Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Prints and a Free Fall Pumpkin Printable

I love autumn in Colorado! The leaves are changing and the weather cannot be beat. The kids and I have been trying to get outside as much as possible, especially with winter waiting just around the corner.  Today we visited our favorite place, Sunflower Farm, and came home tired, messy, and so happy.  

The season isn't the only thing changing. . . I am both excited and nervous to announce a big change to the Etsy shop.  

For a couple years I have tossed around the idea of adding illustration prints to the shop. I went back and forth on the idea for a long time. 

On one hand I love the idea of painting a piece from scratch so that each is truly an original. The shop has succeeded on custom paintings for four years and perhaps expanding to prints would somehow ruin what people enjoy most about Murray Designs. On the other hand, adding prints to the shop brings an affordable option to everyone, and allows me to operate even more efficiently while exploring new designs and mediums.  After probably way too much thinking and researching (I tend to make decisions annoyingly slow), I decided to go for it. 

To celebrate this new print art adventure, I have an 8x10 free pumpkin printable (click the link to open the print, not the photo)available for you here just in time for Fall. 

I've added a number of prints to the shop this week-- my kids think they're neat and have been asking me to print them on our cheap-o printer so that they can scribble all over them. The actual shop-worthy prints are printed on my brand new (and way too gigantic) Epson printer on pretty 100% cotton rag paper. Each is an original illustration that I've edited and colored digitally. 

Happy Fall! Check back soon for more new prints.

Click Here For Free Pumpkin Printable - Print it, share it, pin it, scribble on it, whatever you want! 
(Autumn printable is available in the shop)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bringing Back the Blog...

I was just thinking it is about time to resurrect the old blog... 

The Etsy shop has been busy busy busy over the last year (I just looked, and we are up to 499 sales!) and one thing I know about myself is when life gets hectic, blogging is unfortunately the first thing that gets pushed aside. 

We welcomed our third sweet little one in August, and since then I have taken a little maternity break from painting full time. This break has given me a little time to think and plan for the future of the Murray Designs.   I've been pondering things like family/ work balance, and the most efficient way to do things. 

There are a few business changes on the way, the first of which I'll share today... just a small (but efficient) change.  

Kids Wall Art, Pink and Grey Textured Flowers, Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Made to Order

With most of the custom paintings in the shop, you can now select a size with a corresponding price when you check out!  This means paintings that were once listed only as 16x20 are now available to purchase as a 16x20, 18x24, 20x20, 20x24, and even 24x36 without requesting a custom listing.  

The shop has been a little sparse lately, but should be restocked and ready to go at the beginning of November.

There is one big change that is coming...I have a couple more details to figure out in the next week or so, and then it should be ready to share with the world!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Two Months

Haylie Jean is two months! 

The best part of the second month with our baby girl has been her sweet smiles.  Right before 5 weeks, we started to see this happy face:


Haylie loves laying on the kitchen floor on a blanket, looking at the ceiling fan, while big brother runs around wild.  Little sister is a great eater and a terrific sleeper.  She fusses quite a bit in the evenings, but then sleeps from 8p - 4:30a, eats, and then sleeps until about 7am.  She weighs 10lbs 6oz, is 22.75 inches tall, and has a typical larger-than-average "Shaw" head like all of her aunties, uncle, and cousins - 15.5 inches.
Our sweet girl loves to snuggle and enjoys it when we talk to her.  She smiles, and talks back with little sounds - we can't get enough! Charlie has been having fun with his little sister too.  The other day I saw him shaking her hand and saying, "Congratulations!"  Ha! Although sometimes I'm pretty sure they conspire to just take turns freaking out, life with two kids is starting to feel more normal for me. We've been enjoying trips to park, walks through the neighborhood, and playing in the yard while the weather is still nice.

This is one of my favorite dresses... I'm hoping we can do a long sleeve onesie and tights with it so that it can last through the fall! 

And, finally a little happy mommy memory of Charlie at 2 months (I couldn't pick just one picture). I think they look a lot alike!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlie James

Someone is three years old! I am so proud of my little boy who blessed our family three years ago.  What an honor to be your mother, Charlie James.

This year Charlie has grown in his social skills and has really grasped the concept of having friends.  He went from a very shy two-year-old with a lot of anxiety about people outside our family to a three-year-old that prays for his friends, talks about them, hugs them, and gets so excited to play! When we are out he will often run up to a group of kids and shout, "Hi friends! What are you doing?"  Last night we went out for birthday ice cream and he said "Hi Guys!" to everyone passing by... until one man jokingly asked for Charlie's ice cream, then he resorted to his typical defense mechanism and pretended he was asleep (also used when he has done something wrong and Mom tries to talk to him about it-- seriously, he lays on the floor, closes his eyes, and starts snoring).  Tonight he didn't want to get out of the bath, so he layed down in the tub, pretended to sleep and started snoring.  Where does he get this stuff?

Charlie is excited about life.  He runs instead of walking, shouts instead of talking, doesn't like to take no for an answer, and loves a good laugh.  When he is ready to get up in the morning he runs out of his room, bursts through our door, and snuggles with mom while I feed Haylie.  He quotes movies with dad (mostly Veggie Tales and Cars) and entire books like Are You My Mother? and Go Dog Go.  Baking with mom, painting, riding his bike, watering the garden, swimming, fixing things with tools, racing his cars, looking for airplanes in the sky, being chased, and running around like a wild man are things that Charlie loves to do.  His clever little mind thinks of funny things to say, like this week he decided to start calling popsicles "Piston Cups" instead of popsicles!?

It has been so encouraging to see him use manners spontaneously...and so cute! His cars even use good manners with one another. When one falls off the table, another says, "Are you OK?" "Yes, I'm OK. Thanks."  He is quick to say bless you when he hears a sneeze, and apologizes when he has hurt someone.  Despite his frequent impulsive, wild behavior (I can picture his "sneaky face" as I type this), one thing I love about my son is his kind, soft heart.  Yesterday when we were walking back to the car after ice cream, he stopped, looked back at our table and said, "Mom, where's sissy?" I pointed to Rob who was holding her and he said, "Oh OK, got her."  Already protecting his baby sister.

This year has had its two-year-old challenges, but Charlie James continues to be a joy to our family!

And finally... a year in pictures, one (or two) for every month starting last October:





Monday, September 17, 2012

Favorite Things

Two favorite things to share...

Tow Mater play house!  I made this last week for Charlie out of a dishwasher box that Rob picked up at Sears.  These days I measure projects in evenings and nap times.  For example, Charlie's Tow Mater play house took one nap time plus one evening.  I think I might like it more than Charlie James does!

A special gift from Rob after Haylie was born.  I love the little initials of my sweet kids, plus an extra aquamarine to honor our March Baby.  We ordered this necklace from The Vintage Pearl - a neat company with lots of meaningful hand stamped jewelry started by a mommy. Charlie calls it my "pretty" and can tell you whose initials those are. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Month Old!

Haylie Jean is one month old!  Its been a busy month...so busy with two kids that little miss Haylie has not made a blog appearance yet.  She is already growing and changing so much I can hardly believe it.  Here's a little picture review of Haylie Jean's first month...

One of the first pictures we took just a couple minutes after birth

A few hours later, swaddled and happy
One day old and ready to go home
2 days old

4 days old
1 week
3 weeks (I couldn't find any 2 week pictures - kind of sad...I guess it was an extra busy week?)
At the park with the family
3 1/2 weeks

One month! We've been walking in the evenings together.
And here is what she is doing right now while I type this. Rob took this picture on his phone so the quality isn't great, but she's so squishy and sweet sleeping next to me that I had to share it!

Haylie has done quite a bit more than her brother did during his first month (mommy is less paranoid and has an almost 3 year old who cannot be contained in the house all week).  We go for walks and go to the park almost every day.  We took our first family outing when she was 4 days old - we went to her check up and then lunch at the local airport so Charlie could watch the planes.  When Haylie was one week old we were able to visit her new friend, baby Eli, at the hospital the day after he was born. She loves riding in the ergo carrier while Charlie sits in the cart at the grocery store. Pretty soon she will ask for a balloon, a cookie, and two penny horse rides like her brother (I don't remember what it is like to just "run in and grab something") but for now she just snuggles in the carrier. All the sweet old ladies at the store like to peek in the carrier to see her.  We've spent some days playing with friends which has been great for Charlie, and also nice for me to have time to regain my sanity and chat with friends.  Haylie's baby dedication was last Sunday at our church.  It was such a special day, but we managed to somehow take no pictures! 
The last month has been a little overwhelming (and honestly just really hard at times) as we adjust to life with two kids, but each week has gotten a bit easier and we are starting to get the hang of our new normal.  We are so blessed by our baby girl and honored that we have been entrusted with this tiny person to care for.
What has big brother been up to this month?  Oh boy, that is a whole other blog post!