Saturday, July 5, 2014


Celebrating our freedom this weekend! 

Rough sketch/scan - hope to finish and color this one soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Big, Bold Love

Have you noticed the trend in black and white designs lately? I'm seeing them a lot, especially in fashion. Everything from tribal and geometric patterns to the classic LBD paired with white accessories. I love the contrast and timelessness of these colors (yes! I can wear these colors forev-ah and still be "in").

Jumping on the big, bold, and graphic bandwagon, I came up with some designs to express the heart. It's always been tough to find a classy card to give my guy without offending his masculinity with pink, lace, and general foo-fooness. Oh yes, now I'm making up words.

I love the energy in these brush strokes! They were so fun to make I kept going...and going... and going.... The blackness of that ink on the white paper was just making me giddy. Too much fun.

Like them? They are for sale in my etsy shop - and more will be listed soon!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Last Chance on Notecards!

There are only a few of these notecards left in my stock - grab yours before they're gone!

They are a generous 5x7 size, printed on glossy stock. The inside is blank with a small flower printed in the bottom corner. I love how bright and cheerful these turned out. I think this would make a great "Hi there!" to brighten a friend's day!

Each card comes with a blank white envelope and is carefully packaged in a plastic sleeve.
Find them in my shop on Etsy. Cheers!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Taking Notes

This weekend has been inspiring in so many ways! We spent the past three days with many friends and familiar faces at a summer retreat which included four churches. The weather was perfect, the kids got to run and swim to their hearts' content, and the after-the-kids-are-tucked-in-bed gatherings were hilarious. There's nothing like a table of snacks and stars overhead to bring people together!

During the retreat we heard four lectures about spiritual disciplines - also inspiring. I've always doodled little pictures while taking notes to help me remember what we've learned, but this time I thought I'd push it farther. I'm a visual learner, so abstract concepts can often get lost in my mind (there's a lot of space in there!). So I challenged myself: How visual could I make my notes and still retain the content?

some content was very easy to translate into images

headlines and main titles of sections became a typography treat

I decided the order of information wasn't necessary to preserve, as long as I kept it in groups of topics or ideas.

Abstract ideas and lists proved a challenge, as well as anticipating how much space to leave for future sections. Our speaker was very organized in his delivery which was a great help!

After one session, I went back and added color to my notes - the tulip poplar trees behind the speaker (we're outdoors at a camp!) were so beautiful I had to include them. Now I'll remember what I learned whenever I see a tulip poplar!

I do think my doodling was a bit distracting to the folks sitting around me, especially my kids. I often encourage them to "draw what they hear" if writing out notes seems too difficult for their young fingers, but that usually disintegrates into drawings of little army guys battling each other across the page. Fun, but not great for later study and recall! My hope is that this exercise will show them how to balance the doodling with the words to make concepts more memorable. 

What's your favorite way to take notes? 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Me Made May 8

Another skirt today! Yay! Seriously, I need to branch out more in my sewing!

Today I needed to wear something that would take me from grocery shopping, baking, be comfy for a long car ride, and be dressy enough for an outdoor gathering tonight. Versatility is the key, and this piece fits the bill. Again, I put a yoga waist band on the top, but just cut off the bottom for the hem.

I'm off to conquer this mile-long to do list!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Me Made May 7

Thought I forgot about the Me Made May Challenge, didn't you? I haven't, but I also haven't found something handmade to wear each day this week. This exercise has really opened my eyes to the gaps I've got in my handmade wardrobe. Apparently, I really like to sew skirts, but tops not so much.

Today was an exceptionally cool day for late May in the South, so I took advantage of it in order to wear a spring sweater! Here's another Me-Made handknit...

The party in this sweater is all up around the neckline - isn't that pretty lace?

The rest, just a plain vanilla stockinette stitch with a bit of a picot hem.

You can read all about the woes and trials I went through knitting this on my Ravelry page. The sizing is really off - it came out much too large around the middle, so I put it under the sewing machine and took in the side seams a couple inches. I'm still not convinced it fits properly, but it's done and I'm 90% happy with the finished product.

I'm currently knitting another sweater - hopefully this one will turn out better!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

MMM day 6 - flower power

Hi again! Just a quick post to show this skirt, made 6 or 7 years ago. It's a basic 6 gore skirt with a waistband and side zip. I don't remember which pattern I used, or if I drafted this on my own. Made from a heavy cotton poplin with a bit of stretch, it's super comfy. This one gets lots of wear during the hot Southern summers!