Can you believe it? It’s almost the end of 2016! But before we get to the end, of course there’s Christmas to be celebrated. That’s in less than 3 weeks. Are you as excited as I am?
And no matter how horrible 2016 has been for a lot of people, Christmas is always a great time to not just appreciate and give thanks to Jesus, but also to appreciate the people in our lives.
I know a lot of artists, and I like thinking of myself as an artist too *wink*, so I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a Christmas Gift Guide for Artists. These are essentially the things that I would want to receive myself haha!
When the husband surprised me with a staycation for our 3rd wedding anniversary, I was a bit doubtful that we’d be able to pull it off. We’ve been having a hard time with the new baby in our lives, and I didn’t want to waste money that would be more appropriately used to buy practical things. Like diapers!
But the husband convinced me THAT WE DESERVED THIS break, so I just closed my eyes and got myself excited for this new experience.
Despite the logistics challenge and figuring things out for the first time, I’m glad we went for it. It was a great way to spend some quality time together, and to let Oliver experience another first. He won’t remember it, for sure, but we’ll have lots of pictures to show him when he’s older. Continue reading →
I thought, what better way to revive my Favorites series than with a Mommy and Baby list? It was a great way to blend my old life with my new life – watercolors and motherhood.
My style for this has changed a bit since I haven’t done it in a while and I wanted to experiment with sorely missed art materials. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, despite painting it in installments (meaning, whenever the baby would give me the time to do it and the husband wasn’t too busy with his own work).
If you’re a mommy too, what are your own favorites? Do you use any of these products?
November has been such a full and happy month of events, memory-building, and errands! We were just two months away from our due date then (just one more month now), so a lot of the things we needed to do were for the baby.
But the husband and I have also talked about making sure that we still spent time on things that make us happy individually and as a couple. Basically, to not forget the life that we’ve built before the baby. Instead, build on top of it.
That probably won’t be as easy to do once the baby is actually here with us, but I’m sure it’s not impossible!
Aside from that, when I made my November 2015 Favorites canvas, I also tried out my new Joby phone stand and recorded the entire process. Play the video below to watch.
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I’m glad that I’m able to share this list before the year ends, and hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same for my December favorites too. Continue reading →
I don’t know if any of you are wondering but I’ve moved on to using Canson Montval, almost exclusively, for all my watercolor needs. And that means a bigger canvas to play with for my favorites!
I used to paint my monthly favorites on a smaller sized Berkeley watercolor pad but they’ve since changed their quality and their paper doesn’t work for me anymore.
Montval is a much more expensive pad but that also forces me to up my game whenever I paint something, whether it’s an exercise or for a more important project. I see that as a great learning opportunity!
Anyway, here are my October 2015 favorites – which are mostly sweet food items because, well, read on and find out!
This post has been in my drafts list for five whole months! Wow! I’m so sorry I neglected you May 2015 Favorites. I was starting my first trimester of pregnancy when I began writing this, and that meant a lot of fatigue and laziness (more than my usual hehe), which I didn’t know was actually because of the pregnancy! So I stopped writing it mid-post and just never got around to finishing it before June ended. And now it’s October.
It’s crazy ridiculous, I know, but I wasn’t myself back then.
But now that I’ve pledged to bring back my monthly favorites post, I’ve decided to finally FINALLY FINALLY get around to finishing this…without really deleting what I’d already written since I still want to share my sentiments from back then and just thread things together to how I think of them now.
At the end of last year, I declared to myself and the universe that 2015 will be a year for book projects. And even before 2014 ended, I already had a few book-related prospects lined up. As always, God has been generous and His love is overflowing.
When the husband and I got married two years ago, we made an agreement to start trying for a baby only after the two year mark of marriage. We needed to know if we could survive each other first haha! Kidding, kidding.
It was a decision we made because we wanted to get to know each other first as husband and wife, to enjoy each other’s company in new ways, and to give each other the time to adjust to living with a person we’ve never lived with before. Continue reading →