I see glitter and mica and beads in my future.

sparkleNow all I have to do is sit in one place long enough to get my ideas together so I can justify getting my hands on this stuff and playing with it (@finnabair). Weeeeeee!!!

amberjordnI am so thankful for my family. To me family includes people I am related to by blood and by years. They are people in my life who I can be goofy with and who I can be sad with, sort of like Jordin Sparks and Amber Riley in this photo taken before her awesome, sold out Christmas concert in LA this week (@missamberpriley).

cookiesIf my life was an instagram post, it would look like this one on the bottom. The month of December started off so well. I was getting things done early and then a lot of it became a hectic blur, and now there are cookies everywhere. At least I’m still making it to the gym. Sigh (@williamssonoma).

Art Collaboration Part 5 B – Embellishment with friends.

20141213_070057This is my piece (I did the same texture as I did for the butterfly piece) for the Christmas gift project I worked on with some of my friends (the butterfly piece was where I worked out ideas and used extra paint). I really love this piece that was created with me in mind. I also love, even more, how each of our choices resulted in beautiful and wonderful gifts.

It’s Instagram time :)

ccaneFor as long as I can remember I have felt a complete dichotomy. Thanks to this instagram, so much of my life makes sense to me now. Maybe I am a candy cane, too! Sweet AND twisted! That’s definitely me. Just don’t tell my kids. I’ll deny this post ever took place. @dylanscandybar

balzerelephantsJulie Fei-Fan Balzer is a designer and artist. She made these elephants out of rubber stamps that she carved. I’m not quite there yet, but maybe someday I will be able to produce rubber stamps by my own hand that look like what I set out to create to more than myself. I have hope. @balzerdesigns

jcrewI have not been having the best of luck with my attempts at a Christmas card photo of our family. Everybody has his or her own agenda. People don’t want to smile, or they don’t want to stand next to certain sibs. Maybe if I got us all matching Christmasy sweaters… Well, at least we would be coordinated. And warm. @jcrew



Finished business.

20141201_131254Well, almost. The finish line is in sight, at least where my cards are concerned. There are some finishing touches on the last of them and then off they go to the mail. I am pretty happy with how they turned out, for the most part. I hope that they bring joy to the people who get them.