Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ding-dong, and a book in progress

I've been absent from this spot for so long that I had to log in, which is the online equivalent of ringing the doorbell to my own house. So, ding-dong!, and thank you for letting me back in. Nothing major happened -- it was just a matter of one moment flowing into the next, all the tasks and events of family life rapidly adding up to eat my days, with me left wondering where those days went, what I did, and what had happened to my creative routine. (Sound familiar?)

Anyway, as a friend of mine once said, "We press on." So I am, and I'm throwing all of my creative energy into penning something I've wanted to tackle for a while called The Things We Do -- an effort put into firm form all of those seemingly vaporous (but important) things we do as parents to raise our children. (At least from birth through the tween years. Late tweens & teenagers will get their own write-up once I've gotten through it!) I've been keeping notes for years and the time finally seems right to get it all out.

Here are a few of the many B&W pages in progress -- when it's finished it will be in color, somewhat organized, and bound just like The Stew Book.

the-things-we-do-infant-page-part-2

ttwd-page

ttwd-highly-skilled

ttwd-laundry

pip-convention

It started out as a little leaflet but it has already grown way beyond the original scope -- clearly I have a lot to say on the subject -- and I'll keep going until I feel it's finished. If you'd like to keep tabs on the other page drafts, I'm posting them on Twitter and Instagram. Come & find me! Also, thanks for putting up with my absence and coming back to say hello! :)

37 comments:

Shelly said...

Well, hello there! The new book is a revelation... Your way with words captures what we all went through but don't manage to write down. Love it! xoxo -Shelly

iHanna said...

Well Hello sweet one, your project looks awesome and like a fun fun read! :-) not sure non-parents should read it though? Maybe post it with a warning? ;-)

aimee said...

hi and thanks ladies! hanna, exactly -- a few people asked me about getting copies for expecting parents. i said don't do it -- you'll scare them away!

Karen Blados said...

Talk about spot on! Sounds EXACTLY like the last 10 years of my life -- only thing missing is my mother saying "Been there, done that" instead off offering sympathy/advice. I've heard it enough I think I'll buy her the T-shirt. ;-)

Can't wait to see the finished product!

rachel awes said...

these pages are brilliant,
dear friend. xox

Carin said...

I LOVBE it! I was chuckling to myself all the way through! This is fantastic (and oh so true!)

Carin said...

I LOVBE it! I was chuckling to myself all the way through! This is fantastic (and oh so true!)

Anita Fendrock said...

All so true, and beautifully written! Wonderful moments to remember, and also a great reminder to empathize with other parents, not to judge.

Emily Lagore said...

This is fantastic!

And coming from "the other side" (my daughters are 23 and 25) - my own list of mothering skills just keeps expanding :).

Great to see you back!!

Chel said...

hello! <3

Bella Sinclair said...

YUP YUP YUP! You had me nodding violently and guffawing to everything in there! Soooooo dang truuuuuuue! Haha! So good to see you again. Ding dong, come on in!

kirbielee said...

LOVE this. I am a new parent and cant wait to have all of these things pass through my mind!

kirbielee said...

LOVE this. I am a new parent and cant wait to have all of these things pass through my mind!

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Missed seeing you around here!! Glad you could pop-in and share your essence - always so rich in every way! Happy Summer!

Shelley Malone said...

I love this sooo much! I knew you were up to something.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

It's so lovely to have you show up on my screen again Aimee. Glad to hear you're doing well, just keeping busy!

Christie said...

Love these pages! They conjure up so many memories of the heart and body. Nobody writes it (or doodles it!) like you do. :)

Cindy said...

hello - fun for all on those pages for sure. have a wonderful weekend!

soulbrush said...

What a fantastic idea, please let me know- I want to buy one of these books. I love your word art as you know, and I am always truly flabbergasted with how much comes 'out of you'. You go go go girl!

Za faran said...

WoW! WoW! I totally enjoyed reading this. So many details woven in with so much of observation!

AG Ambroult said...

well it would seem as though you and I are on the same blogging schedule. Once a month has kind of been working for me lately. Thing is, I still feel so connected, thanks to instagram.
anyway I have been loving all your in-progress pics of the book. You are a wordsmith like no other.

Andria said...

This is super-awesome, Aimee...so much truth in these pages, and so beautifully presented!

thismummaslife.com said...

I love and adore this project! I can relate to every word of it. Beautiful work!

Frances Traina said...

wow you've been busy, lady! What great pages you have here, very inspiring:) I loved reading through these. You really have got something here!

whimsygal said...

oh wow, so amazing to find you here, i love your creations!

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Kathryn A said...

Hello, welcome back :)
The pages look great.

julie said...

I don't even have kids and I love this!

Jessica said...

I am so amazed on not just the meaning of the words are on these pages, but there overall visually striking display. So creative!

la ninja said...

hiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
x

la ninja said...

hiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
x

Kirstin said...

This is awesome. As someone who has just completed 7th grade science for the third time, I can completely relate.

Gail said...

I've recently had cause to look back on my "do it my own way" parenting, after some serious talking with my youngest, 19 years old. Even though it has been that long, I relate to everything you've done so far!! What a wonderful way to capture memories that aren't photographable!

Leonie said...

That looks so fun, and I'm not even a parent!

Glad to see you're back after a little leave of absense (I've just posted my first blog post after six/seven months today, so I think you're doing OK in the grand scheme of things ;).

Lynn Fisher said...

Gosh Aimee, you're my hero (I don't even have children)
-Lynn

Pat said...

Phew! You have been busy! I missed you! Glad you're back!

:)Pat

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