Mermaid Party Invites

Z's party was in February (she has 2 bottom teeth now) and I think I needed some recovery time because I never posted this!  Now I just finished A's invite for her party this weekend.  I've also been busy with switching this site from Wordpress to Squarespace.  I love it by the way, but I digress.

I have started a little tradition for the past 3 years of making my kiddos birthday invitations.  It's fun coming up with something original do it yourself illos for them, keepsakes forever.  We'll see how long I can keep it up.  For this birthday it was all about mermaids.  I made some rough sketches of different mermaid characters, then designed all of the elements in my small graph paper journal.  I scanned it in, blew it up and transferred to watercolor paper with my light table.  

Then I painted, scanned it in again and printed from Photoshop.  I loved the way they turned out and the party was so fun!  Love my baby girls so much.

New watercolor illustrations, inking and more.

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I've been playing with ink for Inktober (you use ink for the whole month of October), painting with watercolors, putting prints together and just learning always.  If you are interested in learning about inking, I think you should take Jake Parker's class at Society of Visual Storytelling.  This is a site where you can learn from all the classes you want, yearly or even month to month.  It has been a big help for me.

Another help is my littlest babycakes is 8 months old, a bit more independent (little sitter and crawler) so my hands are more free for staying active and in touch here.  My poor poor neglected blog.

But if you follow me on Instagram and/or Periscope, I am much more active there.  @fluximagery is my name everywhere so I would love it if you would add me.  I wanted to pop in and let you know that I have a newsletter now and if you sign up you will be the first to know about blog posts, coupons and the latest news I have to share.

P.S. I launched new prints this week  in my shop and I'm offering 15% off until Saturday, November 7.  Just use code FALL2015!

Creative Girl Workshop.

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I chipped away at another bit of my fear of the unknown last weekend. I took the Creative Girl watercolor class by Danielle Donaldson earlier in the year and loved it. After the class was over, she announced a watercolor workshop across the country and one of the stops was Denver. I didn't think I would be able to attend but luckily things worked out so I could.

This was an all day watercolor workshop and I can't remember the last time I had seven hours where it was just me focused on art. The venue was beautiful, Old Glory Antiques off of Broadway, with vintage finds all over. I was surrounded by beautiful creative women in the workshop who flew or drove from all over. Some hadn't even painted with watercolor before, it was pretty cool. We did figure eight and swirl washes of different color paints, watching how they reacted and dried. Then we tried to find the things we liked and didn't like so we could work on our own styles. Later on we worked on recreating one of Danielle's watercolor girls. I think I focused too hard trying to get what I could out of every moment because I ended up getting a headache afterward. Does that happen to anyone else or just me? Anyway it was a great workshop and I can't wait to be able to attend more and meet more inspiring women like Jennifer Rizzo, Jeanne Oliver, Danielle Donaldson and my new painterly Instagram friends. Thanks for the connection and community.

Birthday Surprises and Love.

This month is absolutely nuts but one of the high-points was my birthday.  My oldest nephew, Antoine, has been talking about coming back out to visit from California for awhile and he recently texted me saying he was definitely coming this year in October.  I was excited and left it at that.  The Friday before my birthday weekend (August 9) I came home with the girls and Raul helped me with getting them out of the car and such.  I was holding Z and I came in the house to see an iPhone pointing at me from around the corner.  I had no idea whose hand it was and then my nephew jumped from around the corner and said "Surprise!".  I could not and still cannot believe it!  It was the best surprise and he recorded the whole thing.  Raul and Antoine had been planning this since April!!  Sneaky and I love surprises so I'm over the moon. :D

The rest of the weekend was full of hanging out at the zoo, taking pics, chatting it up, playing Ticket to Ride,  eating our fill of homemade food and peach cobbler.  So much love, it was a perfect birthday weekend.

I Love Instagram.

Thank you to my 270 followers on Instagram!  It's by far my favorite place to post the most and if you don't follow me there, you should.  My name is the same, @fluximagery, and whenever I reach my next 100 followers I will have a giveaway.  I'm only 30 away, give or take.

Don't be a wall flower and join the party over there!

Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad.

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I've been trying my hand at "meal preppin' for the week" and it's been a bit of a challenge.  This week I tried one of my many pinned "Salad In a Jar" recipes on Pinterest (@fluximagery/Yum).  I thought my smallish jar might be too small but it worked perfectly.  I filled it halfway with a fuji apple Panera salad dressing, bits of left over grilled chicken from my Quesadilla Explosion Chili's salad, sunflower seeds, hand-grated carrots and sliced up romaine.  There was no wilting and this type of salad does look best in the jar.

When you pour it onto your plate, not as appetizing but the main goal is health/ease.  Just thought you should know ;)

Have you ever tried this?  I think it's going to be my new thing.

P.S. You should follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery), I post the most there with sneak peeks of works in progress and more! See you there.

The Denver Zoo.

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My oh my has this place changed. It was my idea to go to the zoo and Addy was just as excited. I'm the biggest kid of us all sometimes. So we went earlier this month and it was beautiful. Gorgeous weather and I guess we have been out of the loop because some major renovations have taken place since we've been gone. I love all of the little artsy touches like the new area for the elephants, a carousel, a little train, etc. So. Nice. The animals actually look happy and they are so close up that you don't necessarily need a long lens to get any decent shots. Here are some of ours.

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I'm entertaining the thought of getting a membership and I'm not a member to anything, not even the art museum (my absolute favorite).  Also I started a new challenge of 10k steps a day with Raul, the day of the zoo we had 10k-11k, it was awesome.

Konmari.

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I am obsessed with the Konmari method and I've seen great results so far by following the book. One thing I've been working on within myself for awhile now is organization. Being a tidy person has always been a struggle for me. I think it was more rebellion when I was growing up and living at home. The rest of the house was put away but when it came to my room, that was my identity, my own little world that I could leave how I wanted so I usually opted for untidy. When I moved out this continued and I was too busy being my twenty-something self going to school full-time and work full-time so my car and home were filled with papers, water bottles, etc. When I had free time I was out partying, not tidying up my spot, no way!

Raul and I started dating and then that trumped everything as well, I am a clean person, don't get me wrong. The clutter piles would just always come back because I didn't want to make the decisions and actually deal with the item. I either left it for later or kept it stored for whatever reason. Now fast forward to two kids later and wanting to time manage, I don't want to spend my time reconciling piles of any kind. The worst thing ever is to have the weekend arrive and we are spending the whole weekend cleaning up the house from top to bottom. No thanks.

I highly recommend getting the Konmari book and following the steps if you have come to a point where you just have too much stuff and you need to know how to pare it down. It's a journey but you see quick results. Marie Kondo sets the expectation of 6 months but it doesn't take long at all to feel a difference.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have the same struggles too.

The rainbow party.

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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 5x7 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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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.