Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Not Saying Goodbye...More Like I'll See Ya Later




Hi everyone!  It's been a little bit since I last blogged, but things have really been busy for me lately.  Not just with work, but also with this every day thing called life.  Unfortunately, I'm sad to inform my followers that this will be "It's A Bee's Life by Tee-iabo Designs" last post for a while.  :'(

It's very hard trying to juggle the roles of wife, mom, entrepreneur, keeping up with social media, and blogging all at the same time.  I really had to sit down to ponder what was most important at this time, and what could be put on the back burner to simmer for a bit.  Blogging made the simmer list sad to say.  Hopefully, I will be able to return one day, this is why I'm not shutting my blog down.  Just laying it to rest for a period of time.

This announcement is bitter sweet as I have made some great friends here.  I'll still pop my head in from time to time & catch up with bloggers I'm currently following.  Keeping in touch with people I've built relationships with is important to me.   

If you would like to follow me & keep in touch with what I'm doing you can find me on the following social media sites:  

"Like Me" on: Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/teeiabodesignshandpaintedwearableartbysonyam.jones 

"Follow Me"  on Twitter ~   https://twitter.com/TeeiaboDesigns
 

"Follow Me"   on Instagram ~ http://instagram.com/sonyamjones

There's usually lots of stuff being posted on these links about the in's & out's of what's going on in my world.  Hope to see ya there!  Until next time...peace & blessings

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Design Video

Tee- iabo Designs Slideshow


                                               
A trip down memory lane...designs I have created over the past year 1/2.  Enjoy!
www.tee-iabodesigns.com


Until next time...peace & blessings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Celebrating MLK Day Memories Throwback



Together as a nation today we celebrate, and observe the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  When my children were younger I would bake either cupcakes or a small cake in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday. Then we would read stories & play games that focused on the life/work of Dr. King.  Even though we had the day off from work/school, I didn't want to let an educational opportunity pass by.   I made it a point for them to know who Dr. Martin Luther King was and how he greatly contributed to our country.  I felt it was vital to teach my children about important events in African-American history, and the struggle for civil rights.

Over the years, we’ve learned about Martin Luther King Jr. by listening to his great “I have a dream” speech that took place on August 28, 1963, at Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  We also looked up MLK’s famous quotes, read them to one another, and talked about what they meant.  One of the best ways to teach my children about MLK was reading stories about his life, and work.  Being an artist I believe simple, but beautiful illustrations speak volumes to us.  These are precious memories that I enjoyed thoroughly while spending time with my children.  Nothing truly brings family & people together like a commemorative event.
 

How do you & your family observe MLK Day?   HAPPY MLK DAY! 

Until next time...peace & blessings




 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Peek Into My Window To See How I Paint



So, I decided to take time out to record & share through pics, the process of creating a design.  Fabric painting isn’t rocket science, but the more that you know in advance, the fewer mistakes you’ll make along the way.  Fabric paint is PERMANENT paint. It’s not meant to be removed.  If I make a mistake, it’s now a permanent part of the shirt/onesie/pillow/ - whatever I’m painting.  If I have paint on my hand, and I begin to paint a shirt, there’s a good chance that I’ll get the paint onto my shirt from my hand. Then I would have to reach for my emergency stash of chocolate & rack my brain cells on what to turn that spot into because it was not part of the original design.  This is why me exercising is so important.  I can easily gain 2-3 lbs over a paint blob mishap.  Enough said...now onto showing how I do - what I do:


First, before all else I pre-wash the fabric.  The fabric will shrink, wrinkle & deform if I skip this step.  After washing & drying, I iron the fabric to smooth out any wrinkles.  With shirts & onesies I like to fold them in half long ways to form a crease.  This helps to keep the design centered as I paint.  Now, it's time to paint!  By this time I've already drawn up the design to use as a blue print for outlining it onto the fabric.
 Next:

1.  I place cardboard in between onesie/shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through to the other side.

2.  Referring to the blueprint, I Paint the design outline using a preferred color.  Sometimes I draw the design with a pencil onto the fabric 1st, then go over it with paint.  Most of the time I freehand with my paintbrush.

3. Fill in design with desired paint colors.

4.  Finally, I heat press the painted design using an iron, and add any embellishments as a finishing touch. 


...And there you have it!  How I do - what I do!  Below are pics of me designing a onesie I completed just before Christmas, along with the finished outcome!   Hope you like!  

Until next time...peace & blessings






Leopard Butterfly
http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

White Knuckle Driving Sessions Scores Licensed Teen Driver



Friday, December 20, 2013 my son Isaiah L. Jones got his driver's license!  It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since Isaiah first slid behind the wheel of my burgundy 2012 Nissan, permit in wallet, and I took the passenger seat. (Which, by the way, automatically throws off your equilibrium.  Instead of those mirror signs that say, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear," parents of teen drivers unaccustomed to sitting on the passenger side need a little prompter that says, "Teen may not be ready to run over the curb, even though it sure looks like it.")  Xanax should be offered free of charge during this adventure.

Here is my internal dialogue before taking my 16 now 17-year-old son out to drive for the first time:
“OK, Sonya, be calm about this.  He’s a new driver, so be patient and supportive.  Don’t nag.  Focus your suggestions on the big things, like, say the ditch he’s about to run into, and let the little things go, like, say the mailbox he took out before hitting the ditch.  Above all, do NOT be judgmental .”
I really tried to be the calm, supportive Mom when he got behind the wheel.  But, once we actually started moving, I couldn’t help myself.  Impending death, and the threat of crippling property damage lawsuits will do that to you.  “BRAKE, BRAKE, BRAKE!” is what I remember saying most often during our 10-minute drive, although to be honest most of it was a blur.  I’m fairly sure I also mixed in some helpful motherly advice, such as “Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!” and “You see that car there, right? Right?  RIGHT?”


 The more we practiced, the sparser my in-car vocabulary became, dwindling to mostly "Slow down," "Please slow down" and "Isaiah Louis Jones, slow down."  Like other parents-turned-driving instructors before me, I learned that constructive criticism--"Watch out!" "Don't you see that car?"--is not necessarily appreciated.   In fact, it's often met with irritated retorts, such as "You want me to drive like an old lady."  So, I moved on to other coping mechanisms.  When things got hairy, I imagined that all the cars on the road were made of rubber.  Even in a head-on, there would be no dented bumpers, no deployed air bags, no insurance companies to deal with.  Avoidance and denial, generally considered mentally unhealthy, can be good strategies when teaching a teen to drive.

To be fair though, I can't take all the credit.  A lot belongs to my calm, cool, and collected hubby.  Dad, as Isaiah repeatedly reminded me, never gasped, never raised his voice and never, ever screamed "Stop! Stop!" with tears streaming down his face.  But, in between those lessons with Dad, Isaiah logged extra practice with me.  And, all those hours--working our way up from parking lots to alleys, side streets, busy streets and finally freeways--led to him to passing his driver's test.  One teen down, one to go...lawd help me!
 

Conclusion...my son may have his driver's license, but my right foot still hits the invisible passenger side brake when approaching a stop light.  Maybe by the time he graduates from college my invisible brake will disappear.  Until next time...peace & blessings


Monday, January 6, 2014

Skinny Jean Dreamer

As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf



Gobble, gobble, gobble, burp, Happy New Year!  That’s my cue for the holidays are over, and it's time to start putting on the brakes.  Feeling a little bloated, puffy, and still have that same muffin top I had before Christmas.  Just a 1/2 size larger.  There's hope though...I can still wiggle into my skinny jeans, but sad to say there isn't any wiggle room.     


I accomplished a LOT in 2013 business wise, and it was amazing year!  Reached all of the goals I set out for myself!  But, in giving so much attention to my business while still trying to balance the homestead, I neglected myself.  



I don’t know about anybody else, but even though it's a fresh new year, winter is still a difficult time for me.  All I want to do is burrow under a blanket, and hibernate until March.  It’s also a little hard getting out of the holiday food mentality.  My Eating Healthier switch doesn't turn on, and off very well.  I kind of have to ease my way back in.  For instance, there were cookies in the house, and I sort of just ate fewer of them as time went by.  Now they're gone but, I kind of still crave them.   Although, the urge to bake more is there, I haven't.  I still have an emergency sweet tooth stash of pralines my good friend made for me.  They are stored wayyyyyyyyyyy back in the fridge.  Protected from direct eye-contact.  Their sole purpose will be to reward moi as a small treat for good eating & exercise habits.  And, to help me through the agonizing monthly visit from "The Lady in Red."  

As for 2014, no New Years Resolutions.  I will continue doing more of what I love, like painting, creating, taking care of my health, and making the effort to spend more time with family and friends.  This time around I will put my health before all else because after all, if I'm not healthy there is no way I can take care of anything or anyone else.  Until next time...peace & blessings


Happy New Year, may the year be full of blessings and joy in your hearts!

 Galatians 6:9 
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!


As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf







As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.AR6GEyEo.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf
As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control. - See more at: http://www.lovetoeathatetoexercise.com/#sthash.ZRR3jjBl.dpuf

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Ditto"



Ditto means

“I love you”



Hey, it's me Sierra Ilyia Jones writing to you, daughter of Sonya M. Jones.  Mother is taking a break, spending quality time with the Hubby.  I know all of you have read about me in one way or another because my mom just LOVES to write about her children.  (yay...)  But, now it is my turn to write about her because, well she is crazy, and I love her. 

I'm not going to sit here and, tell you all that my mother is perfect because lying is a sin.  Also, I don't want to have to go to church, and enter a confessional when I am finished this blog post.  Our relationship, if i had to put it in one word, is "quirky."  My mother is the weirdest mother I know.  I do not know of any mother that sits on their children, when they are sitting on the couch trying to watch their shows.  Also, I do not know of any other mother that says "Ditto" with a smile slapped across her face when their child says "I love you, mom."   My mom is anything but ordinary. 

My mom is funny, smart, and very very awesome.  However, she is also EMBARRASSING!!!!   I want to run away whenever she starts dancing like Beyonce.   Whether it's in public or in the privacy of our own home.  I mean really, come on...if you have ever seen the movie "HITCH" you'd know I'm telling the truth, that she should live in the neighborhood of arms by your waist at ninety degrees and stepping back and forth.  No fancy moves necessary!

But, I guess my mom has the right to act silly, and embarrass me once in a while because all I do is bug her.  I'm not going to lie...I live for bugging my mother, it's very fun.  I love to lay on her bed because I know that it makes her itch a little bit.  I plop right on there, and she says "Sierra, I just made that bed, why are you on it?"  Then I reply with a simple, "Because mother, it's soft."  I also like to come over whenever she is drinking wine.  I call her by her nickname that I came up with especially for her, and she tells me "I need a glass of wine after your bugging me."  I also love to tell my mother occasionally that I will put her in a home whenever she starts to bug me.  I tell her specifically, "See mother, this is why you are going in a home."  Or, "I'm going to remember that mother, whenever you're old and need somewhere to live.  Yeah, you're going in a home."

But despite our differences (our many, many differences), I do love my mom.  I love her special hugs when she holds on tight, and won't let go (even whenever it's long overdue.)  I love whenever she says that I can have my friends over especially my redhead, Natalya.  I love her "LOL", which stands for layers of love.  I love the way that she says "Ditto" to my "I love you, mom."  I love our relationship.  She may not be the perfect mother to anyone else but I can tell you this, I would not trade her in for anyone or anything. 

In the words of my mother...Until next time...peace, and blessings


Mother and I

My redhead friend.  Natalya, and I.

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