Friday, February 27, 2009

Window seat

Window seat
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

My little girl is always full of surprises. Yesterday's surprise was me finding her napping on her toy box under neath her bedroom window. The toy box is 12'" wide and 24" long... and she found a way to get a small pillow and two blankets with her. I so wish I saw the world the way she does. Lucky for me, I get to watch her interact with the world... and it brings me much joy!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Creativity Flowing

Watercolor with Kinders....
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

Last week was a bit of a creative whirlwind, with my new scrapbooking gig, a craft circle at my house, some handstamped cards for a friends adoption efforts, and of course teaching art to kinders at Boo's school.

I am not a painter. I am not good at it, I don't like it. I don't even like the mess it creates. It's just not the artform for me, at least not usually. But when 20 five and six year olds are put into the mix, apparently I love it.

This was a great technique, using maskoid, water color and kosher salt. Gotta love it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I need...

To give myself more sleep. Really.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Learning How To Keep It Simple

Our family is in a place of slowing things way down and getting back to the basics. Kids have a wonderful way of pushing a whole family system towards a more honest living. And I just love that. Right now we are are learning how to say...

I feel angry...

I feel sad...

I feel silly...

I feel happy...

So many of us lose the ability to identify how we are feeling in the moment. For me it was almost like I lost that with my childhood... like I was conditioned out of being able to hear my own voice of experience. I have finally re-learned how to quickly check in with myself and know how I am feeling. Now I'm on to the task of being gentle with however I actually am feeling and learning how to express my emotion appropriately and simply.

Hopefully, I can help protect that simplicity for my children... that as they have to let go of their childhood, they will not have to let go of themselves too.

(Thanks Baby J for your great modeling work... you are awesome!)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Gifts

Valentine's Gifts
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

These are the mail boxes for the kids. I used Daydream Paper and Stickease, and Stardust Paper and Stickease from CTMH. What a fun project!

Valentine's Gifts

Valentine's Gifts
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

Shhh... gifts for the grandparents! I just had to join the band wagon when I found these at my local Target. I used Close To My Heart Paper and Stamps- specifically the That's Amore! line. And of course the Target dollar bin tin mail boxes. =)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Six Year Old Sleeps

A Six Year Old Sleeps
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

Lucky for me this six year old sleeps with a lamp right next to him... otherwise I would not have been able to get such a clear picture. I love to watch them when they sleep!

Monday, February 9, 2009

An Amazing Weekend

So, I was all set to come back here on Monday morning and share all about what a wonderful weekend it was for me at my launch Open House for Close To My Heart ... but now that I am here I want to share about much more. I'm sure there will be a play by play of my table display and sample project a little later, but for tonight I want to chat about something bigger.

This was a truly amazing weekend in so many ways for me and I feel so blessed to come to this place of being right where I am supposed to be in my life. I am more in the center of my calling today than I ever was when I was in church ministry... and that's not because church ministry is not worthy of calling, because it most definitely is. As I am evolving though, I now see why I thought of my calling to be vocational ministry and I understand how that belief was not the best design for my life in this season. (But that is it's own post)

This is why I had an amazing weekend:

A new friend started this awesome glass mural for me... he is so in the family btw! I already love you Rob!

My whole family had a light saber duel in our front yard on Sunday... yes we have enough sabers for 5. And tell me how cute this little one is. Did I mention Bubbas parents are basically idealistic pacifists... but when it comes to Star Wars we lose all sense of moral barrings?

The five of us spent an hour in the newly finished garage art studio, stamping, and sewing. Boo stamped an inventor machine that creates anything you want... which he decided to create light sabers, which is why we have so many! *wink* And Baby J has been working on the little purse hand sewing project for a couple of weeks now and she was able to finish it with alittle help from mama! When they were finished with their creations they decided to have an art show... performance art style. I love the creativity flowing in our family.

But most of all I was reminded this weekend that my family and I are surrounded by friends and family who are so good to us and we love sharing our lives with them too. It was great to see six kids huddled around my kitchen table eating pizza and having my nephew over and reconnecting with friends from my past around my dining room table. I love my life... a truly blessed life I have!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I love me a good story

Cousins Playing
Originally uploaded by poetic mama

I've had people mock me for loving country music. You can hardly blame them... I'm a greek girl from a SoCal beach city. But here's the truth, I love the process of telling a good story and the good artists in country music understand that artform well. So I blasted me some old Garth Brooks this morning and it helped connect me with my own story... a good way to start a day. When I am connected with my story I have a greater capacity to be mindful of others and to be gracious and humble in my daily travels. May you find connection with your story today!

Can they add this feature to Blogger too?

This article just cracks me up... mostly because the new feature mentioned will probably prove to be quite useful.

Check it out

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Some Exciting new things....

So beginning this weekend, and I am going to be a consultant for Close To My Heart and I am so excited to share this awesome new venture here. I have been a scrapbooker for almost 12 years and I was a stamper before that. This company combines both of these wonderful artforms and I love the product! I am going to host a monthly scrapbooking club in my home which will be so fun. I'm also going to open an etsy store to sell some of my own artwork probably in the spring time. When I have that up I'll definitely announce it here!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2, 4, 6...

Interesting times in my household they be. With a 2, 4, and 6 year old, boundary *exploring* is around ever corner and in every parent child interaction. On my good days I try and remember that this is a sign of healthy developement and I try to roll with it. On my bad days I do a lot of deep breathing and I remind myself through gritted teeth that this is a sign of healthy developement. Lucky for me I wear my Wonder Woman wristbands of grace and truth. And lucky for my kids, I found help from:
Henry Cloud and John Townsend and Sandy McDaniel

Today was a bad day. But totally manageable because in the end they had to deal with their own consequences. I held the line when Boo left his backpack at home, realizing it upon getting to school. He made it back to school before the bell rang, but he had no time to play. Boy did he whine... but I bet he'll never forget again... at least for a couple of weeks.

And Baby J, she and Bubbas decided that screaming was totally acceptable in my car after being reminded of our rules. I pulled off the road a couple of times ad she didn't get much time at d-land today. She'll do it again, but it might be a little while, one hopes. Only getting one ride was a cramp in her plans for the day.

Boo, he hates consequences and hates being near the no... a scar from being the first born of a perfectionist momma, mixed with the reality that he's also hard wired that way. Baby J though, she lives on the edges of the boundaries... she's not always defiant, but she loves to feel exactly where the freedom ends and the no begins.

Watching them handle boundaries gives me a huge gift of insight for myself.

Monday, February 2, 2009

While I've been silent

I now understand a part of what this bout of writers block has been for me and I want to share here because it is directly related to this blog. For many years now I have read blogs written by women who inspire me. Every morning after the normal rush to get kids to school, I come home and take a bit to read about the adventures and creations of women all over the country, and now even the world. I would read and be inspired, read and be encouraged, and yes I would also read and be envious of their lives. That was really the beginning to my path of blogging, but I found myself feeling like a poser sometimes. My blog is my voice, absolutely, but I'm still finding that voice and so the last few months has been a time of listening, not blogging.

And now I have found my style, my voice, my way; andso I am ready to share here once more. Thank you for being patient with me as there has been no content for a couple of months. I am confident that what comes next will make up for that. I am in a really great place of creativity right now and I can't wait to share!