Friday, February 27, 2015

Back to Basics

As some of you may know, I have recently moved to The Bay Area - Oakland, to be more specific, or Oaktown - for all the cool kids out there... So far, I am loving it - but I am having a bit of a time trying to find my groove. Maybe it's that I'm still coming down from the holidays (and the move, sheesh! Never again!) but I'm taking a few steps in my life to tap back into my creative spirit. One of those steps is drawing for an hour a day. 

It is definitely a luxury, and one that is not always welcome. I don't exactly have an hour a day to draw, and I have to carve some specific time of the day out to do the actual drawing and I have to think about what I want to draw and not check my email (or look at Instagram...) However, over the past month I have found that once I get started, things just start happening. I may start off one way and end somewhere completely different, or I may just have a crap day and doodle for an hour literally counting down until I can stop and get back to work... 

a small sample of some of my drawings (or doodles...)

Maybe it's the fact that I've carved out the time and dedicated myself to a specific task, or maybe I just sink into some kind of a meditative state I'm in where I can let my thoughts just flow and be creative (whoa, that was soooooo California of me...), but I'm really glad I started doing it. I've tapped into some (potentially) good ideas that I'm going to explore in the coming year. 

So, for the time being I'll keep it up. In the meantime, I'll just have to keep enjoying all this amazing weather (sorry, folks back home) and eat all the delicious food and enjoy the amazing life that is living in California. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Painted Ladies

In honor of my recent move to the Bay Area (which has been amazing, btw), I decided to celebrate my new surroundings with a quirky illustration of one of San Francisco's most recognizable landmarks (thanks Full House): the Painted Ladies. 

Available as an 8x10 or 14x11 (unframed) - check it out in my Etsy Shop and come visit me! It's amazing out here!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Cards are ready to go!

That's right! It's never too early to order your Holiday Cards and with them being on $1.00 each (until December 1st) it definitely pays to order early! Check out all the new designs below and go to my Etsy Shop to view all 53 designs! 

Merry! Merry!

Monday, September 8, 2014

I love lamp

I love being crafty (as you may know) and I especially love being crafty with my good friend --the fabulous- Molly Kennedy from Good Golly Photography. We each had a unique tin (mine a vintage tea tin and her's a vintage lard tin), so we decided to make lamps. And, with the help of her hubbs, Corey (who is an electrician) we were able to have a long overdue crafternoon. 

Tea / Lard Tins, before

I bought a lamp kit from Lowe's (for, like, $12) 

and Cory was able to show us step-by-step how to to assemble everything (yeah, now I have that song in my head, too). 

Corey was an excellent instructor. I took notes and I feel confident that I could assemble a lamp on my own with adult supervision (silver = neutral, brass = hot, right? right?!?) but I'm going direct you over to the wikiHow page for the actual step-by-step. 

When it was all done (like, 20 minutes later - it really is a simple process!) Molly and I were both THRILLED with our lamps! Seriously, it's like my new thing - I want to turn everything into a lamp now. 
Our gorgeous lamps! Mine is on the left and Molly's is on the right. 

Thanks so much for all of your help, Corey! Can't wait for our next crafting adventure (craftventure? nah... that was terrible...) 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mix and Match Stationery

Mix and Match Stationery is now available in my Etsy Shop. Choose from over 30 designs, font or monogram and a wide variety of colors. Fold over notes are sold in sets of 10 and you can mix and match until your heart is content! Check out some of the many options available below. 

For more information or to place an order, click here.
Happy Monday!

Monday, June 30, 2014

House Portraits: a random sampling

This has been quite an busy year for me. Most of all due to my house portrait exposure in HGTV Magazine (thanks again, Erica!) Here is large, random sampling of some of the portraits I have done. My favorite part of designing these is looking at all of the different styles of architecture throughout the world (yup, I've had quite a few international clients!) Enjoy!