Do you?


This is my favorite picture of Ken. It was taken when we were first dating. He lived across the country at the time so before his flight I asked him to smile for me just once so I could have a smiling picture that I would have with me everywhere. That was over 9 years ago. Still though one of my favorite pictures ever.

Do you have a favorite picture? Please share!

We'll See


At the end of the summer I had the pictures taken by a local photographer, Donna Boucher. To say she is amazing, great, and super friendly is an understatement. Leila at three is a typical ball of constant energy and within the last 6 months has been harder to take pictures of, either she has goofy smiles or is a blur. I wanted to document these early years and set aside a little cash to have it done by someone who knows what they are doing.

I got my moneys worth. The photos turned out amazing and really show the energy in Leila and the happy go lucky nature of Kenson. My favorite by far though was when we started to wind down and both snuggled up on my lap to chill out for a minute.

This will be one of those yearly things I imagine. So, if you are in the Madison, WI area I highly recommend Donna she does amazing work and is such a sweet person to boot!

Photo Rights- Donna Boucher

Weekend Recap


How was your weekend? Here was a nothing to do no where to go perfect weekend. I tried to take it all in, did a little sewing, some fabric shopping, the normal prep things for craftacular. The high point of the weekend though was carving Leila's first pumpkin and roasting the pumpkin seeds. I havent done it in years and boy have I been missing out!

So what did you do, here is to a smooth sailing (hopefully) week!

Prototype feedback please!


magnet prototype
Originally uploaded by artsymomma.

So I have been wanting to make some smaller items for my booth at the upcoming craftacular. Thanks to Michelle at Dainty Daisies she got my mind spinning about using my vintage print gals on magnets. So here is my prototype. They are slightly larger than a business card to give you a size comparison. My biggest concern. The border, too much? Not enough? For a quick little item I whipped up I am falling pretty hard over it.

So please critique away I need feedback!!!

The list continues


How was your weekend? Here in the artsy momma household we were all sick. Surprisingly though I got a far amount of art work done for the craftacular. Sewing not so much but right now any small amount done is a HUGE victory in this house. I think this latest one might be my favorite to date. Ken recently brought me home some really think cardboard pieces and I finally found a use for them. I have them in an even smaller size but I think the 5x7's will be the smallest I offer this year.

I am having a hard time giving this one up. If she doesnt sell I may have to keep her as my very own. Now I have to figure out pricing, which I am having a hard time doing. Any thoughts all?

How the heck?!?!


I have been graced with an amazing happy baby boy. I honestly think he was given to me at a time that god knew my life would be at a high stress level time and to even out the cards I was dealt he would give me a happy go lucky little person to ease it all. I am thankful, lucky, and blessed. This little man smiles on his worst and best days a thousand times a day. He radiates and makes everyone else happy. I want to eat him up and remember these moments as they happen clear as day 50 years from now. I was going to wait to post these closer to his 9 month milestone but I figured I would spread the happy love around!



Leila was having a Jekyll and Hyde type of day yesterday. I prayed a lot. As I was making dinner the potatoes rearranged themselves perfectly by no help by me. It was one of those duh and holy crap moments all wrapped into one. The answer is there and he tells us in obvious and not so obvious ways. The answer to a crazy three year old: hugs. Something I already knew but just need a gentle reminder I guess.



I have a craft show coming up, the weekend of Thanksgiving. I am slightly worried. Time hasnt been on my side. Creepy girl was made this weekend. She wasnt intended to be creepy but I have a feeling Halloween and the mood I have been in lately created Creepy Girl. Hopefully someone will love Creepy Girl, she is pretty in her own creepy way I think.

What are your thoughts? Would you hang her up in your own home?

Happy Friday


After a long week, jumping on a bed can make all the stress just disappear! Happy Friday All!



Reason #399 why I love my husband:

He is an amazing cook!

Our Weekend


Is it wrong that this picture cracks me up?!?!?! It was one of those weekends where no one was happy for long. But those happy moments, boy those were priceless this weekend!

Be still my heart


There is always something about a baby in a hoodie that makes me want to gush at their cuteness. Happy Friday!!

Off balance


I am having a sort of off balance week this week. I dont know what fog has come around me but I cant seem to figure out up from down. Health wise and spirit wise I am fine, but in general I just feel off. Do I sound crazy?!?!?!

Part of the fog I am going to guess is from my lack of sleep. See the little man, the one who seems to cling on to me for dear life. Yep, he has 6 teeth coming in all at once. Poor little man. Regardless of my lack of sleep I will be fine, my job right now is to be a good momma. A good momma means comfort nursing at all hours of the night. And I will do it with a smile on my face and just forewarn everyone around me I am off balanced for awhile!


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