Friday, November 16, 2012

Show and Tell Friday #3

It's been a while since I posted.  I found that I was spending way too much time with social media, and not enough time in other areas of my life.  Especially, on the one thing that keeps me art.  Plus, I need to incorporate that one-on-one interaction of public socialization, and this can't be accomplished from a computer screen.  I'm not saying that I won't blog anymore, just not as much.  Instead, I'll be dedicating more of my time to creating pieces, building my inventory and catching up on family life. 

Okay, with that said let's gets started with Show & Tell Friday!  I've added 4 new pieces to my line since posting last.  Actually, the 2 pieces below share the same concept, but are designed for a boy or girl.  However, I think they can be interchangeable because I've had customers request the boy set for a girl!  These pieces are a redesign, as they did not start out as a shirt & jean set.  A blogger friend of mine who is heavily into Eco Green wanted me to design t-shirts for her and the staff to wear at their booth.  A few compliments later...I decided to tweak the t-shirt designs, and add jeans!

Symbolism: the 3 "R's" Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Bee Green Save a Tree

Bee Green

Design #3 is inspired by Sylvia Plath.  While going through books to donate for a book drive, I came across Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar."  I chuckled to myself as memories of being prego with Isaiah, while taking a college poetry course flowed through my mind.  That's another post!  lol  As, I was thumbing through the book the line "I am, I am, I am." jump out at me!  That line totally inspired me to create a design using this quote.  ADD set in...completely forgot about my original task, and set out on a new one.  I played around with words like a woman gone mad trying to come up with an idea.  Finally, after spending about 6hrs thumbing through books, two glazed doughnuts, and 2 cups of coffee later I came up with this:

Symbolism: Hindu symbol for women's strength.


Last, but not least design #4 was inspired by radio personality Michael Baisden.  I the Michael Baisden show.  It's interesting, and for the most part very informative.  He spreads the word of love, kindness & COMMON RESPECT for people of all races!  Michael is interested in hearing people’s views from all around the world and sharing them on the radio.  Thank you MB for all you do and, for being the inspiration behind my newest design!

Symbolism: Celtic symbol for brotherhood.

A Man

...And in the words of  Porky Pig..."Th-th-that's all, folks!" To see more designs by moi visit the website @   Peace & Blessings♥ 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Walking of the edge of glory!

Last Saturday's 2012 Baltimore, MD "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" was a glorious event!  Me waking up at 5:00 a.m. to get to Baltimore by 8:30 a.m. was a miracle within itself!  lol  Registration & opening ceremonies began at 8:30, and the walk immediately followed at 10:00.  Although my team - "Moms Against Autism" consisted of just my girlfriend & myself, we had so much fun!  An estimated 6,000 walkers joined together at M&T Bank Stadium to walk for research, awareness, and compassion!  Volunteers and research vendors from all over showed up very early Saturday morning to prepare for the festivities.  

There was live entertainment, featuring special guests Lisa and Mikel from Milkshake, more than 30 area vendors offering kid-friendly activities, trick or treat candy (available at each booth), and a Halloween costume contest!  My girlfriend I decided this was going to be a "Ladies Day Out" from the beginning, and YES! we reverted back into childhood.  Seriously,  we enjoyed collecting goodies from each booth!  They had the good candy!  The kind you sneak out of your kids Halloween bags when they're not looking.  No, Sweet Tarts here!  We also, collected a lot of great info for my girlfriend to use in finding services for her 16 year old son who is also autistic.

A very sincere thank you to everyone who supported us in this event by donating or sharing it with your friends and family!  Together we raised a total of $280.00.  Just $20.00 shy of reaching my goal, but a blessing still to say the least.  Please take the time to enjoy my videos & pics down below.  Until next time, peace & blessings

Moms Against Autism Now -Tee-iabo Designs - Walking Event Part I

Moms Against Autism - Tee-iabo Designs - Walking Event Part II


Moms Against Autism Now - Tee-iabo Designs - Walking Event Part III


Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Things I'm going to day!

 I'm B-A-C-K!!!  ...And, it sure does feel good!  Life without a computer was to say the least a miserable experience that I don't want to repeat again.  It is however an experience I'll have to blog about at another time.  Stay tuned!

Anyways enough of the sour grapes, moving on to fun stuff.  I was recently tagged by Jen@ to write a post regarding 10 things I've never done.  Well, there are lots of things I've never done, but hope to get the chance to do one day.  My list is about things I've never done, but would like to do.  It is also, a dedicated Shout Out! to10 blogger friends/acquaintances who inspire me.  Yep, you know me...inspiration from others is my drug of choice.  It lifts my spirit, feeds my soul, and puts a smile on my face to see others living life...perusing their dreams!  My hope is to one day experience a small piece of what makes them tick.  Drum Roll Please! ~

1.  Kenya G. Johnson @Here'sTheThing...  is a fantastic writer, her words draw you in within the 1st few lines.  Kenya is a self published author of  The Christopher Chronicles .  My goal...actually write a book one day.

2.  Antoinette Dickson @ Serendipitous Sojourn... is a phenomenal poet!  OMG...she has the gift of poetic symphony.  Antoinette recently publicly recited one of her poem's (open mic performance) for all to hear.  This was a triumph challenge for her to say the least.  My attend a jazz poet reading.

3.  Iris Payne-Mack @GreatMinz...think alike is a writer, poet and political activist.  Her quick mind is always busy trying to make the world a better place.  My be able to bless someone with a need/want by "paying it forward."

4.  Kathy @You'll Shoot Your Eye Out is a blogger, awesome photographer, Penn State fanatic, witty,  funny and so much more.  My goal...learn how to take a decent photo w/o the aid of photo shop.  lol

5.  May @One Moment in Time is a promotional and fun topic finding blogger.  She's always cooking up interesting topics to comment on or creating fun giveaways to be apart of.  My goal...have a great giveaway response. (my last 2 were busts o__O.

6. Jen @We're Living a Full Life is my newest blogger bud.  Although, I do not know too much about her yet - the blog is fun to visit.  Recently, she posted pics from a nature walk she took on her property.  Awesome!  My goal...own a pond or at least live close by one with a great scenery.  Inspiration  from nature...intoxicating, being able to take a pic of nature...skill, getting Kathy @You'll Shoot Your Eye Out to help you...priceless.  :)

 7.  Amber Elizabeth Lamoreaux...tales from a self taught artist is a take your breath away phenomenal artist!  Amber's canvas art leaves you in absolute awe with its life like tones.  My goal... to create bee-tiful art on canvas.  ;)

8.  Wilma Jean @Wilma Jean is an artist who paints women & children.  Kudos to her on her 1st  illustrated book!  Wilma is always dabbling with promotions, creativity and works of art.  My become more of a free spirit.  Just let go...

9.  Chelsea St.Pierre @Chelsea Art Design is an Artist Designer Crafter Blogger Reviewer.  Her art is fun, colorful and creative.  My get better with color coordination.

10.  Melanie @French Blue & Peachy Pink is the queen of antique centres!  Anything vintage is her passion.  She is also puts together great tea party settings.  My own a vintage tea set.   

Well, there you have it ~ my list of 10 things I wanna experience!  Taking on the challenge of turning "I Want To" into "I've Done."   Hope you enjoyed reading my list, and if you get the chance go check out my inspiring peeps!  Until next time...peace & blessings

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Computer blues. :(

Somewhere in the wee hours of the morning my computer decided it needed a vacation.  Whether or not if it's a permanent one will have to be determined by the Geek Squad at Best Buy.  Needless to say "Show & Tell Friday" will not happen tomorrow & will be on hold until the problem is rectified.  :(.

A computer is the main artery, the life line if you will when operating a business.  When that artery is damaged it affects the structure of the rest of the body.  Hopefully, it can be fixed without having to get a new one & before production can't go on.  As of right now things are running at about 75%.  I can only pray that the situation does not get worst.  I'm totally sick with sad emotion right now, but as they say this too shall pass.

Peace and blessings<3

Friday, September 21, 2012

Show & Tell Friday ~ 2

Iris Payne-Mack of Greatminz Accessories loves, loves, cowrie shells.  These decorative shells are what makes her jewelry selection distinctly unique.

Cowrie shells close up
Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, cowries are beautiful egg-shaped shells belonging to sea mollusks of the genus Cypraea. There are over 250 known species living in warm sea areas.  Most cowrie shells are smooth, shiny, and oval-shaped with a center slit.  Almost all of these shells are considered lovely because of the very shiny surface that has been compared to the sheen of porcelain.  

Imagine paying for your goods/services with...shells. 

The cowrie (aka "cowry") shell of Africa has been the most popular, and abundant historical currency on the continent since being introduced from the East/Middle East.  During early colonial times, many Africans preferred being paid with cowrie shells over gold coins.  The ever popular cowrie shell has had many uses and meanings.  North and West African tribes often produced sacks of cowries as a dowry or bride-price.  (For parents today it would be cheaper than paying for a wedding, and kick the Bridezilla drama to the curb.)  Specifically, for many West African cultures, the presence of cowrie shells indicates fertility.  A regular practice within countries such as Gambia is the threading of cowrie shells onto a bin-bin, a waistband worn around a woman's hip for the purpose of increasing fertility.  (Guaranteed pregnancy in a belt.  Hmm...if only becoming prego was that easy!)  In other countries, it was believed that the shell protected against the evil eye.    Cowrie shells were also used in making jewelry, to embellish clothing, decorate drums/headdresses, design ritual masks/furniture, for games, and in computation.

Today, just as centuries ago, cowrie shells are featured in a number of African crafts.   African masks, sculptures, jewelry, boxes, clothing and other artifacts are often adorned with cowrie shells of varying sizes.  Just as this soft leather sash belt is beautifully adorned with cowrie shells 4 leaf clover style.

To see more decorative pieces by Greatminz Accessories go visit the website @   in the jewelry section.  Peace & Blessings 



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PMS - What's a Girl to Do??

I cannot believe I am writing about this today, maybe because the rain is putting an emphasis on how I'm feeling today.  But...that's the fun of blogging, right?  You get to talk about any, and everything.  So lets do this!!

Premenstrual syndrome...that's what they call it.  To most women though it's just PMS.  Men  may think of it as: Prehistoric Monster Syndrome...ha-ha.

Why Did You Do It Eve?

Why, oh why, did you do it Eve?  Why did you eat that apple?  Ever since you bit into that apple us ladies have been eating Crab Apples every month.  She was the first case of PMS & her legacy still lives on :(

Most, if not all women experience PMS a few days before their period.  Some months PMS is non-existent, and other months it's EXTREME.  I've had my fair share, which is the reason behind this post.

My symptoms:

~ Craziness.  Like walking in front of a moving car while looking in the opposite direction. True story... almost got hit yesterday.
 ~ Clumsiness. Plates and cups seem to fall uncontrollably.
 ~ Mood swings. (This is the big one!)  My day's emotions go sorta like this: happy, sad, very sad, very happy, teary, smiling, screaming, joy, anger, I wanna hit someone...and the list continues.

 ~ Irritable.  Say anything and am irritated.  Don't say anything and am still irritated.

 ~  Bloated stomach, full of gas. Two sucks!
 ~  Headache.  Seriously...what's the connection between my period and my head???
 ~  Fatigue.
 ~ Loss of appetite.  Excluding chocolate and salt of course. :) 
 ~ Body aches.

C:\Documents and Settings\Terry  Wilson\My Documents\My Pictures\sewuseful - tutorial\DSC03241.JPG  I could go on, and on, but I know you get what am saying.  Not everyone experiences PMS like this.  If you do, one way to deal with the sudden influx of emotions is to have a PMS survival kit on had and ready.  A PMS survival kit can be anything you want it to be, but the goal is to include things that will make you instantly feel good in a moment of blah.  These items are like PMS salvation, if only for a few minutes.  This is what's in mine:

MY P*M*S Emergency Survival Kit.

- Wine or any alcohol. Just a lot little. To cheer me up. Sorry, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

- chocolate w/salt as a chaser
- ibuprofen
- heating pads
- herbal tea always helps with the cramping
- Yoga video

- laughs from any source (Rush Hour 1 &2.)
- last, but not least ~ My wish list request ~  A sound proof room away from husband & children for that 3-4 day period.  :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Introducing....Show and Tell Friday!

*In my Fat Albert voice* ~ Hey, hey,'s time for Show and Tell Friday!  

Recently, chatting with a friend of mine via e-mail I learned she didn't  know I had a business website.  Needless to say these words shouted in HUGE volume at me!  My heart literally sank!  Then...BOOM!...I realized, if she didn't know I had a business website how many others didn't know either.  Do I get an F in marketing or what!  Hmm...

Well, today and most Fridays here after anyone who surfs my blog will know...YES, I do indeed have a business website!  Show and Tell Fridays will be about introducing the latest design or jewelry piece added to my collection of goods, and telling a quick blurb about it.  Before, I get started showing off the latest redesign, let me give you folks the skinny version about my business.  The name of the business is Tee-iabo Designs  (Tee-ah-bow) and I specialize in hand painted clothing & accessories.  I recently expanded the product line by adding Greatminz Accessories ~ handmade jewelry made by Iris Payne-Mack.  Not only is Iris a talented jewelry maker, but she is a writer and poet as well.  Go check out her blog @   That's the skinny, but if you want the fat version...grab a cup of Java, have a seat, and read the past blog postings by moi. 

Okay, now that the preliminaries out of the way let's begin Show and Tell Friday!  Lately, I've been working on building an inventory, so I can start going to craft shows.  Making subtle, but necessary changes in a few older designs and also changing my signature pattern has been my mission since the beginning of summer.  Today I would like to reintroduce the design "Phenomenal Woman."  

Before the make-over she looked like this:

Now...she looks like this!

The changes:  shirt color, deleted floral arrangement, changed the symbol, and the signature pattern.  For those of you who do not know the symbols that follow my signature represents the design.  The symbol for this particular design is called a Triskele...the Celtic symbol for sisterhood.  The continual looping seen in the Triskele represents the eternal love shared by sisters.  The Tiskele  also represents the 3 stages of womanhood: crone, mother, and maiden.  Thus, the meaning of the design as a whole is: Women must unite to conquer, women must bond to be stronger, women must dare to be...Phenomenal!  

To see more of my clothing artwork go visit the website @  Peace & Blessings 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Autism Awareness Fundraiser Update!


I would first like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of the people that have generously made donations towards this worthy cause.  To date Tee-iabo Designs "Moms Against Autism" has raised $155.00.  I am a little over half way to reaching my goal, which is $300.00 or more.  Whoop, whoop!

For those of you who are not aware I am participating with Autism Speaks in the "Walk Now for Autism."  The walk will be held in Baltimore, MD on October 27, 2012The purpose of the walk is to help fund research and connect families with the resources and services they so desperately need.  The proceeds from the Walk will be used to support the efforts of Autism Speaks in this mission.  Autism Speaks is one of the largest non-governmental supporters of autism research in the United States.  If you are interested in finding out more about them, please check out their website   

Here's the thing...i need your help.  Every penny counts, so please do not feel like you have to make a great contribution.  If I got 60 people to donate just $5, I would reach my goal of $300.  If you are interested, your kindness will be appreciated one or two ways:

 1)  Please go to my home page at "Tee-iaboDesigns"Moms Against Autism" and click on the "donate now" button. 

2)  Purchase an Autism Awareness t-shirt designed by your truly (moi).  The t-shirts are $20.00 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks.  My goal is to increase the donated percentage to 50% by late July/early August.  To place an order click on the link below which will take you directly to my website.


Thank you so very much for reading...thank you for your assistance, and thank you from the bottom of my heart to help me achieve this goal!  Peace & Blessings

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Thirteen has me misty eyed

Today my youngest child, my daughter Sierra turns 13 years old.  When my son turned 13 it didn't really register the same emotional impact as it does now that my daughter has reached this milestone.  Being 3 years apart in age, Sierra in my mind is was always the baby.  My little peanut.  Now, 3 years doesn't seem like an age gap at all.  Over the past few years I've watched Sierra grow from my baby girl, to my BIG girl, and teenage girl.   


Looking Back...


I can remember vividly the moment Sierra was born.  I remember how she looked, smelled, how small and soft she was.  I remember the trip home from the hospital, and how we spent every minute of the first 15 months of her life parenting out of books.  I remember...when she started walking, talking, learning, growing, when she got her ears pierced, learned to ride a bike, her very 1st sleepover, and her 1st time spending the night away from home.  Thirteen years zoomed by in a blink of an eye.  Where does the time go?  It seems like no sooner than taking her out of diapers, that I'm now preparing her for high school. : '}

Sierra has an amazing sense of humor, sometimes bordering on gross or dry, but always funny, and always well past her age level.  She dresses herself quite fashionably, writes profusely, and sings like a sparrow.  She's smart, witty, and to be honest...pure awesomeness backed by an adorable smile.   ...And I've had the pleasure of watching her persona develop.  To my dear daughter, I just want to say that I am so very proud of the young woman you have become.  Not a day goes by that you don't amaze me in some sort of capacity.

To the fathers:  if you have daughters, treat them like the lady you would expect their future boyfriends & husbands to do. Tell her she's beautiful, smart, funny and awesome.  Tell her you are a better man because she is your daughter.  Let her know what she means to you as a man, and as a father.  Every little girl needs to know her parents specifically her daddy loves her.  

Happy Birthday Sierra. XOXO Daddy.

Happy Birthday my Sierra.  Mommy 's you.



Monday, September 3, 2012

I want to remember...

I want to remember each day as it comes,
That I am here for a reason
That my life is a precious gift,
That I should cherish it

I want to remember, the little moments that take my breath away,

Little moments that I recount at the end of each day,
Moments that make me smile,
Moments that I hold close to my heart

I want to remember that am here to enjoy my life,

To remember that life is too short,
To know there is no time for holding grudges,
Only time for finding things that make me happy

I want to remember that today is the only time I have,

That yesterday is gone, whatever happened is now in the past,
Tomorrow is only but a dream, a promise that I cannot be sure of,
This hour, this minute, this second, is what I have!

I want to remember this when am angry,
When am feeling down, when it is dark,
When I think that am at the end of the road,
I want to remember!

I want to remember so I can take it easy,

So, I can choose to smile,
To love and to laugh with an open heart
And to cherish this remembrance.

I hope you remember too!

Peace & blessings♥

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Two heads are better than one!

Good news!...Tee-iabo Designs is teaming up with it's very 1st  partner to expand business!  Singing ~ ♪♫♪♫♪"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it..."♪♫♪♫♪ *in my Pointer Sisters voice* :)))   Iris Payne-Mack of Greatminz Productions & I had a meeting of the minds a few weeks ago.  We finally decided to put our great ideas into motion!  I am proud to introduce handmade jewelry by: Greatminz Accessories

Ms. Payne-Mack is an artistic designer whose main focus is developing her own sense of style and pursuing what matters  Her goal is make affordable jewelry that fits whomever is wearing it perfectly.  Iris's designs are unique, and she works with a variety of materials including metal, leather, wood, wire, beads, acrylic & her most favorite cowrie shells.  She offers jewelry and accessories for women, men & girls.  Iris is also a blogger & poet.  Go check her out @!

All pieces are completely handmade by Iris (and her trusty tools.)  Most pieces are one of a kind and none can be brought in bulk.  She may be able to reproduce the theme, but none of the pieces are mass produced.  Nor, are any two pieces made exactly alike.  So, if you purchase an item, you can be assured it will be something truly unique.  We will be adding new designs to the website quite often, so I do hope you'll come by for a visit.  Perhaps you may even leave with something unique.  Peace & blessings until next time.

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. ~ Henry Ford

Buzz on over & check out the clothing/accessories on my  website:  ~ Also...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 3 R's...Reboot, Re-think, and Re-invent

I'm stuck in a rut.  Between work disruptions, writer's block and not being quite sure as to what my next step should be business wise has become quite frustrating to say the least.  My goal for the summer was to have completed building a small inventory consisting of new & old designs.  Well, life has a funny way of shifting gears on you in a split second.  A witty but, insightful quote by actor Woody Allen came to mind as the month of August took me on a never ending roller coaster ride "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans."  

In daily life personal or business we are bound to face challenges & unforeseen circumstances.  This is a story & song I know all too well.  Through it all though I've come to the conclusion that winning & overcoming challenges is a process, not an event.  Challenges are apart of life...a never ending cycle.  As soon as one challenge is conquered, without doubt there will be another one to face.  No matter what I'm going through, my focus is set to "WIN."  Why?...Failure and quitting are not options for me.  I try to wake up each day with a smile, reminding myself to be grateful for all the experiences I've encountered...even the bad ones.  3 R's I constantly try my best to live by are: Re-boot,  Re-think, and Re-invent. 

Poetry, creative & inspirational writing has a way of healing the mind, body & soul.  Especially when someone is going through trying times.  There are quite a few writer's my daughter Sierra being one of them, whose works I read quite often to revive my spirit.  Words that can capture the essence of a moment in time or an emotional experience is for me at least spiritually mediating.  I came across a poem my daughter had written during her creative writing camp this summer, as I was again trying to deal with yet another set-back.  Boy o' boy!   I tell you sometimes your biggest inspirations comes out of the mouth of babes.  Sierra's words were just the ticket I needed to uplift my spirits this time around.  Her words reminded me that while we try to teach our children about life, they are forever teaching us what life is all about.  To Sierra...thank you and to my blog readers...I hope you enjoy reading her poem.  Until next time...peace & blessings.      

"Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them." ~ Richard L. Evans

I Come From
written by: Sierra Ilyia Jones

I come from my Mom
Who is strong-willed and brave
Who gave me the life
I live every single day

I come from Maryland
Where I was born and partially raised
Sometimes I miss those days
Where across the street would lay fresh flowers
That would blossom each day with every April shower

I come from my bedroom 
With my nice warm bed
That keeps me under every seam
That holds me while I sleep 
Where I'm free to dream 

I come from my crazy dog
That makes me laugh and smile
When he picks up his toy
And plays with me for a while
Then he drops down from tiredness
from running to fetch the toy I threw
it seems like he ran ten miles.

I come from my grandma's earrings
in that little jewelry box
All golden and round
I wear them everyday
So grandma's memories can live on

About the Author:
My name is Sierra Ilyia Jones.  I am going to eighth grade soon at Kennett Middle School.  I love to read, write, and hang with my friends & family in my free time.  My dream is to publish a book before I turn 30.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Oh my goodness, it has been a while since I've posted!  Life in the Jones household has been crazy busy & I just don't know when things are going to slow down.  I know one thing for sure.  I'm going to need a much needed break from our summer break!  lol

Any who...I wanted to share something with you all today.  My daughter Sierra's aspiration is to become a writer and a photographer when she grows up.  Thus, I enrolled her in a creative writing camp offered by Westchester, University in PA this summer.  The classes run for two weeks and are designed to foster creativity along with self-expression in a supportive atmosphere.  There are no grades, no exams, no wrong answers—just creative writing!  Sierra has learned so many different styles of writing from prose fiction to poetry and is really honing her skills.  She has really enjoyed this experience and hopes to do it again next year.  I wanted to share one of her creative writing pieces which I thought was quite humorous.  Her brother, my son was the inspiration behind this writing.  Do you think Sierra is trying to send him a message?  lol  Hope you like it and I'll try to post again real soon.  Peace & blessings

A deodorant stick's point of view: 

Sweaty Jock's Deodorant Stick.
written by: Sierra Ilyia Jones

I hate being shoved under an armpit all the time.  
Why does it smell under there?
Why can't they shower and THEN put me on?...Disgusting!
Can't I just run out already?
I'm tired of just being used once a day.
Especially by sweaty jocks!
Ugh! Stop the horror!!!
After they use me, I just sit on a dresser all day long...doing nothing.
So bored...
If only they could know what I'm thinking when being shoved under their armpits for refreshment.
But, they can't...I'm just an object.
No respect.
No one to care.
Just used once a day until I'm done.
If only...they knew how much they stink!
How much they sweat, and how I detest the smell!
But, they don't care.
They just...don't care.  
I'm a deodorant stick.
An object in despair. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Whistle while you work!

So...I've been really busy these last few weeks with a little bit of everything.  Driving children back & forth to summer activities, keeping the kitchen stocked with food and clean, which by the way has turned into a revolving door.  I swear the board of education should offer parents double coupons on cereal, bread, eggs, cheese, and snack foods during summer break.  A maid and a cook wouldn't hurt either. o__O   Celebrating birthdays, our anniversary, hosting sleep overs, household chores and running errands has kept me very well occupied since summer began.  

However, in between the very much cherished time of Peace & Quiet, I've been able to work on building my inventory.  To date I have completed 8 new designs, **(4 of them were previously posted)** and 1 older design makeover changing the signature style.  Originally, I had an inventory of 13 shirts to paint, but after being inspired by certain people the number changed to 18.  Thus, instead of only having 4 more shirts to complete I have 9.  I'm getting there!  Sing with me!
♪♫♪♫♪ "I got paint on my face, not a disgrace, 9 more shirts will end this race.  Chorus ~ I will, I will finish, -- I will, I will finish!♪♫♪♫♪ (theme song to "We will rock you")  lol

Below are pics of the last 4 new designs & the older design makeover.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Express yourself...Bee who you are! ~ New collection!

 "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
 St. Francis de Sales

One of humanity’s greatest problems is that we are always trying to become something other than what we are.  Society fills our heads with beliefs of what we should be, but if we ever took a good look at what society views as perfection, we'd see that some of the images are unattainable.  For example, as a teenager I always hovered over that middle ground affectionately known as "chunky."  Even though, by the age of eighteen I had finally won the battle of the "chunk attack", developing a positive self-image would become an bigger issue.  Why?...because I was always comparing myself to "girl" so-and so.  The desire of wanting to look like someone other than me became an obsession.  It got to the point that the only time I ever felt slim, happy and in control was when I was dieting.  It didn’t matter whether I had lost any weight or not.  Just being on a restrictive food plan made me feel skinny and better about myself.  The need to fit the definition of what society viewed as the perfect body image ruled my life.  Thus, I yo-yo dieted for years.  It wasn't until 2007 while watching the Tyra Banks talk show that my train of thought took a crashing nose dive (I ♥ Tyra...Sagittarian ♥.)  Tyra told all of her critics to "Kiss her fat ass", in other words I'm happy in the skin I'm in!  At that very moment I realized in the grand scheme of things, me being 10lbs lighter or heavier wasn't going to have any impact on the world whatsoever.  Why was I wasting all of my energy on trying to be something/someone that was unachievable?  How would I ever be able accept and express my own individuality constantly trying to be something else?  I decided right then and there to stop dieting.  I re-focused my goals on being healthy, instead of concentrating on the number the scale read.  I stopped worrying about being perfect and started accepting "Me."  I learned how to be in balance with myself.  It took some time to retrain my thinking, but you know what?  I've been happy ever since! 

The temptation to emulate another person’s life, simply in turn makes us miss out on the life we’ve been given.   Individuality is what makes us who we are...what makes us shine and no one can take that away from us.  Sometime ago I used to compare my artwork to other artists designs/paintings.  Then would get depressed because I thought  their art was better than mine.  I had to learn to stop questioning my work.  I've learned now to appreciate my God given talents because art is about satisfying a desire, the need within you to create and express yourself.  My need can not be satisfied if I desire to paint, draw or design like someone else.  We can most definitely love other persons lifestyle and by all means be inspired by them.  However, don’t try to imitate them.  Let them be their own unique person, and instead concentrate on being who you are!

Iris Payne-Mack, Kenya G. Johnson and, Antoinette Dickerson are the inspirations behind my latest designs. Click on the names to check out their websites!  These 3 ladies without a doubt make the saying "Express yourself...Bee who you are" come to life!  They say what they feel and, feel what they do!  I implore all who read this post to show others your authenticity...Express Yourself!   

Introducing the Express yourself...Bee who you are!  Collection from Tee-iabo Designs!

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