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!)
Hip Hip Hooray!! It’s finally here! The good ol’ summertime….
And it’s time to share the summer love with a FREEBIE for my dear ‘blog followers.’ (I don’t know what the term for my friends on the other side of this screen is?! Blog buddy??) How about a darling download of beach and summer fun?! Make a cute packing list for your summer vacation, a scrapbook page, or a book mark for summer camp. Whatever your creative heart desires! We have such a great selection of darling clip art for summer… check it out and see how many CUTE SUMMER SMILES we have waiting for you!
Would you please do me a favor? Will you tell other friends of yours to follow the DJ BLOG? Pretty please??! I laugh every time I see the FaceBook posts where someone is holding up a poster saying something like ‘I get a kitten if I get a million likes’. And while I don’t want a kitten… I do want to see and know from you if and how to make the DJ Inker’s BLOG a good place for us to share ideas and smiles. So… be sure to hit the FOLLOW button… tell a friend that they can get a darling DJ download for FREE if they follow the DJ BLOG. It’ll be fun!!
To make this very easy for you… I’ll send everyone that is FOLLOWING the DJ BLOG a FREE download link for the Beach Bums clip art download on June 11th. So tell your friends, co-workers, and family about us and we’ll all share in the love!
Hope things are sunny and bright in your corner of the world my darling blog buddy!
Billions of SMILES and heart!!
Hope this note finds you smiling, happy and warming up with the weather! Summer and all it’s fun has definitely arrived! Anytime the high temperature is 90 degrees in the afternoon, that’s summertime to me.
And summertime means ‘beach’ time! I don’t know how this happened exactly…but every one of my children are ‘water babies’. They would be SO happy if every activity and place we went together had something to do with the water. It’s the biggest reason we all moved from the mountains in the west, to the beach crazed Florida (lol!).
So it was fabulous fun to create this month’s SNIPPET collection featuring mermaids and under the sea selections. Ohhh… I just love them! The first time my mom read ‘The Little Mermaid’ to me…I was obsessed! It seemed (and they still are to me) the best mythical creature ever created. I hope you enjoy this collection as much I did drawing it. And if you’re wondering….yes I did have the Little Mermaid soundtrack going on in the background while I was drawing this set :) !!
Under the sea… under the sea!! Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter.. take it from me!
Sunshine and smiles to YOU
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!
Hey there friends…
We are so excited to be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week here at DJ Inkers!!! What a great holiday. It’s wonderful to have a little reminder to give a BIG smile & some serious appreciation to the teachers in our lives! We hope you teachers are being spoiled rotten by your students, co-workers & favorite stores!
We definitely want to extend our appreciation to the darling teachers who help make DJ Inkers successful! We know we couldn’t do it without you. So, in honor of teachers everywhere… our entire store is 20% off this week!!!
Hooray! All you have to do is ‘Shop for Smiles.’ The discount is automatic, & it couldn’t be easier to enjoy the savings. (Sale ends Sunday, May 12, 2013 at midnight EST.)
Smiles to YOU!
The DJ Inkers Crew
P.S. Sorry… DJ Inker’s commercial licenses are not included in the sale.
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
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!