Wednesday, August 30
I cannot believe that we are less than a month away until Baby C is due! The beginning just seemed to drag, and now things are just going by so quickly! I have two and a half weeks left of work at the hospital (I took a week and a few days vacation before my due date), and I will be closing my Etsy shop this week and taking care of last minute orders. I will keep the shop open for communications, in case there are problems with shipments, but will eventually put it into vacation mode.
I'm really excited for delivery (and nervous as well, of course being a first time mom). We are delivering at a birthing center, and are super excited for the options available to us. I'm curious to see how our pets, Chewie and Oreo, react to our little one - and super excited to know if we have a little baby boy or girl!
The countdown is on!
Sunday, June 11
I have begun to work on the various DIY projects in anticipation for baby and the nursery. The coming of our little bundle will probably be one of my biggest DIY projects since our wedding (and will probably trump that too). We are 24 weeks now, and I'm hoping to finish most of these projects sooner than later - in case I don't feel up to it later in pregnancy.
The first one I started (I have them all in various stages of progress), is a 'woodland' mobile for above the crib. It will have little critters and such to float above baby while baby drifts off to sleep. I have been keeping track of the felt pieces I've cut out with hopes of sharing the pattern with you all at a later time :)
I was also fortunate to be given a previously loved crib for baby. I decided to refinish it, and being that chalk paint is non-toxic and super easy to apply, I choose that route. It's a nice soft, light grey colour with the slightest tint of brown. I was also given a pre-loved dresser that I am refinishing the same way - this way all of our pre-loved baby furniture will be all matchy-matchy for the amazing cost of a bit of paint :o)
I have a few other projects on my mind - some will have to wait until the nursery room is cleared out, but others I'll begin as soon as these two projects get a little further along. I am hoping to give each of the above projects their own post when they are complete in placed in their proper new home in the nursery :)
Sunday, June 4
Today I am sharing a summer sale! I have never had a sale on my original paintings before - but we are moving things around for the new baby, and I thought this would get a great opportunity for everyone to get some original art for their walls for way less! Some of the paintings are 50% off their original price!
You can find all of the available paintings in my online store, here. Happy Summer!! :)
Tuesday, May 16
Things have been very quiet over here... with reason. I had a lot of big plans this year for my artwork and art business, but then we got a very happy surprise - we got pregnant! :) Baby is due September 28th, and gender will be a surprise :) We could not be more thrilled! We had been trying for quite some time, so actually *getting* pregnant was far from my mind when I was dreaming up all these plans as it just didn't seem to be happening for us - and then it did :)
We officially passed the halfway point last week. We did our 20 week ultrasound the other day, and all is well - so I thought I would finally share it here. I won't lie - I feel like I have been pregnant for forever - we found out when I was just 3-4 weeks in mid January - so super early.
Being that making a baby is hard work, and I work at a job where it is pretty physically demanding on a normal person - I work in a hospital - I am pretty pooched at night and only do what I have to do, and then go to bed. So that would explain my absence here, and if you follow me on my other platforms - my absence of creativeness over there.
We are creating a 'Woodland' nursery, and I have a few DIY projects that I hope to share - but again, I cannot promise that will happen. ;)
Friday, January 13
It has been blustering cold these past few weeks where I live, and the snow has not stopped at all. I've been home numerous days due to roads being closed and poor driving conditions. Last week, the days I did end up going to work, my drives have been almost twice as long due to all the snow. It is scary sometimes, driving and not seeing even the hood of your vehicle. It just sneaks up sometimes too - where it will be nice at work, and nice at home, but somewhere in middle it's not. I go slow, and make it home :)
But once I'm home, and I look out - the snow is beautiful. And I do love being cozy inside drinking copious amounts of tea while the snow falls - or, being out in the snow trudging through it with my snowshoes. It has got to be one of the best outdoor, winter workouts. Especially if you have to break the path yourself!
|"Snowflake Keepsake" - Original watercolour painting|
It is no surprise then that I painted this Mason Jar winter painting. "Snowflake Keepsake" brings together those huge, fluffy snowflakes that I love so much, together with the Mason jar motif that I have really been feeling this winter (and that has shown up in other art work as well).
This painting came together so much better than I could have imagined, and I'm so excited to share it with all of you :)
Monday, January 9
I am pleased to be offering a 2017 calendar this year! It was on Pre-Sale in 2016, and I have a few left.
This year's calendar features a lot of new artwork - some that have yet to been added to the store! So a lot of fresh, new artwork to grace your desk and walls with.
As always, it comes with a mini-easel to display the calendar. I've also included the option this year to just receive the cards to display as you wish. That way, those who have purchase the calendar with the easel in previous years can just opt for the cards and re-use their easel if they wish.
As an incentive for the remainder of January and February - all orders will include a FREE 5x7" print of your choosing from the shop. All artwork presented in the shop can be printed 5x7". When checking out, just include the name or link to the print that you wish to receive in the 'Notes to Seller', or you can message or email me after with your choice. You can find this calendar in my online shop, here.
Sunday, January 8
Winter days have us craving comfort food to warm the soul. This simple soup is silky and delicious! You can make it with typical pantry items. We used a Butternut squash that we purchased from a local farm stand in the fall.
I typically do not like winter squash - it has just never tasted amazing to me. But, in this soup - the celery gives it a more 'mixed vegetable' taste, and the squash makes it super creamy without having to use any cream. Making it so much more healthy. If you would like to make this soup vegetarian, just substitute in vegetable stock for chicken stock.
This soup recipe does not take a long time. While roasting the squash takes the longest time, you can throw the squash in the oven while doing other things around the house. Then when you take it out to cool, start prepping everything else and go on wards from there. You could even do that the night before!
Total cooking time: 45 min - 1 1/2 hr. Serves: 4-5
- 1 medium - large butternut squash
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 - 3 stalks celery, chopped - I included the leaves on the stock and everything, no need to waste
- Olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 c. chicken stock (I used pre-made)
- Salt and pepper to season
Preheat the over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut your squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds and 'innards'. Place squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast until soft. (~ 30 - 45 minutes). Take out of oven, and let cool to touch so you can remove the skin from butternut squash. Set aside
In a pan, drizzle in some olive oil and saute the garlic, onions and celery until soft. While cooking the vegetables, heat up the chicken stock to boiling.
In a blender, or food processor, combine the butternut squash, cooked vegetables, and half of your chicken stock. Add nutmeg, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Stop to check the consistency of the soup - if you would like it thinner, add more chicken stock. I typically use all the chicken stock, as I enjoy a more soup-like consistency.
To serve, spoon into a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top and enjoy :)