Sleepy Sundays: Water Peony

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Water Peony

This weekend as I sent out my folders to my list of clients we did a little dance between stress and happiness. Friday night I went out like a light after a week’s worth of the nuttiness that can be a work week. Saturday morning awakening to some of the sweetest words ever made my day over and then some. Into the night my hands worked away at florals and the closing of some other projects. There is so much in store for this February. Even though there is still quite a bit of negative going on in the world, your love shines through it all.

This design was inspired by paintings done with loved ones throughout childhood. It will act as sort of a logo mascot as well as a template for my February into spring custom design collections.

What driving force gets you moving? Has someone made your Sunday yet today? Better yet, have you made someone’s Sunday today? 🙂

Have a peaceful Sunday!

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Treats for Halloween

I come bearing gifts today. For those of you that write a lot of notes, below is a Halloween stationery kit I designed.

Click below to download.

Halloween Stationery

Here is a preview of what it looks like:

Stationery Screencap

Enjoy! If there are any issues with printing or questions, feel free to leave a comment here.

Spring Cleaning

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Greetings lovely guys and gals! With the spring season budding into action, many of us begin to think of the ever-so-dreaded cleansing process. It may be to our homes, our websites, our lives, or all three.

In these next few weeks I’m going to be doing just that. My family needs to steal me back for the Easter holiday and my home needs another good scrub down. It’s funny because just the other day I noticed we still have some of my son’s baby clothes tucked away in his bottom drawer. The little one-pieces and tiny socks were kept there when we first moved in. I haven’t been able to part with certain outfits. Then, it dawned on me; my son is now three years old. Until we are able to purchase larger living quarters…I must minimize some old things to make room for the new.

My mind began to spin its web of thoughts. “Well, I’d better get rid of all unnecessary things we’ve dragged in here like a cat with a dead mouse.” That, and well, my blog has a few aspects I’d like to change. Also, I have given myself a deadline of September to finish my writing projects.

With all of my mind-blabbering aside, it then brought me back to you. We could all use a good cleaning in our lives every now and again, right? Toxic friendships/relationships, a job we’re unhappy with, a new home we may want…these can all be organized, moved out and restarted.

Spring is an ideal time for all this as its still somewhat the beginning of the year and a time of awakening.

Do any of your lives need an old-fashioned “spring cleaning”?

Stress Management

Dancing CloudsMost of us as human beings deal with some form of stress on almost a daily basis. A good portion feel this burn more than others. Rest assured, I’m here to offer some help on the subject.

My key readers consist of a group of mothers and writers. A portion of you may not fall into that bracket. However, I feel the following may be a substantial relief to all of you.

Stress can come in many forms but, it all feels the same. Stress could spike our blood pressure; make us feel nauseated, fatigued, and sometimes (in a worst case scenario) cause a panic or anxiety attack. From a medical and psychological standpoint, there are many ways you can deal with this.

The following are some tools I’ve learned over the years. Please do not replace these for medical advice. Especially, if you are indeed in crisis. My only intention is to pass on some knowledge that may be of help when you are having a particularly stressful day.

Turn off all devices. Electronic and otherwise. Minimal noise and distraction will already alleviate about 50% of your stress.

Find a place that brings you peace & go there. When you feel your blood pressure start to rise is clearly the best time. (This may be harder for my Mommies reading this since you can’t always just “walk away”. In that case, I suggest doing this at your first free moment.)

Clear your head. This can be difficult but once you know how, you can do it at the drop of a hat.

Do something you enjoy. With our many jobs/occupations, this can again be difficult. Make a list of activities. It can start with something as simple as listening to music & end with something as complex as painting that spare room. If it relaxes you, do it!

Give yourself alone time. We all need this at times. Even if we don’t realize it.

The above mentioned tools are just some of many. They’re just the ones that have helped me the most. Being a Mommy and the many skills that requires (nurse, teacher, therapist, organizer, janitor, etc. All Moms know exactly what I mean.) along with a writer and an artist; juggling the three can get quite stressful at times. My main advice to all of you along with these tips is simply to relax. Not to take yourself so seriously all of time.

Now, I just have to nail taking my own advice. 😉