Sunday, March 29, 2015

Journaling on a rainy day

On a very rainy, gray + cozy day last week, I sat outside on the covered porch, played in my art journal + dreamt of bright colors.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Yep, there's an app for that

Did you know there's an app for keeping track of your Copic markers?! How did I not know this? No more having to remember to bring the little booklet so you don't buy duplicates (cuz I always forget the little booklet and buy duplicates.) My day is made and I haven't even had breakfast yet.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It's finally here!

Playing in my sketchbook with some bright colors outside on this sunny first day of Spring. Hope it's colorful where you are today!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Art journaling weekend wrap-up

Sharing some pages from my journal. I just can't stop painting and pasting and doodling! Thanks Pam and Jennifer and Donna and all my new AFFs (yeah I've made it a thing now) for a dream weekend!

A very graphic cover ... a bit outside my comfort zone, but we were encouraged to try new things and not overthink.

But vintage wallpaper, however ... *definitely* in my comfort zone.
Paint and doodling and wallpaper and tape ... love!
Trying neon with doodles ...
On the other end of the spectrum ... black ink + blue + a bit of water = a monotone/duotone feel that I'm loving
I fully embraced the neon and am LOVING it!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Art journaling weekend with Pam Garrison

Spent the weekend at an art journaling workshop with Pam Garrison at Donna Downey's studio in North Carolina. Pam is the reason I started art journaling several years ago, so I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from her!
The first day we constructed our journals and painted covers ...
Ironing the completed cover pages ...
Watching Pam create backgrounds with ink and paint ...
Must-have materials if you want your colors to be as vibrant as Pam's!
Watching how Pam creates collage and incorporates vintage wallpaper ... w*o*w ...

A demo with the Gelli Plate...
Words fail me ... her work is so spectacular ...
Pam showed us how she creates her fabulous letters ...
Pam brought her friend artist Jennifer Mercede to the workshop ... what a bonus!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wreath round-up

a ring of pink Peeps

Last week I was delighted to receive an email from the marketing director at Patience Brewster. (If that name sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen her clever, whimsical and imaginative work in the likes of the Neiman Marcus and Grandin Road catalogs.) Her ornaments are a favorite of mine.

She wrote that at Patience Brewster, they love their wreaths and that they like the idea of having a wreath on the front door year round - one for each season - and asked if I would be interested in sharing some of my favorite wreaths that I’ve made. 

So thank you, Patience Brewster, for being the inspiration behind this post. You’ve got my mind racing with even more ideas … like a quantity of *anything* on a wreath (woodland or circus animals, little shoes, butterflies, costume jewelry or anything sparkly, feathers, the alphabet or numbers). While you enjoy these, I’m off to look through my collections!

flowers + feathers made of paper

pink + green for Christmas 


fabric pumpkins for fall 

a wreath doesn't have to be round;
a section of black picket fence works well,
especially when paired with a garland of fresh gourds 

and as seen at one of my favorite haunts, 
how about a wreath made of burritos?!
 you really *can* use anything!
(i only wish i could take credit for this one)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What color is your dot?

Over the weekend I was fortunate to attend a wonderful event called Hub Dot. Founded in 2012 by Simona Barbieri, Hub Dot has grown from a small group of women who turned up for a coffee around her kitchen table to a global phenomenon with over 8000 members and events planned in several cities around the world. 

Hub Dot is about cross pollination of ideas, talent, support and friendships. And stories. It’s about the unique way that women are able to help + connect with one another through story-telling, a place where they can connect with others in a way that inspires. 

At each event, attendees are asked to wear a colored dot based on what they are feeling right then. 

The Dots offer the freedom to explore and start conversations and ask “what is your story? ” instead of “what do you do?” 

reddot home
Red:I’m established (in my career/business/motherhood)
yellowdot home
Yellow: I have an idea, can anyone help?
greendot home
Green: I’m here to be inspired
bluedot home
Blue: I’m here to socialize
purple dot
Purple: I want to tell you about … (my story/my work/my charity)

I encourage you to find out more at