I'm sorry I'm posting something a little late here, but it was on time there. There, being the Idaho Women's Journal where I will post a few articles in their family life section. The Article is Fortune Cookies & Freedom. It's late because Friday was National Fortune Cookie Day but not so late that you can't use it on other days. (You'll have to head on over to get the idea and download.) It's just a way for you to tell someone it's your good fortune to know them.
Okay, yesterday I left a little teaser here, though it didn't start out that way. It was just that after having a little introspective moment I realized I had gone on so long already that I didn't want to go on even more and I really had one more day that I could work with. So the unintended teaser.
Here's what I really wanted to say yesterday, "In 50 days I'm turning 50!" (Though yesterday would have been 51 days but let's not get sidetracked again.) Starting today, I'm going to celebrate for the next 50 days. Well, let me revise that, we're going to celebrate for the next 50 days. That's if you want to join me.
The best birthday present for me is to be able to be creative. Something artsy. That's all. Soooooo....... here's what we're going to do. I'm going to post a portrait a day (except Sunday), for 50 days starting today, from one of your photos. Ambitious right. Okay, crazy. Like I said yesterday, maybe one challenge.
I did this one time a few years back (here) - where I had people send in an image and painted a portrait. That's the portrait I did above. I had fun with it so I thought I'd do that again, just on a much bigger scale. Because 50 is big!
Here's the how-tos and what-fors -
• I don't have to know you. Have met you. Agree with you. Or even like you
for you to post a photo
• Send a headshot that's not blurry
• The photo has to be of you or you have to be a parent/guardian if a minor
• I don't know yet how I'm going to pick the images I use
• I'm going to interpret your image whatever way the creative muse says to
• I might not use your photo or I may use it sometime in the days following your
• If I use your photo, you don't get the artwork
• You do get a high res jpeg for personal use, your compensation
• By sending in your image you give me permission to use your image any way
I want and to reproduce it
• I make no promises about anything
• I have no idea how this is going to turn out
There are 2 things you have to do to be considered -
#1 Upload an image to Shannon's Studio FB page, here
#2 Leave your email in a private message on FB or my website
#3 Optional - Leave a thought about birthdays, turning 50 or
whatever you think of
#4 Optional - It would be nice if you 'like' the recent
Shannon's Studio FB I've opened up
(I'm switching over from the Shannon Christensen Fine Art FB page)
Since it's a celebration this will all be fun and flexible. So? Are you in? I'll know if you upload a photo.
The other day one of my daughters informed me that she had a birthday party to go to. Of course she let me know at the last minute and we were scrambling for a gift. I went back to my original idea of the Hospital Contraband Kit and decided to see what I could do to quickly revise it. With a few changes this is what I came up with.
I printed the new insert and she folded and filled it. What a life saver!! I'm beginning to really like these kits. Made my life a little easier when my kid was trying to make it harder. Here are the contents she put inside.
Here's a download with the name space left blank. I've added a few direction with the measurements so that you can print it off with your own name if you want. Hope the idea comes in as handy for you as it has me.
The Boyfriend and my 29th anniversary was a month or so ago. This invitation from Mod Memento, was the inspiration for my gift to him.
I decided to write our relationship in this storybook pattern. It's written third person and actually was quite easy to write. We have 29 years, with a lot of history, so it turned into 2 boards. I loved doing it. Here is a copy of it.
I also wanted to try this transfer method so I put the two together. It was a lot of work and wouldn't suggest it for a first timer. But, I do love the result. And he did too. Here it is hung in our home.
Here is a slide show with a few instructions. The play button is in the top left hand corner.
Every summer season means summer camps for our kids. It's a rite of passage, a growing up experience. And it can mean being homesick. Especially your first time away. So, I have a little tradition that I do for the kids their first time away for an extended youth camp. The night before they leave I sneak several packages, one for everyday they're gone, and hide them inside their clothing.
You'd think that this reminder from mom might make them more homesick, make them think of home, but it doesn't. And the contents aren't really the big deal. it's the magical feeling of surprise. And being excited and looking forward to something. And knowing someone loves and misses you.
My second to the youngest had her first week long camping trip and I put her envelopes inside her pack. I decorated the envelopes with the day she could open them. There is a downside - one of her friends told me that my daughter was so excited that she stayed awake until 12:01am so that she could open one of the packages. I laughed. I'd rather hear a camp story like that, than some of the other's I've heard before. She had a great week. I'll keep up with the tradition, one more to go.
Here's a list of what I put in this time -
• Light-up shoelaces, found them from Gabrielle Blair's post and love them $6-ish
• A flannel pillowcase that I sewed and stenciled her name, I sewed the pillowcase $4-ish + time
• A small sketch book and miniature pencils, from Hobby Lobby for less than $5
• A "miss you" puzzle, you might notice the similarities here and here $1 + time
What things might you put in? Add to my ideas for the next time.
The last of our 3 weddings is this week but I had to do a quick post. The other couple that we're married to (long story) just had their first grandchild. Definitely a time to celebrate.
A couple of months ago I ordered some baby burp cloths from Creative Mommas (my sisters) and had them sent to her. Just a little something for the Gramma-in-Waiting. New Gramma Steward loved them and now gets to use them. I was just wishing I had a reason to get some for me. Which, I just might have reason now, Shhhhhh....