scenes from my sketchbook

every day is a gift print by tammie bennett

today i'm sharing one of my recent favorites from my daily sketchbook.  when doing my daily sketch page, i only use black and white becauseit makes it so much easier to create a page when i don't have to worry about color.  

i created this after hearing about the death of a family member of someone i only know on the internet but it struck me with sadness.  

every night before i go to sleep i spend a moment in gratitude that my family is healthy, safe and happy.  every single night that i go to bed after a healthy, safe and happy day, i know i have been given a gift beyond measure.  even if i whispered, "thank you" every second of the day it wouldn't be enough. 

 

welcome 2015.

tammie bennett's field of flowers pattern

yes, i know we are halfway through the first month of this new year.  but i am still welcoming it with open arms.  

i kept putting off writing my First Post of the Year because i don't really have a sweeping word of the year, or resolutions, or a must-do list.  i did my own 2014 reflection list and it almost felt too personal and too big to share it publicly.  i want to fold it up into a little square and tuck it away in my pocket like bilbo with his ring.  

although i don't have a concrete word or roadmap, i DO know where i am headed.  i have cleared a LOT of dusty brush out of the way over the last several months, and i can clearly see my path.  (it's glowing in a rich, warm light.)  i am taking steps/skipping down that path every day.  i have so much excitement and happiness traveling this road that it's almost too much to contain in one body. i feel like little bits of confetti or sparks of light might sneak out of my ears at any moment and i don't know if i'd be embarrassed or break out in laughter if that did indeed happen. 

i am filled with gratitude for this life that i've been gifted.  my days are rich with hugs and laughter and jokes and funny faces and warm moments.  i have conversations with chris and our kids that are deep and real and rewarding.  our puppies are house-trained and fluffy and full of love that they show without reservation.  my weeks are filled with fun projects and jobs i love.  i am stretching my body open with yoga.  i am filling my ears with music that almost brings me to tears (of joy).  i am wearing clothes that make me feel good about myself.  i am working on a project for an absolute dream client.  i signed two contracts this week with fun companies who i'm so excited to work with.

before you start rolling your eyes at all this goodness, please know i have had some very dark times in my life.  and i went through a really tough period last year.  so to you out there who may be in a dark time of your own, please please know it gets better.  it gets better.

i'm thankful for

Rouge & Whimsyi'm taking part in julie ann's "i'm thankful for" blog linkup party today. this has been a really great year so far and i have a million things to be thankful for. but i'm not going to list all million here.

first i just have to say that i am so overwhelmingly thankful that i have a safe, happy, healthy family. i send little thank yous out into the world all day long, and i try never to take it for granted.

my project life album has a special place for my list of things i'm thankful for each week and i love filling it out each sunday.

here's my art + business related list of things i'm thankful for ::

  • ellen and madeleine at the printed bolt ++ thank you for giving me a chance even though i didn't have the training credentials that some of the other competitors had. thank you for the feedback and for pushing me to do things i didn't know i could do.
  • thank you to the crew at aeolida who are working hard as we speak on my bright shiny new website. i can't wait!
  • alma at nicole's classes. thank you so much for teaching me really cool things in adobe illustrator. your enthusiasm is contagious and has literally set me on a journey i never expected.
  • kelly rae and jessica swift. thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with artists who are just starting out. thank you for the practical advice + encouragement and for showing us that making a living with art is possible.
  • elise blaha cripe : you never stop creating and you inspire me to be more prolific and to work harder.  thank you for showing your strength and optimism.
  • steven pressfield and twyla tharp  ++ thank you both for reminding me to work harder.
  • i know i was going to keep my family and friends out of this but i can't not mention my husband, chris.  he's my super duper biggest fan and believer and i couldn't ask for anything more in a life partner.
  • and you, dear reader. thank you to all of you who visit me here and my facebook page, etsy, twitter and pinterest and instagram. thank you to those who leave comments and email me and read my newsletter. every time i connect with you it encourages me and lifts me up a wee bit higher. thank you SO much for taking this journey with me.