Hannah by D

I’m a good mom I think. Sometimes I’m not so sure, because hey, I want to be perfect, but when I have my head based in reality I realize that like most moms, I do my best and that is enough.

Do I crawl around on the floor with my kids at every opportunity or do crafts with them on the weekend? Ha! Do I treat them with loving patience all the time? Nope. Do I feed them only organic, plant-based, health-food? Not once. Do I love them? Absolutely. Are they happy, healthy, energetic boys who love their mama? Yes!

The point is, and this is a hot topic right now, it’s not about being a perfect mom, but a “good enough” mom. Like so many moms I’m really hard on myself, but heck! I work full time, I have a house to take care of and I have interests and hobbies (that get done really late at night!). So I can’t be there for my kids ALL the time. Nor do I have an endless supply of energy at my disposal. But I do what I can with what I have, which really is all we can ask of ourselves. So when I can, I get down on the floor and I take a lot of deep breaths when I feel my patience slipping (sometimes I hold on, sometimes I scream like a banshee). My kids get lots of fruits & veggies and tons of love.

And I try to bring them into my world. So sometimes when the little one is napping I will ask D (he’s 4.5) if he wants to colour with mommy. His eyes light up and he always wisely repeats the key message – “yes, but I have to be very careful with mommy’s markers”. And it’s usually a wonderful, creative time for us (although it takes him FOREVER to pick what he wants to colour and he ALWAYS wants the marker I’m using! Lol). Most importantly it’s time spent together and in our busy lives, that really is the best gift possible.

Here’s a pic of what D coloured last weekend. It’s Hannah, by Hannah Lynn and I think it’s amazing. He’s very talented and that’s not just my mommy bias.

Hannah by D_wm

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

EBee xox

These markers really ARE therapeutic

Hello and Happy Monday! Who am I kidding? Monday sucks. I know, I know, not very happy, but well, sometimes you just have to own the suckiness before you can move on, so here goes – I’m tired, cranky, I need another coffee, I want to go back to bed, Is winter over yet? I would rather be on the beach, etc, etc… Ok, now let’s move on – have I mentioned, Monday sucks?

Can you tell I haven’t coloured in a while? I can. Proof positive that my markers really are therapeutic. Over the past week my evenings have consisted of crashing on my couch with a bowl of (fill in your favourite snack food), and watching hours of mindless television instead of colouring. For some reason (exhaustion from being a single parent all week), I just couldn’t bring myself to get out the markers. But you know what? I probably would have felt more energized and happier had I just kicked myself in the ole butt and done it. And how did I end up feeling? More exhausted and even a little depressed. TV does that to me. Well, lesson learned and not to be repeated.

So in celebration of my newfound insight, here’s a gorgeous image by Tiddly Inks that I coloured late last year. It’s Wryn, Fairy Happy Day – she makes me happy, and inspires me to get back to doing what I love, which is a good thing.

Fairy Happy Day_watermark

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20

Hair: E43, E44, E47, E49

Dress: BG01, BG05, BG07, BG09

Toadstool: R22, R24, R27, R29, W1, W3, W5

Happy Monday folks! Thanks for stopping by.

EBee xox

Oh Bother!, or OMG husbo is in Germany and I’m alone with the kids all week! Eeeeek!!!

Happy Monday, folks! I hope you had a nice weekend. I spent part of the weekend helping hubby get ready for a week-long trip to Germany (OMG), trying to manage my crazy monkeys and making my way through the mess that is my house.

Which is where this lovely image comes in. Fairy Fae Catches a Star, from Tiddly Inks. Isn’t she beautiful! Colouring her up helped me get back into my happy place Saturday and Sunday evening. I just love how delicate she is and she reminds me that we have to keep reaching for our dreams.

TMI alert! During one of my difficult therapy sessions (yes, I see a therapist – I call her “Doc”), where I was feeling especially sorry for myself, I put the question out there: why do I even bother? What’s the point? (of eating well, exercising…). Doc answered “Because you have to always bother”. So simple, and yet it has stuck with me over the past few weeks whenever I get overwhelmed and feel like giving up (like this week as a single parent), Fairy Fae reminds me that I have to always bother.

Anyhoodles (stole that one from my fab colleague SDS), thanks for stopping by and remember to always bother.

EBee xox

Fairy Fae Catches a Star_watermark

Merry Christmas! Or, Yes, I know Christmas is finished, but I wanted to show off my Christmas cards and I didn’t get around to it before…

I know, I know, what the heck is she talking about? Christmas is finished!

Well, it’s January 10 and I’m back at work, as are many of you, I imagine. This post is to celebrate those of us who have made it through one of the most difficult weeks of the year, if you ask me. It’s the “holidays are finished, I’ve stayed up way too late over the last two weeks, and I have to wait until the summer, or at least my beach vacation to be off work again” week. It’s the week that kicks off what my boss describes as “the armpit of the year”.

Soooo, I thought I would post a few of the Christmas cards I made for my lovely family over the holidays. At least they are cheery. I’m pretty happy with most of them – I even tried my first night scene!

Well, happy return to work week, and keep your chin up! And don’t worry, no more Christmas-themed stuff until at least August.

EBee xox

Moonlight Snowman, From the Heart

Moonlight Snowman_wm

Winter Friends, Wee Stamps

Winter friends card_wm

Minnie’s Christmas Lights, Tiddly Inks

Winnie 2_wm

Molly the Elf, Saturated Canary

Molly the elf_wm

My first blog post, or what have I gotten myself into

Happy 2014 and welcome to my first blog post! It’s exciting and also pretty scary, putting it “out there”, but here I am taking the plunge!

This blog is going to be a work in progress. For now I see it as a way to document my Copic journey. At this point I’m much more into colouring than card-making and I have a limited time budget, so you will probably see a lot of un-mounted coloured images, rather than cards. There may be some cards too from time-to-time as the inspiration strikes.

For my first post, here is a beautiful image by Sara Burrier and I think it’s pretty fitting – it’s called “Dear Diary” and I bought the digital stamp here.

I just love fairies and I love the thoughtful expression on her face. Here I was experimenting with shading and just trying to make interesting colour combinations.

Dear Diary

I coloured her with:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20

Hair: E50, E53, E55, E57

Clothing: YR04, YR07, YR09, RV63, RV66, RV69

Toadstools: R32, R35, E37, R39, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49

Thanks for stopping by!

EBee xox