Friday, January 23, 2015


I'm going international.

I've joined the Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss. This is the third twitter art exhibit I've participated in, and the fifth exhibit overall. And since Moss is in Norway, I will now be referring to myself as an Internationally Exhibited Artist. I'm getting my business cards updated right now. 

Okay, not really. I could certainly put a sarcasm font to good use. 

One of the things I've enjoyed through the last few exhibits was searching the hashtag #twitterartexhibit on twitter to find new artists to follow. What an amazing group of talent being used for good. The twitter art exhibit is a charity exhibit. All artwork is donated by artists from all across the globe. Sales from this year's show will benefit Home-Start, Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Artists, there is still time to submit, if you'd like to go international, too. There will be an opening reception March 12th at Moss Library, which, sadly, I will not be able to attend. After the reception, unsold work will be available for purchase online. This space will be updated when artwork is available for purchase online.

If you're interested in seeing more of my artwork, please check out my art blog. My work will only be featured on So Essential sporadically.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The meeting (stress)

I had a really important meeting today. I know really important to me might not be the same as really important to you, but this was very serious and about my kid. Leading up to this meeting, I was feeling very much like I'm going to be kicking ass and taking names and with a not-so-small side of blood-thirst. You don't mess with my kid. I think most parents get that.

But once late morning got here, I started to get nervous about it. We use a lot of essential oils in our house, but I haven't done a whole lot of work on mood management. I got out some oils and my Emotions & Essential Oils book. 

I chose a protective blend on my spine for protection, it includes clove for courage. I inhaled lemon for a clear mind and roman chamomile for a sense of purpose and then rubbed that over the back of my neck. I followed up with my favorite frankincense because it enhances all the other oils and it always makes me feel good. I love that frank. In fact, that's pretty much my mantra. I love that frank. I love that frank...

In the car, on the way to the meeting, my husband asked me how I was doing. He said, 
You seem really mellow.
I'm pretty sure he has never said that to me, in the almost 24 years that we've been together. I don't consider myself high strung, but I do get anxious occasionally, And this was one of those occasions. But I was quite calm! And the meeting went well. And I didn't have to kick anybody's ass. And I didn't have to take names (but, I did take some notes.) 

All in all it was a success.

I devoured the Emotions book when I got it. I read it cover to cover the day it came. I was looking for some help with my older son, (who is 14 and on the severe end of the autism spectrum a.k.a. the kid the meeting was about) I think I need to reread it and think about how I can help myself and my family in other ways.

If you are interested in knowing more about essential oils, please contact me.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


I've been toying around with this idea for a while. Another blog. What am I doing? Well, I'm just going for it. That's what I'm doing. 

Who am I? I'm Dawn. I'm an artist. I'm a mom to two boys. (Three if you count my husband, which I usually sometimes do.) I'm an occasional knitter. I'm a part-time art teacher. I'm a full-time essential oil addict. In my mind, I could be a fantastic home make-over designer/Martha Stewart type. My pinterest boards make me look like I could be that woman. Of course, in my mind, I also could be a super-model, complete with windswept hair. So you might want to take all that with a grain of salt. 

I realized a few years ago (why did it take me so long to learn this?) that I really needed to take care of myself. It's So Essential. I need to do things for me, and not just things for my kids. That saying: If Momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy really does hold some water.

So this is me...

                                                                      ...and that is one of my paintings behind me. 

This blog will be about me taking care of me, and taking care of my family, and trying to be healthy, and you know, trying to be pinterest worthy. Although, pinterest fails will very certainly be included because they are funny! And too often you have to laugh or cry, so you might as well laugh as much as you can.

See my greatest pinterest success here. It's not my project. I haven't attempted it. I thought it was a good idea, so I pinned it. And apparently a whole lot of other people agreed because it has been repinned close to 900 times. SUCCESS! is where you choose to find it.