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August Break and a little Joy Up
Posted Aug 3, 2013


So the start of August was a tad bit crazy…. I had the opening of It’s Vintage Charm, where my stuff is being sold, Deadlines for publications, Crazy sale Thursday, Orders to get out…. And then my web host goes down…!  and a glitch with Facebook!…

Yesterday as I was trying to print shipping labels and the printer went on the fritz…. I could feel the tears welling up…..  and by now, I’m full on talking to myself in my studio…. saying don’t you cry… don’t you cry…..  but what I really should have done is just gone and done it…. sit down on the floor and just have a good cry, let the stress go, and then move on.  I didn’t, I just gave up, (sigh)..then I moved on to the next thing on my list.

So my plan for August is to de stress a bit, breathe, have a good cry, whatever it might be to just relax.  Part of that journey for August is taking part in the Joy Up project with Hannah Marcotti, a beautiful walk through finding more joy, and the August break project with Susannah Conway, where we blog less and take more pictures.  So You will see my journey of joy and pics over the next few weeks.



the opening of the shop

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August Break prompt (Breakfast)


Joy Up …. start each day with lemon water….. (with a little diet coke on the side)

My hope for you today, is that if you’re having one of those days, weeks or months, where everything you do is just hard…. take a breath, have a good cry, ask for help and take care of you…. It will get better!

Luv U=Shawn

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Posted Aug 3, 2013
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


  1. Carmen Whitehead

    Your August will get better, just breathe….
    Love the picture of us! Blessings!

    • Shawn

      Aaaah, thank you so much! It’s a great pic! I’m sure there will be many more to come!


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