Big post and a BIG spring giveaway!
The GIVEAWAY is officially closed!
I'll post the winner later tonight!
Hi friends! I hope you're seated with a cup of nice hot coffee (preferably with half and half). My favorites. Our ice and snow is still slowly melting today and that is very freeing feeling. Spring might actually, for real, be on its way now! We have a garden just waiting for us to sink our hands and shovels into. Bring on the dirt, backyard sittin', and bluegrass listenin'.
The girls and I have had such fun playing together inside during the snow days. We especially like our new puzzles. Anna Ruth is a born, natural puzzle lover. I am a trained puzzle lover, meaning I participate because she likes them. :) I do this with such enthusiasm (because she matters to me) that I'm convinced it will someday be a shock when she realizes mom actually isn't that great at puzzles.
I've still been participating in Christy Tomlinson's She Art workshop, which I am loving.
It has my fingers, brain, heart, mind, and inspiration creating and thinking in a whole new way.
I didn't know I would like this mixed media type of painting so, so much. It is by far one of my favorite art forms I've ever participated in. Now to find someone in real life who shares my passion...
Anna Ruth got to paint her own mini canvas in the craft room with me one day. I love the little size of these canvases because they are very do-able for me with my limited amount of time.
Beginning stages....so much possibility lying ahead for this little canvas.
I love that.
I have to be honest about two things.
1.) This little gal was supposed to be for the blog giveaway at the end of the post. But I made her and just couldn't bear to give her up. Ooooooooops. Forgive me?!
2.) I feel like stepping out and sharing my love and passion for art consistently is a very, very brave (and sometimes lonely) thing to do. You know how people talk about book characters "saving" them and keeping them company....getting lost in a book or feeling at home in a book?
That is how I feel about the particular bloggers below. I don't know very many (at all) people in real life who share my passion for art and creating. I usually feel odd and out of place for showing up places with paint on my hands. I'm praying to "find my people" someday. Gals who get mod-podge and paint and mixed media and Dottie Angel. But for now, there's these gals and this is why I love blogging so much. They make me feel not so alone, and very "normal." :)
Check them out!
2.) Alisa Burke
3.) Jeanne Oliver
4.) Pam Garrison
5.) The Pink Couch
Brett is truly such a great daddy. The girls eagerly await his arrival home since.....oh, about 7:00 in the morning. Basically, as soon as he leaves they look forward to him coming home again. They wait for the sound of the door to open and pounce on him as soon as he walks in. He devotes every single second with them until their bedtime. These sweet images.....are just so, so sweet to me.
And now for a Spring Giveaway!
My twin sister won a giveaway this week on someone else's blog and I was sharing in the excitement with her when I was reminded of how much I love blog giveaways. They're pretty much some of the best things in life. Ever. So, I decided I'd have one too! Just because. Some of my favorites are included in this BIG giveaway (big in my opinion at least!) ....
Like this panel of fabric from a favorite illustrator, Cori Dantini !
You could cut each panel out and frame it,
sew something with these,
or simply clip them up on the wall!
Next up is my favorite magazine, Fresh Style !
And last....a pack of colored pencils for sketching and creating, wrapped in an old book page, and little doily in my favorite color;
a pack of my favorite spring-time photos from my blog,
and a mini bunting in the cutest, springiest colors!
1.) Comment below with your name
and favorite springtime activity!
Giveaway ENDS Friday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m.!