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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 My Worst Best Year

I'ts early morning...my children are still sleeping and my sweetheart just left for work.

I'm sitting here reflecting on the past year as it comes to a close. The good, the bad, all of it. This year has been one of major change for me. For several years I think I was in a bit of a rut, working full time, raising two kids, etc. I had kids very young and got so focused into motherhood I kind of lost myself along the way. If someone had asked me what my favorite color was, I would've drawn a blank.

This year was different.

After reading a book by Katherine Center about a mom who sounded a lot like me, I started to follow Katherine's blog. She wrote about a women's retreat with fellow creatives and it really sparked with me. I fell in love with the beautiful art and photography, and words of these amazing women. I remembered that I use to write poetry, and paint. I bought Kelly Rae's book, spent lots of $$ at the craft store and started to feel happier than I ever imagined possible. I started my own blog, started taking classes online and in person with Judy Wise, and felt surrounded by love and friendship in this artsy community.

I found me.

This year has also been very painful...losing loved ones, losing my kitties, and a devastating issue with extended family. I won't go into details, a bit too personal. I really don't know how I would have made it through without art and all of you. Each comment and word of kindness means so much to me. I'm so thankful to call you friends and was even lucky enough to meet some of you in person.

So even though this has been the worst year ever, it's also been the best. I'm happy, more confident, a better mom, a better wife, a better friend. I feel like anything is possible! Wishing you all happiness in the New Year!

Goodbye 2010, 2011 here we come!

Much Love and Thankfullness!

♥Jenny



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

WIP

Hello friends! Hope you all had a Happy Christmas!
I was thrilled to get an easel and some big canvases from
my sweet husband!
Here's a peek at what I'm working on:
I started out with just a sketch on the canvas,
then I added some textured background
with old dryer sheets and started adding paint.
I'm trying not to think too hard and just play intuitively with it.

Happy week everyone, it's almost 2011!!!
Much Love,
Jenny

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wishing you all well and Happy!

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate...I'm wishing you well and very happy!
I'm thankful for all of you this holiday season. :)
I'm still busy getting ready for Christmas here, it feels like it came so early this year.
I have loved having decorations up, it's so lovely.

Here's a few pics of our Christmas:

the angel on the tree
my little nativity
our stockings hanging by the fire

snuggling in our snuggies
sittin by the tree
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!
♥jenny

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A message in the clouds...

I was heading home one evening last week when something caught my eye in the night sky.
Do you see it? It's an arrow! The photo doesn't quite do it justice, it was kind of a moment for me.
I took it as a sign that I'm the right path, headed in the right direction. So often I think to myself, "what makes you think you can paint, there are so many people that are better at it. It's meant for someone else, not you." I frequently have to kick those thoughts to the curb because I absolutely love painting and creating. It brings me so much happiness, I never want to quit.
I love art, and all my dear artsy friends.

Big Hugs to you my friends, we're on the right path. ♥
~jenny

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Giveaway winners!!!

A big "thank you" to all that signed up for my giveaway! I wish I had something for all of you. :) I felt like I was able to connect with each of you as I carefully wrote out your names, cut them into strips and placed them in the little box pictured below. I'm definitely gonna have to do another giveaway in the future, it was a lot of fun!
I shook the box several times, opened it, and pulled out two names.
The winners are: Robin Norgren
Robin, you will be getting the book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Jennifer, you will be receiving the painting since you mentioned that it looked a bit like your grandmother.

I must apologize for posting this a little late, I was having a pity party last night.
Both of my dear kitties have gone missing. I thought it was pretty strange for both cats to have gone missing so I called the local chief of police. Apparently there has been a big coyote problem in my neighborhood and several people have reported missing cats. If you have pets, you know how I must be feeling. I'm still trying to hold out hope that maybe they will come home. I may have to send a last minute letter to Santa to bring my kitties home for Christmas.

Wishing you all well and happy!
Much Love,
Jenny



Sunday, December 5, 2010

Creative Color Challenge...

I just wanted to quickly share what I made for Louise Gale's
Creative Color Challenge Ornament Exchange.
I wasn't sure about taking on another task when I'm
already so busy but I couldn't resist.
I embroidered the ornaments on muslin, then
tea dyed them with cinnamon tea.
Then I used my handy glue gun to adhere them to
a mini canvas. Finally I added a lovely red ribbon around the border
with room left at the top to tie them around the branches of the
Christmas tree.
These ornaments will be shipped off tomorrow to Texas, Scotland, and New Jersey.
It felt good to sit and quietly stitch. I've had so much
focus on painting that I've neglected my needle n thread.
I'm thankful to the lovely Louise for this fun opportunity. If you haven't
heard, Louise is having an amazing online class called
Big Dreams, small wonders. You can find out more

Thank you to all that signed up for my Giveaway and a
Big Thank you to my new followers! :)
If you're interested in putting your name in there's still time,
just leave a comment here.

Wishing you all a Happy Happy Day!
♥Jenny