Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Lettering 1.0!

Well, the MoJoy Studio is up and crackalackin!  We've been hosting classes, having ongoing kids, teens and women's classes, and are getting the place ready for real live shopping come the fall shopping season... all handmade items!  

This blog is dedicated to all the women who took my Creative Lettering 1.0 class.  This is Emery.  She teaches at my studio, and has always had a bit of a mental block to using her own handwriting on her canvases and artwork.  
I'd say it is time she kick that phobia to the curb!!  She has done got "mo-merized!"
We had a fairly decent sized group of women who met every Tuesday night for four weeks.  I had to start by teaching them that their handwriting would not look like mine.  Period.
But then again, if given the choice, how many of their children or grandchildren would choose a canvas with my handwriting on it over the exact same canvas with their own writing?!  NONE!!!
The above is Crystal's mixed media canvas.  ANd to be honest, this is the point at which I am usually passed the canvas, and asked, "MO, PLEASE write this quote on it for me."  It's because most women just don't think they can do their own writing.  It was this reason that I felt this class was necessary.
This was our final project!  Each week, we had assignments, and this was our last night together.  We put it all together on a canvas. Suzy, above, was rocking it out with hers!!
And would you look at Pam's?!  She was the world's worst about NOT wanting to paint words.... wait til you see how hers turned out!!
She did a GREAT job!
How cute is this little canvas?!  One thing is for sure... we don't go home with the same canvas.  Not even really a similar canvas!!  Each person does her own thing!!
I think Most Improved might have to go to Jennifer!!  She really practiced her letters!!  Everyone had a notebook to work with at home.  There were assignments, and Jenn took them to heart.
I was so proud of her.

She and Lisa, below, drove TWO HOURS, one way mind you, to take this class!!  They are also coming this Saturday to Suzy's The Art of Doodling class.  If you're interested, this will be a fun one to take!! It'll be 10:00am -12:00 pm on Saturday.  Then, we are all doing lunch together somewhere!  BONUS!
Now did Emery's turn out fabulous or WHAT?!
And here is my protege', Jennifer!
And voila'... the whole group!!  Anna Lea, in the front,third from left, had a lot of experience with lettering with markers, but wanted to learn to use brushes and paint. She succeeded.
Who is that peeking out on the right?!  Well, I do believe it is JinJin!!
Let's do a play by play, shall we?!
Jennifer from Alexandria.
Anna Lea, the letterer.
Marion, the science teacher.
Jodi, WAY more talented than she gave herself credit for!
Lisa, who gets the most committed award!!  Four hours on the road after a full day of work!!  That is serious moxie!
Shanda, a newbie to the MoJoy experience.
Suzy, who made this for her sister in law.
Crystal who I think surprised even herself.
JinJin who used to paint all the time, and who needs to get back into the habit again!!
Pam... told you it was good!
And Emery.  Who can now add letters/ words to her canvases!
this was a pretty great class.  And I've had quite a few requests for Creative Lettering 2.0, so be watching for that in the fall.  I enjoyed teaching it.

Mo

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

and thats a wrap! Ellie's Bday Pt. 3

To complete our birthday bash, Mary Allison got up the next day and went to get the overnighters donuts and kolaches.
And as soon as everyone was picked up, I decided it would be a good bonding day for a special little seven year old.
We went to Ulta (Nana gave her a gift certificate there) and Miss Thang got a new haircut.  Actually, just a little trim.
ANd we hooked back up with her good friend, Isabella, and we did the mall.  I do the mall about twice a year!!  So, I hope she appreciated it!
I thought this was downright hilarious.  Especially, the way Ellie is posing like a mannequin!
And of course, we had to rent one of those gigantic buggies and take turns letting each girl ride in it.
Finally, we rode the carousel, ate pretzels, and went home with lots of school clothes.  It was a good, good day!!

MO

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ellie's Bday Part 2!

Finally finishing up my baby's bday post.  SEVEN CANDLES?!!  Whoa!!
Later that same evening... even the boys were excited to be watching Frozen on the big screen.
Emma Lou and two of her big girl friends were there to help the littles with the "glamorous" part of our Glamp out.

This little show was pretty much cracking me up.  This is one of  Ellie's favorites, Parker.
And clearly, Ellie is one of Parker's favorites too!

She had all of his attention through the whole movie.  And speaking of movie...
Can I just say don't let ANYONE tell you that the little boys don't know EVERY word to "Let it Go" and "Do you Wanna Build a Snowman" and "Love is an Open Door"...

These three peas in a pod were in the same classroom this year.  They stuck pretty close all evening.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, the mamas and friends were having cake and chitty chatting.
Neighborhood boys... these three REALLY knew the words to the movie!!  The one in back, Cole, has a sister.  But Grayson and Reed... umm... I'm not sure what their excuse is!!  They knew the words AND could act out the scenes!!
Let's face it, EVERYONE loves Frozen!!

MO

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ellie turns 7; Part. 1!

So Ellie Sue decided she wanted to have a water slide, a big screen movie, a sleepover, and S'mores.  We decided to call it a "glamp out".   Like a camp out, but much more glamorous!

Todd the Bod was the designated cook.  As usual.  He made mini hamburgers for the crew.
Breanna came over and saved the day by getting things set up and celebratory since I had to work all day long.  She brought her baby doll, Audrey, who is also my "God child".  Or so I have declared!
I loved the little Smore's snacks in the baby food jars.  And that cake... thank you for making it perfect, Kelly!

The kiddos loved having the lemonade free for the taking in their individual bottles.  I loved it too.  I am pretty much learning that the more that they can do for themselves, the better.  I'm adopting my OWN advice that I give all the time, "If someone can do it 80% as well as you, delegate it!".
In the case of this party, I KNEW that Bre could pull off a cute party, with a fun theme and do it just way over the top.
And as far as lemonade is concerned... the kids could DEFINITELY squirt their bottles full 80% as well as I could!

Ellie got her S'mores.

Ellie got her water slide.
I got my cute tents as Glamping decor.
JinJin and the other mamas stood around and watched the action.  That's MA on the left in the shorty shorts.  (She'd be mad if she read this and I called her a "mama".)
Bre and Audrey and Jessi and her sweet foster baby.  She has two in her home now.  I'm her Godmother too.  Just sayin'.
I have no idea how this happened, but very few of the girls invited to the party actually came.  I have since heard from a few of the mamas who explained they were out of town last weekend.  But, never fear, the neighborhood boys showed up in full force!!
But never fear, she can boss little boys even better!  ha.
It's been about 111 degrees this week.  SUPER HOT!!  But, the party had to go on!
Oh. My. Word.  This little thing is precious!!  And her Aunt Mo bought her that sweet outfit.  It is fun to have a baby to buy for again!  I am a SUCKER for tiny baby clothes. But there are going to be NO more Groves babies.  Until we have a grandbaby.  And we'll be 95 then.
This is one of Ellie's most favorite friends in her class.  Parker seems to be saying, "so... whattaya think?!"  haha
Wait.  Maybe he was!!  Would you look at all of this early testosterone showing up!?
The girls frolicked and played in the tent decor.
I liked how this party spread all over my backyard.  Behind the slide, there is a trampoline, swing set and big wood pile, for the S'mores, of course.
Isabella is one of Ellie's best buds from school.  She has been in school with Ellie, in dancing with Ellie and takes gym with Ellie since Ellie first started taking!

Ellie tried to tell me this slide was boring.  Well, too dang bad!!  She saw this one at a party and loved it.  So, I reserved it.  Then, about a week before her party, she saw one about twice as high.  Suddenly, this was a "baby" slide!  Ha.  Too bad, sister.  Mama tries to minimize injury!
As you will see more and more, Ellie is a tiny little thing.  Isabella is probably what you'd call average height.  Ellie is super short.
This is our friend, Bruin, from down the street.
And then came present opening time...


This was the first time big girl has wanted cash!  That, or "gift certificates"!  ha.  Can you even believe?!  She is SEVEN now!!  That's nuts!
Did you know that the ages 7-11 are called "the period of latency" or the period of waiting.  It is when little kids are waiting to become tweens.  It is when they lose all their baby teeth and get all gapped toothed.  It is an awkward phase!
It is so weird to think of my "baby" leaving her toddlerhood, then "little girl" phase, and going into "Latency"!  Oh my!!  I have a BIG GIRL!

JinJin hooked up Ellie up with all kinds of cool stuff.

So we had a pretty chill and successful party.
Ellie had some of her good buddies around her, and she thought the whole thing was a huge success.   And that is all that mattered to me!
As it turned out, we all headed inside and watched a big screen movie, and then the girlies bunked up til the next day.  More cute pics from this party will be revealed tomorrow.  Yep... back to back blogs.  Can you believe it?!
MO