Friday, October 10

Dear Heart~

Dear Heart, You Are Brave, Strong, & True.

Perhaps, I have a few good paintings left in me after all...
Thanks for stopping by.

Dear Heart is an 8"x10" mixed media painting on canvas panel. 

Thursday, September 25


"Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind."

-David G. Allen


It's been many days that this little lady has been sitting, waiting patiently to be completed. The timing just wasn't right, until now. So, I give you Patience. I don't have much to say about her except that she has made me excited for things to come. Here's hoping for more painty adventures in the near future. Stay tuned! ;)

Patience is an 8"x10" Mixed Media Painting on canvas panel.

Monday, September 22

Creative Play~

Oh, what a weekend! Miss H went and turned 7 on Friday. Where did the time go? The only thing she wanted for her birthday was art supplies (apples and trees) and to go shopping. Saturday morning the two of us went for a quick bite and then to the art supply store. I absolutely love who this little lady is turning into, she is smart and funny. I love seeing the world through her eyes!

She saw this 36 piece art kit and just had to have it! You know the one you had when you were a kid with the waxy crayons and erasure that pops out every time you open the case? She absolutely loves the heck out of it! She also got an art journal and she has been happily filling it all weekend with drawings, paintings and magazine cutouts. It makes my mama heart go pitter patter! :)

Honestly, I wasn't planning on buying anything for myself. I really should have known better. They had the large Dylusions journal ( yes, the one I have been drooling over for months) on sale. As, well as the Dylusions Spray Inks. Be still my heart and my wallet! Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am an art supply junky!  

These spray inks are usually about $6 a bottle so I had convinced myself that I really didn't need them. Then I saw them on sale and picked up three bottles. I busted into them immediately upon returning home, like Augustus Gloop and the chocolate room! Holy smokes, they are AMAZING! I turned around and headed back to the art store. I had to have them!!! ;) I limited myself to 6 more, I definitely want the whole line of colors. They are so pigmented and juicy and wonderful, and here on Monday morning my hands are still stained blue/green and it makes me crazy happy! Being me I made swatch cards for them. We have After Midnight, Crushed Grape, Calyso Teal, Cherry Pie, Bubblegum Pink, Dirty Martini, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange, and of course White Linen. It's true love! I gush! Time to go play. Have a beautiful Monday friends!

Friday, September 5

Hello Sunshine~

Hi and hello friends! I have been in such a funk lately. Not much creating going on and really just no creative energy. I was a dead battery. Maybe it's the kid's going back to school, or that Summer is over and I can feel Fall beckoning to me (it's my season) but yesterday I had the best creative energy. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time. 

I figured it might be best to start with a little creative exercise, stretch those creative muscles and such, so I headed for my trusty art journal. You can never go wrong in your art journal. I can not express the wonderful feeling of having my hands in paint, for me it is like mana! From that exercise Hello Sunshine was born and I am in love! There isn't anything terribly technical going on here just simplicity and sometimes that is best. I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I do. I can not wait to get back in the studio and paint some more. I think it's going to be a wonderful art season. Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, September 4

Back To School Cool~

Today is the day! You know, the one where we trade lazy mornings for up with the sun and rush to get everyone ready and out the door. The kids were all up early, filled with first day excitement and nerves.

Some wise people say "happy wife, happy life." I personally subscribe to the theory that a well caffeinated teacher is a happy one! So, it really can't hurt to start the year off with a little "getting to know you" gift. Seriously, though I just spent an entire Summer with my children and I appreciate how hard teachers work! The mini glassine gift bags are from Target, and unfortunately I can't remember where the Washi tape is from. I decided to keep it simple, (especially since in true Steph fashion, I left it to the last minute) $5 gift card, a few Cafe Rio Coffee caramels and the card. Easy breezy!

The card is nothing to write home about but seeing as how I stamp so infrequently these days I'm putting it out there. The stamp is from a retired? Stampin' Up! set that has been collecting dust, and desperately wanted to be come out and play. :)

Oh, yeah Martha Stewart's got nothing on me! ;) I had this whole back to school lunch thing planned out in my head last night, fresh fruit salad, PB&J "Sushi", and homemade granola, of course it really would have been helpful if I had ensured that we had the ingredients for this dream meal or if the children would eat it. 

What would BTS be without the first day photos? Some were more cooperative then others. Just one more I hissed, no don't touch your sister, please, just smile, we are almost done! Oy! 7:45am and I already need a break, sure hope I can convince the three year old that "big girls" take naps, I know this one needs one. How many more days until Winter break?

Tuesday, September 2

Soaking Up Summer~

The kid's go back to school in 2 days so we are soaking up ever last ounce of Summer! 

summery nails, just because!

Back to school shopping with the boys. This kid only wanted 2 things and darned if they weren't nearly impossible to find.

A quick bite at Panera Bread between stores. Getting boys to try one clothes is exhausting! ;)

Tay was so excited to have a bowl made out of bread, it was as big as his head. LOL.

Separate shopping trip with this girl. She is a little shopaholic in the making, she  so does not get that from me.

This little pixie girl has been extra huggie lately, I'll take a sweet little snuggle any day! The baby elephant is just because I wanted to see if I could draw an elephant. It's a work in progress. I'm off to soak up the last of our lazy summer. See you in a few with some big art stuff!

Friday, August 22


So, I was talking to myself the other day. You know to clear out the cobwebs, that's normal, right? It seems like lately that I can only find my creative flow at Target. I'm not sure what my creativity is doing at Target, perhaps enjoying an end of summer shopping spree but none the less there is was lounging between the poly blend and easy care sheets. Words and ideas starting whizzing around my mind like a ball in a squash court. I really should have written them down because by the time I got home my brain went back to the creativity of paper or plastic. Alas, all I have to show for my epiphany is a humble art journal page but at least it is something.

I despise my own hypersensitiveness, which requires so much reassurance. It is certainly abnormal to crave so much to be loved and understood. ~Anais Nin

Oh, the brilliance of Anias Nin! She so appeals to my broody, melancholy soul. We have all of the usual players on this page, paint, Sharpie oil marker, ink, pen, stamps, stencils & washi tape. That is it in a nut shell. Just some play time and I think we can agree that we all could use a little more of that. ;) Anyway, I have to wrangle my four children into some sort of presentable state before I dash to my paying gig. Have a beautiful weekend my lovelies!

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