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On today's podcast I'm talking to Julia Wester about being a working mom, quarantining with a broken leg, and transitioning from her job as Oh Joy's Creative Director into her own business as a freelance stylist. If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like to listen. You can pause, stop, start, fast forward, and... Read more →


Hello, friends! I hope your quarantine life is settling into a happy routine. Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you wearing? Black, black, black. Black sweatshirt. Black t-shirt. Black hoodie. Sometimes accessorized with an apron... ...and sometimes accessorized with a baby on my chest. As a side note: after years of insisting that leggings aren't pants, this pandemic has changed my mind. Leggings are pants and they're the pants I wear every day. Black leggings, of course. What have you bought? We bought a Jolly Jumper and the baby loooooves it! What are you... Read more →


As you know, I'm working on 100 Days of Gelatin Printing. So, I thought it would be a good idea for me to share the tools I've been using every day to make my gelatin prints. Gelatin Plate. I don't have a brand preference. I use both Gelli Arts and Gel Press plates. I bought a Speedball plate a while ago, but I never opened the package. (I should probably give it a try!) My favorite size is 8x10, but I'll confess to having a dozen plates in different sizes. You absolutely can make your own plate. But, I prefer... Read more →


100 Days of Gelatin Printing: Days 15-20

I looooove gelatin printing. Twenty days into this project and I feel zero fatigue. I am here for the gelatin printing party! Today I'm sharing days 15-20. Check it out (These images are embedded from instagram. If you can't see them, click HERE.): Good news! I'm getting better. Not every print is a winner, but I feel like my color and composition choices are evolving and improving. I also feel like my registration and layering techniques are improving. Improvement is the name of the game in a long form challenge like this, so I'm pretty thrilled! I'm working on a... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal. No need to finish anything or even like it. It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day! If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day. If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. You can find new Art Journal Every Day posts here on the blog... Read more →


By my count, it has been almost six weeks of self-quarantine. It's the new normal. It's a lifestyle. On today's podcast, Mom and I are chatting about creativity in these odd times. Why don't people have creative mojo when they're stuck at home? What makes creativity flourish? Listen in as we discuss escaping to HGTV, unfollowing on social media, and much more! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here is some info for... Read more →


Sometimes I get an idea and I just can't be stopped. Evidence: My fingers are numb. My hand, shoulder, and back are all sore. Why? We have no window treatments in our dining room. I've been inside the house a lot lately (like everyone else) and I've really been feeling the lack of window treatments. So I figured that I could make some. But who wants boring curtains?! Not me. So I grabbed some big sheets of paper and I started cutting. And I kept cutting. And cutting. And then I taped them to the windows. But I didn't like... Read more →


100 Days of Gelatin Printing: Days 8-14

Today I'm sharing the gelatin printing I've done over the last 7 days. Some good. Some bad. Some struggles. Some victories. Check it out (These images are embedded from instagram. If you can't see them, click HERE.): Some thoughts: These are more time consuming than I intended. I may have to (a) set a time limit, (b) use a smaller plate, or (c) work on a print over a few days. After all, I did say it was 100 Days of Gelatin Printing, not Finished Prints. We shall see. I'm actually running out of paint. I mean, I still own... Read more →


I have quite a few photos from museum visits that I never shared here on the blog. I finally got around to editing some of those photos, so I'll be sharing them over the next month or two. Rest assured, all of these photos are oldies, but goodies. I am definitely sheltering at home at the moment! The MFA is/was (the exhibit closes in May) hosting an exhibit of Lucian Freud's self-portraits. Lucian Freud was an extremely respected British painter (he died in 2011) who was very well known for his portraits. He is one of the few painters to... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. Today I'm sharing an abstract art journal page I recently created. No journaling.... Read more →