Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas is near......

Christmas is near and I hope there is no stress for you, really I do.
I think last month was my stressful time with all the doctor visits.
We are all doing better, thank you for all your kind emails.
They were all so sweet and kind, you warmed my heart.
I am busy making handmade gifts....many to do this year.
In our family we have a tradition of helping others.
We have sent shoe boxes filled with toys and necessities for kids across the world.
You can too, there is still time, here is the link.
We also are packing meals for kids on Friday here.
If your local there is still spots available, come on by!  
My kids are counting the days to pack meals......its very rewarding for them, for me too!

With being so cold outside, I have found time to do one home project.
I know right, I cant believe it either....
I have wanted a kid station in our extremely small entry way forever.
With three kids it can get, it gets MESSY.
So, I found this piece on the side of the road.
Yes, my runner friend and I picked this up and stuck it my van.
My husband rolled his eyes and I had another project in the garage....I confess I have MANY!!
Well this one is checked off my list.
My daughter helped and we had fun.
It looks very anthropologish to papers patterns and prints. 
The last thing to do was to find some baskets.
My hope is my kids will get there stuff in the baskets instead of the floor, crossing my fingers. 
A friend and I went to the flea market last weekend...yes in December we trucked out in the cold....brrrrr!!
It was well worth it.....I scored two vintage wire milk baskets.
They fit perfectly, what do you think?      

We have played in the snow since we all feeling better.....I had to add this picture, just for fun.
I want you to look closely....we have a new friend in our house.
She is the one looking out the door.....can you see her?
She is a white/mix Siamese cat. She hung around our house all summer. With winter coming I desperately wanted to find her a home because I knew she wouldn't survive the brutal cold here.
Well, we haven't found her a home yet, but thankfully she is warm.  We have named her Molly and if your interested, please email me.  I unfortunately can not have cats, but my heart couldn't see this sweet animal with no home. She is the sweetest and even loves my two shih tzus Huck and Finn. She loves playing and just being by you......
I believe animals that have faced hard times just know and have the best dispositions, don't you think?
Please find it your heart to spread some love this holiday season and all year through.  I wish you all a very merry holiday, chat soon xoxo  

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Dec this true?
How did the time escape me?
Family life has taken me over, over the edge.
Alex had surgery, she is doing better, but for two weeks we were all tired.
Jake dislocated his knee in a soccer game.....
More doctors, an mri and even a surgeon, but thankfully no surgery need...whew~
Thanksgiving was a true day of being thankful....pretty relaxing with no stress, just yummy food!
I am running a lot more, doing less art.
Just taking a break, I had a full fall schedule.
Too many shows this year for my poor family to deal with.
I am making handmade gifts for special soon....shhh,dont tell!
Here is my only winter piece for sale.
She is sculpted from clay, I have added tiny mercury ornies to a rusty wire.
She is dusted with glitter and has a vintage flair.
She is 9 inches tall.
Cost is $58 plus shipping.
Email to purchase....
SOLD, thank you! 

Enjoy this wonderful season,chat soon....xoxo

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dazed and Confused....

Whew....time is flying by.
Few local things are happening which is keeping me busy.
I had a gallery event this weekend at our fall festival, it kept me so busy.
I didn't have my camera to take pictures and I felt as if I wasn't even present.
Talking with some customers, I am sure they thought I didn't have a brain!!

I have a few more shows that I have added to my hopefully I can get my act together.....and not so confused, like a deer in headlights.

I am doing an event at my church, called Bella Viaggio.
Its a women's event and there will be a holiday boutique.
I was asked to participate and was so honored and thrilled.
There will be over 60 vendors.......get some Christmas shopping done early!!
So, if your local stop on by for some holiday treats!! 
 This guy is sold...thanks for all the emails!
I have a whimsical scarecrow available.
It is a old fashioned crank music box that plays If I Only Had a Brian.....

I know right......its what I need lately.....heee hee!!
Chat Soon  

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some gifts dont have bows....

I am feeling very grateful today.
I was fortunate enough to take an art class from an uber talented gal from the west coast.  Due to my moms generous gift I was able to take one of Alisa Burke's workshops here in Chicago at the Create Workshops.....
So fantastic, I learned so much and experienced a new found love for creating large!
Most of you knew I work small, this class was called Larger Than Life!!
I had to let go and paint layers and layers on a huge canvas, mine was 5 feet wide or so....GI-NORMOUS!!!!!
I was scared, terrified and starred at the blank canvas for quite a bit, but then just started adding layers.  
It was cathartic and wildly fun!!
I think this has changed my art and I am not intimidated by large canvas anymore.....yay!!!
Here is a my canvas...I am still added elements and have quite a bit to go, but I am happy with my progress.
This was an unbelievable gift (thanks mom!)I cant wait to get messy with my kids! There are so many projects that are running through my mind~I just need to find the!!!
Enjoy the day   

Monday, August 16, 2010

Another project crossed off my list.....

We are in countdown mode at my house. We have 9 days left until school starts.  I can not believe summer has zipped away. 

I love this time of year.
I don't know about your kids but mine bicker, some days are better than others, but by now I can tune them out like a champ. 
Unless one has blood streaming down my face, I don want to hear what one did to the other.
I know....I sound like I don't care, but I do, our house rule is treat others as how you would like to be treated,

This is how it goes.......running footsteps towards me.
Mommy, Mommy, Jake did this to me....its usually a scuffle, but well enough to drum up crocodile tears and no marks visible.  
I automatically ask Kate, what did YOU do??......more footsteps running towards me.
Jake interrupts, I stopped her from hitting me and she got mad.
I reply, is that mommy Jake wouldn't let me hit him and he was laughing at me.....
You see Jake is 12 and our youngest is 5.
So, I send them on their way and tell Kate not to hit and she turns around and says, I am not, Jake wouldn't let me. (as i try not to laugh....hehehe)

Some would think this is funny (which i do), but after the 10th time its more frustrating than comical.
Our middle child was sick this week, so we laid low and needless to say everyone was bored.

So, today started off with a bang!
We finished up getting school supplies and clothes....I love this part!
I remember the smells of new erasers, shiny notebooks and new art supplies.
To me it was like Christmas morning, I loved all new art supplies, clothes and the excitement of seeing old friends and making new ones.
I know I am a dork, but the start of school was just so much fun and now as a mom....I am excited to send them on their way...yippee!!!

We always buy a special outfit for our kids.
It is still hot, summer like temperatures so they usually still wear their summer shorts and such, but they love picking out something new.
This year, I wanted to make the girls a funky pair of capri's.....
As you know, I LOVE fabric and I couldn't resist to challenge myself with ruffled capri's.
So, I have finished a 2 pairs and have three more to do!
 This was my first pattern I followed and my first pair of pants I have ever  MADE!!!
My girls love them and I have already been stopped to make/take orders...heheehee!!
I don't think I will change from working in clay to manufacturing pants, but I do love them~now if I could only make them in my size :)
Enjoy your day :)
xoxo jackie

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Snippets.....

Summer is in full swing.
We have been swimming, biking and being lazy.
I love not having a schedule and being able to do whatever we want.
I survived my week away from my baby, he returned safely from camp.....
I still get emotional, he is growing up so fast!!!

Here is quick pic of a face painting adventure we had.
This lady is amazing.....not just your average flower or star~
Finally, a sneak peak of tonights debut on Spooky Time Jingles.
This is just one of my pieces available. 
This is our 2nd anniversary!!! Yippee, I am having a sweet treat available too....stop on by!!
Hope your enjoying your summer too!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer bugs and the blues......

Today is a bit grey, we have rain this morning and I am feeling gloomy inside too.
My oldest is going away for church camp on Saturday.
I have had months to prepare, we had to register in Feb.
Today it is hitting me and just a little too hard~
I dont know how I will manage a week with out seeing his sweet face.
Ya see he is only 11......why did I agree to this??
He will be 6 hours away.
I know I know.....he is growing up, but why so FAST~
I am trying to stay strong and not let him see me get emotional.
Even just typing this I have nervous butterflies fluttering away ........
So, as I pull myself together, I hope the days will fly by.
Speaking of flying, I have been working on bugs....ladybugs that is......
A client asked to me create some unique pieces for her ladybug tree.
How cute is that.....all sorts of ladybug ornaments.
I did two, there is Miss Ladybug  in a previous post.
When I finished with her she asked me to do a Mr. Bug.... a Gentlemen of course!
He was so fun to create and he even holds a handful of red posies behind his back. the week gets closer to an end and our son leaves for camp, I have to remember to let go a little.
I know he will have so much fun and when he returns he will probably be an inch taller ***SNIFF***
So as his week journey is about to begin and he spreads his wings a bit and begins to fly.....
I will embrace the ride.....up up and away!!!   (whether i like it or not)   
That us at a festival in Galena, Illinois.  The hot air balloons were gorgeous!!
More to come..........

Monday, June 21, 2010

Party planning anyone???

Happy Monday......
We had a wonderful Fathers Day with my two favorite guys,
My dad and my hubby, both outstanding fathers.
We grilled and hung out for the day.
I am so thankful for these two guys.
They are great examples for the kids and I truly have two gems in my life~

Speaking of gems....we are planning a combo birthday bash for our 2 girls.
Still working out some details, but I think a tea party is the census.
Since going on my art retreat and creating the teapot with Alice and the rabbit, my girls have insisted on a tea party with a wonderland my wheels have been turning.
My awesome hubby has been doing some things too....its going to be a fun gala.

If you need some party ideas....check this site out, she is also having a giveaway!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Giveaway Giveaway.....inner junk, yay!!

What a giveaway.....pop over to Junk Bonanza.  They are having a delicious giveaway, a piece of fabulous jewelry from Beth Quinn.  Yippee!!! So the question is when did you find your inner junk self?

I did not have to ponder long......
I love old, eclectic funky things,but for me it would have to be when I received my first big girl bike.
I was 11 or parents did not buy me the pink huffy with sparkles.
I received a 50s mint green cruiser........I LOVED IT!
I was so proud of that bike, I rode it for years!!

This year we actually bought our middle daughter a big girl big.....
After much research, we found this!!! Love it!!!
Enjoy your ride!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Sandwiches

I love to cook, but finding new things to do is somewhat challenging.
We have staples in our house.....but as an artist I also love to get creative in the kitchen 
We eat salmon twice a week, I love salmon.
The challenge is to find something interesting to do with it~

Well, if you like salmon, you must try it!!
You will not be disappointed.....

Note ~ This recipe is for poached salmon, but you can use leftover salmon from the grill

1/2 cup dry white wine or water
12 ounces skinless salmon fillet, about 1 inch thick
3 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese (I used garlic and herb)
   *you can also use whipped cream cheese...any flavor you prefer
2 tbsp. milk, I use low fat 2%
1 tbsp fresh dill
1 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
Ciabatta Loaf cut and toasted
1 cuo fresh baby spinach

In a large skillet combine wine and 1/2 cup water
Bring to a boil; add fish
Cover and simmer for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish is easily split with a fork
Remove fish, discard liquid
Let fish cool or serve with dish warm, its up to you~

In a small bowl combine cheese, milk, dill, lemon peel and 1/8 tsp of fresh ground pepper.
I did this first and put in the fridge to meld flavors.

Spread mixture on cut sides of bread, arrange spinach and salmon and ENJOY!!

This is a great summer sandwich.
It reminds me of the beach or picnicking in the park.
We made it this weekend with fresh  yummy!!
Kid tested and kid approved too......this one will become a staple in our house.
Chat Soon~

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer is here....

The kids have one day left.....oh my!!!
Are moms really excited?

I am excited to be relaxed and bored......
I feel that I create best with no routine,
I love the kids in the art room with me.
We laugh, we sing and ideas start spilling over.

So, I am excited for that, but......
Yes, there is a big BUT,
I am not excited for the fighting......the messes.....the complaining its too hot.
Its summer!!!! Enjoy it, I am going to try really hard :)
We plan on do lots so if I am not around, drop me a line.

I am still taking custom Mrs. Bug she is flying off to California~
Enjoy ~ Chat Soon!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I finished something......

If you read my earlier post I was complaining about my unfinished projects. I finished one.....hooray!!! It was my grandmothers dining room set, I should say, the hutch.  It was very outdated, blonde wood....yikes, but it had delicate edges and I saw POTENTIAL, so we began this long process. My husband and I tackled it together and I love the way it turned out.  We painted it cream and sanded the edges, kept the black hardware and put my creamware back inside.....voila!!
So, feeling a bit good and crossing something off my long, seemingly endless list, today was a good day. We did hang the curtain rods, I still have to hem the edges of the curtains, so hopefully another project will be completely soon ;) 

On the art scene, some of my work is an Etsy shop for Spooky Time Jingles.  This is for a very limited time and I have special prices, so hurry on over and see!!! 
Chat Soon....xoxo   

Friday, May 7, 2010

Still going....

My unfinished projects have got the best of me. 
I am still painting furniture, trim and trying to get my rooms back in order.
Spring time is always hectic for us.
Sport schedules, end of year programs at school, and more projects like yard work.
I am very happy being able to be outside more, but.....
When I spend more time outside....the inside gets neglected :(

The only project I have finished is a whimisical quilt.
Strawberries, polka dots, lady bugs and just full of fun~
I even recycled a cute sequined shirt.
It was my daughters and with left over scrap fabric, I made this sweet little pillow.
So, know we can snuggle up and read her favorite books.

I also finished my second half marathon.....this year a friend joined me and it was a blast.
The special treat was my husband and kids cheering me on every few special~
So know that you have seen my treats.
I wish all you moms a very special day on Sunday!!!
Happy Mother's Day~

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Traveling to Paris

Want to laugh and see some great photos.  Pop on over to Lola B's blog for a some great Paris stories.  She has an amazing blog and is a phenomenal story teller!! Plus a few goodies she is giving away...YIPPEE!!

The Halloween Raffle Tree is up and looks GORGEOUS....pop on over and buy a raffle ticket for just a dollar, yep just a dollar to receive all this Halloween goodness, good luck!! You can buy tickets HERE, good luck!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Unfinished Project Bandit

Projects.....the word overwhelms me.
With Spring here I always get over my head with the start of too many projects....
Let see what is going on in my household right now....
We put bead board up in the kitchen, plus repainting it too.
Dining room is getting repainted and we are painting my grandmothers armoire, sideboard and table....oh my!
Just typing it down makes me shake my head, why do I do this??
Plus, I have a few art commitments and 3 busy kids.
One of which is SpookyTime Jingles.
Which that project is done, and it will debut on the 13th.
Here is sneak peek of one piece...the pumpkin bandit~

Its the perfect piece for what going on in my life.
This bandit is not the thief of unfinished projects.
He is a pumpkin bandit!
Hop on over and check out all the wonderful artists.
A huge thank you for supporting handmade artists~and hopefully you are finishing your unfinished projects!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Food Revolution

I usually dont talk about my kiddos or discuss our lifestyle.
We are a family that changed our lifestyle out of anger.
When my oldest (he is 11) went to school, I saw what they served at lunch.
I was literally grossed out~
We started making better food choices.
We have been eating Clean for 6 years.
What is clean, you ask.....
Clean eating is not processed food.
We cook a lot.....I should clarify I cook a lot!!
I prepare the kids lunches and snacks.
Yes, this takes time and some creativity, but its worth it!
Our kids need us to teach them, not give just give them what is conveniant.
We dont use our microwave, it actually stores my toaster and

I found this great blog today.....go check it out

It's a teacher eating & documenting the school lunches in her school.....brave lady!!!
We as consumers need to change our food system.
We have three choices a day......its better for our kids, YOU and our communities.
I will get off my soap box....I must go make dinner.
We are having fish tacos with mango salsa.....and yes I am making it :)

Also, if your free tomorrow night.
Watch the Food Revolution on ABC with Jamie Oliver!!
Check out his site too~

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Happy St Patty's Day.
My only piece for the green lucky occasion.
Its in my Etsy shoppe at a special price.

We ate colcannon last night.
Basically, it's mashed potatoes with cabbage and leeks.
So yummy!
Its usually made with left overs from your corned beef and cabbage.
Such a comfort food~
The only thing my hubby went to the store and bought the cabbage.
I asked him to grab cabbabge already shredded, to save me time.
He came home with purple cabbage....oh my!!!
So we had purple potatoes.....its was pretty cool for the kids!!
My son actually said this would be good for Halloween.....
What do you think?
It's actually is so good, the picture doesnt do it justice.

We also went to the parade in the rain....
Pretty funny pictures, we had a great time :)

We saw silly leprauchauns on crazy motorcycles! So funny~

Doggies with socks and of course an Irish BIG!!

Bagpipers......Oh I love the bagpipers!!
Good times with good friends, what a day,enjoy yours!

Thursday, March 11, 2010 goodies!!

Pop on over to Spooky Time Jingles on the 13th.
New goodies and I can't wait to see all the eye candy.
Here's a peek of one of my pieces.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My cup runneth over.....THANKS SUZ!!

A few weeks ago I swapped with an artist.
The BEST perk of being an artist.
I love swapping.
With raising a family, the budget is tight.
So when I get the opprtunity to swap,
Well its like getting presents....yes I am like a little kid.
Giddy I tell you,
I jumped up and down when I open my sweet package from Suz.
She is lovely artist.
She make all sorts of eye candy....I wish I could snatch up all her delights.
Funny I mention delights.......
Her company name is Surprise Delight Joy
You must check her out.
Here are my goodies......
Three lovely houses!!!

I also received a heart necklace just in time for Valentines, so sweet.

Normally, I wouldn't share an upclose (not so flattering)FUNNY picture of myself.

This one made me laugh!!

It also has Suz's love heart necklace....

I was setting my tripod up and my sweet puppy Huck heard me talking.

Yes, I was talking to myself.
Taking pics is not my specialty, so thinking out load
He had come over jumped on the chair and investigated the situation.
I must of clicked....and well you see.

I hope you enjoyed my goodies and silly ol' me.
Now run over to Suz's shoppe and support handmade artists!!
Chat soon, xoxo

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm Home.....

I returned home and my mind is in so many different directions.
I went to my first art retreat.
This was an unbelievable journey.
It far surpassed any of my expectations.
The growth I felt as an artist was so intoxicating.
I was surrounded by other dreamers.

I was in an art bubble for three days...oh my!!
I met some great people.
I took two awesome classes.
The teacher, whose art I drool over was AMAZING!!!
If you haven't seen her creations check out Julie Haymaker's art.
She is phenomenal teacher and the days went by so quickly.
The only disappointment I had was I didn't snap some pictures of us.

So if you have a chance to go to Art N Soul do will have a blast.
I went alone and I left meeting some new friends~

Here are my goodies I made.....

So beyond thrilled.....I have been sketching since I have left.
New ideas and thoughts.
I have come back recharged!!
I so needed this especially in this long dreary winter.
I didn't do much site seeing.....some fantastic dinners.
I did do a bit of shopping.
My favorite store had a wonderful recycled art in the windows.
So in wishing for Spring to come quickly I snapped this picture.
Its in Anthro, they cut bottles and painted them and they look like blooming flowers!
So lovely~
As my story book week ended I had to share my picture with Humpty.
He was my fill in man for the week since my awesome husband took care of the kids at home!
I am off to clean my studio with this new found creations are a brewing!!
P.S. Thanks for all the inquiries about my Alice Teapot. She SOLD and I won the contest!
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and interest.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Almost update!

Thanks everyone for all your advice and encouragement!!
My challenge has definitely wayed on my spirits.
My family has been a huge help too......
I have some finishing things to do and some shadowing~
primping the bunny collar....
and packing this guy for his flight to VEGAS BABY!!!

I leave Monday for my first art retreat.
Excited, nervous and cant't wait!!!

Heres the almost finished piece, thanks again for all the sweet comments!!

Chat Soon :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

WIP....I need help~

How was every one's love day? Mine was great. Getting handmade, kid wrapped presents is the best. They even went to my favorite candy shoppe...yummy!! We went to see the Percy Jackson and the Olympians.....if you have a son that is 11, I would recommend this movie!! So great, my son has read 4 out of 5 books in the series and has raved about it since book one. Its mythological and action packed.

I am going to my very first art retreat. I am so excited and nervous.

I received my information packet and a tea pot in the mail......

Challenge was to decorate the teapot any way you want.

The theme is Alice in here is what I have so far

I also have sculpted bunny feet......I thought maybe a free standing bunny next to the teapot.I thought of putting wheels on the teapot too....This is the first layer of black and white.....lots more to do.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great!!!
As far as my Tuesday giveaway...I will have to postpone until I get back.
I started the giveaways to challenge my creativity....and right now I am quite challenged right now.....thanks for understanding :)

Chat soon :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spooky Time Jingles Update

Hi Everyone,
Dont forget to stop by Spooky Time Jingles for our February Update on the 13th.
I will have a Halloween piece and few Easter's a peek~
Valentine's this weekend, I am taking the weekend off to share some love with my family. Enjoy love day and be sure to give your love away :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snowy Day...

No giveaway today....just incase you thought it was today.
I plan to have them every other week so next Tuesday....
A special heart for the .....ahem....the certain love day holiday coming!!

I do have a giveaway you can enter though.....
Go to my friend Elaine's blog she is having a SWEET giveaway.

Today, there is a pretty blanket of white on the ground.
We have a winter storm today and tomorrow.
I have to work on some projects, so its okay with me.
Here is what I am doing.....
Valentines is coming, homemade cards with the girls.
We got this idea out of the Family Fun Magazine.
Still have to finish them, but they are turning out great :)

Lots and lots of paper scrapes, googly eyes, glue and silly fun with two girls.

I finished my present to my husband, a printer table, he is a printer.
Lots of old wooden letterpress type, I really like how it turned out.
Another project of rearranging the furniture and pictures in our living room.
I admit I do this a little too often, but its a cheap fix in changing your decor.
Lastly, I just had to add this picture of my daughter, sleeping with a sweet sock stuffed friend, she has a cold and stayed home from school yesterday, so I thought this was cute.

So stay warm friends.....I'll be back soon :)

P.S. I noticed the smudge on the pics.....little fingers~