an owl & steve








it was a good year of halloween costume making. i’m not sure who had more fun, the kids when they got to wear them, or me as i was watching them. the bean has always had me help with her costumes, (a care bear, tinkerbell, a pegacorn, cat woman, and catsuma) as she’s always wanted to be something nontraditional. the little man, he’s been a care bear, bob the builder, lightening mcqueen, batman and last year a padawan. all pre-made costumes purchased by yours truly. which has been fine. so, this year, when i finally got to make him something,  i was thrilled! there were a couple of other minecraft costumes at school, a creeper & zombie & herobrine, but no steve. awesome.

and the owl costume took me an entire day of serging feathers before i even got to put it all together. what we do for our grateful children so their imaginations can soar.

happy monday!

gratitude thursday : making




i’ve been spending some time off and on this week in the studio. 15-30 stolen minutes of time to do something without a major purpose or need. cutting paper and assembling a book. re-purposing old vintage fabrics. becoming reacquainted with my serger. ruffling. stitching. making. taking time in between planning the upcoming book fair at the little’s school (two weeks!) and finding ways to keep them busy since it’s conference week and they’re out before noon. it’s been a while since i’ve made a conscious effort to sneak in some creating each day, and i’m trying my best to do this when i feel i need a break. all of it little steps towards finding small snippets of peace in my day and focusing on the good and what i’m grateful for.

happy grateful thursday my friends.





it’s that time of year. the time when i get excited about pumpkin chunky bread (it just came out of the oven… mmm), oatmeal cookies, roasts in the oven, soup on the stove and lots & lots of holiday making of the craft variety. most summers i find i’m outside too much to really make things. but come september, i’m dreaming and planning about items i can make for our holiday decor with all of the old things i have saved and rescued over the summer months. i started the shadow box above while at a friend’s craft sunday two weeks ago. it had been a while since i had seen all of the girls (too, too long!), and it was wonderful, even if all i did was patchwork the background and organize my halloween embellies. (i’m such a horrible public crafter, lol)

how about you? any crafty makings or exciting things you are working on?

items used : JBS halloween accessory sheet; JBS embellished butterflies in black; vintage spool (you could use these by JBS); vintage seam binding; vintage sewing drawer; vintage serving utensil; vintage rhinestone; handmade felt flower; cardstock.

happy fall!

digital doodling

i think mary ann was the first person i saw doodling on an iPad (or maybe it was pam) where i thought, i have got to try that. i can’t remember. but a few months ago i bought some app’s for sketching & doodling & painting and i fell in love with paper53. yesterday, while the bean was at riding i sat in the car and doodled while reading kelly rae’s book flying lessons and posted some snaps on instagram as i plugged along. i have a stylus that i use, it works better than your finger, and i have a crush on the (water)color brush. it blends so well and intensifies when you add layer upon layer. the white is fab for going back over areas for a blended look. the fountain pen gets all inky with just the right amount of wide to sharp angles. it’s a good thing. ;)

anyone else have a fav sketching app?


I’m over at creshendoh this week, guest posting for art saves, talking about my struggle with labeling myself as an artist and offering up some of my most favorite posts all week from other creative souls that i admire.

I alos just got back yesterday from a weekend at artfest with my girlpal. it was wonderful. i took some amazing classes with some amazing teachers. i shared a house with some kindred spirits who made my belly hurt from the laughter. the fort was incredible and made me miss norway. it was the last artfest, which makes me a bit sad. but now i’m thinking i have to go here this year, i mean, really, it’s only 30 minutes from home.

more artfest shares to come, including some of the work i finished.

happy monday.

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