Thursday, September 27, 2007

Becoming Obsessed....

I'm getting so hooked on reading blogs, and joining groups, and window shopping online that I'm losing all of my tiny bit of free time to the computer! Don't get me wrong... I LOVE everything I'm learning from great talented people! Check out these two groups that I am a part of:


I think I might need to limit my computer time to 30 minutes a day, and use the rest of the time to make cards... oh, and do laundry and dishes.... *looking around at my dirty house...* I did find time to post a few new items in my shop last night, and I have some more new designs on the way!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's All About the Happy.............

I mentioned that I've been re-thinking my ideas, and I've been having so much fun coming up with new sets this week! I hope to have my new adds posted in my Etsy shop within the next two days. I wish I had the time to work on all of the ideas swimming around in my head!!

On another note, I went to my yoga class tonight. I never thought I would be a "yoga" or "exercise class" person... but a friend invited me, and I tried it! I didn't think I'd be able to do any of it, either... but it turns out... I can, and its fun! It is the most relaxing part of the week for me... My wonderful husband stays home with our son, so I can have a little time for myself every Tuesday ;) I really recommend doing something just for yourself every week! Read for an hour, take a class, watch a movie... (make some art!!) You deserve it and you will feel great afterwards... ready to face life again when its over ;)

I would love to take a knitting or crochet class too... but that's pushing it :p lol

I'm Excited :)

Hopefully within the next two days I'll be unveiling my new adds to my shop. I mentioned that I've been rethinking my ideas, and I've been having so much fun this past week making new sets

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Boy is 2!!! :D

Happy Birthday!! :)

Well, its been an exciting and crazily, busy weekend! We saw friends and family, had cookouts, went to a parade, ate cupcakes, opened presents, played with balloons, AND I finished the bathroom floor just in time for the party! :) Still more work to do, and I'm exhausted!!

I've been re-thinking my shop the past few days.... My cards, how I make them, everything about it really. Its still very fun and exciting, but I wonder if I could do better? (Good question to ask one's self!) My goal for the coming year is to do some shows, which means I need more product, and to be more organized. I have also been considering having some cards printed... I love the look and feel of glossy printed cards, but I also love the handmade quality of the painted cards. I'm torn on this, and its on my mind alot.

We'll see what happens! For now, my little boy is sleeping, and I can't believe he's two years old! :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sneak Peek ;)

I am incredibly busy this week... and I know I said I wasn't going to work on any cards, but how can I not?? ;) Next week, I'll be adding a pile of cards to my shop. It seems I have the most creative ideas when I have absolutely no time to work on them ;) For now, its back to the bathroom! :p

On a fun note... My son went to his first "friend" birthday party on Sunday. He spent most of the afternoon with his face planted into a cupcake (which he decorated himself! and redecorated.. then ate... and redecorated...) He wouldn't touch the cupcake because it was messy, so he ate it with his face like a food-eating-contest-champion ;) Woohoo!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

No Time....

Well, I've been away from the blog and the card-making for a few days now. I'm in the process of renovating the bathroom, and preparing for the boy's birthday party (complete with piles of family... and yes... a torn-up bathroom!) All of this is taking place next weekend, so I'm going to be putting all my time into painting walls, instead of cards, this week.

boo! :p

Coming soon: Lots of holiday cards, and a super-fun collection :D

In the meantime, here are some inspiring flowers. ;) Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

And so it begins....

"It's beginning to look alot like Christmas..........."

The holiday cards are starting... It's fun ;) I wonder how many I will be making this year?? Last year it was 43, and that was just for myself to send out.... yikes!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Here are your hand-turkeys....

...You know who you are ;) Thanks for the idea!!

I really like these cards. They are really simple... just black ink on white. I had alot of fun making them... Each little turkey has his own personality! Cute ;D

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Renewed Ideas...

It's funny how you can start something, set it aside, and pick it up again years later with a new perspective.... I recently found a whole box full of discarded drawings, and I was amazed at how much I loved them!!! :) These cute little girls (plus a few more) were part of some sketches I put aside a few years ago! I think some of the other drawings will be revived soon.... I don't want to give them away yet ;) More to come!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Hooray for Fall! :D

I'm ready for fall!! I spent today working on some autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving designs... There is a bout of 90 degree weather going on here, and the leaves on the trees are starting to change color... farmstands are pulling out the mums, corn, and pumpkins... Crazy! I'm sick of the hot! Bring on the sweaters and mittens!! ;)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Best card ever...

I always think every new card I make is the "best card ever" ;)
I actually just loved this design so much, and didn't know what to do with it. I used a great piece of black grossgrain ribbon that I've had sitting in front of me for a while... A bit of it finally has a home. I don't normally use embellishments, but this ribbon has been begging to go somewhere for a long time. :)
This card reminds me of a circus.... super-happy colors, and trees that look like balloons... Best... card... ever...... (hee hee)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Super sweet bubble series!

I made these yesterday when my son was kind enough to sleep late and let me finish them! :) In person, they are so colorful... not sure how it translates in the pictures. They are all something I would look for in a store, if I were buying a card. I can never find any that have a simple message, with a simple cute design (part of the reason I started doing this!!) They actually seem classy on the white background with the writing in pencil. Love 'em :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Welcome! :)

It's my first post! :)

Colorful houses are a new love of mine. Something I've been wanting to try for a while. They seem a bit out of place with some of my other paintings, but I like them! I think I might make some to frame and hang on the wall...

Check my Etsy for more cards coming soon. I discovered some extra-cute designs today, and will be posting them later on! Fun fun!! :)