What I know…

Back Porch

It’s been a really long time since I blogged…

Sometimes, or maybe a lot of times, I feel like I can’t balance all the parts of me, like the different things I want to do are all competing for attention, or pulling me in different directions all the time.

But recently, towards the beginning of the year, I was struck by the idea that all these things aren’t different and competing things, they are all part of my life. And I only have one of those.

So maybe it’s not many things pulling in different directions, but a matter of balance and rotation to enjoy all the things that are important to me. I can’t do all of them in any given day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rotate through them, while keeping certain things a part of every day.

Here’s what I know:

I know I value beauty. Because of this, I want to continue on my quest to organize and minimize the contents of my home to make it easier to clean up and maintain in less time. We have made great strides in that direction on the first floor, and recently I’ve expanded that to the shed and the back porch. The back porch is our main entrance and like any high traffic area, was a clutter magnet, especially in the corner by the door. Solution? I deep-sixed the mildewy chairs, and put the table in the corner by the door, then I scoured craigslist for about a week until these awesome chairs popped up. Not only are they painted mustard (most recently), but they are old and well built, and match the style of another chair we have already.

More on that later…

Back Porch

I value hand-made. I started making more and more myself because I discovered that I could often make high-quality items for less than I could purchase them. In the case of this play tee-pee however, I’m could possibly have purchased something similar from Etsy for about $20 more than I spent on materials. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I am so happy with how this turned out, and I learned some sewing techniques along the way that will help me create more beautiful things for our home. And I got to use fabric I designed :-) Bonus!

Play Tent

I value art. So I incorporate it where ever I can, like in this retro truck design for Eli’s 2nd birthday next month. I’m going to put it on bunting and cupcake signs etc. And… more on that later 😉

Retro Truck Tee

I value writing, which is a part of making art. But I’ve spent too much time talking about that on this site when I have posted.

And one other thing I know… I know my life is too changeable right now to make declarations about when I will post, what I will post about and so forth. So, no guarantees. I’m going to take that pressure off myself (and if I know myself, which I sometimes do, that will mean more posts). And I’m not looking for a rhyme or reason anymore. This is simply about my life. That means I’m going to write about what I’m doing for friends and family (and extended internet friends too, of course 😉 ), and that’s it.

The theme is beauty in life and everyday art, in all kinds of different manifestations.

I hope you’ll stick around as I hop around and figure out what that means.

Book Tour and Book Fair

DAY #1 of my Book Fair Booth is here! Click here to check it out.

Okay, so I know my blog has gotten very “book” oriented of late, and some of that is just book release fever, I promise! (What you didn’t know I released a novel yesterday? Well, allow me to link you up: book tour | paperback | eBook).

But part of it, and the part I’m about to get to, is that I love to read. I love books. And I’ve realized that no blog of mine is complete without at least a small book section.

So with that in mind, I’m going to post occasional reviews, interviews, and/or author spotlights, but only of books that I have really enjoyed, and thus think that you all might enjoy as well. Specifically, most of the books I’ll be featuring will be from indie authors, although I won’t be leaving out any of my traditionally published friends whose work I enjoy either.

In that vein, I wanted to make you all aware of the Blogger Book Fair coming to Wayfaring Artist over the next 4 days. (Yes, I’m going to post 4 days in a row. Actually if you count this post, and yesterdays launch party post, I’m posting 6 days in a row. Sit down if you need to).

The brainchild of author Kayla Curry, a blogger book fair is the next logical step in a world of virtual launch parties and blog (book) tours.

In this blogger book fair, each blog functions as a “booth” with books, giveaways, and freebies. I’m hosting a giveaway for Flight of Blue as well as hosting three other authors on my site who I think you all are going to enjoy meeting.

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Release Date and Excerpt!

July 24, 2012

In just 54 days, Flight of Blue will be in your hands! To make sure you receive all the latest news for FoB and to enter in several giveaways, be sure to sign up for the newsletter and add Flight of Blue in Goodreads. Next month, I’ll be posting 2 giveaways, one here on the blog, and one on Goodreads, so stay tuned.

But if you can’t wait 54 days, you can contact me to receive an advanced reader copy for you to review on your blog/Amazon/Goodreads.

And finally, here’s a 3 chapter excerpt from the first book of The Keeper of the Keys Chronicles, ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Flight of Blue:

Click here to go to my author page and read the excerpt.