Friday, March 21, 2014

8 months later...

i am a horrendous blogger...inconsistent, uncommitted...i wish i had the discipline to record life every week like some amazing blogs that i read, but i am easily distracted... kids are just too cute, i love my sleep, too many art projects to try, i move slowly.

so with that, I've lowered my expectations. if i blog once a year, well then, so be it...here is my 2014 post.

girls...my sweet loves...are growing too fast.  soon, there will be no more little ones.  thinking about it makes my heart ache, so i remind myself daily, despite my checklist, to be aware and present in the moment.  in doing that, i take a lot less pictures at events, some days we look a tad disheveled, the house not so perfect.


auttie is in 2nd grade...what comes to mind:  soft brown eyes, tender sensitive heart that loves all creatures...even the despicable ones, minecraft obsessed (i don't get it...what happened to that little yellow dude that eats dots?), best friends john and allie, roald dahl books, night owl like her mommy, started gymnastics in January - it is her thing at long last, loves her hamsters, likes birdwatching, wipes me out in memory game, never takes a serious pictures...bunny ears or crossed eyes, always late to school, free spirit, wants to be a scientist, gymnast, or writer, her favorite present to give us:  a branch, rock, or picture she drew


reaggie is in pre-school/3...what comes to mind:  "big eyes", puffalina, penelope puppy, hand in mouth, megan and caymen (her left and right hand), talented linguist...the way she expresses herself for a three year old, boo...everyone calls her boo from monster's inc, loves rice balls, loud quacky voice, upper lip that sticks out when she talks, a true stinker, loves her red patent leather shoes, says, "when i was a big girl...", loves puzzles, early riser and morning person like daddy, a REAL character, wants to be a star


us...so far, the start of 2014 has been busier than past years.  my brother-in-law married in january, my mom was in the hospital in february, girls started gymnastic classes, bean is busy with work, i decided to challenge myself to turn my etsy store into a business vs a hobby, lots of museum visits (getty, space museum), trying to train for oc 1/2.  not crazy, but a steady non-stop flow.  from summer to the end of 2013...a happy stretch with relaxing holidays.

projects...i decided i needed a creative challenge this year.  at first i thought...new etsy store, which i did launch.  it occurred to me however, that my first etsy store, pipsqueak and bean, was already established and that I should put my efforts in one place. so...this month, in my original shop, I started testing new product and treating it like a real business. in just 3 weeks my numbers have topped all other months...amazing what can be accomplished with focus.

as much as i love designing little dolls...my second store, lucky 5 studios, will be on hold. AND...that book of poems that i started 10 years ago is officially on the to be finished in 2014 list.  dr. seuss, roald dahl, shel silverstein...still my ultimate goal.

new cake banners and garlands in my etsy shop, pipsqueak and bean
 
  




dolls and pins in my etsy shop, lucky 5 studios


CK published layouts for 2013 that i never posted

 so with that brief update...signing off for the night...hopefully not for all of 2014.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

hello blog...

hard to believe that we have already have crossed the 1/2 way mark of summer.  only 4 more weeks of lazy easy days...


we have spent most of our days taking our time to live...


to be silly...not scheduled...
 

to blow bubbles...


to craft a little...

...to scrap a little...
these albums of last summer's trip in Coronado and our Disney jaunts were recently published in CK's album issue

Monday, March 4, 2013

this month's joy

hanging out with friends...terrenea morning coffee with my old mela friends and the february book club meeting to discuss (for 5 minutes) gone girl.
 
watching documentaries...

the arrival of our new juicer...after watching forks over knives and fat sick and nearly dead, bean and i were convinced we needed a juicer. our fridge is now stuffed with organic veggies.  i actually REALLY like the juices. after a month of more veggies and water, no coffee, and less sugar, i am still waiting to look and feel 25.  will report on how this goes...

valentine's day...
 
scrapbooking...working on projects for an upcoming special CK Summer issue.  refreshing to scrapbook and be creative again after the 4 month holiday hurricane.

reading... this month for the bookclub...unbroken and angry housewives eating bon bons.  how i love to become one with our green couch and a good story.  unbroken, for me, is a choppy read...hence the 300+ pages still left to go.  housewives...i am luxuriating in the emotional drama.  i like to tell bean about the parts that make me chuckle or tear up. at first he feigns a moment of interest.  when his eyes glaze over, i know as thunder follows lightening, the fake gag reaction will follow, thus ending our conversation about angry housewives (or pride and prejudice, or the help, or Shakespeare in love etc.)

of course disney...we renewed our passes for the umpteenth year.
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watching the girls get closer...

reaggie...why is circle happy?  because his mommy and daddy lubbie him
reaggie...what's happening?
reaggie...a singing machine
autumn...mommy who gave you permission to empty out my box?
autumn...missing her two front teeth...so cute