4.20.2015

Weekend in Photos


 My weekend started off like the above photo. I hadn't even gotten my coat off when the doggies literally "dog piled" me. It's blurry...I know. But I love it anyways. I'd been planning and scheming for months a huge Autism Awareness fundraiser with our Viking baseball team which got rained out that afternoon. For those of you that know me know I go at it 100% and when things don't go my way....well....let's just say I might have shed a tear or two and threw a tiny tantrum at the rain. So pretty much my entire body felt like that blurry photo. Awesome. But then my sweet hubby brought home a container of Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's. I love him.
And then I found a recipe video on Facebook which really helped my evening. It's called Cookie Butter Mug cake. It was inside that Wonder Woman mug until Lily, Lawrence and I ate it all up. I tried to find a real link but I guess it's only floating on FB. You guys have GOT to try this recipe. Just be sure to stir it well before popping it into the microwave. My Wonder Woman cup thanked me. The doggies thanked me too.
Saturday after a much needed workout at the gym due to the above Wonder Woman cup cake I got into my studio and crafted up the rest of these yarn wrapped wreaths for Kirkwood Spring Fling. I forget how fun it is to just craft ya know?
Lawrence of course wouldn't leave me alone, so I whipped him up a Super hero costume. What is it with dogs and clothing and their immediate humiliation face when dressed super cute? I think it's adorable. He does not. At all. After these studio shenanigans I cleaned up the studio, plopped on the couch and slept for a few hours then watched all sorts of stupid movies. Including Mama. Have you seen that? Good grief the things in people's heads they put on the big screen.
By Sunday morning I was near about stir cray cray from the NON-STOP RAIN. I mean seriously. I live in Georgia, not the African rainforest. Pretty sure my entire body is going to mildew soon from the rain. The sun....not seen it in about a week. I am not even lying. So I just put on my running shoes, got out the old headphones and took off running. It was truly liberating. At one point I stopped, turned my head straight up to the sky and soaked it all in. The sounds, the smells, the cool rain. It was beautiful. I didn't want to stop even though I was soaked. But my stomach said please stop and eat. (more Cookie Butter cake right?)
And then I had a friend come hang with me during Sunday Studio. I hadn't seen her in ages. It was so nice. We chatted and painted for 3 hours! It was supposed to be a group lesson, but the others were coming from the north side of town where evidently it was monsooning. Because ya know, we live in the newly established Georgia Rainforest.
I finished up 2 really cute bird paintings for the upcoming Kirkwood Spring Fling. After she left we did our family grocery trip and Sunday dinner. And then I went to bed and said a tiny prayer that this week we'd see a glimpse of Mr. Sunshine. Pretty please? So what's ahead for you this week?

4.03.2015

6 Weeks in an Elementary Classroom....

After today we have only 6 weeks of school left. Wowsa...the time flies. How shall I round up the year in the elementary art classroom? Paint? Clay? Oil Sticks? Watercolors? Oh the supplies to be used!  Between standardized testing, field day, and award days honestly there are very few days where it will feel normal in here. I have so much left to feed these kids. Really I do. I don't feel done.
 The paint on the tables.
 The smell of the room.
 The placement of supplies for everyone to use.
 This is the happy room in the school. The room where brains are asked to throw a party. And stretched to the limits only allowed to say "I CAN!!"
 The room where spills and messes are routine and embraced as a learning situation. Where breaking a crayon means we now have 2. Where Sharpies come to die. Pencils are tested to the limits. And the poor pink eraser....he's stabbed, written on and rubbed to the core.
 These brushes get to party hardy on paper all....the....time. And barely take a bath.
Pretty sure the 6 drying racks chat all night about what's laying on them. Lots and lots of stories in this room if only the walls could talk.

6 weeks left to scatter joy on these munchkins. 6 weeks......

4.01.2015

Flower Jewelry

Do you ever look back on some of the old stuff you made and wonder why you quit making it? Me too folks.  It makes me feel kinda like a creative failure to think I quit when I was ahead with a genius idea. Like what was going on in my head to make me think, I need to stop making these gorgeous flower cabochon necklaces that no one else is making because that is a very smart thing to do. Duh. I was recently at my friend Valerie's house and we were looking for something in her art studio when I came across a bin FULL of these cabochons. And it triggered this memory of these necklaces. And I said..."Why did I quit making these?" I've personally never seen anyone use them like this in  necklaces. I have seen a lot of uses for these flowers, but not this. I mean really....a LOT of uses. So Valerie...if you are reading this can I buy that little purse of flowers from ya? Because I am thinking it's time to make some necklaces.

3.23.2015

Sunday Studio Date SET!


Super excited to announce I am hosting Sunday Studio Workshops  once a month in my personal home studio. The 1st being 
Sunday, April 19th from 2-5PM. To sign up please email me at jennihorne@ymail.com. Cost is $55 a person with all supplies included. You just need to bring an apron and perhaps an idea of what you'd like to paint. I'll guide you step by step through the creative process.  It'll be an awesome time! I hope to see you all there. Please email me with any questions. You will receive my address upon registration. I am south of Atlanta.

Woohooo for art dates! Join me friends.

3.16.2015

Sunday Studio Welcomes Friends

This Sunday I hosted a few friends in my studio for Sunday Studio time. Well...actually I'd never met them before, only met them online.  As you know, I've been teaching an online course called Paint Something: an e-course. It has been a huge blessing for our family in several ways. I absolutely love connecting with creatives from across the globe. This past course a sweet new painter named Britt kept popping up in my email with questions and paintings she was working on. I could seriously feel her excitement for painting through the lines on the web. Makes my heart so full to know the joy I have has spread to another.

Anyhoo, she asked if I'd be willing to do a private art class for she and her Mom. This is not something I normally do. But something about her energy made me say "Yes". Come on down. And by down I mean she DROVE 2 hours south to her Mom in Athens and then they drove the 2 hours to my house. Talk about humbling. She drove all this way just to take a personal class in my own studio. Awesome. Truly. So here we are in the studio. Oh and Mailey joined us too. That made me very very happy. :)
And before you knew it 3 hours had passed. She asked lots of questions I'd never thought about. Sometimes as a painter you just paint ya know? They were great questions though and ones I intend to add to PART 2 of the e-course coming out this summer. We all painted birds I'd found on the internet. This was what I painted during the class. As part of my personal classes I always paint with the students. I think it's important for beginning painters to watch my technique. Quickly they see I am very messy, very fast, and layering paint is what makes my paintings glow. My painting:
Britt's mom painted this:
And Britt painted this. Well...she's not done. She's a tad more meticulous than I.
During our time together I found out that she's a photographer. So today I peeked at her sight and about DIED. Her photos are gorgeous. Britt's specialty is baby photography. You gotta go peek here at her site. It'll just make you all gooey inside at how sweet the images are. Dreamy for sure. I want to reverse time and get my babies photographed by her. 

Anyhoo....this weekend got me thinking about studio time. If you are interested in a personal studio session email me for possible dates.  jennihorne@ymail.com

Private Studio Sessions
length:  3 hours
days: I am available most often on Sunday afternoons. But can work in a Friday or Saturday depending on kids and hubby. I could teach as early as 3 on Fridays. 
includes: all supplies and inspirations
cost: $60 per person for 3 hours
*please note I do prefer at least 2 students in attendance. It can be mother/daughter or just friends. I can hold up to 12 in the studio at a time. If over 10 we lengthen the class to 4 hours. 

So gather your peeps and come on down to Sharpsburg! I can't wait to meet you all and talk art and family and life and passions. It'll be a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

Creatively,
Jenni



3.12.2015

Hello 43

Hello 43. I am kinda excited to see you. Seems like just yesterday I was surprised by friends and family for my 40th. There's something calming about getting older. Each year as I add another candle to the cake I am gently reminded that this life I've been given is a gift. A life that as I've gained wisdom...aka...age...I have become more and more mindful of. I have better routines for daily living. I have let go of many anxieties and have opened my heart up for truth to enter. This past year has been uncomfortable in many personal ways. But I have found that having to wiggle in my skin a bit has truly been a blessing. I was literally running on auto-pilot. Not much joy in that kind of living. So I thank my dear husband for standing by me as I grow into who I am today. And for all of you out there on this creative journey with me. I've a feeling 43 has some amazing rewards in store for me. I can not wait for them to be revealed and to absorb this entire year.

3.09.2015

True

The idea of choosing a word of the year to inspire you has been around for a spell. And, well, honestly this year I decided not to bother. Not sure why. Maybe in January I was in a funk or something. Anyhoo...fast forward to March and in particular my birthday, and a word hit me upside the head as a focal point for my year. TRUE/TRUTH

A friend gave me a print for Christmas from an Etsy artist that says "I will not compare myself to others on the internet." Awesome right? It came right after my little artsy self felt robbed of its identity. It came at a rock bottom place with my family life. It was perfectly timed. You see, we as human beings can not help but compare ourselves to others. And if you say I don't do that then you are lying to yourself. I'll admit at first when I got the poster I was like "I don't do that."  But then on second thought.....

So let's chat about this....comparing ourselves. I'm not just chatting art to art, rather I'm looking at BIG picture with comparing home to home, marriage to marriage, kid to kid, car to car, vacation to vacation, etc. Quite honestly how can we not? I love instagram and peeking into the lives of sweet friends I've never met across the globe. And have often thought to myself dang how do they keep their house so clean? Their kids are always so adorable. Oh if I could afford a vacation to Hawaii. Or LIVE in Hawaii. How do they have time to run so much? Ooo..they made that to eat? I really like that outfit. Oh my gosh that couch! Look at the fun they are having together. I could have made that. I wish we had snow. Dang they got that where? Ooo..I need that shirt. I wish my kids would selfie with me. Am I right? Have you ever had these thoughts? I have. Pretty sure you have too. Making you wiggle right?

So the word TRUE is going to be my mantra for 2015. Staying on top of myself to remain authentic in this world of copy cats and wanna bee's. I don't want to be a wanna be. I want to be ME. Jennifer Adkins Horne. I know in my heart I am truly blessed beyond measure for the life I have. It's the truth. This beautiful name comes with an occasionally messy house, old cars, no Hawaiian vacation, new front door needing asap, kids who struggle in math, injured son, burnt toast eating, Jesus loving Momma, who would love a day off to just do what she wants to do. I know the truth in my house. And that is what counts. That is what keeps me smiling and moving forward. Oh I'll continue to peek into your lives on instagram, but take every image with a grain of salt. Because "I will not compare myself to others on the internet."  truth.
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