Monday, August 30, 2010

This is one of my holiday cards using my photography.  I'll try to get more up, but make sure to visit my zazzle page to see them all!   Remember the holidays are just around the corner, no time like the present to order your holiday cards!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trucker Tee

My husband has said this for years.. I kept telling him I was going to make a I did!  


The back says I Love My Dachshund!  One of my digital paintings of Turbo graces the front... don't ya just love him?   We do!  

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Peg Rack drawing

This is a drawing I've been working on. I think I'm going to paint it and make it available for cards and prints. I think it's really cute. I might leave the Welcome part off and use it on t-shirts and aprons also. What do you think?
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Holiday Scene completed.... FINALLY!

I'm so excited, I finally completed my Sleigh Ride holiday scene.   I've been working on it for quite some time now. I'm planning to do the same scene in the other three seasons. Of course the activities will be different in each one, but it will be from the same view. ^)^  
This makes a great Christmas card!
Go here to purchase it as a print. You control the size and price!  ^-^

Below is the rough draft I wrote about in December '09.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Work, work, work

It strikes me as funny that people think working at home is easy.  Seriously?  Have you tried working at home?  It is far from easy, as a matter of fact, it's down right exhausting ..... IF done correctly!  Yes, I added the tag, because doing it correctly makes all of the difference.

Think about it, who wouldn't want to work from home if all it required was sitting at home and getting a little work done here and there, in between Lifetime movies!  ~lol~   On the other hand going to another location to your job means you only have to deal with that job, not the housework, phone calls from friends or family.  Just the job at hand.  Working from home means that while attempting to keep your mind on your job, you also have the washer & dryer, dishes, kitchen floor or that junk closet calling to you every single minute.  True some people may not care about housework at all and can ignore it completely, however they could also be the ones surfing the internet or watching television instead of completeling their work on schedule.

This is how a typical day for me works.. remember every day is different, but I TRY to stick to this schedule by having specific days for specific activities.

Every Single Day:  6:00 - 6:30 am; Get Up, Bathroom (brush teeth, brush hair, etc...), Take Turbo Out, Put Coffee On, Make Bed, Throw a load of laundry in (if needed), Grab a bagel and Cup of Coffee sit down at my computer and start my work day.

I know you're wondering about the laundry, the washer and dryer are by the bathroom so on trips to the bathroom I transfer the laundry and fold it on top of the dryer, then I put it away throughout the day when I need a break from the computer or when Turbo decides it's time to go out! ^.^

I do have my television on during the day, but it is no louder than regular office noise, sometimes I just have music on, sometimes the news, sometimes a sitcom, it just depends on my mood.

I am very guilty of not sticking to an 8-10 hour work day.  Since my hubs is an OTR truck driver it's just Turbo and me all day every day, so I often work into the evening but for the most part I try to put the work to bed by 6 or 7 pm.  

Specific Day Schedule  (things I include in my daily schedule no matter what)
Monday- Laundry (bedding, etc...)
Tuesday- Bathe Turbo, Spif up Kitchen
Wednesday- Scrub Bathrooms
Thursday- Mop & Vacuum Floors
Friday- Hubs' laundry & Grocery Shopping
Saturday & Sunday- Depends on when the Hubs came home

My work day includes checking email, updating my blog (trying to get better at that! ~lol~), drawing, painting, designing, uploading to ImageKind, Zazzle, updating and checking my voting links, answering questions, and sometimes helping other people with design or web issues.

My schedule may not work for everyone but it seems to be working for me, at least currently.

When I was working "out of the house" it was actually easier, I  left for work at 7am, did my work and made it back home at 5pm where I would usually try to cram everything else I needed to do into the hours between 5:30 & 10pm.  For me working at home works better, most of the time.  Some days I can't stop thinking about something I need to do around the house, which is why I made the SDS (specific day schedule)  it has helped me a LOT!

One thing that is difficult is to make people, especially the neighbors, realize that I may be at home, but I AM WORKING!  ~lol~

One big goal I'm working on now is making a spare bedroom into my office and getting organized!  Hopefully before snow fly's I'll get it done~  And the countdown begins......

Friday, August 20, 2010


I love Swans, they are one of my two favorite birds, the other being Canadian Geese.  I have completed two of my Swan paintings and I love them!  I'm not sure how many more I'm going to add, I currently have two more sketched out.

Click here to visit this series in my gallery.. prints can be purchased here also! 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cleaning house while kids are growing....

Someone just reminded me of the little shovels I use to paint that said, Cleaning house while kids are growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing. ^)^    That was my motto when my kids were little.

I have a design for T-Shirts, MousePads, Bumper Stickers and Mugs with this saying and more.  They're so cute!

make custom gifts at Zazzle

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Play among the stars series 1 by Tracey Smith in Whimsical on Tracey Smith Studios

Play among the stars 

Summer in PA

I'm trying to decide which of these I should paint. Maybe all four. Not sure yet.
I took them this summer when Joe and I went down to a favorite swimming hole in our area.

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