Painting Up A Storm!

Hey hey heyyyyyy!!!!!!

Yes, I’m still around, even if I’m hardly posting on any social media lately.

Life has gotten interesting around here, and I just haven’t been making my business a complete priority. I did take a couple hours this week to work on product photography:


I’m hoping to get the pics edited and uploaded to Etsy this week sometime; my new work computer didn’t have a memory card reader, so we had to order one. Now that it’s here, I can get new and improved (and rebranded approved!) product pictures in my store. Woo hoo!

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Reminiscing About Today

It’s not that often that I get personal on this blog. I always try to include a little look into my life and my thought process in my posts, especially when looking back on a piece I created, but that’s about it.

Well, today is going to be a little bit different.

When I was little, art was my passion. I wanted to be an artist more than anything.

My mom was always wonderful, making sure I was fully stocked up with pencils and markers, and she would order me any new supplies that I may want. I remember she once got this huge block of clay for me. It was so heavy that we couldn’t lift it, so whenever I’d want a piece of it, we’d have to drag it out of the closet, cut a piece off, then slide it back. It was hard, back breaking work, but that memory always makes me smile.

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Anniversary Giveaway Time!

In honor of our first anniversary, I’m having my very first giveaway!

Click on the link below and enter for a chance to win a $15 credit for my online store! The giveaway starts today and ends April 30th at 12 am.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


If I get to 100 likes on my Facebook page by the end of the month, I will draw TWO names from the entries instead of just one!

This credit is only good on new purchases only.

*Please excuse the link instead of just a widget; I’m having issues with the code and will try and have my tech savvy husband look at it later!*

Announcement: More

I’m finding it really hard to believe that April will mark the one year anniversary of Back to the Drawing Board.

Where has the time gone?!?

This past year has been a flurry of activity. In one year, I have completed 5 drawings, 12 paintings, and 4 murals, as well as set up at my first arts and crafts show and have sold numerous sets of note cards, earrings and prints.

I realize that this is only March, but I want to give you a head’s up for what is to come in Year 2:


More time in my studio.

More time working on new products and projects.

More time developing and tweaking my skills.

Many of you who know me personally are probably asking yourselves how can I do that? I have three kids, a husband, a house, I run a daycare out of my house and have numerous other things that I have on my plate.

Yes, that is true. But changes are coming.

You see, my youngest child will be going to kindergarten this fall. Many stay-at-home moms jump at the chance to go back to work at that time, and that is a fantastic thing.

However, I am not normal, and have never claimed to be. I will not be going out into the world and getting a job. I want the freedom to be here when my kids need me, and staying at home allows me to have that.

In fact, I have already resigned from my day job: I will no longer be running a daycare out of my house, effective end of the 2014-15 school year. This was a really hard decision for us, but there are so many things going on in my life and with my family, that now was the time to stop.

One of the side benefits of this decision is that I can be here for Back to the Drawing Board. My business has grown so much in this past year, that I’m actually where I wanted to be in Year 3, but wasn’t expecting it until Year 5. I never in a million years would have dreamed that I’d be this busy with projects, but I am so so so thankful that I am here in this place. I have so many fun projects coming up, and they need more of my time and attention.

So with all that being said, keep an eye out in April for some fun anniversary things. Who knows, there might be new products launching, big sales going on, and maybe a giveaway or two!

What would you like to see Back to the Drawing Board do this year?