Saturday, October 26, 2013

Love of Beauty

Made up this print today "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." - Ralph Waldo Emerson . Very few written words make me want to move out into a nature filled world more than his.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

24 October 2013

Life is crazy trying to keep up with Cohen these days... he is such a smart little cookie. He figured out how to unlock and open the dishwasher the other day to add to our MANY things we've had to baby proof in our apartment. He loves to explore. I mean he really is a little adventuring soul. I love it even if it does drive me crazy some days.
Our poor little guy has been teething too which is a bummer since it's for sure the two bottom molars but we think he's getting his top ones in too. His acid reflux has been kicking in more lately too. I need to come up with a lot of fun activities to keep him distracted from his teeth and things he's not supposed to get into. We go outside A LOT still. I'm so grateful we live in sunny California so we can go outside everyday. He also loves to help me with things like laundry, sort of helping me put things away (which he likes to take right back out but it's a work in progress), watch animal movies (he LOVES dogs and cats), and even painting.
Here are some recent pictures I've gotten of him:

his outfit matches one of the outfits i did for one of my illustrations recently

when did he become a toddler!?!

DIY Bumblebee Birthday Toppers


For Cohen's first birthday I came up with this fun way to add bees to his birthday cake for his Classic Winnie the Pooh birthday party. I had seen a similar version in a magazine my grandma had mailed me with jellybeans but I didn't want to have to dig out yellow or black jellybeans from the rest of the colors so I used something I had on hand instead, mini marshmallows!
This is what you need to do this project:
  • mini marshmallows (each one is a bee so decide how many you want and add two more for back ups)
  • yellow food coloring
  • water (for coloring the marshmallows)
  • black gel
  • 1 toothpick per marshmallow
  • 1 toothpick for drawing the lines
  • almond slices
  • wax paper/baking parchment paper
First pour water into a bowl, I did about 1/4 of the bowl full, and you add a few drops of the yellow food coloring until you get a good solid yellow (the marshmallows won't absorb an intense color so know it'll be a light shade).
Put your marshmallows on their toothpicks (make sure they're not poked all the way through). Dunk each marshmallow in the water and count to 15. Take out and repeat again if you want it a little more vibrant but know that the marshmallow will start to dissolve if you leave it in the water too long.
*Tip for before you start the next part: before you start your drawing process, while the yellow coloring is drying sort out the small almond slices for the wings since they will stay on better and look more proportionate to the bee *
Let your marshmallows dry (I put them on their sides that would be covered with wings so if the color came off their it'd be fine) on the wax paper so they won't stick.
Once they are dry you can draw on your black lines with the gel. I put the gel on a toothpick so I could see what I was doing better since I was working with a small space.
Put extra gel on the sides of the bumblebee to attach the almond slices for wings. Put on each wing and hold the bumblebee by squeezing the wings a little for a second or two to make sure they really stick on there.
I taped the bees to Tupperware lids to keep them up since I hadn't done the cake yet to put them directly in, but do whatever you find convenient for you. Let them finishing drying and enjoy!

 Leave me a comment if you have any questions

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dream Create Play - Camping

I feel like early fall is the perfect camping time of year. The leaves are changing, it's only a little cold out so you don't feel like you're doing camping in the winter, and you still feel like you want to be outside. To continue my dream create play series I made up these little camping inspired pieces, including the J R R Tolkien quote "Not all who wander are lost". I'm thinking I'm going to add a bonus woodland animal picture (mostly because I LOVE woodland animals and I have for YEARS)
and two versions of "let's sleep under the stars" quote

And I need to re-open my Little Moon Dance etsy shop again one of these days!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dream Create Play - Astronaut

This is my astronaut set from my Dream Create Play series... It has two sayings as well as two options for the background color for your astronaut
As well as this rocket print which is a free bonus for getting at least two of the above pieces

Friday, October 11, 2013

11 October 2013

We haven't been up to anything super exciting as of late but that doesn't mean I don't LOVE our regular routine life because I do.
Here's a typical day:
Dave wakes me up and then goes and wakes up Cohen and brings him to me in bed. We say goodbye and Dave is off to work.
We make our way to the living room and play until breakfast
Breakfast happens (which is probably the hardest one for me to come up with something to feed Cohen but I always find something and he lucks out and I actually make him a breakfast a lot too).
More playing and getting ready for the day finally happens.
Cohen gets a bottle and we'll usually go for a walk around this time too.
Come home and have lunch
More playing until nap time
Cohen has his nap, which is usually 2-2:30 hours of sleep, hallelujah
I'm usually on the computer during this time (probably going through pictures I had taken that day or the day before).
Cohen gets up, has some juice and then we go for a tiny walk, usually to the mailbox and back.
Cohen gets a snack and has some more juice (he's a juice addict)
We play until Dave gets home by which time Cohen is usual pushing me around (if I'm standing) until I get him dinner. (He really needs to learn to talk so he won't have to push me anymore when he wants something)
We hang out the three of us, often times watching a movie and playing with Cohen.
Cohen has his bath, then applesauce, then a bottle, a little more playing, kisses his daddy and waves night night, I take him in his room and snuggle with him for a second and tell him goodnight.
He usually plays in his crib for like 15 mins (sometimes it's crying) and then he falls asleep on his one, can I get another hallelujah.
Dave and I make our way to our bedroom where we get ready for bed, snuggle and talk about our day until we fall asleep.
Cohen usually wakes up only 1 time in the middle of the night, HALLELUJAH (yes it deserved all caps, it took a long time to get there).

So that's our daily little routine. Sometimes Dave will go on a business trip which can range from 2 days to a full week (so glad he's not doing the month long ones anymore). I take a ton of pictures of Cohen throughout the week usually. Cohen gets into (or tries too) something he's not supposed to. We hang out with the Riddle girls a lot, usually walking up the hill to window shop. We'll play at the park too. Life is great.
Here are some pictures of our great life as of late:


"mom feed me!!!"

snuggles with daddy during conference
cinnamon rolls and orange rolls for the sunday morning session


taking daddy to the airport

we went to "Coaster" Vida