Sunday, January 15, 2017

8 months

Yesterday our baby girl turned 8 months old and it's been more and more amazing with each passing day. She is working on crawling, a master at rolling to her destination of choice, wants to taste test everything she can get her hands on, pulling up, almost sleeping through the night (sometimes), and sweeter everyday! We love you little bug!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

We had the most amazing 2016. My heart is full and grows more in love with these two everyday. Looking forward to all that 2017 may hold. Best wishes to all for a healthy and happy year! 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wrapping up the past several months in one picture-filled post!

Hello, again!

It is absolutely crazy what a new baby can do to one’s blogging goals…  ;)
It has been forever since I’ve posted, so let me give you a not-so-quick update!

Enjoy these highlights from the past several months:

TODAY! Emmajean turned 7 months old! I cannot believe how fast these past seven months have flown by! Our little cherub is super close to crawling. I can see her first tooth poking through. She loves all things musical, and is still the cuddliest baby in the land.  :) 


  • I turned 32, wowzers
  • November 14th, Emmajean turned 6 months young! We are so overwhelmed with love for our little one and cannot believe she is already starting to sit up on her own, giggling, sleeping through the night,  and grabbing everything she can get her sweet little fingers on! She loves eating yummy peas, carrots, squash, and turkey! Not fond of green beans, yet. Oh! And she loves to play the piano with her daddy!
  • We visited NC for Layne and Billy's beautiful wedding weekend
  • Had our first Thanksgiving as a Family of three+buddy!
  • Celebrated shop-local at Willow Creek
  • Emmajean met Santa for the first time! 
  • Picked out first Christmas tree and decorated for Christmas


  • Stood by my sister and brother-in-law as they became Mr. and Mrs. in an absolutely gorgeous DIY outdoor wedding in Trade, Tennessee!
  • Took the cutest little ladybug trick or treating
  • Enjoyed a chilly evening by my new bonfire pit that Zach surprised me with while I was away.
  • Spent lots of time photographing families and seniors!


·         Baptized our baby girl on Labor day weekend.  So great that her Gima Grandpa, the Musselmans, and Bradys could all be there to celebrate Emmajean’s special day. Her great aunt Linda and Uncle Thad were even able to join us for a nice lunch after the baptism. 

  • Emmajean and I spent most of September in NC. We helped throw a bridal shower for aunt Britty, she made her first trip to the beach for Britt's bachelorette weekend, and she got tons of snuggles from her grandparents! She got to meet her great grandparents on my side of the family along with the majority of her extended family, and several close friends. The time flew by! 

  • Art in the Park was another big success for us in Elkader, Iowa. We had 50 artists filling 38 booths, music, wine tasting, food, kids’ activities, and more down in Founder’s Park. You wouldn’t have believed the awesome installation art that you could find throughout the park, thanks to Leslie and Andy Gibbons, and the Rural Character Scrap Art exhibit that was exhibited throughout the festival weekend!
  • August was a big month at the shop, too! It was nice having Grandmommy Dawn around to help out with baby girl while I prepared for the festival.

June - July

  • I spent June,  July, and August getting settled into mommy-hood and settled into my new studio space at Willow Creek in Elkader, Iowa. I’ve been showing and selling my artwork at Willow Creek for the past two years, but when Emmajean was born we decided to move my studio down to the shop.  That way I get to take her to work with me. So far the customers love seeing our little munchkin. Mommy doesn’t get too much painted when she’s with me, but it’s so worth it!
  • PawPaw and Grandmommy came out  to Iowa for the 4th of July and PawPaw finally got to meet his granddaughter!

So there you have it! If you made it to the end of this post you are officially all caught up on life with Emmajean. :)

I'll see you soon with a short sweet post! 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Art in the Park Elkader 2016!

We're at it again! Elkader's second annual fine art festival will be held in just two weeks! 

Be sure to join us in Founders' Park, Elkader, IA for a weekend of ART, food, wine tasting, live music, kids' activities, and more!!! 

FREE admission and parking 

For more info and festival details visit:
and follow us on facebook 

I'll be exhibiting in the park, but you can still take a peek into my new studio space at  
Willow Creek 115 N Main St, Elkader, IA! :) 

See y'all soon!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Exhibits at The Left Bank

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Folks, have you been to visit The Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, Iowa, yet? If not, you are missing out on some amazing artwork! The best local artists (within a 100-mile radius) have work for sale at The Left Bank. You can find anything from jewelry, baskets, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and more! 

Not only is this a great space to come for awesome Iowa-made gifts, but there is always an excellent show in the special exhibits gallery. For a couple of more days (2 days...until June 27th!), you can see a really cool exhibit from local and regional folk artists. If you aren't sure what "folk art" is, this is your chance to see a great selection that can open your eyes to an eclectic genre of art. For example, at first glance you may think you're looking at a whimsical painting, but at closer consideration, you'll be amazed at the detail in Barbara Decker's wallpaper collages! You'll enjoy the melodic landscapes painted in oil by self-taught artist Carol Hartmann. Nancy Schmidt's rosemaling, a decorative Norwegian folk painting, is expertly detailed. You'll be captivated by the paintings of Suzanne Aunan, the primitive work of Teresa Champion, and the exquisite pine basket weaving by Roberta Condon. So don't miss out on this enchanting exhibit! Here are a few images in case you can't get there before the 27th. 

And... if you missed this first exhibit of the season, you can always checkout the next exhibit, "A Secret Garden: Art Inspired by Nature," which opens on Friday night, July 1st! Stop in Friday, July 1st between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy free beverages, snacks, and LIVE music by Mandy LaBarge! You're in for a treat because the artwork of Ann McCullough, Karen Juno, Maureen Wilde and Coleen Welter is magical! 

Also, this is a great chance to see a preview of one of our Art in the Park 2016 artists, Ann McCullough. I can't wait to take my baby girl to her first art exhibit at the Left Bank! 
Hope to see you all Friday! 


Thursday, June 23, 2016


I've been away from my computer for a bit 
now you know why...

My husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world in May and we've been enjoying each and every wonderful, exhausting, exhilarating, miraculous moment! I cannot believe she's already over a month old, grown so much, and steals our hearts a little more each day! 

true love ♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exploring Folk Art - at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Looking for a fun way to spend your 
Friday evening? 

Enjoy refreshments and live music with Maritza as you take in the sights of this season's first special exhibit. 

"Exploring Folk Art with 
Local & Regional Artists" 
Exhibit runs May 27th- June 27th

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 27th
from 6-8pm

   After viewing the works of these talented artists, don't forget to browse the many wonderful gifts and works of art available at The Left Bank.

 You'll even find a few of my own JWebb original paintings!