Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Freakin' Awesome Banner Contest

It's been a while since I had a contest and I decided it was time to shake things up a bit, so instead of having the same old boring contest for a gift certificate or one of my prints, I decided to do something Totally Freakin' Awesome (well at least I hope you'll think it is) and give you a chance to win a new Blog or Facebook Banner designed by yours truly. 

To Enter: All you need to do is make sure that you're a follower and then drop me a quick note in the comments section telling me that you'd like to be entered. 

Extra Entries will be given for those who spread the word. Post about the contest on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog and I'll give you an extra entry for each (just be sure to let me know in your comments).

Here are a few banners that I've designed to give you an idea of what you might choose from. Of course you can ask for something totally different. It's your style that we'll want to be showcasing so the image will need to be personal to you. The sky's the limit. 

The contest will end on my birthday June 6th at midnight and I'll post the winner on June 7th. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Summer Will Be Different

It's that time of year when I start gearing up with a long list of summer plans. Inevitably I'll ditch my grand scheme after the first week and a half, ultimately watching the kids fritter their days away vegging out in front of the television and making trips to the corner market. 

But like every year, I'll vow that this summer will be different. It will be educational, and productive. My children will flourish into creative, artistic, brilliant Einsteins. 

Yep, you all know how this story is going to end, but that won't keep me from dreaming big. Here are the high hopes that I have for this summer's activities.

  • Indie Films- Yes, I'm hoping that while my nephew is in town my kids will write and direct a film. I have high, Oscar-worthy hopes on this one. After downloading some awesome editing software they'll finish off their films and we'll have the first annual Logan Avenue Film Festival (maybe it'll even be a red carpet event).
  • Singer Song Writer- Those guitars aren't just going to sit around collecting dust. These kids could have a whole album out by the time summer is over. I've already promised my oldest daughter twenty bucks for every original song that she writes and I'm actually hoping to be out some big bucks come fall.
  • A Novel Idea- Yep, I'm hoping that I'm not going to be the only one pounding out words this summer. I've got two novels lined up myself and I'm hoping that my oldest can finish the first draft of the awesome novel she started working on.
  • Fashion Star- We've got some big plans to repurpose a bunch of old clothes into some fine swoon-worthy outfits. 
  • Mais Oui, C'est Brilliant- We've already started our Rosetta Stone courses and the kids are really excited to learn a new language. Will we all be fluently speaking French by the time school rolls around again? Comment dit-on, I doubt it?
It sounds like an awesome summer to me. Maybe we'll even work in a few days at the pool.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Monkey With a Stick

It's pretty obvious to me that my fatal flaw (besides being too beautiful and talented) is that I'm just a fickle filly. I don't mean to be capricious, but I have a certain lack of stick-to-it-iveness that I really detest. And it's time to find a way to break me free from this folly.

I admit it, I'm so easily distracted by pretty things: new ideas, flowers to plant, pictures to look at; that I have trouble following through with the actual projects that mean the most to me. Without an outside deadline, I could get lost wandering in the mist of countless lost days and weeks and months.

So how does someone like me, with such an obvious lack of willpower when it comes to time (and sweets), ever get anything done. I realize there are some things that work for me: I can sometimes respond to a good self-prescribed deadline, I like lists, and timers. But I've realized that I need to find a way to get back on track with the projects I'm working on and finally get some stuff done.

Any suggestions? I'm not opposed to hiring a monkey to stand over me with a stick.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

300 Plates Show

I've wanted to do this show for years. Each May, Art Access puts on an amazing show in which they ask local artists to paint 300 plates (metal and fiberglass) which are auctioned off in an amazing event to provide arts programing to Utahns with disabilities. This is one of my two paintings and believe it or not, I'm actually really pleased with the way it turned out.