I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
I Painted.

I Painted.

  In June, I went to Wine and Canvas at Wicks Park Bar and Grill in Saugatuck with two of my friends. We had a blast!  We had so much fun that we decided to do it again in July.     It reminded me how much I love to paint!  I’ve had a GIANT canvas sitting in my laundry room for 7 months now.  I decided to get it out and do something with it!  I’ve been very inspired by floral paintings lately, since it’s summer and all, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I really like how it turned out! I couldn’t resist adding a word with hand lettering to it.  I don’t know if I have any art that doesn’t have a word on it… It just doesn’t feel complete until it says something!   I hung it in my entry way/ stair way.  Maybe someday I’ll sell it.  Or make prints.  But for now, I like it...
A Summer Night To-Do List

A Summer Night To-Do List

I really need to slow down a little bit.  Last week I had a little panic attack.  I actually thought it was my heart, but thankfully, it was not.  Fortunately I have an assistant now, and she is making thing go much more smoothly around here!  Cheers to the demands of a growing business!   I do have a summer “bucket list.”  I want to clean out my closet. I want to go to the beach at least one time (since we live all of 5 minutes a way from Lake Michigan and all), I want to go on my dad’s boat at least once, I want to swim in my parents’ pool.  I want to do more fun things with my kids.  I want to have a night out with my friends at least once a month.  I also want to sit outside, listen to the stars, and catch fireflies.  What’s on your summer bucket...
In a nautical phase!

In a nautical phase!

I’ve had a really, really bad week.  (as if enough sad things haven’t already happened in 2014!  January, for one example).   I won’t go into details, but two very trying things happened within 6 days of each other.  I have said so many prayers of thanks that everyone is OK.  I’m trying to keep in mind that everything happens for a reason, and even though we may not know that reason right now, some day it will all make sense.  For some reason, the universe is telling my family not to run a 5k.   That leaves me hoping and praying for an uneventful, normal summer. I am taking two art classes right now – Bootcamp from Lilla Rogers is still going on, and I’m also taking Daring Adventures in Collage from Mati Rose.  Bootcamp Mini for the week was to sketch a ship in a bottle.  For collage, we had to make a creature collage.  So I sort of combined the two.  There is no bottle in my collage, but there’s a sailboat.  And a whale!  I am really liking whales right now!...
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