I haven’t had the words to articulate how I feel about the SCOTUS/Hobby Lobby decision. So I made this instead.
When Mandy came to me asking for a special commissioned portrait, I was super stoked.
See, Mandy wanted something for her guy’s birthday. The two of them are very close, with lots of inside jokes, shared interests, and being parents to quite a few fur babies.
This is what they ended up with:
Hope you love your family portrait, Mandy! xo
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NOTE: This original piece was written in 2014, far before the pandemic of 2020. It is for this reason that there is mention social distancing or staying home entirely. Staying home, if you have the choice, is a beautiful testament of love for your community and yourself.
For those whose mother’s have passed on or are estranged from; I have found my own ways of getting through this difficult day, and I wanted to share them with you.
The biggest gift I can give to you is that of pulling on your Virgo hat and planning ahead! I’m not saying to fill your day up with activities. NAY to that unless, of course, it sounds delightful to you! What I am saying is to know when Mother’s Day is coming up, and then think about how you’d like to spend it. All suggestions and ideas are good ways to spend your time. I just don’t want you to open your social media apps the morning of Mother’s Day and see post after post about moms… and then have to contend with feelings that are painful without any tools to help you through. So open up your calendar NOW– I’ll wait!– and mark it out for however you want to spend that 24-hour span.
Here are some ideas that I’ve experimented with. They might not all be your jam, but if one feels good to you, give it a go.
* Get off social media for the day. Don’t open Facebook, Instagram, or any other networking apps. These often bring up feelings I’m not able to process clearly, and it’s a bombardment that feels overwhelming. I spend a good part of my year processing my parental shit, there’s no need to add more layers on top of it during this time period.
* If you are comfortable with it, seek out the awesome mothers in your life. I generally call those moms and just let them know I love them and appreciate them, but I also keep the calls short (2-3 minutes) and to the point for my own well being. I used to go to Mother’s Day’s brunches with friends’ mothers, before I figured out what I needed–I do better with little check-ins and drops of love on Mother’s Day, rather than a day full of EMOTIONS. Feel out what distance feels good for you. Nothing is absolutely always an option!
* Listen to music that doesn’t facilitate stress. Meditate. Curl up in blankets and read a fantasy novel. Basically, do all the things that bring peaceful feelings. Or one thing. You are completely in charge of how this could look.
*Don’t schedule any appointments or lunches out, unless seeing mom/kid teams out and about doesn’t stress you out. Seek out friends that are motherless for the day as well. Have a bbq. Play cards. Talk about what you’re drawing in your sketchbook. Write a story together. Do all the things that help you bond and chill out.
* I am not one for looking through old pictures of my mom and I together (it’s too emotionally charged for me) but I do try to think a few days ahead of activities that I can do on Mother’s Day to honor her memory. I usually end up trying a new recipe in the kitchen or reading a book, two luxuries she enjoyed when she had the time. This helps me feel close to her without having that mountain of sadness around me.
* If you need to be upset or sad, I get it, and I think you should do it. For me, this is easier when I call a friend that knows how to be present with me. I mean really be with me, not asking questions, not trying to fix things. Sometimes I just want someone to make me tea and hold me while I cry. That’s good friend stuff.
I am thinking of you and you are not alone today.
I always have a blast doing pet portraits, but this one is especially special because it’s part of the “Doggie Wonderland” show at Leanna Lin’s.
It’s a benefit for Ken-Mar Rescue, a local small dog rescue center. 100 percent of sales goes to help fund this non-profit rescue! Needless to say, I am stoked.
I don’t have a dog, but I do have lots of small dog buddies. Puppyface is one of them– a total snuggler and I can’t resist that underbite!
Such a blast drawing this baby. I almost felt sad when it was finished! I soothed myself by taking these photos and then framing it.
You can check out the show and help out Ken-Mar Rescue on opening night, May 10th. Please come by and say hi! xoxo
Last year, I was asked to do something super special for my best friend– create her wedding invitations!
I love weddings. LOVE them. I was never a gal who planned her own wedding, but when I decided it was time for me to tie the knot, my husband and I definitely did things our way (you can witness that here). I’m all about creating your own traditions, and that’s especially exciting when it comes to being with another person. I think weddings are a great opportunity to exercise exactly who you are, in every way.
I had such a blast creating and putting together Kim’s invitations…how could I resist putting together a package so that you can commission your own?
You’ll get a consultation where we’ll go over exactly what your vision is–do you like certain colors? Do you want unicorns dancing a top you and your love’s head? Is there a strong strawberry theme? After that, a 7 x 9 inch watercolor and ink portrait of the two of you, a lettered invite with details, and a return card will be sent to you digitally and via mail.
You’ll be able to reproduce the originals and send them out as utilitarian keepsakes for all of your guests. So cute! And such an easy way to set the tone for your impending big day.
I’m offering the “Let’s Get Together!” package over at my webstore, www.aladysweetshoppe.com. And don’t think I’m wedding exclusive– this package works like a dream for any special occasion or chance to celebrate. 35th birthday? 100th Crafternoon Session? Quinceañera? I’ve got your back– and your invites– right here.
When this word appeared in my life two weeks ago, I couldn’t get it out of my head.
A quaintrelle is the female equivilent of a dandy.
I want that word on me, always. So I painted it.