Friday, November 29, 2013

So very blessed

This was a neat family dinner when my aunt and uncle and cousin were in town for just a few hours and so we had a quick lunch with them at a local fave Mexican restaurant.  It was so cool that they got to meet William.  I love my family so much!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Meeting the Fam

This is such a funny photo!  Poor baby William, with his Aunt and Uncle and all his cousins staring at him at once!!!  He didn't cry though, brave boy!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

And some more thanksgiving pics...again Mr. William is not a happy baby!  Mama!  Make them go away!!!!!!  Invaders!!!!!  LOL!!!!!  Hopefully this year will be a little better for him.  We'll see!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ma Famille

Here's some photos of us, having fun together as a goofy family. (The best kind)

My Christmas Card featured on Scrapscene!!!

Ok so this is super exciting, I submitted a Christmas card to be featured on a popular scrapbooking website and they chose my card! Of course now you all know what your Christmas card is going to look like this year, but oh well! It was too exciting to not share!!! You can go look at it here:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Advent Calendar for my little love! (Let's Get Shabby Gold Challenge)

I never had one of these when I was a kid, so I'm super excited to start the tradition for William.  Hopefully he enjoys it as much as I will!  I made it for a gold project challenge over at the "Let's Get Shabby" blog:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

In the Hospital Together

These are some of my favorite photos of William and I from when he was born...he really is my little angel baby loves!!!!!  Thank you God for my beautiful, long-awaited miracle son!!!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY Ikea wall shelves

I love doing DIY projects to save money and/or to make something exactly the way I want it. This project was a little bit of both! I totally dreamed up the design myself and I looove how they turned out.

Friday, November 15, 2013

So Very Thankful

These photos are from Thanksgiving last year.  William was not into it all!  He was a very disgruntled little baby, with a bajillion people invading his house.  I was so darn happy though, to be hosting so much of my family for the first time ever!  It was AWESOME!!!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another studio view!!!

So nice and shiny!!!

Cleaning the studio today!

My studio is now squeaky clean and I can't wait to get creatin'!!!

Free Worldwide Shipping at my online shop through November 17

Just in case anyone missed the news over on my facebook page, my online shop, is offering free worldwide shipping through November 17.  There are many fun items that my artwork can be printed on, including this beautiful tote bag:
Thank you for looking!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Authentic heart, revealed (No pictures!!!)

Hello readers.  I am doing something completely new here.  Or maybe not completely new, come to think of it, after all.  I am putting my heart out there for you, my dear blog readers.  I used to do that actually, on my old blog, up until I got divorced 4 years ago, and started this new blog.  I guess I felt ashamed of getting a divorce and so I stopped putting my personal life stories on this new blog.  However, in real life I am very authentic and it has been nagging me lately that I am not being authentic on this blog.  I just feel something welling up inside and I know that it is time.  For a long time I have kept my true heart close and hidden on this blog because life is truly so painful sometimes that it was just so much nicer to put my art, my scrapbook pages, my cards out there instead of my heart.  I've been giving the world nice pictures, but keeping my words, my heart, for myself. 

So what I want to say is this:  Every moment of every single thing that I have been through has brought me to where I am right now and I AM PROUD OF WHO I HAVE BECOME.  I have just very recently discovered that in fact I have an extraordinary, inspirational story to share and so I am going to start sharing it.  Daddy abandoned little girl.  Foster child. Abusive first marriage.  Second marriage to my childhood sweetheart.  34 year old first time mom after years of infertility, and 2 miscarriages.  Post-partum depression.  Thyroid Cancer discovered when my son, William, was 6 weeks old.  Radiation and a 2 week separation from William when he was 6 months old.  Thyroid medication malfunctions off and on for the past year resulting in serious health problems and short term memory loss.  Cancer possibly metastasizing last month and then finding out it was a false alarm.  Carried through all of this on the wings of Grace given to me by my heavenly Father.

I went to this amazing conference (Soul Sisters 2013 2 weeks ago in Troutdale, OR and it changed my life exponentially in so many ways.  I have many, many stories that I could share, but one story seems to be begging to be told right now, so here goes...

I'm sitting at a "coaches" dinner just answering questions, as usual completely embarrassed at my crazy, klutzy misadventures, when out of the blue one of the coaches, a published author and poet, looks at me and says something along the lines of the following, "Christina, you are an amazing storyteller.  I might have to use you as a teacher someday in one of my workshops."  My mouth just dropped open.  Literally.  I was speechless for a moment, and then I said, "Me?!?!?! Are you kidding me?  No one has EVER said that to me before.  Rather, I am constantly embarrassed by how often I mess up, get things wrong, trip and fall, have "accidents", etc..."  And she said, "That's what makes you so interesting to listen to.  You're a natural storyteller."  I was blown away.  Something that had ALWAYS been a deep source of shame to me had suddenly become a source of pride.  If that could be true of me, that a defect could suddenly become a powerful ability, what else could be true?  The possibilities were endless...

See, I have been keeping silent out of shame, thinking there was something wrong with me, that somehow I was more "bad" than others.  I am learning that this false belief keeps me, and I'm sure many others, from sharing their hearts and their lives.  And sharing our hearts and lives is how we find healing, and growth, and powerful living.  We need each other's stories.  So now I am giving you mine.

So that's just one story for now, many more to come.  I will try to write an authentic blog post every once in awhile on here, interspersed with all my art projects...thank you for listening, and hope you enjoyed seeing right into my true heart...

Sunday, November 10, 2013


This is one of my very favorite photos from when William was a newborn.  I want to blow it up to poster size, frame it, and hang it on my wall!  It was such a sweet moment, just the two of us, out in the garden with the chickens...this is a really special  memory.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Harvest Memories

These were so more first, the beginnings of the ever-so-important tummy time, and then the first time William sat in his high chair, while I was cleaning the kitchen one evening before bed.  Just more fall memories...our first fall with our little sweetie!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November 6, 2012

Well, this was us a year ago.  How much we've all grown and changed!  This is using up another project life type pocket page.

I've waited so long to be your mama

Here's me and my wee little man, bonding...snuggly yumminess!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

We're Expecting

These photos were taken in April of 2012, while I was pregnant with William.  This layout uses products from a variety of manufacturers: Glitz Design, Pink Paislee/House of 3, Webster's Pages, Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz, and My Mind's Eye.  When I do a layout I am usually working with a specific color palette in mind, usually with the colors in the photos guiding me.  I prefer to gather things that match color/style wise, and don't really like to use just one manufacturers products, unless of course it will make the layout even better...I really enjoy the mixed up/collage/shabby chic style I guess!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

I had some of these Project Life type pockets, so I decided to play around with them and make a page.  It's not my thing, but I was glad at least that they didn't go to waste.  And it turned out cute, so it's all good!!!