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My Story

I was born and raised in NY, lived in Hawaii for 31 years and now living in Washington State.  Each place I lived has a special place in my heart.  But I got to say home is where my kids are.

I am a mom of two beautiful children who I just absolutely love as well as the love I have for our four legged family members,  three dogs and two cats.

Life brought many challenges for me through the years.  I feel like I allowed myself to get lost in it for years but I would not change a thing because it is part of life’s lessons and from those lessons I am who I am today because of it.  In the last ten years I left a dysfunctional relationship, went back to school and worked my way to my Master degree in Information Management while working full-time, raising two kids, and working side business.   Definitely I did not realize how much I achieved until I wrote this paragraph.

Its crazy when you are caught up in the day to day, you do not think you accomplish anything.  But when you take a moment to reflect on what has been going on you realize baby steps do add up!

In addition to school, work, and raising the kids my outlet was crafting, digital designing, photography, and painting.  I did a lot of craft fairs while living on the islands.  So when I moved to the pacific northwest I continued on with my crafting but took a break from the fairs.  I am only committing to the holiday fairs for now.

So here we are!  Squirrellyartmama….can you see why that name suits me.  I am all over the place.

Squirrellyartmama evolved because I wanted to share my many different styles with you.  I have done many craft fairs through the years but I wanted to take it online.  I love what I do and I thought what better way to bring it to life was to blog about it.

I was trying to figure out a catchy name that was fun and creative.   I wanted something that represented where I live, my journey, what I love, and love to do.

I was sitting outside watching a squirrel run across the fence and started to think of the Disney movie “UP”.  Did you see the movie?  If so do you remember Doug the dog?  He would talk and get distracted and would say “Squirrel”.

That quote is me in a nutshell.  Did you ever jump from one topic to another? to another? to another?  hahaha

Its funny, I use to watch the chickens back home in Hawaii, now I am watching squirrels.  Haha!  Embracing my home.

Can you see where I am going with this?

Then there is art…I love talking crafts with others.  Learning new ways to be creative.  I have fun trying to find new ways to be creative.

I challenged myself to paint daily and create different types of art.  And if you see my art you can tell that I am all over the place with it.

But I am loving the process, and isn’t that what art is all about?

And as for mama…I just figured since I am a mother, why not.  Of course to be different I used that spelling….so there you have it.

When I was putting together the name Squirrellyartmama I called a friend and left her a message, “When you here Squirrellyartmama, what comes to mind?” ok she thought I was nuts….haha no pun intended.

Of course after leaving her a message I sent her a couple of funny squirrely youtube songs related to squirrels, and squirrely….I was cracking up when I sent her this.  Of course I got the response of WTH are you doing now…hahaha…

After explaining everything to her…the main thing I noticed is she just laughed.  The name did just what I wanted it to do, make people smile.

Can I see it as a brand name? Yes I think so.

Is it a fun name? I think so.

Is it creative? I think so.

Is it unique? I think so!

Does it represent me?  Yup I think so…

Exciting right? I love Squirrellyartmama because it just says it all…..

Squirrellyartmama ~ Where art is all over the place!

Hope you enjoy the name Squirrellyartmama and the website as much as I do.

Doreen…
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