Hunting For Hearts!

All around the country, people have been crafting all sorts of hearts and hanging them in their windows, on their fences, anywhere that is easily seen by the outside world. No one really knows how it started, but the goal is to spread peace, love, and hope to their neighbors, as well as to lift the spirits of the people working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as they drive to and from work.

Our local community Facebook page has dozens upon dozens of people posting pictures of their hearts with captions such as, “Come and find us!” It creates a fun game for families going on bike or golf cart rides around the neighborhood as they “hunt for hearts” with their kids, who later post picture collages on the local Facebook page featuring the hearts they found!

So my husband and I decided we wanted to participate, because it seems like all of us could use a little more peace, love, and hope in this new COVID-19 world we are living in.

I will share my process with you so that you can get some inspiration to make your own as a fun project for yourself or with your kids (or just for your kids to get them out of your hair for a couple of hours)! It’s more fun if you get your neighbors involved too, from a safe distance of course!

As an artist, it’s wonderful to have a handy hubby!

First, my husband cut a piece of wood in the shape of a heart roughly 18″ x 14″, and painted it white. If you don’t have a handy person in your house like I do, there are plenty of other ways you can do this project. For instance, you could use any spare piece of wood you might have lying around and paint hearts on it. Or you can use something aside from wood. People have made hearts out of everything from construction paper to hang in their window, to gluing old CD’s in the shape of a heart on a wood pallet, to red solo cups hanging on their chicken wire fence in the shape of a heart! Most craft stores closed weeks ago, so go hunt around your garage for something you can up-cycle. Old signs, driftwood, large rocks, even the inside of a cereal box. Get creative!

These are the paint pens/markers I used for this project. They are from from ArtShip Design and can be found on Amazon. I will share the link below if you’re interested in buying them. However, you could also use acrylic paint, spray paint, or even just a sharpie!

Please note, this is not a sponsored post, nor is this an affiliate link (however, if ArtShip Design ever sees this and wants to become a sponsor, shoot me an email 😉)! I’m just sharing because I think they are a wonderful product for a multitude of projects.

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The first stage of my masterpiece!

Next, although it’s hard to see, I sketched out the word “love” in big block letters across the center with pencil. I went through two erasers getting it just right because I am extremely finicky when it comes to art, but I recommend using pencil first because it’s much easier to correct a mistake than it is with paint!

It’s starting to look more like I envisioned it!

I started using the black marker to outline the pencil, but then decided it would be better to paint the red, white, and blue first and then go back and outline it. I did two coats of all three of the colors to really make the word “love” pop!

Outlined and ready for some more details!

I wanted the word “love” to really stand out against the other words I later painted, so I outlined it with a thick black line. I went back over the black lines a second time to give the underside of the letters a thicker outline which gives it more of a 3D look!

Bob Marley lyrics because who doesn’t love Bob Marley?

Next I wrote the word “one” both above and below the word “love”, and then painted a heart at the bottom so that it reads, “one love, one heart” because who doesn’t love that Bob Marley song?

The final piece!

I wanted to add a few more details, so I painted 50 stars inside the blue part and outlined the silver heart on the bottom, and my piece was finally done after working on it on and off for 3 days (it’s hard to find time to paint when your 5 month old’s bottom front teeth break through the skin, tantrums all day long)!

My husband did the finishing touches by putting 2 coats of standard clear coat paint on top to protect it from the elements, and he hung it on an old sign hanger we had lying around. We stuck it right at the beginning of our driveway which is on a main road in our neighborhood so people driving by can see it.

We are thrilled with how it came out, and within just a couple of hours, the post I made in our local Facebook group has gotten an overwhelming amount of love! This project was so much fun to do!

I am dedicating my heart to my younger sister, who is a biological chemist working on the front lines of this virus.

If you participate in this project, I would love to see your heart(s)! Please leave a comment below showing them off!

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My COVID-19 apocalypse to-do list

As of a few days ago, my employment status went from employed, to, well, not employed. At least temporarily anyway. The state of Florida did what most other states have already begun doing in regards to mandated business closures, including restaurants like the one I work for, over the next few weeks into April. Closures could possibly even be extended into May and beyond due to the COVID-19 virus mayhem. Unfortunately for me, that means my brand new shiny promotion as the catering sales manager has been put on hold until further notice.

So now I have joined the group of millions of Americans who have no choice but to sit at home and wait, and pray that our small inventory of toilet paper is enough to last us through these uncertain times.

I am a first time mom, and my daughter (Aubrey) is 5 months old, so I’m trying to stay positive and be grateful that I get to be home with her all day and watch her hit some exciting milestones (like how we just got her a little booster seat and she is sitting so well in it already)! Sorry, shameless proud mom moment plug.

Aubrey’s first time in her “big girl” chair!

I also have a to-do list a mile long of things that need to get done, and now I have plenty of time to do them. However, as I began compiling my list of chores that need to be done at the rental house we are currently living in, as well as the house we just bought (first time home owners – say whaaaat!), I quickly realized I was beginning to pile on a daunting list of tasks that I really didn’t want to do. What I really wanted to do was find a way to generate a little income from home, something I could really dive into because I wanted to do it – and not because I had to do it, something I’ve been saying I want to do for years but always had an excuse as to why I couldn’t. I wanted to start a blog, and a presence on social media.

My to-do list during the COVID-19 apocalypse

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for years, and back in 2018, I did. Well, I came up with the name, signed up on WordPress, and ever since it’s been collecting dust in my corner of the internet. Then on Friday when I got home from being temporarily laid off from my job, I thought “Well, there’s never been a better time than now to start my dream of working online through social media”.

So I sat down at my computer and got to work. I browsed some other blogs for inspiration, and I came across a recent90]] post from a blog I followed a while back – dorkymomdoodles.com. Her most recent post is her apocalypse to-do list consisting of binge watching Netflix shows, and having a determination to not leave the house so she doesn’t have to put on a bra (her post made me do one of those laughs that made my daughter look at me like I had 12 heads – because of how relatable it was to my new situation – I highly recommend you check it out, after you’re done reading this post anyway).

  • Giving credit where credit is due! 😉

But there it was, the inspiration I had been looking for to finally break the ice on my blog and get my first official post on the books (thank you Erika)!

After reading Erika’s post I thought to myself, “What a great idea for my first blog post! Share my to-do list! How exciting!“. 🤦‍♀️ I promise that my creative writing skills will reach beyond to-do lists as I build my blog.

I am excited that I finally have the time, motivation, and creative ideas to launch the blog I’ve talked about for so many years. I’ve also created Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts that will coincide with this blog. There’s not much there right now, but hey, I’m just getting started!

I might be biting off more than I can chew, or I might be starting my online empire to social influencer stardom! 🤩 Hey, a mom can dream can’t she?

I am also setting up a Patreon account to offer subscription based content that is still to be determined (although it will be along the lines of more in depth photography & art tutorials, early access to and discounted rates for artwork/jewelry/anything else I sell), but for now it’s just an optional “pay what you want” if you feel so inclined to support this newly unemployed mama through this new journey that I’ve begun. What can I say? It’s worth a shot. The link will be at the bottom. Every dollar counts!

If you’ve read everything up to this point, let me first say thank you. I put a lot of time into all of this. Secondly, I hope that you’ll consider following me, especially if you’re interested in any of the topics I’ve listed in my previous post that I will be writing about (such as the humorous aspects of parenting & marriage, modern day photography, and art/drawing tutorials for example). If you’re interested in learning a little more about me, check out the “About” page! Lastly, I would love it if you would comment below what is on your COVID-19 apocalypse to-do list!

Be kind to one another, stay safe, and love thy neighbor in this new COVID-19 world (read: don’t be a jerk, wash your damn hands, and stop hoarding toilet paper so that your neighbors can wipe their asses too)!

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Under Construction!

Hello there! Thank you so much for stopping by! I just created this blog and I am currently working on getting everything set up to my liking before I create my first “real” post. Apologies I don’t have anything fun to read…. yet 🙂

However, please come back soon if you are interested in any of the following topics that I will be blogging about which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Family and lifestyle
  • Marriage
  • Motherhood
  • Art and drawing
  • Photography
  • Planning and organization
  • Equestrian related content
  • Adventure and travel
  • Cooking and recipes

I also plan on starting a YouTube channel and Facebook page that correspond with my blog, with posts and videos covering the topics listed above in further detail. I also plan on doing live Facebook videos as a way for me to connect and chat with you guys, get feedback, and have some fun too!

Again, thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you check back soon.  The fun has only just begun!