Around Here

I'll be frank, this year has been a tough start for my little family. There isn't a single day of 2023 that someone hasn't been sick. But, at least we have each other! So, without any further ado, here's the round-up for January 2023 -- I have changed up the format, as I usually do at the beginning of each year. Notable Family Event Obviously, the trip to California is the most notable thing we've done this month. In particular, we made our first trip to Disney as a family. I should say that I am not a Disney person,... Read more →

Hey friends! Here's the round-up for December 2022: What's happening at home? After three months of being sick (flu, sinus infection, laryngitis, another sinus infection, strep throat), I finally was healthy for almost the entirety of December!! Hooray! Also, my little guy got a haircut and now he looks like a big kid to me! It really is true: The days are long, but the years are short! What's on your desk right now? Here's the quick breakdown: My color rolodex. I use it all the time. It's full of color swatches, color mixing formulas, and color schemes. Come to... Read more →

Hey friends! Here's the round-up for November 2022: What's happening at home? My little guy turned 3!!! Also, I put together a super cute Christmas countdown calendar for him and hung it over the fireplace: Pro parenting tip: I put one piece of candy from his Halloween stash in each bag! ScanNCut Club members can watch the tutorial video for this project HERE. What's on your desk right now? Here are the highlights: Leafy Collage stencil Gelatin Printed rice paper Sketchbook Very dirty and stinky paint water Matte Gel Medium (I've been using buckets and buckets of it lately) Score... Read more →

Hey friends! Here's the round-up for October 2022: What's happening at home? It has been quite a month. We all got the flu -- for like three weeks. The little guy also got pneumonia. I also got a sinus infection. Steve tore his meniscus playing volleyball. Things have been less than optimal health-wise. But there has been plenty of tea floating around and my little guy loves it. I either have to drink it all while it's scalding hot or I literally have to hide my tea cup from him. Once he gets ahold of the cup, he's not letting... Read more →

Hey friends! Here's the round-up for August 2022: What's happening at home? A certain somebody doesn't want any help. In this photo he's pushing Steve's hand off the bike. Recently at his swimming lesson, he told me to stop holding him. Since he can't swim, I declined. We finally compromised and he clung to the wall of the pool while I hovered nervously. He has declared he's a big boy and can cross streets and parking lots by himself. This is a major battle we have every day. I hold his hand. He tries to wiggle away. So today when... Read more →

Hey friends! Time is flying around here. My little guy is two-and-a-half and about to move up to a new pre-school class and I'm nervous about the whole thing. He seems unfazed...of course. Here's the rest of the round-up for July 2022: What's happening at home? My Brother and his family are visiting! Yay! It has been a year since I've seen them (they live across the country) and it has been such fun to hang out. My son and his son are just six weeks apart in age and it's lovely to see them together. What's on your desk... Read more →

Hey friends! I'm delighted to share that Jana, from the Artistically You Podcast, interviewed me and we chatted about finding your personal style. You can listen into our conversation HERE. Jana is a graduate of both Design Boot Camp Level 1 and 2, and we do end up chatting quite a bit about how that experience helped to shape her sense of personal style. I hope you enjoy the chat and find it useful in your own artistic journey! And now here's the round-up for June 2022: What's happening at home? The house is painted. Yay! You can see the... Read more →

Hey friends! I'm a day late and a dollar short, as they say. But here's the round-up for May 2022: What's happening at home? Our house is being painted! Yay! The painter thinks we're crazy with our colors -- purple and yellow. But, it's a Victorian house and I think it can take a little bit of crazy. What's on your desk right now? everything a possible answer? Here's a quick run down of the more interesting items on my desk: Stencils: The one you can see is from the February 2022 release. But there are new stencils coming... Read more →

Hey friends! I'm changing up the format of these monthly "around here" posts. I hope you enjoy it! What's happening at home? You know what they say, self care every day keeps the doctor away! Funnily enough, the blackhead masks were my little guy's idea. He picked up the tube and asked what it was and then wanted to try it. After he and I had applied our masks, he naturally wanted to share with Daddy too. So now we all have great looking noses! What's on your desk right now? I don't keep a neat desk, that's for sure.... Read more →

Hello, friends! Here is a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? Design Boot Camp Level 2 started this week and, as a result, I am in my sketchbook every single day. The thing about teaching that always amazes me is how much I learn when I teach. The artwork in my sketchbook is by Richard Diebenkorn. I dream of seeing work from his Berkeley Series in person some day. In the meantime, I have the coffee table book to pore over. What are you loving? We have been hyper COVID careful, but we... Read more →