Before the year gets away from me I want to wish you all a happy new year! Since it’s been a while since I’ve been able to write I hope all your holidays were really wonderful. We had family at our house for Thanksgiving and then traveled to see everyone between Christmas and New Years. It was actually the best travelling the kids have done yet. We miraculously made it to Mississippi in 9 hours and only stopped once! Of course, it’s because we left at 2:10 am Christmas morning but besides the tired factor it was awesome! With 3 kids ages 6 and under only making one stop for gas, bathroom break, diaper change, and breakfast handouts was a Christmas miracle! I’d totally do it again. Now that we’re back we’re trying to get our house back in order and find a place for the bazillion presents all the grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins gifted the kids with.
I’ve been thinking about my goals for The Nesting Spot for this year. I always look forward to the quiet around here after a busy Christmas season of making ornaments. The ornaments are still for sale by the way in case you forgot to pick one up for your little one. It’s pretty easy for that to happen.
One goal for the year is to be more consistent with making art. I am going to try really hard to make one piece of art a week. I also want to get back to blogging at least once a week as well. It was pretty impossible during November and December because of my work load but now that things have settled down it should be very doable if I make it a priority. I’ve got a few other goals as well that I’ll share as they become relevant. If I can actually accomplish them though it’ll be pretty exciting.
So, to kick things off I just added a new illustration in the shop. It’s called Deep in the Heart of Texas.
As I wrote in the description of it, if you start the phrase “the stars at night are big and bright” and a Texan is nearby they will most definitely finish it for you with “deep in the heart of Texas”. It’s a song that is near and dear to their hearts. In the shape of Texas I drew the stars and constellations that are seen over the night sky. I then placed a heart over the Austin area. The great thing about digital art is that it can be customized. So, if you have a favorite place in Texas I can put the heart there. Need ideas? How about your birthplace, where you met your love, or got married, or had a baby, or even where you currently live… the ideas are pretty endless. It would make a great gift for a Texas lover in your life as well! Good thing about it is it’s pretty versatile. It could be used for an adult space or would be darling in a little kids’ room as well.
It comes in two colors for the words as well. You can go with the whole print in navy or the words in navy and red. The print shown is a 5×7 size.
You can go here to see them in my shop. And don’t forget, if you buy more than one print at a time using one of these listings you can get a discount!
Ok, now it’s your turn, what goals do you have for 2014? Do you make goals? I have tended not to in the past for personal things but have enjoyed making them for my business.
2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”
Oh my gosh…you are very brave. We didn’t take our first long road trip (longer than the 4-hr ride to San Antonio) until Ginny was nearly two. So glad that it went well for you…smart to do it mostly in the middle of the night when the kids were sleeping.
The fact that you have ANY goals for yourself is amazing, but crafty ones are probably the best since you can “work them in.” Managing three young children is quite enough to do! Happy New Year to you too. Hoping to get back out to NB and Austin in June; maybe we’ll get to see you all then.
We’ve been making this trip since Josiah was 6 weeks old and do it about once a year. It is long. I’m not a huge fan of dvd players in vehicles but for a trip like this when kids are too little to read or reach much from their car seat it is a lifesaver. Going in the night was very helpful as well. It was nice to go without having to stop and nurse as well!
Hope it works out for us to meet again as well!