about

about

I am a wife to Eric & mommy of four: Samantha {2005}, Caitlyn {2010}, Andrew {2013}, & Jacob {2014}.  I am a teacher & self-taught artist.  I love going to the park with my kids & cuddling up with them at night to read bedtime stories & say prayers.  I am obsessed with decorating & re-arranging my home, organizing everything, scrap booking & DIY projects.  I am a huge fan of college football & love tailgates, autumn leaves & the sound of the USC Fight Song traveling through the air {fight on!}.  I love riding horses, country music, camping, throwing birthday parties, & holidays.  Cooking & baking make me happy {as does my collection of around 200 cookbooks!}.  I crave chocolate & love curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace.  I love writing & creating new chalkboard & ink on paper designs.  Nothing makes me happier than going on long walks with my family {although if you were to ask my eleven-year-old what I love, she would say “babies!”}.  I think I’ve always been an old soul & a country girl at heart.  I work daily to strengthen my relationship with Christ & while I am not perfect & make many mistakes, I hope to share with you my successes, joys, trials & struggles as a working mommy on a journey to create a happy home for my family. 

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{Photo by Walt Myers Photography}

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{Photo by Walt Myers Photography}

So why did I create a blog?

In a very small nutshell, this is my story…

Ever since I was little I dreamed of creating art to share with other people…

…Maybe if I begged enough, my parents would turn the attic space above my room into an art studio…

…or maybe I could change my closet into a small space to draw…

I started drawing in elementary school with tracing paper and a pencil going over image after image of my favorite artists’ illustrations.  I really moved up in the world when I bought a simple marker set with about 12 colors and started drawing my own pictures.  After reading a book all about Mary Engelbreit {my absolute favorite artist and idol as a child, ok, let’s face it…even now!} my parents bought me a set of beautiful, wonderful, EXPENSIVE permanent markers “just like Mary’s.”  I was in heaven.  Now if only I had that attic art studio I always dreamed of…

I began sending out annual Christmas cards featuring my work.  Later, I began creating birthday, bridal and baby shower invitations, wedding programs and menus…but all for fun and all for friends.

Family, friends and acquaintances would tell me that I should “do something” with my art.

Sell it…send it to someone…bring it into a store…ANYTHING!

“Thank you” was always my flattered response.  Truthfully I wanted to, but didn’t know how to get started.

After a long time and A LOT of prayer, I started my own small business.  It was time for me to finally follow my dreams!  My dream continues to change and grow as my life takes many twists and turns.  Although this blog began with my art and shop as the centerpiece, I found that talking about life, motherhood, faith and connecting with other women is really what this space is all about.  When I am not taking a break {currently evaluating what to do next!}, you can purchase my artwork in my jennymarie + CO. Etsy shop.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my little blog.  My hope is that you can relate to my stories, successes, and struggles as a working mom and that they might bring a little happiness, a little something beautiful, and even a little inspiration into your lives.

I would love to connect on   i n s t a g r a m . . .

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