Tuesday, June 29, 2010

testing 123

new commenting system test.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Well, it's been awhile since I've updated about Eric and I and baby Urban. I just finished this piece for someone, and it reminded me of our family. I can't believe we'll be a family of 4! Kaia might not be physically here, but she's definitely here!

It's summer, and we've been really working hard to prepare for our new addition. Baby Urban is growing very well. In my last post about us, we had to have a repeat anatomy ultrasound at 26 weeks to make sure the baby wasn't dropping off in size anymore. The little bean is supposedly 13 days behind, gestationally, which caused major alarms to go off for the doctors. But after a long fetal echo, the baby's heart looks healthy. The doctors wanted us back about a dozen more times before we gave birth to this one, so they could continue to monitor the growth. However, after the stress of two level 2 ultrasounds and a very long fetal echo (6 ultrasounds later), we decided to ride this pregnancy out on faith and leave it at that. We haven't had an ultrasound since week 26, and we will not be having any more. My belly measurements have been right on track, and keeping me stress-free will help baby to grow to be the correct size. I was under a HUGE amount of stress in my early pregnancy due to issues in our lives that I've since overcome, and the doctors think that could be a reason for the size. So, the less stress, the less ultrasounds, the less worry....the healthier the baby. And our main goal is to keep this baby healthy as can be, no matter what the cost!

So, with no further ultrasounds, I have no more pictures to share. I can say that my weight gain is right on track to where I was with Kaia. And with only 7 weeks to go, I'm definitely feeling ready. I feel like I was just here with Kaia, and it's so exciting and bittersweet to be going through it again. On one hand, I want Kaia to be here. But if she were here, this little one would not be. So, her life helped create this new life, and we celebrate every minute we have in this fabulous life we are given! I can't believe it's been almost a year since Kaia's passing, almost a year since our marriage....and this baby is almost here too. We feel so blessed to be given such love and joy in our lives.

It's been hot hot hot here. So, I've been couped up in my little studio with my little air conditioner, pumping out all the orders I have had. I think some pieces have come out so nicely. I just finished one that I'm so proud of. It's for a girlfriend of mine and her son. She wanted a piece to celebrate her son and whatever dreams he might have for his life. Here it is:
"A Dream For Liam"
16 x 20

Hear Us Roar!

Win win win!!!! Did I get your attention? You can win a Little Lion piece! How? Well, I'll tell ya! It's super simple. Just go to the fabulous monsterbites365.com website and read this blog "Hear Us Roar!" (click to be taken directly there). All you have to do is follow the link and comment on that blog post by telling them what animal you associate with a specific personality trait – Little Lion Designs is named after Kaia’s courage, etc. While you're there, make sure to subscribe to their blog. Lots of amazing goodies on there weekly.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New art for adults are up!

Hey all! I've been truckin' along with art and wanted to share some adult pieces I have done recently.
Visit my etsy site (click here) to purchase available art or to special order a piece.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Does anyone have issues with some spammer out there trying to post comments on your blog that's a bunch of Chinese lettering, which is a link to something? I've never clicked on it because I don't want to know what that link leads to. But I have to monitor all my comments, and I require a captcha. So, it's an actual person putting them up, which I just keep rejecting. But they are insistent. And now they come under different names, several times for each blog entry. It's annoying, and I'm not sure how to get it to stop. Anyone have this issue with blogging and know how to avoid it?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

new pieces, new pieces

New pieces are up at www.facebook.com/littleliondesigns and www.littleliondesigns.etsy.com. They're also on my website at www.littleliondesigns.com. 

Reminder that my show is running all of June at Bela Dubby. Bela Dubby hours and location are located here.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


I'd like to take a minute to ask for some prayers for a very special mom, Jenna Evans. I don't know her, but I do know her story through some heart moms. Jenna lost her daughter, Bentley on April 6th of this year. Bentley had Holoprosencephaly and lived only 4 months. Bentley had an older sister named Hailey, Jenna's other daughter. Hailey passed away just yesterday from meningitis, completely unrelated to Bentley's condition. She lost both of her children in only two months. Knowing how difficult it was to lose one child, I cannot imagine what she is going through at this time. It's an unbearable pain, and the ONLY thing that gets you through is support and lots of it, constantly....for months. Please keep Jenna in your prayers, not just today, but for the weeks and months to come. The pain doesn't go away, but I know with prayers, it will become somewhat liveable. There is a facebook support group where you can go and offer her words of kindess and support. Click here to visit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Show is up!

Well, it's officially up! My first big show is now up at Bela Dubby in Lakewood. Bela Dubby is located at 13321 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH. I have 21 pieces up there now and am bringing in 2 more over the weekend. This Saturday there is a big arts and crafts exhibit there. It's on Saturday the 5th from 12-??. It would be a great time to go shopping for local art. :) Be sure to pick up a CHD fact flyer (hanging on the wall in a fabric pouch with all the business cards and such) and bring it into Planet Green in Rocky River for 10% off anything in the store.

Everyone is officially invited to the opening party, as well. It will be on June 12 from 5-8 pm. Lots of veggie and vegan fare, cookies, coffee, beer, etc. will be available.

Thank you all for supporting local art and helping me raise awareness and funding for the research/prevention (and one day cure!) for congenital heart defects.

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Click here to visit little lion designs official website. Sales and contact info are located in the "contact" section.