Happy Monday – Some weekend art!

Museum of Fine Arts visit.

As soon as I heard that The Obama Portraits would be making a stop near me on their tour, I went online to reserve tickets for, my son, husband, and me. The weather could not have been more beautiful. We arrived about 15 minutes before our allotted time and parked in the parking garage.

I knew I wanted to see these portraits in person since I knew I wasn’t heading to DC anytime soon. They immortalize the historical moment in our history when a black man, was elected to serve as the President of the United States. It’s so amazing since growing up I never thought that it was possible and seeing images of black people holding high office and positions of importance, is not as common as I would like.

Another amazing fact, was that they commissioned two black artists to create these beautiful portraits. The exhibit also included information about these artists.

First of all, I could not believe how large these portraits are and I could not believe we were able to get so close to them while experiencing the exhibit.

I brought my youngest son because I wanted to provide him with the experience.

We walked around a little bit to see a few of the other exhibits but unfortunately, the timing was after lunchtime and we were starved so we headed out to a cool local sushi place for lunch.

This archway was so ornate, I had to make my husband take a picture of me under it. Luckily no one was entering that space yet so we quickly snapped a few photos so I didn’t have to have strangers in my picture!! You know what I am talking about. When you go on vacation and you pose for what you think is going to be a lovely photo and later you look at your photos and see a stranger in the background either looking at the camera or in the most unflattering state!! ha ha.

On our way to the garage, we saw these giant baby head sculptures and I was drawn to them to take a few pictures.

We had a lovely day and the exhibit was well worth the price of admissions. I hope you had a lovely weekend friends.

Happy Monday – Spring is in the air!

My art wall.

Despite the sharp drop in temps today, I am excited about spring. So I have started updating my office decor with some spring elements.

Remember those butterflies? I finally finished them and hung them up. Because they frame some windows, it is hard to capture the sparkle from the holographic paper. I also spot some paper flowers and some bunnies. The lovely woman with books is a cute print I bought on Etsy and being a bookworm, I had to keep it up.

Butterflies flying in my office reading nook.

I decorate for the seasons in my home so there is no way I will miss out on my office. Decorating for the seasons keeps my office fresh and motivates me.

The lighting doesn’t allow you to see them so well.

I hope you are having a wonderful spring day. Happy Monday!

Happy Monday – Where do I find inspiration?

Where do I find inspiration? Sometimes, I will be in my favorite place, nature and sometimes I find it in the aisles of the supermarket or in this instance Target. The box for this candle caught my eye. I thought how the yellow color made me feel happy and I liked the pairing with the lavender color.

Sometimes I only pull the color combinations and other times I want to emulate the design in some way. So after taking the candle out, I kept the box. I have had this box for a few months. But I wait for the inspiration to really work its magic and waited for the right moment to use it.

This weekend I was on Zoom crafting with my friends and I started pulling out spring supplies. By the way, Happy Spring!! I had this stamp set for a bit and wanted to play around with it. Then I thought about the box and knew that now is the time to see what I could do with it.

I pulled out my brushes and some Distress Oxide inks and I emulated the design and color of the box for a background. I then grabbed my Copic markers and after stamping up the image I colored the flowers.

The sentiment just felt so right. How many times, do you lay your head down on the pillow only to hear that inner voice criticize your efforts for that day? Well, this card is here to remind you that you are enough today. I really love this sentiment because it addresses the feelings of inadequacy in our daily lives.

I made several backgrounds and colored up several images so I think I will complete them and consider them for the spring inventory.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Happy Monday – Beginning again…

Making some butterflies that I can hang in my craft room for spring and creating cards from old watercolored pieces.

Hello and happy Monday. Oh and happy Pi Day. It’s been a minute but I am here now. I am constantly learning more about myself as time passes on. I am learning to let go of the discomfort caused by my creative ‘ebb and flow’. I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself. Or actually, that is a lie, I know that I am both inspired and shamed when I see other creatives on social media moving along with their creative endeavors. I see them on social media and I start to think, something must be wrong with me when I take such long breaks from creating.

I put my Etsy shop on holiday mode since Christmas break with the intention of reopening it in mid-January. Fast-forward to March and it’s still on holiday mode. I found myself putting off re-opening until I have new products. Creating another barrier for myself.

So today I decided to reopen with my current products and ease back into production. I want to share my successes and struggles with you all to keep things real. Too often we only see the successes on social media and that creates a false sense of perfection. But I am learning that I will naturally have creative bursts that ebb and flow throughout the year. For example, school vacation for my kids typically means I am going to spend more time with my loved ones and that’s ok. The beauty of being my own boss is that I am supposed to have that kind of flexibility. As we approach the gardening prep season, I know I will be spending more time in the garden than at my craft table, and guess what? That’s ok! I only hope you will continue to ride with me on my journey

So here I am beginning again…


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