Tea Time!

Tea Time

Things are starting to settle down around here. Thatcher is about 3 1/2 months old and what a delight he is! Happy and social, he is a good eater and a great sleeper.

I keep saying we won the baby jackpot.

When I go in to get him in the morning, after he’s been soundly asleep for more than eight hours (I am amazed by this because my daughter slept so little in the beginning), he looks up at me with his big blue eyes and grins–and I swoon.

It is one of the highlights of my day.

Don’t get me wrong–it hasn’t been a cakewalk. Even babies that are easy are a lot of work. AND there is his sweet, spirited, big sister to run after–she hasn’t been sleeping nearly as well as he has. But I wouldn’t trade it…

I’m still not really working, but in between the diaper changing and the feedings, the piles of laundry, and the ever-present battle keep crayon masterpieces off of my furniture, I have been squeezing creative work in whenever I can.

I’m taking Lilla Rogers’ Assignment Bootcamp (which is a lot like her Make Art That Sells class that I took over the summer, but at a more leisurely pace). There is one assignment each month for about six months, ideal for honing my creative skills and generating new work for my portfolio.

This month, the assignment was to create a pattern for bolt fabric with a jello theme.

Jello..?? Really?

I struggled at first, until I decided that the jiggly, gelatinous dessert didn’t have to be the star. And then I was off and running…

I drew lots of fancy spoons. Which led to tea cups and tea pots. And decadent cakes. The image above was my final submission.

One of the best part about being in Lilla’s classes is the community. I have connected with artist from all over the world. Many of the participants are established illustrators who set the bar very high–making all of us better.

You can see what my classmates came up with in the public gallery (mine is on page 5, fifth row down on the right).

Who knew jello could be so much fun?

 

 

Cuckoo!

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Squeezing in 15 minutes here and there, having a creative outlet (no matter how small) is keeping me sane and at least semi-balanced as we adapt to being a family of four. In my stolen moments, this is what I have been working on. Created as part of Lilla Roger’s Assignment Bootcamp (which is keeping me in the game for now), the assignment was to create a cell phone case for the gift market with a cuckoo clock theme.

Here are some of my initial sketches.

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Then from pencil sketch to digital design, color, and layout.

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To the final image.

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Now back to loving on that beautiful new baby of ours.

 

Our Newest Addition

I apologize for my absence, but we have had our hands full for the past few weeks…

Thatcher Harrison Angelovic made his way into the world on December 13, 2013 at 1:20 am. Weighing in at 7 lbs, 3 oz, and measuring 19.5 in, we are thrilled to now be a family of four!

When he was finally ready, he came quick–we only spent three hours in Labor & Delivery. And I made it through without the assistance of pain medication.

Feeling blessed beyond measure, we are all settling in and getting to know one another.

Below are some pics of Thatcher’s bike themed nursery. Hope you like it.

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Finding Patience

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Baby still isn’t here. This part, the waiting, is really hard.

I didn’t write the words above–they were on a card I received, but they are helping me stay sane today.

C’mon Baby. We’re ready to meet you.

The Most Important Job

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The images above are from my art show last month. Thanks again to everyone who came out!

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Though my due date is still a few weeks away, Baby #2 could make his debut any time over the next several weeks.

We have been very busy getting ready. Washing tiny clothes. Setting up the new nursery (pics to come soon!). Talking with my daughter about being a big sister and trying to help her understand (I don’t even think we really understand) what’s going to happen.

Her world is about to be rocked–I am open to suggestions on how to soften the blow.

My belly is HUGE. A thing of wonder, it defies gravity. Some women love to be pregnant. I am not one of them and I am almost to the point where cutting this baby out of my belly with a butter knife myself sounds like a rational idea.

Almost.

Professionally, I am winding down. I have one last project that I am trying to wrap up (I hope to show details soon!). Organizing and streamlining so that I can put things on hold for the next few months. I don’t know how much posting I will be able to do. Forgive me if I drop off the face of the planet–know that I will be back when I can.

Being a mom is the most important job that I have. We are so excited to meet the newest member of our family. Stay tuned…he could be here any day.

It Takes Guts

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Over the past several days, I have been thinking a lot about fear. It’s purpose. It’s function.

It’s power.

How do you deal with fear?

When I was in my twenties, I loved watching the show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (ok, I still love watching ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ when I actually get the chance). The level of talent–what those dancers can do with their bodies–is unbelievable.

But more than anything, I was impressed by the courage it takes to go after your dream, especially in a public forum like national TV. The idea of putting yourself out there and potentially failing in front of so many people was mind boggling to me. At the time I was living in a ski town, working in the hospitality industry in a job that I excelled at, but didn’t love. I was having fun, but I wasn’t pushing myself. It was comfortable. Safe.

I wanted more.

So my husband-to-be and I moved to Seattle, and I went back to school for graphic design. That first day of school, I was terrified. I remember sitting in my car, in this hip new city that I knew nothing about, with sweaty palms, giving myself a pep talk about putting one foot in front of the other and making it into the classroom.

Design and art, like dance, are creative endeavors–and the product of your labor is put out in the world for all to see. And judge.

It was daunting, yes. But there was this small voice, pushing me. Telling me that I’d always regret it if I didn’t get out there and try.

And do you know what happened? I LOVED design school. I LOVE illustration. These days, I put myself out there for the world to see, and judge, all the time.

It isn’t easy. I still give myself pep talks on a regular basis. But I also feel like I am really living my life.

What I have learned about fear:

1. Never let fear stop you from trying something. Listen to it. Honor it. Hear what it has to say–but don’t let it hold you back.

2. Failing isn’t really failing. Every time I have lost or “failed” at something, I have learned far more than when I was successful. Then I pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back in the saddle.

3. What other people think of you is none of your business. People are going to judge what you do. Do it anyway.

4. Listen and trust your instincts. Stay mindful, so that you can hear that little voice urging you on. It’s telling you where you need to go, what you need to do next. Heed your own wisdom, even (especially?) if it scares you.

When I’m 85, I don’t want to regret anything because I didn’t have the guts to try. Do you?

Deep Into the Darkness

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Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

-Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”

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Over the weekend, my family and I carved the pumpkins pictured above. Some though, elevate this custom to a whole new level of Jack O Lantern art.

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Carriage Pumpkin

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This old House Jack O Lantern Contest

This old House Jack O Lantern Contest Winner

And my personal fave…

Ray Villafane Pumpkin

Aren’t they amazing!?! 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

You Are Awesome.

Nursery Art

This week, I have my nose to the grindstone with a tight deadline for a fun packaging project…so I’m going to try to keep this one this short.

First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out for my Art Shows! “Re-Imagination,” which has been up for two months, comes down this weekend. It was a lot of fun–and it meant so much to me to have such a strong showing of support.

You are awesome!

Even if you didn’t make it to my show–I still hold you in the very highest regard. You (yes you) are awesome, just for beinging you.

I have also been working on wall art for Baby A –who will be here in a matter of weeks!! We are doing a bike theme in the new nursery, and one of the walls will be adorned with the above illustration. I may still tweak it here and there but it’s just about finished.

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What do you think?

 

 

Fitting It All In

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The images above were created by hand-letterer extraordinaire, Mary Kate McDevitt

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I keep telling myself that I need to start backing off and slowing down, to make space in our world for this bundle of joy growing in my ever-expanding belly.

But I’m having trouble.

Yesterday, I started an online class (through Skillshare.com) taught by the awesomely talented Mary Kate McDevitt on hand drawn type. I LOVE the art of typography, and want to hone and refine my own hand drawn lettering skills.

I also met with some potential clients this week about working on a packaging project for a new product they are bringing to market (last night, I had trouble sleeping because my head was buzzing with ideas for their label–which would be so much fun to work on).

This isn’t slowing down. If anything, it’s trying to cram as much as I can before baby A arrives.

The thing is, I love what I do. And that makes me a better mama.

When I’m with my daughter, my goal is to be with her, 100%. Stopping–sometimes laying on the sidewalk–to watch caterpillars and roly polys when we are out on a walk. Or painting with her at the kitchen table.

Having my own creative outlet fills my well of patience. It feeds my soul. It balances me out.

Some parents stay home with their kids. Others work full time. I am lucky enough fall somewhere in the middle and it feels like the best of both worlds. For this, I am incredibly grateful.

What do you do that makes you a better mom or dad for your kids? I’d love to hear from you.

The Year Ahead

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Color is one of my very favorite things. And this time of year doesn’t disappoint.

My daughter goes to daycare two mornings a week and weather permitting, I usually ride my bike, pulling her in her trailer to “school.” This morning on my way home, I had to pull over and take the picture above. The leaves looked like they were lit from within, and with Boulder’s famed Flatirons in the background…Wow.

I celebrated a birthday this week. 36 years old. It was pretty low key as birthdays go (especially when I think back to my early 20s), but for this year, it was just right.

I (usually) enjoy the introspection that birthdays bring. Thoughts on where I am. And where do I want to be inevitably weave their way into my everyday routine.

The year ahead will be very full with a new baby. Part of me is, quite honestly, terrified. I know how much work new babies are. And between the sleep deprivation and a whirling dervish two-year-old to keep up with, I have no idea how we are all going to keep our heads on straight. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more excited to be adding a fourth to our little family. But I have to keep reminding myself to stop and take deep breaths, that it’s all going to be fine. That people have been doing this for thousands and thousands of years.

The best thing I got for my birthday this year was a new bedroom.

My very talented, hard-working husband has put in some serious overtime in the past week to convert my loft office/studio into a new nursery.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had so much fun decorating her bedroom:

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This time around, we are doing a bike theme. I have been playing with color palettes, and wall decor ideas and I’m getting close. As it all comes together, I will post pics so stay tuned.

AND… if you are going to be out and about in Denver this Saturday, I’m having an art show!

Artists’ Reception: Backstage Coffee Art Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 7:30-11:00 pm.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served and the bar will be open so come on down!