So I am rethinking the whole wedding thing. Don’t worry, not the MARRIAGE thing, the WEDDING thing. I was all stressing out over it. Planning and stuff? So NOT my thing. So we decided to figure out what we want. Not sure yet. You will know when I know. But I did see this today and well, maybe a bigger wedding isn’t SUCH a bad idea. 😉

Hanging with The Soph

The Soph and I are having a girl’s night after she just got back from a whirlwind family reunion with her dad’s side of the family in Woodstock, Georgia. Noah went back to his dad’s house tonite and Sophie wanted one last night with mama. (How much does that melt my heart? um, yeah…LOTS) We rented Bride Wars. Heh. It was a fun movie and really touching in the end. Can I tell you how AWESOME having an 11 year old is? Ya know why? Cause I get to watch movies like BRIDE WARS and it is NOT my idea but I get to watch girly movies that boyfriends would NEVER let me rent! How awesome is that?? So awesome!! Ha! It was really cute. And totally confirmed that I am totally NOT the big wedding kinda gal. The whole planning of this big party is not my thing. Actually rethinking some of it. But that is another post all together. No one will hate me if I just elope, right? Good.

In other news, I am waiting for my agent to get back from her vacation. Before that we were waiting for the NY Book publisher to get back from HER vacation. But that is ok. I love to wait. Love it. Waiting about what, you ask? My book. My children’s book. But I am not anxious. Nope. Not me. Not. At. All. Or maybe a whole LOT. But I can wait. Not painful at all. Nope. Not ONE BIT. Ahem.

And in other excting news – my friend Andrew saw my book in Colorado!!! woohoo! My coloring books are showing up all over! So any of you reading this that see my book in a Hobby Lobby send it to me!! And if you do, I am totally posting it here. Just so you know. Just like this:

drew_coloradoThanks Drew! I assume I have your permission to repost, right?! hee! love you! (send me yours and I will love you too! Oh! and buy it too! I will love you even MORE!)

Catching my breath

Ok, so last week I had a whirlwind visit to Chicago to visit my bestest friend and before you knew it four fantabulous days had whizzed by! I LOVE Chicago!! Totally would NEVER live there because of the winters (beach girls don’t do 13 inches of snow thankyouverymuch) but I certainly see the appeal of that amazing city. Something that happened there will forever gice CHicago a place in my heart is that I saw one of my books for the first time ever in a a store!!! It was Hobby Lobby and we walked in just to see, not expecting it and BAM! there it was. Right next to Spiderman, the Increadible Hulk and the Berenstein Bears. For real?? Wowzers. I was smiling from ear to ear and my best friend teared up. We had met at art school and so she has been a part of my art career from the very beginnings. We were snapping pictures and giggling over it and a woman looked over at us. “My best friend made this!!!” my friend exclaimed. So the lady went over picked one up and said, “My goodness! I will have to get one!!!”

And just like that I saw my first customer too! It was a very good day.

Going to Chicago!

Setting up my iphone to be able to blog on my trip.

Today the girls at work kidnapped me to David’s Bridal. I found a strong contender to keep in mind. Then the girls wanted me to try on a fancy scmancy one. We all loved it, but a bit much for a simple beach wedding. And dude, it was crazy heavy!! After wearing that for a few hours I’d have no energy at ALL for the margaritas and karoke! 😉

Ok, this has been a test. Talk to u later from Chi-town baby!

I think I should be more nervous

So I am getting married. Soon. October 10. And I wonder why it is that when I say that, every says, “That’s great, you have SO MUCH time.” And I am all, “Um, no I don’t, but enough time.” That is when the color drains from their face and they say, “Wait. You mean THIS October?!?” And I am all, “Um…yeah?” And then they say, “But you have so much to doooo!!!”

See originally, we were just gonna grab the kids, go to Tybee Island and get hitched on the beach. Easy Peasy! But then we decided that we should include family. No problem. We can still do the whole beach thing down in Pensacola where The Man’s family all is. My family was all willing to drive, so it was a done deal. Then all my friends were all, “Um, what about US???” And I was all, “You don’t want to drive SIX hours down there, do you?” Well, apparently I have some awesome friends cause they were ALL, “YES WE DO!!!” So the wedding got a lil’ bit bigger. And that was fine.

But then someone asked, where are we having it.Right. A place. To get married at. That is probably important.  So we decided we will rent a beach house and have the ceremony in the front and the reception at the house. there. Done deal. Easy peasy! I said that a few weeks ago. Last weekend we even went down and looked at houses! Howz them apples for being on top of things! I was quite proud! And today I called and put it on hold and we are paying the deposit this week. So I guess now I actually have to plan this thing.

See, I am not a planner. At. All. I like to go with the flow, I like to figure it out as I go along. Planning-shmannning says I! The Man says that I am like a butterfly just flitting about as if there are no worries in the world. (At the time it was not said exactly as a compliment, I think I had told him I had forgotten to do some thing or other, um again. have I mentioned how awesome and amazing he is to put up with someone as disorganized, dishelveled and in general a “not-remember girl” like my niece says?)And what is wrong with being a flitting, forgetful butterfly I ask? Nothing. Unless you have a wedding to plan. Then those are very bad qualities indeed. Dang there is a lot of stuff to think about even if you are having a smallish wedding!

Want to hear something funny? My ex is getting re-married too. But they are getting married next April. And I am all, “Wow so far away, they have plenty of time! Lucky!” But then my daughter comes home from dad’s house with these tales: “Mama, we tested food this weekend!!” and I am all, “That’s great! For what?”  She replies, “For the wedding, mom! Geez, get with it!” And I am all, “But that is like a year away! It is so early!” Then she hits me with this, “Last weekend she got her dress! That was fuuun!” And I was all, “What?!? She got her dress already??” Then she  hits me with “They are already looking for dj’s!” So then I panicked a bit.

Do you do that?? Do you get dresses and test food and get a dj a year in advance?!? OMG, I am waaaaay behind! But then their wedding is gonna be huge from what I gather, while ours is more a lil’ beach party if you will. But I decided to get my act together and start to plan this shindig. So we found the house we wanted, made a list of people we want to invite, called the caterer we wanted, decided that margaritas are mandatory, shoes are optional, and I am calling the wedding license people and officient this week to do all that. There! Done! Hazzah! Take that all you planners!! I proudly emailed all this to my mom and she was all “Great! What about the cake? What kind of dress? What about a photographer? What kind of flowers are you gonna have? Will there be bridesmaids? What will the kids wear?” And I was all, “Oh, yeah, cake. And a dress. And a photographer. Bouquet? Er, um…did I mention the margaritas, mom?”

So I have a lot more to do it seems. And I guess I better get on it. But after a LOT of searching, I do think I have found the dress:


Awesome, right?

Happy Monday!

Hello there! I worked fast and furiously all weekend and am getting some minor tweaks done, but I did it! Woohoo! New website – check! I can now sell my coloring books online and have my new blog set up! I have more to add and am going to be sending out an html email this week, so if you want to be on it (and why would you NOT want to, I ask myself? How silly, of COURSE you do!!) please go to my new homepage and add your lil’ ol’ self to my mailing list. I am trying to figure out the cose to add that to my sidebar, but I am currently stumped by the rules and regulation of html, but no fear, i will find a work-around! I know it will bother you all DAY wondering if I will work it out, so don’t worry your pretty little head about my html problems. It will be ok. Promise.

I plan on adding some free coloring book pages to download for the kiddies and also maybe some desktop patterns. (a really awesome friend of mine seggested that. Hi awesome friend!)

Ok, I am at work and I has me a post card to design, so I better git back to it, but I will write again soon. AND as if all THIS excitement isn’t enough, I gave the big ol’ puppy dog eyes to BBE* and he let me buy a new digital camera last night! woohoo! pics again!! Plus I am going to Chicago for 4 days and I NEED to document the trip, right? Of course I do! I knew you would agree with me! You are all so smart and such.

Ok, carry on.
* BBE – for those of you that don’t know, that is Best Boyfriend Ever. But we got engaged. And BFE just ain’t right, if ya know what the slang is for. So I am just so USED to BBE and fiancé sounds so dang formal, so lemme know if you all can come up with something good.

Times they are a changin’…

Ok, y’all, out with the old and in with the new!!! I have a new blog and website that I am currently in the process of designing. It is a work in progress, but I am anxious to blog and don’t want to do it here anymore. In a few months this site and my domain abeytacreative will no longer exist. I won’t be an Abeyta much longer and well, sometimes ya just gotta start fresh. I have loved this little blog and shared so much on it, but I feel I have just outgrown it and am ready to let it go.

So, join me over at and my brand-spanking NEW blog by clicking below (don’t forget to bookmark and pardon the work in progress, still figuring out wordpress coding, etc.)

So without further ado do what the dog says:

See ya on the flip side! Smell ya later!

My first post on my new blog!

Ok, this is sooo bare bones and I have soooo much to do, but I am anxious to get going.  Soon I will no longer be Michelle Abeyta. Soon I will be Michelle Schmidt. (if you came from my old blog or know me from Facebook, you know all that.) I am getting married in October, and so of course with all that planning, a full time job, two kids, three dogs and a hermit crab (they are actually more work than you think) I decided that “Hey, I know!! Let me redo my whole website and blog AT THE SAME TIME!! How fun would THAT be?!” I do love to be bsuy and apparently insane too, so here we go. I decided that I am going to just do it all as I can and not wait to go live until it is perfect, cause um, that always works like a charm, right? yeah…

So this blog is about about me following my dreams for the most part, sprinkled with things that make me happy, and peppered with anticdotes about my family. I have had my old blog for 5 years and I am ready for change. In a few months I will take it down completely. I am still not sure if I will even save the archives. Not sure. But what I do know is the abeytacreative is no more and will soon be gone forever. I embrace change, love living in the moment and there is nothing that makes me happier than the possibility of what wonderous thing might happen each day.

So, with all that said, “Here’s to new starts, new possibilities and big adventures! Here we go, people!”