Monday, September 13, 2010

What I Did on My Summer Vacation


Hello! Hello, hello, hello! Can you see me waving my hands wildly in the air? I hope you've had a spectacular few months. The girls and I had a marvelous summer spending time with family on the beach, hugging my nieces and nephews, receiving friends from all over, visiting Mickey Mouse, racing with my best friend, and just having a wonderfully lazy ol' time with each other. It's hard to see it all come to an end.

But it's good to be back. My pencils have been rather lonely, they tell me. They can be...rather dull. (ba-dum bum) And I'm eager to see what everyone has been up to!

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My dear friends recently had a new baby, so I drew this piece last week to welcome baby Sadie. These are their three beautiful little girls in a poppy field (poppies, I have learned, are the flowers for August birthdays). My daughters were their flower girls when they got married, so I think it's only fitting that I made their daughters part of my flower girl crew as well.



Now, off to work on my IF piece...

53 comments:

Shirley said...

Yayyyyy!!! Bella's back! I missed you and your wonderful posts...I'm SO happy that you had a great time away...and oh my, what an adorable illustration! Super duper congratulations!

Shirley said...

OH my goodness, I hit the send button too fast. Just wanted to say, woooonderful photos..thank you for sharing the collage of summertime fun. It looks like you and the girls had a ball! Go Cheeze!!!

Sarah said...

YYYYAAAAAYYY..me too...I was just thinking about you this week..wondering if you might pop on in soon!! Whooot we missed ya hon!
Looks like you had a relaxing and wonderful summer!! So happy for ya!! Hugs to you hon, Sarah

Ces said...

WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAA! I NEED TO COME BACK!!! I AM HYPERVENTILATING!!! OMG! I CAN'T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT...sorry, I really am squealing. My chest is so tight from the shock of seeing a post from you. Oh my jaw is quivering... I forgot everything I needed to do...AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

TSUP! TSUP! TSUP!!!

rachel awes said...

i am in poppy heaven to be sure.
(funny thing is...i was just out on a bike ride & was surprised to see someone i know, ..but didn't know where she lived...& chatted w/her for a few minutes. her daughter's name is POPPY)!

so glad you are back.
i ADORE this piece.
pitter poppy patter!
xox

Deborah said...
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Deborah said...

Bella!!! **squeals of delight** So wonderful to see you again! LOVE love LOVE your new blog design with your very own background. LoVe lOvE LoVe your new piece dedicated to the new baby! You are so brilliant I do believe you outshine the sun. I noted it looks a wee green with envy...
**blows kisses** Deb

Deborah said...

oops, in my excitement, I made the same comment twice. **head spins and pops off**

Krista said...

Ah, many happy returns! So glad you're back! Such sweet poppy girls-- with such beautiful names!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

(just picked up Deb's head and screwed it back on....*sigh*....)
Welcome back Bella!
Do you have on your spangled tights???
♥LUV♥ the girls in the poppies... :)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Kathi said...

So HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to see you again!
What a lovely gift for your friend!
So bright, so sweet and so HAPPY!

Robyn said...

Sooo good to see you and all your wonderful creativity here again in the land of blogs.

Welcome back Bella
See you again soon

xoxo

k.h.whitaker said...

Woooohooooo, you are back Bella! It looks like you had lots of fun, but we missed you!!! Yayyyyyyy, can't wait to see more beautiful pieces from you! Get your pencils busy, we are anxiously awaiting your awesomeness!

Manon Doyle said...

Welcome back, girlfriend!!! I can see you had a great ole time!! Great pics and I love, love the piece you made for your friend's new baby!!

Btw.... your girl Ces has been up to her old tricks...lol!! You haven't missed a beat!! : )

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Hey, Hey, Hey!! It's so good to see a wonderful post about your fabulous summer vacation. How awesome. I love the picture of the new baby you post and that wonderful collage of your vacation. I hope you got time to relax and chill for a minute. You know everyone has missed you so much and we are all so very happy to see you post once again. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me. I so love when you do. I love you more! Kids with summer vacation was a lot he he he he he he! I love you girly.
V

Ces said...

I was drunken with happiness. I am sober now but still happy. Blogging was incomplete and not as fun without you. I am not the only one who missed you but I am sure, missed you the most. Welcome back dearest dearest Bella! I am whole again! Love the girls, so secure inside their blooming cocoon. TSUP! TSUP!!!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Hope you had a wonderful summer, it sounds like you did! Glad to "see" you and looking forward to more of your art, it's always a delight to check in and see what you create :)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh, you stopped and visited me and made me smile! Summer's been good for me, too. Love the new baby Sadie's drawing....full of life and love!

Giuseppe Bianco said...

So good to have you blogging again, Bella. I missed your posts. They always put a smile on my face. This one is no exception. The sweetness in your artwork is so moving. You create from the heart and it shows.
By the way, thanks so much for your kind words on my blog.

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Bella! Love when I check and you have a new post!!! It makes my day. Your vacation looks wonderful - so nice to spend time "off" with your girls.

Your new little baby picture is adorable- as always!

messyfish said...

oh at last.....I was missing your wonderful person, and art. yeah for the blog world! Bella is back. Love your cute little poppy children.

Draffin Bears said...

Welcome back dear Bella and you have been missed.
I enjoyed seeing your holidays snaps and glad that you had a lovely time with your family.
Love the new Poppy illustration for your friends new baby, how precious.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Just forgot to say I love your new background, very pretty.

Hugs
Carolyn

tera said...

Can I add my "yay! to everyone else's? :)

So glad you had such a nice summer!

Amalia K said...

Well, I saw light coming from your blog, so here I am now! Goodness, I thought it was another squirrel playing with matches, but no, it's really, really YOU!!

Glad you're back. I've missed my one and only customer. Hehehee... ♥♥

encaracolada said...

Welcome!!!! Those pencils miss you a lot and me as well! What a beatiful gift for the new baby.

Lori ann said...

welcome welcome bella! how wonderful your summer sounded, i remember having ones like those when my children were small. SO glad you all enjoyed!

it is wonderful to see you back, your drawing is precious, what a gift you made.

love,
lori

audrey said...

Bella's Back! Bella's Back! Bella's Back!!
So happy you had a wonderful summer. How smart of you to put blogging aside and spend time with family and friends, doing things to make you happy.
But now that you're back, it will make us happy to see posts and art from you.
Welcome back to the world of blogging, Bella.
♥ audrey

Marie S said...

Welcome back beautiful Bella.
I am so glad you had a wonderful summer.
It is so awesome to have you back though.
Love and huge hugs.

Marie S said...

Beautiful Poppies too!
Congratulations to your friends!
I got a little excited, I forgot that!

Tammie said...

So lovely to have you back!Sounds as though you had a wonderful time this summer, I am so happy for you all!

Love love love this sweet piece and it is so charming having your girls holding the wee baby in a flowers!

laughingwolf said...

wb bella... life was 'dull' in blogland while you ere gone! ;)

welcome, sadie :)

the time off did not 'dull' your talents in the least...

Captain Dumbass said...

Welcome back. My summer was spent changing diapers and making bottles at all hours of the night. But it was also spent with new baby smell and chubby cheeks so it all worked out.

Bobo said...

very creative drawing, i'm touched! O yes, welcome back!

Caroline said...

Fab to see you back Bella! Love the new blog look and as I adore poppies I was delighted to see your 'Welcome Sadie' piece! Keep em coming!

Barbara said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful summer, Bella! I missed you.

It looks like your pencils have been a wee bit busy....your poppy is such a lovely welcome to their new baby! How adorable!

RockerJewlz said...

Very sweet. I like the combo of what looks like photography and your amazing deep red poppy work. Good to have you back!

Shirley said...

Bella - thanks for the kind visit! It's awesome to have you out there rootin' for me..thank you so much!!! Thanks also regarding Maurice Sendak's words..very interesting!! I will be investing in a few more books for my library of children's illustration thanks to you, and Ces! Hugs to you.

theartofpuro said...

Welcome back!Happy to hear about your great summer,mine was a little hard but at the end nice:)
Wonderful illustration!

Design by Mel said...

Love your illustrations!

/Mel
http://www.melissacatic.com/blogg.html

cindy said...

oh, welcome back! i was thinking of you the other day and here you are. your summer vacation looks and sounds fantastic! love your new drawing and wish we could do something to help get those pencils going. xo, c

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello Bella, welcome back! And summer over so fast.... that is sad. We are just getting ours, soon, soon... :)

Amalia K said...

Well, well, well! Look at the welcoming committee, all so happy to have you back again!

So you're interested in a jar of fireflies, huh? Of course I have one ready! But mind you, these are not ordinary kind of fireflies... they make you tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth! (^_^) ♥♥♥

hanna-happenings said...

I am happy as Your pencils :)

AtelierBrigitte said...

So good to see you are back - I've missed your posts, your great illustrations, your warm comments etc. Your pencils must also be thrilled that you are back.

The poppy-girls are so adorable!

BT said...

Hoorha, Bella Bella Bella! I just love your Poppy Picture. It's so bright and - well, just yummy. How lucky they are. It sounds as though you've had a great summer. I haven't blogged much either as I've been busy with guests and family. It's been fabulous too. ~hugs~

aimee said...

YAY
YAY
YAY
YIPPEE
YAY

YOU'RE BACK!!! :)

Ces said...

Ah yes, I wanted to go home today...

Ces said...

Ah yes, I wanted to go home today...

justdoodleit said...

Flower power babies :) Welcome back!

linda cardina said...

BELLA!!! how the heck did i miss this!!!??? your blog look beautiful! ...cool design and another precious post. looks like u had a fab summer yay!!
welcome back!!!
xoxo
lin

yoon see said...

I can traced your happiness with your family here in these creative set of mosaic photos.
Congrats on the new born baby and your rose blossom theme has setted a warm welcome to this lovely family.

Bella, you are always there for your friends. I( am so touched!

Cheryl Lynn said...

I LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!! I'm so glad you're back. I'm just getting back too. My internet was down for a while but now I'm back up so I can post from the comfort of my own abode.

Your drawing is so sweet it brings tears to my eyes. It's just so befitting for a new birth and the added bliss of a new little person to love.

You are clearly the bestest ever! Love you much, Girlie!