Tuesday, April 22, 2014

creativity takes...

Creativity takes courage.
Creativity takes freedom.
Creativity takes passion.
Creativity takes balance.
Creativity takes authenticity.
Creativity takes discipline.
Creativity takes time.

Creativity takes so much. It doesn't just happen. Those of us who create pour hours, days, weeks, months and even years into our work. It can be so frustrating.

The other day I was expressing my frustrations to a friend. I was sharing with her about my dreams and plans. I was listing all the things that make me who I am - 
a wife, a mother, an artist, an illustrator, a designer, a friend, a book keeper, a business owner, a chef, a referee, a daughter, a sister, a housekeeper… you get the point. It’s a lot. A LOT. I kept going on about how I couldn't do all the things I wanted to do.
She gently reminded me it was okay, and she said the most amazing thing. 
All in good time.
That phrase stopped me right there. It was like a light bulb.
They were simple words of wisdom that gave me so much peace.
I immediately wrote them on my inspiration board.

All in good time. 

I hope you and I will remember this in all the seasons we go through.
I hope we will have courage and freedom to create what is in our hearts. I hope we will be able to balance our passion with our daily lives. I hope we will be true to ourselves and others and remain authentic. I hope we will find discipline along the way.
And most of all I hope you and I will remember all things come in good time

Friday, March 28, 2014

they say it's your birthday

It's been a busy month y'all. I have so many things to share, but just haven't taken the time to do so. Stick with me.
Also, Monday is my birthday! Yay!
To celebrate I'm giving each of you 32% off your
Pen & Paint orders through 3/31! Use the code HAPPY32.

Also, do you follow along on Instagram & Facebook? You should! There are some fun celebrations happening over there too.

Friday, March 14, 2014

a few thing on Friday 3.14.14

1. Over the past few weeks I've been taking time to learn and experiment. It's frustrating when the result doesn't meet my expectations. However, when I stop and put things into perspective I can see beauty rather than imperfection. The biggest lesson learned is to find joy in my journey, and nothing happens over night.

2. This quote has been helpful through these artistic growing pains I'm feeling.

3. Our little family as been sick and well and sick and well again, and we've had couple of scares recently. Thankfully everyone is on the mend. Life with little boys is keeping me on my toes for sure.

4. It's been a year. I'm filled with peace and hope.

5. Spring is in the air and in the trees.

6. I recently had the honor to be on the Modern Sewciety Podcast! It was so fun to share my story with Stephanie. Be sure to check it out here or on iTunes. You can hear my suh-thern accent loud and clear ;)

7. Also, I'm giving away over $70 worth of goodies over at the Modern Sewciety blog so go enter to win!

8. Pen & Paint iPhone cases are BOGO through 3/24/14 - use the code SPRINGBOGO14.

9. “If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” -Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

10. I'm working on a new site for Pen & Paint! I can't wait to share it... when I finish it, if I finish it. Ha!

11. Can you tell I'm ready for Spring? Use the code SPRING20 for 20% off your order through 3/17. There are only six more days until Spring!

Monday, February 10, 2014

a few things on Monday 2.10.14

1. Camellias are my favorite.
Every year I get really excited to see them blooming.
They are a little reminder Spring is coming.

2. Today I had repeat to myself, "This is my journey, this is my adventure."
I get easily distracted by others' journeys. I get overwhelmed or discouraged because I'm not where someone else is or I don't know how to do what someone else is doing. That's why this is right above my desk.
I remember telling a fellow handmade business owner I need blinders. 
So, my blinders are on and I'm going to enjoy my journey.

3. This is new. It's inspired by the verse 1 Corinthians 16:14. Of course the day I drew it I was short tempered and snappy. I went back to finish it and was humbled. I have to put it into action.

4. Yesterday we enjoyed sunshine and fresh air. They boys picked dandelions and collected sticks while I painted. It was so good for us. No fighting over toys or complaining because they couldn't watch television. There were a million things to do, but this was so much better.

5. I try to always list seven things on this post. But today I only have four. There's just not that much going on.

6. I really don't like leaving only four things. So if I find a quote to use then that will make seven. I hope that made you smile. ;)

7. "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." -Phyllis Diller

Friday, January 31, 2014

a few things on Friday 1.31.14

1. This month we celebrated our favorite 5 year old. It's hard to believe my oldest is F-I-V-E.
I do love this age. It's so wonderful to see all the things he learns. I feel like I need to write down everything he says because it's either hilarious, profound, or makes no sense. My favorite thing he says right now is, "I love all the hearts of you." I translate that to, "I love you with all my heart." :)

2. Every year since my oldest was born I've told myself to make a photo book. Every year I let it go undone.
So to start 2014 off becoming the best version of myself, which includes finishing projects, I made this.

The option to upload photos from directly Instagram is my favorite. I never finished books from years past because I had this idea that all my pictures needed to be with my DSLR, edited, and perfect. I threw all that out the window. I chose to go the simple route with no dates, captions, or quotes, and I love how it turned out. Now I just need to make one for 2009-2012.
Also, I just saw you can save 50% on your photobook through 2/3. 
(This is not an ad, sharing is caring.)

3. We had our first snow in 4 years! I know it's technically a dusting for the northerners, but snow is snow. We were outside for 50 seconds - long enough for me to take 3 pictures and for the boys to touch their snow covered slide. Then we ran back in for hot cocoa.

4. I had the honor to illustrate the prompt design for the February 2014 Photo-A-Day challenge. Chantelle started the very popular photo-a-day challenge in 2012. It was so fun to work with her for this month's list. 

5. We decorated for Valentine's Day at our house yesterday.
I've never decorated for Valentine's Day before. This year is different. I want to celebrate every season in a simple way that gives my boys something to remember. They make seasonal decorations at school and their classrooms are filled with sweet little creations every month, and I decided to bring some of that into our home.

{heart cut out by Charlie . Love painting . crochet hearts . I made the simple felt banner with yarn and a hot glue gun . little love bird from Michael's}

6. I'm definitely ready for spring time. 
So all I want to do is paint flowers and more flowers.

7. “People who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” -J.M. Barrie ... I see this as a print in the near future!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Share Your Love Project & Shop Talk

Valentine's Day will be here soon!
There are some love-ly new cards in the shop.
For every set of Pen & Paint Valentine's cards purchased between 1/28 - 1/30 I will be donating a card to the Etsy Special Delivery: Share Your Love 2014 project.
On Valentine's Day Etsy partners with Citymeals-on-wheels and they are asking for handmade valentines to deliver with the meals. For every note card sets purchased I'll be sending a matching valentines to Etsy and they will be delivered to a person in need and add a little love to their day. I love being a part of a handmade community that gives back like this!
Etsy's deadline is 2/3 so I will have to ship all donations by 1/31, so be sure to buy your cards by 1/30.

Speaking of love...
this is now in the shop as well as these!

I hope you are having a lovely day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Notebooks {and a winner}

The Pen & Paint notebooks are in the shop!
And WOW, thanks to everyone who had sweet comments about them. It's so encouraging to hear your words. I hope you will like the notebooks just as much as I do. Quantities are limited so snag one while you can!

Also, I'm still working on listing mini-print sets. I'm having fun piecing the sets together. It's really interesting to see how pieces of my work created at totally different times with totally different focuses can compliment one another.

And congrats to Kristin P. Delcambre! You won a notebook and set of mini prints. I'll be emailing you this afternoon. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Pen & Paint Products Giveaway! CLOSED

I'm so excited to share with you new products coming to the shop this week!
Pen & Paint will now offer notebooks and mini-print sets. I used four of my favorite pieces to create the notebooks and they will be available for purchase on 1/21/14. Several mini-print sets will also be available and include eight post card sized prints. These are super affordable and perfect for inspiration/bulletin boards, Project Life, scrap-booking, art journaling, sending encouraging notes, framing, or displaying all together.

Before these hit the shop I want to offer y'all the chance to win this notebook and mini print set.
Enter through the rafflecopter below (be sure to follow the mandatory first entry and leave a blog post comment).
Good luck!
Winner will be announced here on 1/21/14

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

all the ruffles

Obviously there is no such thing as too many ruffles, or too many Gussy Sews pouches for that matter. I use a large Gussy pouch for my yarn, a medium zip pouch for my markers, the two small pouches for my pens and crochet needles, and a small wrist-let for my watercolor pencils.

I love all my handmade goodies designed by Maggie of Gussy Sews.
Maggie and I got to know one another after I purchased my first "vintage" Gussy five years ago. It's so crazy to think I have enjoyed five years of growing friendships in the handmade community. Maggie is a good friend, and I have enjoyed watching her grow as a business woman who started by teaching herself to do what she loves and then turned it into a business. She's definitely an inspiration.

Gussy Sews has recently made big (fun) changes and evolved into the Gussy Club.
I can't wait to see how Maggie's handmade business grows. If you want to add a few more ruffles to your life check out the Gussy Club here :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

a few things on Monday 1.13.14

1. Aren't these awesome? One in every color please.

2. There is something new coming to the shop. Samples came this past week and I was so pleased. I hope to have them in the shop in a little over a week!

3. How sweet is this? I received it as a Christmas gift. I have it sitting in my creative space with this.

4. Valentine's Day is a month away. I've got last year's free printable here.

5. Speaking of Valentine's, I've got some ideas for sweet little love themed canvases.

6. A few of my new favorite handmade shops are this, this, and this.

7. After reflecting on 2013 I realized I wasn't taking time to create for myself. There are several projects I wanted to do, but I busied myself with work so I didn't have the free time to try. Yesterday I sat down and learned how to crochet a circle. I learned some basic crochet stitches about 2 years ago, and now it's time to learn and create new things. What are you doing for yourself?

I hope you have a great week!