Happy Summer

Hello friends! I hope you're doing great and having a fantastic year so far.

I've been really enjoying my summer this year. We've had some family excitement with our son and daughter and law searching and finding a new home. They've moved and are getting settled into their new place, yay. :) I've kept baby Melody a couple of times. Whew! It's amazing how much energy those little ones take but they are so much fun!

Tim and I have done some traveling for work and fun. As a merchandising manager, I attended the National Stationery Show in New York in May. I met with several of our artists reps, picked new art for our stationery products and found new hardgood products to place in our catalog. After that trip, we met up with extended family for a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Relaxed on the beach, caught up with family news, listened to the waves, ate tons of seafood and yummy desserts. (As you can see it's been a fun year so far.)

I haven't had a ton of time to spend in the garden this year but even so my flowers are "mostly" thriving. However, I lost a couple of new rose bushes that I had planted last year. One of my favorites was the bush that had the HUGE roses. Not sure if they just weren't hardy enough for our Colorado winters or if I didn't protect them well enough. It made me sad but I've learned over the years to not get too attached to my plants. Because mother nature can be tricky. She can drop the temperature unexpectedly in the winter/spring and this time of year brings us hail storms. The hail will either make the plants stronger or it will wipe them out. For the most part I've planted perennials so they can withstand most of the weather here. Anyhoo, I'm taking a break this year with the garden and mostly just observing, not actively planting anything new.

On the art front, I've been reflecting on my business (Tejae's Art) and where I would like to take it. I've finalized art for a new collection through CreateAlong that should go live in July/August. It will include new stax stamps, texture sheet, silkscreen and color me magic transfer paper. I'll be sharing some of the designs soon right here on my blog. 

I'm practicing more using my vector graphic software. I've been taking graphic design classes through (skillshare, youtube) and that's been occupying quite a bit of time. Along with planning new and exciting things I want to try, I've also been preparing for my Encased Heart class in Albuquque, NM end of July.

Just wanted to pop in to let you know I'm still here. I hope to be able to share more with you soon, now that life has settled down a little bit. :) I'd love to hear how your summer is going. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

Til next time,




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