Character Drawing

Last month I was lucky enough to take a character drawing e-coarse
taught by Tascha Parkinson.

I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone interested in character drawing
join in the fun when next the class is offered. 
I learned so much!!!! 

The fox and bear illustration will be included in my next digi kit
available sometime next week.

Wizard of OZ Masks

I often refer to myself as a gluten for punishment,
always trying to tackle more than what's really necessary.
The more chaos around me the more I seem to be able to accomplish. 
Although I must admit I'm also prone to anxiety attacks when things
aren't exactly going my way or sticking to schedule.
Which is pretty much all the time...
But when life settles down, when there's no foster kiddos
driving me batty and draining my energy
well something really sad happens -
I loose my creative mojo! 
We decided to close our home to new foster placements
before starting IVF and while the break was nice,
it was rather difficult for me to stay focused on my projects
even though I seemingly had all the time in the world!
Now I'm prego potatos (and starting to get sick)
have a new born foster baby in the house,
a rather moody pre-teen, and in just two short weeks
possibly a 4 and 7 year old. 
LOL I'm tired, but once again I feel reenergized creatively...
if only I could find the time and energy!!!
So if I were off on my own adventure 
to meet the Wonderful Wizard of OZ
I'd ask for bounds of energy
and to possible take away my recent super smelling
that has me not wanting to leave my house for anything! 

So whilst I was in a creative slum
we designer chics at Kitschy Digital were each challenged to 
create a diy (print yourself) mask in celebration of Halloween.
At first I was terrified (have I ever mentioned I don't exactly love trying new things?!)
But then I thought of Tim Gunn of Project Runway
and decided I was going to rock this challenge and have my very own 
"Make it work" moment. Now seriously,
this was in no way a competition, and I'm not even a competitive person in the slightest
but thinking each day and each mask through in this way,
as if Fashion Week was just within arms reach made it exciting
and well frankly GOT THE JOB DONE!
I know, I must sound like an oober geek!!!

I'm certainly not the only designer that got inspired though-
the team pulled together and Kitschy Digitals is just chalked full of some amazing
and truly unique mask for kids and adults alike.

So are you a Wizard of Oz fan?
Excited for the new movie The Great and Powerful Oz
coming next March?
I was a huge fan of Wicked as well,
more so the book than the play...

Here is silly lil me back in 2009
with my Wicked tickets in hand.
You can check out the post,
but long story short I wanted to wear my wedding dress
 just one more time
so my hubby and I pretended to have just gotten married.
It was a blast, I highly recommend it!!

I also once had a small role in our schools musical 
of Wizard of Oz. I wish I could recall just how many people
were part of the production, but it was nearly half the town it seemed!

I think one of these days when I have the right set of kids
we will have to do a family movie night and after we watch the flix,
we will have the family act out the most memorable scenes. 
Although I really should start by readying them the book first. 
I just finished reading Oddfellow's Orphanage by Emily Winfield,
but you might know her as the Black Apple

Danielle Thompson founder and originator of Kitschy Digitals
did such a wonderful job photographing everyone's masks.
I was so tickled with how they turned out and how much fun the kids appear to be having. 
Isn't that the best part, that something as simple as paper and a stick can 
entertain and spark the imagination of us all! 

Wizard of Oz Masks available exclusively 

Tiny Blessing

Life has been pretty exciting for us this past week,
last Monday we welcomed a new foster child into our home.
A tiny little 5lb. 5 day old baby boy
And just a few hours after picking him up 
we found out that I'm PREGNANT!
It's still very early (5 weeks this Thursday)
but I feel so lucky and blessed and of coarse
beyond thrilled that I couldn't possibly keep quite!
Hopefully all will continue to go well, 
and 9 months from now we will finally 
be on our way to starting a family. 
So as you might be able to imagine I'm tired!
Thankfully I can take things easy during the day now,
but by the end of this month it looks like we will
be back to our usual 4 foster kiddos in the home.
The two new kiddos coming are from another foster home,
and I'm so excited to have them transition into our life.
It's so much easier to take in kids you know and have some relationship with,
so I'm not too worried about the extra work and inevitable chaos. 

Speaking of work, I just added a sweet little freebie to my Kitschy Digitals shop.
The Little Stinker digital kit includes 6 1.5" squares featuring some really adorable vintage skunks.
You can easily create an adorable banner, cupcakes picks, 
gift tags, or incorporate in your scrapbook layouts and art journals.
How cute would it be to go all out with this theme for a baby shower!?

I also wanted to share that
in celebration of our exciting news I'm offering my 
Tie A Bow digi kit for $1 through the month of October!

Thanks again for all the love and support you have all been sending our way!
I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family of blog friends
who have been there for us through out these last 4 emotional years.