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Life

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So last week I made a pretty big mistake.  I made all of the arrangements for baby so I could go get my hair done for my appointment at 5 p.m. last Thursday.  Made sure everything was done, avoided traffic, was so on time I got an ice cream cone, hustled to find a parking spot, texted that I was on my way.  Then I came into the salon and my hairstylist was working on someone else, she does one client at a time.  Which usually isn’t a big deal but this client was in the sink, no where near being finished.  Then my hairstylist said, “You aren’t today hun”.  I was one week early and devastated.  Guess my paper planner isn’t working so great after all, this is the first time this has ever happened.

Instead of getting out there in bumper to bumper traffic in the rain, I hung out at Starbucks and sketched a little diary for that week.  Today is my actual appointment.

When was the last time you made a bonehead move?

*My scanner broke and while I am waiting for the new one to arrive, I downloaded the Tiny Scan app on my iPhone.  Worked pretty well.

Thrifting Fun.

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Life, Out and About

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I love thrifting and I don’t go as much as I used to.  We have a Paris Street Market here at one of our outdoor malls, Aspen Grove, on the first Saturday every month (May – October).

Last weekend I was able to go and here are some highlights.

  • I want to call these birdhouses steampunk birdhouses since they have all of the vintage hardware on them.  Love how unique these are.
  • Vintage croquet balls would make a great collection.
  • Had my first shaved ice.  You get to choose three flavors and I picked mango, peach and coconut.  I thought I would have to wait until we took our dream vacation to Hawaii but I didn’t and it was soooo good!
  • Bought two little succulents (one for me and one for my mom) in the cutest stamped terracotta planters from Old House Chic.  This was by far my favorite shop, I wanted every little bit and bob.  There were feathers and keys in glass bottles with corks, what’s not to love?
  • I have a weakness for antique fans as well but I am always leary of old electronics so I just admire from afar.  This one was from The Woodcutter’s Wife.
  • The second thing I bought was a vintage signed edition print of a tree.  The lines in this drew me in and I think I’ll put it up by my desk.

I absolutely love searching and finding art pieces.  It feels like treasure hunting for me.

Party, yay!

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Home, Life

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The month of May was long but it flew by for me.  We had a lot going on and the main event that I was hustling with was planning and prepping for baby girl’s 2nd birthday.  I’m getting verklempt.  I was struggling of what to do for her party and once I settled on the butterfly theme, it all came together.  Amazon was perfect for finding all of the decorations and favors.  We are re-using the Happy Birthday signage I made last year for each birthday party.

I don’t even know why I put a time frame on party invitations because I just want everyone to stay forever.  Instead of 2 hours, it quickly turned to 4 but I don’t know about you and your friends but it is getting harder and harder to plan out time with friends over here.  Everyone is so busy with work and family that it is hard to find dates that work for everyone so when I can gather them all, it’s on!

Our munchkin had the best time and was a social butterfly galore.  How fitting. :)

Happy Birthday Cake!

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Life, Parenthood

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Whoever thought of the expression, “Time Flies”, was a genius.  It is so true.  Two years ago today my baby girl came into the world and I can barely remember life without her poofy curly fro, super-sized smile and joyful laughter.  She is our world and we hope she knows just how much we love her every second of every day.  ”Happy Birthday Cake” is what she says instead of “Happy Birthday” and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  I sorta rhymed. :)

xo,

Mama and Daddy

Why Watercolor?

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Process

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I’m a glutton for punishment and I love a challenge.  Those are two of the reasons why I decided to go ahead and dive into watercolor when I had been using nothing but digital (Illustrator) after I finished college.  I have admired painters for as long as I can remember, all types, and I was intimidated but curious.  I always heard it was one of the hardest mediums and so unpredictable.  Mostly I would see landscape and watercolor married together which isn’t really my thing.  But when I started to see more and more illustrators have different styles with watercolor, that intrigued me even more.

One day I was talking with my friend Christie about our art loves and we found that were both curious about watercolor so we took a class together, four years ago.  Our assignment was to paint our birth month flower (I didn’t even know this was a thing), and from there the curiosity grew.  What are the best brushes?  Sable or synthetic?  I have a couple Isabey squirrel brushes but the ones I am drawn to over and over are my cheaper Princeton synthetics.  What papers do I choose?  I prefer cold-press Fabriano when I can find it.

Although I love digital still, I was turning into a tinker-er and me and the Undo button were a little too close.  You can correct to a point with watercolor but not as much as digital.  The fiddling was affecting when I would call something done on my computer and when I work traditional, it is much easier to have an end point.  I don’t zoom in trying to fix pixels that no one can see with the naked eye.  Watercolor has pretty strict rules and rule number one is not to overwork it.  You have to embrace the unpredictability because that is what makes it special and what people usually love about it.