WAHM Wednesday: Road to 30

I am so excited to share this with you all

Two of my BlogHer roomies, Mel and Shaun, are spurring one another on to lose 30lbs each by the time we all meet up in NYC For BlogHer.

Pretty amazing, and truly inspiring I think!

When they started bouncing ideas off of me about how to accomplish it, what to make their button look like (which Mel designed, and I think is adorable!) and things of the sort, I quickly volunteered them a reward for all of their hard work.

As a mom, I know how hard it is to work in time for yourself. it's no easy feat, especially when you're wanting to shed weight. It can be a very daunting task...so...

For every pound they lose, they get $1 toward something in my shop. I'm really really really confident that they'll be able to get $30 by BlogHer and that I'll be bringing them goodies to the conference, with a great big congratulatory hug as well.

On the last Wednesday of every month, until August, I'll be catching you up on their progress and chatting about their success!

And it doesn't stop there. I'm going to be doing the challenge with them and be their buddy system, offer support and encouragement wherever I can. Since the weather here has turned positively gorgeous, I'll be going out for a long walk or jog 3 times a week with the jogging stroller. No more evenings at the gym or waiting to accommodate everyone else's schedules. No-sir-ree! It's morning walks/jogs from here on out, with the Bear in tow!

Pretty amazing, right? Follow along, and give Mel and Shaun your support as they work towards a healthier-mama!

*interested in jumping on the Sponsorship train for #Roadto30?? Click Mel and Shaun's names above to be taken to their blogs

Speical Post: Closetista Challenge by BailyBelle

A fellow mompreneur that I've met and chatted with rather frequently in the twitterverse told me about this crazy contest that she entered, and she recently made it to the final round!

What is Closestista? It's an online fashion television network, featuring up and coming designers like BailyBelle! It's amazing, and if you're a designer or lover of fashion and trends...their webisodes are a must see!

How can you help BailyBelle win this challenge?

By loving this and voting

Every tweet and/or RT from the designers page on Closetista counts for 2 points.
Every Facebook "like" from the designers page on Closetista counts for 10 points.
Every purchase from the designer you buy from counts for 1,000 votes!

Where can you vote?

It couldn't be simpler! Go to this page and click LIKE for fb, TWEET for twitter and then purchase the ring if you love it! There are only 6 limited edition teal batik rosette rings being made.

That's right...there are ONLY 6 that have been made...and once they're gone, they're gone! Err...there are only 5 left right now! (Merry Christmas to me!)

Voting it open NOW!! What are you waiting for!?

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Challenges

This morning I was asked by a friend

What is the most difficult piece you've ever created?

So many pieces come to mind...but there are three in particular that were particularly difficult, and for different reasons.

~Final Sunrise~ 2006

This painting was emotionally difficult for me, because it was the first painting that I completed after my Dad passed away in 2005. I had my second solo exhibition coming up in the summer of '06 and still had about 10 pieces left to complete, but with my biggest fan and my constant rock gone...creatively, my sails were deflated.

I had to force myself into my studio (back then it was the tiny little guest room in our first apartment), shut the door, turn up the music really loud and just grab a brush. It came out of pain, and anger and frustration that the world had taken my Dad from me.

It is beautiful, and is probably the most difficult painting I've ever painted, and also the one that I am most proud of.

The next two were the most difficult because I simply had to create them from scratch, not using a box template or anything of the sort.

The ONEderland Teacups and Kettles for the ONEderful 1st Birthday party of Brynn, adorable ONE year old to Jenni from the Blog.

Jenni sent me some inspiration pictures, and I sort of ran with the theme, picking out oh-so-cute candy colours for the paper, and polka dotted prints to embellish them.

Once I figured out the interior flaps for construction, played with the angles of the kettle spouts and trimmed up the edges, I was off and running and I am thrilled with the results! They made Brynn's party pop, and were the perfect touch to her ONEderland theme!

Overcoming challenges, be they emotional and creative or technical and skill, is difficult. Fighting through them and learning from them is the important part!