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Classtastic!

12 Feb

I know that’s a corny headline but it’s all I could come up with πŸ˜‰ Work with me here!! ❀ So now that I’ve been taking this art class for a few weeks and I’m getting in a groove, I picked a picture I’ve been dying to draw and since my teacher thinks I’d do well with colored pencils I knew this was one the to start attempting color with:

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I found it on pinterest and immediately tagged in my “Pictures to Draw” board. I think it’s seriously stunning!!

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The first week I did really lightly guidelines to get the basic shape down.

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Then when I got home I did the basic hatching of colors to give it some life!

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Week 2 in class I finally got to play with mixing colors and finding the right tones to create the end color I was looking for. This is phase one of that!

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Week three Is more work and more guide lining with color the rest of the hair. I’m hoping to finish off the ends and start on the top of her hair next week! ❀

So here’s to my goal of going back and taking classes and proof that it’s great for someone who is creative to never give up on learning new things!!

What are you working on these days? Are you trying something new too?

Love Always,

J

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Future Schedules

10 Feb

Is it sad that I’ve already planned out my schedule for when my dream comes true!? Of course this also involves Emma being in school during the day but now that I think about it – it isn’t too far away!

While I was chatting today I was talking about how amazing it would be to wake up Monday mornings and go thrift store shopping searching for the amazing pieces and projects I’d love to work on later. Then hit up the craft store for whatever supplies I needed that week and grabbing lunch while I’m out!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I’d craft, create, and work on the things I found that week.

Friday I would take pictures of my work, blog post about it, put it up in my etsy shop to sell, and do all the computer and paper work necessary.

Saturday & Sunday would be strictly family days!

It’s still a dream I’m working on to have my etsy shop be my sole source of income, but it being the thing I spent a majority of my day on instead of fitting it in in between things really is something the creative person inside me is dying to have!

Looks like I have a few years to figure out how to cross over from it being my part time job to my full time job! This transition is going to be a tough on – I can tell already πŸ˜‰

Love Always,

J

Charming Things

8 Feb

Hey everyone! As most of you know I’m over at A Charming Twist posting three days a week and since I’m having trouble posting over here I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what’s going on over there!

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I hope it keeps you entertained while I work on what I’m doing over here for this blog πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your patience with me!!

 

Love Always,
Jennifer

Snow Day!!

29 Jan

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The first time we’ve gotten to play with snow this year! Emma was so excited so could barely contain herself. Every time she’d look outside and see the snow falling she’d BEG me to let her go out and build a snowman!! Since we didn’t have snow clothes for the little girl I care for we had to wait until after she went home.

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After running around the deck in pure joy of the snow for a good 15 minutes I got the shovel and a bowl out so she could attempt to build a snowman. The snow was to dry to pack so it didn’t quite work out as planned but she had a blast trying anyways!

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There was our little snowman attempt!! Every time we put a new layer of snow on it just toppled all over the sides so you can’t even really tell it was supposed to be a snow man but she proudly shows it off to everyone who will come look out the window and see it!

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I love that little girl!!

Hope for those of you who got hit by the snow storm enjoyed it as much as someone else I know πŸ˜‰

Love Always,

J

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

25 Jan

When you follow your heart and do things that really want to do – there’s some seriously awesome rewards to it! I finally put the money into taking classes again and I can’t even explain how happy it’s made me!

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I searched and searched and finally found this amazing place! It’s not at a college or University but it’s just what I needed to get my foot back in the door. I’m taking the adult class which gives you the opportunity to bring in whatever you are working on and the teacher will help you bring your work to the next level!

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I brought this picture in my art class and showed my teacher how I was taught to draw things. He gave me some great pointers and got to know me and what I like to do!

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The next day at art class he asked me to try another one of my pictures without using the grid system. This is a great way to test your brain and use things around you to measure instead of the grid. He said that I might have been using the grid as a crutch but my work is even better without it! Just the confidence boost I needed πŸ˜‰ I will admit my brain did a lot more work and it was much harder than I thought it would be!
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One thing we talked about was paper quality, since i just use cheap drawing paper and sketch paper he thought it might be worth giving other types of paper a try. Since different paper has different white quality and texture it can really change the appearance of my drawing. Once I get a chance to play with them I’ll be able to decide which paper I want for certain projects.

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He also suggested colored pencils. I have a pet peeve with watercolor and oil painting. It’s never been a quality that I have and since that’s how you add color to a picture I’ve avoided color. He’s now teaching me to use my colored pencils to bring my drawings a different perspective.

This class has been such an inspiration and made me get out of my comfort zone a little and try new things. It’s exactly what I needed!

Have you done anything new and exciting these days?

Love Always,

J

Spinning Out of Control!

23 Jan

Is it obvious that I have been preoccupied with other things?!

I hope you didn’t think I was gone for good πŸ™‚

Just sleeping when I got the chance instead of typing πŸ˜›

So what’s my cause for all this crazy silence?

Well one reason is I’ve been blogging over here at A Charming Twist! One of my amazing friends and I started a blog together to talk about crafts, fashion, home decor, food, and life! It’s been so much fun posting with her!

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On my day off during the week I’d usually come up with my posts and do a few projects. These days I’ve been helping out a company I used to work for before my stay-at-home mom days! They needed an extra hand and when it comes to organizing things I can resist πŸ˜‰

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Another reason is I’m attempting one of my 30 before 30 goals! I’m taking Art Classes!! It’s been super exciting and I’ll share all the details about it later but it’s so nice to be accomplishing goals πŸ™‚

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Along with those I’ve been picking up shifts and taking the girls out to keep from getting cabin fever! We’ve been traveling to the mall and indoor playground to keep them active, get a little fresh air, and have new experiences. Our local mall has a train that the kids can ride around the mall and a merry-go-round!

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This has also lead us in eating out which I love! Going out to eat with these girls is twice as muchΒ fun as taken them places meant for them -these girls love people watching, aren’t picky eaters, and love to hold a conversation πŸ˜‰

Even though it’s been crazy busy around here I haven’t forgotten about you all! I have a ton of ideas to keep you entertained and hope to be getting back on track whether my schedule is packed or not πŸ˜‰

What have you all been up to? I’d love to hear!

Love Always,

J

Wasted Space Not So Wasted Anymore!

8 Jan

Emma’s closet has been only used for storage since she was born. We have a big chest of drawers for her and since her clothes are so tiny I would just fold them up and put them in there. We also had the changing table drawers for sheets and blankets so there was really never a need to hang up her clothes.

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This resulted in using the closet to put things she wasn’t using in! For a while I’ve wanted to do something differently and I finally got the kick in the butt to change things up around here πŸ™‚

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Emma’s closet has this nook inside of it that I’ve been dying to make a little reading spot out of! So while I was giving the closet a useful makeover I decided to make this part a little place to hide out for Emma.

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On one side she has her spot to sit and read with her books.

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The other side is her stuffed animal pile and puzzles on top of the shelf. Sometimes she’ll crawl into the pile of animals and hide out!

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The rest of her closet got organized and is finally be used for it’s main purpose!! For the past few mornings she’s had a blast picking out her outfits not that she can see them all!

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When it gets quiet around here I know just where to find her!

 

Now I need to make a special spot for me to go hide and get things done πŸ˜‰ I wonder if Emma would let me work on my blogging in my closet?

 

Love Always,

J

 

Christmas At 3

1 Jan

This year Emma had 5 different Christmases!! That’s what happens when you have a huge family and you live close to all of them πŸ™‚ We actually missed out on one family Christmas this year so there could have been six! Whew. So instead of splitting them all up into different posts I’ll just give you the quick peak at a few of them.

 

 

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Little miss too excited to wait two minutes for me to get a pick before she saw all the presents! She was so excited!

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This year we let her play with each toy after she opened it. Needless to say it took from 9am-4pm the first day!

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Emma’s dressy outfit πŸ™‚

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By Round 3 of Christmas she was aΒ professionalΒ at opening presents!

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Brian and I enjoying watching her open presents instead of having to help her like last year πŸ˜‰

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Chick Fil A treats for Christmas this year! I had to share mine of course πŸ˜‰

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A beautiful mist of snow just in time for Christmas this year.

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Now it’s time to say goodbye to December and hello to the new year!

I hope you all had wonderful holiday’s this year and I am looking forward to a new year of blogging here! What are you looking forward to this year?

Love Always,

J

Introducing My Mom!

18 Jun

Hey everyone! I am so excited to announce that my Mom is now a blogger!! She guest blogged for a while with my sister on http://www.krittersramblings.com and recently went to New Yorks BEA to meet authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers. It is a book reader & blogger’s dream come true and she came back more excited than ever to get her own blog up and running.

http://www.OpesOpinions.com is where you’ll find her writing book reviews, opinions about other things, and fun topics about her life in general. I’m so proud of my Mom for taking this big step on her own and learning everything so fast! She already has her first ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) book to read and review and is excited about taking on this new life journey.

Her link is also attached on the right of this post under my Blogroll where I post links to my favorite blogs that you might like!

I hope you are ready to sit back and relax when you follow her blog because that is exactly what she enjoys and would hope that you do too πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Great Finds with Family Time

16 Jun

What do you get when you have three female family member bloggers, two of which blog about books, and a library book sale?!

A pile of books so high that when you come home you realize you have no shelf space for them.. πŸ˜€ uh oh!

At the rate that I read – I have enough books to last me all year πŸ˜‰ As for my sister and mom this might last three months!

If you love books, aren’t so great at returning library books on time (guilty for sure!), and don’t have the cash to a bunch of new books (also guilty) there are two options you have to find great books at great prices if you don’t mind weeding through some old ones.

Not all but most libraries each year do a book sale (sometimes more often) to get rid of the multiple copies of books to replace with new ones coming out. Our library gathers all these books, sorts them by hardback, paperback, mass media print, dvds & electronics, young adult, and children’s books – than short by Authors last name. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks & mass media are $1, but best of all kids young adult and children’s books are a whopping .50 cents!

Another option is thrift stores! Some thrift stores are better than others but I’ve come to find most Goodwill’s I’ve been to all around Virginia have a large amount of books for $1 and under – most of the time they are .25 cents – can’t beat that price!

After our book adventure we did a little shopping at Charming Charlies. It’s a cute little accessory store around here that my sister always comes to when she stops by. For those of you who have tiny feet like me and have a really hard time finding high-heeled shoes in a size 5 or 5.5 and you don’t have money for those drop dead gorgeous Steve Maddens – hop on over to the nearest Charming Charlies around or check out their online store here! I got these suckers and I already have six dresses I will be wearing these babies with πŸ˜€

So excited!!!

Stay tuned for my list of things I hope to accomplish this week and my trick to keeping things budget friendly without all the stress πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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