My dear, darling Blog Buddies…
My heart and head is too full to even think of what or how to write the most important DJ Blog post I’ve ever written (to date). I keep trying to come up with what’s not too mushy or impersonal to say about the two brand-spanking-new loves in my life. I can hardly wrap my heart around it all. Let alone words.
Holding my daughter Abby’s hand while she labored through 12 hours of contractions and seeing my first little grandson Devin come into this world was nothing short of a miracle. I have tears in my eyes again just thinking about it. Watching my daughter hold her new baby and sharing that moment was heaven on earth I tell you. Complete heaven.
Just barely as I caught my breath and helped Abby through the first week of Devin’s life…. daughter Alix called bright and early one morning a week later (they were due one MONTH apart from each other) and told me her water had broken and meet her at the hospital, because grandbaby number 2 was on his way here. Jackson arrived 5 hours and 2 orange popscicles later and I haven’t been able to stop tearing up since. Another perfect miracle. (and fyi… Alix is the DJ Office Manger and keeps the web going…I hardly know how to function without her!) Sharing this journey of birth and labor with my girls was life-altering. I heard from many friends that it would be, but being there holding their hands with their husbands and watching them go through it all was amazing.
There’s been much love, heart, memories, advice, diapers, laundry and wondering if they’ll ever sleep through a night again (remember those days?) for the past two weeks. Today’s been the first ‘day’ that I’ve not been with my girls and their babies, and I’m missing them already! I’ve got to figure out how to pace myself and this grandma gig!
I know this blog post is not very ‘business-y’ and I’m really wondering if I should attempt to write it again sans mush. But I’m not going to. So many of you have shared congratulations and sweet sentiments about my ‘grandma quest’ that I wanted to share this story with you. Because I really do feel we’re more connected than just ‘typical blog stuff’. I consider anyone that’s a supporter and fan of DJ Inker’s a friend. I know we may not know each other face to face. But we do share smiles, and a lot of heart for making the world a little better with our creations together. So bare with me on my personal stuff.
And for reading to the end of this post I want to share something fantastic with YOU!! Instead of passing out chocolate or bottles of champagne (do they still do that when a baby is born??) I want to give YOU a DJ BABY FREEBIE. DJ Special Delivery scrapbook set. Enjoy!! (leave a comment here on the blog and we’ll email you the link for the DJ Special Delivery FREEBIE). I’ll be giving them away for one week (offer ends July 23, 2013). Hope to hear from you! Here’s the sample I made using the set (soooooo cute!!) and thank you again for your comments and support. Here’s to miracles. And beautiful, enchanting grandbabies.
Love love love!!!
Dianne (and daughters and new babies!)
Yeahooo! Happy summer y’all!
Giddy UP and yippie-ki-yi-yea all July long!!! I don’t know how many of my blog buddies out there are cowboy fans
… but I have to tell ya… I’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl deep down inside. The rodeo’s, horses, riding home on the range, singing the good ol’ songs, campfires and the country comfort food. YUM! There’s just something so romantic to me about the whole ‘cowboy scene’. That’s why I had to draw July’s SNIPPETS
with the ‘cowgirl inside of me’, in mind. It’s just all so dern cute! I hope you enjoy it. Fix up some notes for the family reunion, add some of the images to your blog, make a cute calendar, or an invite with your sweetheart to the rodeo . And! Hot-diggity-dog…. the DJ Cowboy Font
that comes with the July Snippets clip
art set is TOO cute!
June was over-the-top WILD and wonderful!! I turned 50 (yeahoo!) and my honey threw the best birthday party I’ve ever had
in my whole entire life. I’m still ‘tear’d up’ (as grandpa would say) over the whole marvelous ordeal. Loved ones all around, gifts and stories galore. It was just the sweetest day of my life. And if that weren’t enough… I know I’ve told you this, but my two oldest daughters are having their first babies
. I’m going to be a new grandma twice!! In a month. As I write this note to you, my daughter is in ‘pre-labor’ (whatever that
means these days) and I’m waiting for ‘the call’
to meet her at the hospital. It’s just about more happiness than this girl can take. Good thing I keep my sketch book and drawing supplies close at hand and in all my back-and-forth craziness, drawing and putting together cute downloads is what I do to ‘settle down’.
So forgive me for not being right on top of this blog action. I know you understand! It’s all I can do to keep up with myself and my growing fabulous family and friends and the hot summer action. And I certainly count you as one of them. Thank you for the sweet comments and extremely kind words you’ve left on Face Book Pinterest and the DJ Blog. It means SO much to me. I’m thrilled that you liked the DJ BLOG FREEBIE. Thank you again to everyone that participated and told your friends about us. DJ Inker’s has the very best customers!
Much LOVE and heart! Cowgirl up y’all!
Hello my DARLING DJ Friends…
I’ve gotta tell you…. it’s getting pretty crazy and exciting around here with the coming arrival of TWO new grandbabies! The past month has been filled with baby showers, growing bellies, shocking discoveries on what it takes to ‘grow a baby, questions on “how did you do this??” and more from my two daughters that are just about ready to POP! I’m so excited!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to simply smelling that ‘new baby smell’ again. And that’s just one of a million things that I’m excited for with new grandbabies! It makes me smile BIG just thinking about it. And all the cute toys, baby things and fun gifts they’ve received from family and friends have been more than inspiring on the artistic side of things. Ahhh!! So. Dang. Cute!!
Which leads me to this weeks’ fabulous ‘new’ DJ collection of downloads. DJ Baby Bundles. It’s no surprise that’s where my head and heart are right now with my grandbabies on their way! This is a baby collection I drew a bunch of years ago that we’ve completely re-colored and re-formatted for YOU and your clip art needs today. So… some of you might have some of these images in your collection from the past…but I promise you, you’ll want them again! They’re just a LOT better and easy to use in the updated formats and colors. So… whether you have a new one on the way, or you’re looking for darling art to create a shower invite, baby scrapbook, wall plaque or something OHHH-SO-CUTE for a little new one in your life…you’ll love the Baby Bundles designs. There’s four darling baby downloads you’ll just LOVE for creating and making NEW SMILES for the babies in your home and heart!
I’ll keep you posted on how MY babies are progressing, and the smiles I have in the works for the ubber darling things I’m making for my precious ones…and I hope you’ll do the same! Stay in touch with me and let me know what you’re creating and posting to FaceBook and Pinterest with the DJ Baby Bundles collection. Oh! I’m SO excited.
Smiles Heart and Love to YOU!
Hooray!!! It’s the weekend my Friends!
Just wanted to share a little ‘smile thought’ with you that I’ve made with the NEW Snippets set for May. I definitely have a ‘thing’ for birds. Their feathers, colors, song, nesting techniques and the way they surprise me when I am not even expecting to see them. In Florida, where I currently am, I go outside every morning and see my backyard full of bright red little cardinals (ok…’full’ might be an exaggeration! but always 4 or 5!). It thrills me every time. Hope you like my version of the birds in this month’s collection. Ahhh…. so cute.
Here’s a thought for your weekend made with one of the ready to go projects in May Snippets collection. The scrapbook page I shrunk down and put a quote that I love in it. Think outside the (bird) box with these fun designs. Tweet your friends and share a smile with them too. I’ll be sharing some of the other projects I’ve made with this collection soon (on Pinterest and Facebook as well), and hope you’ll share with me as well. I love hearing from you!!!
Hope your weekend is relaxing, fun and full of SMILES!!
Happy Springtime my Friends…
Hooray!! I’m so excited that we have GREAT new ‘DJ Quick Pics’ just in time for your new spring creations . Check them all out! For a dollar you can get a WHOLE lot of CUTE! Decorate your calendar, add a smile to your blog, use it for a background screen on your phone or notepad, make a scrapbook page of your Easter memories, print off the ‘dress up bunny’ for your kids or grandkids and teach them how to play ‘paper dolls’ (like we did in the ‘olden days’ lol!!). And while you’re looking through all the cute you can get for a dollar… check out the new MAGICAL Storybook Alphabet and see how well it coordinates with the Magic Garden Clip Art set. Just makes me grin from ear to ear thinking of all the cute things to create!
I’ve been traveling for the past couple of weeks in the NorthWest part of the US. Seeing springtime signs every where I go. I couldn’t love it more! The lime green new leaves on the trees, tulips and daffodils and light spring rain… ahh. It’s energizing and beautiful to my soul. I hope spring is popping up with love and heart where you are too!
Spring Smiles and Hugs
Wanted to let you all know about the NEW DJ Crayon Block font and Crayon Borders clip art set available for YOU at DJ Inkers.
I know I’ve said this before….BUT! I love creating new fonts. And this one has me smiling all over the place. Lettering and alphabets have always been my favorite ’thing’ to draw. And this font…is SO good! If you’re a teacher or someone with small children then you will especially LOVE it!
Give it a try. We often get a lot of requests for the ‘crayon look’… for great reason. It’s just so dern cute! Now with a NEW DJ Crayon Block font to go with it. There’ll be no end to the fun you’re going to create!
Hope your week is absolutely wonderful and sweet!
Big heart and SMILES!
Just wanted you to drop you a little line and let you know about our NEW set of Border Covers featured on the DJ email this week. This digital download in response to a frequent request we hear at DJ Inker’s… (and thank you for letting me know what is helpful to YOU in making your creations! We really do listen and appreciate your help and comments). I wanted to put something bright, cute and simple together for the ’cover page’ of the many PDF teacher projects being created ‘out there’. But! You can use them for so many other things too. Let your imagination run wild! Here’s a sample using Border Covers, my daughter put together for a baby book she’s creating. Use a DJ Font, combine your favorite DJ designs and waaaaalaaa! So cute and easy.
I know many of teachers and crafters are looking more toward building and creating things ‘electronically’ and we are constantly trying to keep up with you and create SMILES and projects to help you. If there are sizes and formats that work particularly well for you, please let us know and we’ll incorporate that into the downloads we offer too.
Hope you’re week is spectacular!
Big heart and bigger SMILES to YOU!
It’s been a while since I’ve ‘blogged’. Things are always crazy in my neck of the woods. I’m sure for you too. Life seems to be going by at warp speed lately. I miss writing and sharing with you. And thank you for the sweet comments on the new DJ Inker’s site. I love it too! So bright and fun. Plus easy to find all the cute downloads you’re looking for now.
I have some fabulous news I want to share. I’m going to be a Grandma not ONCE but TWICE in a few months!! Both of my oldest daughters are pregnant with baby boys (ultrasound said they were anyway). I can’t wait!! And I’m sort of ‘afraid’. Not of the babies (I had 5) but of being a ‘Grandma’. Am I ‘old’ enough for that? Am I ’wise’ enough? Am I going to know how to be the ‘good gramma’ that my mother was? I really miss having my mother here to let me know how to handle life’s many situations with grace, strength and laughter as she did so beautifully. Hopefully, she’ll whisper from heaven in my ear and let me know all the ‘grandma secrets’.
One thing I do know for sure. I’ll have the cutest clip art in the world for these babies! I’m doodling baby things all over the place currently. And the Doodlers monthly downloads have been fabulous for the many projects I’m going to make for the little ones on their way. Check them out… (I made the little sign here with April Doodlers)
Send me your ‘grandma advice’. I’d love to know all the little secrets that make them the most special people in the world (grandpa’s too!).
Much heart & love!
Hope you’re doing fantastic dear friends! Just wanted to write a quick note here on the DJ blog to ask you to take a look at the NEW DJ Inker’s website.
It was SO time to redecorate and update the colors, smiles and fun that we want to present to you with the products at DJ Inkers. Our new ‘slideshow’ on the home page gave us a lot more room to show you examples and ideas for creating your projects. As well as a huge area to let you know what’s on sale and how to combine the images for optimal smiles.
I’d love to hear your feedback on it…and what you would like to see and experience while your shopping on the new site. Your ideas and thoughts are very important to me!
If you’re not already ‘following’ the DJ Blog…please hit that little button that says ‘follow’ and we can stay in touch with everything going on at DJ Inkers.
Spring is coming….and with our bright, fun and easy to navigate website we’ll share the smiles and ideas!
Happiness and heart to YOU!