Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Sometimes her love of art comes out..."

and she tries to fancy them up a bit, which ends up making it look messy."
This was a comment on little Lucy's report card about her handwriting. I am really so proud that Lucy has an irresistible need (and compulsion!) to put her original mark on her work...She really can't help herself and draws or creates every chance she gets. I think that's much more important than proper alphabet printing!!:)

Her teacher went on to say..."She has an inner peace that has a calming effect on others..." That is so true about Lucy---I only wish it was a trait passed on from me!

Keep it up, sweet girl!
xx00, Mommy

More "heart girls" in the making...

and a little shop "update" coming Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(work in progress...we'll see where it ends up!)

It's already Wednesday!!
I've been working on some more Valentine-inspired pieces and can't help but want to incorporate bright, spring colors into our home, my paintings & little creations! (It's been a long winter for me!)
I'm hoping to have a little "shop update" by Friday or Saturday....
more soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tulips in January!!!

My husband treated me to these beauties today...I usually get tulips in February---my birthday month, but I think he could tell that the winter is getting long for this sleep-deprived, mama-to-be! These little things do help...they bring so much color and cheerfulness to the house!!!---and today I can say that I have only 9 weeks to go until we can meet our fourth little person! Wow...over three-fourths of the way there....a welcomed milestone!

What about you??? What helps you get through these long winter months?

Happy Friday!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Loving Etsy!

Hello everyone!
I recently purchased some gifts for family & friends (and me!) from some wonderful Etsy sellers/artists!!!

An adorable pillow from Tascha!!!
A Frida print for my daughter's bedroom...and a little bonus bookmark included in the carefully sent package! (Again from Tascha)

Some really sweet stickers from Vanessa Valencia at A Fanciful Twist!
I will be including these in little treat packages for a Mother/Daughter Tea Party that I will be hosting this spring or summer! Also arrived in a delightful package with some Fanciful Twist postcards as little extra treats!

This "heart sprinkles cupcake hat", specially chosen for our new little niece, Lola. This is from NinisHandmade!

Also for our niece, this little bib and burpcloth from quiltish!!!

And another treat for me..this whimsical Valentine button bouquet from Jes at Kadyhope!!!!

I also was reminded of this adorable "I give you my Heart" piece from Jenn at Noodle and Lou....I got it last year but moved it to a more prominent spot in our home in honor of Valentine's Day approaching!

Have a great week!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Giveaway Winner!!!

Congratulations, Sara!!! (from sara's art house)

You are the lucky winner ofHeart Girl Number 8!!!!

My 9 year old son drew your name just a couple of minutes ago....He was thrilled to get into the action! Send me your contact info and I will ship this sweetie, along with a little vintage treat or two your way! Congrats...and THANK YOU for all of you who sent messages!!!!
My birthday is in February, so I will do another giveway soon!
Happy Friday evening to you all!!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Giveaway Today!!

Good morning!!! Due to some weather-related schedule changes I will prolong my Giveaway until Friday afternoon...around 4:30 p.m. central time. I hope that's is delayed for the kids and they have been home for much of the week because of the frigid -40 temperatures--- so my schedule today is all mixed up!

Thank you, everyone, for your encouragement as I begin this art/etsy/blog adventure! I am truly so thankful for you!!!Above is an example of my little "Giveaway" package that will arrive for the lucky winner...(and Etsy purchases, too:))

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Etsy Shop Coming...& Giveway!

My Etsy shop is almost complete---but there are some technical difficulties uploading my pictures!!! Help!!! I think it will be another day....


And now...for a Giveaway!!! Please leave a comment for me (perhaps which "Heart Girl" you like the best) and on Friday afternoon (around 1pm central time) I will randomly draw a name and send one of these cuties, along with a bonus vintage treat from me, right to your doorstep!:)
Happy almost Wednesday!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009


THANK YOU so much for you feedback!!!! I appreciate it so much!!!!!
Heart Girls are evolving...slowly developing & finding their way. I am not pleased with much of them yet, but the process is what is guiding me and teaching me, so we'll see where they go from here.
I will get some better photographs later...with names and descriptions of what I have so far.
I plan to do a GIVEWAY tomorrow...and end it on Friday.
Look for more info soon!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lessons from Lucy...& Heart Girls!

Last week my daughter sat me down for "art lessons"...and taught me all about some sweeties she creates that she calls "heart girls". She started in on them as soon as Christmas was over and she realized the next holiday is Valentine's Day. Here are some samples from our lesson:
I started thinking about "heart girls"...what a catchy little name, and how fun they are to make. I decided to experiment with sculpy clay and these "heart girls" were born:"Heart Girls" are still in the development phase, but my goal is to put some of them on Etsy very soon! I'm going to layer paint, cover some with vintage print, and see where this takes me! Before I put anything on Etsy, though, I want to do a "GIVEAWAY" (hopefully this weekend!), since my blog is slowly growing and being found! Would love input!!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year, New Bedrooms!

Happy 2009! We kicked off the new year by moving bedrooms around in our home! With the new baby coming, we needed to move our two boys into a room together...So we finally finished up most of the move! Still, we need to have closet systems installed, but we are getting there!New bunk beds from Ikea!

An old dresser we had in storage...
The "toy cupboard" is now shared!

Lucy's room was tidied up...Still a work in progress, though!

Below is an idea I got from Anna Maria Horner's blog...It's perfect for Lucy, the dog-lover!I found the pink, shabby chair at a garage sale for $20 a few years even had the green cushion & the chair is incredibly sturdy! I love this chair...and how it sits on her furry Ikea rug!
Thanks for peeking...