I love Paul Klee, one of my favorite artists. Being an artist has so many struggles, we tend to be critical of our work and sometimes get down on ourselves, but I try to embrace those feelings, even though I don’t like them and remember that if I wasn’t critical I wouldn’t grow. I love what I do and that motivates me to keep going. I have a trade show coming up so I’m really busy and thats when the doubts start to creep in, like am I good enough, should I do this, will they like my work?? But when you feel that way, just remember to keep going, keep trying and don’t give up. A sweet artist friend recently said to me, “when you follow your ‘genius’ and those movings on your heart, things end up working out”. I loved that, good advice! Having friends that understand you and support your dream is crucial. Have a great day everyone!
Sunset at Laguna Beach, California – I thought I would share some pictures I took recently of the sunset, I just happen to have my camera at the right moment for once We often go down to the beach on a sunday night to watch the sunset. It’s a lovely way to end the weekend and really gets us ready for the week ahead. Something about God’s beauty that revives the soul.
That is Catalina Island in the background. Normally you can’t see it that well but it was a really clear day and I had my handy zoom lens.
My kids enjoying the sunset.
When I was little, I loved playing outside with all the kids in the street. We had a secret call that we did and all the kids would come out, fun times! But my most favorite thing to do was…. surprise, surprise, drawing and making crafts in my room. I had a big desk that I would spend all day drawing and creating whatever I felt like. Kind of like my life now, haha. I use to pretend that I was on tv teaching people how to make stuff. I have big passion for kids having creativity in their lives, thats why I love to create art for kids. Here are some fun ideas to do at home on those days they don’t play outside.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” — Deuteronomy 31:8
Trusting God and living by faith is what I remind myself everyday. When things seem to be too much and overwhelming, I live by the truth that God is always in control. I have a lot going on at the moment, lots of good things in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share with you in the next few months. I’m also getting ready to exhibit at Surtex again this year, the last time was 2011. Where has the time gone! I’m so excited to be there again, New York is amazing and being with other artists at Surtex is fantastic. I have met some great people thru the business and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting more. Getting ready for Surtex is a huge task, if I stop and think about it, it’s overwhelming but I just try and take it day by day and focus on what I can do now. This year I will be introducing inspirationals, patterns and florals, not just children’s designs. Lots of new and exciting designs to see and share. I am thinking about changing my logo to a more ‘grown up’ look. I really like the one I have but I’m not sure if I should keep it for the new designs I am creating. Let me know your thoughts if you like
I like this quote:
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” —Walt Disney Company
We had a long weekend, so I did some painting. Thought I would share some snapshots of my painting area, it’s not a fancy studio or anything. But it’s perfect for me, I love to paint, my dad said to me just yesterday do I get tired of painting, I told him, never! It’s therapeutic to me. If I’m feeling down, painting lifts my spirit and takes me to a happy place!
I always make a big mess when I paint.
I draw in my sketchbook almost everyday. I wish I had the time to turn all my sketches into finished art. Sketching helps my ideas to flow and relaxes me. I would rather draw than watch tv.
This is a very large painting that I started a while ago, I like the way it’s not finished, it hangs behind my desk until I get the urge to paint it.
This is a smaller painting 12×12. I much prefer to paint big, but I still like this one. It’s not finished yet, it has more transformation to go!
Happy Valentines Day everyone!!
We have a family tradition that we do every year that started when the kids were born. Once we had our first baby in 1996 (wow) I would give Lily her bath, bottle and put her to bed while my husband Iain made us a surprise dinner. He worked in restaurants when he travelled the world from the age of 18. He visited 26 countries in 7 years, then we met!! I still can’t believe he did all that. He has so many stories to tell. I’ll share sometime. Anyway, he still makes us a yummy dinner, but we include the kids. It’s such a nice way to say I love you. Today it’s not a surprise cos we saw the huge brisket go in the oven at 8am. He goes all out, today he is making Brisket, vegetables, mash and my favorite Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire is a county in England were we are from.
My new Treasure Map fabric will be in stores in March, I am so excited about this collection I created for the AMAZING Riley Blake. I am going to do a fabric giveaway in March, so check back for details. Also, I’m looking for sewers to create kids items with my fabric. Please email me if you are interested email@example.com
I was going thru all my pictures and I was comparing my kids from when they were young, I was shocked how much they have grown! Lily is 17 and Ethan is 11. We are preparing for College, how did I get here so fast! I do miss them when they were young, life seemed a lot simpler in some ways. I do enjoy them now, we have lots of giggles and we are all so close. We eat dinner together at the table every night, that is important to us. I hope they do the same with their families. We moved to the US in 1999 when my sweet little Lily was only 3, she had an English accent and then when she started Kindergarten she came home from school and said, “mommy from now on I’m going to speak American”, and she did!! She never went back to speaking English, now she wishes she kept it. I don’t actually know how she switched it so easily, I think she probably faked it at first then it became natural. Ethan was born here in 2002, he was my miracle baby after struggling to get pregnant for a long time. I lost a baby the year before him, and so I always say I got a ‘double the fun’. He is such a blessing, so much fun and makes is laugh all the time. Being a mom is #1 to me, thats why I love my job even more, because I get to be with them. I usually stop work at 3 when they are home, unless I have a crazy deadline. They do their homework in my studio, which is actually the front room of our house, nothing fancy! Maybe one day I will have a dream studio, but for now the dining room is perfect
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
This is a doodle I did in church last weekend, a lot of my inspiration comes from God’s word and the beautiful world He created. At church we are doing an amazing and life changing series called ‘50 Days of Transformation‘ written by Pastor Rick Warren. Transformation is my word for 2014. We started the 7 week series in mid January, a great way to start 2014.
It is a study series on 1. Spiritual Health. 2. Physical Health. 3. Mental Health. 4. Emotional Health. 5. Relational Health. 6. Financial Health. 7. Vocational Health. Each week we cover one of the areas and do a daily devotional that relates to the subject. It has been a great study, I’m learning and growing so much from this. Pastor Rick Warren, spent two years writing this series and I feel truly blessed to be able to be a part of the study. That’s why I wanted to share it with you. You can watch his weekend messages HERE.
Last weekend’s message was called ‘Change Your Life By Changing Your Mind’. It was a very thought provoking message on how our lives are controlled by our minds. Everything we say and everything we do starts with a thought. He talked about how to manage our mind and how to focus on the right things because our thoughts control our life. We all get carried away with our thoughts and sometimes there are so many that it is hard to focus on what is important. So this message helped me to clear my mind and focus on what is important. Seriously it was such a great message! Of course, he explains it much better than me and is way more in depth If you would like to watch it go HERE.
I will be announcing my next giveaway on Friday. Woohoo!! Have a great day everyone.
I love Pinterest, dont you think it was made for the creative and visual person, it is so addicting… I have to limit my time. There are a lot of amazing Pinners out there but it takes a lot of time. Although I must admit, I hardly ever make anything I post. I love those funny posts that say ‘nailed it’. I use it a lot for researching trends and colors, it’s a great tool to get your creative juices flowing. I enjoy putting together trend boards, Emily Kiddy is amazing at that, you can see her Pins here. Keeping on top of trends is so important in the design world. Here are some pins that I like…
- Be Happy
Across the street from our house is a trail we often hike, it is so beautiful, especially in the winter. I opened my front door this morning and off in the distance I saw a Red Tailed Hawk perched beautifully on a tree. I grabbed my zoom lens and just had to share it with you guys. A couple of weeks ago Pastor Rick was talking about this very thing, how God puts beauty all around us, to inspire and recharge our soul.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
Here is a poem that Pastor Rick read to us, hope it inspires you this week:
Slow Me Down Lord
Slow me down Lord
Ease the pounding of my heart
by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
with a vision of the eternal march of time.
Give me amid the confusion of the day,
the calmness of the eternal hills.
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of the singing streams
that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking MINUTE vacations,
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,
to pat a dog,
to read a few lines of a good book.
Slow me down Lord
and inspire me to send my roots
deep into the soil of life’s enduring values
that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.
Author: Wilfred A. Peterson