A New Season Has Begun

Life has been pretty amazing as of late. We welcomed our darling new daughter Faith Anne into our lives on July 5th, 2014. This January she celebrated her 6 month birthday. As a first time Mama, I can not help but be filled with the wonder of new life. Ordinary things have become fresh looking through the eyes of our daughter. As i'm sure you can see from her smile, she brings more joy than I ever imagined. I am smitten.

As a new year begins, I want to commit more time to my blog. I want to share bits of life and my art with my readers. My daughter has brought a twinkle in my eye and skip into my step that I have not had in a long time. So many adventures I want to share with you as a new family of three. Let this years journey begin!

I want to wish you all a very blessed 2015! 

Crochet a Minion ... or Two

When my nephews visited earlier this year, I found out the two oldest like Minions. Being the crazy Auntie I am, I decided to attempt a couple crocheted minions for our next visit which happened to be a little over a month away. I did not have enough time to create a pattern, so with the help of google, I found this free Minion pattern by Linda at "WolfDreamer Off the Hook"

As you can see, the minions were a hit. Especially, by the youngest of the two. He carried his minion around wherever he went and insisted it go to sleep with him. Eavesdropping by his bedroom door as he was suppose to be sleeping, I saw him holding his minion in the air by both arms and was saying "Bee-Do, Bee-Do, Bee-Do". If you are a minion fan, you know exactly what that means. Haha. I had to pick up my heart off the floor because it melted into a puddle. 

My nephews were adorable and watching them cry out the window as we drove away broke my heart into a million pieces. 

Art Getaway - I will never forget

An Art Retreat on Bainbridge Island with two of my favorite Artists? What could be better?

When I found out that Serena from Nurture Your Creative Seed was hosting an art retreat with Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson, I called my husband straightaway. 

Being a supportive husband he said "Book it!". I immediately messaged Serena and found there was still room! Since taking my Utah art trip, I dreamed of going on an art retreat that lasted more than a day. This was simply providential. The perfect teachers and the perfect location. We have family in Washington state and were in desperate need of another road trip.

I didn't document the retreat like I should have, because I was so involved in all the artsy fun. But I did manage to take a few photos along the way. 

Look at the treasure Junelle found! Isn't it the cutest little Lamb head?

This was the trip of a lifetime! Christy and Junelle were delightful teachers and Serena spoiled us rotten. I even met a few friends along the way. If you ever have the chance to go on one of Serena's retreats, take it! You wont be sorry. 

Look at all these beautiful and talented Ladies!

Photo with my fabulous art teacher; Junelle

Susan Branch - Book Signing

Its not very often one gets to meet their inspiration. I had the privilege of meeting mine this weekend: Susan Branch. I have admired her art for as long as I can remember. I would buy anything I could get my hands on that she created. During my dating years, I used her stickers to create love notes and gifts for my Harrison. I have always loved art, but it was Susan Branch that lit the fire for my love of watercolor. She even shares my love of vintage delights. Kindred Spirits!

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She is such a down to earth and friendly soul. I adore her. Harrison and I drove down to where she was signing for her new book: A Fine Romance at the Remnants of the Past Antique Show.  Her new book is a handwritten diary of her trip to England. Inspiration at every page!

I even made a simple little watercolor picture to give to her. Susan started watercoloring at age 30, which happens to be my age. I am just a beginner in watercoloring, but maybe one day I can be as talented as she is with watercolors. There is something so special about creating art that touches peoples souls. Susan Branch's art touches my soul and this dreamer's imagination. 

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If you find yourself in San Luis Obispo you must stay at the hotel we stayed in: Apple Farm Inn, Restaurant and Gift Shop. Don't forget to try their warm apple cider! It just doesn't seem like fall until I have a cup of their apple cider and watch "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon". Have you seen that movie? I highly recommend it! Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are delightful in it.