Monday, May 5, 2014

It's My Birthday! 31 Years Young

Hola mis amigos!

Today is Cinco De Mayo! and it just so happens to be my 31st birthday, and I have never felt so alive!
The last year and a half has been very challenging at times, having a failed marriage and going from being a stay at home mom and being thrust into single mommihood (with a 4 month old) in the middle of recovering from postpartum. This indeed was a very dark moment in time for me.  But through it all I have grown into the person I am today, which is a confident woman, mother and artist who FINALLY knows who she is and what she wants out of life.  Those dark moments forced me to look  deep within myself and figure out who I TRULY was and embrace ALL OF ME~ including the imperfections.  This journey has taught me a lot about myself and I am grateful for everything I had to go through to get to this point even though I had to let go of some people in the process (including my false identity).  Here a few things I've learned in the last 365 days of my life.

1. It is very important to be in tune with who you really are (not the false you~ the one you want everybody to THINK you are but the REAL, AUTHENTIC YOU).  I believe that everybody at some point in their lives should take the journey down "who am I really?" lane and get down to the nitty gritty of who they are. But I promise once you figure out who you are, then you can live a more solid and successful life, because you will know what you want and will not settle for anything less, cetain things will no longer phase you, and you can walk with boldness and confidence.

2. I've also learned to embrace imperfections.  Instead of living a life ashamed of certain imperfections it is vital to embrace those things you cannot change about your self, or self image. when it comes to the things you can change embrace the imperfections as you are on your course to change it.  Be in love with YOU, it'll be a much happier life if you just accept the things you can not change and know you are still beautiful no matter what. 

3. To thine own self be true!  At the beginning of the year I made this my slogan, because I vowed that I will no longer compromise who I am as a person, mother, artist, entrepreneur, to please others. I will always be true to who I am and what I believe in. I've spent majority of my life trying to make everybody happy, changing things about my self and my art to be accepted by others and that is such a miserable life to live. Break free from others perceptions of you and live the life that makes YOU happy.  BE YOU. STAY TRUE!

With that being said I am embracing 31 and I vow to make the next 365 days a successful one!  Love you all and thank you for spending a portion of your day with me


Friday, May 2, 2014

A Pleasent Surprise

Hello Dolls!

I wanted to share with you all what happened to me while I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday.  I, along with a couple other crafty people, were at Hobby Lobby to get some items to decorate for our church's Mothers Day brunch. So after we gathered all of our materials and were ready to check out (this almost never happens) I was drawn to the Stamping, Stationery, & Scrapbooking Magazine, so I grab it to browse through it (totally not knowing why I even picked it up because I was supposed to be paying attention to the lady checking us out) and I opened it up and lo and behold there were some of the projects I created for Hobby Lobby while I was designing for them in the magazine.

 The funny part is I just opened it to a random page and it landed on the page with my projects on The universe was trying to tell me something because I never just pick up magazines and read it while the cashier is ringing up my stuff, and then for it to land on that page as soon a I open it... creepy right!?  Well needless to say I was all kinds of excited to see my work in that particular issue of the magazine (although I do have some personal work that will be published in their July issue)  so that was totally unexpected.  These projects are also featured on the end cap sign in the scrapbooking department of Hobby Lobby where the bling is.

So I thought since I'm sharing this article I might as well share with you some of my other work that is featured in their crafty aisles. 

This is an end cap sign in the scrapbooking section where the burlap supplies are

This is an end cap sign in the scrapbooking section where all the Paper Studio flowers are
This is a project sheet that is not released in all stores yet. Not sure where  this one will be located.

This is a project sheet located in the unfinished wood section next to the crosses. To see the full project sheet click here

This is a project sheet located in the scrapbooking section where the printer trays are. To see the full project sheet click here

I hope you guys always think of me when you go into Hobby Lobby and see my work.  Be sure to grab you some of those inspiration sheets if you see them, and if anyone is interested in picking up a copy of the issue it is located by the registers and is only $1.99 (can't beat that)  and for you penny pinchers (lol) you can use your 40% off coupon to purchase it.

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me. See you on the flip side!