Two watercolor pieces this morning.
The first is more abstract than the first, but meaningful to me nonetheless…
My eldest daughter, Annalise, enjoying the summer wind….
I originally wanted to hire a local photobooth company to take pics of all the guests, but that was well over budget. So I decided to do it myself!
Apparently the West Elm peeps + I had way too much fun taking pics =P
If you were at the event and would like to download a copy to give to your Pops, just click on the corresponding number to your picture below…right click…copy…save & upload to your favorite online photo center.
* All pics are 4 x 6 in. and of high resolution. If you need a higher resolution or have questions bout your pic, jes email me!
There were about 16 kids along w/ their parents, the West Elm crew and some of my family who came to help.
We had crafts, treats, free goodies, a photobooth and a raffle giveaway that was worth approximately $250!
Everyone had a great time and I was able to bring a lil’ bit of the San Diego community together in one space….
Thank you to everyone who attended the event, to my family who came and helped out, my sweet daughter Annalise for being my right hand girl, my friend Chanelle for printing the placemats for me, all my great Sponsors and a big THANK YOU to the peeps at West Elm (Jeremy + Alana) for helping put this event together! I had a great time and I can’t wait to do something FUN again in the future!
[ Photobooth Pics will be available later in the day for FREE download ]
Every month I host Project Brown Bag I’m amazed and in awe.
And this is how these 3 lovely ladies interpreted the word in their own ways…
As much as I love to learn new things, I tend to be a bit stubborn….borderline pretentious sometimes. Case in point…my sewing machine.
As most of you know, it broke last week.
[ insert heavy sobbing here ]
I took it to the repair shop and the cost to fix it was almost the same as its value. More sobbing. So after a lil’ coercion on my part…or crying…I talked the hubbs into helping me get a new sewing machine…an even better one.
I got a Bernina 330…and I can’t tell you enough how great this thing is! It sews so smoothly…like butter! Not too loud, and the things it can do are endless! Fast forward to the services I got with my purchase…free service for 2 years + FREE sewing lessons!
I taught a few sewing classes during my stint as a design teacher + I went to design school…never needed/wanted additional sewing lessons. I had it covered!
As I sat during my sewing lesson yesterday, I realized how much I didn’t know. And it made me think how foolish I was, to think I knew everything. I also felt a lil sorrow at the thought that I wasn’t able to give my previous students even more knowledge than they deserved.
Never believe that you’ve learned everything. Open yourself up to education…in every aspect of your life.
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Got something happy or inspirational to say today?! Join the Be Happy Linkup w/ Erin form Art Social today!
My weekends are never spent slept in….you guys know that!
I find so much joy in the quiet + the serenity of a calm house during the early hours of the morning….when the girls and the hubbs are asleep and I’m able to have some me time.
This is when I’m most inspired + compelled to paint and sketch.
And now that summer is upon us and the girls will officially be done w/ school tomorrow, I can finally have more blissful mornings of creativity.
So every Wednesday this summer, I’m dedicating a series to Watercolor. I’ve fallen in love w/ watercolor and I want to explore myself through this medium. Discover new subjects, focal points, and technique. And most importantly, I want to hone in on me, my style and what kind of a watercolor artist Louise really is.
Starting with this one…
I was able to reach out to some friends + local businesses for sponsorships and scored some really great stuff for y’all!
And now, my favorite part! Gathering all the fun stuff + putting the goodie bags together…
[ Prodigy Dance Co., Raechel Denise Photography, Skratch Catering Company, Starbucks, Yogurtland, We Love Citrus, The Box Dance Studio, FrouFrou & Company, Stacy Alberto Fine Art Portrait Photography ]
We’ve got lots of great SCHWAGG inside the goodie bags + the Raffle Giveaway Basket alone, is valued at $150!
Are you coming?!!
[ all logos are property of their respective companies ]
Have you RSVP’d to the Father’s Day Event yet?!
There’s still space left! Email me or call the store (619) 543-0117
Not in San Diego, or can’t make it to the event…and still haven’t gotten anything for that dad in your life?? Don’t worry, I got you covered!
Two FREE printable Father’s Day cards….
Just click on the link to the card that you like, print (cardstock preferred), cut, fold in half + add your own greeting/salutation.
Both cards fit an A6 (4.75 in x 6.5 in) envelope, but you don’t need an envelope.
Keep it simple + full of sentiment….dad’s love that!!
This whole West Elm event has really been testing my “go-get em” abilities.
And I’m realizing….I have far more gumption than I thought.
I’ve been wanting to ask Starbucks for a week now, but I’ve always kinda shied away…cuz there’s Starbucks (this huge corporate company) + here’s lil’ ol’ Louise (Miss Laid Off Mom Blogger)…they’re not gonna go for it right?!!
The manager was very gracious + he offered up some goodies on a silver platter.
[ insert victory dance here ]
He couldn’t offer 20 lil’ somethings for the goodie bags (which was what I was asking for), but he’s donating a mug, some coffee + a few Starbucks tchotchke’s for a raffle giveaway!
Isn’t that awesome?!
That experience alone gave me the confidence to hit up a few other companies. And I realized in that moment, that everything is within my reach.
All I have to do is ask….
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If you’re in the San Diego area + have kids, or are babysitting, come to Laid Off Mom’s FIRST Offline Event! It’s totally FREE!
The kids will be making some fun gifts for the papas & there’ll be yummy goodies for everyone!
This is a community focused event, so if you are a local San Diego business owner or blogger, shoot me an EMAIL if you’d like to be a part of the goodie bag + PROMOTE your fabulous biz!
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Today’s her official LAUNCH + she’s offering new clients 25% off during this first week of business!
Give Joy some LOVE!