I'm pumped that I can listen to Christmas music now without getting grief from people. We had a great Thanksgiving, but now we can fully focus our merriment on the Christmas season. Yes!
This weekend we decked our halls and decorated our tree.
And because I can't get enough, I had to draw Ransom his own cardboard Christmas tree to decorate. (I maybe helped a little).
And then I had to draw you your own Christmas tree to color.
My favorite part of that drawing is the angel on top. It's inspired by the angel that tops our tree. I bought it at a thrift store in Denton, TX 8 years ago for Ryan and I's first Christmas tree.
Oh, and speaking of Christmas trees -- I was awoken in the middle of the night to ours crashing down! It had toppled over. I guess because it's a real tree and so it's a bit asymmetrical... Hopefully it doesn't happen again! And thankfully only two ornaments were smashed.
You won't have to worry about that with my coloring sheet. Just paper cuts. I plan on coloring mine while watching a Christmas movie. I think it would also be a fun activity for a family Christmas gathering.
I have a couple of holiday markets coming up. I don’t do a ton of these weekend markets, but I enjoy them when I do. Especially the Christmas ones because they are so festive. I’m a Christmas nerd and love it all — the music, the lights, the cheesy movies. Here’s some info on my upcoming markets. You should come say hi if you’re going to be in Portland (you can click on the images for more info).
For that last one I have to wear cocktail attire. Which means I get to go shopping because my current wardrobe is all leggings and jeans with holes (not intentional holes, but holes from being on the ground with my toddler. Literally all of my jeans have fallen prey to the holes).
And while I’m here I might as well say that my Etsy shop is having a sales event now through Nov 25th — 10% off and free shipping. I myself am a little annoyed with all the emails I’m getting about sales this week, so I’m actually kind of hesitant to bring it up myself. But if you were thinking of buying something from me anyway, I thought you’d like to know.
And wow, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! All our family is across the county, so we are crashing another family’s meal. I hope you enjoy the day and eat lots and choose gratitude. Every day, really. (the last one anyway, probably shouldn’t eat lots everyday, that might get expensive.)
It's been a few weeks! My regular rhythm got thrown off (in a good way) by a visit from family. Now I'm busy getting my online shops ready for the Christmas shopping season, which has pretty much already begun.
One of my favorite new designs is this polar bear family. I originally drew them during my 100 Days of Animals last spring, and then added the color on my iPad a few weeks ago.
And remember that Winter Village from a month or so ago?
I used some of the same elements to create a card design that you can now buy in my Etsy shop.
I had a lot of fun drawing those snowflakes.
I still always have the challenge of deciding what to prioritize. I have so many ideas and so many things I want to learn, but such a limited amount of time to devote to my artistic endeavors. I know this is definitely not an uncommon problem. For instance, I would love to have an ornament for sale this winter, and I would love my bug coloring book to be printed in time for purchase as a Christmas present (so like, now).
But none of those things are emergencies. Well see what happens. My first jobis being a mom, and right now that is what most of my time is devoted to.
It's really the best and hardest job I've had.
I daily find myself wishing I had more time to do what I want to do, but really I'm so thankful I get to spend so much time with this 2 year old.
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