Friday, March 20, 2009

Miscellaneous Business, Plus Some GREAT News!

So, first off, I want to say thank you so much for all your congratulations on our news! It is definitely exciting for us, and now that I'm feeling better (other than a week-long round of the flu for everyone in the house from which we are finally recovering...), I am in full-on planning mode.

We're going to do some rearranging of bedrooms in the next few weeks, and then I get to decorate a new nursery- fun, fun, fun!!! By the way, can any of you give me recommendations on good fabric websites or brands that sell vintage-inspired children's fabrics (preferably larger scale images as they'll be used for curtains)? I used to have a bunch of links, and then lost them at some point...
Then, I also want to send out a special thank you to Jenny, for this wonderful package she sent me! I won a giveaway on her blog, and she really spoiled me with treasures! Tons of vintage stuff, and some of her adorable cupcake art! You should have seen my kids when I got the package-they thought it was Christmas! I let them help me unwrap everything, and I almost think they were more excited than me!
Here are some of my favorite bits. LOVE these little bunnies!!! I'm not sure yet what I'll do with them- I have a feeling they'll make it into the baby's room though...
I also think these adorable felt animal images will show up in there as well!
And of course, you know where this will go!
And onto other business, I often get questions about whether I teach classes or not. I haven't recently, just because with little kids, I haven't had time to go to any of the great retreats around the country. And, in general, there's not a real big market for my kind of art right around where I live.

However, I'm pleased to announce that I will be teaching an all day workshop on June 20th in Jacksonville, Florida! It is being put on by the public library, which also means that it is completely free (other than perhaps some supplies which will be required)!!! So if you live within a few hours, it may be worth it to make the drive!

It is called "Playing With Blocks", and we will create a piece similar to the one on the left. I don't have all the details yet, but let me know if you think you may be able to attend-space is limited to only 40 students, and I'd love to have some of my blog-readers come!

(And no, this isn't even the really GREAT news yet!)

Now, onto some artwork. The first is a piece in Riley's journal. We recently went to the Monster Truck Jam in town, and my kids LOVED it! Riley particularly liked the truck named GraveDigger, and he is now mildly obsessed, watching the trucks on TV and playing with his own trucks constantly.

I used his actual truck to make tire tracks on the page, and now he frequently requests to sleep with his "GraveDigger tracks"!

The next is a spread in the new baby's book about feeling the baby's first kicks in my belly (referred to as "quickening").

I really like the way these pages turned out!

And now, onto my really GREAT news.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(drumroll please....)
Oh my gosh, I am still floating on air about this! I can't believe I am finally having a girl! For those of you who have followed my artwork, you know how desperately I've always wanted a girl. I just couldn't fathom the thought that I may never have someone to share in my love of "girly" things, and honestly, this was my last chance, because three kids is enough!
I probably don't need to tell you that I cried in the ultrasound office when she told us it was girl! So now you know what I mean when I say I'm excited to decorate the nursery- I just can't wait! Not to mention buying all new baby girl clothes-hurray for PINK!!!
The "We did it!" item at the top of the first page is from a card Jason gave me, attached to a bouquet of pink roses!
So, that's everything for right now! My camera's on the fritz right now; otherwise I'd show you a few new vintage/thrift finds I've acquired, but I'll save that for next time. And of course I'll keep you all updated on my nursery decorating progress!
Hope you all have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I was hoping that's what the news was! Congratulations!! xoxo

sparkleface said...

Hi Corey -

for fabric, try

They are the best.

I was just looking at your book again this weekend. It's so great, thanks for sharing your techniques with us!

ps - congratulations!!


Anna said...

YAYYYY!!!!! That's great news, Corey- I seriously teared up when I read/saw that!! I'm so happy for you, how perfect, and the pics of the boys, they are growing so fast- they are so adorable!!!
Much Love, give everyone a big hug from (Aunt?) Anna!!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

A girl!!! SO exiting!! I'm very happy for you!! I would love to have a girl- no idea what this little one due in 5.5 weeks is, but it will definitely be our last, also. I adore the new "it's a girl!" baby journal pages!! And I am so very sad I don't live in Florida so I could take your class!! It looks like such fun!!

lindaharre said...

Oh Corey, I am so thrilled for you! I have two boys and a girl and couldn't have asked for more!!!! Although my daughter wishes we would have had one more girl so that she would have had a sister. Girls, as you know, are sooooo different:) I am not saying that raising one or the other is better, but it was great getting to do both! Yea for "Ruffle Power"!!!

Heather said...

congratulations!! How very exciting. I have a girl and you will have so. much. fun.. different fun and it will be so exciting. Here's hoping she will be a girlie girl and love PINK>

PS I WISH I was close enough to take that class. CA is a little too far. dang

Jane said...

That's soooooooo exciting about your baby girl!! Boys are wonderful, but what fun to have a little "partner".
I'd LOVE to participate in your library workshop!!!! And I DO live in Jacksonville, Florida so I'm right here!! Which library? How and where do I sign up?? Please put me on your list!! I'm sooooooo excited!!

lindaharre said... has some novelty children's fabrics! Don't know that they are vintage prints, but you my want to look!

lindaharre said...


Family Valois said...

How fabulous to have yourself a girl! I am so happy for you! I am crazy about girls!

and...I love the blocks piece, and wish wish wish I could go to that workshop...please come to Denver for me!

and lastly, I love the Monster Truck piece...I don't have an eye for boy anything, but man that is absolutely the cutest boy piece I have ever seen! Well done!

Shona Cole said...

Super congrats. I look forward to seeing your pink side. As a mom of 3 girls I know you are in for a super treat. there is no end to the pinkness, wings and flowers. loveliness.

Holly Loves Art said...

Corey, I am so thrilled for you! A sweet baby girl who will no doubt be adored by her two wonderful older brothers. You're going to have the perfect family Well, you already do, but you know what I mean)!

You are always such an inspiration to me and I love your art style so much - I never tire of looking at your beautiful published book.

All the best to you and yours.


Anonymous said...

Hi Corey,

Just popping in to say hello! It sounds like the pregnancy is going swimmingly! Congrats on having a girl! This is wonderful! I also wanted to let you know we've ordered all of the supplies for your 6/20 workshop and our graphic artist is finishing our major highlight guide (where your workshop and exhibit are getting some major billing). Yeah! It'll go to the printer the end of this week.

Congrats again! ~Jenny

Carla said...

Hi Corey
first of all congratulations on having a girl. Wow, I can so relate to it. I love my boy, but I was so happy my second was a girl! And I love the pages you did to mark the news.
Talking of which, I wanted to invite you to my blog party at on April 17 because it is all about personal memories.
The party marks my having become a personal historian, so the theme is celebrating your personal or family memories through artwork—which is what you do every day with your art!
More details about the party (and three small giveaways) are here:
I would really love you to come along.
PS: in case you are wondering what a personal historian is: it's someone who helps people preserve their personal or family memories—hence the theme!

Karin said...

Congratulations on a girl!! So wish I live close enough to take the class....just love the blocks. Adore the baby usual!

CarrieJ said...

I haven't stopped by in awhile, but I am all caught up now! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! A GIRL!! I can't wait to see more pink!! The boys are going to make such awesome big brothers!!
I do not live anywhere near enough to come to the workshop, but Playing with Blocks looks wonderful! I saved a pic in my inspiration file, and if I try it out I will send you pics of what I come up with, and if anyone asks I will direct them here of course! And show off your book :)

Cami said...

Girls are so yummy! No denying it. I have one of each. Blessed indeed. Great blessings to you as your baby girl grows inside of you.

Contessa Kris said...

Congratulations on the announcement of the baby girl! I have 2 girls and love having co-conspirators in all things pink. My husband is sorely outnumbered! ha

Carla said...

Hi Corey
thanks for your message. I hope you'll make it to the party, but totally understand if you can't—so much going on in your life now. By the way, your book inspired my 4 1/2 year old son to make a collage 'in your style' (as it were—I am not sure you'd recognise your style in it!). I had a lot of fun in seeing him do it. I have posted it on my site if you want to have a look.

carolyn peeler said...

congratulations Corey. So happy for your family!

Anita Van Hal said...

congrats! OMG! A girl! Can life be any more perfect! Wish I could be a fly on the wall when you decorate that girly nursery! A great place to get fabric is the Fat Quarter Shop...they sell fat quarters, yardage, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc. and have the most fanastic selection of fabrics!

Hugs! Anita

Ouissi said...

congratulations Corey ;D

I am so happy for you both!!


jenny holiday said...

ooooohhhh I could just smile alllll day looking at these lil guys!! They are the cutest evvver!! HAHAHA...I have to laugh too!! So so funny and sweet!!

So glad you like everything!! :)

Oh how I wish I lived close by! Lucky lucky peeps who get to take your class!!

Loving all of these pieces..sooo fabulous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Thinking of you!!
xoxo Jenny

Anonymous said...

I knew it! Now I'm on suspense for the name!good work!lol

donnaj said...

congrats! my sis had a girl in nov 07-the first in our family-you can bet she is spoiled and girlie!

Ulla said...

A belated but nevertheless heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS Corey! I also cried when I found out I was having a girl... Some women were just ment to have girls too...

Rosa said...

Congrats! How exciting! You know how hard it is to have a girl after two boys???? YAY!!!!

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