Thursday, July 31, 2008

mummysam coming to Renegade....


I just finished the last posting I will have for a bit in the shop as I will be busy the next week preparing mummysam toys for the Renegade Handmade shop in Chicago.....very exciting! All I can say is thank goodness for a babysitter I have finally hired to come in a couple mornings a week. (I must admit I was very reluctant at first, but quickly realized that this is totally necessary for my sanity as a mum and artist. There is only so many nights in a row of waiting until they have gone to bed and then trying to plug away before it gets way too late.....it started taking it's toll a bit)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Prints are here!


Hi everybody! After many hours of trying to master photoshop without the actual knowhow, I have managed to prepare my prints and am absolutely thrilled with the outcome.....the felt images have translated to print so well, and I am just so excited to share them with you. I will add prints as I go, but I hope this is a good start :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thank you Black Apple!!!!!!!

I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Emily Martin of Black Apple for including me in her feature of softies on her blog post. What an amazing compliment, and I was including with other great artists! thanks again.....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

school kids are coming.....


I have been on a sudden kick to make felt school portraits, and here is my first crack at it. They will be sold as mini art quilts and separately as prints. I am really enjoying this project, and find myself wanting to make as many as I can muster up!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ready for the shop....


I am just about ready to start putting some prints in the shop. I have been playing around with this one, and hope everyone likes it! Look for the update tonight.....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

slow down and sew......


I often get so preoccupied with trying to get both boys to nap, that I often lose sight of what can come out of the time when the older remains awake while the young one sleeps soundly. I must come to accept the fact that naps are officially over, and instead of exhausting myself mentally for one hour trying to get him to nap I should just let it go and ready myself for this next phase. The other day presented itself as such, and this was the result...an hour spent picking out fabrics, carefully stitching, and stuffing a new house. He was so proud with his work, and when taking this picture he leaned over and said, "we need to do this more often"........enough said.

Monday, July 21, 2008

prints are coming to mummysam.....



I am very excited about adding prints to my shop. It is fun to revisit my pre-children life as a painter, and I am hoping they will make a nice addition. I will let you know when they are ready!

for every five, there is one......


My art professor once told me, "for every five failures, there is always one good one".
I was given this bit of advice when everything I was churning out just wouldn't go the direction I wanted to. Ready to give up, I took what he had to say and kept plugging away.....then it came. The painting that would turn out better than I could have expected, and along with that the renewed excitement about making art. Every once in a while I go through this phase, and this past weekend was definatley no exception. So much energy was spent on a quilted drawing, that I finally had to accept its demise. As hard as it was to let go, I put it away and started working on something else.....and here she is. I absolutely love her and cannot wait to post her in the shop tonight. I needed this...the excitement is back full force and I am ready to go :) The time will come when I am ready to go back to the quilt, but for now she needs a rest......

Thursday, July 17, 2008

story in the works....


First of all, my apologies for the image....I just did a quick scan before heading off to bed. I have started embroidering a pencil drawn story I had started working on a couple of years ago. I am hoping to create a wall hanging from this, and subsequently some prints as well...I am afraid I am a bit too tired to do much of an entry today, as we had a napless day(and the little one usually takes a three hour afternoon nap) coupled with swim lessons and a bike ride to the grocers...a recipe for some good meltdowns here and there (ummm, and everywhere). I am going to enjoy a quick glass of wine before sauntering to bed, where I will attempt to read more of my book yet fall asleep before I finish a page.

Monday, July 14, 2008

prints to come......


I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about my upcoming project.....prints.
I now have a scanner at home (thanks hubby) and am anxious to start creating prints of my work. The next task will be experimenting with paper, and seeing what texture and thickness will best suit the images. Any suggestions would be welcome!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

mummy's big helper.....



Apparently you cannot take a trip to the grocery store without the "proper" list. Much time was taken to create this list, including a sneaky incorporation of some ice cream!
After a very exhausting excursion (when your two boys each get their own child's cart to push, disaster is inevitable..) we returned home and prepared for dinner. Although the trip could have been much shorter(and less painful), I know how important my eldest son felt having the responsibility of making sure he got everything checked off his list....he even brought an extra crayon to make sure each item got properly ticked as he went along. It only gets a bit tricky when you have a younger brother who has no interest in this venture, and would rather see how fast he could ram into his brother's cart and many of times my ankles......ouch...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

he had to have a party......


Apparently having a birthday party with just mum, dad, little brother, and a visiting grandma didn't quite cut it......so, on a whim we invited the neighborhood kids over for a last minute party in the back yard. Oh how simple the whole idea seemed in the morning, yet by noon I was sweating buckets trying to quickly bake a cake, whip up some buttercream frosting, roll the sushi sandwiches, make the pasta, fill up the water balloons.......I got ahead of myself a bit. Anyway, after a day of hectic preparation, the neighborhood kids sauntered over and thus began an evening of water balloon madness. As I was happily resting in my chair with a glass of wine, I peered through the kids to see my five year old beaming with joy as he ran around with the older kids. He was in heaven, and the look on his face made the craziness of the day all worth it.
Happy birthday buddy....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

a lovely exhibit at Poppytalk.....



I am so thrilled to be part of a lovely home exhibit on Poppytalk. Please go take a look, and if you are like me at all, wind up a couple of hours later still browsing through everything!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

shoes.....



Yes, it took seeing a "What not to wear" episode to notice what having little kids has done to my sense of fashion. If you call wearing a cotton shirt every single day (yet a different color I mind you!) fashion trendy, then I was one hip mama. Ever since the spit up days of feeding baby number one, I have fallen into the habit of wearing whatever is comfortable....then you get to the stage where you find yourself scraping off dried drool off your shoulder proud that you could get another day's wear out of it. It was getting bad....so I decided with the little guys now well out of babyhood, it was time to start looking at myself a bit more closely. Earings have been coming back into play, and different styles of tops are being bought. The only thing left to really focus on were the shoes. Yes, I would love to own a pair of Keen mary janes, or a few pair of Clarks mary janes (notice a pattern?) but I wanted something less expensive. I have found getting that perfect shoe that not only looks good, but also allows you to continue watching two active boys comfortably quite tricky. I finally settled on these guys...they gave me the mary jane fix I needed, plus allowed me to run down the street catching loose balls. Are they what I would buy if I were single walking through the city streets? no....but they are perfect for adding a little bit of style to the suburbs.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

a boy turns five......



It's six o'clock as my newly turned five year old sets his birthday crown aside and climbs his exhausted little body into bed. I don't know if it's because of the gifts, but he suddenly seems so much older. Watching him trying to shoot a basket and kick a soccer ball into the goal, I suddenly watch my boy grow up. I don't know why this particular birthday has suddenly made him that much older, but it has. My boys are growing up! I was hoping to write something all meaningful, but I have just finished sewing up a couple of dolls (with a good cup of coffee to help me along) and now I am anxious to join my mum and husband on the couch to catch up on the Tour de France before putting my own exhausted body to bed.

Friday, July 4, 2008

a bit here and there....


I am starting to get back into work as the days of my mum's visit are quickly coming to an end :( It has been a great three weeks, and the boys have been in absolute heaven. Tomorrow we will celebrate my eldest son's 5th birthday (always brings back memories to his birth in Canada....started active labor on Canada Day...continued through Independence Day....and kept on going until the 5th....ughhh) Anyway, our little one is sick today, so it is going to be a quite 4th of July over here. (Aside from the cake baking, and the zealous 4 year old running through the house wrapping everything in sight with pink and orange streamers.....)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

dolls,dolls,dolls


I apologize for my infrequent updates....my mum is here until Tuesday, and we have been busy doing projects on the house that would never get done otherwise! Anyway, I am back on the doll kick and am hoping to post some more in the shop soon. A few are going to be based off of some oil painted ones I had done years back with wheels instead of feet. I am having fun playing around with these, and will post some images as I progress. cheers!