The Why and Who I am

I have been a stay at home mom since my daughter was born. I now have three kids and love the life of a stay at home mom. 

I have a photography and graphic design background and I enjoy the fine arts side of things, and saving money!

Welcome to my life, here’s me

Why I love Being a Creative: I believe that everyone is creative and should have the tools to use their creativity to make their lives happier. I Embrace the emotions that life has to offer and use that emotion to show through my artwork. The artwork that is created, is to be used to celebrate the milestones and occasions that life has to offer all the while celebrating the sheer joy of creativity.

Why do I love what I do? I create visual art for all of life’s occasions and promote and teach the growth of creativity through visual arts and crafts. I am a watercolorist and paper crafter which provides inspiration and empowerment for creativity. I get to the heart of creativity so you are feeling uplifted and inspired to use your creativity freely.

I hope you can find some inspiration on my blog to help you in your Creative journey.

What’s my favorite thing as a parent? The big smiles and of course the I love you mom! Seriously it’s also when you are teaching them and they love what they are learning and you can see the spark of accomplishment in their eyes!

What favorite memories do you have as a mom? Meeting my kids for the first time, and as much as I HATE nursing at the time (I love my sleep,) I loved the memories of nursing my kids and feeling amazed at them!

What's your inspiration for your artwork? The everyday life, Color, and patterns in nature really inspire me. However, it seems that when I am doing the chores around the house my brain is able to wander and I get inspired by doing the mundane things.

What artists do you follow on Youtube
My top ones are:

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone? Playing in my studio to create some art! I also really love to make paper flowers.

What is your favorite thing to do with your Husband without kids?
You mean like a date right? I LOVE going to our temple to worship, I consider that to be the best date ever! A good second non-churchy thing would be to go out to the movies and window shop.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family:
I love weekend getaways, or trips, we recently went to Disney World, that was a blast, I loved it! But really I just love when we can spend the whole day together doing something fun and I don’t have to clean or cook that day… That is like a little piece of heaven!

What’s your SuperPower? I don’t know yet, I am still working that part out! But I do know that My Patronus is a Lemur.

Do you really feed your kids just Doritos or just a DQ Blizzard for lunch?
UMMM… Yes, and I did the same.

What struggles do I have? I have always struggled with self-esteem. I am learning to have my thoughts change by positive thinking. However some days I really have to try hard to combat those negative feelings on a minute to minute basis.

What keeps me up at night? Usually thoughts about what my children are or are not doing. Sometimes I will be too wound up to sleep so I play in my studio for hours after my kids go to bed.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? TOTAL MORNING BIRD. I love waking up at 4:30am to play in my studio! (crazy I know.)

What is your favorite Magazine? I LOVE COOKING MAGAZINES but my favorite creative magazine would have to be from Stampington.

What is your favorite parenting book? Parenting with Love and Logic, and The Artist's Way for Parents

Favorite book that has inspired you? The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron This book CHANGED My LIFE! The exercises that are in the book helped me become a better mother, artist, wife, you name it, it changed my life one page, one artist date, one session of morning pages at a time.

Who inspires you? My kids, more than I ever expected! It usually is the colors of the toys they are playing with or how they are playing.
The imagination they have when they are playing fuels my creativity.  
Classic artists that inspire me they are Georgia Okeffe Ansel Adams, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.

If you had more free time what would you do?
I would do more art projects with my kids. I would also go lounge at the beach if it were closer to me than an airplane ride away!

Did you really tell your BFF that you were pregnant before you told your husband?
OK let me explain… He is a Pharmacist in a small rural agriculture town… which means if I thought I was pregnant I would have to get a pregnancy test from oh yeah the pharmacy he was working at… and I didn’t want to tell him when he was at work. So… I had to tell someone! I never did buy a pregnancy test, but after doing the math I was 9 weeks along!

Favorite part of being a Christian/Mormon?
Feeling the love of my savior every day. Knowing that my family and I will be able to stay together for eternity.
What is your favorite Scripture? Matthew 13-16 You are the salt of the Earth... The light of the world, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

What is your favorite quote from church leaders:
Try a little harder to be a little better ~ Gordon B Hinkley

Favorite Quote to get me creative and my mojo back:
In order to do something well, we must be willing to do it badly Julie Cameron ~The Artist’s Way

This is a blog of my adventures of raising a family with my creativity shining through. It's a process and that is what I hope to share with you. The everyday craziness that comes with the job title is just a way to take you on the journey with me!