Hey guys! Where are my manners? I’m just now realizing that I’ve never properly introduced myself. I’m Jackie, the (formerly face-less) artist behind these posts. 🤗 I’m also a wife and a stay at home mom to (newly) two-year-old boy/girl twins and a 9-month-old son. Fun fact: We may be the tallest family you’ll ever know - I’m 6’2”, my husband is 7’, and our kids are taller than the average 4-year-old 😂 Things are quite... um... exciting(?) during the day with three VERY OPINIONATED, clumsy-but-fearless little ones, but I try to get some creative time in every day - even if it’s 5 minutes of sketchbook time or making a crayon drawing with the kids. (
Day 16 Helper I have the absolute most supportive loved ones. I have friends and a husband who remind me not to overthink and take baby steps, who help when I can’t figure out how to use technology, who volunteer to package or mail prints when my hands are full, and who always encourage me to keep making my art. The other two major helpers are small, but mighty. They help me remember the importance of play and to constantly be in awe of the little wonders of every day life. They’re also my biggest mess makers 😉
Any surprises lurking in your ancestry? Last year, I discovered I had some “hidden” Irish ancestry (19%). This was after decades of declaring: “No way!” whenever someone asked me why I didn’t sport a green t-shirt. Today I’m still not wearing green but trying figure out what it means to me and how I am connected.
🎈We’re having a giveaway! Want to come to our workshop Fri., March 30 @oyinhandmade from 6:30 - 8:30pm (but maybe your finances are tight) or know a friend who would love to be there? Enter to win a tix (one per person) by sending us a direct message! Three tixs in total are available. This is generously sponsored by our amazing sistas in creativity + biz @prettyentrepreneur_ & @banglesnbrunch and ML Brewington Books. Go check out their awesome communities! Giveaway closes Thursday, March 21. This is also running on FB! 💕 💕⠀⠀ ⠀ Here is what we have planned (see our flyer in our IG stories highlights above ☝🏾) Workshop Flow: ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ - Written journaling as a form of self care, led by me, Emelda De Coteau, founder of Women Creatives Chat @womencreativeschat , delves into the practical ways this practice helps you evolve on your creative path, while also healing from within. Opens with guided deep breathing / meditation. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 💕 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ - Candance Greene, an amazing podcaster @cherishedflight and writer explores what it means to live intentionally, redirecting our thoughts to what is powerful and true about ourselves. She sees these actions as deeply connected to faith, and understanding God’s purpose for our lives. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 💕 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ - Visual journaling is a powerful tool which can organize multiple creative ideas. Amelia Carroll, artist, educator and cultural ambassador, @amelia.carroll.12 discusses concrete strategies for managing projects and connecting to your larger vision. She also reminds us about the importance of quieting the mind. 💕 Women Creatives Chat ⠀⠀ Empowering. Inspiring. Connecting Creative Women Authentically. ⠀⠀ Founded by E ⠀⠀ #womencreativeschat#womenempowerment#womenwriters#womenartists#worklifebalance#bmorecreatives#bmoreartists#oyinhandmade#baltimoreartists#womencreatives#creativemamas#creativepreneur#creativesontherise
Finished Birthday invites for a knight themed party (making Sir Charlie Stinky Socks costume for Harry’s present). I used the brother scan n cut and they worked great but not without frustration but he loved them and I now know new tips for next time.
Helper is the theme of the day for #marchmeetthemaker and clearly I’m using the term loosely but Bow is the little character who keeps me company in the studio. She can’t resist brown paper, boxes and bags 🐾
“Moooommm. I’ve got work to do. I am working here.” 🙉Some days I am in the middle of what they are doing (aka they follow me room to room) and others, they forget I am here - it is these times that I am hiding in the kitchen trying to eat something before someone asks for a bite. 🌯#momlife 👉🏼But these. little. moments. These HUGE moments remind me how important it is for preschoolers to be set free and “do their work”. 🌟I believe that preschoolers need tools in order to work. They need access to get the tools themselves and independently get started on the “work” they have created. 🌟Here, I linked to our Alphabet Activity Cards to show a couple ways you can get your preschooler started. 🤓Think of them like putting ideas into their head. You will slowly see these activities present themselves into their everyday “work” (play) and all of the tools are items you may already own.✌🏻
Trying to remind myself of this as we have a few days left of Spring Break... 🤪😂🙈 What are your go-to activities to keep your kids busy? I try to do an outing every day and then get them doing some exploring, art and play that doesn’t involve me every second (which often involves plenty of mess 😉). . Ps- I’m soooo excited about how many of you have signed up for our FREE Lettering Mini-class- you can find the link in my profile 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 . Quote from @brenebrown ❤️