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The rainbow party.

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Life

Rainbow birthday party

 

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

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Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

It was a success!  So many rainbows and so little time.  For Addison’s third birthday the theme was a rainbow party so I went a little wild.  I painted the invitations with a rainbow in two jars and sent those out.  She had a My Little Ponies Rainbow Dash balloon.  The funfetti cupcakes (my favorite, must have cream cheese frosting on top too) had rainbow cups.  My mom made her traditional peach punch which everyone loves.  She’s a mama so no real measuring, but here are the ingredients: ginger ale, peaches (cut with the skin on), ice and CountryTime lemonade mix.

Pinterest came in handy with some DIY projects.  I made a rainbow balloon arch that turned out great and still looks good after almost a week.  For treat bags, I got rainbow twizzlers, made them into arches and put Rolo candies on the bottom too.  I hope Addy continues to let me do theme parties for awhile longer.  I was worn out but Addy was happy with her party so it was all good!

Also, on my latest YouTube (fluximagery) video I had a secret giveaway if you read the description box.  It was even international!  It’s closed now and the winner is…….Vicki S!  I’ll reach out to you on Instagram to find out what 5×7 print you’d like.

Have a great weekend and hopefully a long one if you are in the states, it’s Memorial Day on Monday here.

Handmade Watercolor Birthday Party Invites.

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Handmade, Illustrations, Life

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I really can’t believe my oldest is turning three next month. It’s makes me happy and sad at the same time, I guess all of these milestones do that to us parents. Focusing on the joy though and that brought to mind rainbows. Addy loves her Violet toy that reads stories to her and one of the stories is about a rainbow party so a rainbow party was born. I took Z with me on a hunt for birthday invites but I couldn’t find anything so I decided to design my own.

I sketched out the design on regular computer paper, then I drew the placement (lettering and rainbow) on 5″x7″ watercolor paper with a soft pencil. I painted it and refined some areas, then it was time to scan it in and print.

I love how they turned out, maybe this will become a new tradition.

Reflecting on Resolutions.

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ChitChat, Life

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Ok, now that January is long gone, it’s time to get more real about those goals we’ve made or lack there of. For me, I want to take more quality photos with more variety (angles, subjects, etc). Post more regularly, I’m thinking Thursdays. Paint more and update Etsy shop, which I’ve been doing. Less classes, more work and update portfolio accordingly. Be *more minimalistic with things that I buy in order to decrease clutter.

So far, so good. How about you?

*I used the word more in just about every sentence. Apologies. 😉

Zoe is Here!

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Life

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So I completely overestimated what I would get done in my last trimester. Funny how you can forget about how tired and just “done” you can feel toward the end of pregnancy. Little Zoe is here now, arrived a little earlier than expected (just 2 weeks) but she is healthy and doing great. So so happy to not be waddling any longer! I’m officially on maternity leave and will be working behind the scenes in the meantime.

I miss ya, what are you up to?

What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Illustrations, Life, Process

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So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn’t verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don’t accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.