The Little Things

-The little things ARE the big things-

A little thing

(a.k.a. Sneaking art in)

So, I’ve had three babies in 6 years, and to be honest, it knocked me off stride.

I love babies and I hate sleepless nights.

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that if you ever call me and I sound half asleep, just hang up the phone. Trust me. It’s better this way.

I have this angry person who inhabits me and says perfectly awful things when half asleep. (My husband is afraid that’s the “real me” and this other person is just a cover.)

All that to say, I haven’t really been myself these past several years. Some women handle all their maternity with style and grace. Nursing babies whilst running home businesses and homeschooling the rest of their flock, magically in love with their husband and giggling about their latest honeymoon-like getaway. They cook three course meals from scratch and lead a women’s Bible study.

That ain’t me.

Two little bittys had me “whelmed”.  Adding a third baby pushed me into that frantic realm of OVERwhelmed.

BUT, I’m finally starting to get my feet back under me.  I was actually able to mail a (wait for it) . . . . . . HANDMADE gift to a friend of mine for her birthday recently. (Yay me!)

But wait, there’s more!

It arrived ON TIME !  (Yay me!)

And, most importantly for the purposes of this blog, I was able to use making her card as an excuse to make ART!

Being creative is messy.

OK stamping may be cheating, but I used the cool chalk set I have to color in the stamped images and it was fun, and I love the result.

Cool chalk set

A success all the way around.

I plan to continue sneaking in art wherever and whenever I can. Because, little things matter.  




Baby Steps

When I decided to “Do More of What Makes Me Happy” in 2016, I signed up for a journal-making, mixed-media arts class at the local painting studio.

I went alone, and in the second month. They had already made the journal, now they were just making pages. But the determination to do SOMETHING fun and creative spurred me on, while the idea of making mixed media art lured me forward.

It all started when I discovered Kelly Rae Robert’s work. It is fun, and beautiful, and whimsical, without being silly.

And the words. I love words. Her words are inspiring and uplifting and make me want to be more than who I am. Precisely the very best use of words, in my opinion.

And the very best use of art too.

So, I imagined myself creating fun, hip bits of art with cool catch phrases that I’d want to run home and hang all over my walls.

In reality, I ended up with THIS the first month.

bad journal page #1

And THIS, the second.

bad journal page #2

Clearly, not excellent work.

But still, so much fun. And I drank a mimosa while making the second one, so what could possibly be bad about that use of my time, right?

And I believe there is a marked improvement between “bad journal page #1” and “bad journal page #2”. (I mean, at this rate, Kelly will have to be looking over her shoulder come December. )  ;0)

And so, I soldier on, realizing that it’s OK to stink at something you’ve never done before and it’s OK to stink at it forever, but to keep on doing it, if it brings you JOY!