Around Here

Hello, friends! Today is my birthday... Opening birthday presents circa 1984. My brother is in the red overalls. ...so it seemed like the perfect time to share a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? Me. I feel like 2020 was a year to survive. I'm hoping 2021 can be a year to thrive. Or at least focus on taking care of my own needs. I shared this poem to instagram and facebook last week and it really resonates with me in my current season of life: I also ordered new business cards and... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? Every single day I record and edit videos for my "Year of Gelatin Printing" online course. It's an absolutely epic course. Each month is packed with tons of videos and tons of content. (19 videos in February alone.) A highlight: I've finally mastered intentional printing with watercolor on the gelatin plate. Instead of blobby marks, I can actually get lines and dashes and even spray-inked stenciled designs to print. I'm so excited about it! (And I'm so excited to share it with my... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? I am working on a "proper" sketchbook. I know. I know. I hate terms like "proper" too. Any sketchbook is a good sketchbook. But, I'm very interested in doing a whole lot of reference work at the moment (color charts, product explorations, design ideas). And so I'm working on a sketchbook that is truly just for me (that's why there's no photo here). Definitely not finished art. Something like a personal bible of ideas and techniques. I'm really hoping that it will become... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? I feel very unmotivated to do Halloween decorating. But, I do love Halloween. So, I'm trying to motivate myself to get it going. I pinned a few images of things I like and want to make, like these: The question is, will I actually do it? Have you/are you decorating for Halloween? What are you loving? The TV Show, Star Trek: Lower Decks. It's a cartoon version of Star Trek, which focuses on the lives of the "lower deck" crewman -- the lowest... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? Classes. So many classes. I'm doing some private classes over Zoom. I have an upcoming gelatin printing class for teachers at a private school and I'm running a team building exercise for administrators at a university. (Email me if you're interested in a private class or training for you and your friends or your office!) I've also got lots of live online classes coming up -- some ScanNCut and some others, including a 5-week Design Boot Camp. There's a free webinar where you... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? Drawing hundreds of little lines in my art journal. Also, online classes. So many online classes. This week I'm teaching Block Printing on Fabric... ...but I've also got lots of other live online classes coming up: ScanNCut DX: Super Basic Beginner CanvasWorkspace on your iPad ScanNCut DX: Working with HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) Pamphlet Stitch Art Journal ScanNCut DX: Rhinestones, Baby! Gelatin Printing from Your Backyard Plus I'm working on some work-at-your-own-pace online classes which include: An epic stencil design class for ScanNCut... Read more →


Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you working on? I am deep deep deep into projects for Make It Artsy. As you can imagine, because of the pandemic, very few guests are coming to the shoot at the end of July, so I have a bit more work to do than usual. I am planning projects involving stenciling, bookbinding, jewelry making, sewing, painting, and more! This is a fun segment from last season of the show, where I demonstrate my faux shibori technique: What are you loving? The deli paper I use... Read more →


Hello, friends! I have to confess that I've been trapped somewhere between burnout and depression lately. But I'm rallying. So let's focus on the positive! source Here's a little bit about life around here right now: What are you wearing? FYI: DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE WORD T-SHIRTS. I DID NOT PUT IT IN THIS BLOG POST AND I CAN'T SEEM TO GET RID OF IT. Pajama bottom like they're pants, ice-dyed t-shirts, and lots of handmade masks: What have you bought? So. Many. Baby. Things. Our most recent purchase: a bag full of silicone balls 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 →


Hello, friends! I suppose everybody's life is a little bit weird at the moment. But, I'll take safe at home over the alternative. Here's a little bit about life right now: What are you wearing? I get dressed in a kind of uniform every single day: sweatpants or leggings, nursing tank, sweatshirt or sweater. Hair up (the baby is in the hair grabbing phase) and if I'm lucky, my contacts go in. Final accessory: baby. I haven't worn any "real" clothes in ages. And makeup...ha ha ha. We are all about the basics around here! What have you bought? I... Read more →