Monday, November 29, 2010

ArtsyMama turns five....and a giveaway!

Today is quite auspicious, it's been 5 years since I began this blog and this is my 1000 post!

Here's a look back...

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

This year I've been quietly blogging away my daily adventures with the kids and have stuck to my New Year's resolution of a scrapbook page-a-day throughout the entire year. I am already enjoying those 11 albums all lined up, showcasing what we did with each and every day of 2010.

Since this year was all about documenting the everyday, my five senses Friday posts pretty much encapsulate my year. They begin in the frigid months, here, here, here, here, and with glowing hearts.

Then having some wanderlust, taking a trip, indulging and being aware of all the changes of an early spring.

Soon enough, school was out and summer took hold with it's rainbow of colors. Then suddenly, the kids were back to school and it was fall! I documented September alphabetically. Then before long, Halloween arrived, then Thanksgiving. Yikes!
Where has the year gone?!

A hightlight of the year was Chloe's 5th birthday party with a Strawberry Shortcake theme. Also our girls trip out to California to celebrate my niece's golden birthday with an Enchanted Woodland party. Along with Hope's visit in the fall. Of course I documented each season in detail, as I always do. So wonderful to look back at all the color as the cold, grey winter has taken hold already.

I arrive at this occasion with a lot of nostalgia for where this blog has been and a big question mark about where it's going. It seems that I am closing a chapter and hope to open a new one with a fresh focus. I plan to work on compiling all that my blog has been into another self-published book. I also plan to index this blog so that all of the 1000 entries I have done, can be categorized and accessed. I am not sure where this will take me. Hopefully it will offer a new perspective.

One thing I'm very excited about is the Winter Stories class that Hope and I are hosting together that begins TODAY! Find out all the details here. In celebration of all that this blog has been and where it is headed, we are giving away a spot in the class! If you don't want to miss out on any of the fun and sign up before I announce the winner, you will be refunded the price of the class, if you win. Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!

Friday, November 26, 2010


the newest member of our family, a little 10 week old cocker spaniel puppy named Bodhi. He arrived on Thanksgiving Eve. Joe drove through a snow storm to pick him up. The kids were elated!

Chloe is totally in love!

Such a busy couple of days we've had all getting to know each other. Of course there have been accidents and nipping, but we're working on that. We love our newest family member!

Hope your Thanksgiving was memorable!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble, gobble!

This lovely printable is created by draw!pilgrim.I have so many things to be thankful for. Thank YOU to all my wonderful blog readers. There are big changes coming soon here and I want to make sure to express how much your readership and support has meant to me!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

five senses friday: pre-thanksgiving edition

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving and I'm getting ready for our small gathering of family. I thought it would be fun to participate in abby's five senses friday, since it's been awhile. seeing: lots of yummy vintage prints around the house in gorgeous warm, fall colors
smelling: my new favorite candle, The Paddywax Charles Dickens candle with notes of tangerine, juniper & clove (vintage fabric bunting by TheRiceBabies) feeling: the softness of these perfectly worn pillows and this amazing gold velvet chair I found at an estate sale yesterday!
Chloe likes it! tasting: sprinkled pretzels that Chloe made with a friend...yum!

hearing: sisterly advice from my wise older sister during our Friday afternoon chat. So thankful for her thoughtful listening and compassion. Thank you, Laura!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

warm and cozy....

We had our first snow storm of the season this past weekend and ended up with about a foot of snow! Much of it has melted now, but we've gone from warm colorful days of fall to cool, grey early winter. I've been putting some warm and cozy colors together for my winter palette. Here are some favorites from flickr. 1. Tea & toast by the fire, 2. dearest deer, 3. DSC_1189, 4. yarn therapy..., 5. good mail day, 6. bargellos and granny squares, 7. Untitled, 8. wallflower2, 9. thread spools, 10. old things, new things, 11. too much closeness, 12. Last gathering of the deer in the forest, 13. hester & hetty, 14. ... and after, 15. little winter, 16. + happy new year +

Oh, and have you seen the gorgeous Gifted online magazine?

Friday, November 12, 2010

red velvet love....

In all the excitement over the estate sale last weekend, I forgot to show you my favorite treasure of all, this very old velvet standing photo album. It never ceases to amaze me that people would actually use something this fancy for displaying their treasured photos. Oh what stories it contained. I thought it was so lush and pretty and perfect for this time of year. Now what to do with it?!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

thinking about November....

I love this time of year! Thinking about how nature prepares for a long winter slumber. The rich, earthy colors feel so cozy and inviting. I have been reflecting on my 5 year blog anniversary and 1000th post coming up soon!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

fa la la.....

I'm happy to say, the sale was really really good! Here is the fun stash of vintage goodies I scored, mostly today at half price! Luckily we just cleaned out our basement. They will all have to be stored for a little bit so I can enjoy these last beautiful days of fall. I'll see them again after Thanksgiving. What a fun suprise they will be!
I may have started a new collection....

I've been working on the Winter Stories class that Hope and I are hosting together for the holiday's and all these cute things definitely got me in the mood!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Guess where I was this morning?

Pouring over these piles and piles of vintage Christmas goodies at an estate sale nearby. These were the teaser photos from the newspaper. Everyone was grabbing things too quickly to take any of my own.
Fun stuff!

Wanna see what I bought?

Monday, November 01, 2010

New class!!

Well, Halloween is done, a two month endeavor for me. Feeling a little melancholy today, but I'm moving on with many exciting things to come. I am thrilled to share with you a project that Hope and I have been working on since her visit here in September. We're hosting a holidy e-course together! Find out all the details HERE. Hope you'll join us, it's going to be so much fun!