know I need
write that friend a letter,
or even blog, for that matter.

Michelle Allen at Michelle my belle

And it spills over into my art.
If I don't have at least an hour, forget it...
What's the point?

But the more I read about other artists' art making schedules and practices...
no one with small kids has huge chunks of time and energy. no one.
they all seem to say... I take my time where I can get it.
in little doses here and there and an ocassional long nap time or late night.

So, that's what I'm gonna do.
I'm going to work on taking little snippets of time here and there
to do whatever it is that needs to be done.
Or that I want to do.

These are friends and their art journals that have been inspiring me lately.
I've wanted to art journal for so long.
And I've never made time.
So I'm going to try (TRY)
to do a little each day.
 even if it's only 10 minutes. 
just something.
I will let you know how it goes...

How about you?
How do you find time to do the things you love?!?

Tuesday, May 24


1. I am counting the minutes until Jack goes to bed so that I can sleep.

2. I've let him watch way too much tv and eat way too many hot dogs.
I don't care.

3. I haven't taken one picture of Jack in May.
Not one.

3. I'm frustrated by the things I can't do.
I need to give in. To surrender to the  fatigue.
To slow down.

4. There will be a time for art.
A time for creating.
A time for full speed ahead.
Now is not that time.
Get over it.

5. There is reason why young people have babies.
I've never felt so old.

6. The house and the laundry will always need cleaning.

7. What I have right now is what I dreamed of and prayed for:
my husband, my babies, my family.

8. I will get my body back to myself soon.
I can't wait.

9. I can't wait to have a glass of wine.

10. I'm afraid I might never sleep again.
At least not for a year.

Kindergarten Conversations:

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
This is after we've learned about farm animals & life cycles
& I am super pregnant.

Emily: So how is the baby born?
Like really born.

Me: It grows in your tummy and it just comes out when it is ready.

Emily: No, no, no. I mean how?
How does it come out?

Me: Nature is so amazing. Our bodies are just made for the baby to come out.

(Meanwhile Ryan is rolling his eyes. He totally gets it.)
Emily continues to ask and ask.
Ryan gets so fed up he finally blurts out:

It comes out of your privates Emily! Duh.

Emily: Ooo. Gross. Really?

Me: Talk to your parents about this.
They know a lot.

I love kinder.

Sunday, May 22

God has made everything beautiful for it's own time.

It's true.
His timing is perfect,
even though it's not mine.
I keep trying to tell Him how to time things...
and he doesn't seem to listen,  
but His ways are higher than my ways
and his thoughts are higher than my thoughts...
and His timing is always perfect.

Speaking of timing:
1 more week of work.
4 more weeks until baby is due!

Getting so ready to welcome him into our family,
and have him on the outside of my body.

Saturday, May 14

Deep Thoughts & The Sparrow Fund

Are you still as amazed with the internet as I am?
with email? with blogging?
with the friends and relationships you've made
with people you've never met in real life?
That I can do a google search on anything in the entire universe
and get the information
for free?

That I can paint pictures in my bedroom upstairs (my dream come true)
and send them all over the country, all over the world,
and that that's how I'm able to stay home with my babies (my other dream come true)?

It amazes me.
I think it always will.


You know how you meet someone & connect right away?
That's how it was with my new friend Kelly.
She is a rock star for orphans.  

She contacted me about donating 10% of all May sales to
The Sparrow Fund, to help families bring orphans home.
I am so happy to be a part of all that God is doing here.
Kelly found 30 businesses to donate,
one for each day in May!

Ashley is another sweet soul getting the word out.
I am their featured business today.
Stop by & have a look!

Friday, May 13

Queen Bee Market

 Back to blogging.
I'm in my 34th week of pregnancy &
 body is saying no to my hectic pace.
I've been falling asleep at 6:00,
waking up at 6:00.

But everything is going well,
so I'm thankful and waiting...

I've been so excited to blog about...
the Queen Bee Market
last Friday and Saturday
The madness is over and oh my goodness...

It was so fun.
So many thoughts, and always a learning experience.
I always, always learn something.
lots of things, actually, which I will be sharing with you
over the next few weeks.
First lesson learned: Take more pictures!

Here is how my booth turned out.
There are so many details I'd like to add...
next time, but I just ran out of time.

I had a lot of help:
husband help, friend help, momma help, dad help, momma-in-law help
I'm so thankful for everyone & all of your love & support & help!
I could not have attempted it without every single one of you.

The booths & creativity were amazing.
The atmosphere, so festive & fun,
but the best part about this experience
is always meeting other vendors & customers.
Everyone was so sweet and just excited to be there.
Here are just a few. Next time I will take many more pictures.
Mique & Jess are amazing.
They make me want a sister.
Thank you so much!

So, how have you been, my bloggy friends? I've missed you.
I've spent every waking moment since the market well, asleep.
I'll be around visitign & catching up with you.

Monday, May 2

Tuesday: Playing in the studio, Queen Bee, and Orphan News

Today's randomness...

I've been playing in the studio

I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here.

Mostly playing with texture & color.

I'm having fun, can you tell?


the Queen Bee Market

I'm getting ready for the Queen Bee Market
***next weekend***

I ordered my new business cards too late,
so I'm making my own...
business cards
bio cards
pricing &
vendor labels...

I need to spend some quality time at Kinko's.

I picked a bunch of prints & cards up from the printer yesterday.
It's like Christmas when I do.
I love to see how they turn out.

 Now I just need to package & label them.

And finish my shelving,
but that's for tomorrow night.
If you live in the San Diego area, I'd love to meet you at the market,
next Friday & Saturday, May 7&8.


Help bring orphans home in May!
10% of all May sales to the Sparrow Fund
(This includes all sales from the Queen Bee Market)

 an organization committed to encouraging and supporting these families as they prepare for the adventure of adoption. They do this by providing grants to families in financial need to enroll in programs specifically designed to provide counsel and comprehensive medical reviews of their referred child.

31 shop owners have committed to donating 10% of their May sales to the Sparrow Fund.
Check out the website to find out what other businesses will be contributing.
So exciting to be a part of what God is doing to bring children home to their forever families.