Friday, January 29, 2010

What's missing?

Are you staying warm today?
Its quite cold here in the Midwest.
I know its January, but a girl still can complain.
I know its winter, but does ol' man winter have to be sooo COLD?
I think its 5...yes your reading that right~
One low, very low digit......5 degrees.
So maybe these will warm you up....

Progress to completion~
This weeks doodles of art.
She was missing something, so we accessorized!!
I am having so much fun with these wooden dollies.
My girls give me all sorts of ideas.
This one had to have a scarf, well sorta neck wrap, if you will.
Yes, a RED knitted one.
A red painted acorn is her beret, we love berets in our house.
This one will be added to my Etsy shop today.

I have new stuff for Spooky Time Jingles for next month too.
A sweet pumpkin girl with a quilted body, so fun.
I will have more pictures soon.
Also, I finished a sweet trade and mailing it off this weekend.
So excited and thrilled to be trading with this artist.....
I will reveal my goodies later, so fun to be able to trade with great artists.
I think its my favorite.
Don't get me wrong I love to find treasures of art,
I have to have them, like I have to have air to breathe.
Its the artist in me, but trading gives me a warmth, a connection and I feel lucky!!
Speaking of warmth....stay warm friends and have a great weekend :)
HUGS.....Jackie






Thursday, January 21, 2010

What are you doing today....

......hmmmm
today started as I walked downstairs, I heard lovely music.
as I wiped my eyes....thinking my husband was cooking breakfast....noop!!
not the fresh aroma of spinach, garlic and eggs.....
but my husband was doing yoga in our living room.
I actually had to open my eyes wide, thought my eyes werent in focus yet....
Couch and rug was moved, his blue yoga mat on the floor.
I found this so.....well proud of him.
He has taken a 30day excercise challenge and he has been transformed.
I love it.....it makes me inspired.
I am inspired for my health......a sort of surge.
I am a runner, well I try to be.
I run 4 to 5 miles about 5 days a week, but TODAY I felt challenged.
My husband inspired me to do something out of the oridinary.....WOW!

I did a ketlleball class....yikes.
So hard, I thought I was in shape.....NOOP! I am not!
I know tomorrow will hurt, but I plan to do another ~
So my question to you is......."What have you done for your health today"?


The art side of my life is being silly with my girls.
I love Valentines Day and we have been spreading the love.
Here is some WIP's and even a trade, which I love~
SHHHHHH.......dont tell, xoxo

Enjoy YOU and your health today..........




Monday, January 11, 2010

Have you given your love away today?

Giving of yourself is the most unselfish thing you can do. I am trying to give more of myself to each of my kids on a one to one basis. I am pretty good juggling with all three kids, but one and one has been challenging.
Today, my youngest stayed home from preschool with a bit of a cold and she is resting. I keep checking on her (while being the housekeeper....ugh!!), asking if I can snuggle and she is wrapped up in her cozy fleece jammies. Dont tell, I still have mine on too. Breakfast was nice, just her and I not rushing out the door. Conversation was funny and the house was quiet. We have drawn pictures and practiced writing letters.

I hope that I can give more of myself and not just be the family coordinator.....
SO..speaking of L-O-V-E and that is my daughters new word to spell. I have a sneak peek of Spooky Time Jingles update. I have 4 love goodies along with others! Even though we are a Halloween and Christmas online market, we have a few months of specials...this month is Valentine's!! So dont foget to drop by on the 13th and check out the love~Give your love away today..... and be someone's Sweet Valentine.
I am off duty from cleaning for a bit and about to draw some more masterpieces with my daughter~





Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year......what is your resolution?

Happy New Everyone!
I hope all is well. I am one happy mom.....the kids went back to school today!!! I love them dont get me wrong, but......

three kids +
frigid temps so stuck inside
= 1 frustrated tired of yelling "be nice to each other" mom....ugh so frustrated.

SO, what does today mean~
January 4th+
kids go back to school =
PRICELESS......I went to the gym, anthropologie (thanks secret santa), grocery shopping and not once did I have to kneel down and say "YOU BETTER BE NICE OR WHEN WE GET HOME YOU WILL GO TO YOUR ROOM....and threaten to take the wii away and give it to another family.....oh my!!! Am I the only mom that is going through the bickering stage....shish!!!

I dont think my kids get it...being nice to each other that is.....
My oldest gets it,plus he is a boy, but my younger girls, oh my........I have my work cut out for me.....and they are not even double digits yet......EEKS!!!!

So for the new year....I thought what resolution I'd like to have, I am the type to change my lifestyle, not just for a few weeks....so I wrestled with this thought.

Balance.....that is my resolution.....to find balance with myself, family and my art.
I have such a full plate and sometimes all the balls drop.....
more times than not.....

so I am going to try to balance things out....are you laughing~
I know its a tall order, but I think that is where calmness comes from, so I am going to TRY!!

I have been super creative, I think that is because we have been stuck inside and it's been too cold to play. I have a custom order that is almost finished. I thought it was so sweet. This client asked if I would make "love jar" for her friend who has had a hard year and wanted to do something special for her. She has asked all of her friends to write something nice or a lovely memory and when she has a bad day she can pull a thought out to make her "smile"......how grand is this~here is my love jar
Enjoy the day....stay warm friends!! Tell me your resolution......