Another gum nut hat; for Ashton

My signature hat! It’s gaining popularity with my mommy friends and friends of friends! My ballet instructor has her first grandson and I made him this cutie….

  Apparently, it’s his absolute favorite!
Ok!! I’ve been a busy little mommy and career woman lately! My blog is sorely neglected. I’ve also been dancing again, both salsa and ballet for a year now! Dancing; my other joy! I don’t think I’ll get back in my old pointe shoes, but I’m feeling the sweet burn of pirouettes and releves (insert the acute accent please!).

I’ve been painting, drawing and crafting along with swinging my hips and pirouetting. In fact, I finally submitted a pastel piece in the Fremantle arts center’s student exhibit coming up in September! Plus, I’ve finally, FINALLY started my illustrations  and text for that children’s book I’ve always wanted to publish! 

So, I promise I’ve got more stories to tell, do check back in a week or so and let me know what you think! 

I’ve got to settle in now and catch up with all the gorgeous bloggers I’m suppose to be following! I’m sorry to have neglected you all too! 

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Be a kid again with pastels!

On and off I feel like experimenting with pastels! It hits me when I I’m feeling “airy”, like walking on clouds, and I want to be a kid again! I grab some paper, I’m into colored paper lately, and my new box of 50+ Rembrandt pastels and just let my imagination take over. I was inspired for this one by a vase:

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What I really like about pastels, I’m learning, is that mistakes become the highlights and that to truly get into the joy of it, you must get dirty!!! So let your mind loose and grab some pretty chalk or if you’re lucky some lovely pastels and paper. Inspiration is all around us; a flower, a chair, a face, a glass, or even a ball of wool!!!

Ta-ta for now and here’s another pastel drawing I did by finding inspiration from some flowers I bought. I still have much to learn about how to use pastels to create various different effects, but half the fun of learning is making mistakes and just going for it!

Hope you enjoy!

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