Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Love this time of year.  

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Planning

It's the unofficial start to the summer this weekend!

What are your plans for Memorial Day?
My husband was in the service.  So were both of my grandfathers.  
Anyone who has served really does humble me.  

But Jason doesn't care very much for Thank You's and Accolades,
so I intend to hold his hand and let him know in quiet ways that I support him.  

And we'll enjoy Memorial Day as it brings in warm summer nights, fireworks, and fireflies.


My daughter and I just went to a fair the other night.  
The weather was perfect.

Here are some pictures I took from my phone and posted to Instagram. 
(Are you guys on Instagram?  I'm new to it.  How do you link to your profile?  
Would love to follow you!)  

I sat at the top of the Ferris Wheel with my little one,  
and I started thinking of all of the adventures I want to go on this the summer.

Too often I let those little thoughts come and go... and they're never acted on.
Too often I find myself rushed, hurried, and just not savoring "the moment".  And memories are swept away.

It's been pressed into my heart to live with more intention.
So I started a new ritual of "Sunday Night Planning."

After Ashley is in bed, I set aside some quiet time at the table, 
enjoy a glass of wine, and plan out the week to come.

So this week's gratitude journal pages are about just that.

Sunday Night Planning allows me be thankful for the things I GET to do...
 so that they don't feel like things I HAVE to do. 


Hope you have a Happy Memorial Day.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inspiration: Murmuration

A 2-minute murmuration

BBC Nature says starlings are known
for their "wonderful swirling aerial displays."  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012


I think I fall in love with every animal I draw.
Preparing some portrait sketches of an adorable cat named Sailor.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gratitude Journal - Flowers, Buttercups, and Weeds

A quick journal entry. 
I am grateful for the little flowers that my daughter finds.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Favorite Painting Music

I don't know which made me fall in love with this group more: 
the fun hipster glasses & bow-ties, 
or the wonderful harmony between Trent & Amy.

Sugar & the Hi Lows

 Favorite painting music.  

You can find their album here on iTunes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Inspiration: Maya Angelou

"Don't bring negative to my door."
- Maya Angelou - 
Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Behind the Blog: 6 Things

6 Things
I'm most creative...
From 8pm - 9pm.   The sweet window of time when dishes are done, homework is checked, my little one is in bed, and my husband is flipping through sports channels.   This is my glorious quiet time.

If I were a color...
I'd be tangerine:  warm, cheerful, and fun. :)

I often imagine myself...
Kicking an attacker's butt while I am going on my walks (with my pepper spray close by)!
However, I probably look more ridiculous than tough with this thought running through my head.

I really wish I knew how to...
be extraordinarily brave.

I'd love to spend a lazy Sunday...
exploring an art museum.

My secret talent is...
I think I'm pretty good with kids.
I volunteer at a Bereavement Center for children;  I teach Sunday School classes too.
I love being silly & working with the little guys.
But Bill Cosby will always be the best.


Your turn!
How would you answer these questions? :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ella at the Beach

I just emailed this "proof" to Ella's owner.  
Hoping she likes it.  :)

8"x10" in watercolor & acrylic

It is so nerve-wracking (in a good, exciting way)
to wrap up a piece for someone else. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Inspiration - Doyald Young

Doyald Young
Logotype Designer, author, and teacher
September 12, 1926 – February 28, 2011

"I'm happiest when I'm at the board with a pencil."


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Sketches

little miss Ella in progress

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Project

Excited to begin a new pet portrait. :)
A sweet pooch named Ella.  

I made a few sketches yesterday... 
I'll be working on watercoloring the finished piece. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sketchbook Journal - May

This week's sketchbook journal pages,
prepped & ready to go...

I used scrap paper, watercolor, stamps, 
and a Cowardly Lion sticker from my daughter's sticker collection. 

The "washi tape" is a hand-carved stamp that I made:  

Hope your day is great.   :)