Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Joyful Heart Makes Joyful Creations!

Well, I am happy to say that returning to work has not broken my heart completely.

I miss my kids so much, but because I love what I am doing, I am actually quite happy. Morning are still difficult with Emma as she wants to be with me and she wants to come to work with me. I got tears in my eyes when she said "Mama, I want to come to work with you. I promise I will be good and I will be a hard worker." Ugh...that made me so sad.

When I get home we play all sorts of games and try to do a craft of some sort, but it is challenging when I am trying to get dinner ready, feed Ethan, finish laundry, etc. I need to blow my chores off and just have fun with her as that is really what she needs. I mean really, is it more important to be remembered as being a great cleaner or a great mom??

I promise tonight I will just be a great mom and blow off the 'perfect house syndrome'.

Anyway, since I am enj0ying work and life in general, I have found that I still have the heart and energy to create. I will write a little later about my latest project...I am creating fairy kits!!!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Fairy Kingdom Birthday Party

One of my customers sent me pictures of her daughters birthday party and it is one of the most ADORABLE parties I have ever seen!! The little girls were SO precious...Oh, I LOVE what I do!!

Kids are AWESOME

You know...I mentioned how busy I have been and how distracted I have been....
I find myself rushing through each day, hardly taking a breath at times, just trying to push through. I wonder- what am I pushing through for? Where am I trying to go??

I am reminded to just take in each moment, even when I am stressed to the max, by my precious daughter who looks at the world with fresh, new eyes. Her soft heart and open mind take it all in- making old things new.

Just the other day, we were walking to the mailbox, and of course I was trying to go as quickly as possible because I had so many chores to do. She stopped when she saw a dandelion and exclaimed "Mama! A flower! Look this one if for wishing!" I turned and saw the sheer delight in her face and so I told her to make a wish. We kept walking and she was just behind me. I heard her say very softly, "I wish that mama would make a cake today- with strawberry icing. I really like cake". Then she blew the tiny seeds to the wind.

Those soft words melted my heart! I thought: THIS is what it is all about. THIS minute has a chance to become immortal in our memories. I have to submit to each minute, each situation individually, even when my body seems to tremble with pressure, and give in to the fact that before I am anything aside from a child loved by God, I am a mama. That is my priority. That is my mission right now.

Sometimes I am captured by the American dream which can so easily turn into a nightmare. I feel like I am not doing I am missing I should be doing something more substantial, when REALLY all I am supposed to be doing is joining my daughter in her wish making and baking strawberry cake.


Busy Busy...

I have not written in a while...the world itself is such a distraction at times...

I am so excited that one of my butterfly fairy crowns has been featured on!

What a lovely surprise that was.
I have had a few custom orders and I have been making more fairy dwelling night lights. They are so much fun! My daughter LOVES looking at them and playing with them.

I am so glad I have a girly girl to make things for!!

One of my customers had a fairy birthday party for her daughter and I am so excited to see the photos. She ordered 8 custom fairy crowns and a pin-the-star-on-the-fairy wand game. Hooray for little girl birthday parties!!

I am going to do a separate post with some of my new creations...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fairy Art

I found a way to sell my artwork without selling the original! I am too attached to my watercolors to sell the originals, but I really wanted to see what I could do with them.
I thought this shadow box was a great idea and I had so much fun making it.

I got copies of my artwork done and then with an exacto knife, I cut out the fairy image so I could use it in my collage. It took over an hour!

I sometimes wonder if I will ever be truly successful in selling my artwork. I would love to illustrate books and continue painting for a full time job.

Finding the creative energy I need with a 3 year old and a 5 month old clamoring for my attention all day, everyday really takes it out of me.

I was so proud of myself for finishing this shadow box. It took around 5 hours total to finish and I love how it turned out.

Fairy Crowns

Every little girl loves being beautiful and loves being a princess! Especially my girl.

Emma's best friend Caleb came over to play and he is such a good buddy. He wanted to wear a crown too!

Future blackmail photo??

New Fairy Night Lights!!

I am so excited about my new fairy night lights.

My daughter loves them too.

Your little girl can go to sleep knowing that she keeps magical company!

This night light flickers like candle light (it is an LED candle so it does NOT get hot) and when it is lit, it looks like a fairy is dancing around inside the house.
This house also comes with two miniature fairy thrones. I used glass beads for some of the windows and they look so pretty when the candle is lit.

This house is small enough to fit just about anywhere (6" tall) and it gives off a good glow. I added quite a bit of glitter, so it sparkles and shines during the day too! Just lift the house off the base to access the candle and turn the light on and off. No cords or wires.
Batteries are included (3 Button Cell LR44) and last around 100 hours.

Not intended for children under 4 because the batteries in the candle are very small and may pose a choking hazard.