Flowers in Winter

Today was a typical cold Ohio winter so Little I and I made flowers of course! We painted coffee filters with watercolors and then folded the filters around a green pipe cleaner for the stem.  So easy and beautiful!

   

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First Snow Day!

 Today was my first snow day of the school year.  As a teacher this is a big deal!  I was so happy, however my preschooler cried because her school cancelled as well but she WANTED to go to school!  I hope she always loves school!  

checking out the snow
 

So far today we have practiced reading, made a fairy house out of The Grimm flower stacker, and collected snow in a container to play with ( my daughter told me she ate most of it….ah gross!)

 

fairy house
 
The baby is napping now so I am going to clean ( so fun!), drink some more coffee and watch some Fixer Upper, my new favorite show:). Have a lovely day!

Xoxo,

Mrs. B

In bloom

 Here is a commission I recently finished.  It was so much fun to work on and now I am moving on to a very challenging painting….  I am going to paint seaglass!  Wish me luck:). I hope I can capture the beauty of the seaglass and actually make it look like real seaglass.  I went to the art store and bought canvas and new paints.  I love art supply shopping!  I will post pictures soon:). I am off to drink some apple cinnamon tea and grade some projects because my kids are actually sleeping!  Hooray!

 Weekend at the Lake

               

Dock my dad and husband built.
 
This weekend was magical and amazing!  My mom and I took my little ladies to the cottage for the weekend.  Just us girls!  It was so wonderful to just be away from everything and my mom also loves to cook so she cooked some yummy meals for us while I chased after the girls! Love being spoiled by my mom!  She is the greatest!  Well back to reality now,  I have school tomorrow early so I should get to bed.  Xoxo

Painting Daily

 Ever since I was little I loved art.  My grandma was an artist and would do lots of art activities with me.  Being an art teacher means I do a lot of art but usually not for myself.  After having baby girl #2 it was a real struggle to find any painting time. Lately the little lady has been sleeping a bit more and I have been taking advantage of this!  I adore painting happy scenes and local landscapes in acrylic especially.  Here are some of my finished paintings!    
   
I recently read the book Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine.  It was an amazing book and really inspired me to get back into blogging and trying to sell my art.  So I am hopefully going to be creating more art and showing it here on this blog!    Painting daily sounds like a lovely way to spend your time doesn’t it!

Enjoying the Small Things in Life

Lately with this cold winter it is hard to be happy all of the time.  While I love the snow and think it is beautiful I really do appreciate the warm spring and summer that is a couple of months away (feels soooo long from now!)  I decided to start taking pictures of everything that I encounter that makes me feel a sense of happiness inside.    Here are some things that have made me feel happy lately.

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Turning my daughter’s artwork into paper lanterns and hanging them in her art/toy room.
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Watching Miss I’s artistic talent progress! She is really starting to love art and it makes me so happy!
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Being able to work on my own paintings! This is a landscape I am working on from a photo I took last year from the island.
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Miss I working in her “art studio”. Love that this was taken at 6 a.m on Tuesday morning. She woke up and wanted to paint!
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Healthy breakfast in a pretty bowl. I am obsessed with anything from Anthropologie. It seems like every time I eat out of these bowls I feel somewhat happier and fancier:) This is one of my usual breakfasts of greek yogurt, berries and almonds. I am so thankful fresh fruit is coming back into stores!

These are just some of the little things that I am enjoying right now in my life.  What about you?  What makes you happy?

Winter Sky

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Last night my daughter came running into the kitchen yelling, “Mommy, the sky is purple!”  I ran over to our living room and saw that she was right.  The pictures shown in this post do not look as amazing as the sky actually was last night.  The sky doesn’t even look that purple.  In reality the sky was incredibly beautiful and it was one of those moments where I saw such beauty in a day that had been quite ordinary.  I probably would have missed the sky if it had not been for my daughter.  Kids are so observant and everything is exciting.  It makes life so much fun:)