Friday, July 29, 2016

Periscoping with Lindsay!


Sunday July 31st at 10am.... I will hosting a live show and tell of my new fall- Halloween and holiday stamps. You'll be able to email me and let me know what you would like to buy. First email received gets the stamp. I have only one of each! So watch and shop. All orders will be shipped next week. 

Email me at. lindsayostrom@yahoo.com

Tune in to see them all!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Netflix and nothing


It's Friday. The first Friday that I can remember for months that I have absolutely nothing to do. So what am I doing? Nothing. Lying around watching Netflix and contemplating what to do next. So I decided to do a blog post. 


I guess I started drawing this year when Brent was in the hospital and didn't stop until my mom got out of the hospital. I drew over two hundred images for Impression Obsession RubberStamps and over 100 images for Adornit. This week , Adornit released my new products. 


That are coming out... Shown above.
They always surprise me. I just draw and draw and never know what they have planned for it. They made two sweet little postcard books... Shown above.


They did six new art play Paintables. I love all of them so much. Cannot wait to color them. 


Drawing makes me happy right now. I have a bunch of new stamps to get done by August1st... But nothing is coming to me. So I sit and watch Netflix and hope something might come to mind....have a creative weekend.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Life gets in the way....


Hi there blog fans...
    Well, as you know, my life took a turn for the crazy. I just wanted to sum it all up here and get on with the next chapter of my wild and wonderful life. In January, my husband was rushed to the hospital with a heart issue that ended well with a surgery and he is now back to work and doing pretty good. I honestly forgot that he even had an issue or was ever in the hospital.... because on February 27th we rushed my mom to the hospital with what turned out to be a horrific ordeal.


   My mom had a perforated colon. It was misdiagnosed by the ER at Kaiser and was sent home. She also had some chronic constipation issues ( sorry, i know this is an art blog... but this post is really for me. I need to get this all out before I can move along ) ... so in their defense, i think they thought that's what this was. But I do fault them for not going the extra mile and doing a CT. A CT would have saved alot of horrible events. So that was 3 days before. By the time I got to her, she was slumped over and talking jibberish. My dad was not know what to do and pretty much in denial. Who could blame him. So, I called an ambulance. In hindsight... i should have called them much sooner. But instead, i waited until I saw her. She was rushed to the hospital ( not Kaiser, because rush hour traffic would not have got her there fast enough. By about 1am... they realized that she had a perforated colon and it had been that way for a few days and went to sepsis in the brain. I have learned alot about both in the months following.


   Long story short... it's been a long ride back to health. I have witnessed things about our health care system that I never want to go through again. What a fiasco. And don't even get me started about caregivers after the fact! It's been a real nightmare. What does matter is that I put my life on hold - thanks to a caring family and a more than generous set of bosses and spent a few months in Los Angeles. It seemed like a lifetime. But my mom has made a miraculous recovery and is doing pretty great right now, if i do say so myself.  She has been through hell and back and I guess the best thing I can say about that, is that she doesn't really remember any of it. That's the sepsis part. It's sad in a way and fantastic in another. It was horrible. I wish my dad and I didn't remember as much. But we do. I hired and fired 10 care givers in a week. Finally had my wonderful cousin come in and help out so that I could come back to my life for a few days. She was nothing short of being a life saver.



   My parents are now living in Northern California after spending their entire lives in Southern California. They are in assisted living now and not totally happy yet, but I am. My mom went from 108 when she moved in to 114 a few short weeks later. It's the best thing. Getting to this point is something I will never forget. It has definately changed me and my family. But she is with us and that's all that really matters. The weird thing is... I used to be so focused on my art. Focused on getting somewhere with what I am doing. I am not focused at all anymore. I used to draw daily, sometimes more than daily. I pushmyself. Now, i barely pick up a pen and when I do... it feels forced. I feel like rushing to meet deadlines and making plans for writing articles, teaching classes and dreaming of creating new products just isn't as important as what's right in front of me-  I think that may change. But for now, I am going to just go with it. Spend time with my folks and spend the summer canoeing. We shall see what happens. I think John Lennon said it best... Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. True that , John. No more plans for me for now... just life.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hey Folks...
I'm starting to make my way back into the world.
It's been a long three months of 
taking care of my folks and getting them moved
( the whole story will follow here )
but my friend Mary just opened a store in Vegas!
so... here I go....
my first class in months.
So if you are in or around Las Vegas in July
and want to come play with me
give her a call!
Have a great 4th of July weekend....



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Periscope-ing... TOMORROW!!!

PERISCOPING 
tomorrow night!!!
5-5-16
if you don't know about periscope, it's the coolest
LIVE video app.
If you have a smart phone just download the 
Periscope app
I love doing videos!
And this one will be completing this mother of the year badge.
We'll chat, you can chat with me
We'll color, you can color right along
and
we'll make a super cute badge that you can give 
to your mom, grandma, aunt, a friend or 
keep for yourself!
Be your own Mother of the Year!!!!
You know you are 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Mothers Day - 2016

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1td59usl79h82mc/AAASMuABppoGU_Ouc8zyI55Ja?dl=0

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 2016
  I have always loved Mother's Day... as a mother and a daughter, I really feel truly loved all the time. I know alot of mom's need a bit of extra love, sometimes. I usually make cards and send them to mom's that I know who a being a bit overlooked. Here is a sweet downloadable you can print and color and create a fun badge for any of the mom's you know.
   This year is a different kind of year for me. It sucks. Plain and Simple. I almost lost my mom in February and I did loose alot of what makes her, her. I have been lucky enough to spend the last 61 plus days with her. I pretty much moved in. My mom and dad needed me. It's been hell. But it's also been kind of amazing. How many 58 year olds can move in with their parents because they want to, not because they need to. Every day my mom has gotten stronger and every day a little bit of what makes her, her ... has come back. She will never have all the parts and pieces again... but she is truly a miracle. The doctors were amazed at how well she recovered and how fast she got strong in her body and her mind. This mothers day is special. 
    So... I made this badge for you to print and color. I will be creating mine on Thursday this week LIVE on PERISCOPE. It you have a smart phone, you can get the periscope app. It's fun. It's live, It's video that creative and fun. So... Thursday night from 7pm until probably 8... I will be creating mine. Wanna join me? Then join Periscope and come play from 7pm pacific coast time.... It will be great fun. Honor a mom, a grandma, an aunt or a friend who is a mom with this fun badge of honor.
   ( PRINT it direct from here by copying and pasting it into a file to print from OR click here to download directly from my dropbox account. Try printing it on cardstock, mixed media paper or watercolor paper ) 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Letter Writing Month 2016



It's been a very stressful month for myself and my family. My mom is home from the hospital for the first time in about 35 days. She is doing much better but still has a long road to go. I have been here with my mom and dad for 35 days now. I miss my family tonight more than i can say. The phone is great... but sometimes you need something to hang on to. Tomorrow, April 1st marks the start of National Letter Writing Month. So.... write!

 
By the way.... here's my beautiful mama today making brownies after 30 plus days laying in bed in the hospital. Great Occupational Therapy, don't you think?




share you life in a letter. Write to a family member, an old friend or a pen pal this month. Turn off the computer and give the old pen and paper a chance. See how full your life and your mail box will be. The joy of receiving a letter in your mail box with a sweetly embellished envelope is such a magical thing. It can brighten someones day, bring a smile to their face and even a tear to their eye.... come on give it a try. Help celebrate National Letter Writing Month. Write on!!!!


Feel free to print out these sweet little pics by me and color them in or send them for someone else to color.  I take them to the copy store and print them on fun colored card stock and send them as postcards. It's super fun!!! Just try writing. It can become addicting and very rewarding. I hope you will write one person at least this month . You'll see... i promise. Give it a try!

Happy National Letter Writing Month 

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