I'm still alive! Maybe my brain isn't working as well and the past couple of weeks seem to have sucked the life out of me, but I'm still here! Maybe a little odder, but still here!
Please forgive me for not posting in what seems like forever to me. I try to post at least once a week and would like to post more. Lord knows I have enough to share. My hubby went out of town last week for what was supposed to be one night in Chicago, but then had to rush out to California for the remainder of the week. Poor thing only had one pair of clothes. Good thing the company paid for some shopping! I hate it when he is gone, but am so thankful that he has a good job.
If you are a single mom, I have SO MUCH RESPECT for you! I just can't do it. It is so stressful taking care of everything. My oldest, who has ADHD, can have the WORST break downs and they SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF ME! Ugh! And you know the saying, "When it rains, it pours"? Well that is so true. Everything seemed to come up last week including the memorial service of a close family friend. I was ready to go, but the ADHD kicked in again. It was hard enough not having Papa here, but for Mama to leave for the memorial would just be drastic.
I have loads to share with you! New French goodies including the most beautiful French ledger from the 1800s. I am going to use some in my art and sell some at my Etsy shop. I have so much to list on my poor neglected Etsy shop.
I've also FINALLY started to sew on the sewing machine. My amazing husband (who learned while on three months of bed rest after a skiing accident) taught me and even wrote numbers on his machine to remind me of the order to thread it. I was so excited and really enjoyed it. Now granted, I am not the talented seamstress and am very messy. I'm sure that will improve with time, but it was perfect for the fabric tag swap I did with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. I love the shabby look and it was too much fun. I will post pics soon of them and my first practice ones that I love!
I'm also working on my artwork for Alpha Stamps. I received my first Design Team Kit and felt like I had died and gone to heaven! I am creating some Marie items with a new paper line and the Alpha Stamps Marie Antoinette stamp set called Marie Antoinette Jumping Jack: Let Them Eat Cake, and also making some items with the gorgeous new items they have in for Christmas. If you haven't visited Alpha Stamps before, you are missing out! I also have two Halloween swaps I am doing with some wicked images of skeletons and black cats. I just love Halloween and black cats and have a corner of my studio dedicated to just that!
Speaking of Halloween, what do you think of my doll head collection? I have started a strange new collection of skeletons and also like dark art work with scary dolls and such. I went to the thrift shop to find some old baby dolls and got a few strange looks. When I got home, my daughter asked me, "Mama, why are you taking the heads off of those dolls?" Luckily she was not horrified by it and just shrugged her shoulders with an "OK" when I told her it was for my artwork. I'm glad my daughters accept me and my weirdness. The same weirdness that I saw in my mom as a child, which I now love. I keep telling her, "Help! I've become my mother!" When I told her about all of my doll heads, she said, "You should make a mobile out of them" being silly. But I had a mobile that I had just taken some ATCs off of and ran with the idea. So now I have a baby head mobile and wonder at times what has happened to me. Years ago, it would have scared the crap out of me!
So, I am going to hush for now. I have some art work to finish up and an art studio that needs to be cleaned up bad. Then again, that goes for my whole house at the moment. Have a fabulous week, remember to take some time for yourself, and stop by again soon!