Wednesday, February 19, 2014

fountain pen messes

Refilling fountain pens...
the outcome is well worth the mess!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

save the date

So, this is what I've been up to lately.
My dear friends Layne and Mark are getting
married soon, and I had the privilege of
designing their "save the date" postcards!
Scroll down to catch a glimpse of the process.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Having fun with Dylusions Ink Spray.
I just picked up the London Blue and Lime Green
for collage purposes. But in the meantime...

Monday, January 6, 2014

travel art supplies

I'm looking forward to painting a bunch more this year
than I did last year!! As such, I have packed up
some of my drawing/painting accessories to tote around:
a couple of General's Sketch & Wash pencils,
a mechanical pencil, a blending stump,
a waterbrush, and a mini mister.
I also toss in a travel watercolor set,
some tubes of gouache, or the cutesy
watercolor pencils I received for Christmas.
Ooh -- there's also a Pentel brush pen in there. Tasty!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

tether ball

Tether ball is the newest
addition to our yard and family
entertainment. Elliott loves it!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

it's caramel apple time!

I've been trying to figure out how to make caramel apples
for several years now -- not the Kraft Caramel kind,
although those are great. I wanted to learn how to
whip up my own caramel from scratch!
So I found a recipe (can't locate it at the moment,
but it had condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup,
for starters) and cooked up the ingredients to the
"hard ball" candy stage as instructed.
Well, the caramel tasted great!
But it set up so hard that we could barely cut through it
with a knife -- think Sugar Daddy chewy.
It was delicious, though, so I might give it another go.
This time, I'll only heat it to the "soft ball" stage
and see what happens.

Do you have a favorite way to make caramel apples?
How 'bout favorite bits to roll them in
while the caramel's still gooey?


Thursday, October 3, 2013

hello again

Hi there! As you may have guessed,
the past few weeks have been crazy busy
around here! They have included:
one (1) new school (my son's),
one (1) tonsillectomy (my daughter's),
and one (1) new part-time job (mine).
All good transitions, and we are
happily and healthfully looking forward to fall.

I hope you are as well!

Now that I have a blog app on my phone,
I hope to resume posting on a regular basis.
So see ya soon!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

in the bookbag

Here are my favorite reads of late:
1) The Wisdom of Stability by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
A meditation on the beauty of staying put in a world that's on the move, and a consideration of the ways God uses constancy of place and people to accomplish His work. As I read this, I find myself grateful for the place where I live and the people who have shared it with me these many years. The book has reframed some things for me.
2) Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh
This beautiful primer is a collection of samples and alphabets by lettering artists. It includes instructions for how to letter the alphabets and suggested art projects to go with them. Tasty!
3) The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating by Autumn Carpenter
Includes thorough supply suggestions, recipes, and instructions for accomplishing a variety of cookie forms and decorations, including flood icing, painted and filigree frosting, decorative buttercream frosting, candy coatings, and fondant. This book answered some questions I had about cookie decorating, and I've done my fair share of it!
4) Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More by Annie Sloan
Don't know if I'll use this one for practical purposes, but it sure is fun to look at.