Sunday, July 25, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
One puff at a time! My schedule for the next 6 months is BUSY which is such peace of mind & really exciting. In the same breath it's also overwhelming. My motto as I climb up this hill/ mountain is to focus & enjoy each day knowing that sooner or later I'll round over this steep climb with new a bunch of new books I'm proud of!
This is a wall art piece I made for Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids years ago but, perfectly fits my current mind set. (and maybe yours too)
Sunday, July 18, 2021
It’s National Ice Cream Day!
Friday, July 16, 2021
Last year I worked with Little Sleepies. (a cool company that makes eco-friendly bamboo pajamas)
My food truck fun print is now available in an array of styles & sizes. Might even inspire a bedtime snack or at the least help plan out your lunch tomorrow!
Monday, July 12, 2021
Friday, July 9, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
This is a new wall art print available at Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids. I wanted to make something for girls with a gentle nudge to save space for themselves. I've noticed in my life & being a mom myself that we often ask girls to be concerned with how everyone else around them feels without the same concern or permission to check in on how they feel. Girls don't fit into a box. (no one does) Creating a space or at least an awareness that:
-feminine isn't necessary
-your body is perfect just the way it is
-girls also take risk and are bold, brave & LOUD
-you can be good & kind even when you say no
-bossy is just fine -you know what you want (and that's a good life skill)
-your needs are important & there's nothing wrong with meeting them- however they look
Sunday, July 4, 2021
I always liked the 4th of July. Feels like a celebration of all the best thing summer has to offer. Swimming, grilling, fresh produce, picnics & outdoor fun! Not a huge fan of the fireworks but, I guess we all have our thing.
I am relieved that it's safer to be around family & friends this year. I keep telling my son he's living through a historic time. On so many different fronts!
P.S. I think pink should be introduced into the flag!
Here's another piece I made with pen - it also has a patriotic vibe.
Stars, wavy stripes & a bird. (not quite an eagle & there's that pink again)
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Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Hooray for positive male role models! Maybe it's not a dad, but an uncle, older brother, coach or teacher. There's real power from learning how to be soft and strong. Hope you have someone in your life that can share this with you. (and someday you'll pass that along)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I recently lost my dear friend Gina. And I should say WE because she meant so much to so many different people. (it's never a singular loss) She had a long battle with cancer. She was brave, vulnerable & slowly had to deal with compromising one bit of her independence after another until there was little left.
I felt lost, wanted to give her space to navigate her new unchosen world but, also wanted her to know I was still there. So many transitions were packed into the last couple uncomfortable years. I'm relieved that she no longer has to keep accepting & being so damn strong. (no one required that it was just how she decided to handle this)
Working on my own for almost 20 years now you lose the connection of coworkers. (the good and the bad) You become your own little independent island & find ways to process things you use to do in a group.
I made this tribute for her the day she died. My eyes filled with tears as I frantically drew. (art helps me process my feelings although some things can only be felt & never really understood)
This is a poem by Shel Silverstein I heard as child & felt the raw truth in.
The response (although I really didn't expect one) was lovely & universal- something I tend to forget. (no one likes to think about death)
We all go through this painful loss of sooner or later having a person we love severed from our everyday reality. We are human & this is part of our experience. I'm grateful for the kind words & some people even offered links to podcasts or places that had helped them find some peace with grief.
This was so beautiful & appreciated & necessary. When we hurt our light dims, when others see us hurting they offer a light back to help guide us to a brighter spot. There is something to be learnt in everything- even death.
Friday, June 11, 2021
This first sign of summer is real fun & you can hear it coming down the street. Nothing beats seeing an ice cream truck on your block!
Last but not least, a parade of pretty blooms around every corner. Summer makes me happy!
Especially June when the heat hasn't wilted me yet & everything feels alive again.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Gomie- that's what I call him also holds a big piece of my heart.
I feel lucky to have this good human by my side. Together we're a stronger.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Brood X cicadas are making a buzz again! Millions of them come up from below ground every 17 years. (and it's that time again) They crawl out, head to the tree tops & buzz loudly. (that’s their mating call) The female legs eggs and as the eggs hatch the adult males and females die. The young insects (called nymphs) fall to the ground and dig down to reemerge as an adult to start the cycle all over again in 17 years. It's all very dramatic!
Monday, May 17, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021