Wednesday, September 10, 2014


My 11 year old girly got baptized tonight! I am so proud of her and thankful for her love for her Savior. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Studio Progress

I have been moving things into my new studio slowly. I don't think most of my furniture will fit, but I will make do. I have a couple tables, some crates as shelves, a cute antique mirrored vanity and a couple chairs. Not much room for anything else. I'm loving the way it's turning out!

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Art Studio

I have been renting a room for my art studio at a building about thirty minutes from my home for almost a year. I have loved having my own space to create without distractions and clutter in my house. However, there is always a guilty feeling when I am gone, and lots of time spent commuting. Plus the rent, although reasonable for the space, was still money I could be spending on other things for my business.

I decided to see if we could use an outbuilding as a studio, and J started getting to work on cleaning out a little 80 sq. ft. garden shed. I have been scouring Pinterest with ideas of what I want and he has been busy building. It's starting to get close to completion.

I am excited to decorate! I want a gypsy wagon/boho feel, so I have been shopping at thrift and antique stores to find items like scarves, pillows and storage options. I need to make the most out of this small space, so we put up peg board to store art supplies. I also found this little child's desk today that I fit in for $20!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day of School

It's finally arrived! We are the last district in the county to start school I think. This year L is a senior, C is a sophomore and we are homeschooling this year, K is a 5th grader, E is a 3rd grader and S is a 1st grader. The little boys asked for haircuts last night and I cut E's first. It turned out alright and S kept asking for his turn. His hair is so tight and curly, it kept getting caught in the clippers. So I basically buzzed it all off. It turned out pretty short and he was so upset. I feel horrible. He cried and cried and this morning at school he wouldn't take off his jacket or hood.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dry Brushing

Along with oil pulling, I have been trying to incorporate dry brushing to my morning routine. I bought my natural bristle brush at the local food co-op. Here are some benefits and tips to get started:

I am going to try to be more dedicated to this until it becomes a habit. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Lately, my life has been spinning out of control. Faster and faster it spins and the only way I can get a grip to hang on is art. I could paint all day long. But the problem is, when I spend time doing this, then the other issues become even larger. Kids' behaviors, finances, health, relationships, house repairs, and more all seem like too much to take on. Even with a wonderfully supportive husband, it's all too much! I need to get control of some of it soon. This fall I am going to be working on this. I need to start by committing to fewer outside things and becoming more cautious before making plans. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Oil Pulling Experiment

Tomorrow I will begin a daily oil pulling routine and see if I notice any difference at all by September. I use coconut oil from Trader Joes. Here is some helpful information on oil pulling: