Wednesday, June 29, 2016

colorful day. . .

My mom sorted the colored pencils . . . and I wonder why I am the way I am.  

“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. 
But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins.” 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

good things this week . . .

. . . and just like that 
. . . I'm not quite so busy and it feels wonderful!

 ICAD prompt . . .snow flake
 . . . the 60's
 . . . invent a prompt
I went with "out of my comfort zone" . . . and this sure is.
 . . . neon sign
 . . . winter

1. Charlotte and Mom together
2. Owen started T-ball
3. index card challenge
4. Last day of work 
5. Summer 
6. Coronarita 
7. Staying up late
8. Spending time with Mom
9. Ice Coffee
10. Feeling relaxed
Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

summer hair

I always like to do something fun with my hair when I am off work.
This year I went with pink.  It is another whole look when my hair is curly.  I love it!
Unfortunately pink tends to fade rather quickly, but it is fun for a little while.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

just because . . .

When life gets busy . . . 
take the time to find joy in the small stuff. 
 Charlotte's chalkboard drawing . . . it is . . . "a girl with angry eyebrows that is mad at her dad and mom because they won't give her candy."  I think she really captured the "angry eyebrows". 
 Coffee just tastes better in a great mug.  Love this one!
 . . . my little partner in painting.  
 It doesn't matter how tired I am, what mood I am in, or what is going on around me . . . this face makes every day better!  
 . . . bringing a little sunshine indoors . . . 
 . . . Richard making dinner last night!
Index card challenge . . . making a little time to be creative every day. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

still here . . .

I am still crazy busy, but somehow found time to get caught up with my index cards . . .   
TV, playground, venn diagram (those flowers may represent that a little bit), bouquet (with a skeleton of course), wallpaper, landscape and orange.  The little orange zombie flower card actually looks better in person (much brighter).  
So I was caught up yesterday . . . now have to get a couple of cards done again.  I will be so glad to be off work for the summer . . . just a few more days.  Then I can enjoy the rest of the icad challenge and get busy with some other things.  Between work and knowing I will be off work soon - my mind is going all the time.  I wake up at night with ideas and thought of things I need to do, want to do . . . I am ready for Summer vacation!  I am ready to relax, have fun, create, spend time with my mom, take a road trip or two . . . 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Is it Summer yet?

My days are full and busy, but will be slowing down soon.  I am doing my best to keep up on the "index card a day" challenge.  Some of the prompts from the last few days . . . . top ten list, bowling, compass, island, baseball, and cobalt.  I can't say I am happy with all of them - but having fun just the same.  Things should actually be a little better after today.  
Summer time, Summer time . . . it's all most here!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

hope, joy, and cotton candy . . . .

The simple things
are often the most beautiful!
I love how certain smells bring back memories.  I have read that the sense of smell is linked to memory probably more than any of our senses.  
Walking through school yesterday and I smell cotton candy . . . 
I can't say that I have a bad memory that goes along with the smell of cotton candy.  
I love my job!  It's the last week of school - so why not be able to stop by a classroom and get some cotton candy.
. . . and it's PINK!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

life is busy . . .

My life is crazy busy at the moment, but then that is normal for this time of year.  It won't be long though until things slow down.  Until then I am doing my best each day to make a little time for myself . . . and taking time to find some joy in the little things.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

random weekend stuff . . .

 It has been a very relaxing weekend . . . which I think I needed.  
Here are the last three index cards I made for Daisy Yellow ICAD.  
The prompts were Snoopy, typewriter, and clouds . . . and the challenge is turning out to be as much fun as I thought it would be.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Good Joobies . . .

 The "Index Card a Day" officially started yesterday.  The prompt for yesterday was "Mix Tape".
This is going to be fun!
 Our serious little artist was hard at work last night.  
She asked me for some yellow paint . . .When I asked her if she liked yellow, she replied, "Yellow is my favorite color too.  I like all the colors . . . colors of the rainbow is good joobies." 
 I love spending time with this girl!

ICAD prompt for today is pyramid . . . 
This isn't what I really had in mind, but I smashed some paint on a card . . . and liked the colors and came up with this.  This challenge also has weekly themes.  The first week's theme is - Inspired by words, typography, found text, poetry, old books, list making.  This is a very relaxed, fun, creative challenge . . . and you do not need to follow the prompts if you don't want to, but I think I am going to try . . . having a prompt that I need to get creative with makes it a little bit more of a "challenge" for me - and I like that.
. . . and then there is lunch with this guy.   
Hope your day if full of 

Monday, May 30, 2016

ICAD - warm-up #* . . . imperfect cirles

Just a few more days until Daisy Yellow's ICAD challenge starts.  I am really looking forward to 61 days of creative fun.  Warm-up # 8 was "imperfect circles" . . . I came up with these monster faces.
I love monster faces!

I had hoped to also be posting pictures of a finished doll, but instead I spent a good portion of to my long weekend cleaning and organizing our garage and my art/craft supplies.  The kind of cleaning that requires an awful mess in order to do it right!  I decided to enjoy the process.
I got rid of a lot of stuff . . . and I am exhausted.  
I tend to over do . . . but that's what Tylenol is for - right?  

1. Adam's baptism . . . and being his god parents.
2. Working on index cards
3. An almost clean garage . . .(I still have a few things to go through.)
4. Making a decision . . . and making it work
5. 3 day weekend . . . and only two more weeks of school!
6. Talking to Mom . . .she will be here in about a week!
7. Reading
8. Coffee and reading the paper in the morning with Richard
9. Feeling relaxed!
10. Apricots

Thursday, May 26, 2016

a little more ICAD warm-up . . .

"Creativity is seeing what everyone else
has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought."
~ Albert Einstein
One of the warm up prompts for ICAD 2016 is to make a collage using junk mail.
Oh . . . I think this challenge is going to be fun!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ICAD 2016

I decided to try the ICAD challenge this year. (Index-Card-A Day)
  It looks like fun and challenges are always a good way to spark my creativity.  
The challenge runs from June 1st thru July 31st . . . that's 61 index cards to create something on.  
If you are interested check it our here . . . Daisy Yellow.
It is a busy time of year for me to take on a 61 day challenge, but things will slow down once school is out . . . and this challenge sounds like more fun than a "challenge."
Grab a stack of index cards if the mood strikes you and join in.

Monday, May 23, 2016

love today!

"Never lose sight of the fact, 
that just being is fun."
~ Katharine Hepburn
 Happy Anniversary to these two couples . . . who share their anniversaries today.
Jake and Kasey have been married two years and Brent and Ashley have been married for six.  
I love these faces!
 Never enough time - especially this time of year, but I am doing pretty good at painting a little bit each night . . . and I am getting back to my dolls.  I just like all the color on my desk tonight.
My head is full of ideas . . . makes it hard to go to bed and then get up and go to work, but Summer vacation isn't far off!
 . . . and of course Charlotte has to paint whenever I do.  This is her latest creation.  
She has decided to paint a picture for everyone she knows.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

three little monsters . . .

I like my three little monsters . . . although I have a lot to learn about shading.
Looking at them makes me want to make three little monster dolls . . . which sounds like a fun project I should probably make some time for.