Thursday, June 30, 2011

doily {you know what I like}

Today is Wednesday, right?
Well, here is What I Love Wednesday on Thursday.
A day late and a doily short. Hahaha. {come on you know you chuckled}

In case you didn't know:

doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by Doiley, a 17th-century London draper.[1] Doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens", evidently from the same source.[2 

Doilies were lovely then, and they are now, even on a rock.


You know what I like.


Monday, June 27, 2011

where my heart is

Saturday Jack turned 11 months old.
For us that means two things:
1.) In a month we will celebrate his first birthday.
2.) In a little over a month we will have another appointment with Jack's cardiologist.

For those of you who might not know, Jack was born with two heart defects.
At his one month check-up a heart murmur was detected which led to seeing a specialist.
When Jack was two months old we found out he has an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD - the heart murmur) and Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS). 
At Jack's last appointment (at 6 months) the "numbers" from Jack's tests were not improving. The doctor said there were two things that could be occurring:  the PVS could be getting worse or the PVS could be staying the same but it's hard to determine how well the blood is flowing out of the heart because of the ASD (hole).

Confused yet?

Right after that news the doctor mentioned heart surgery.
He said it was something he wanted to prepare me for, just in case when we go back for his next set of tests and they find the PVS is getting worse.
Usually with something like this I would have broken down into a sobbing-with-snot-and-all kind of cry.
I didn't cry, though. Probably due to lack of sleep and the grace of God.

So anyway. Here we are, very close to another appointment.
I have started thinking about it a lot -
like every time I feel Jack's heart beating (it beats fast, not like a normal heart beat),
or when I paint hearts,
or just when I think about him turning a year old.

I am not stressed out about it. I just think about it.

So with it on my mind {and heart} I am going to be taking a little shop vacation.
The shop will still be open, and I will still be painting, but I am not going to be accepting any custom requests OR State Love orders for at least the month of July. I have already started a list for those who have contacted me with interest of ordering one, so if you would like to reserve a spot please let me know ( at gmail dot com).

Thank you in advance for understanding, and as always, thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Friday, June 24, 2011

InstaFriday 6/18-6/24

Here is our week in Instagram pictures:

hand painted Father's Day card for Robbie

happy fruit

sun-dried tomato & artichoke chicken I was supposed to do for What We Ate Wednesday, but I didn't really like it so I didn't do the post

brothers playing

the good son (or the one who will take pictures with me right now) and his goose egg

art time with play-do, coloring, and putting a sketch on canvas

playing with my food again

I love being able to capture the week with phone/iTouch photos.
Happy Friday.

life rearranged

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh, Daddy {you know what I like}

Since Father's Day was this past weekend I decided to make today's What I Love Wednesday post on things Mr.Wonderful likes.

A handmade marketplace = unique gifts
A felt, Nintendo controller iPod case and a card that looks just like him (it was his Valentine's card), check.

I love you Mr.Wonderful, and you are an amazing Daddy.

1.   2.   3.   4.   5.   6.   7.   8.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

this is what happens when I get excited

The result of my excitement and my children taking naps:
1. laundry left unfolded
2. vanilla wafers left open on the table
3. bubble gun left on the table (out of reach of little people)
4. - 9. working on too many paintings at once

When I get excited, and I ideas start bouncing around in my head I tend to start a new painting before I finish the other four.

Thankfully, Mr.Wonderful bought me a sketch book for my birthday (back in March). He has asked me time after time when I was going to use it.
Finally this morning I decided all the ideas needed a place to live that was not in the form of an unfinished painting on my kitchen wall.

I am still excited, but now I am 1/9 more organized.
Oh, and I am very pleased to announce I have finished three flower paintings {yellows, corals, and blues}, and during nap time today I will be listing them in the shop. Or that's the plan.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

flowers, 32, and sleep

Yesterday, while waiting for paint to dry {literally} I started working on this.
I was working on a painting like this for Alison and I decided I need to make one with different layers of colors. I am in love. I think I will make one in every shade of the rainbow... or at least in blue, coral, green... you get the picture.

Speaking of Alison,
Happy 32nd Birthday to my dear friend {she said her age on her blog, don't worry}.

Go tell Alison Happy Birthday and check out the amazing birthday week giveaways she is having!
Alison, I may just call you up and sing Happy Birthday to you.

And sleep:
Well, Jack sleeping in his crib all night did not happen again on Tuesday night or last night.
I am not giving up, but I am also not going to be a crazy person who doesn't sleep.
I am glad to know I am not alone in the adventures of children with sleep interruptions/problems.
Your comments were so encouraging.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

lemonlime {you know what I like}

Lots of pretty things in lemon & lime.
1.   2.   3.   4.   5.   6.   7.   8.

Be sure to check each shop out... 4. & 6. are on clearance!
It's my first link up with

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

sleeping like a baby

If you have ever talked to me (in person, text, email, etc.) you probably know my children don't sleep the way I would like them to.
I complain talk about it. A lot.

Before I had children I had no idea what it was like to be tired. I thought babies slept, you know, like normal humans.
Of course, I was wrong.
I read books; I read web sites; I asked doctors; I asked every friend I had; I cried; I prayed; I begged.
I kept schedules; I bounced; I rocked; I swayed.
Still both of my children preferred to sleep in my arms (Charlie for naps) or in my bed (Jack at night).

Charlie grew out of it and goes to bed happily and sleeps great through the night. He even ASKS to take a nap.  He still wakes up before the crack of dawn, but he will stay in his bed and plays, so I am happy.

Jack, oh Jack. He just feels he needs to be with me.
But last night we had a break through.
I hope.
After attempt number five (from 1:45 am to 3:00 am) I finally got him back to sleep in his crib.
So for the first time in ten months and twenty days I woke up in my bed, next to my husband, and no baby.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

home is where...

...your junk is.

Since Sunday we have been purging our house of things we don't need or use. Also known as junk.
Now we have a shed full of junk to sell to other people, but I am still debating whether I actually want to go through the trouble of having a yard sale or just donate everything.
We'll see.

A few of the things I threw out or put in the yard sale pile are:
- unopened Halloween cups, plates, & napkins I purchased on clearance from after Halloween 2007. You know, you never know when you might need to throw a Halloween party.
- two parking permits from high school. I graduated in 2000. Why do I need these in my "keepsake" box?
- two tummy time mats (one barely used and the other unused). We all know they don't need a mat and after the first child you don't stress out about tummy time. Right?

Some things I kept:
-all the love notes and cards Mr.Wonderful and I wrote to one another. You read The Notebook. No?
Well I did.
- a pillow case I cross-stitched back in um, elementary school, that I turned into hoop art. Once I finish my wall o'art I will show it to you. It will hang near our little felt embroidered house pictured above.
- an old sake decanter and matching glasses I purchased from an antique/thrift store. We don't drink sake regularly. I actually bought it because I thought it was a wine decanter. It looks neat and collects dust nicely.

Home is where your heart and your junk is indeed.
Do you get rid of stuff? Sell it, donate it, other?
Do you want to come by my stuff?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

go mama, go!

I have not picked up a weight (not counting a 30 lb. or 20 lb. child) probably since I found out I was pregnant with Jack... so 19 months.

I like to exercise. Really, I do. It's just a little harder when you have little people.

Sunday afternoon I decided it was time for a change. I pulled out a workout a friend had made for me 3 years ago. Hoarder? Maybe. I just happened to keep it next to my Denise Austin pregnancy workout DVD that I did all of 3 times, and it was still there.

I made the mistake of choosing to do my workout with an audience.
Jack tried to crawl on me. The. Entire. Time.
Charlie accidentally got kicked in the head (he was fine).
Robbie started cheering, "Go Mama, GO!" which Charlie quickly picked up and joined in.
So for the entire time I was attempting to do the ball pass (an already very attractive exercise) I was laughing and even snorting.

The combination of the exercises and the snorting must have worked because even two days later I am still sore.
Tomorrow's workout will be done during nap time.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

{Shop Talk} and WINNERS

These three have been added to the shop.
I am also considering adding a made-to-order mug love option
where customers can send me a photo of there favorite cup/mug and I paint them like these:

And now for what you really want to know...

Congrats Beth!

Congrats Teri!

Congrats Jaclyn!

Congrats Mandy [Mandipidy]!

{I will email each of you today.}

And for those of you who didn't win you can use the coupon code
2YEARS for 20% off your purchase this weekend only.

Happy Saturday and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, June 3, 2011

love notes

Thursday thoughts on Friday.

The other morning I woke up to find this note next to the coffee pot and the spoon napkin (you know, the napkin we put the spoon on after we fix our coffee).

It was the simplest, sweetest reminder.

I think I am going to frame it, but for now it is propped up by my painting supplies. Every time I look up and  catch a glimpse of it I smile. It encourages me. It humbles me.

Have a happy Friday and give a little love to someone <3

PS. Don't forget, today is the last day to enter the four "I heart" giveaways.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


For the past four days I have been unplugged.
It was a kick-off to summer with Mr.Wonderful home (be jealous, my husband is a school teacher, and he will be home for a few months).

It was a crazy fun family vacation away from home with lots of sand and little children off schedules.
Hi, my children think it's okay to wake up at 4 AM. Oh, and Starbucks did't open until 7 AM. SEVEN.
Obviously they didn't know my children would be up so early or they would have made an exception, right?

Memories made - Jack sitting on the edge of the shore squealing with delight as each wave came; my dad pulling Charlie around in an inflatable boat in the ocean, my husband and I staring at our tiny video monitor next to a huge 52" television that was turned off and whispering so we wouldn't wake Jack sleeping above us in the loft. 

Did you do anything special for Memorial Day weekend?

PS. Thank y'all so much for the encouraging comments about my shop anniversary! It was so nice to open up an over flowing inbox after being unplugged :)