Free Holiday Gift Tag Downloads

I have SOOOOOO many presents to wrap, I don’t even know why I am putting it off, I actually love wrapping. Maybe its the thought that I am not done shopping, that I keep putting it off? Anyways, till I manage to pull out the tower of boxes that is over taking my bedroom, I made up these cute tags to put on all those wrapped goodies! Please for personal use only!

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Print on full sticker sheet, cut out and use.

Holiday Giveaway!

I have had a amazing year exploring illustration and figuring out what my next step forward is. From taking classes, to freeing up time to work on my dreams, to just living the dream!

Just wanted to put out a small thank you for all the support and love you all have shown me over the past year! I have been blessed with friends with listening ears, kind clients and a ridiculously patient family.

I will be doing a drawing for my 12 Days of Christmas Tea Towel (sewn by me) and my Sand and Sea Sun Catcher (as a nod to warmer days!)

So here’s how it goes!

Please head over to my Etsy shop and pick out your favorite item in my shop, and give it some love on Etsy than, head back here and leave a comment and I will draw a winner on December 17th by 3 pm Central!

See, Easy Peasy!. Once again thanks for all the love, and can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!!

Sun & Sand Sun Catcher

Sun & Sand Sun Catcher

How to Ground Yourself ( well at least my version of it.)

I am sure everyone has been paying attention right now to the news, whether fake or not, or red or blue, or just watching the weather channel. Its all unsettling. I have felt off kilter and an little disconnected, being at home, just making sure that the kids school stuff is all ready for the year.  But now they are at school, and I have time for thinking and worrying, and I know that's not going to get me anywhere. Better to be productive and busy. My cure-all every single time: Spicy Carrot Soup. There is something to the simplicity but richness of it that always calls me back to really circle around the things that are important to me. 

So here is my current cure-all to the anxiety in this world:

Get a bunch of dirty carrots, like a big bunch and REALLY dirty bunch, whether from your garden or the farmers market.

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Just start scrubbing, and washing. Honestly, simple meditation. ( Okay, you can totally buy the clean grocery store one, its not gonna hurt the taste :) and I have a million times but today, my hands needed to stay busy!! )

All those pretty clean carrots!!

All those pretty clean carrots!!

Than cook up a batch of Spicy Carrot Soup, doesn't matter if you are feeding 1-6 because this soup freezes beautifully! You should have almost everything in the house, and if you don't have the garnish don't sweat it, because in our family, I am not even sure if the kids know what a garnish is!!

Eat up, and reassure yourself, you are a decent person, and you know what matters in this life.

Untamed and Unafraid

I have been needing to remind myself of this. After nine years of being at home with the kiddos, things often go unnoticed, unrewarded, and I need to tell myself, just because I pick up after a wild trio every day, doesn't diminish my wildness.

The simple fact of raising the boys with the goal of making sure they are intelligent, kind and resourceful is a task of no small undertaking. They haven't tamed the girl that loves to swim, and dig holes. They have only challenged me to be more than wild. To be unafraid of the mundane, to know it can not tame me.

So for today, a quote to print and remind me ( and all you other brave, extraordinary people who are reading this.) we are on a journey.

 

 

A start...

Here it is, a start. After 9 years of working in the quiet hours, and the 2 hours while one of the kids is in preschool, I finally get to take a much more serious look at my work. Its been hard, it keep the backfire burning while making sure that my #1 priority ( the family) was getting the attention it deserve. Hopefully not many more of these sappy introspective posts, but for now, there is atleast content on this blog!