Thursday, April 10, 2014

Doodle Addict Giveaway

I recently learned about Zentangle, and ever since then I have been a Doodle Addict! I'm also hosting a little giveaway on Instagram :
 Here's another photo with all the writing implements that went in to creating it :
(If you do not have an instagram account, but want to be included on this giveaway, just comment on this post before 3:30 pm EST today! (Thursday, 4.10.14)

Here are some of the other pieces I have done :

Have a lovely, doodling, day!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back to Watercolors

A painting I go :
All of these paintings are for sale for $20.00 each in my Etsy shop; MarthaHaskins.

Thanks for looking!
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Dreams + Goals

Benjamin is 10.5 months old and my dreams are clearer now than they have ever been. I guess my moment of clarity came when I was driving home from CT yesterday and wondered what my legacy was going to be...  

I am so proud of my Mother for Artsplace (in Cheshire, CT) and Artsday.  I was at the very first Artsday 25 years ago and here I was attending the 25th annual with my own sons first Artsday!  Wow, Mom...all that hard work and so many happy kids and families.  Amazing!

It's time to dream bigger and better than ever before.  And I don't care how corny that sounds...that's part of who I am.  As well as who I am going to be.  So here it is world (or Mom, whoever is reading this...haha) dreams in black and white to keep me honest:

Qualities important to me : 
love * compassion * honesty

My words to live by : 
create * travel * love

Need to work on :
being a better listener * strong work ethic based on clear goals

First Steps :
make a morning book
(scrap / photo book with favorite photos and inspirational quotes to read every time I hesitate)

And most importantly...
design fashion + accessories for globetrotters + mama's
be a *wonderful* stay-at-home-mom (wherever in the world we are)
slow food + happy cats
travel the globe
laugh and love as much as possible
be true to myself
keeping dreaming up bigger dreams . . . 

What that means now is :
create 1 item / week for Etsy during nap + sleep times
sketch daily
keep up with the meet-up groups I am involved in for Benj
follow "Science of Skinny" (link below)
groom cats daily
put all profits towards trips
meals together at the table (as usual)
tickle as much as possible + read every book we can

I'm a lucky, lucky woman.  Here's to life, laughter, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

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PS: Seriously, this has changed my...* our *... lives forever (thank you Naty!) :

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

B and Blogging

Benj is happily napping on me after nursing...and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Boy, have my days changed since becoming a mother. What's one thing that I will forever be impressed by now? Single parents! I couldn't give B the attention he deserves without all the work that James does for us. I am a very lucky woman. I am also proud to still be breastfeeding. It's a truly wonderful feeling.

Next step? I've been amassing design / crafts / art ideas that I really want to accomplish (and blog about) I need to work on more B naps in his crib and more me time in the studio. When I get something done for my personal future on top of being a stay-at-home-mom, I feel like Superwoman! We just went to England and Lake Sunapee, NH to visit family and friends and I actually got some art time in! So I'll be posting those photos today, hopefully. (I've also learned that plans may change and often...and that is okay! I am loving my more spontaneous and giggle-filled days.) My other current goal is to meet other parents with children B's age in my area. I'm doing a "Boot Camp" workout on an upcoming Tuesday at one Mama's house and I recently bought a pass for "Mommy and Me" Yoga on Wednesdays in Montclair, NJ. I'd also love to get back in to horseback riding, book a few appointments (hair for a much-needed cut, dermatologist for a suspect mole, eye Doctor for my blurry left eye as of late, and maybe lactation consultant to check B's latch before teething starts...which I'm a little nervous for, OH!, and paddle-boarding and surfing lessons), and start swimming lessons with B! He absolutely loved "swimming" in Lake Sunapee and I loved paddle boarding inspiration, that's for sure.
 (I painted this tortoise-shell onesie for Benji in NH this past week. I was totally inspired whilst wandering the annual League of N.H. Craftsmen's Fair...)

Life should be filled with the things you love. B has certainly helped me realize my priorities: family, friends, art (sewing and sketching), outdoor activities, slow food, and globetrotting.

Cheers to laughter, love, and splashing in the lake.
(Camp Carter Porch View, Great Island, Lake Sunapee, NH, USA)

<3 alex

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Benjamin William PHOTO BOMB

This is why I haven't posted in a month...good reason, right?!  I'm so in love!  But, I'm also back and ready to post, create, sew, and sell.  Here goes!

xoxo, Alex

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thanks Brahmin and Vogue!

I love my surprise gift! This bag is beautiful, yet again! Thank you so much Vogue and Brahmin. I have a Brahmin bag for nearly every occasion now! Although, one can never have too many amazing bags!

<3 Ale

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bump and Breakfast...

means I am the luckiest woman alive AND I'm so in love!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baby Blanket for Bump

Appliqued owls and colorful ribbons, oh my!

Would you buy this?

<3 Alex

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Studio : Tea Fabric and Patterns

The Breckenridge Distillery mug is definitely my favorite...with some Harrod's Earl Grey and sewing? Perfect Sunday afternoon.

Happy Spring to all!

<3 Alex