Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 9

Today, I bring you a self-portrait. While it may not look like me, the resemblance in behavior is truly uncanny.

You see, I’m running on very, very little sleep today. Two nights ago our oldest was coughing all night long. She slept through it just fine, but even medicine, Vicks on her chest and feet, propping her up with pillows, and diffusing essential oils in her room wouldn’t calm that cough. The master bedroom is right next to it, so we heard her…and hardly slept.

Last night my hubby and I went to bed early and passed out. But, in the wee early hours of the morning, our youngest woke up crying…then screaming. Once I got him to quiet down, he said his rib hurt. He couldn’t move, but he was breathing fine and he had no fever (he was sick last week). It was the strangest thing! I took him to the bathroom which didn’t help, and then I let him watch some YouTube for awhile on my phone just so we could both lay down and try and rest. Once I got him to sleep (over an hour later), I tossed and turned for awhile.

How I ever survived having newborns, I will never know.

Then this morning, all three kids had a dentist appointment at 8, so the boys had to be up and ready earlier, but we all overslept. Once we got to the dentist’s office, I thought I was doing good by being there 5 minutes early. Woo hoo!

Nope. This tired momma was A WEEK and 5 minutes early.

Yep. Totally wrote the wrong day on my calendar.

They were so understanding and able to get all three kids in anyway (thank you appointment cancellers!), and I got them to school just fine. The rest of my day was crazy, between babysitting this afternoon, staggered pick up times for the boy’s activities after school, and the hubby and girlie at a swim meet this evening.

Just thinking about the rest of the day has me feeling, well….kinda like this guy:

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Title: Sloth

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: Jessica B on Instagram and Raylene L on Facebook! Love this suggestion, ladies!

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Favorite parts: Ummm…yes. I just love him so, I want to snuggle him. Is that weird? I really wasn’t sure how he’d turn out with all the hair and funny claws and little pig nose, but he is adorable and I love him to pieces. It’s a good thing that I’m not allowed to keep all my artwork (mostly due to lack of wall space for it all!), otherwise I think he’d be staying here.

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Challenging parts: Sloths join in the ranks with the giraffe and koala in the ‘Strange Looking Animals’ category! I had no idea sloth noses could look so similar to a pig’s snout! And their claws, while I knew about them, they’re not quite exactly what I always thought they’d look like. And hair….so much hair. But thankfully I’m far enough into the challenge I remember how to draw now! It also helped a lot that I found my favorite eraser pencil! YAAAYYYY!!!!! That made the hair so much easier. It probably cut down on an hour’s worth of work.

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Product availability: The original is available for purchase (contact me directly, will be listing on Etsy soon). Prints will be available shortly as well.

*** UPDATE: The original has sold.


How was your day today? 

Life Meets Photo Shoot

Have you heard the news? The Cat and the River Thames is now available through RV, myself, and Amazon! Woo hoo!

In celebration of the release, I made scones and tea for my family to celebrate, just like how we had shrimp and grits for the release of A New Adventure, A New Name.

The scones looked so pretty, and well, tea is always pretty, so I thought that a quick photo shoot of the food with the book would be a great way to promote the book for Etsy and Facebook.

And I think it turned out pretty well:


But what you don’t see is the uncropped version:


This is the top of my coffee table.

It is my favorite flat surface to photograph on in my entire house. The surface is this really nice stained wood, and it’s not super shiny so there aren’t big light reflection spots I have to work around. The light that comes through the window is super soft, and it’s pretty perfect for not having a “real” photo box set up.

But, I have three kids.

And they like to play on the coffee table.

And leave things up on said table.

So this momma has to work around it sometimes.

And this fits my life so perfectly now with summer vacation happening. I have work I have to do, but there are musical theatre workshop camps, swim lessons, business trips to Chicago, week away camps, family vacations, and just day to day life to work around.

But, we make it work.

It just takes a little more effort 🙂


PS – Dangle earring supplies have started arriving, with the last part coming tomorrow! Be on the lookout for more updates on when they’ll be available on Etsy

Highs and Lows…and New Products are Coming!

Well, hello there, blog!

Business has been challenging lately which has really attributed to my silence around here. So much has been going on, and if it was one thing, I could handle it.

But multiple things? Not so much:

  • A month or so ago I hurt my hand somehow while helping to build our shed. Working on drawings/commissions has been near impossible for any length of time.
  • Almost my entire stock of earrings and necklaces have been damaged, causing me to have to discard them all. I say almost because it had been all, but I just found one earring and necklace set that had been set aside on the other side of my office that was in pristine condition. Nothing has changed with the way I make them or store them, but for some reason, the metal is now discolored. It’s never happened before, so I’m at a loss for fixing it. This is super frustrating because it’s a huge loss, not only financially, but time wise as well.
  • Boathouse 2 is still held up due to circumstances beyond our control, but he’s coming soon! Just the anticipation for him to arrive (and then start work on book 3) is tiring 🙂
  • My schedule is crazy now with everyone home for the summer, so I have the same amount of workload to complete in a fraction of the time. Any tips on how to handle that?

All of these things combined makes me just want to shut down and not do anything.

But that’s not the best way (or even a good way) to run a business.

So after days and days of research and pricing, I finally just placed an order for all of my jewelry replacement materials…all of the bezel pendant trays, glass cabochons, necklace chains…I’ll have my work cut out for me in order to get this all done before the Brockport Arts Festival in August!

The good news is I’ll be offering my necklaces and dangle earrings in TWO colors now: antique silver (a bit darker than I have had) and antique bronze!

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The necklaces will be on chains again (I don’t know about you, but to me, a chain is prettier than ball chain)…


AND I’m releasing a new product: STUD EARRINGS!

41cckkAuzzL._SX425_They will also be available in the two colors, and in a slightly smaller size than the dangle earrings (8mm vs. 10mm).

Also, for my nerd/geek fans, I stumbled across this awesome pendant tray today.

dh symbolOkay, so at first I thought it was a little weird.

But then I looked at it longer, and thought it looked like the Deathly Hallows symbol from the Harry Potter books! And then I thought doing the watercolor pendant in the four different Hogwarts house colors would be a fun thing to do, but with this as the base tray. I ran the idea by one of my fellow Potterheads today, and she’s already claimed the first one (sorry, guys).

I’m really excited about the new products and colors. I strive to offer the best quality products that I can, and I feel like this is a step above what I’ve had. I can’t wait to get started, and will definitely let you all know when new pieces are available.

So I’m still here, even if I’m quiet. Life is just a bit chaotic right now, and I’m hopeful that I’ll have my feet back under me again shortly.

As always, thank you for all of your support! Love you all!


PS – What is your Hogwarts house? I’m a happy little Hufflepuff!

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