Monday, December 27, 2010

Cleaning up my shop a bit to make room for new work in 2011.

Use the code "cya2010" in the notes to seller at checkout and receive 25% off your order. No minimum, no maximum, just please wait for a revised invoice to pay. Etsy still doesn't have a way to integrate coupons do they? Le sigh.

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Location:Etsy Sale

Friday, December 17, 2010

She's Here! And my energy is returning.

On the night of Sunday the fifth of December I went into labor around bedtime. We called my Doula at 3:30am an she was here helping us through it an hour later. Firstborn daughter blee slept through it all until 6:30 when she woke up on her own, a typical time. At 7:30 things shifted into high gear fast and at 8 my husband took our car and our daughter one direction to get her to school while my doula took me the other direction towards the hospital. Hoping to meet up again before the birth.

After narrowly avoiding giving birth in my doula's van, then the hospital waiting room while a receptionist lectured me about not being pre-registered and all the paperwork on me she'd have to do as a result. My husband did make the birth with all of about five minutes to spare. Charlotte Patricia was born at 8:58 and was put to my chest to feed straight away. When she did get weighed an hour later she came in at 8lbs 2oz and 19in. Not too shabby.

Big sister is loving being a big sister and we are all doing well and settling into our new lives as a family of four. She loves to tell everyone and anyone about her baby. She gives the baby gifts of her toys.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Craving Eggs

Waiting to see my midwife for twenty minutes. Stressful as I have my Chiro appointment over in Brookline in 45 minutes and don't want to be late. Don't want to rush things here either.

No 3G so I'm doing offline things to kill time. First up was my Egg for the day. My third egg. I hope my enjoyment of this project continues. This one started out pretty uninspired and bland. But I refused to quit or start over and fixed it instead. Kinda like no erasing though I did some of that through layers.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Egg Project Start

I admit to feeling a bit down in the dumps and sorry for myself lately. It hasn't been fun and it isn't something I am proud of. I'm working to change this through regular personal journaling, usual just a sentence or two.

But no drawing. No art whatsoever for many months. I've become almost phobic about it and afraid of failure so I stayed away. Miserable and missing the outlet terribly but feeling at such a loss on the rare moments I had time for creativity.

Then I looked forward to preschool starting and getting a precious six hours three times a week to myself. At least for the few months before the baby came. Sure, I had tons of more mundane tasks to get finished during those hours as well, but I figured that I could squeeze out at least a few hours a week for myself. For art. For printmaking.

Then the pain in my pelvis and lower back hit me out of nowhere. Now suddenly I have difficulty standing and walking much less the bending and strain involved in working my printing press.

I feel like an old lady. Walk like one too. It is called SPD and apparently it just happens to some women during pregnancy. Did not happen during my last pregnancy despite being 20lbs heavier.

So now I regroup and figure out what I can do. Right now that is a drawing a day project. Drawing using an egg shape daily for a month to be specific. I'm using Brushes for the iPhone and iPad. A favorite program of mine that I let fall by the wayside. Seems the program has improved since I used it last. Crisper graphics and more brush options. Yet still simple and elegant. Perfect for on the go sketching.

Here I go!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Back from the dead?

Still alive, doing alright for the most part. Just very busy trying to keep up with everything.

Alex (blee) turned three at the beginning of this month and to celebrate we drove to Ohio to see family. It was a great little vacation.

Now we are settled back home and scrambling to prepare for the arrival of little sister. Expected in early December and dammit she's not going to stick around nearly two extra week like big sister did!

Thankfully Alex is in preschool now 3x a week and that gives me a little time. Unfortunately most of that precious time ends up being used to recover from her kicking my butt every waking moment. That kid has a never ending supply of energy. We have fun though and it helps keep the pregnancy pounds off a bit. So I can have treats like this now and then.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

I Guess This Means I'm Nesting?

This is the start of the stash I am building for baby Charlotte. A few cozy wraps, stuffed animals, a tiny knit hat that never really fit Alex, a nursing cover, lovey blankets and more. Not much for right now, but newborns don't really need that much.

I'm twenty three weeks as of tomorrow and finally this whole we're going to have another baby business is sinking in and feeling like it is actually going to happen.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last Days of Summer

We've been trying very hard to enjoy these final days of summer here in New England. We had two fabulous weekends in the high seventies and low eighties in a row and we spent them outdoors and by the water. The first weekend we went to Newport, RI to do the cliff walk but as soon as Alex saw the beach the walk was off the table and we were at the beach. Which would have been perfect if it hadn't been a "red tide" day with nasty algae killing some sea life (think mollusks) and just making things smell funky but not actually dangerous. My hyper-sensitive from pregnancy nose was going nuts but we still had a good time I just stayed away from the water.

Last weekend was better. We ended up in Portsmouth NH for the day and even though the cruises were all booked up we had a great time walking around and being near the ocean. Alex came back with this Viking Hat and has been wearing it nearly non stop since. The toystore it came from had some adorable dolls that my darling daughter showed pretty much no interest in, making me rather sad.

Things are well enough. We travel to the Midwest in a few weeks for her third birthday and will see a lot of family. After a couple of miserable (not to mention expensive) plane trips in a row we have decided to drive over two days.

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