skein + paint {v.33}…


left: Dana / right: Maegan

I love how this week’s pairing is so summery…especially at a time when it seems that all of summer is winding down.
Happy Skein + Paint Monday, friends!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

skein + paint {v.32}…


left: Maegan / right: Dana

I really love the tones and the cozy feel of this week’s pairing!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

she is 10…

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Her whole life, I knew this would be the year that changed everything. “When she turns 10″, became that phrase, that point we would always be coming to, when she would somehow officially not be a little girl anymore. I braced myself to be devastated. And every birthday prior was observed with the thought of “goodness, I don’t know what I’ll do when she’s 10.”

Well, today she is 10. She is beautiful, smart, caring, compassionate, talented, articulate…everything a mother could hope for in her child. And I’m not devastated…not one bit. I’m actually elated! I loved her as a baby, as a toddler, as a little girl…and I adore this girl she is becoming. It has been so much fun to watch her grow and become and evolve. And even though her toddler self is but a sweet, distant memory; in her heart and mine will always be that little baby girl who revolutionized my life, made me a mother, and taught me all about love.

My decade of mothering has by no means made me an expert. Mothering may be that one job that the more years you do it, the more you realize how vastly unqualified you are. You may get better at juggling all the tasks, but the actual job of mothering just gets more involved and complex and you never have enough training or experience. But I have learned a lot and one of the things I’ve come to understand is that the more you love someone and respect who they are, the more you want to watch them grow and succeed. I use to want to keep my babies small. I used to mourn the yearly loss of their littleness. But the more time I spend with them, the more I love who they are…and I want more than anything for them to just keep flourishing.

And my Rayne, well she sure is flourishing! And I couldn’t be happier! Today, I celebrate her…all 10 years of her!
Happy Birthday, Rayne! We love you so much!

{You can join me over here for a birthday blessing and a little pictorial celebration of Rayne!}

skein + paint {v.31}…


left: Dana / right: Maegan

Happy Monday, friends!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

august’s mantra…

There’s a new mantra for August up over at The Creative Mama! You can head over, read the message, get some journaling ideas, and download the printable to hang somewhere in your home or at work. Then feel free to share the image with your friends! Happy August to you!

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