Reflecting on Resolutions.

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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. ;)

What to Expect When You Are Expecting.

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We are back in newborn baby territory and it is a little different this time around than it was with Addison who is now two, going on three in May.

Pack a bag a month before the due date Raul and I were on top of this as well as going to classes together, etc when we were expecting Addison. But for some reason I just thought not a whole bunch would change with Zoe. So we were all shocked when my "Braxton Hicks" were more than just that and actual labor. I had to pack in between contractions and Raul had to do the same for him and A, it was crazy but we did it. So yea, pack a bag in advance!

Sleep when the baby sleeps This one was huge. With Addy I was absolutely in awe of her and I stared at her, cleaned the house, basically did anything besides sleeping when she slept. Now with Z I take any opportunity to sleep when she does. I feel much more refreshed and the time I do spend staring at her, just taking her all in is pure quality and I love it.

Relax more and prioritize The world doesn't stop spinning when you have little ones and realizing that whatever you need to get to will be there when you are ready to tackle it is key. Certain errands aren't as important and that is ok. When the time is right, you will get to it, so don't rush or over extend yourself.

Use an app We didn't use an app to calculate feedings and diaper changes with Addy. This time around we found FeedBaby and it is THE BEST. The whole time that we were in the hospital and the nurses would ask about feedings/diapers, we would just show them the app. Ain't nobody got time to memorize every feeding/last breast nursed on, etc. Ah, best thing ever.

Hindsight is 20/20, even if you have had just 1 kiddo, what advice would you give/lessons learned?

Zoe is Here!

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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

edwardian brooch mats assignment 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.

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I've loved taking pictures forever now but have been taking even more ever since we had Addy. My poor poor hard drive struggle. Lately it's been a month by month project and she has her own Tumblr page over here.

However, I want to focus on capturing images on a weekly bi-weekly basis so I'm doing a 26 week photo challenge now. Trying to be realistic since we will have a new addition soon. I can always increase right? Right.

Let's do this thang!

Reader Survey of Sorts.

I've been sporadic with this blog for awhile now and I need your help. What would you like me to see me write about? I am a scatterbrained Leo that loves art, watercolor, beauty products, shopping, home decorating, organization, being a mom and photography. Not in that order.

One of my new year's resolutions is to get more organized and timely with this blog (even though this baby is due in March) and reaching out to others who share the same interests I do. So let me know what you would like to see, I would love to know. Also, tweet, Instagram or pin this if you think you know someone else that could help me out too.

Hope you are having a great day.

xo, E

What I'm Working On - No. 1

December is almost over, but I refuse to believe it. I signed up for a class that starts in January called, "Make Art that Sells: Assignment Bootcamp". It is one of Lilla Rogers' classes and I have been curious about her for awhile now. She is a well-known and successful art director and she represents Lisa Congdon, an artist whose work I love by the way. Another one of my friends who primarily uses Adobe Illustrator, Jannie Ho, has taken one of her courses as well. I've heard nothing but good things so I'm excited!

I needed something that had a flexible timeline, promoted community and gave me a swift kick in the behind so my art translates into tangible real-world items. Just more pieces of the puzzle to figure out and I can't wait to start.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2015?

A Self-Prescribed Time Out.

take a time out I've been enjoying my vacation so much. Downtime with my munchkin and husband, it's been great to just have an all around time out and get recharged. Plus I LOVE not having to get up and go all the time when I am 30 weeks along. I waddle with the best of them and I'm just more tired this time around. Could be in part due to the munchkin, the cold weather with barely any sunlight (really don't like) or just me. The shop is closed until January, I've been painting a bit and I also just finished reading this book, Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color. This book had some good watercolor advice, application techniques and just good information if you are starting out with watercolor or have been working with it for awhile.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is kind to you!

20 Weeks

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Today is the 20th day of Inktober and I'm 20 weeks this week (half-way mark!).  I wasn't sure if I could draw every day but so far so good and I want to continue past October.  It is such a good practice to maintain.

I'm still kicking this cold, turned sinus infection, turned cold again.  I bought some probiotics (kefir and yogurt), hoping those help.  No way am I doing sauerkraut.  This was the first year we couldn't make it out to the mountains to see the leaves change but there are plenty here to look at too.

The colors are gorgeous, the leaves fall much too quickly.

Gone Girl

Oh. My. God.  I just finished reading Gone Girl, fastest I have read a book in a very long time.  I think only two weeks??  I already knew I wanted to go see the movie in the theater but had no idea when that would happen.  So I compromised by reading the book for now.

I am just, no words.  Now that it is over I want to talk about it!  You should follow me on Twitter and if you have read it, let's talk in direct messages.  Or say stuff here but no spoilers!  That was a good ride that was perfectly matched with book form.  Watching the movie will be completely different.

Almost forgot how much I love reading.

Note to My Mom: Don't read this one.