Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New work....

Well, I decided to go back to my roots and work on some more little house collages. I am still working on this one . I should have it finished by tomorrow to post. This is much bigger than I am used to 16 x 24. My problem is that I love each piece and it makes it super hard to let them go. I guess selling my work is prepping me for the day my boys go off to college...... yikes!

I have been super focused on getting this piece finished however I still made time to construct a funky lego house with my little guy. Legos are taking over the world ( or at least my house! ).

Take Care!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I have been tagged!!!!

I am not sure how all of this works, but I have been tagged by my pal at
suprisedelightjoy and here goes:

5 Things about myself:

1. I am a mother of two of the most beutiful , sweet little boys you have ever seen.

2. I have written down ( on a piece of scrap paper that I can not find , but know that I will soon!)
my 5 year plan ( really ! )

3. I want to write and illustrate a childrens book ........ about a house ofcourse.

4. I wish I could sing ( and I am not just bad, but I am really bad)

5. I want to do a community art project to benefit children.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Have you heard......

I have no pictures for this post, and I wish I knew how to do fancy computer tricks..... because I would post a link or sound byte ( ha, fancy computer word ! ) to my favorite singer ......


He is wonderful , I can not say enough. I just got his " you can tell Georgia " CD and it is great! I like this one better than " Four Seasons ". I found out about him from ..... Greys Anatomy. His song was featured in the first season. His song is now featured in a car commercial...... I think Hyundi " just can't seem to get it right today " . My little one and I sing along in the car. He loves Joe Purdy too!

You can hear his stuff on his website ( I think, google his name ). Trust me , you will love it.

Bye for now!!


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Where does the road lead us............

This is a new collage that I just listed on etsy. I have always loved trees and I especially love them when they have no leaves. I was inspired by a road near my home that had a line of trees just like the above. I started thinking about the road , the journey we are making in life. The fear sometimes of what lies ahead juxtaposed with the excitement of a new beginning at every turn. We are all walking on our path...... we can choose to run to quickly get where we are going... but we can also choose to walk and take in all that is around . In the end I guess we can say, We all have the same path..... but it is up to us to make sure we do not get lost. For those that are lost , there is always a way home..............

Talk to you soon,


Monday, January 21, 2008

New items......

I have been trying out some new ideas. I love doing bookmarks and so I was toying with either magnets or key chains. I love these little guys. They can be funky and quirky and you can collect as many as you want without worrying about wall space and color scheme. They are fun to make and are a nice break from doing canvas work.
I should have some posted on my etsy site by the end of the week. If you are local , I will have them at "The Muse" downtown.
In addition to these I am working on a few 3D items. I can not promise when I will have any to show, maybe next week.
Have a great start to the week , and if it started off a little shaky , remember tomorrow is another day!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I have been published!!!!!

Hooray!!!This is my article with my dress in the new issue of Altered Couture. It has not officially come out , I received an advanced copy today in the mail. I was so excited , and love the way the dress looks in the magazine. There are so many beautiful items and I feel so honored to be among them!!!

My husband was so funny, he was showing everyone the magazine..... My kids said " Hey that's mommies dress !!!" I am so thrilled and encourage all to take a chance and just do it...... put yourself out there and believe.


Monday, January 14, 2008

New work......

These are some of my stamp ladies. I love this sillouette and I have used it a few times before. This lady looks so stoic and confident . One has a magic skirt made of two trees in a field and the other carries the wind. Anyway , I will be posting these tomorrow in my etsy shop. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Defining who we are........

Last night my little guys spent their 1st night away from home. They had a sleepover at their Grandparents. Of course I was worried, my little one still gets up every night to get me. He still likes the light on in the hall and likes to cuddle before bed. No phone calls came in the middle of the night ( much to my surprise ). I actually slept in my own bed and even slept in for the 1st time in 7 years!!! Needless to say I am more tired than ever! My guys called me this morning to say they had a great time and had some more playing to do. I was so proud , but I must admit my heart twisted a bit..... I guess I was expecting them to need me more. I guess I needed them to need me more. I have defined myself as a mother for so long that once your babies start to let go ..... it is a bit scary. I know that they love me and still need me but I am realizing that I need them so much more . It is hard to let go a bit and stand alone. We see the images of kids going to school for the 1st time and being fearful and wanting to stay back and hold on to their mothers hand a bit longer. Really I think the kids are o.k., it is me that needs to hold on a bit longer . I heard once that parents have a different love for their kids than their kids have for them. It is true. Yes , I am a mother , but I am so much more and it is time to let go of the hand and wave goodbye to the fear . It is time to go to school.

I realize that this is all about a simple sleepover, however all the mothers out there understand. It is in the tiny moments that we realize who we really are.

To all mothers letting go , have a great 1st day!!!! Courtney P.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New magazine work

Well , I really do not sew and as far as fashion goes...... I wear either black , grey or brown. I love to see color and funk in clothes, I just do not wear them. Oddly enough I have submitted some altered clothing items to the Stampington and company magazines " Altered Couture" and was asked to submit more for their "Bell Armoire" magazine. I am so honored and happy. This dress will be in the Feb. issue and I am not sure yet when the other magazine will be out. I find my magazines at Borders or Barnes and Nobles. Some craft /art stores carry them too. I always get so inspired looking at all the great work and wonderful artists. I made some funky shoes with plant roots and a jacket and skirt ensemble for a funky bird lover. Thanks to all at Stampington and Company.

I can not forget to show some of my kiddies art. I love to display them all over my little house. Some of my bedroom walls are this dark blue ( they look more navy in real life than the picture because of the flash ), and the art looks just stunning against the color. I think even when they have grown I will still have these masterpieces hanging. They get a kick out of seeing their work also!

Take Care and talk to you soon!


Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ever feel uninspired???

I was very excited last night. I had put the kids to bed and could sleep in today , so I knew I could work into the wee hours of the night. I had prepped a few things earlier in the day and really liked the direction I was headed. I got all my things out and organized my projects and sat down to begin ......... and nothing. I fiddled with a few things, tried out a few things only making the good stuff I had done earlier in the day really bad. How could this be happening. I had all this wonderful time and energy and ....... surely someone had switched my hands with a fumbly , uncreative person. Right??? I desperately took a break and watched part of a bad sappy movie on T.V.......I looked through some of my Somerset Studio mags. Off to begin again with still a bit of time in the night to work and....... nothing. How uninspiring this evening turned out to be. I finally went to bed and today after cleaning the breakfast dishes, I went to my special studio closet. I opened the door prepared to see the damage I had done the night before. I took a deep breath and started working. My hands were mine again, I liked what I was doing....... had it all been a dream?

Courtney P.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

Well , like many of you , I spent much of my new years day taking down Holiday decorations. I did happen to move some pics around and I re framed these silhouettes of my kids. I made them a year ago and just love them. There is something about the outline of a person or even photos from behind that are so telling. Although my husband gets so annoyed with me, I often take abstract photos of my guys. I have them everywhere around the house. I also like to display their little treasures ( usually organic, rocks and such ). They are little memories of a vacation , walk or new adventure. To everyone a happy New year and many new adventures !!!!