…and so my life has changed…

It’s been a while, huh?
I have some really good reasons for putting the blog on the back burner:
Miscarriage & Surgery
Separation & Divorce
Learning to live more independantly
Loving life with my kiddos

I have things to write about each of those upheavals, but for today, we’ll talk about art!
And the Renaissance Faire. :)

The business has been growing — so much so, that I almost can’t keep up with everything!
Etsy sales are flowing in, and I have another wholesale account in the works (I will definitely link up, once things are official). This week alone, I’ve had four or five international orders. It blows my mind to see my products going all over the world!

And, Christmas is coming. I’ve got to say…I’m a little worried. Last year was a huge success — but also very overwhelming. This year, I can’t hope to produce as much, being on my own, so I’m trying to decide how to handle it all. I want to enjoy the Christmas season with my kids. I want to make cookies with them. I want to decorate our home. I want to do nice things for other people. And I want to be able to relax when my family comes to visit.

I know a lot of shops will go into “vacation mode” on Etsy. It’s something I may consider if things get too nuts. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve also been wanting to get back in to pottery. Or painting. Or writing “The Adventures of Liam and Bean.” Sometimes, running a shop is mostly production work (Beatles spoons, again?), and I miss the creativity needed for new projects.

This past weekend, I was at the PA Renaissance Faire. I wish I could live there. heheh I always feel refreshed, creatively, after I’ve gone. It was Bean’s first time. She freaked out when I tried to put a peasant-sort-of-dress on her, so I grabbed my bag of pirate costumes, and put my old vest on her. It looked like a little dress. She loved it so much, that she slept in it later that night, too…and cried when I wouldn’t let her wear it to church the next day.

This is her watching the joust — cheering with all her might. :)

a natural reaction to knights on horseback

a natural reaction to knights on horseback

I’ve got to admit…I’m really excited that she was so into it!
Liam liked it, too, but he wasn’t cheering.

Anyway, that’s the brief update. I’ve been asked to join the Worldwide Creative Blog Hop, so that’ll be coming up soon, too.
Now, go do something that makes you smile. :)

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Studio Buddy

I’m not bragging. But I love being home. I would be a fool not to acknowledge it from time to time.

Today, this was my studio buddy:

Studio Buddy

Studio Buddy

Beautiful. :)

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Happy Birthday to my Bean. :)

You’re 1 already, Bean. In some ways, it’s gone so quickly…and in other ways, it seems like you should be 4 by now. You’re a great biter. And you always make me smile. I love you!

Brand New Bean, 2013

Brand New Bean, 2013

Bean is 1 Today!

Bean is 1 Today!

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A Unique Answer to Prayer. And Mario.

Eventhough I have a psychotic amount of production work to be doing, I thought it was important to write this post really quickly.

Yesterday morning, I was praying that I would find a way to get more work done…whether that be help from family, or available babysitters, or lucky napping times for the kids…whatever!

In-between classes at church, I noticed an old school desk with a free sign on it. (I used to have a desk similar to this when I was little — it’s actually where I started doing my Beatles drawings when I got serious about artwork!) Immediately, I could picture Liam sitting at this desk in my art room — occupying himself with playdough or crayons. I knew this was a unique answer to my prayer from earlier!

When I got closer…someone had a note on it that they would pick it up. BUT! When they found out I would be interested if they changed their mind, they said I could take it home! :)

No lie…THREE HOURS. Liam sat there for two hours straight, and then another hour later…playing with his playdough cups. Bean even hung out for a while — playing with spoons.

I was able to get a good start on some shirts for a friend. I’d made her son a Mario shirt for his birthday a couple of months ago, and she wanted matching ones for her other sons. I can’t wait to see all of them together with their shirts! :)

Bean and Liam -- occupied for HOURS

Bean and Liam — occupied for HOURS

Mushroom Shirts

Mushroom Shirts

Ronan and his Mario Shirt

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‘Tis the Season to Buy Beatles Spoons

Sgt. Pepper Spoons for Christmas!

Sgt. Pepper Spoons for Christmas!

Hi, folks! Just a quick note here to say, “Merry Christmas!” :)

Business is booming! Literally. I’ve got 100 open orders through Etsy at the moment, and I’ve been lining up babysitters in order to get some extra work time in. Apparently, the world just can’t get enough of these Beatles spoons (Thank you, world)!

Lots of new things going on — The Urban Princess Boutique in Philly picked up some of my products. One of my paintings sold over at Grassroots in the Chicago area. And I illustrated a hand-written book for a customer who used it to propose to his girlfriend (she said yes!).

And, I’m getting to use a Christmas present early — a new-to-me camera!
(Got to love eBay)

The kids are great — Liam’s talking more, the Bean is trying to walk, and Jeffrey hit the slopes for the first time this season.

Bean!

Bean!

Liam in the Snow

Liam in the Snow

And Jeff put Christmas lights up on the house! Secret dream = realized.

Hope your season is Merry and Bright! :)

Jeff putting up lights!

Jeff putting up lights!

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Jeffrey is 15 Today

What. The Heck.

I got to meet my step-son for the first time when he was 11 years old.

He was funny.

Jeff and Jeffrey, Halloween 2010

Jeff and Jeffrey, Halloween 2010

And sweet.

The Jeffs, 2010

The Jeffs, 2010

And he still is. :)

Jeffrey & Grandpa Joe

Jeffrey & Grandpa Joe, 2013

I love you, Bud. I’m so glad you’re a part of my life. Happy Birthday!

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You’re a Wizard, John Lennon!

Wait… What?

John Lennon / Harry Potter

John Lennon / Harry Potter

Ahhh, yeah (yeah, yeah)!

Okay, so this might seem a bit creepy to some of you.

Why does she have a John Lennon doll?

And why does it have a Harry Potter costume?

Great questions! I bought the John Lennon doll when I was around 12 at a Beatlefest in Chicago.

Obsession runs deep.

My friend, Jen (another Beatlemaniac), made that Harry Potter costume (it was for a rabbit, which had the glasses, too).

It’s John Lennon’s birthday today. And Halloween is coming.

And I have a new Harry Potter Teething Ring to announce!

From the listing:

Harry Potter-inspired Baby Teether! With the Golden Snitch

You remember how Harry caught his first snitch, don’t you?
He nearly swallowed it!

When your baby joins the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, they can catch the snitch in their mouth, too, with this awesome teething ring.

Fantastic Halloween costume addition, or incredible stocking stuffer.
I promise. :)

Harry Potter Teether

Harry Potter Teether

Me in my FAVORITE shirt!

Me in my FAVORITE shirt!

So today is just one, big, golden ball of awesome. Heh.

PS – I got this shirt on eBay. For $5.00! It even says, “Potter” on the back. Here are the random strangers who have come up to me because they love it so much: (1) A little boy in Wal-Mart (I love him!) (2) Lady who worked at Staples (3) Possibly drunk man at the Bloomsburg Fair (4) Graying gentleman at the Fair.

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Halloween Costume Teethers for Babies!

Remember how I laugh a lot while I’m working? (No? Here’s the reference.)

Well, I do. A lot.

This time, it’s about using my designed baby teething rings as Halloween costumes!

The winner is Vampire Baby! Complete with fangs (not too far a stretch of the imagination…I get bitten regularly…Twice a week! <-- Bonus if you know that reference).

Dracula Bean

Dracula Bean

“I Vant To Suck Your Blood!” muahahahahaaaaaaa

Runner up…a proper Ring Bearer costume.

Elvish Lord of the Rings Teether

Elvish Lord of the Rings Teether

The Bearer of the Ring, The Wearer of the Ring

(Bonus if you get that reference, too!)

Bean will probably be Dracula this year.

Seriously…if you know those references, message me on Facebook, and I’ll send you a coupon code for the shop. Yeah!

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My Little Guy is 2 Today

Holy cow. I can’t believe Liam is two years old already!

Brand New Liam

Liam, Age 1

Liam, Age 2

Dear Liam,

You’re my buddy, and I’m so, so glad that you’re a part of my life. :)

Here are some things we did to make memories yesterday:

    spin around until we got dizzy
    roll around in the grass
    eat brownies with icing
    read together
    watch Beatles movies for the first time
    put stickers all over your shirt

Today you’ll have cake, and you’ll keep growing up. You’ll continue to amaze me every day, I’m sure.

Happy Birthday! Thank you for being my little boy. :)

Love, Mommy

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(By the way…we both have blue guitars now…heheh)

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4-Day-Only SALE! *Coupon!*

JKWedding

Jeff and I at our reception, 4 September 2009


Happy 4 years to the Hubbs and I!

For the next 4 days, get $4 off any order $20 or more!

Use coupon code “4AND40MORE” – good through Saturday.

Order through me, or the Etsy shop. Good either way. :)

(Christmas is coming…)

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