Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happiest New Year!!

     It has been a really long time since my last post and I have to say, a very, very busy past month and a half.  I got a new job and for the month of December, worked both jobs, which meant I only had 4 days off all month, 3 of those days being Christmas and the two days following that.  Needless to say, it's taken me sometime to catch my breath.  I was quite exhausted and needing to catch up on so many aspects of my life.  I am currently back to one job and it's going very well, I love it completely.
    That being said, one of the things that I have desperately been wanting to catch up on, was posting some magnificent trades that I did last year.  I was blessed to be able to trade with some truly wonderful and talented artist/blog friends and I have finally been able to get organized enough to put up the most recent trades and get some pictures taken, which had been my hope all along.
This trade came from a very wonderful and dear blog friend named Daniele.  I love her artwork.  She is tremendously inspiring with her light hearted whimsy and  continually creative spark that shines and makes you happy to be a part of.  
I was fortunate to meet up with her last Fall and it was fantastic to get a chance to meet her in person.  She is vibrant and energetic and I loved getting to meet her.  Thank you so much.  I hung this above my art desk, where it will continue to inspire me to think outside the box.  This is the most creative paint brush I've ever seen.  Love it!!!  :)

I talked to a wonderful artist/blog friend named Stacy, back in May, about a possible trade.  We both had a lot going on, so we decided to just take our time and go with the flow.  We both love Fall and so decided to work with that theme. 
Stacy loves crows and paints the most amazing crows I've ever seen.  I don't know how she manages to get so much done, I am forever in awe of her ability to stay consistent and to have so many creative ideas constantly flowing out of her.  I love her upbeat, joyful energy and abundance of creativity.  
Thank you so much for these fantastic crows.  I really wanted my art space cleaned up and reorganized before hanging these up.  I am so happy to finally have them up where I can see them daily.  Hooray!!  They make me smile.  

Please click on Daniele and Stacy's names to check out their blogs.  They are both incredibly talented and full of inspiration.  

Aside from working a lot, I have finally gotten my art space cleaned up and did a smidge of painting.

My art space (before), very uninspiring.

My art space (after) Much Better!!!

The right tools help.  A much needed shelf for organizing and keeping art stuff in it's proper place.  

A finished project.  Something I needed desperately.  I started this a few months ago and never got back to it.  This is above our front door, our very old house is quirky and fun and I have so many projects that are constantly running through my mind.  Murals being one of them.  I had so much fun with this, that I have a lot other ideas for above doorways and such.  
This year, I am determined to finish projects and do more art.  To quit 
over-thinking and therefore, defeating myself.  
Hooray for New Years and renewal and a husband who constantly cheers me on.

Christmas gifts.  I took my artwork and had it put on a coffee mug. 
hooray, this was fun, you should try it. :)
For my extended family, I had calendars made with my photos that I took in 2012. 
Along with some fun quotes that I found and loved.  

Happy New Year to all of you and may your year be filled with prosperity, abundance, joy and peace. 

I will leave you with a few pics of the New Year!  Enjoy!


  1. Welcome back, and Happy New Year!

    Hmmm...artwork on coffee mug, brilliant idea!

  2. Hi Heather, welcome back and thanks alot for your kind words. It sounds like you've been more than busy! Each time I see your blog background I see a lion (lots of lions)which are in some ways surprised. Always make me smile.
    I simply love what you did abowe your front door, a great idea.
    Take care!

  3. Oh Heather. Thank you. Yes, I do seem to very MIA! I have just been focused on life, and all the ups and downs! However, My goal to to blog this week, and stay on a weekly schedule. Little nudges help!

    That said, I want to tell you that the book I put together is actually getting published. I think this is what I will blog about, as that is where I left off three months ago. Ugh. I cannot belive myself! The page with you didn't make it, but I am getting 7 of my pages published and an article out in April! So yay!!! I will stay in touch. I am coming back!!!

  4. oh and your hubs is awesome and I want one of those mugs so badly! Kristin made a few mugs too and they are gorgeous. Can I buy one of yours?

  5. sa-weet!
    if you ever need a side job, you could make a ton doing murals! i know i would pay for one!
    and tranquil, chilling winter pics, where's my cocoa!?

    happy new year!

  6. I love the photos. The mood evoked by the fog and/or ice. Well done. And a happy new(-ish) year to you, too!

  7. Hey My Friend ;o) Great to see you again ;o) You have been missed! I love the paint brush and your crows look happy ;o) Your art room looks great! I have reorganized my complete room and I feel so happy ;o) I love the sun!! I want to do something like that! Keep doing lots of art and never second guess yourself! Just go for it! Love all your photos and your coffee mug and calendar are excellent! Big Hugs ;o)

  8. Ooooh! I did that too~! I made some mugs for gifts - yours are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE your cheery sun above your front door too! AND your art room is so perfect - I bet you have many happy hours there.
    LOVE your trades and LOVE mine - I got to working on yours (finally!) - I look forward to finishing it soon so I can be on your walls too :)
    LOVED meeting you in 2012, xoxoxo

  9. Oh Heather I really miss catching up with my blogging friends! What a smile you put on my face with youre visit :) So nice to see that you've been trading art, how lucky are you... I LOVE Daniele's piece! & your coffee mug is simply fabulous!!

    Happy & most magical new year Heather!