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This is Life

The labelled door

A few years ago one of the kids got ahold of the labeler and went to town labelling all the rooms and large objects in our house. I hope this one never gets taken down!


We are about to enter another ‘Transition Year’.  Next fall I will officially have a high-schooler, middle-schooler, and, thankfully, one still in elementary school.

All this makes me wonder where the time has gone, and also, how can I hold on to the time I have left with them here at home?

It has also made me very grateful for the moment.  Grateful for the mess and chaos, (if you would believe it?) because someday my kids will be gone and the house will be a lot quieter.  I’ll miss that mess and chaos.

So last Saturday I decided to document my home and how my family occupies it.  Wanna see?


Relaxing with iPod

My soon-to-be high schooler relaxing in his favorite chair while plugged into his iPod


Boy on Computer

My soon-to-be middle schooler playing his favorite computer game, Mindcraft


These pictures reveal my kids in their natural states if left alone— connected to their electronics!


Kitchen Window Treasures

Our Kitchen Window holds little treasures from various trips we’ve taken (and a funny little bird that one of the kids made)    


Toys lining a shelf

Treasures of a different sort line a shelf in the kids’ playroom.


Kids artwork going up the stairs

One of the kids haphazardly taped their artwork going up the stairs but I’ve never had the heart to change it!


Shoe Area

The shoe landing site next to the bin that is supposed to contain them!


This last picture gives me a little lump in my throat when I realize that those shoes, coats, and backpacks that get dumped on the floor after school won’t always be there.  I need to remember that the next time I get exasperated by all the mess!

This is life.  It’s a good life and I feel very, very blessed!

What are your blessings?  What will you be remembering fondly years from now?

Have a Wonderful Week!

That Post- Studio Open House Glow + video

Studio Gallery Wall

My wall o’ paintings and prints

I’ve done it again!  Last Monday I had my 2nd annual Art At Dawn Studio Open House and I’m pleased to say that it was a success!

What made it a success?  The incredible kindness and support from all those who came.  It was wonderful to share my studio and new projects.  I also received valuable feedback and ideas by discussing my projects.

What a glorious afternoon and evening it was!  If you see a glow about me, it is because I’m still reveling in the comradery of friends and neighbors who came out to support me and my business.

Thank you all who were able to be there.  For those who couldn’t, I have a little treat for you.  Here are some pictures taken during the event and a video I created between the 2 sessions.

Sign In and Sign Up

My sign in area which included the chance to win a door prize and goodie bags.










Demo Area

A painting-in-progress along with materials used, drawings, and reference photos








Wendy receives her painting from me

My friend, Wendy, attended the afternoon session of my open house and received the painting she had won from a contest on my Facebook Page











Have a Glorious Week!

Opening My Good Stuff Jar

Open Jar With Good Stuff

A year’s worth of good stuff!

March 1 marked a year since I had created my Good Stuff Jar, an idea I borrowed from an artist who spoke about it on a Right-Brain Business Plan podcast.

What’s a Good Stuff Jar?

It’s a jar that I have tucked away on a high shelf in my studio and every so often, when I’m feeling a tinge of happiness from an accomplishment, both big and small- I write it down on a colored strip of paper and add it to my Good Stuff Jar.


Because I need to squelch the voices in my head.

Before you call me crazy, hear me out.  Those voices are my own that tell me I’m not talented, have no business sense, and am not going to make it as an artist.  I hate those voices!

So a year ago I began to collect all the good things that have happened to me and put them in a jar.  It’s a way to combat those voices and prove to myself that I can make it, I am making it.  It is still happening, I am still here!

Little Slips of Goodness

Little Slips of Goodness in my life from this past year.

A few days ago I opened that jar and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.  Some of the accomplishments were small and seemingly insignificant.  But I remember feeling proud of each and everything that I wrote.

These good things fell into several categories:

Juried Art Show

Getting my work accepted in a juried art show was such a happy day for me!

1. Paintings

I felt a sense of exhilaration every single time I completed a painting.  (Still do!)  Art exhibits were another worthy item to be included in my jar.  A recent juried art show was the feather in my cap which I hope to repeat!

OBG and Sales Tax

Navigating the Ohio sales tax maze wasn’t easy but I felt so proud when I pulled it off!

2. Business

I have found that bookkeeping, setting up Quickbooks, and paying sales tax have been quite challenging for me.  Sometimes it feels as if my brain is actually hurting while I’m at it!  But after I’ve entered all my receipts, created my invoices, and balanced my books, I feel such a wonderful sense of accomplishment!

Setting up my domain and email

Setting up my domain name and email made me very proud!

4. Learning New Skills

Then there are skills that I need to learn but have no earthly idea how to do them.  Often I’ll procrastinate until forced to figure it out through necessity.  But do you know what I’ve found?  Usually these hurdles (like creating a basic website, setting up a domain name, creating a Facebook page, etc.) aren’t half as hard as I expected!

Afterwards, I feel as if I want to shout it from the rooftops that I’ve conquered them.  But who wants to hear, “Hey everyone, I’ve set up a domain name!”?  Nobody cares as much as I do.  So I’ll write it on a little slip and proudly tuck it away in my jar to celebrate my tiny milestone.

Running a 1/2 Marathon

Running a 1/2 Marathon, a 1st for me!

5. Running

This has nothing to do with my art business but I’ve included it anyway because it was such a major goal for me to run a 1/2 marathon.  And I did it!  (and I’m actually doing it again in a few months- how crazy is that!)

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not just trying to toot my own horn here.   I’m also documenting how much these little slips of paper have meant to me.  As that jar has slowly filled, so has my own resolve.  Yes, those voices still come back and still sting- but I’ve got a weapon against them.  That’s more then I could say a year ago!

How do you celebrate the small (and large) milestones in your life?  If you don’t, perhaps you could start by marking it on your calendar, keeping a journal, or even creating a Good Stuff Jar like mine.  I’d love to hear your ideas and how you implement them.

Have a wonderful, prosperous week!

Celebrating One Year Of Art At Dawn + Video

One year ago I registered my business and began a journey down uncharted territory.  It has been a year of making it up as I go along with a few bumps and bruises. But in looking back I find an amazing amount of mileage from where I started to where I am now.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to follow my passion and create a business out of it!

In honor of my 1 year anniversary, I’d like to share a video I created of highlights from this year:

A year full of happy memories from my first year of business as Art At Dawn!

Top 10 Moments from this Year:

  1. Became Art At Dawn LLC–  October 2012
  2. Exhibited my artwork for the 1st time in 10+ years!-  January 2013
  3. Completed a 365 Project of Daily Sketches and Journaling- March 2013
  4. Created an Art At Dawn Facebook Page- April 2013
  5. Finished Studio and held an Open House- May 2013
  6. Ran 1st 1/2 Marathon- May 2013
  7. Won 1st Prize for a Painting- June 2013
  8. Traveled to China with family- July 2013
  9. Exhibited in 1st Outdoor Show- August 2013
  10. Artwork accepted into Gallery- October 2013

I might add that creating my website was a big deal for me as well.  There’s still a lot of work to be done on it, but I’m happy to have jumped this long-awaited hurdle!

I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of all my friends and family.  They have cheered me on, picked me up when I stumble, and helped celebrate all the little milestones I have traversed along the way.  I am so grateful for them!

Can you count yourself among my friends and fans?  Would you like to?  Please sign up to follow my blog and experience my creative quest through the next year and beyond.  I would love to share my journey with you!

Have a fantastic week!

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