Friday, July 28, 2017

Book signing at Hollidaysburg Library

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Great time at the library signing books and reading our work. If you want to get a copy, you can order through amazon or contact Deb for a signed copy.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer time 2017 and deer

It's finally summer and I've been getting over a pose of colds, finishing up subbing, deadlines for various projects, kid care, the saying good-byes to our rector at our parish and just keeping busy with life. On a simpler note, we now have pet snails. Fun and self contained, it's a good thing. 

With the kids at home, we're messier than ever but mostly just having a good time. I just wish it would warm up a little. Very damp and cold for summer but I'm sure it will warm up soon enough. I still can't believe it's June. It feels like so much is happening...activities for the kids, Father's Day, home maintenance, and doing summer classes. But that is life. It's better than being bored and not better our selves, that's for certain.

I've been reading various art education journals and expand my reading base. I'm nearly done with my art certification and I'm debating whether I want to go into the masters program. Perhaps. I would like to get my praxis accomplished and start teaching, however. Once this is established, go back and get my masters at my own speed. Yes, I do things slower then most but, at least I'm doing it. 

My other goal is to workout more often. If there is one thing I learned subbing, you're constantly moving around. I want to get fit to match those steps for 4 flights. So, I'm going to have to get serious about a schedule. Otherwise, I will slack off. That's just me. I need the structure. 

Also, I have plans to do some major cleaning out of the house. A lot of things to donate/sell and clear out. I need space for two reasons: 1 to make a space for a possible 2nd bathroom and 2nd to reorganize for a space if my mom moves in with us. This could be a real possibility and I'd be so glad to have her here. But I need to clear out stuff first. 

That's one thing with hypothyroidism, you don't realize how things get let go of when you're not feeling well. You just put off taking care of things because you don't have the energy. I was exhausted for so much of the time and angry/frustrated that I couldn't do all the plans I wanted to do. Now that I know it was my body being ill, I have more forgiveness and kindness for not being where I imagined I'd be. I'm just glad I'm getting my self ironed out a little, even if I'm still not healed yet. 

Now for the deer part. I taught a paint class this evening and on the way home, a deer jumped out in front of my car as I drove up a windy road. We are both fine but it was amazing, scary and beautiful all at once. I would have felt differently should we had collided. I'm glad I was driving slowly (actually enjoying the setting sun in pinks and yellow) and this wood spirit comes leaping out. I hope she found her self safely to friends. <3 div="" nbsp="">

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Here's my first book from several years ago

I self published this one and it was a reflection of a busy mom with little kids. I still don't know how I did it...and to top off that I was undiagnosed with hypothyroid, it really amazes me. Things I would have changed, maybe have a separate book specifically for paper dolls and really just the writing. Oh, and not put my post office box on there (it's expired). Oh, well...sort of like a stamp of the times. Still, it's great to see it and now I want to write another story. :) Emily and Mr. Nelson

Published a second book!

Great news! Just got our info about a book I illustrated and it is live on amazon! Check it out! Over two years to get printed but got it done! :D Thank you, Deb!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Adding some more photos

Hi, there! I'm adding more work at my site. I've had more time and if you follow my blog at  I've talked about my finding out I have hypothyroidism and this was the main reason why things were feeling so sluggish for me. Well, I must be feeling better as I have been creating more as well as going back to school, raising my family and subbing! Don't worry, I do not do it all at once. I am happy to report energy is up, some days are better than others, but by and large, feeling very happy to be my self again.

The ugly sweater party inside the Christmas tree.

Ugly sweater party in the Christmas tree by me!

"No place like Home" homage to the Wizard of Oz collage

At #LaVintagedecor

At LaVintage Decor

I elfed my family hehe

Elf Thyself of my family. I love this project, by the way. :D


And a photo of one of our newest kitties, Aaron. He blesses all the canvas as a studio kitty should.