It’s my Birthday next week. To be honest I’ve kind of been dreading it. Birthdays used to be my absolute favorite. My mom always made them so special when I was a child growing up. But the older I get, the less excited I am.
With each passing birthday I can feel myself getting more contemplative, thinking more about the expectations I have for myself, and feeling anxious about becoming all I want to be in the next year. Birthdays have changed.
This year I’m going to try and focus outward instead of inward. To be more intentional with the outside world and with others instead of on my inner dialogue that tends to take over.
In focusing more outward, I’m hoping to minimize my anxiety about age and become more excited about how others are being served. 2018 is the year of intentionality for me. Being more intentional about relationships and more intentional about trying to bless others. More intentional about who I am and who I’m not.
In the pursuit of focusing outward and being more intentional about blessing others, for my birthday I’m marking all originals 40% off February 2-4 with code “happybirthday” at checkout. May this birthday discount be a blessing and add a little joy to your February.
I am in the habit of evaluating my palette every few seasons. When I say palette I mean the colors that I am painting with most on a regular basis. It is very easy for artists to get stuck in color ruts or rely on the same colors over and over. While familiarity is good the question I want to always ask with each new work is, “are these colors portraying the feeling and the mood I’m seeking with this piece?”
In my opinion, colors, shadow, and depth communicate mood and feelings more than almost anything else. With each new season, and each new development of a theme, I should ask “are these the colors that represent these ideas?” What colors on my palette are adding to my mood, detracting from it, or merely are stagnant on my palette?
This coming season, I feel that white is a color that portrays the moods I’m seeking. A mood of purity, a mood of thoughtfulness, a mood of openness.
I think choosing paint palette colors extends to the colors in our lives, our clothing, our homes. I think when choosing palettes for our lives cultivating and being thoughtful of the mood altering energy of each color is important.
In 2018 I what this to be a year of deeper intentions. When picking the colors of my works as well as the colors in my life, each color will be selected for its inherent beauty and what it means to me in my life as well as the feelin it evokes.
What color would you say 2018 is for you? And what does that color mean to you? Tell me more below!
Christmas 2017 baby!!! Are you bored sitting on Aunt Sheryl’s couch? Let this give you a smile and something to scroll while you wait to chow down on her delicious fruit cake 😉
These holiday photos show a montage of Christmases past as well as this years Christmas pictures. ANNNDDDDD….while she hasn’t officially be introduced on the blog or social media. Joel and I adopted a kitten a few weeks ago from a high kill shelter here in Northern VA. Her name is Olive and she’s brought so much joy to our little home.
Let’s start this Christmas tour, with some of my faves.
Never been a fan of the big guy. You’ll be hard pressed to find a photo of me smiling with Santa.
This was my first Christmas. Yes, I know I could have taken flight with those ears. Yes, I’ve grown into them (I hope… at least noby has made comments in years…).
Matchy Matchy with my Granny, with sass to match too. We still have matching sass, we do not have matching vests anymore.
Those who know me, know it is unwise to wake me when I slumber. Hey, how about instead of gifts you let me sleep. k thanks.
My exact words were, “Look mom, skiing is easy.” Those skis were also about one foot long.
This was the first cat we had, “Frisky.” Don’t let these seemingly docile faces fool you. Frisky and I were mortal enemies until the day he got hit by a car. Good riddance.
I still remember decorating those Christmas cookies. My smug smile tells you that I know what I’m doing.
And because I seem to have no Christmas pictures from toddlerhood on, we shall skip twenty-something years to today’s Christmas pictures!
TADA! here is our Christmas picture this year. This is Olive’s first Christmas. I’ve grown up with cats. Frisky, my enemy, died age 3 by way of car. Fluffy, age 3 months, died of a heart murmur. Ginger and Buster, my little bffs for life. Buster died at 15 years old from cancer. and Ginger died at 17 years old from Cancer as well. I have been catless for several years now and so because I couldn’t contain my excitement, Joel indulged my crazy cat lady and let me do a Christmas shoot with Yetta Reid Photography! I don’t plan on doing this annually (watch me do it next year….) but I thought it was important to at least document baby’s first Christmas. If you’d like to follow Olive’s antics you can follow her @OliveOlmstead
Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope you got a smile out of this festive post. Now back to that fruitcake…(question for realsies… does anyone actually like fruit cake?) tell me below.
Don’t have any plans this weekend? (who am I kidding, it’s the holiday season, of course you have plans). But!!!! If you’d like to swing by one more holiday party I’d love to party with you!
My sister-in-law, Talia Olmstead owner and creator of The White Hearth and I are hosting a pop-up show in partnership with Madewell in Reston Town Center this Saturday from 1-3pm.
Stop by to check out Talia’s pottery, my paintings and ornaments, and Madewell’s always gorgeous clothes and accessories.
There will be sips, snacks, pretty things, familiar faces, laughs and a general good time. Bring a friend or two or stop by and make new friends! Talia and I can’t wait to see you there.
The address to the Madewell is 11928 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190
RSVP to the event so we know how much food and drink to have on hand. RSVP to: email@example.com
See you there! #giftwell
Tis the season for gift giving! Though the month of December 10% of every sale is going to Lifesong for Orphans, to learn more about my partnership with them this holiday season, learn more here
There are so many people to give gifts to this season, mothers, sisters, friends, roommates, cousins don’t miss out on the opportunity to give back to children in need while crossing items off your Christmas list. Here are items in my shop that are under $100.
- Don’t Be Afraid 6″x6″ These mini’s are perfect for a desk or bedside table. They look great as an addition to a gallery wall. $56 each check them out here!
- Christmas Ornaments, $27These ornaments are coated in gold pigment paint and the gold leafed. They sparkle in every light and light up the tree. They come gift wrapped, so you can send them directly to a friend!
- Framed Prints Starting at $36
- These framed prints come in a variety of framing and sizing options. Pick the piece that you think would be best for your loved one. Check them out here!
- 3. Prints Starting at $22
- Afraid to chose a frame? Just get a regular print and let your friend frame it themselves. Check them out here!
4. Journals Starting at $14
Give the gift of stylish journals. These come in your choice of lined or unlined pages. Check out the selection here!
5. Leggings $31
Have friends who are Yogis? These comfortable, flexible and durable leggings let you do your thing in comfort and flare! Check them out!
6. Phone Cases $39
These phone cases come in a variety of phone brand options, sizes, and levels of durability. Pick the perfect case as a stocking stuffer! See all the cases here!
The majority of items in the print shop are under $100. Check these items out and cross them off your list! Click here to see them all!
This year I’m so excited to be donating to a charity I believe in! For the entire month of December, I’m donating 10% of every sale to Life Song for Orphans. Orphans and adoption have always been something that has weighed on my heart. There are so many unwanted, uncared for, and unloved children in the world. And simple things like being fed, having clothes, and a support system in the life of a child can change their lives forever. Here is some more detail about this amazing charity.
The organization provides the following for children:
- Food, clothing, medical care, and shelter.
- Children will be shown the love of Christ and ministered to by the gospel.
- The children will receive an education.
- They will receive continued love and support into adulthood so they’re not booted out of the system at 18.
What is really amazing about Life Song for Orphans is 100% of the donations go to the children. No administrative costs will be deducted. All administrative costs are paid for by the TMG Foundation and other partners.
10% of every item sold from my shop goes directly to helping, saving, and loving orphans and putting food in their mouths, clothes on their backs, educations for their future, and love in their hearts. I will be making the donation on January 1, 2018 once the month of December has passed so you have every opportunity to donate to children in need.
To find out more about this charity and to donate directly yourself visit their website! https://www.lifesongfororphans.org/
Merry Christmas! Let’s make Christmas better for children in need too.